Star Trek: Into Darkness, the highest-grossing movie in the Star Trek series, is now available on iTunes ($14.99SD/$19.99HD), Amazon Streaming and XBox Live Video three weeks before it is released on DVD or Blu-ray. It’s the first major movie available on digital media like iTunes prior to DVD sales, as part of a push to maximise digital sales.

Set a year after events in the original Star Trek movie, it was generally well-received by critics and grossed over $453M worldwide. Reviews and trailer below the fold …

As ever, the critics have differing views, with AVClub giving it a B:

While Into Darkness rarely resembles the thinking-man’s science fiction saga it purports to continue, the film’s worst moments are, ironically, the ones in which it pays direct homage to its forebears. For especially misguided example, Abrams’ parallel-timeline conceit allows him to re-imagine one of the most iconic scenes (and lines) in the Trek canon, through a revisionist callback as cynical as the entirety of Super 8. But there’s a middle ground between too much reverence and not enough, and the actors hit it consistently. The new Enterprise crew—not just Pine and Quinto, but also Karl Urban’s hilariously cranky Bones and John Cho’s steely Sulu—nicely capture the spirit of their characters without ever resorting to imitating those who used to play them. Here’s to boldly going where others have gone before, but taking different routes to get there.

While the New Yorker was less impressed:

Abrams cuts from surprisingly mushy scenes of emotional unveiling to vast, grandiloquent bouts of aggressive action, with almost nothing in between; most of the logic has leached away from this movie, and with it half of the fun. And was it really the intention of the filmmakers to let Spock take, if not the captain’s chair, at least the dramatic spotlight with such regularity and ease? A couple more sequels in this vein, and we could have a mutiny on our hands.

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