Today, we have yet another sign that the villain (Benedict Cumberbatch) in Star Trek Into Darkness will probably be Khan. While we reported yesterday that the villain’s name was “John Harrison“, it’s doubtful that’s the character’s real name. We also know that the footage that was shown to journalists had various cues like bits from Michael Giacchino‘s score playing off the music from Wrath of Khan, and the Japanese trailer has a very familiar visual at the end. Last night, Steve was at a press event for the movie, and learned that Alice Eve will play Carol Marcus. For those who need a reminder, Carol Marcus was a character in Wrath of Khan. Played by Bibi Besch, the character invented the Genesis Device, and she also had a fling with Kirk. Granted, it’s unlikely that the new alternate timeline would exactly mimic the original timeline, but I’m baffled as to why she’s even there in the first place. Why make all the callbacks to Wrath of Khan? Why live in that inescapable shadow?
If you haven’t seen it yet, hit the jump to check out the latest trailer. The film also stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Peter Weller, and Noel Clarke. Star Trek Into Darkness opens in 3D on May 17, 2013.
Last month, we reported that the Alamo Drafthouse would be spending this summer honoring the summer of 1982 by holding screenings of Conan the Barbarian, The Road Warrior, Rocky III, Poltergeist, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, The Thing, and TRON, with all the movies being presented in 35mm. Tomorrow, a limited number of badges—priced at $80—will go on sale here at 11am CST and provide admission to all these movies. The Drafthouse will also be selling tickets to the first movie in the series, Conan the Barbarian, which will play on May 11th.
In addition to the terrific movies that have already been announced, the Drafthouse has added 11 more movies to the summer series: Vice Squad, Escape 2000, The Sword and the Sorcerer, The Secret of Nimh, Pink Floyd: The Wall, Class of 1984, Friday the 13th: Part 3 in 3D, Halloween 3, Q: The Winged Serpent, The Dark Crystal, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and The Last Unicorn. The badges won’t cover these movies, so you’ll have to buy tickets. Hit the jump for the full press release, which includes info on when you can buy tickets for each movie (and you better come to Rocky III since we’re co-hosting it!). We’ve also included a look at Dan McCarthy’s gorgeous E.T. posters, which will be sold at the E.T. screening with any leftovers being sold online).
We’re big fans of Mondo—the collectible boutique arm of the legendary Alamo Drafthouse—here at Collider. They commission and make available gorgeous works of art inspired by movies small and large, commercial and cult hits. This past weekend Mondo opened their first ever gallery in Austin, TX, right in the middle of the SXSW Film Festival. The gallery opening was a huge success, and I’m incredibly jealous as both Steve and Matt got a chance to attend and take a gander. For those of us not lucky enough to make the trip, Mondo has made available images of some of the prints they had on display for their inaugural sci-fi show. They include stunning works including Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, A Trip to the Moon, War of the Worlds and more.
Hit the jump to take a look at some of the prints on display.
The summer movie season keeps getting bigger but rarely does it get better. There are always some standouts, but in 30 years time, will we have nine movies that will all be remembered as classics? I’m not sure, but it’s only been done once before in the last 30 years, and that was in the summer of 1982. From May through July, the world received (in chronological order) Conan the Barbarian, The Road Warrior, Rocky III, Poltergeist, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, The Thing, Blade Runner, and TRON. Let that sink in for a moment.
The Alamo Drafthouse is paying tribute to the summer of 1982 by letting audiences relive it in the summer of 2012. The Alamo will re-release the film on the same day that it was released in 1982, and a geek site will co-host a screening at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz in Austin. So for example, we’re co-hosting the screening of Rocky III on May 25th. Select films will have big events with special guests and new Mondo posters. Hit the jump for all of the release dates along with Alamo’s trailer for the summer of 1982.
Last month, we reported that Benicio Del Toro would be playing the villain in Star Trek 2. Even before Del Toro’s casting, there has been non-stop speculation on who director J.J. Abrams and screenwriters Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman would choose as the baddie. The name that kept popping up in fanboy circles was Khan Noonien Singh, the memorable antagonist from arguably the best Star Trek movie, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. I thought this was a terrible idea, but unfortunately, it may have won the day.
Latino Review is reporting that Del Toro will play Khan in the upcoming sequel. Hit the jump for more on Khan and why I hope this news is wrong. [Update: Abrams has commented on this rumor. Hit the jump for what he had to say.]
Trekkers who have been waiting for to grab the Blu-rays of their favorite franchise are getting some crazy love today. TrekMovie.com reports that Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country are all 50% off at BestBuy.com. Or to break it down, the films are $9.99 each.
It gets better. The 3-Disc Blu-ray of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek (Three-Disc Edition) [Blu-ray] is 75% off at Amazon, bringing the price down to $9.99. Amazon is also slashing the Blu-rays of The Original Series by 50%. Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 1 [Blu-ray]is $64.49 , season two Star Trek: The Original Series – Season Two [Blu-ray] is $65.49 , and season three Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 3 [Blu-ray] is $49.99 (the third season is actually 62% off). I don’t know about living long, but this ain’t a bad way to prosper.
The short version review of Star Trek Original Motion Picture Collection is this: there have been some complaints about the picture quality of some of the Star Trek Blu-ray’s. I’m not saying I’m a greater expert than some of the people who’ve reviewed these things, but whatever qualitative differences that are to be had seem to come from the source material over anything else. If you love these films and have a Blu-ray player, you’re getting something close to definitive for at least half of the collection (the only question would be the three films that have director’s cuts). If you’re a casual fan, you might be better off buying the trilogy version. But there are plusses and minuses to most of the films, and if you’re a fan of the franchise, you can even find things to like in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. All films come in widescreen (2.35:1) and in Dolby Digital 7.1 TrueHD, and all films come with a trivia track called a library computer with factoids about the universe (not about the actors, etc.), and each film comes with a Starfleet academy brief about the film at hand (these run from 3-5 minutes and have a pretty girl talking about the science of the films. Grrr). I would argue these transfers are as good as they get. All films also come with BD-Live content, which appears to mostly be trivia games.
As for Star Trek, I was not a fan for a long time, until I came to the original series recently, and so I can respect anyone who says that Star Trek V is unredeemable garbage. It is (it even has a satellite that screams when shot), if you don’t care about the characters or the franchise enough to look past its myriad of problems. And in The Motion (less) Picture. That’s the sad part of fandom. The concessions that repetition of a bad thing can create those pockets of good, and arguably even the worst of these six have their moments.
For my reviews of each film, continue reading after the jump: