There seem to be two different types of people: on the one side, the people who enjoy J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek movies; on the other, people who want to fiddle with Abrams’ transporter pad so he gets turned inside out like that poor bastard in ST: The Motion Picture. The latter group probably won’t care that Star Trek Into Darkness is coming to home video this week, but if any of you out there are planning to burn a copy in protest, you should at least know your options.
As with most high-profile releases, STID is arriving in the usual options: a 3D Blu-ray version that also includes a Blu-ray copy, DVD copy, and a digital copy. Next down the rung is the regular Blu-ray combo pack, which includes all of the above except for, you know, the 3D disk. If you loved Into Darkness enough to want to sink some serious cash into it, there are multiple retailer-exclusive versions, which include everything from extra bonus footage to a snazzy phaser replica. The release has earned some (more) controversy in recent weeks owing to the fact that you can’t actually get all the available bonus content unless you buy multiple different copies of the movie from different retailers. That’s certainly not unheard of in the home video market, but it’s still kind of a dick move to penalize people who are willing to throw down their hard-earned cash to buy your movie in the first place.