My review is on the steelbook product itself and not the film!
The movie was pretty good and if I was rating the movie alone I would give it 3.5 stars. The steelbook on the other hand has all kinds of problems. As a steelbook collector, I was expecting something much better for a Star Trek movie. The artwork on the covers is great and it looked really promising when I preordered. The inside is a plain star field...kind of lazy in my opinion, but not a deal breaker. The minute I unsealed it I knew there were problems. The first thing I noticed were the fingerprints, all over the front. The cover is a gloss finish so fingerprints, scratches, and dents are very noticeable. They couldn't be bother to wear gloves? I also noticed fingerprints on the inside of the case. Again, fingerprints aren't a big deal, but the whole thing reeked of laziness!
My real complaint about this steelbook is the condition these steels were in. Now I understand that I'm more picky than the average buyer, as I'm a maticulous collector. However, even after letting the factory defects and quality slide, the damage through poor handling (from the shop to the stores) was appalling. In the end, I ended up exchanging it 5 TIMES to find a copy that was acceptable (remember this is forgiving factory defects). Every copy I came across had dings, scuffs, paint damage, and spine slashes. I think much of the damage was caused by the poor shipping, so hopefully the quality is better in other areas. The people responsible for handling this product from the shop to the shelf did not know what they were doing and need to respect the fact that many people don't buy these steelbooks just for the media. It's collectable packaging...Why would anyone spend extra money for damaged packaging? I've purchased many steelbooks from Best Buy, some lines better than others, but this line is really bad! If steelbook damage bothers you at all, be very careful when buying this and do yourself a favor and don't wait to get home before you open it! What were they thinking!?!