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Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray Region A cover

Region A cover

Region A cover
Blu-ray Disc release
Series: Star Trek films
No. of discs: 1/2 Blu-ray
1 DVD (North America only)
Director: J.J. Abrams
Region A release date: 10 September 2013 (North America)
25 June 2013 (Japan)
14 October 2013 (South Korea[1])
8 January 2014 (Japan "Hot Wheels" gift pack)
26 August 2014 (Hong Kong)
10 June 2015 (Japan "Metalpak")
24 April 2019 (Japan reissue)
Region B release date: 2 September 2013 (UK)
11 September 2013 (Benelux)
12 September 2013 (Germany)
16 September 2013 (UK 1-disc "SteelBook®")
18 September 2013 (Australasia)
25 September 2013 (Italy)
9 October 2013 (Czech Republic)
10 October 2013 (Scandinavia)
6 November 2013 (Spain)
1 April 2014 (France)
29 January 2015 (German "Metalpak")
Rating(s): MPAA - Parents Strongly Cautioned CHVRS - Parental Guidance RCQ - General BBFC - 12 IFCO - 12 FSK - Freigegeben ab 12 Jahren NICAM - Mogelijk schadelijk tot 12 jaar (Watch out with children under 12) MCCYP - 11 EIRIN - General, suitable for all ages Hong Kong - Category IIA OFLC (Australia) - Mature OFLC (New Zealand) - Mature DJCTQ - 12 anos
Reference: ASIN B00F7AP5T4 (Region A, North America)
ASIN B00JHEUXAC (Region A, Japan)
ASIN B00G9QSUWY (Region A, Japan "Hot Wheels" gift pack)
ASIN B00UFPMVBQ (Region A, Japan "Metalpak")
ASIN B07NVHY1TT (Region A, Japan reissue)
ASIN B009934S5M (Region B, UK)
ASIN B00E0K3E72 (Region B, UK 2-disc "SteelBook"-A)
ASIN B009IJHEX0 (Region B, UK 2-disc "SteelBook"-B)
ASIN B00NAIMI18 (Region B, UK 1-disc "SteelBook")
EAN-13 8719372012260 (Region B, Benelux)
ASIN B00CXLSVLE (Region B, Germany)
ASIN B00TXLQUHE (Region B, German "Metalpak")
ASIN B01M6D0P3S (Region B, Australia)
ASIN B00DRA0C12 (Region B, Italy)
ASIN B00E5GD6P6 (Region B, Italy Amazon exclusive)
ASIN B013BZLXP6 (Region B, Italy "Limited Ed. SteelBook")
ASIN B00KA6ZA3Q (Region B, Czech Republic)
EAN-13 7332431040397 (Region B, Scandinavia)
ASIN B00FPESQ66 (Region B, Spain)
ASIN B00DVL1V08 (Region B, Spain "SteelBook")
ASIN B00IFME3QC (Region B, France)
EAN-13 4690241117030 (Region C, Russia)
Year: 2013
Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray Region B cover

Region B cover

Region B cover

Star Trek Into Darkness is the Blu-ray Disc release of Star Trek Into Darkness. The release contains a Blu-ray, DVD (omitted from releases outside North America), and a digital copy of the film. Various limited edition sets are also available with many of them, most conspicuously the "retailer exclusives", including a bonus features Blu-ray disc in lieu of the DVD.

Most regular releases came with their discs mounted in the standard plastic snapcase and packaged within the customary cardboard slipcover, but there was a twist involved for the North America Region A release; instead of a cardboard slipcover, theirs was endowed with a transparent plastic one with the snapcase cover (which is otherwise similar to the Region B cover) partially visible through the Starfleet arrow shaped ruins.

While in several cases still being marketed as region-restricted, it is in actuality a region-free release as this has increasingly become commonplace for the Blu-ray format. The European releases even lack the once customary region indication on their back covers – though they were maintained on their equally region-free Blu-ray 3D counterparts.


The domestic release of the Blu-ray does not feature the scenes shot in IMAX resolution. It was reported that the German release contains the scenes shot for IMAX, shown in their full aspect, but this is false. [2]

Special features[]

These are the standard special features common to all Blu-ray releases.

  • Creating the Red Planet
  • Attack on Starfleet
  • The Klingon Home World
  • The Enemy of My Enemy
  • Ship to Ship
  • Brawl by the Bay
  • Continuing the Mission (Region A only)

The iTunes Store release contains a director's video commentary, which runs a half hour longer than the film. iTunes later released all special features as included on the 2014 Star Trek: The Compendium release. [3] The deleted scenes are available on the Xbox SmartGlass app. The additional following special features are exclusive to the following stores:

Target/Sainsbury's release,
  • The Voyage Begins… Again
  • Mr. Spock and Mr. Spock
  • Rebuilding the Enterprise
  • Vengeance is Coming
  • Kirk & Spock
  • Visual Affection

Sainsbury's had its bonus features included on a DVD, unlike Target which had them included on a separate Blu-ray disc.

Best Buy/CinemaNow release
  • Down With the Ship
  • NIF: Home of the Core
  • Safety First
  • Unlocking the Cut
  • The Sound of Music and FX
  • Aliens Encountered [4]

The Canadian Best Buy edition contains an additional disc for these bonus features, while American buyers will have to download them.

Tesco release

20 minutes of unspecified extra content exclusive to their Blinkbox service.

The VAM controversy[]

The decision to make the majority of special features retailer exclusives prompted intense criticism of Paramount Home Entertainment. [5] According to TrekCore, a source close to both Paramount and Bad Robot Productions stated that the latter reportedly had "100% control" over the production and dissemination of VAM ("Value Added Material" aka "special features") productions. This source speculated this material might have been delivered late as account-specific features generally have a deadline that is later than the Blu-ray. This would have resulted in the features being thrown to different SKUs (Stock Keeping Units), or contracts were negotiated with retailers wherein each was paid for the exclusive content specific to their stores. [6] Simon Pegg voiced his support for the fans, saying the inconsistent release made him "sad". [7]

In June 2014, Paramount announced an all special features inclusive Blu-ray release, in the IMAX version (but without the 3D version), of the film as the The Compendium set referenced above. [8]

Deeply loathed by fans and consumers alike, [9] and despite the upheaval, the retailer exclusive format was utilized yet again for the next, 2016 film Blu-ray outing.

  1. Asian Region A release dates from
  2. The same SteelBook was in North America also circulated by Walmart as their two-disc holding Blu-ray/DVD combo "Limited Edition" retailer exclusive variant. It was this version that was included in their exclusive "Hot Wheels" gift set retailer exclusive as well.
  3. The Italian limited gift set release was an aberrant Blu-ray only version of the more ubiquitous similar version released in the same time-span for the Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray 3D release, the version of which falsely indicated on the Italian box as being present as well, and had been a 4 December 2013 retailer exclusive.

External links[]

Previous Region A release:
Star Trek: Stardate Collection
Star Trek films
Next release:
Star Trek Into Darkness 3D
Previous Region B release:
Star Trek: The Original Series - Origins
Previous series release:
Star Trek: Stardate Collection
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