Thursday, December 4, 2014

Star Trek: Captain's Summit & Evolutions BluRay Bonus Discs

There were two more bonus discs that I did watch that came with the first 10 Star Trek films on BluRay. One was titled, The Captain's Summit, and was bundled with the first six films, and the other was titled Evolutions and was included with the set that had the films with The Next Generation crew. Both were quick watches at little over an hour each, so here is a quick recap of them.

The Captain's Summit is more entertaining since it is Whoopi Goldberg hosting a roundtable with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Jonathan Frakes and Patrick Stewart. It was awesome watching these four exchange stories and compare and contrast the differences on the set of the television series and films and behind the director's chair. I was surprised Shatner still is surprisingly hung up on some things and have a hard time letting a few topics go and came off as a little bit of a curmudgeon in some parts where he more or less took over the hosting duties from Whoopi and dominated the conversation. Shatner outbursts aside, it was obvious these four were just getting comfortable towards the end and could have easily went for another hour.

Evolutions has a few interesting short documentaries on various other parts of the Star Trek universe, but most of its features are dedicated to the final day on the Star Trek Experience exhibit in Las Vegas that closed down a few years ago and what it was like behind-the-scenes at this tourist exhibit that was on its last day in operation after running for just over a decade, including a big pre and post show ceremonies with the crew of the exhibit. I think they should have just went all out and dedicated the entire disc to it, since about nearly three quarters of Evolutions is aimed towards this exhibit, but is still another interesting look at another aspect in the Star Trek universe I had no idea existed until I watched this.

Props to Paramount for going all out on the extra features for the first 10 films by bringing over all the countless hours of previous DVD extra features and throwing in new commentaries on each film and nearly another hour of bonus extras on each film in HD too. If that was not enough they gave us these two other bonus discs in HD to boot. While it was fascinating learning about the Star Trek Experience exhibit on Evolutions, if you were pressed for time and had to watch just one I would recommend The Captain's Summit because of the unique dynamic between the four main personalities of all of Star Trek and all the stories they indulged each other in.

Star Trek Film Ratings

Star Trek: The Motion Picture - 5.5/10
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn - 10/10
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock - 7.5/10
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home - 9/10
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier - 6.5/10
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country - 7.5/10
Star Trek VII: Generations - 8/10
Star Trek VIII: First Contact - 9/10
Star Trek IX: Insurrection - 8/10
Star Trek X: Nemesis - 9.5/10
Star Trek XI(2009) - 10/10

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