‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 4 Warps to Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 6

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release Star Trek: Discovery — Season Four on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 6. A limited-edition Blu-ray in Steelbook packaging also will be available.

The set includes all 13 episodes from the “Star Trek” spinoff that originally streamed exclusively on Paramount+. In the season, the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery investigates an alien threat from outside the galaxy.

The cast includes Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz, David Ajala and Blu del Barrio.

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‘Star Trek: Discovery — Season Four’ Steelbook

Extras exclusive to the disc releases include deleted scenes, a gag reel and a commentary on the finale episode, “Coming Home.” The set also includes four bonus featurettes:

  • “’Star Trek: Discovery’ — The Voyage of Season 4” — a look behind the scenes with the writers and producers;
  • “Being Michael Burnham: The Captain’s Log” — Actress Sonequa Martin-Green shares intimate videos taken throughout the season;
  • “Creating Space” — a look at the use of an AR wall to create immersive visual effects;
  • “The Toll It Took” — The production team discusses how they adjusted to filming the season during the COVID pandemic.

 

New Releases Arriving Sept. 6 Include ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ on Disc, ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ on Digital

Sept. 6 sees the arrival of Minions: The Rise of Gru on Blu-ray and DVD, and “Star Trek” movies on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, while Where the Crawdads Sing becomes available through retail channels.

Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 6 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film explores the early life of the master of evil Gru, who is just a 12-year-old boy in 1970s suburbia, plotting to take over the world from his basement. When the infamous supervillain group, the Vicious 6, ousts their leader, Gru attempts to join their ranks but soon finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. With Gru on the run, the Minions attempt to learn martial arts to help save him, and Gru discovers that even bad guys need a little help from their friends. The voice cast includes Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Taraji P. Henson, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Julie Andrews and Alan Arkin. Minions: The Rise of Gru earned $360.25 million at the domestic box office.

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Paramount Home Entertainment releases all six “Star Trek” movies featuring the original series cast on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Sept. 6, including the remastered Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition. A continuation of the 1966-69 “Star Trek” TV series, 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture featured the return original cast members William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig and James Doohan. They were joined by newcomers Stephen Collins and Persis Khambatta in an adventure that saw the Enterprise exploring a alien vessel called V’Ger that threatened the existence of humanity. In 2001, director Robert Wise revisited the film to refine the edit and enhance the visual effects with CGI. His updated vision, coming in at 136 minutes, was released on DVD in standard-definition, but has never been available in high-definition until now, as the new visual effects had to be re-rendered in 4K. Restored by producer David C. Fein with preservationist Mike Matessino, both of whom originally collaborated with Wise (who died in 2005), the film was prepared for presentation in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) and an immersive Dolby Atmos soundtrack. Fein and Matessino assembled a team of special effects experts, led by returning visual effects supervisor Daren Dochterman, and utilized the resources in the Paramount Archives to re-create the effects not just in HD, but in Ultra HD. The remastered director’s cut was released on the Paramount+ streaming service in April and in select theaters in May. The Sept. 6 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray includes the film on a 4K disc presented in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision and HDR-10, as well as Dolby Atmos, a bonus Blu-ray with new and legacy special features, and a code for a digital copy of the film. The 1979 movie is also being released in a limited-edition collector’s set called Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Edition: The Complete Adventure, which includes the new director’s edition, the theatrical cut, and the TV broadcast “Special Longer Version” all on 4K Ultra HD along with special features on Blu-ray. The TV cut is offered in widescreen for the first time. The Complete Adventure will be presented in deluxe packaging along with exclusive collectibles, including reproductions of original promotional material, a booklet with behind-the-scenes images, stickers and more. A review of the director’s cut on 4K disc can be found here.

‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Edition: The Complete Adventure’

The director’s edition and theatrical cuts of Star Trek: The Motion Picture will also be available as part of Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture Collection, also arriving Sept. 6 from Paramount. The 15-disc boxed set contains 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray versions of all six big-screen adventures featuring the complete original series cast. The 1979 movie was followed by 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 1984’s Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, 1986’s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, 1989’s Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and 1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The 4K presentations all offer Dolby Vision and HDR-10, and the set includes bonus materials and digital copies for each film. In addition, Star Trek II and Star Trek VI also include the director’s cuts of those films. This also marks the 4K disc debuts of Star Trek V and VI. The theatrical cuts of the first four movies were released as a 4K boxed set in September 2021. A review of the 4K collection can be found here.

Paramount Sept. 6 is also releasing all six films individually on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and regular Blu-ray.

The comedy Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Sept. 6 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Written, directed and produced by Anthony Fabian (Skin, Good Hope) and based on the novel Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico, the film sports an ensemble cast that includes Lesley Manville (Phantom ThreadLet Him Go), Isabelle Huppert (Greta, Elle), Jason Isaacs (The “Harry Potter” Franchise), Lambert Wilson (The Matrix Reloaded) and Lucas Bravo (“Emily in Paris”). The film, set in the 1950s and featuring vintage pieces from the House of Dior, follows London housecleaner Ada Harris (Manville) who thinks her lonely life might turn around if she can become the owner of a Christian Dior gown. Saying goodbye to friends like Archie (Isaacs) isn’t easy, and neither is winning over elite people in Paris from Madame Colbert (Huppert) to idealistic accountant André (Bravo), but Ada’s irrepressible charm just might end up saving the whole House of Dior.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Young Sheldon: The Complete Fifth Season on DVD Sept. 6. A Blu-ray of the season will be made available through the Warner Archive Collection. The collection includes all 22 episodes from the season, including the CBS comedy series’ 100th episode. Set in the early 1990s, the show presents the childhood adventures of the Sheldon Cooper character from “The Big Bang Theory.” Jim Parsons reprises his role as Sheldon to narrate the series, while Iain Armitage plays the younger version. In the fifth season, as Sheldon adjusts to life in college, his parents (Zoe Perry and Lance Barber) encounter rough spots in their marriage, his twin sister (Raegan Revord) deals with turning into a young woman, while his older brother Georgie (Montana Jordan) and their grandmother (Annie Potts) open a gambling den in the back of a local laundromat. The fifth-season set also includes the featurette “Time Flies When You’re Having Fun: Young Sheldon at 100.”

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release NCIS: Hawai’i: Season One on DVD Sept. 6. “NCIS: Hawai’i” stars Vanessa Lachey as Jane Tennet, the first female special agent in charge of of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service at Pearl Harbor. Tennant has thrived and risen through the ranks by equal parts confidence and strategy in a system that has pushed back on her every step of the way. Together with her unwavering team of specialists, they balance duty to family and country while investigating high-stakes crimes involving military personnel, national security and the mysteries of the sun-drenched island paradise itself. The season includes special guest appearances from Wilmer Valderrama and Katrina Law of the original “NCIS” series. The six-disc collection features all 22 episodes from the first season and exclusive bonus content.

Shout! Factory Sept. 6 releases Spitfire Over Berlin, a wartime action epic from director Callum Burn for digital purchase, on VOD, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Featuring aerial footage and an engaging tale of bravery, heroism, and suspense, Spitfire Over Berlin takes viewers back to August 1944 when the American Eighth Air Force is poised to strike Nazi Germany. British intelligence learns that they could be flying into a deadly trap, and with only hours to spare, Flight Lt. Edward Barnes must fly a life and death mission over Berlin in his unarmed Spitfire to obtain photographic evidence and save the lives of 1200 Airmen.

Lionsgate Sept. 6 releases Paradise Highway on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The thriller is about truckers in a human smuggling ring trying to outrun the FBI.

The drama Where the Crawdads Sing becomes available through digital retailers Sept. 6 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. From the best-selling mystery thriller novel, Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lie within the marsh. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 13.

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Disney-owned Marvel Studios Sept. 8 will release Thor: Love and Thunder via digital retailers and for streaming on Disney+. Thor: Love and Thunder finds the Asgardian superhero Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey of self-discovery. But his efforts are interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who now wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 27.

The horror thriller Margaux will be released through digital retailers Sept. 9 from Paramount Home Entertainment. In the film, as a group of seniors celebrate their final college days at a smart house, the house’s highly advanced AI system Margaux begins to take on a deadly presence of her own. A carefree weekend of partying turns into a dystopian nightmare as they realize Margaux’s plans to eliminate her tenants one way or another. Time begins to run out as the group desperately tries to survive and outsmart the smart home. The film stars Madison Pettis, Vanessa Morgan, Richard Harmon, Lochlyn Munro, Jedidiah Goodacre, Phoebe Miu, Jordan Buhat, Brittany Mitchell and Louis Lay.

The Vietnamese family friendly adventure Maika: The Girl From Another Galaxy will debut on digital Sept. 6 with a new English dub from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the film, after losing his mother to illness and his best friend to an unexpected move, a grieving 8-year-old boy investigates a mysterious falling star, discovers a crashed spaceship and makes a new friend, an alien girl named Maika with awesome powers (although she does need a little help with her earthly social skills). Together, they embark on a zany, fun-filled adventure while taking on the bad guys and helping Maika find her way home. From award-winning writer and director Ham Tran (Journey from the Fall), the film stars Phu Truong Lai, Diep Anh Chu, Tin Tin, Ngoc Tuong and Kim Nha. The film, which premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival in the kids section, is Vietnam’s first children’s sci-fi feature and the country’s second-ever entry to the sci-fi genre. The family-friendly adventure is based on a 1970s Czechoslovakian television series that became a cultural sensation in Vietnam throughout the 1980s and ’90s, to the extent that the titular character has been cited as influencing consumer behaviors ranging from children’s haircuts to baby name choices. During its theatrical window, Maika: The Girl From Another Galaxy was selected as an official Common Sense Selection for Families from Common Sense Media. The film also has been named a final nominee for Shine Global’s inaugural Children’s Resilience in Film Award, an accolade that honors filmmakers who highlight and celebrate the power of children globally.

The action adventure Kingdom of the Dinosaurs is being released on DVD Sept. 6 from Uncork’d Entertainment and Distribution Solutions. In the film set in 2030 during World War III, a small group of survivors make it into a bunker. Two years later they have to exit to find new supplies, but they are greeted by dinosaur predators. Directed by Scott Jeffrey, the film stars Mark Haldor, Darcie Rose, Chelsea Greenwood, Chrissie Wunna, Stephen Staley and Clint Gordon.

Shout! Factory is prepping the complete anime series “Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman” for Sept. 6 release in a seven-disc DVD set, as part of Shout! Factory’s new partnership with Hasbro. Available for the first time in North America, the series is part of the Super Sentai franchise, which spans 46 different series and concepts. Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman: The Complete Series is being released in collaboration with eOne, which Hasbro acquired in 2019 for $4 billion. It contains all 48 episodes presented in Japanese with English subtitles. “Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman” premiered in Japan in 1990 and is the 14th installment in the Super Sentai franchise. The series takes place 20 years after the five Hoshikawa children’s planet was attacked by the brutal Zone Empire. The kids, who escaped and were raised on Earth, must prepare for a brand-new war. This time, though, they’re ready … having developed the powerful Fiveman technology that will help them defend Earth from the same empire that conquered their home world.

Kino Lorber Sept. 6 releases a Blu-ray of He Who Must Die, the 1958 French-Italian drama from acclaimed director Jules Dassin, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay — Written Directly for the Screen for his film Never on Sunday. The Blu-ray Disc edition of He Who Must Die carries a suggested retail price of $29.95 and includes new audio commentary by film historian and filmmaker Daniel Kremer, the original theatrical trailer, and optional English subtitles. He Who Must Die, which was released two years before Never on Sunday, is set in a Turkish-occupied Greek village shortly after World War I. The film tells the story of the townspeople’s efforts to stage their Passion Play, an event that occurs once every seven years. The leading citizens choose who will play the parts: a stuttering young shepherd is chosen as Jesus; the town butcher as Judas; the town prostitute as Mary Magdalene. But as the movie unfolds, the Passion becomes a reality, and the villagers actualize their biblical roles against the tragic backdrop of a country uprooted by war and poverty. Adapted by Dassin from Nikos Kazantzakis’s Christ Recrucified (the author also wrote Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ), the film asks the question, what would happen if Jesus came down to Earth a second time? The international cast includes Melina Mercouri, Pierre Vaneck, Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Grégoire Aslan, Gert Fröbe, René Lefèvre, Roger Hanin, Nicole Berger, Maurice Ronet and Fernand Ledoux.

Lionsgate Sept. 6 is releasing a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of director James Mangold’s 2007 remake of classic Western 3:10 to Yuma in limited-edition Steelbook packaging exclusively at Best Buy. The combo pack also includes a digital copy. Produced by Cathy Konrad, 3:10 to Yuma stars Russell Crowe (Les Misérables, Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) and Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, American Psycho). In the film, infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Crowe) and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Bale) volunteers to deliver him alive to the “3:10 to Yuma,” a train that will take the killer to trial. But with Wade’s outfit on their trail — and dangers at every turn — the mission soon becomes a violent, impossible journey toward each man’s destiny.

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This Week’s MPN Podcast: ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture — Director’s Cut,’ ‘Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture 6-Movie Collection’ Reviews; Box Office Recap

On this week’s episode of the Media Play News podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley cover the special releases of some classic “Star Trek” flicks, all starring the original cast of the first “Star Trek” TV series. For the first time, every theatrical “Star Trek” release has been remastered in 4K and brought to physical discs with unique special features, designs, and bonuses included in the box sets, all detailed by reviewer John Latchem. The hosts’ preferences may lean closer to “Star Wars” than “Star Trek,” but they still share some fun anecdotes about the series.
 
Afterward, Charles and Charlie cover the close of an extremely weak August box office, which had significantly lower ticket sales than August 2019. Charlie complains there’s almost nothing he’s interested in seeing in spite of Jordan Peele’s Nope still available in theaters, and “House of the Dragon” being renewed for a second season after its pilot pulled 20 million viewers since its debut.

Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture 6-Movie Collection

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 9/6/22;
Paramount;
Sci-Fi;
$55.99 Blu-ray, $125.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG.’
Stars William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, James Doohan, Majel Barrett, Grace Lee Whitney

In conjunction with the Blu-ray release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Cut, Paramount is also releasing all six films featuring the original “Star Trek” cast in 4K for the first time.

The first four movies — the Star Trek: The Motion Picture 1979 theatrical cut, 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 1984’s Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and 1986’s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home — were released on 4K in a boxed set last year. For this new round of re-releases, each is included on 4K and Blu-ray in a new six-movie collection, and are also being released as individual 4K discs. So the 4K newcomers are 1989’s Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and 1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

The six-movie collection includes two separate cases: a seven-disc case for the 4K discs, and an eight-disc case for the regular Blu-ray versions; the extra Blu-ray is the bonus disc for Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Cut.

The disc releases for Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Cut are covered in a separate review here.

The six-film set includes a total of five discs for Star Trek: The Motion Picture — the director’s cut on both 4K and Blu-ray, the theatrical cut on both 4K and Blu-ray, and the director’s cut Blu-ray bonus disc. (This version does not include the 1983 television edit, which is exclusive to the 4K disc of the theatrical cut in the new “Complete Adventures” boxed set of the 1979 film).

The included Blu-rays are remastered versions of the films, not repackaged Blu-rays from earlier releases, though the bonus features are the same. The menus have been changed to feature the poster art for the films. As with previous Blu-rays, the Star Trek II discs offer both the theatrical and director’s cuts.

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Aside from the director’s cut of the first film, the most notable addition is director Nicholas Meyer’s extended cut of Star Trek VI, which adds about four minutes of footage back in, among other minor tweaks. Like the 1983 version of the first film, the extended version of Undiscovered Country was the only one available for years on home video (on VHS). It’s most notable for the revelation that an assassin in the film was a human posing as a Klingon, which included a line specifically pointing out differences between the color of human and Klingon blood. Klingon blood is presented in this film as pinkish-purple, expounding on a continuity rift with the rest of the franchise where Klingon blood was depicted as red.

The extended version is available only on the Star Trek VI 4K disc; the regular Blu-ray is just the theatrical cut.

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One notable exclusion from this new re-release is the Blu-ray bonus disc from the “Star Trek” 50th anniversary boxed set that offered additional featurettes about some of the films. Those could have been ported over to the new discs of their respective films, or the disc could have been added, but it was not to be. Fans wanting to have that extra content will need to hold onto that disc, or track down the boxed set if they don’t already have it (containing the original live-action and animated “Star Trek” series as well as the six movies on Blu-ray, the collection runs for about $200 online).

The Orville: New Horizons

STREAMING REVIEW:

Hulu/Disney+;
Sci-Fi;
Not rated.
Stars Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, J. Lee, Mark Jackson, Jessica Szohr, Anne Winters.

For its third season, Seth MacFarlane’s sci-fi series ‘The Orville’ moved to Hulu, where it gained a bigger budget and a lot more creative freedom.

However, the series manages to retain its charm despite some flashier visual effects and an expanded scope. That’s because the core of the show continues to be its likable main characters and their camaraderie.

The show takes place in the early 25th century and follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, an exploratory vessel of the Planetary Union.

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With the series’ second season having concluded on Fox in April 2019, fans had to wait more than three years before the new episodes finally arrived in early June under the “New Horizons” banner. Much of the delay was due to the pandemic, but the creative team put the time to good use updating the show’s sets and costumes for a 4K presentation. Even the show’s aspect ratio was slightly adjusted to give it more of a cinematic widescreen feel.

Rest assured, this isn’t a reboot by any means. Ongoing storylines pick up where they left off, with the first episode dealing with the continuing threat of the Kaylon, the race of robots who have vowed to wipe out all biological species in the galaxy, and how the crew continues to resent Isaac (Mark Jackson), the Kaylon crewmember who initially betrayed the Union before turning on his people and being given a chance to continue to serve on the ship for a shot at redemption.

To that end, the show introduces a new character, Ensign Charly Burke (Anne Winters), the ship’s new navigator who hates Isaac because her previous ship was destroyed by the Kaylon.

The series continues to operate out of the “Star Trek” playbook, which is to say mixing space opera with a dose of social commentary that sparks discussion without being preachy (which is more than can be said about “Star Trek” nowadays).

The show’s visual style continues to mesh modern CG effects with an aesthetic that is more-or-less evocative of ’50s sci-fi serials. Perhaps the biggest shift in the switch to Hulu is that the series, often accused of being a “Trek” parody, has toned down its overt humor to shed some of that reputation. The biggest drawback to this approach was that the humor made it easier to overlook some questionable plot points (or outright plot holes) that would seem more egregious if the presentation was meant as serious drama. Still, the emotional authenticity of the character dynamics and tightly constructed season-long story arcs end up making this a minor quibble.

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The transition to streaming also brings with it much longer episodes than a conventional broadcast format. Instead of typical 42-minute episodes, most of “New Horizons” episodes are over an hour each, which a couple that are long enough to be the equivalent of two-parters had they been broadcast. So while the season is nominally 10 episodes long, from the consideration of runtime it’s more like 14 or 15, around what the first two seasons were.

One of the planned episodes ended up not being filmed due to the pandemic, so MacFarlane adapted it into a digital novella, Sympathy for the Devil, that is available through Audible and other online retailers.

Another highlight is the show’s music, where the score is big and cinematic, paying homage to the likes of Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner and John Williams. But the show also finds plenty of excuses to get its cast to sing, particularly Scott Grimes. There’s also a surprise performance by a special guest star whose appearance proves just how outside the box this show can get.

Following the completion of “New Horizons” on Hulu, all three seasons became available to stream on Disney+ as well. Here’s hoping “The Orville” gets renewed for season four.

 

Paramount+ Producing Live-Streamed ‘Star Trek Day’ Celebration Sept. 8

Paramount+ is producing a live-streamed “Star Trek Day” celebration on Sept. 8 (noon PT, 3 p.m. ET) from the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

“Star Trek Day” will feature in-person conversations with cast members from the “Star Trek” universe, along with announcements and reveals. The live-streamed celebration and additional information on “Star Trek Day” programming and initiatives can be found at StarTrek.com/Day. Fans worldwide will be able to live-stream the “Star Trek Day” celebration for free at StarTrek.com/Day and on YouTube (Paramount+ and “Star Trek” Official pages), Facebook (@StarTrek), Twitter (@StarTrekonPPlus) and TikTok (@ParamountPlus). It will also be available to stream for free, in the United States only, on Paramount+’s Twitch page.

On Sept. 8, 1966, “Star Trek” debuted in the U.S. for the first time on television with “The Man Trap,” the pilot episode of “Star Trek: The Original Series.” On that day, “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry introduced audiences to a world that championed diversity, inclusion, acceptance and hope. Fifty-six years later, Paramount+ honors the premiere and the franchise’s enduring legacy with the service’s third annual “Star Trek Day” celebration.

Paramount+ and co-hosts Tawny Newsome (“Star Trek: Lower Decks,” “Space Force”) and Paul F. Tompkins (“Star Trek: Lower Decks,” “BoJack Horseman”), co-hosts of “Star Trek: The Pod Directive,” will offer up two hours of free live-streamed conversations and programming that will unite iconic cast members from the television series as they gather in person to celebrate “Star Trek,” with a few surprises along the way.

The event will kick off live from the “Star Trek Day” red carpet with co-hosts Jackie Cox (“Rupaul’s Drag Race”) and Mary Chieffo (“Star Trek: Discovery”) interviewing “Star Trek” cast members from past and present.

The conversations will include the casts from “Star Trek: Picard,” with series stars Jeri Ryan and Michelle Hurd; “Star Trek: Lower Decks,” with voice cast members Tawny Newsome, Noël Wells and Dawnn Lewis; “Star Trek: Prodigy,” with series voice cast including Brett Gray and Kate Mulgrew; and “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” with series stars Rebecca Romijn, Jess Bush, Christina Chong, Celia Rose Gooding, Melissa Navia and Babs Olusanmokun.

Additional programming currently includes:

  • a “Nichelle Nichols Tribute,” featuring a special video to honor the impact and influence of Nichelle Nichols;
  • a behind-the-scenes tour of “Star Trek: Discovery,” with Wilson Cruz from Toronto, as he provides fans with an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at filming season five of the hit original series, along with appearances from Sonequa Martin-Green and other cast members;
  • “Put on Your Best Face,” where a fan will be transformed into a “Star Trek” alien by a series make-up artist;
  • a “Star Trek” cosplay runway, hosted by Jackie Cox, in which fans will strut the runway in their finest “Star Trek” cosplay;
  • special musical guest Reggie Watts from “The Late Show With James Corden”; and
  • stand-up comedy with Brian Posehn (“Mr. Show,” “The Big Bang Theory”).

 

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After their initial airing, the conversation portions of the event will be available on-demand on Paramount+.

“Star Trek Day” will also be celebrated  with the debut of in-person “Star Trek” Augmented Reality Delta Portals. The Delta Portals will be set up for a limited time in select cities internationally Sept. 7-8. Each location will have three “Star Trek” Deltas, each seven feet tall and featuring QR codes that, when scanned on Instagram, transform the objects into mixed-reality portals that bring the user into the world of “Star Trek.” Each augmented reality experience will be based on a current “Star Trek” series, featuring 3D alien planets, classic starships and iconic characters as they interact with both the virtual and physical worlds. U.S. locations are Los Angeles at The Grove, New York at Hudson Yards, Chicago at Water Tower Place. International locations are London at the Science Museum; São Paulo, Brazil, at Shopping Cidade São Paulo (Note: Brazil dates are Sept. 8-9); and Melbourne, Australia at Federation Square.

Also, on “Star Trek Day,” the #StarTrekUnitedGives campaign returns. For every person who tweets the hashtag StarTrekUnitedGives (#StarTrekUnitedGives) on Sept. 8, $1 will be donated and divided equally by Paramount to charities that support organizations who champion diversity, equity and innovation, in honor of the late Nichelle Nichols.

On Sept. 8, fans can use the code “STARTREKDAY” for 20% off sitewide at https://shop.StarTrek.com, which includes a curated “Star Trek Day” collection.

‘Star Trek’ Comic-Con Panel Teases Format-Bending Crossover

SAN DIEGO — Cast members for three “Star Trek” shows gathered Saturday, July 23 for a massive Hall H panel to preview upcoming storylines for the Paramount+ original series.

Among them is a crossover between “Strange New Worlds” and “Lower Decks,” which should be interesting considering one is live-action, one is animated, and they are set over 100 years apart.

The announcement came during the “Strange New Worlds” portion of the panel, which was moderated by Lea Thompson of “Back to the Future” fame. She directed two episodes of the second season of “Star Trek: Picard” and made a guest appearance as well.

After Thompson introduced the “SNW” cast, “Lower Decks” voice actors Tawny Newsome and Jack Quaid returned to the stage despite their portion of the panel having just concluded minutes earlier. They asked why they weren’t introduced with the rest of the “SNW” cast, prompting “SNW” star Anson Mount to confirm that the second season of “SNW” would feature a crossover episode.

At the ‘Star Trek’ Comic-Con 2022 panel, the ‘Lower Decks’ cast crashes the ‘Strange New Worlds’ presentation.

“We’re coming aboard the Enterprise baby!,” Quaid said.

The episode will include both live-action and animation, and will be directed by longtime “Star Trek” actor and director Jonathan Frakes (aka Commander Riker).

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“Strange New Worlds” takes place prior to the original “Star Trek” series in the mid 23rd century, focused on the adventures of Capt. Pike (Mount) and his crew. “Lower Decks” chronicles the missions of the U.S.S. Cerritos in the late 24th century.

All 10 episodes from the first season of “Strange New Worlds” are now available on Paramount+

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The first segment of the panel involved a preview of the third and final season of “Picard,” which features a reunion of the cast of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” joining series star Patrick Stewart.

“When we first started, of course the first instinct is to bring back the entire crew of ‘The Next Generation,’ if you’re going to do a Picard show,” said executive producer Alex Kurtzman. “And Patrick was amazing because he said to us ‘I want to do this show but I don’t want to repeat old things, and if we’re going to get to the crew, then we have to earn it.’ And I think we took two seasons to earn the return of the crew. And the key thing for us is we did not want the crew to sort of come and have cameos. We actually wanted everyone to have significant roles, and we wanted to whet appetites a little bit to see them come back together.”

Kurtzman said the idea of a “TNG” reunion came from showrunner Terry Matalas, who “was very taken with the idea of doing the final “Next Gen” movie, and it was really exciting to approach this from a place of … who would these characters be now, so many years later.”

Kurtzman said that Brent Spiner, whose character of Data was killed off in the actual last “Next Gen” movie, 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis, would also appear, as an “old new character.” In the first two seasons he played a virtual re-creation of Data, as well as various members of the Soong family, relatives of Data’s creator.

During the “Lower Decks” portion of the panel, a trailer for the show’s third season revealed the show would feature a return to the title space station of 1990s series “Deep Space Nine.”

“We circle Deep Space Nine. We check out the pylons. And then we go in to Deep Space Nine,” said series creator and executive producer Mike McMahan. “You might see some friendly faces in there. It feels to me like one last walkaround Deep Space Nine. It’s a really great episode.”

The third season of “Lower Decks” premieres Aug. 25 on Paramount+ in the U.S. and Latin America; Amazon Prime Video in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Japan and India; and in Canada it airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave.

Kurtzman also said two additional “Trek” shows were in development in addition to the five already in production (“Discovery” and the CG-animated “Prodigy” in addition to the three shows promoted at the panel), and that there would be more female leads.

Shatner Reigns During Comic-Con Day 1

SAN DIEGO — William Shatner had himself a day at Comic-Con.

The 91-year-old actor best known for playing Capt. James T. Kirk on “Star Trek” spent the opening day of San Diego Comic-Con International, July 21, reflecting on his career at several events promoting an upcoming documentary about his life, and even officially joined the ranks of the “Masters of the Universe,” while being feted by fans and colleagues.

Filmmaker Kevin Smith summed up Shatner’s impact with his introduction to the “Shatner on Shatner” Hall H panel that closed out the first day of Comic-Con’s return as an in-person staple of summer fandom, with the 2020 and 2021 shows relegated to online events due to the pandemic.

Kevin Smith moderating the “Shatner on Shatner” Comic-Con panel July 21

“How does it feel to be home kids? Welcome back,” said Smith, a longtime staple of Comic-Con. “Three long years waiting for this moment and the summer’s finally been redefined, and tonight we’re going to do one of the most Comic-Con things you can do at Comic-Con, we’re going to sit down and talk to a living legend, ladies and gentlemen. If there is a pop culture Mount Rushmore, and you just have to pick four faces, his face is definitely one of those faces.”

Smith, who served as executive producer and showrunner for Netflix’s “Masters of the Universe: Revelation,” earlier in the day announced that Shatner had joined the cast for its upcoming sequel, “Masters of the Universe: Revolution,” for a mystery role.

That announcement was made during the “Masters of the Universe” 40th Anniversary panel also hosted by Smith, who repeated a story he told about working with Shatner in the voice booth. As showrunner, Smith doesn’t normally direct the voiceovers for the show, but couldn’t resist the opportunity “years from now to say I directed Captain Kirk!”

With Shatner preparing to read his lines, Smith recalled, “I said, ‘Hey Bill, do me a favor, on this line do it like super fast like you’re frustrated or something like that.’ And he goes, this is my favorite thing that ever happened — we were doing it on Zoom, so he’s in a booth at a recording studio, I’m on a laptop at my home; my wife is literally just off to the side reading a book, disinterested until what happened happened, and he goes, ‘Kevin, Kevin, Kevin. In a moment, you will have the honor of directing me. Let me work through this first.’”

Smith continued: “And so I stepped back and gave the man his space, and I looked over at my wife who had put her book down to stare at me wide-eyed. And I look at her and I pressed mute, and she said, ‘It took Captain Kirk to get Silent Bob to shut up!”

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The main topic of discussion for the “Shatner on Shatner” panel was a new documentary being made about Shatner’s life in conjunction with Legion M, which is touted as the first fan-owned entertainment company, and Exhibit A pictures.

In discussing why now was the right time to do a documentary about him, Shatner reflected on how it’s becoming harder to remain active as he gets older.

“My breath is short, I’m 91 years old, and this wonderful gentleman came along in the knick of time,” Shatner said, then joked, “All these autographs I’m doing are going to be worth a lot more money when I die, and the documentary on my life, think of how quickly you’ll sell it if I should die on the panel. Imagine everyone’s good fortune if I should die right here.”

“None of us want that sir, but that would be amazing,” Smith retorted. “People would be like, he died like the legend he was.”

The documentary came about shortly after Shatner became an advisor to Legion M, according to VP of development David Baxter.

“We talked about this idea of a fan-owned company and he’s like, you should talk to my people, and we did, and once that dialogue started going back and forth about the power of the fans, the fact that they’re the ones who consume all this media, so why shouldn’t they have an upsell, he was intrigued,” Baxter said.

Legion M used equity crowdfunding to produce films, TV shows and VR projects, and is owned by 35,000 investors who can join the company for as little as $100. Legion M also helped Smith make 2019’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, and recruited him years ago to interview the late Stan Lee for an Icons documentary that is still being completed.

“Shatner on Shatner” panelists included (L-R) moderator Kevin Smith; Legion M co-founder/president Jeff Annison, and VP of development David Baxter; Exhibit A Pictures’ Kerry Deignan Roy and Alexandre O. Philippe, producer and director, respectively, of the upcoming documentary about William Shatner; and William Shatner.

Baxter recalls mentioning Shatner’s involvement with Legion M to Exhibit A’s Alexandre O. Philippe, the director of another of the company’s productions, Memory: The Origins of Alien, a documentary about Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi thriller.

“He said, ‘My god, I’ve always wanted to make a documentary about William Shatner,’” Baxter recalled. “I said, ‘Let’s see what we can do.”

Shatner said he agreed to do the project after discussing it with Philippe.

“I was betting on you guys and I knew Alexandre’s reputation. I was going on faith,” Shatner said. “The management of this company is terrific. This is a group of vital, young, intelligent, creative people.”

“I grew up watching Bill on a black-and-white television in Switzerland, and I’ve been a fan for a long time,” Philippe said. “I’m really a fan of Bill the human, and I’m really a fan of your observations on life, on the nature and the universe, on these connections, these things that connect us all in strange and mysterious ways. So I started really thinking about what is the best way at least from my perspective to make a film about Bill, and I was thinking about his wonderful autobiographical songs.

“Basically I decided to structure the doc around a number of songs, and delve into essentially a number of themes that I felt were really important, and so the film is really a celebration of Bill the human and his career of course. So it’s going to be a very lyrical film, a very poetic film.”

Added producer Kerry Deignan Roy: “It’s amazing the energy this man has, and it’s been a joy just to work with him, and to share this moment in time. We spent three days together in a studio grilling him, and he shared a lot.”

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In the afternoon, Shatner took the time to stop by NBCUniversal’s display across the street from the San Diego Convention Center promoting its Covi TV FAST (free ad-supported streaming television) channel with the car from “3rd Rock From the Sun,” on which Shatner guest starred.

In the morning, as part of Legion M’s activities to promote the documentary, Shatner participated in a handprint ceremony at Theatre Box San Diego, where the lobby is adorned with signatures, handprints and footprints of Hollywood icons dating back decades. An afterparty was held at the venue following the Hall H panel.

Shatner, an accomplished equestrian, said he had been competing in a horse show in San Francisco the day before.

William Shatner imprinting his hands in cement at Theatre Box San Diego July 21

“My hands are swollen,” Shatner joked. “I’m really afraid that when I put my hands in the cement it will stick and I’ll be like in a kneeling position for the rest of my life.”

Among the special guests in attendance at the handprint ceremony were legendary film critic Leonard Maltin, and actor Paul Wesley, who is taking on the role of Capt. Kirk in the new Paramount+ TV series “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.”

“We all know Mr. Shatner is a Broadway star, a Shakespearian performer, an equestrian, an author, a recording artist, an astronaut, among many many other credentials,” Maltin said, before discussing Shatner’s role in a 1997 radio production re-creating Orson Welles notorious War of the Worlds broadcast based on the HG Wells book.

“Who’d it star? William Shatner,” Maltin said. “I had a bit part as a radio announcer. I wasn’t very good. He was great. And there is an art, a technique to radio acting. It doesn’t just happen. Not every actor is automatically good acting without being able to use your face. Without being able to use body language, gestures. He acquired that art.

“It just says that William Shatner is the complete actor. He can do anything. Whatever he does, you know he’s going to do it well. That’s why we love him.”

Wesley said Shatner was supportive of him taking on the role of Kirk.

(L-R): Captain Kirk actors William Shatner and Paul Wesley

“How do you replace a legend? Well, you don’t. It’s simply not possible, and why would you try? Instead you promise to safeguard the legacy entrusted to you, and then you go out and do the work. You find some way to make the role your own while finding some way to honor the history that it carries,” Wesley said. “Precious few roles in television and film present such a daunting challenge. One of them is certainly ‘Star Trek’s’ James T. Kirk. This character’s place in entertainment history is indelible. It’s a fixed moment in our collective memory. No matter where you go, no matter where you are, an image of Capt. Kirk brings instant recognition. Why is that? Because for nearly 60 years that role has been personified by a man of equally renowned stature, Mr. William Shatner.

“Attempting to re-create an iconic screen role is a tall order. You’re following in the footsteps of gifted actors who blazed the trail you now walk. But if we tread where they’ve already been, it does no justice to the role or those who inhabited it before you. Actors who took the words written on the page and embodied them with everything they possessed as artists. You’re expected to do nothing less. And in fact you’re expected to bring something more. Something previously unseen and perhaps something unexpected. While at the same time paying homage from whom you’ve taken the mantle.

“Now that is a tough gig on any normal day, but for a day on ‘Star Trek’ where you’ve been asked to take on the role of Captain Kirk, it is both a challenge and the opportunity of a lifetime. And I can’t imagine taking on such a character, and everything it means for countless fans, without having the support of the man who first brought him to life. Thankfully, Bill, or Mr. Shatner, the original captain himself, went out of his way to make a newcomer like me feel welcome, and for that I will forever feel grateful.”

On the other hand, Shatner didn’t mince words at the Hall H panel when asked if there were any standout performances from the “Star Trek” shows that came after his.

“Nothing,” Shatner said. “I got to know [“Star Trek” creator] Gene Roddenberry in three years fairly well … but he’d be turning in his grave at some of the stuff.”

Season Three of ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ to Start Streaming Aug. 25 on Paramount+

Season three of the original half-hour animated comedy series “Star Trek: Lower Decks” will premiere Aug. 25 exclusively on Paramount+ in the United States.

Following the premiere, the remaining nine episodes of the 10-episode long season will be available to stream weekly on Thursdays.

Created by Emmy Award winner Mike McMahan (“Rick and Morty,” “Solar Opposites”), season three of “Star Trek: Lower Decks” challenges the U.S.S. Cerritos ensigns in ways they could never imagine, starting with a shocking resolution for season two’s epic cliffhanger finale.

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The Starfleet crew residing in the “lower decks” of the U.S.S. Cerritos includes Ensign Beckett Mariner, voiced by Tawny Newsome; Ensign Brad Boimler, voiced by Jack Quaid; Ensign Tendi, voiced by Noël Wells; and Ensign Rutherford, voiced by Eugene Cordero. The Starfleet characters that comprise the U.S.S. Cerritos’ bridge crew include Captain Carol Freeman, voiced by Dawnn Lewis; Commander Jack Ransom, voiced by Jerry O’Connell; and Doctor T’Ana, voiced by Gillian Vigman.

The series streams exclusively on Paramount+ in the United States and Latin America and is distributed concurrently by Paramount Global Content Distribution on Amazon Prime Video in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Japan, India and more, and in Canada, airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave.

Paramount Releasing ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Edition’ on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Sept. 6

Paramount Home Entertainment will release Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Sept. 6.

A continuation of the 1966-69 “Star Trek” TV series, 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture featured the return original cast members William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig and James Doohan. They were joined by newcomers Stephen Collins and Persis Khambatta in an adventure that saw the Enterprise exploring a alien vessel called V’Ger that threatened the existence of humanity.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture became the fourth-highest-grossing movie of the year with $82.3 million domestically, and earned three Academy Award nominations, for Best Visual Effects, Best Art Direction, and Best Music, Original Score.  The film brought the “Star Trek” franchise from television to the big screen, but due to a string of production problems and an ironclad release date it was rushed to theaters with incomplete visual effects and forced editing choices, clocking in at 131 minutes. Many critics felt the film’s pace was slow and ponderous. A 1983 television edit for ABC added 12 minutes of deleted scenes back into the film.

In 2001, director Robert Wise revisited the film to refine the edit and enhance the visual effects with CGI. His updated vision, coming in at 136 minutes, was released on DVD in standard-definition, but has never been available in high-definition until now, as the new visual effects had to be re-rendered in 4K. Restored by producer David C. Fein with preservationist Mike Matessino, both of whom originally collaborated with Wise (who died in 2005), the film was prepared for presentation in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) and an immersive Dolby Atmos soundtrack. Fein and Matessino assembled a team of special effects experts, led by returning visual effects supervisor Daren Dochterman, and utilized the resources in the Paramount Archives to re-create the effects not just in HD, but in Ultra HD.  

The remastered director’s cut was released on the Paramount+ streaming service in April and in select theaters in May.

The Sept. 6 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray includes the film on a 4K disc presented in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision and HDR-10, as well as Dolby Atmos, a bonus Blu-ray with new and legacy special features, and a code for a digital copy of the film.

Extras on the 4K disc include a new audio commentary with Fein, Matessino and Dochterman; an archival commentary with Wise, Douglas Trumbull, John Dykstra, Jerry Goldsmith and Stephen Collins​; and a text commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda​.

Extras on the bonus Blu-ray include the new eight-part documentary “The Human Adventure, detailing how the director’s edition came to life:

    • “Preparing the Future” — How the remastering began;
    • “A Wise Choice” — The storied history of Robert Wise;
    • “Refitting the Enterprise” — How the Enterprise design shaped future Federation starships;
    • “Sounding Off” — Exploring new dimensions of sound in Dolby Atmos;
    • “V’ger” — The conception and restoration of an iconic alien antagonist;
    • “Return to Tomorrow” — “Reaching an already high bar with new CGI effects;
    • “A Grand Theme” — Behind Jerry Goldsmith’s iconic, influential music score that shaped the franchise’s future;
    • “The Grand Vision” – The legacy and evolving reputation of this classic movie.

Additional extras include newly released deleted scenes, effects tests, costume tests and computer display graphics, plus additional legacy bonus materials.

The 1979 movie will also be released in a limited-edition collector’s set called Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Edition: The Complete Adventure, which includes the new director’s edition, the theatrical cut, and the TV broadcast “Special Longer Version” all on 4K Ultra HD along with special features on Blu-ray. The TV cut is offered in widescreen for the first time. The Complete Adventure will be presented in deluxe packaging along with exclusive collectibles, including reproductions of original promotional material, a booklet with behind-the-scenes images, stickers and more.

‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Edition: The Complete Adventure’

“The Director’s Edition on 4k Ultra HD delivers an experience that is far more intimate, engaging, and powerful thanks to the hard work of everyone involved,” Fein said in a statement. “In building The Complete Adventure, we appreciated that many people who were first introduced to the film through the full-frame release of the ‘special longer version’ have missed it. I’m excited that it will now be available for the first time in widescreen 4K Ultra HD. After so many years, it’s deeply rewarding to finally deliver Robert Wise’s definitive director’s edition for fans to enjoy at home.”

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The director’s edition and theatrical cuts of Star Trek: The Motion Picture will also be available as part of Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture Collection, also arriving Sept. 6 from Paramount. The 15-disc boxed set contains 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray versions of all six big-screen adventures featuring the complete original series cast. The 1979 movie was followed by 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 1984’s Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, 1986’s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, 1989’s Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and 1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

The 4K presentations all offer Dolby Vision and HDR-10, and the set includes bonus materials and digital copies for each film. In addition, Star Trek II and Star Trek VI will also include the director’s cuts of those films.

This also marks the 4K disc debuts of Star Trek V and VI. The theatrical cuts of the first four movies were released as a 4K boxed set in September 2021. Paramount Sept. 6 will also release all six films individually on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. All six films, including the director’s cut of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, will also be released on regular Blu-ray.

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The new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases are timed to coincide with the 56th anniversary of the airing of the first episode of “Star Trek” on Sept. 6, 1966 on Canada’s CTV network. The show debuted in the United States two days later, Sept. 8, on NBC.

In addition, in celebration of its 40th anniversary, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan will return to select theaters on Sept. 4, 5 and 8 in special engagements presented by Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Paramount Pictures. Tickets can be purchased at www.fathomevents.com or at participating theater box offices.