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Region A cover

Region A cover
Blu-ray Disc release
Series: Star Trek films
No. of discs: 1
Run time: 116 minutes (Director's Cut)
113 minutes (Theatrical Version)
Director: Nicholas Meyer
Region A release date: 7 June 2016
Region B release date: 18 July 2016 (UK)
20 July 2016 (Italian steelbook)
21 July 2016 (Germany)
2 August 2016 (France)
Rating(s): MPAA PG BBFC 12 IFCO 12 FSK 12
Language: English (Dolby TrueHD 7.1)
Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish (Region A)
Danish, Dutch, Croatian, English, French, Finnish, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish (Region B)
Dubbed: French, Portuguese (DD Mono, Region A)
French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish (DD Stereo, Region B)
Reference: ASIN B01AI7QPM6 (Region A)
ASIN B01FHP8KPE (Region B, UK)
ASIN B01FM6XF9E (Region B, UK steelbook)
ASIN B01F3SKQRU (Region B, Italy)
ASIN B01FF1YZ2C (Region B, Germany)
ASIN B01JJ9BJA2 (Region B, German steelbook)
ASIN B01IDSEJGQ (Region B, France)
ASIN B01FV3FLOA (Region B French steelbook)
Year: 2285
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Region B cover

Region B cover

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Director's Cut) is the Blu-ray Disc release of the director's cut of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. This release featured the digitally remastered director's cut of the film, newly re-remastered from the original negatives, but also the originally remastered theatrical version of the film, done for its earlier, 2009 Blu-ray release.

The initial release was subject to a master assembly error [1], prompting Paramount Home Entertainment to open an exchange service for fans to receive a corrected copy. [2] It also explained why the Region B rollout only took place over a month later, which by that time was relatively late for DVD/Blu-ray releases.

Alongside the regular one, Region B saw a simultaneous release in the "steelbook" variant (pictured on the lower right), which was initially intended to be a part of the 10 Movie Star Trek Collector's Set - Limited Edition Steelbook Collection. Nonetheless, all ten films saw concurrent European general, non-limited retail individual releases as well in the UK, Germany, Italy (where no regular release was issued), and France, the steelbooks typically packaged in transparent plastic slipcases with the usual Blu-ray band imprinted at the top. In all cases the text imprints on the back of the steelbooks were language adapted. Initially assumed to be the original 2009 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Blu-ray release due to its generic cover art [3], it turned out however that it actually concerned the Director's Cut, as was confirmed a short while later by customers. [4] [5] [6]

While in some cases marketed as region-restricted, this release is in actuality region-free as this has increasingly become commonplace for the Blu-ray format. [7]

Special features

The "BD Live: Star Trek I.Q" excepted and save for a newly, by Roger Lay, Jr. produced one, all other special features were taken from the previous 2009 theatrical version Blu-ray release of the film, turning it into the most complete home video version commercially available at the time of its release.

† - in HD (others in standard definition)

Background information

  • It should be noted that this release is not quite an one-on-one remastered version of the 2002 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (The Director's Edition) DVD release. The remastered version is slightly differently cut and lacks one short, ten seconds scene, in which Kirk mentions David being his son to Spock and Saavik – aka the "In the funnel"-scene – , that was included on the DVD version (at 1:21:04 on the NTSC version).
  • Concurrently, this also meant that the Okudas' original text commentary track was initially not included on this release as it was now out of sync, though it was (re-)inserted on the corrected version after all [8], in the process becoming the only Star Trek film to carry one on its Blu-ray version. On the other hand, Nicholas Meyer's original DVD audio commentary was already edited to fit the newly cut release.
  • Roger Lay's newly made The Genesis Effect: Engineering The Wrath of Khan special feature was actually produced with the larger, five-part Star Trek: The Journey to the Silver Screen documentary in mind, as one of its chapters. That documentary was included on a bonus disc in the Star Trek 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Collection Blu-ray set, released two months later. Incidentally, it was the Director's Cut that was included in that set as well, but without the theatrical cut.
  • On 10 and 13 September 2017, this version of the director's cut was given a limited theatrical release to celebrate the film's 35th anniversary. [9][10]
  • The Director's Cut had been remastered in the new 4K HD 2160p resolution format – incidentally having made a theatrical HD release even viable – , though it had been downscaled to the 1080p resolution format for the underlying Blu-ray home media release. [11] Still, a subsequent 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray home media format release has been under advisement ever since. [12]

External links

Previous Region A release:
All Good Things
Star Trek films
Next Region A release:
Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Complete Series
Previous Region B release:
Star Trek: Enterprise - The Full Journey
Next Region B release:
Star Trek 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Collection

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