New to Blu-ray: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Flies Home at Full Warp Speed

"Star Trek Beyond" (2016) - Blu-ray

New Blu-rays: ‘Star Trek Beyond,’ ‘Bad Moms,’ ‘Nine Lives’

For the week of November 1st, Paramount Home Entertainment continues to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with the home debut of Star Trek Beyond. Also due out this Tuesday are Bad Moms from Universal and Nine Lives from Fox.

Star Trek Beyond is the 13th film in the franchise and third since the soft reboot in 2009. The USS Enterprise is three years deep into its five-year mission in space. Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) finds himself bored and lacking direction with several years of episodic missions. After responding to a distress signal, the Enterprise is attacked by an enemy swarm, which ultimately destroys the ship. Kirk and his crew are stranded on a remote planet at the mercy of Krall (Idris Elba). Together with Spock (Zachary Quinto), McCoy (Karl Urban) and the rest of the crew, Kirk must defeat his alien adversary.

Beyond is a sense a hybrid film, building upon JJ Abrams’ previous two films, while hearkening back to the days of the Original Series. Fast and Furious director, Justin Lin, takes over for Abrams, bringing an more action-oriented film to the table. Like Star Trek and Into Darkness, Beyond was praised by critics. We Live Entertainment critics, Nick Casaletto and Matt Marshall were both positive about the film.

Star Trek Beyond comes home this Tuesday from Paramount Home Entertainment in various formats. A standard Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD combo pack will be available at media retailers. 3D and 4K versions will also be available as well. Best Buy will be selling an exclusive steelbook, while Target is offering exclusive packaging. There will also be a Walmart exclusive that includes tiny replica ships. Lastly, Amazon is selling a 4K, 3D, Blu-ray, Digital HD combo pack that includes a replica of the USS Franklin.
"Bad Moms" (2016) - Blu-ray

Sleeper comedy hit, Bad Moms is also due out this Tuesday. From Universal Home Entertainment, Bad Moms stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn and Jada Pinkett Smith. In Bad Moms, Amy (Kunis) meets up with other moms (Hahn and Bell), who are always overstressed and go overboard on some much-needed fun. Besides being a box office hit, the film was also receptive with critics. Scott Menzel deemed the raunchy comedy “works best when its doing its thing and isn’t trying to apologize for it.” Universal is releasing the film as a Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD combo pack.

Last up for the week is comedy Nine Lives from Fox Home Entertainment. Kevin Spacey plays Tom, a workaholic business tycoon, who ends up in the body of a cat. The film also star Jennifer Garner and Christopher Walken. Scott Menzel found the film to be “purr-fectly medicore.” Overall, Nine Lives was heavily panned by critics. Fox is releasing the film as a Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD combo pack.

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