'Star Trek' boldly goes back in time

J.J. Abrams promised in 2008 that the Star Trek movie would deliver a lot more kick-ass action. He also dug into the roots of the 1960s TV show and reinvented it while reminding us that the original vision by creator Gene Roddenberry remains a viable jumping-off point for excitement and social commentary.

The Star Trek theme of international and interplanetary cooperation is still on board. The story begins pre-"boldly go," with Chris Pine as a young James Kirk at the Starfleet academy. Zachary Quinto (Heroes) plays Spock, the half-Vulcan instructor who doesn't like the rash cadet's tactics. They will be thrown together on the Enterprise with younger versions of other Trek characters.

They are led by Capt. Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood), a character in Trek mythology, who faces a Romulan psychopath named Nero (Eric Bana). The story here is a clever time-travel puzzle augmented by lively action, good special effects and ultimately what made the original fun — the battle between Spock's logic and Kirk's gut instincts. Both actors find the spirit of their characters, reminding us of the originals, Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner, while making them their own. Nimoy makes a cameo, helping to complete the circle.

The Blu-ray DVD set has commentary by Abrams; news about NASA space exploration; a mini-doc on reimagining the original series, casting, special effects, designing the starship, creating aliens and shooting on location; plus deleted scenes and a gag reel.

Star Trek retails for $29.99, $34.98 for the two-disc edition and $39.99 for the three-disc Blu-ray edition.