When it’s okay to talk during the movie

The 2009 Blu-ray release of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home includes a commentary track by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, writers of last year’s phenomenal Star Trek movie.

I finally had a chance to listen to it last night, and I was glad I did. Though they were not involved whatsoever in the production of Star Trek IV (like me, they were kids at the time), Orci and Kurtzman turn in one of the better commentary tracks I have ever heard.

The result is like listening in on a couple of good friends watching a favorite film from their childhoods. The bonus is that they offer insight into their Star Trek movie, including acknowledging the many inspirations drawn from Star Trek IV in particular, which was written by Nicholas Meyer and Harve Bennett and directed by Leonard Nimoy.

At the time the commentary was recorded, their film had not yet been released. One even jokes that if their movie flops, someone might slingshot around the sun to travel back in time and take them off this commentary.

They need not have worried, for Star Trek replaced Star Trek IV as the most successful Star Trek film and, like IV, expanded the audience beyond Trekkies like me.

The classic crew Blu-ray movies collection is a must-have, and be sure to check out this commentary track. Much like Star Trek IV, it is a lot of fun.