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The Man With No Name Trilogy | Blu Ray | (02/06/2014)
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The Sergio Leone 'spaghetti westerns' did not simply add a new chapter to the genre...they reinvented it. From his shockingly violent and stylized breakthrough A Fistful of Dollars to the film Quentin Tarantino calls 'the best-directed movie of all time ' The Good The Bad and the Ugly Leone's vision elevated westerns to an entirely new art form. This definitive Leone collection of the most ambitious and influential Westerns ever made includes over five hours of bonus materials that uncover buried gold in these gritty classics' plus a Newly Remastered version of The Good The Bad And The Ugly.
The Cornetto Trilogy Box Set | Blu Ray | (25/11/2013)
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Shaun of the DeadPub regular Shaun certainly needs a drink. He's fallen out with his Mum and his girlfriend's dumped him. Determined to get his sad life back on track he decides to pull himself together only to be confronted with an unexpected obstacle an unrelenting swarm of suburban living corpses. Who'd've expected that down the boozer eh except perhaps after one too many shandies! Spaced's Simon Pegg plays Shaun with relish swinging his cricket bat at the invading cadaverous hoardes knocking them for six. With an array of celebrity cameos and featuring some contemporary comedy names this is a rare beast a rom-com zombie spoof. Hot FuzzWhen top London cop PC Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is reassigned to the quiet town of Sandford he struggles with his seemingly crime-free world... and oafish partner Danny (Nick Frost). When several grisly accidents rock the village it's not long before Danny&rsquo;s dreams of explosive high-octane car-crashing gun fighting all-out action become reality! It's time for these small-town cops to hand out big-city justice! The World's EndFor Gary King (Simon Pegg) and Andy Knightley (Nick Frost) it was supposed to be the ultimate reunion - one night five friends twelve bars. A boozy quest to 'The World's End' pub on which only the strongest will survive. Having the time of their lives they're ready to take on the world... but tonight they might just have to save it. From Edgar Wright Director of 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz' comes a wildly entertaining thrill ride of outrageous humour and explosive action that will raise a glass to the apocalypse.
Red River Starring JOHN WAYNE (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (28/10/2013)
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One of Hollywood's most iconic westerns Howard Hawks' Red River launches cinema's grandest cattle drive and one of the screen's most powerful father-son dramas. One of John Wayne's most intense roles inspired one of his finest performances and in his debut leading role Montgomery Clift instantly leapt to the forefront of Hollywood's young actors. After the Civil War ranch owner Thomas Dunson (Wayne) leads a drive of ten thousand cattle out of an impoverished Texas to the richer markets of Missouri alongside his adopted son Matthew Garth (Clift) and a team of ranch hands. As the conditions worsen and Dunson's control over his cattlemen gets ever more merciless a rebellion begins to grow within the travelling party. Filmed among glorious expanses with no expense spared and a roster of brilliant turns from greats including Joanne Dru Walter Brennan Harry Carey John Ireland and Hank Worden Red River is an all-American epic a grand adventure yarn and a profound psychological journey. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present its first UK release on Blu-ray. Special Features: New high-definition 1080p presentation Original theatrical trailer Exclusive lengthy video conversation about Red River and Howard Hawks by filmmaker and critic Dan Sallitt conducted by Jaime Christley and shot by Dustin Guy Defa and James P. Gannon A booklet featuring the words of Howard Hawks rare imagery and more!
Pacific Rim | Blu Ray | (11/11/2013)
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Product details Actors: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Ron Perlman Directors: Guillermo del Toro Language: English Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.) Classification: To be announced Studio: Warner Home Video Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
Westerns Collection | Blu Ray | (17/09/2012)
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<b>The Searchers</b> With The Searchers, John Wayne and director John Ford forged an indelible saga of the frontier and the men and women who challenged it. Wayne plays Ethan Edwards, an ex-Confederate who sets out to find his niece, captured by Comanches who massacred his family. He won't surrender to hunger, thirst, the elements or loneliness. And in his obsessive quest, Ethan finds something unexpected: his own humanity. One of the most influential movies ever made. <b>Pale Rider</b> In ...
Clint Eastwood Westerns Collection (3 Discs) | Blu Ray | (17/06/2013)
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Classic westerns collection of 3 Blu-ray discs starring Clint Eastwood in 1080p High Definition.
One-Eyed Jacks | Blu Ray | (12/06/2017)
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One-Eyed Jacks is a film with a troubled history. It was almost the feature debut of emerging television director Sam Peckinpah, who penned the original draft screenplay, and it was almost the only Western to be directed by Stanley Kubrick before he too left the project. The eventual director was Marlon Brando, stepping behind the camera for the first and only time. Brando is Rio, a bank-robber who is double-crossed by his friend and mentor, Dad (Karl Malden). Rio is imprisoned for his role in the crime, but escapes with thoughts of revenge. He tracks down Dad only to find that, during those years spent behind bars, Dad has used his ill-gotten wealth to become the sheriff of Monterey... A strange, baroque Western, One-Eyed Jacks met with bewilderment by critics and audiences upon release, but slowly developed a cult following despite a succession of below-par masters. Now, thanks to an outstanding new 4K restoration from Martin Scorsese s The Film Foundation, audiences can finally see the film as intended once again and recognise the masterpiece it always was.
Clint Eastwood Collection - A Fistful Of Dollars/The Good, The Bad And The Ugly/For A Few Dollars More/Hang 'Em High | Blu Ray | (30/08/2010)
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A Fistful Of Dollars: The first of the 'spaghetti westerns' A Fistful Of Dollars became an instant cult hit and launched the film careers of Italian Writer-Director Sergio Leone and a little known American television actor named Clint Eastwood. As the lean cold eyed cobra-quick gunfighter - Clint became the first of the 'anti heroes'. A Fistful Of Dollars is the western taken to the extreme - with unremitting violence gritty realism tongue-in-cheek humour and striking visuals. For A Few Dollars More: A Fistful of Dollars had proven so successful that a sequel was inevitable. The superbly scripted For A Few Dollars More tells the tale of a ruthless quest to track down the notorious bandit El Indio played by Gian Maria Volonte by an unforgettable alliance between ruthless gun-slingers Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef. Sergio Leone's direction is both violent and operatic and Ennio Morricone's atmospheric score keeps the tension taut as the action moves from jail breaks and hold ups to spectacular gun battles. The Good The Bad And The Ugly: In the third of Eastwood's spaghetti trilogy Director Sergio Leone substitutes the upright puritan Protestant ethos so familiar in Hollywood westerns for a seedy cynical standpoint towards death and morality. The complex plot of bloodshed and betrayal winds its way through the American Civil War following a team of brutal bandits battling to unearth a fortune buried beneath an unmarked grave and boasts a fine Ennio Morricone score featuring a main theme that reached No.1 in the world's pop charts. Hang 'Em High: They riddled him with bullets. They strung him up. They left him to die. But they made two fatal mistakes: they hanged the wrong man... and they didn't finish the job. In his first American-made western Clint Eastwood indelibly carves his niche as the quintessential tough guy - cool-headed iron-willed and unrelenting in the pursuit of revenge.
Faccia A Faccia | Blu Ray | (21/02/2011)
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One of the best films from Italian genre master Sergio Sollima (The Big Gundown) Faccia a Faccia (Face to Face ) is a gangbusting western saga and a gripping parable of the rise of fascism. Upstanding history professor Brad Fletcher (played by the incomparable Gian Maria Volonte) is forced into retirement by his poor health and moves west for the warmer climate. Almost as soon as he arrives however he is taken hostage by famed bandit Solomon Bennett (the great Tomas Milian) in an accidental confrontation and by necessity is forced to take up with his cohorts. But the learned man's growing identification with the gang encourages him to stage a takeover from Bennett and a new crueller system of leadership is put into place. Produced by Sergio Leone's longtime partner Alberto Grimaldi featuring stunning Techniscope cinematography and a pounding score by il maestro Ennio Morricone this long-requested Italian western makes its first appearance on Blu-ray anywhere in the world from a beautiful high-definition master with both English and Italian soundtracks.
Day Of The Outlaw (1959) Dual Format | Blu Ray | (07/12/2015)
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Eureka Entertainment to release DAY OF THE OUTLAW, the last western made by Andre De Toth set in a snowed-in Wyoming town and starring Robert Ryan and Burl Ives, available for the first time in the UK and on Blu-ray in a Dual Format edition for the first time anywhere in the world on 7 December 2015. As in George Stevens’ Shane, the place of action of Andre De Toth’s demented Western Day of the Outlaw is once again the state of Wyoming and the contested land of the homesteaders. Day of the Outlaw was one of Westerns at the twilight of the studio era in which anything might go, and director De Toth, the creator of two infamous idiosyncratic films — the groundbreaking 3D House of Wax and the naturalistic Sterling Hayden-starring noir Crime Wave — here firmly established his pedigree as one of the maverick directors such as Nicholas Ray for whom boundaries proved only elastic consequence. The magnificent Robert Ryan portrays Blaise Starrett (surname itself an evocation of the family in the earlier Stevens film Shane) who comes between a landowner (Alan Marshal) and his wife (Tina Louise). But after a band of outlaws ride into town headed by Jack Bruhn (Burl Ives), Starrett must rise to the occasion and defend the hostage townsfolk while redeeming his own advances towards the landowner’s wife. Filmed on a shoestring budget, Day of the Outlaw proved to be an enduring touchstone for the directors of the French New Wave; it came to exemplify De Toth’s resourcefulness around budgetary limitations and the (here often snow-strewn) difficulties of the shoot. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Andre De Toth’s Day of the Outlaw in a Dual Format edition for the first time in the UK.
The Bourne Collection | Blu Ray | (30/09/2013)
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Own all four action packed Bourne films in this new collection now including Ultraviolet so that you can grab all the action and all the thrills anytime anywhere. The Bourne IdentityRacing to unlock the secret of his own identity amnesiac operative Jason Bourne discovers the deadly truth: he's the government's number one target a $30 million weapon it no longer trusts. Academy Award winner Matt Damon stars in this supercharged thrillaminute spectacular loaded with nonstop action! Special Features: Feature Commentary with Director Doug Liman Behind the Scenes Alternate Opening Alternate Ending Deleted Scenes Extended Farmhouse Scene Interview with Tony Gilroy Robert Ludlum Featurette The Bourne SupremacyAcademy Award winner Matt Damon is on the run again as Jason Bourne the former CIA trained perfect assassin in this smart and suspense filled action thriller. Suffering from amnesia Bourne has left his violent past behind and is living a normal life with girlfriend Marie. But his plans for a peaceful life are crushed when he narrowly escapes an assassination attempt. Gritty and edgy with knockout car chases The Bourne Supremacy is one of the most intelligent and breathless action packed thrillers of the last few years. Special Features: Feature Commentary with Director Paul Greengrass Behind the Scenes Deleted Scenes and much more The Bourne UltimatumAcademy Award winner Matt Damon is trained assassin Jason Bourne. Having lost his memory and the one person he loved he is undeterred by the barrage of bullets from a new generation of trained killers tracking his every move who will stop at nothing to prevent him from learning his true identity. The Bourne Ultimatum unfolds with heart stopping action death defying stunts and white knuckle excitement in the film that Maxim described as the best action picture in decades. Special Features: Feature Commentary with Director Paul Greengrass Deleted Scenes Man on the Move: Jason Bourne featurette and much more The Bourne Legacy The Bourne Legacy introduces a brand new hero Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) an agent on the run from destruction and on a journey to discover the truth in life or death stakes created by events of the first three Bourne films. Cross and Dr Shearing (Rachel Weisz) fight to survive as CIA Ops led by Eric Byer (Edward Norton) attempt to shut down their operation and make everyone involved disappear for good. Special Features: Feature Commentary with Director Tony Gilroy Deleted Scenes Motorbike Chase featurette and much more
Heaven's Gate | Blu Ray | (25/11/2013)
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Based on the Johnson County War of 1892 Michael Cimino's epic western is now hailed as a masterpiece of American Cinema and is presented here in its newly and definitive director's cut. Harvard graduate James Averill has returned to Wyoming as a Marshall and is facing growing divisions and escalating tensions in the local community. The powerful government-backed cattle barons are waging war on the immigrant settlers they brand 'thieves and anarchists' and are drawing up a 'death list' for their hired mercenaries to act upon. As hostilities mount the inevitability of a full-scale and blood war edges even closer. Special Features: New Interview with Jeff Bridges New Interview with Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond Extracts from 'Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate' - Michael Epstein's Acclaimed Documentary Based on Steven's Bach book
For a Few Dollars More | Blu Ray | (03/06/2013)
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When two rival bounty hunters (Oscar Winner Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef) learn they're both after the same murderous bandit, they join forces in hopes of bringing him to justice. But all is not as it seems in the hard-hitting second installment of Sergio Leone's trilogy starring Eastwood as the famed Man With No Name.
Cars 3D | Blu Ray | (28/10/2013)
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Cars the high-octane adventure comedy from the creators of Toy Story The Incredibles and Finding Nemo now looks and sounds better than ever in this Blu-ray disc created from the original digital source file. Hotshot race car Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is living life in the fast lane - until he hits a detour and gets stranded in Radiator Springs a forgotten town on Route 66. There he meets Sally Mater Doc Hudson (Paul Newman) and a heap of hilarious characters who help him discover there's more to life than trophies and fame. Go deeper into the world of Cars than you ever dreamed possible in eye-popping visual clarity. Feel the sound of roaring engines and rock to the rhythm of some smokin' roadhouse riffs with audio enhancement that puts the pedal to the metal! Experience Cars for the first time on Disney Blu-ray - Magic in High Definition.
Planes | Blu Ray | (02/12/2013)
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The world of Cars takes flight in Planes Disney's high-flying animated comedy revved up with action and adventure. Join Dusty a crop duster with sky-high dreams and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take on the world's fastest flyers in the greatest air race ever. Dusty has a huge heart but two big problems...he's not exactly built for speed plus he's afraid of heights. His courage is put to the ultimate test as this unlikely hero aims higher than he ever imagined. With a little help from his friends Dusty finds the courage to be more than he was built for - and the inspiration to soar. Experience Disney's uplifting story of bravery and friendship with never-before-seen bonus features. Special Features: Exclusive Musical Scene: Franz's Song Klay's Flight Plan Introduction To Deleted Scenes By Director Klay Hall And Producer Traci Balthazor-Flynn Deleted Scenes with filmmaker intro: Training Montage Taj Mahal Meet The Racers: El Chu Ripslinger Dusty Ishani Top 10 Flyers Disney Mickey Mouse Croissant de Triomphe
Jurassic Park Trilogy | Blu Ray | (30/09/2013)
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Own all three jaw dropping Jurassic Park films in this new collection now including Ultraviolet so that you'll never be far from the action. Jurassic ParkA millionaire builds a theme park on a remote Pacific island where real dinosaurs have been grown from long dormant DNA molecules. The millionaire's two grandchildren two dinosaur experts a mathematician and a lawyer discover the power of nature: but it's no longer a game when the dinosaurs run amok. Special Features: The Making of Jurassic Park Original Featurette on the Making of the Film Steven Spielberg Directs Jurassic Park Hurricane in Kauai Featurette Early Pre Production Meetings Location Scoutings Phil Tippet Animatics Raptors in the Kitchen Foley Artistsl Theatrical Trailer Animatics TRex Attack ILM and Jurassic Park: Before and After the Visual Effects Storyboards: TRex Attack Jeep Chase Raptors in the Kitchen Omitted Baby Trike Scene The Original Ending Production Archives: Photographs Design Sketches Conceptual Paintings Return to Jurassic Park Making Prehistory The Next Step in Evolution Dawn of a New Era Jurassic Park: Making the Game Thank You Piracy Trailer Jurassic Park: The Lost WorldThe sequel to the 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park. Jeff Goldblum reprises his role as the unconventional mathematician Dr Ian Malcolm. It's been four years since the secret disaster at John Hammond's Jurassic Park. On InGen's second Costa Rican island the dinosaur manufacturing and cloning facility code named Site B has been destroyed by a hurricane. Now Malcom finds himself with the terrifying realisation that not only has something survived but the animals now live and breed in the wild. Special Features: Production Photographs Illustrations and Conceptual Drawings Models The World of Jurassic Park The Magic of ILM Posters and Toys Storyboards: Stego Attack The Round Up Eddie&rsquo;s Death Death in the Waterfall Malcolm Vs. Raptor Sarah Harding Vs. The Raptors Getting The TRex Off The Island The Cargo Ship Sequence The TRex Visits San Diego The Revenge Of The TRex Omitted Air Attack The Original Ending Return to Jurassic Park: Something Survived Finding the Lost World Deleted Scenes The Making of the Lost World Original Featurette on the Making of the Film The Jurassic Park Phenomenon: A Discussion with Author Michael Crichton The Compie Dance Number: Thank You Note to Steven Spielberg Behind The Scenes: ILM and the Lost World: Before and After the Visual Effects Theatrical Trailer Thank You Piracy Trailer Jurassic Park IIIThe saga of genetically modified dinosaurs running amok continues. Special Features: Return To Jurassic Park: The Third Adventure The Making of Jurassic Park III The Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park III Montana: Finding New Dinosaurs The Special Effects of Jurassic Park III The Industrial Light and Magic Press Reel The Sounds of Jurassic Park III The Art of Jurassic Park III Behind The Scenes: Tour of the Stan Winston Studio Behind the Scenes (Spinosaurus Attacks the Plane/Raptors Attack Udesky/the Lake) A Visit to ILM Dinosaur Turntables Storyboards to final feature comparison (Lake/The Aviary/Boat Attack) Production Photo's Theatrical Trailer Feature Commentary with Special Effects Team Thank You Piracy Trailer
Dances With Wolves | Blu Ray | (26/10/2009)
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Rewarded for his heroism in the Civil War Lt. John Dunbar (Costner) wants to see the American Frontier before it is gone. He is assigned to an abandoned fort where a Sioux tribe is his only neighbour. Overcoming the language barrier and their mutual fear and distrust Dunbar and the proud Indians gradually become friends. Eventually he falls in love with the beautiful Stands With A Fist (McDonnell) a white woman raised by the tribe. He learns the culture of the Sioux lives with them and even experiences the breathtaking excitement of a buffalo hunt but his knowledge of the fate that will ultimately befall the tribe torments him. Finally he is faced with a crucial decision that will cause him to examine his heart and soul before making a heroic choice that determines his destiny.
Dead Man | Blu Ray | (23/03/2015)
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This disappointment from Jim Jarmusch stars Johnny Depp in a mystery Western about a 19th-century accountant named William Blake, who spends his last coin getting to a hellish mud town in Texas and ends up penniless and doomstruck in the wilderness. A benevolent if goofy Native American (Gary Farmer) takes an interest in guiding Blake on a quest for identity in his earthly journey, but the film is really just a string of endless shtick about inbred woodsmen, dumb lawmen, and a trio of irritable killers. With Robert Mitchum, Iggy Pop, Gabriel Byrne, Alfred Molina, and a noodling soundtrack by Neil Young. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
Shane (Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (30/11/2015)
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Consciously crafted by director George Stevens as a piece of American myth making, Shane is on nearly everyone's shortlist of great movie Westerns. A buckskin knight, Shane (Alan Ladd) rides into the middle of a range war between farmers and cattlemen, quickly siding with the "sod-busters". While helping a kindly farmer (Van Heflin), Shane falls platonically in love with the man's wife (Jean Arthur, in the last screen performance of a marvellous career). Though the showdowns are exciting, and the story simple but involving, what most people will remember about this movie is the friendship between the stoical Shane and the young son of the farmers. The kid is played by Brandon De Wilde, an amazing child performer; his parting scene with Shane is guaranteed to draw tears from even the most stony-hearted moviegoer. And speaking of stony hearts, Jack Palance made a sensational impression as the evil gunslinger sent to clean house--he has fewer lines of dialogue than he has lines in his magnificently craggy face, but he makes them count. The photography, highlighting the landscape near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, won an Oscar. --Robert Horton
Star Trek / Star Trek Into Darkness Double Pack | Blu Ray | (02/09/2013)
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Star TrekJ.J. Abrams' 2009 feature film was billed as "not your father's Star Trek," but your father will probably love it anyway. And what's not to love? It has enough action, emotional impact, humor, and sheer fun for any moviegoer, and Trekkers will enjoy plenty of insider references and a cast that seems ideally suited to portray the characters we know they'll become later. Both a prequel and a reboot, Star Trek introduces us to James T. Kirk (Chris Pine of The Princess Diaries 2), a sharp but aimless young man who's prodded by a Starfleet captain, Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood), to enlist and make a difference. At the Academy, Kirk runs afoul of a Vulcan commander named Spock (Zachary Quinto of Heroes), but their conflict has to take a back seat when Starfleet, including its new ship, the Enterprise, has to answer an emergency call from Vulcan. What follows is a stirring tale of genocide and revenge launched by a Romulan (Eric Bana) with a particular interest in Spock, and we get to see the familiar crew come together, including McCoy (Karl Urban), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Sulu (John Cho), Chekhov (Anton Yelchin), and Scottie (Simon Pegg). The action and visuals make for a spectacular big-screen movie, though the plot by Abrams and his writers, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (who worked together on Transformers and with Abrams on Alias and Mission Impossible III), and his producers (fellow Losties Damon Lindeloff and Bryan Burk) can be a bit of a mind-bender (no surprise there for Lost fans). Hardcore fans with a bone to pick may find faults, but resistance is futile when you can watch Kirk take on the Kobayashi Maru scenario or hear McCoy bark, "Damnit, man, I'm a doctor, not a physicist!" An appearance by Leonard Nimoy and hearing the late Majel Barrett Roddenberry as the voice of the computer simply sweeten the pot. Now comes the hard part: waiting for some sequels to this terrific prequel. --David Horiuchi Star Trek Into DarknessA good portion of Trekkies (or Trekkers, depending on one's level of Star Trek obsession) have special affection for episodes of the original TV series that related to Earth and other-Earth cultures visited by the crew of the Enterprise, version 1.0. Some of the shows unfolded in distorted forms of the past, some in the present day of Star Trek's future reality. Director J.J. Abrams recognised the importance of this relationship in his origin-story reboot of the franchise in 2009, and in Star Trek Into Darkness he has made it an even greater touchstone to the roots of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's defining philosophy from nearly 50 years ago. The human home world is key to the plot of this spectacularly bold leap into Star Trek lore, which cleverly continues along the alternate path that was established as separate from the "original" Star Trek universe in Abrams's first whiz-bang crack at advancing the mythology. But it's not just Earth that is cool and imperiled in this rendering of adventure in the 23rd century; Into Darkness also plays with the original conceit that Earthlings were member to a multi-species United Federation of Planets ruled by a "Prime Directive" of noninterference with other civilisations. The conflict comes when rogue elements in the Earth-based Starfleet Command hunger to shift focus from peaceful exploration to militarisation, a concept that is anathema to the crew of the Enterprise and her ongoing mission. The new cast is again inventively reunited, each of them further investing their characters with traits that reveal novel acting choices while staying true to the caricatures that are ingrained in our popular culture. The interplay between Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock is deeper, and Zoe Saldana as Uhura is a solid third in their relationship. John Cho (Sulu), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Anton Yelchin (Chekov), and Karl Urban (McCoy) all have standout roles in the overall ensemble mystique as well as the plot-heavy machinations of this incarnation's narrative. Fortunately, the burdens of the story are well served by some important additions to the cast. Benedict Cumberbatch's Shakespearean aura, ferociously imperious gaze, and graceful athleticism make him a formidable villain as the mysterious Starfleet operative John Harrison. Harrison has initiated a campaign of terror on Earth before leading the Enterprise to even greater dangers in the enemy territory of Klingon-controlled space. That his background may make dedicated Trekkies/Trekkers gasp is just one acknowledgment of the substantial and ingrained legacy Star Trek has borne. There are many references, nods and winks to those with deep reverence for the folklore (some of them perhaps a little too close to being inside-baseball), though the fantastical and continually exciting story stands as an expertly crafted tale for complete neophytes. Another new face is Peter Weller--iconically famous in sci-fi-dom as RoboCop--here playing a steely, authoritative Starfleet bigwig who may also be following a hidden agenda. Not only is he running a covert operation, he's also at the helm of a fearsome secret starship that looms over the Enterprise like a shark poised to devour its prey. Which brings us to the awesome CGI effects driving the dazzling visual style of Into Darkness and the endlessly fascinating cosmos it makes real. The wow factor extends from the opening set piece on an alien world of primitive humanoids, garish vegetation, and a roiling volcano to the finale of destruction in a future San Francisco that is elegantly outfitted with gleaming-spired skyscrapers and all manner of flying vehicles. (London also gets a breathtaking 23rd-century makeover). With a coolness that glistens in every immaculately composed shot, the movie never forgets that humanism and creativity make the myriad design details and hyper-technology pop out as much more than eye candy. The biggest achievement of Star Trek Into Darkness is that it hews to the highest standard of a highly celebrated tradition. Though Kirk and co. may bend it a little, the Prime Directive remains unbroken. --Ted Fry