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Although Star Trek: The Motion Picture had been a box-office hit, it was by no means a unanimous success with Star Trek fans, who responded much more favorably to the "classic Trek" scenario of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Inspired by the "Space Seed" episode of the original TV series, the film reunites newly promoted Admiral Kirk with his nemesis from the earlier episode--the genetically superior Khan (Ricardo Montalban)--who is now seeking revenge upon Kirk for having been imprisoned on a desolated planet. Their battle ensues over control of the Genesis device, a top-secret Starfleet project enabling entire planets to be transformed into life-supporting worlds, pioneered by the mother (Bibi Besch) of Kirk's estranged and now-adult son. While Mr. Spock mentors the young Vulcan Lt. Saavik (then-newcomer Kirstie Alley), Kirk must battle Khan to the bitter end, through a climactic starship chase and an unexpected crisis that will cost the life of Kirk's closest friend. This was the kind of character-based Trek that fans were waiting for, boosted by spectacular special effects, a great villain (thanks to Montalban's splendidly melodramatic performance), and a deft combination of humor, excitement, and wondrous imagination. Director Nicholas Meyer (who would play a substantial role in the success of future Trek features) handles the film as a combination of Moby Dick, Shakespearean tragedy, World War II submarine thriller, and dazzling science fiction, setting the successful tone for the Trek films that followed. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Commentary by: director Nicholas Meyer
  • Disc 1:
  • Extended 116-minute director's edition of the film
  • Text commentary by Michael Okuda (co-author of The Star Trek Encyclopedia)
  • Disc 2:
  • The Captain's Log (new, exclusive cast & crew interviews with Nicholas Meyer, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban, and Harve Bennett)
  • "Designing Khan" featurette (comparisons of Star Trek I and Star Trek II)
  • "The Visual Effects of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (featuring interviews with Meyer and ILM visual effects designers)
  • Original interviews with DeForest Kelley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and Ricardo Montalban
  • "The Star Trek Universe: A Novel Approach" by authors Julia Ecklar and Greg Cox (includes interviews with the authors of "A Test of Character: The Kobayashi Maru Scenario" and "The Eugenics Wars: A History of Khan Noonien Singh")
  • Storyboard archives

Cast

William ShatnerKirk
Leonard NimoySpock
DeForest KelleyMcCoy
James DoohanScotty
Walter KoenigChekov
George TakeiSulu
Nichelle NicholsUhura
Bibi BeschCarol
Merritt ButrickDavid
Paul WinfieldTerrell
Kirstie AlleySaavik
Ricardo MontalbanKhan
Ike EisenmannPreston
John VargasJedda

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  • Genre: Sci-Fi Movies
  • Director: Nicholas Meyer
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 112 mins.
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 4, 1982
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 11, 2000
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