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Star Trek The Wrath of Khan Special Edition DVD cover (Region 1)

Region 1 cover

Region 1 cover
DVD release
Series: Star Trek films
No. of discs: 2
Run time: 116 minutes (NTSC)
112 minutes (PAL/SECAM)
Director: Nicholas Meyer
Region 1 release date: 6 August 2002
Region 2 release date: 18 November 2002
Region 4 release date: 3 December 2002
Rating(s): MPAA - Parental Guidance Suggested CHVRS - Parental Guidance BBFC - 12 IFCO - 12 FSK - Freigegeben ab 12 Jahren NICAM - Mogelijk schadelijk tot 12 jaar (Watch out with children under 12) MCCYP - 15 OFLC (Australia) - Parental Guidance
Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo) (region 1)
English, German (region 2)
Subtitles: English
Reference: ASIN B0000683DH (region 1)
ASIN B00005UPO7 (region 2)
Year: 1982
Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan (Director's Edition) DVD-Region 2

Region 2 cover

Region 2 cover
Star Trek The Wrath of Khan Special Edition DVD Main Menu 1

Main menu from Disc 1

Main menu from Disc 1
Star Trek The Wrath of Khan Director's Edition DVD Main Menu 2

Main menu from Disc 2

Main menu from Disc 2

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (The Director's Edition) is a special two-disc widescreen Director's Edition DVD of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, with the discs mounted within the standard plastic snapcase. While the Region 1 release did not, the Region 2 snapcase came standard in a matching softboard slipcase.

The release contains a slightly different cut of the film from the theatrical release and the previous DVD release. The run time is slightly longer (approximately 244 seconds for the NTSC version), due to extra footage and different takes being inserted into scenes. Some of the footage comes from extra or alternate footage seen on ABC-TV broadcasts of the film; some of it added specifically for this release, the most notable ones being the two scenes in which it was firmly established that the ill-fated Peter Preston was the nephew of Montgomery Scott. At least one line of the extra footage ties directly to a scene from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, helping to make the continuity between the movies that much more cohesive.


From the back cover
The Federation Starship USS Enterprise is on routine training maneuvers, and Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) seems resigned to the fact that this inspection may well be the last space mission of his career.
But Khan is back.
Aided by his exiled band of genetic supermen, Khan (Ricardo Montalban) – brilliant renegade of 20th century Earth – has raided Space Station Regula One, stolen a top secret device called Project Genesis, wrested control of another Federation starship, and now schemes to set a most deadly trap for his old enemy Kirk... with the threat of a universal Armageddon!
Co-starring Kirstie Alley (Cheers) in her stunning motion picture debut.


Like most or all DVDs, the film has been sectioned into chapters, similar to tracks on a CD. The titles of these chapters are listed below.

Scene Title
1 Opening Credits
2 Kobayashi Maru
3 Antiques
4 Khan
5 The Enterprise
6 New Orders
7 Genesis
8 Revenge
9 Survivors
10 Buried Alive
11 Young And Old
12 By The Book
13 Battle Stations
14 Fire!
15 Warp Speed
16 Life And Death
17 End Credits

Special features[]

Disc One[]

Disc Two[]


  • The Captain's Log – New, exclusive cast and crew interviews with Nicholas Meyer, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban, and Harve Bennett. They discuss the way in which they originally intended to put the film together, and how they eventually ended up completing that task, among other things.
  • Designing Khan – An analysis of the comparisons between Star Trek: The Motion Picture and The Wrath of Khan. The documentary features interviews with Director Nicholas Meyer, the costume designer, Art Director Lee Cole and Production Designer Joseph R. Jennings. They talk about the transitions they made in costume and production design from the first Star Trek movie to its sequel.
  • The Visual Effects of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – A documentary which features interviews with Nicholas Meyer and the visual effects designers who work(ed) for Industrial Light & Magic. The effects crew explain how they executed and completed the special effects shots.
  • "The Star Trek Universe: A Novel Approach" by authors Julia Ecklar and Greg Cox – Includes interviews with Julia Ecklar, the author of The Kobayashi Maru, and Greg Cox, the writer of The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volumes One and Two and To Reign in Hell: The Exile of Khan Noonien Singh. The authors discuss how their books help to fill in the gaps between the movies and where their concepts for stories come from.
  • Original Interviews – Interview material from 1982 featuring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban, and DeForest Kelley.


  • Theatrical trailer – an advertisement for the film's original release, remarkably featuring sound effects originating from the Star Wars franchise, when the USS Enterprise and the USS Reliant do battle. Conceivably this had been an in-joke of Industrial Light & Magic, the visual effects company which has served both franchises as such.
  • Storyboard archive – an assortment of early concept sketches. These archives feature ten original storyboard sequences. Their titles are listed below.
Main Title Concept
Kobayashi Maru
Ceti Alpha V
Regula I
Chekov and Clark Terrell Find Khan
Admiral's Inspection
Khan's Revenge
Kirk Strikes Back
Finding the Genesis Cave
The Mutara Nebula
Sneak Attack
Honored Dead
  • Interactive animated menus

Background information[]

  • In 2016 a remastered version was released on Blu-ray Disc as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Director's Cut). However, that release was not quite a one-for-one copy as the remastered version was slightly differently cut, which meant that Okuda's original text commentary track could not be included on the Blu-ray release as it was out of sync with the new release. On the other hand, Nicholas Meyer's original DVD audio commentary was edited to fit the newly-cut release.
  • The Blu-Ray version was officially supervised by Meyer himself. Several minor bits of dialogue present in previous versions, such as the extended description of the Kobayashi Maru, Kirk's line to Spock about David being his son and Spock's response were removed.
  • In 2017, the remastered director's cut was given a limited theatrical release to celebrate the film's 35th anniversary. [1] [2]

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