The upcoming Star Trek DVD/Blu-ray has some particularly juicy extras on it, which is good news if you were a fan of the J.J. Abrams reboot. The disc doesn't drop until Nov. 17, but Abrams and screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman gave us a preview last month, and we picked out what we think are the six best features for you:
The Klingons make their debut. The knobby-headed nemeses appeared in an early cut but were excised from the final film. "They were in the movie, and it's one of those things that I hated to cut, for a number of reasons," Abrams said. "One of them was that I loved the design, the world and the story, and that moment was really cool. So I'm very excited for people to see these scenes." The sequence also has more action: You'll see Nero take down his prison guards, and he fights Romulan-style.
Alias's Spy Daddy, Victor Garber, appears. Abrams' former Alias star had a cameo as one of the Klingons, interrogating Nero (Eric Bana). "Victor Garber, who is one of my favorite actors, played a Klingon, was in the movie, had a ton of makeup and a very heavy, hot costume," Abrams said. "I had to call him and tell him his scene wasn't in the film. A huge consolation for me was that it will live forever on the DVD and Blu-ray, so I'm psyched for people to see that."
See Spock born. In the movie, we see James Tiberius Kirk born while his father dies in a space battle. Orci and Kurtzman wrote Spock's birth, too, but you'll only see it on the DVD. "The first scene of the movie was the birth of Spock," Kurtzman said. "I think that we knew that the way these characters were born was going to define everything about who they would become. Knowing that Kirk was going to be a renegade, knowing that he was going to have father issues, knowing he was going to be lost, knowing he was going to have to come into his own as captain prescribed a series of things that allowed us to think about 'What would create a man like that?' Which was a very emotional place to begin."
Spock Prime explains one of the movie's biggest coincidences. Perhaps the biggest complaint fans had about the reboot movie was that it was awfully coincidental for young Kirk (Chris Pine) to land on an ice planet only a few steps away from where Spock Prime (Leonard Nimoy) was waiting for him. The original cut of the movie dealt with it, but the explanation wound up on the cutting-room floor. "In the scene where they're in the cave, there was a sequence that is on the DVD that was cut from the movie where Spock speaks to that," Abrams said. "He talks about how this is sort of the timeline's way of trying to repair itself, and it's as much about fate as anything. The trick in doing any movie, but especially something like this that involves some weird alternate-reality/time-travel thing, is that you don't want to not explain it, but you don't want to explain everything."
The last word on why William Shatner's not in it. Abrams has explained before that he really wanted the original Capt. Kirk in the movie but couldn't figure out a way to explain his on-screen death in Star Trek: Generations. Let the DVD be the final word on that, with its featurette "The Shatner Conundrum." "Essentially, it's about how do you put him in the movie when you want him in it so badly, and yet the story actually seems in counter purposes with the story you want to tell?" Abrams said.
A gag reel. Among other things, this shows how Zachary Quinto (Spock) flubs his lines. "When you see Zachary screw up and sort of go from Spock to Zachary, Spock to Zachary, the back and forth, is so funny to me," Abrams said. "He could not be less like Spock, and yet he was so convincing. To have him bounce back and forth so quickly as he screws up just makes me laugh every time."