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For The Love Of Spock (2016/MVD Visual/FilmRise DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: B Documentary: B+

A must watch for Star Trek fans, For The Love Of Spock (2016) is a detailed documentary is not only a look at one of TV's most iconic actors, Leonard Nimoy, and a peak into his life and diverse acting career but a look at the character of Spock himself. Directed by Adam Nimoy, Leonard's son, this loving tribute to the pop culture icon features archival clips and interviews, family movies and photographs, and extensive clips from the Trek movies and shows, this is the ultimate look behind the man who was, and to whom forever will be - Spock.

Also narrated by Adam Nimoy and featuring interviews with William Shatner, J.J. Abrams, and much of the new Star Trek movie cast (Chris Pine, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and Simon Pegg to name a few), but other fellow Trekkies in the Entertainment biz like Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), the creator of The Big Bang Theory (which had a cameo of Nimoy in an episode), Scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and not so famous faces as well. The doc also explores the impact on the series and of the Spock character on fans and sci-fi fandom in general. However, times weren't always easy for the famous actor, as he often struggled with his fame, the cancellation of the Star Trek series, raising a family, and being constantly committed to his craft. In short, this is a thorough and well structured documentary and impressive editing - a fantastic film.

Presented in standard definition the aspect ratio varies between a full frame 1:33:1 aspect ratio and a 1.77:1 widescreen aspect ratio for the interview segments and other cinematic elements in the film, but within a 16 X 9 frame throughout. Fine for the DVD format, the presentation is as good as to be expected and could be improved in high definition, which we'll try to take a look at soon on Blu-ray.

Special Features...

- Commentary with Adam Nimoy, David Zappone, & Scott Mantz

- Kickstarter video gallery

- Leonard Nimoy's Boston TV special

- On set with "The Big Bang Theory"

- Star Trek trivia with Jason Alexander

- Trailers

- Tribeca Q&A with Adam Nimoy & Zachary Quinto

Packed with great extras, picking up this disc is definitely a must over simply streaming it for the most hardcore Spock fans. The doc succeeds in being both entertaining and biographical, while also diving deep into the psyche of one of Science Fiction's most beloved characters.

- James Lockhart



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