‘Star Trek Into Darkness,’ ‘We Steal Secrets,’ ‘Peeples’
New DVD releases for Tuesday, Sept. 10, include “Star Trek Into Darkness,” the documentaries “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” and “Chasing Ice,” and the comedy “Tyler Perry Presents Peeples.”
“Star Trek Into Darkness” hits DVD at warp speed Tuesday. Star ratings are by Seattle Times movie reviewers, freelancers or wire services. For full reviews, search the movie title at . Release dates are subject to change.
“Star Trek Into Darkness” (PG-13): Bright, bold, playful and ingenious, action impresario J.J. Abrams’ prequel to the classic 1960s television show (and subsequent film series) possesses equal amounts of respect and cheek. The nervy reboot can be summed up as a triumph of casting.
From the moment Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana showed up in Abrams’ “Star Trek” four years ago, it was clear he had found the right actors to portray Capt. James Kirk, First Officer Spock and Communications Officer Uhura in their years as Starfleet rookies. With every raised eyebrow and vocal inflection, the ensemble of superb young actors inhabited their characters with uncanny ease.
In “Darkness,” the USS Enterprise crew is back — including ship doctor “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban), chief engineer Scotty (Simon Pegg), Chekov (Anton Yelchin) and Sulu (John Cho). But the casting coup is Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock,” “War Horse”), a villain on the cusp of becoming a legendary nemesis. As gratifying as it is to watch Kirk, Spock and their colleagues, “Star Trek Into Darkness” derives its ballast, and most of its menacing pleasure, from Cumberbatch, who takes tantalizing ownership of a role with near-limitless future prospects for evil mayhem.
Blu-ray extras: Featurettes include “Creating the Red Planet”; “Attack on Starfleet,” a behind-the-scenes look; “The Klingon Home World”; “The Enemy of My Enemy”; “Ship to Ship” visual effects, “Brawl by the Bay” preparation for the film’s climax; and “Continuing the Mission.”
“Chasing Ice” (not rated): Jeff Orlowski’s documentary, a winner at numerous film festivals, follows photographer James Balog as he tracks the inexorable melting of glaciers.
“We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” (R): Alex Gibney’s account of two famous whistle-blowers: U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who leaked classified military documents, and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who helped spread the information over the Internet.
“Love Is All You Need” (R): Two different kinds of survivors (Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm) forge an unlikely bond while on Italy’s Amalfi Coast for their children’s wedding.
“Tyler Perry Presents Peeples” (PG-13): Meet the potential in-laws in this comedy starring Craig Robinson and Kerry Washington.
TV on DVD
“The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Sixth Season”
“Castle: The Complete Fifth Season”
“Homeland: The Complete Second Season”
“Supernatural: The Complete Eighth Season”
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