Entertainment behind the scenes
Launching a Star Ship? Nah, just the “Star Trek” DVD
With Hollywood glitz usually reserved for the launch of a Star Ship — namely the Enterprise — Paramount Home Entertainment on Tuesday released director J.J. Abrams’ recent re-boot of “Star Trek” on DVD and Blu-ray. It’s little wonder that Paramount pulled out all the stops to “premiere” the DVD. The movie was a big hit this past summer ($384 million at box offices), and Abrams is a star director having created “Alias” and “Lost” for TV and directed “Mission: Impossible III.”
So, Monday night at Los Angeles’ historic Griffith Observatory, high above the galaxy that is Hollywood, Paramount threw a star-studded bash the likes this planet had never seen for a “Star Trek” DVD. Abrams and many of the film’s stars beamed onto the red carpet just steps away from the Observatory’s Leonard Nimoy (that’s Spock to you older Trekkies) Event Horizon Theater. They were all smiles when discussing their big hit this past summer, but remained tight-lipped about details of the upcoming sequel.
“I haven’t made any decisions,” was the oft repeated answer to questions regarding a possible release date, if Abrams was officially on board to direct, and whether or not the film would be released in 3-D. Although Abrams did say he was “open” to the possibility of a 3-D sequel, one thing he was 100 percent certain about was that there would not be a “Directors Cut” of the current film.
Other members of the new “Star Trek” universe were more willing to discuss how they wanted events to unfold ahead — in the 23rd Century. Zoë Saldana (Uhura) “wouldn’t mind having a couple Spock-Babies,” John Cho wanted his Sulu character to learn more martial arts and possibly become “a poet,” and Karl Urban would like McCoy to say “I’m a Doctor, not a Scientologist!” As for more Spock, Leonard Nimoy told us, “there’s more Spock to play – and Zachary Quinto is going to do it.”
Outside the Observatory under the stars, Green Orion Slave Girls served Romulan Ale and “Red Matter” (the mysterious power source used so villainously by Eric Bana’s “Nero” in the film), welcoming revelers to party like it’s 2258.1999.
Paramount is confident — and they should be based on the film’s box office — that DVD and Blu-ray sales will take this film’s profits where no “Star Trek” DVD has gone before. The two disc DVD and three disc Blu-ray Special Edition have hours of additional material, so there’s something to please even the grumpiest Klingon. Features include behind-the-scenes featurettes, nine deleted scenes, a “gag” reel, director and creative team commentary, and many other tribble-sized bits of fun. But the party was anything but tribble small. Click below for some video of the event, but pardon us for some of the shaky video, we were having difficulties juggling notes and pens and microphones and cameras.