Blu-rays From Outer Space and Beyond1 Aug, 2009 By: John Latchem
It looks like this fall is going to offer a decent selection of sci-fi and fantasy on Blu-ray Disc.
Hot off its announcement that Star Trek: The Original Series — Season Two would hit Blu-ray Sept. 22, Paramount also plans to release the four “Next Generation” movies the same day: Generations, First Contact, Insurrection and Nemesis. Each five-disc set is loaded with extra content, and the bonus disc is titled “Star Trek Evolutions,” which offers a number of featurettes about the franchise and something of a tribute to the defunct Las Vegas Star Trek Experience attraction. Two of the extras are called “Klingon Encounter” and “Borg Invasion 4D,” so it appears the ride film from the Experience has made its way to disc.
The set will run $69.99 on Blu-ray and $39.99 on DVD. A DVD set of the first six films will be released that day as well at $59.99, and individual copies of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and Star Trek: First Contact at $12.99 each for DVD and $24.99 each for Blu-ray.
Bowing Oct. 27 (prebook Sept. 30) at $29.99 is Stargate: 15th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray Disc. This is Lionsgate’s second release of the 1994 film, which spawned three spinoff TV shows (the third, “Stargate Universe,” debuts Oct. 2 on Syfy.
The movie stars James Spader and Kurt Russell as two men who lead a team to a distant planet via an interstellar wormhole to fight the alien tyrant who rules the people there.
Lionsgate’s first Stargate Blu-ray came in 2006 and was among the first wave of BD titles to hit shelves. Extras from the first disc making their way to the re-release include a making-of featurette, an “Is there a Stargate?” featurette and commentary with director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin, the creative team behind Independence Day.
New Blu-ray extras include a gag reel, a trivia game, a picture-in-picture “Stargate Ultimate Knowledge” function, and the featurettes “Deciphering the Gate: Concepts and Casting,” “Opening the Gate: The Making of the Movie” and “Passing Through the Gate: The Legacy.”
The disc also contains both the theatrical and extended cuts of the film.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Sept. 29 (prebook Aug. 27) releases to Blu-ray Disc Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal at $27.95 each. Each disc is loaded with extras.