Dazzling special effects in Star Trek III (1984)

Dazzling special effects in Star Trek III (1984)

Dazzling special effects highlight sure-fire blockbuster Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Dazzling special effects and fantastic new worlds will beckon viewers into the 23rd century when Star Trek III: The Search for Spock comes to the big screen with a bang this summer.

Already pegged as a sure-fire monster hit, the $17-million cult epic is being hailed as a masterpiece of special-effects wizardry that will even outdo Star Wars sci-fi magic.

Dazzling special effects in Star Trek IIISays William Shatner, returning once again as Admiral Kirk: “We used million-dollar sets the size of football fields for this one. We created whole new, magical worlds on the Paramount lot — and a story with enough action and twists and turns to keep our fans guessing until the end.”

The familiar cast — Scotty (James Doohan), Bones McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Chekov (Walter Koenig), Sulu (George Takei) and Lt Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) – are off on a terrifying mission to find their science officer, Mr Spock (Leonard Nimoy), who may — or may not — have died at the end of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

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At the end of Star Trek II, Spock was caught up in a radiation trap in which he sacrificed himself to save Kirk and the rest of the crew.

Along the way, they encounter firestorms, churning earthquakes, mystical blizzards and the crazed clutches of the Klingon warlord, Kruge (Christopher Lloyd).

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“These aren’t merely optical special effects,” says Shatner. “Our sets were mechanically designed to go through these contortions… They took months to build and cost millions of dollars.”

While Shatner will not say whether Spock will reappear, he did say that “What is in store with Spock is going to surprise the hell out of people.”

So confident is Shatner of the super-success of Star Trek III that he boasts: “This is going to go down as the greatest Star Trek of them all.”

And regardless of whether Spock appears, Nimoy himself is taking an active role in the film — he’s making his debut as a director.

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