Following up shortly after the ending of the previous "STAR TREK" film, "STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS" offers another great opening sequence wherein Kirk breaks the prime directive while saving an entire planet and Spock. For having broken the prime directive, he's stripped of command. However, following a brutal attack that devastates both Starfleet and civilians, Kirk and Spock are given back their previous positions as part of a mission to find and kill the villain behind the attacks, a former Starfleet member, John Harrison(Benedict Cumberbatch). While what follows has many highs and a few lows, the majority of the film is quite good, although never as good as the previous Abrams film. There are expansive, impressive settings and elaborate effects, however these can't compensate for a script that ends up feeling a bit tedious in its last 20 minutes. A good film, but just not reaching anywhere near the greatness or freshness found in the earlier film.
While the previously available blu-ray(also included herein)offered the 2.40 aspect ratio, this 4K presentation mirrors the IMAX presentation, allowing for nearly 35% of the film to fill up the entire screen with a 1.78:1 ratio, and roughly 60% of the film to be presented in 2.40:1 aspect ratio. While the image is an up-conversion of the 2K DI, the "IMAX" portions were presented in theaters on 65mm film. So, even after these portions were down-converted from a much higher resolution and then up-converted to 4K, the 1.78:1 portions as presented here are outstanding! The level of richness in color and detail is just amazing! It's hard to imagine 4K being able to look more impressive than what's been achieved with this release. Contrast is also spectacular, offering the deepest blacks we've seen so far on a 4K release. The level of improvement in image quality over that of the blu-ray counterpart provided is stunning. It's easy to recommend this 4K as an upgrade over the blu-ray release. THIS IS AMAZING!!!
PARAMOUNT has provided a new Dolby Atmos mix. The overhead speakers are much more involved than they were on the 4K STAR TREK mix, and the entire mix offers more delineated effects throughout. This is an often rousing mix, loaded with nuanced and more immersive effects from beginning to end. There are plenty of LFE effects that may require some hands-on volume discretion if not wanting to annoy the neighbors.
PARAMOUNT has also included the 2D IMAX blu-ray as well as the regular blu-ray, complete with all of the extras from that release.