BLU-RAY REVIEW

Star Trek: Nemesis

Featured In Issue 183, January 2014

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(Studio/Distributor):
Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
7914006
(MPAA Rating):
PG-13
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(Retail Price):
$119.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
116
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
Not Indicated
(Theatrical Year):
2002
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
09/10/13
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(Director):
Stuart Baird
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(Disc Soundtrack):
Dolby TrueHD 5.1
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In Star Trek Nemesis, the 10th film in the Star Trek series, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Stewart) and the Enterprise crew find themselves on a diplomatic mission to initiate peace with the Romulans. Learning that the Romulans have undergone a political upheaval and their new leader, a Praetor, wants to discuss a peace treaty with the Federation, Picard and his crew must investigate the situation and determine their sincerity. But Picard and crew learn that not only is the new Praetor not a Romulan at all, they also find that he is a human replica of Picard, originally bio-engineered by the Romulans to be substituted for the captain as a weapon against the Federation. Now, Picard and his crew must determine if the Romulans truly desire a peace treaty, or if they have other plans in mind. (Tricia Spears)

Special features include commentary by Director Stuart Baird; commentary by Producer Rick Berman; commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda; and a Library Computer interactive experience that allows you to access information about people, technology, locations, and more at the moment each appears in the film. The following featurettes can be found under Production: Nemesis Revisited (SD 25:45), New Frontiers: Stuart Baird On Directing Nemesis (SD 08:42), Storyboarding The Action (SD 03:37), Red Alert! Shooting The Action Of Nemesis (SD 10:08), Build And Rebuild (SD 07:44), Four-Wheeling In The Final Frontier (SD 10:14), and Screen Test: Shinzon (SD 06:29). The Star Trek Universe includes A Star Trek Family's Final Journey (SD 16:17), A Bold Vision Of The Final Frontier (SD 10:17), The Enterprise E (SD 11:37), Reunion With The Rikers (HD 10:47), Today's Tech Tomorrow's Data (HD 04:23), Robot Hall Of Fame (HD 04:34), Brent Spiner Data And Beyond Part 4 (HD 09:18), Trek Roundtable Nemesis (HD 10:26), and Starfleet Academy Scisec Brief 010 Thalaron Radiation (HD 02:27). The Romulan Empire offers Romulan Lore (SD 11:51), Shinzon & The Viceroy (SD 10:00), Romulan Design (SD 09:05), The Romulan Senate (SD 08:57), and The Scimitar (SD 13:14). Also included are 14 deleted scenes; four storyboards, production stills, and props photos under Archives; a teaser trailer; the theatrical trailer; BD-Live interactivity; and upfront ads.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC encoding shows richly saturated reds, vibrant blues, and deep blacks (now a trademark of the series); giving it a bold picture quality. Color fidelity is superb, with hues that appear vibrant and natural, especially when contrasted by the deepest blacks, as this is an often-dark picture. Viewing in a black or darkened environment is recommended. Fleshtones are also nicely balanced and natural, with good definition. The picture is impressively sharp and detailed, revealing satisfying textures and clarity, particularly in close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing and object textures. The computer-generated images are incredibly detailed. The source element is consistently revealing and pristine throughout. Contrast is defined nicely with deep, solid blacks, and near-black shadows are generally delineated well, though, the darkest scenes are less revealing. This a dimensional-looking image that works to enhance the realism of the soundscapes. (Gary Reber)

The Dolbyģ TrueHD 5.1-channel encoding is in the tradition of the past several Star Trek movies and is very well produced, with effective dynamically spatial engagement throughout. The soundtrack is excellently layered and delivers an engaging three-dimensional holosonicģ soundfield. The sound design envelops the soundfield with aggressive surround and dynamic energy and deep satisfying natural bass. The use of the spatial soundstage ranges between relative subtlety and sheer intensity. Fidelity is superb, as this mix is another one of the best remasterings regarding the film franchise of Star Trek. Deep bass is tight, powerful, and impactful with, at times, powerful low frequencies in the sub-25 Hz range. Atmospherics and sound effects nicely define the spatial dimensionality, giving the listener a more immersive surround envelopment experience, with effectively crafted pans. The music score from Jerry Goldsmith is a superb recording, sounding smooth and very well integrated into the overall sound mix. There's always that noticeable layer of music, even in the midst of intense activity from the other elements of the sound mix. The orchestral music score extends to the surrounds. The dialogue sounds abundantly natural, with voices also seeming rather well integrated with the visuals. This is yet another great soundtrack that is always satisfying. (Gary Reber)