I originally saw this STAR TREK re-boot in the cinema and my review is HERE and now that it's out on DVD was looking forward to re-watching it. Now that they hype has died down the film can be watched and enjoyed on its own merits.
The pacing of the film is fearsome and no sooner are our eyes adjusted from one spectacle than we are blown away with another. Though it's not all whizz bang and the characters, the classic crew, are built up well even if the bulk of the time is given to the trinity of Kirk, Spock and McCoy.
Now I'm no Trekkie but I do enjoy the original series as well as all its spin offs so I can't really comment on the original continuity that the film has trodden upon and ignored. But I was watching an episode of the original series, Shore leave and there's a character Finnegan and Kirk mentions that he was his rival at the academy but the new film ignore this. Though I'm not sure if the alternative universe thread in the movie explains this or not - my head hurts when I try to think about it.
As a reinvention of the original series the movie works well and the characters really felt like Kirk and crew - McCoy especially, I thought, was spot on. The DVD comes as a two disc package and there are some great deleted scenes amongst the extras. Among the don’t-miss extras are several deleted scenes: the birth of Spock, an expanded passage concerning Kirk’s dalliance with a green girl (he’s only using her to sabotage the computer against which he is pitted in a training exercise) and a long sequence in which the villain Nero (Eric Bana) and his crew are captured by the Klingons and sent to a hellish prison planet from which they eventually escape.
Willam Shatner was choked at not being able to make a cameo in the film, though there's no logical explanation given the alternative timeline that would make it impossible for him to do so. But it was nice too see Nimoy here - perhaps next time the Shat will pop up.
A great space adventure.