Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Do Not Buy Star Trek: The Compendium

The reason that Paramount released a crappy blu-ray edition of Star Trek Into Darkness last year is official out now. The Star Trek: The Compendium is a four disc total set with 2009's Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. The '09 Star Trek is the identical Blu-ray set that has been available for years while while Into Darkness is what the initial release last year should have been before Paramount stripped-mined its extra features as retailer exclusives. They did that because they knew this addition was waiting in the pipeline. So basically this "new" set is an attempt to force fans to buy the exact same movies set twice rather then a way of trying to get new fans on board (or go Lord of the Rings/Hobbit with genuine new content that cost a pretty penny to put together like the Extended Editions).

If you followed my advise last year and avoided buying Into Darkness then this could be your reward with its 20 extra features including what I understand to be an excellent commentary (which last year was an iTunes exclusive). However, Paramount WILL do this again with more of their movies and then the rest of the studios will copy them. As a result it is in your best interest as a movie fan (as this really isn't a Star Trek issue) is make it clear to Paramount that this is unacceptable. The only way you can do that is to speak with your wallet by keeping it closed. As a result I once again recommend - Do Not Buy. However, if you insist on doing it and plan on buying from Amazon, click here so this site gets credit.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 7 Trailer

Below is the first trailer for Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7. No details yet on extra features but expect it to follow the same format as the others with lots of new featurettes, interviews, and a documentary.

There will also be a separate "movie" version of the series finale "All Good Things..." that will include its own features and commentary. Trailer for that is also below. The release date for both sets is December 2, 2014. Hit the above links to pre-order from Amazon.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Star Trek Humble Bundle for Charity

In July IDW and Humble Bundle teams up to create a great Transformers comics deal to benefit a charity. It seems that was a success as they have done it again, this time with IDW's line of Star Trek comics. For a donation of at least $15 (or more if you choose) you can get $270 worth of DRM-free comic books. This is a collection of 66 comics in 13 volumes (like a trade paperback). You can choose to donate less than $15 and still get some of the collections but considering the deal that just strikes me as being a touch too cheap.

The charity is The Hero Initiative which "creates a financial safety net for yesterday's creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. Keep in mind even today most comic book writers, artists, inkers etc. got paid once for their work. Even if the book remains published in perpetuity in trade form, they rarely get any additional money for its sales success. Even if that work was later used to inspire TV shows, movies, and so forth. Except for maybe Stan Lee, most of the creators of the characters that you have seen in all these movies over the last decade have rarely been given one cent from those successful franchises. Its a worthy cause even if you wind up nothing reading the comics.

I recommend creating a Humble Bundle account first if you do not already have one and then log in before donating. That way your purchase is tied into your account to re-download if need to in the future. After donating you will receive an email to the site to download the comics in .cbz, .pdf, .epub and .mobi formats. Apps I recommend include ComicGlass for iPad/iPhone (uses .pdf or .cbz format), Cover for Windows 8 (.cbz), Perfect Viewer for Android (.cbz) and Play Books from Google (.epub, .mobi, .pdf). Below is the video about the promotion. For more details and place your donation/order click here or even purchase as a gift for others. The bundle ends on Wednesday, September 17th at 2pm ET.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Gene Roddenberry and Free Enterprise Kickstarter Projects

There are two Star Trek related Kickstarter projects currently hoping to make their goals. One is a documentary for Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry as they use his words and voice to show the creation of Star Trek. The goal is to reach $15,000 by next Sunday. For fans you might want to look and see if you are interested. All the details are here (video below).

The second project is a bit more ambitious as the goal is to take the Free Enterprise movie and turn it into a television series. To do that, they need a pilot to show to television studios and as a result they are hoping to raise $225,000 by August 20th. The full details on that project can be found here. (video below). Good luck to both projects.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Star Trek and Planet of the Apes Crossover Comic Announced

Today IDW and Boom Studios have announced a rather unique crossover comic. Called Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive, the miniseries will have The Original Series cast crossing path with the original Planet of the Apes (1968) cast in a fight against the Klingons. Full description in the press release below.
Star Trek™ Meets Planet Of The Apes!
IDW Publishing Partners With BOOM! Studios For Epic Crossover

San Diego, CA (July 25, 2014) – Have you ever wondered what it would be like to “mind-meld” with a sentient ape? Or wanted to see a Klingon on horseback, brandishing a rifle? Readers will soon have a chance to peek into just such an alternate future, as IDW Publishing partners with BOOM! Studios for the crossover event of the year: Star Trek/Planet of the Apes.

IDW will publish the crossover, which will mark the first time BOOM! Studios has partnered with another publisher on a series. Together they will bring Star Trek, licensed by CBS Consumer Products, and 20th Century Fox’s Planet of the Apes together in a way that is sure to delight existing fans and make new ones. The series will pair the original U.S.S. Enterprise crew with Taylor, Nova and the cast from the original Planet of the Apes film.

“Planet of the Apes and Star Trek are groundbreaking science-fiction properties and both deal with many of the same social issues and themes,” says Greg Goldstein IDW President & Chief Operating Officer. “A crossover between the two is a natural and long overdue.”

“Before I could read comic books as a child, I could watch science fiction on my television. My dad used to wake me up way past my bedtime to watch Star Trek in syndication—it came on after the nightly news—and I took a Planet of the Apes lunchbox with me to kindergarten every day,” says BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie. “Suffice to say, teaming up these two titans of science fiction on the page in a way that they probably will never meet each other on the silver screen is a huge moment for me personally and emotionally.”

The creative team will be a mix of proven experience and new blood with scripts by beloved Star Trekscribes Scott and David Tipton (Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation 2) and interior art and covers by the British newcomer Rachael Stott.

“With the Klingons secretly backing a renegade gorilla general in a coup for control of Ape City, Captain Kirk finds himself in the uncomfortable position of having to help out Dr. Zaius’ orangutans,” explainsDavid Tipton. “Taylor won’t be happy with that!”

“What an epic pairing! I’m so excited to see Taylor, Kirk…and those damned dirty apes…in our upcoming comic,” says IDW editor Sarah Gaydos, “We’re eager to team up these exciting creative forces to bring this to life.”