I saw Star Trek: Into Darkness a few times when it first came out. It was a movie I really enjoyed upon the first viewing but thought less of on each subsequent viewing and haven't had a desire to return to since, until I was able to grab TM2YC's edit that is.
The one word I would use to describe this edit is "seamless". The tight, invisible editing that TM2YC has employed emphasizes the movies strengths while downplaying the moments that felt silly or forced in the original, all while not drawing attention to itself. Certain elements endemic to the plot (Khan's magic blood etc.) can't be fixed but they don't feel as unforgivable because the movie is tighter and the characters more likable on the whole. The movie now has the energy and charisma that propelled the 2009 film that preceded it. Overall I highly recommend this edit to anyone inclined to give this movie another chance.
What can I say that hasn't already been said? I enjoyed Star Trek Into Darkness when it first came out, and have watched it since and enjoyed it as much, with only a few quibbles, all of which have been addressed here:
- Alive Eve no longer strips down in front of Kirk for fanservice is gone.
- Spock's cheesy (but rather understandable in the heat of the moment) KHAAAAAN is gone.
- Leonard Nimoy's cameo is gone.
I didn't follow the ITW thread for this edit, so I can't rightfully say where extra FX work was done, but given that it went unnoticed in the first place speaks volumes about TM2YC's work here. The color correction was great, no stray frames or any other errors in video editing. Bionicbob noted a pretty major audio sync issue with Scotty, but I never noticed it (I in no way mean to discount Bob's review - I simply never noticed).
Narratively, the film works very well. Nothing feels over-explained, and while I do think that Spock and Uhura's character arc felt a bit weak because the conflict between them was more or less eliminated, but then again, not every film needs a romantic subplot.
The A/V quality of the Blu-ray was great, pretty damn close to the retail disc. As a note, I really loved that TM2YC used the IMAX version from the Compendium release (which I also own) as a base for the edit. The expanded ratio looks amazing. The stereo audio track was great as well, nothing sounded out of place and levels were good. No complaints there.
Overall, I really enjoyed the edit and this is my go-to version. With 15 minutes cut, I only noticed a few significant things cut, but not due to poor editing. This is a solid edit and I highly recommend it.
So I liked the original film well enough, Im a huge Star Trek fan and a fan of Benedict Cumberbatch. But the movie always was off for me, particularly how it treated Uhura and Carol. The gratuitous strip tease from Carol is gone, which I appreciated since it did nothing for the plot or character AT ALL. And a lot of the "nagging Uhura" lines are gone, which really does a lot of good for her character (since I actually LIKE her character) Another welcome change I never knew I needed was the elimination of Kirks demotion. It was always weird to me that he was figuratively put in a corner for five minutes and then let back out when Pike was killed. This way he still got reprimanded for his actions but it made more sense plot wise. While I do love the iconic "KHAANNNN!" moment, the lack of it doesnt harm the movie in any way.
I think the only issue I have with this edit, which is one I can easily fix myself and its not really that distracting, is that the movie will switch from full screen to wide screen at some points. Im not sure why, as the scenes arent deleted or anything. (Keep in mind Im new to the site so I might have used the wrong file)
TM2YC has done an excellent job fixing the major problems with "Into Darkness," including some I hadn't thought were fixable (such as Kirk's demotion and Uhura's characterization). The FX work he's done to get some of these changes to work is nothing short of flawless, and I noticed no audio issues on my 2.1 soundbar setup.
Narratively, I still have my issues with the film, specifically Khan's magical healing blood and the "Wrath of Khan" remake B.S. with Kirk that makes the magical healing blood necessary to the plot, but the way it's been edited here makes it all much more palatable. And I have to say, bold (but very smart!) choice in cutting Nimoy from the film - I wouldn't have thought a fan editor would have the guts to do that now that he's sadly gone, but it is absolutely the right choice for this film.
"Star Trek: Vengeance" now it sits comfortably alongside the theatrical ST09 and Beyond discs on my shelf, forever replacing the theatrical cut with no reservations whatsoever.
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS is a movie I really enjoyed when it came out, I really enjoy JJ Abrams vision in this world, I consider the original movie to be really fun and entertaining, in a few words it was a solid 8 out of 10 for me, but this edit has completely replaced the original in my collection, it is absolutely fantastic. The change in direction it does near the end is an excellent choice, the new colors and cuts of plot holes and little comments that served no purpose only make it better, the transitions are great and the added effects make it look and feel seamless as if this was the original intent of the movie in the first place. I want to congratulate TM2YC for this fantastic reshaping of a this movie, it was a great and fulfilling experience. Definitely replaced the original movie for me, again, thanks for this.