Let me count the ways I love this movie. The script is absolutely wonderful. It was Nicholas Meyer’s first film as director and it shows – he’s awkward, frequently has no clue what to do with a shot or where to put the camera, the effects are cheesy as can be, and yet I don’t care – I love it from start to finish. And one of the main reasons is that he gives us characters to love and to hate, but even the villain here has real depth. The leading players are all fantastic – some of the supporting players are not but again I don’t care.
The transfer on the Warner Archive Blu-ray is better than the DVD but it’s not going to win any awards, I’m afraid. It’s downright blurry at times, too soft, and lacking in detail. It’s not the production photography, which was very good and NOT soft. Still, the movie’s the thing and I’m really happy to have it.