'The Search For Spock' DVD Reviews

By Christian
April 18, 2000 - 8:33 PM

Over the past few days, several sites have put up reviews of the DVD version of 'Star Trek III: The Search For Spock', which was recently released by Paramount Home Video. First up is a review by Jeff Bond at the Mothership, who awards the DVD a B, mostly analysing the actual film itself:

STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK was instrumental in establishing the "odd-numbered" movie curse that has been applied to every STAR TREK movie since (specifically THE FINAL FRONTIER, GENERATIONS and INSURRECTION). Lodged uncomfortably between the beloved STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN, just about everyone's favorite TREK film, and STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME (the biggest moneymaker in the series), THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK does indeed come off looking like the poor cousin, but despite some glaringly obvious problems it's an entertaining film and an underrated one.

Bond's full review can be found by following this link. Another new review was written by Aaron Beierle at DVD Talk, who talks a bit more about how the actual DVD turned out:

For about a year now, Paramount has been making excellent improvements in the image quality of their efforts, and they deliver once again here. They provide a bright, clean and clear looking image that looks consistently strong and impressive, certainly from a film that's now a little over 15 years old. If not "razor sharp", the picture consistently looks pleasingly crisp and clear, with only a few flaws that remain rather minor.

Colors are suprisingly bright and bold, never showing any signs of bleeding. Flesh tones are accurate and natural looking as well. The only slight flaw that I noticed was a little bit of grain here and there, but I was never distracted by it. No shimmering or pixelation appear, and the print is in remarkably good condition, with only a few minor marks and scratches, that's about it. Paramount has done a very fine job here, and fans of the series will be mighty pleased.

In his full review, Beierle gives an advice of 'Recommended'.

Finally, a review has also gone up at the Cinema Laser, written by Derek M. Germano, who also very much praised the excellent presentation by Paramount Home Video.

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