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Star Trek III: The Search For Spock

Special Collector
Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 67 (Dec 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Mark Lenard, Merritt Butrick, Dame Judith Anderson, Robin Curtis, Christopher Lloyd

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Disc One of this two-disc Special Collector's Edition includes audio commentary by director Leonard Nimoy, writer and producer Harve Bennett, director of photography Charles Correll, and actress Robin Curtis. There is also a text commentary by co-authors of the "Star Trek Encyclopedia" Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda. Disc Two begins with the 26-minute featurette "Terraforming And The Prime Detective" and the 26-minute making-of featurette "Captain

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 06255
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 105
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1984
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/22/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

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(Director): Leonard Nimoy
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DVD Picture:
This new anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD appears to be virtually the same as the previously released DVD (reviewed in Issue 39). The picture on this new dual-layer version appears to be slightly smoother, with less pixelization than is noticed on the previous single-layer version. There is some minor edge enhancement noticed on occasion, and dirt and artifacts are revealed from the source element. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel remastered soundtrack is the same as that with the previously issued DVD. The soundtrack offers an impressive remastering effort that refines the spatiality and deep bass presence of the matrix Dolby Surround PCM audio on the previous LaserDisc. The fidelity certainly is dated, but background noise is nonetheless minimal. The multidimensional soundfield produced by sound effects is rather impressive, with a wide stereophonic image, and ample surround activity, sometimes engaging the split surrounds. Dialogue sounds fairly natural, and integration with the visuals is remarkable. The music is of a dated recording, but nonetheless prominently fills the listening space. Deep bass is truly impressive, with a deep, clean rumbling presence throughout and occasional moments of intense low frequency activity with .1 LFE enhancement. (Perry Sun)

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