|Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country [VHS]
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Star Trek V left us nowhere to go but up, and with the return of Star Trek II director Nicholas Meyer, Star Trek VI restored the movie series to its classic blend of space opera, intelligent plotting, and engaging interaction of stalwart heroes and menacing villains. Borrowing its subtitle (and several lines of dialogue) from Shakespeare, the movie finds Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) and his fellow Enterprise crew members on a diplomatic mission to negotiate peace with the revered Klingon Chancellor Gorkon (David Warner). When the high-ranking Klingon and several officers are ruthlessly murdered, blame is placed on Kirk, whose subsequent investigation uncovers an assassination plot masterminded by the nefarious Klingon General Chang (Christopher Plummer) in an effort to disrupt a historic peace summit. As this political plot unfolds, Star Trek VI takes on a sharp-edged tone, with Kirk and Spock confronting their opposing views of diplomacy, and testing their bonds of loyalty when a Vulcan officer is revealed to be a traitor. With a dramatic depth befitting what was to be the final movie mission of the original Star Trek crew, this film took the veteran cast out in respectably high style. With the torch being passed to the crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation, only Kirk, Scotty, and Chekov would return, however briefly, in Star Trek: Generations. --Jeff Shannon
- Great goodbye
Although not my favorite trek movie, this picture touched me more than any other, due to the beautiful but painfully sad goodbye in the end. It was very hard to me to control my tears, knowing I would never see ST original cast anymore. Beutifully done!
I really miss the original crew!!!!!!!! Some of my most beloved heroes for 35 years....more info
- Great send-off for Kirk & Crew
Not a great movie, "Undiscovered Country" is still great enough among Trek flicks to be unmissable. A tight script, great acting and razor-sharp direction not only make "Undiscovered Country" an unstoppable ride, but also iron out how entertaining Trek could be in the right hands.
THE PLOT: UC hints at the fall of the Soviet empire - replacing the Klingons (perennial baddies in Trek) with the luckless Russians of our age. When the story starts, the Klingons have suffered a Chernobyl-style industrial accident that bankrupts them. Forced to sue for peace, the Klingons find mixed reactions from the humans, some of whom would feel safer negotiating with the Klingons after they collapsed. Inviting disaster (or maybe obeying the Vulcan dictum that "Only Nixon could go to China") Earth sends Captain Kirk to escort Gorkcon (David Warner), the Klingons' visionary Chancellor to peace talks. Kirk, having nursed his own grudge against the Klingons for killing his son (as everybody knows, this happened in Trek-III) feels dragooned into the mission (he was recommended by Spock). Determined to go anyway, Kirk is blindsided when the Klingons are attacked - apparently by the Enterprise - and Gorckon murdered. With Kirk arrested and tried by the Klingons, Spock tries to uncover the conspiracy responsible for Gorckon's murder, save the Captain and prevent another assassination which may doom hopes for peace forever.
No matter how many times I try to summarize UC, it never gets much thicker than the above - but UC excels anyway. The old-show characters have never worked better off each other. The script bravely transcends Trekkie sentimentality: at one point, it looks like the end of the Spock/Kirk friendship, as Kirk nearly lets his hatred of the Klingons get in the way of Spock's better sense; we even get the specter of a rather malicious Kirk - "let them die" he says of the desperate Klingons. Direction here eschews the bland smoothness of "The Next Generation" - scene transitions and music add to the character. And technobabble? None here. Beside the usual characters, the script tosses in some meaty newcomers - the late Brock Peters in an underwritten but juicy role as a bellicose Federation officer, a younger Kim Cattral as a sweetly sexy Vulcan and Christopher Plummer as a barely regenerate Klingon cold warrior, who spouts Shakespeare in Klingonese as he confronts his enemies. This is more than the swan-song of the original cast - it puts the torch to the Next Generation....more info
- Great, Great, Great
There's an inside "Trek" joke that claims that all the even numbered original crew movies are great and all the odd numbered ones are bad. Very True. The Undiscovered Country is number 6 and fabulous. What a way to end the original crew's career together. Great, Great, Great. The dialog is wonderful, acting is wonderful ... another outstanding original from the original cast! Worth every penny....more info
- Thanks, Nick
If you're in doubt about whether there's any value to Star Trek films for those outside their fanbase, I have two words for you: Nicholas Meyer. No one who directed original cast or Next Generation Star Trek movies (not even Nimoy and certainly not Shatner) ever had a feel for what the whole series was about to equal Nick Meyer's. ST II: The Wrath of Khan is arguably the best Star Trek episode ever (on film or TV, old generation or next), and Meyers' second effort is even better in some ways. Chris Eidelmann's score is also the equal of James Horner's, appropriate to this darker tale. Even if there had been no Star Trek universe for this story to play in, it would stand by itself as a very good film about friendship and the hopefulness for humanity that originally inspired Gene Roddenberry. Absolutely worth your time, even if Star Trek's not your usual cup of tea. "It's about the future!"...more info
- Decent Ending
As I mentioned earlier, the "Golden Years" of Star Trek were from 1979-1986. The Undiscovered Country is by far the best Trek movie released after 1986. However, the movie does have some faults. Many flaws are exposed when you watch the movie a second. By this I mean that some things simply do not hold up under closer scrutiny. All in all, TUC was a decent way to end the original TOS films....more info
- Great Ending for the Best Enterprise Crew
Following on the heals of the train wreck that was `The Final Frontier', `The Undiscovered Country' was the last chance for the original Star Trek cast to go out on a high note. Undiscovered is probably the most underrated of all the Star Trek movies in fact I would probably rate it just below `The Wrath of Khan' in terms of quality. It's also probably the truest representation of Gene Rodenberry's vision of overcoming prejudice and bigotry.
The movie is written as an allegory for the breakup of the Soviet Union that was occurring at the time and the disaster at Chernobyl. The message of the film is important and remains relevant even decades later. It is the ongoing debate between those who saw a single superpower world as an opportunity for the U.S. to cast aside restraints and take a more active, aggressive role in world affairs. On the other side are those who saw a tremendous opportunity for peace and a draw down of forces. At the time the world was just starting a dramatic rearrangement of power while today the reverberations include ideas like the Bush doctrine of pre-emptive strikes, the flaunting of international laws by the United States and the burgeoning budget of the U.S. armed forces. The hawks are definitely in charge.
There is also a subtext of racism with a subtle implication that Klingon's are sort of the American blacks of alien cultures. Note the `Guess who's coming to dinner' comment by Chekov. This is the most controversial part of the movie since the Klingon's have always been portrayed as crude and warlike. However, in keeping with the spirit of Rodenberry there is, of course, mutual understanding between humans and Klingon's before the final credits roll.
One of the great things about this movie is the decision to have Kirk initially side with the war hawks calling for putting the boots to the Klingons. He utters a classic line when discussing the future of the Klingon race saying, `Let them die'. Captain Kirk is generally portrayed as the squeaky clean hero so it was a bold stroke to write him with such bitterness and vengeance but perfectly understandable given the events of the previous movies. In fact the entire crew of the Enterprise comes off as rather snobbish and condescending towards their Klingon guests but that was the point of the movie. It's about growth and acceptance.
Christopher Plummer is fantastic as the Shakespeare quoting General Chang. His is one of the most indelible characters ever in Star Trek and battle between The Enterprise and Chang's cloaked Bird of Prey was an absolute classic with a satisfying finale. I have to admit the movies ending was a bit hokey but `The Undiscovered Country' is a fine send off for the original cast and a great movie....more info
- Stop tricking us into windescreen!
The picture is nice and crispy and the extras are good. Nice tribute to late Deforest Kelly. Unfortunately the 2,35:1 picture is not 2,35:1 but 1,85:1. Can anyone explain why? Maybe they opened up the matte 'cause it was shot in Super 35. Is that it? They are not cutting anythong on the sides, right?
Victor from Portugal...more info
- A great finale
The Undiscovered Country wraps up the original series quite nicely. It helps to connect the original series with The Next Generation, and its dark, militaristic atmosphere really set it apart. Plus, Nicholas Meyer, the man who brought The Wrath of Khan to life, is sitting in the director's chair once again.
The movie is a great commentary on prejudice, and portrays a great parallel to the fall of the Soviet Union when the Klingon Empire reaches out to the Federation. The set design is great, as are the special effects and makeup. The character of Martia has a wonderfully distinctive avian look, and General Chang stands out from the rest of the Klingons, not just in his sleek, hairless appearance, but also in his habit of quoting and paraphrasing Shakespeare (whose Hamlet provided the movie's title).
Some appearances worth noting are Michael Dorn, playing an ancestor of his character Worf, and Rene Auberjonois, later known for his role as Constable Odo, plays a Starfleet officer named Colonel West.
Star Trek VI is a very good movie, and I recommend it to anyone....more info
- TO BE OR NOT TO BE
Arguably the best of the six STAR TREK feature films sporting the entire original series cast, THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY is a well crafted tale of political intrigue that effectively bridges the gap between the original series and THE NEXT GENERATION. In the capable hands of Nicholas Meyer, who also directed the second Trek feature THE WRATH OF KHAN, each of the cast members are given fuller, more important roles to play. Not only that, but there is still plenty of room for other wonderful characterizations by such guest stars as Christopher Plummer, David Warner, and Kim Cattrall!
Though some have expressed a desire to see the theatrical version of the film released on DVD, this edition contains the extended Director's Cut of the film. There have been a few very minor changes made to the film this time around though, making it the third version available to the public since its debut. Three sequences have been altered, but only one of them is actually noticeable to long time viewers of the film. If you are uncertain as to what scenes have been altered, view the text commentary as it will explain what has been altered. I think that the changes work quite well, being subtle enough not to make you suddenly realize that this is a different version of your favorite film!
As for the extras, Paramount has finally achieved the perfect balance of interesting material. The useless space-filler documentaries of the past Trek special editions, several of which never seemed to pertain to the actual film in any way, are wisely avoided this time around. Now we are presented with nicely detailed interviews and behind-the-scenes excerpts with director Meyer, writer Denny Martin Flynn, as well as the rest of the cast and crew that really give some wonderful insight into the actual creation of the film, from the first idea to the final thoughts about the finished product.
The best documentary on this set is the one made in tribute to the late DeForest Kelley, who endearingly portrayed Dr. Leonard McCoy. Many clips from Kelley's long acting career are shown, much of which pre-dated STAR TREK, and it is fascinating viewing. The documentary takes you right up through the last appearance of his infamous character in the franchise (this film is the last time the venerable actor played the role of McCoy), as well as the last few days of his life. This, as well as the interview with him made during the end of filming for this movie back in 1991, are the absolute highlights of the DVD. DeForest Kelley will always be fondly remembered by fans and critics alike!
Other documentaries abound, such as a nifty tour of the props department. "The Perils Of Peacemaking" is a very interesting piece that details the history of the Chernobyl disaster and how it directly influenced the idea and theme for this film. There are interviews with each of the original cast members, as well as Iman (who plays the changeling "Martia"), where they answer questions and give their insights on the franchise. There is even an interview with composer Cliff Eidelman, who created a very dark and haunting score for this particular entry in the series. Also, storyboards highlight some alternate and deleted scenes of the film that are not to be missed!
The commentaries are very good this time around. The audio commentary is provided by both Meyer and Denny Martin Flynn. Meyer usually tends to pursue rabbit trails in his commentaries versus sticking with the actual film (a reason that I was not looking forward to this commentary), but coupled together with Flynn, they stay focused on the film and the creative process and development that went into it. Overall, a surprisingly informative commentary that I really enjoyed. The text commentary by Michael Okuda is what we have all come to expect, revealing lots of interesting facts and trivia about the cast, sets, and locations of the film. Very well done as usual!
Surprisingly, the fact that this film was nominated for two Academy Awards, one for Best Make-Up and one for Best Sound Effects Editing, is never once mentioned anywhere in the documentaries nor is it commented on during the audio or text commentaries. Oh well, at least you can see and hear for yourself just exactly why it received these well deserved nominations on this disc. The picture quality is superb and the new Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround mix is simply awesome. Quite simply, the film has never looked or sounded better!
As fantastic of a job as Paramount did with this special edition release, I am somewhat baffled by the sloppy packaging of the actual set. Though Paramount plans to stop packaging their DVDs with paper inserts, one has to wonder why they didn't at least include one here for the last of the original cast films. Small nitpick to be sure, but still it would have made the set of six films universally alike. More disturbingly, however, is the lack of quality control when it comes to ensuring that your discs are printed correctly. To place a picture from a completely different movie on Disc 2 is one thing, but to print the words over the picture upside down is just plain ridiculous! Even the interactive motion menus (which I always look forward to seeing) were a let down this time around. The one on Disc 2 seems to be incomplete, basically taking you on the exact same journey regardless of the selection made. It is ashamed that such a wonderful DVD full of great special features was sloppily packaged in such a rush to get it out on store shelves!
Overall, this is the best Trek DVD to be released to date. I recommend it to anyone even remotely interested in the franchise. Hopefully, the future releases will continue to either maintain and/or improve upon this level of quality, as well as avoiding any further un-needed packaging mistakes!...more info
- Underrated and one of the best science fiction films yet
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country has probably the best plot of all the Star Trek films. It was criticized at the time for seeming to copy the real life fall of the Soviet Union. However, the intention was only to link events of the end of the original series to Star Trek: The Next Generation. The film is full of suspense and the cast at some of their best performances. I first watched this movie just out of boredom, but was pleasantly surprised. It made this former Star Trek hater into an instant fan....more info
- Better than I remembered it, but what's the deal with...?
I remember seeing this in the cinemas back when it came out, and I thought it was OK. After watching it twice on DVD now (listening to the director's and writer's commentaries), I found it even more enjoyable, proof that the ST movies with the original cast and crew are still better than those that followed them. A good addition to my ST collection. A couple of questions to other fans out there: did your copy of this DVD come without a printed chapter index (insert)? and why is the picture printed on disc two an upside down still picture of the Enterprise-B (from "ST: Generations", not from ST VI)? Or did I get a misprinted disc? The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because Mike Okuda's text commentary was sparse at best, not much to learn when fans want so much to know......more info
- One of The Best Sendoffs I've Ever Seen
Let me start off by saying that watching the last scene of this movie was hard because it was so well done and it just left you wanting even more from the original crew of the Enterprise in their final performance. Everyone of the cast lived up to the legacy that they had built for themselves and I think it was painful for everyone watching the last scene where the crew say their goodbyes.
The plot revolves around a peace negotiation with the Klingons that goes down a bad path when some of the Klingon officers are murdered and Kirk and Bones are put on trial for their murder. TNG's Michael Dorn represents them as Col. Worf (TNG's Worf's grandfather) which is pretty funny and a great way to have a "crossover" between the two series. Kirk and McCoy are sent to a mining facility to live out their lives mining and of course run into trouble by the locals who want to murder them. Spock as usual finds a way to bail his friends out and the Enterprise crew saves the day once again. The movie ends with a sentimental ending and the final captain's log.
One of the great things that Star Trek does with its DVDs is it includes great bonus features and the two disc special addition is worth it for any fan. It also contains a tribute to the late Deforest Kelly who died in 1999. Not only does Michael Dorn appear but future member of the Star Trek universe Rene Auberjonois also makes an appearance. Any fan of Star Trek will be very happy with this set.
- Atrocious packaging
Many others have written about the Film and extras itself so I will leave that to them.
Paramount really dropped the ball on this one. The DVD are arranged in such a way that at least one of them could very easily get scratched. On top of that for whatever reason they decided not to includea booklet like they did with all the other Star Trek Special Edition series.
I am really disapointed with Paramount over this. I am very lucky my copy did not arive damaged....more info
- Star Trek VI: The last great Trek
This was definately the last great Trek of the original series, and perhaps the last great Star Trek adventure. While I enjoyed the first 20 minutes of "Generations" and all the deleted scenes I have, esp the orbital skydiving scene, nothing can compare to the original series crew.
The menus were VERY annoying -that and the lack of a booklet cost it a star. How many times do we need to see that cart go down the shaft???
I did think the documentaries took a good chunk of time explaining the allegory to USSR / US, sometimes over-explaining the fact.
I did enjoy the Shatner out-take - I just wish this film had more out-takes and or scenes. The problem with a near perfect film is the desire not to ruin it by adding things in that were left out.
As for the upside down ship on disc II, there is def. quality control issues - after the pains they went thru for Star Trek II, and TMP with Robert Wise, you'd think there'd be consistancy, but then again look at the titles, package coloring, etc they've all varied too.
My only hope is that Generations is of the same calibre as TMP or TWOK in terms of extras - many fans have the 12 or so scenes excised from Generations, and it would be helpful to have a more definitive mastered version of this. But Paramount being Paramount, it's not a 'given'....more info
- Only Nixon Can Go to China
If you're a Star TRek fan, you'll love the initial peace overtures between the Klingon Empire and the Federation. Of course, Spock drags Kirk into the middle of it after all, "Only Nixon can go to China". If you're not a Star Trek fan, go buy something else....more info
- Predictable, mediocre, unimaginative
I don't understand why everyone likes this movie so much. There is nothing special about it. It is predictable, has a wooden plot, and runs like a standard TV episode of virtually any action TV show. There is no imagination, depth, or creativity in it. It's just a simple shallow drama. Nothing stands out from it. I have no idea what the rest here is seeing. It doesn't compare at all with any of the other Star Trek movies. Even Star Trek V is better than this....more info
- At Last! An unembarrassed concession to the franchise!
And that's exactly what this movie, for I hesitate to honor it by calling it a film, is.
I grew up on Star Trek, racing home from school to ensure I got my homework done so I could watch the reruns uninterrupted. I grasped the concepts and the allegories presented in each story and it made me think about another kind of world. Perhaps a better one.
The Motion Pictures were slow at first; ST:TMP was ethereal and intellectual. ST:TWOK was Shoot 'em up bang bang. The series caught it's stride with ST:TSFP, combining emotionalism, intellect, and action in a mixture thoroughly enjoyable to both Trekkies and Non-Trekkies alike.
Then, as did the television series, it began to stumble and fall. ST:TFF was reminiscent of a third season episode as Paramount was getting ready to close up shop on the series, and Gene Roddenberry was getting out while the getting was good. An absurd story and poor special effects combined to make a film that was almost painful to watch.
The Undiscovered Country is a thinly disguised rehashing of the Cold War using the imminent collapse of the Klingon Empire due to an industrial accident on the Homeworld's moon as it's impetus. Kirk, et al are given as a fig leaf as envoys to diplomatically solve the problem.
The assassination of the Klingon leader Gorkon, who is offering peace during this mission, and the ensuing Klingon Kangaroo Court places Kirk and McCoy on a Penal Colony asteroid, convicted of murder.
When it is finally established that Klingon Military, led by General Chang is at the heart of the conspiracy to prevent a peaceful solution between the Federation and the Klingons by assassinating first Gorkon, then in a failed attempt, the president of the Federation, there is an inevitable final battle between Kirk and Chang. With just as inevitable results.
While the television series often did the same, specifically regarding Viet Nam and the Cold War of almost forty years ago, it did so with a great deal more tact, and much more creative writing.
The Undiscovered Country doesn't have those qualities. It is preachy and strident. The actors and actresses speak and behave far out of character, i.e., Spock's mind assault on his lieutenant, and their strongly hinted at affair, or Scotty's comment regarding "that Klingon b***h".
This is a movie that tries to use special effects to compensate for poor writing, worse gags for cheap laughs, and a total lack of regard for well established and well known characters.
No, this is not Star Trek at it's best, or even, in my opinion, Star Trek at all. It is the final wringing of the now only damp towel of the franchise, to get those last few drops of cash from it before the original crew was too old to make any more movies.
I stopped collecting at The Voyage Home. Don't waste your money, or, more importantly, your time....more info
- Klingons don't know Shakespeare
I enjoyed this movie very much, I liked the action, the space battles, the drama, and yes, Sulu should have gotten his own TV series as captain of the Excelsior as a spin off to this film. (Why that series never took off, and "Enterprise" did, will always remain a mystery to me) Two things bothered me about the film. First, there should have been more of a send-off for the original cast. There is a nod towards this at the very end of the movie but it was not enough. Secondly, I'm sorry...but there is no way that an alien race such as the Klingons would know Shakespeare. Yes, I know director Nick Meyer is a Shakespeare fan and was making a reference to WWII germany and that the film is basically a satire of the cold war...but Shakespearean Klingons make about as much sense as Vulcans speaking in Eminem lyrics. Just plain silly. ...more info
I bought this to complete my set of the Special Edition DVDs. At first, I was a little bummed at the lack of any kind of booklet or documentation or the upside down Enterprise on the Disc 2 label.
Then I watched the movie with the audio & text commentaries on. Great picture, pretty entertaining commentaries, although not as informative as TMP or TWOK.
The other extras sealed the deal. Next to TMP, this is the 2nd best of the lot. And the booklets they've been putting in these have gone downhill since the first one, it was just a matter of time. I hear they're releasing Generations without a case....more info
- Great film, good features, ludicrous packaging
I agree with other reviewers regarding the quality control of this DVD packaging. No printed insert, the absurd second-disc label -- what were they thinking? A picture of a different Enterprise? From a DIFFERENT MOVIE? Printed UPSIDE DOWN? Are you KIDDING? Didn't they think that we STAR TREK fans, the most nit-picky, obsessive, detail-oriented folks on the planet, would notice? (Maybe they thought we'd see it as the Excelsior and not notice the difference. Yeah, right. On a related note, the picture of spacedock on the first disc looks like it's from "Star Trek III"). And for some reason, mine came in a WHITE case, which looks a little ridiculous lined up with all the other ST: TOS movies I have (all but V, of course) in black cases. Ugh. Shame on Paramount.
To answer another reviewer's question, the film was shot in Super 35, hence the 16:9 aspect ratio here adding info on the top and bottom, not cutting off at the sides, so rest easy.
Oh, the movie and DVD program are great....more info
- A True Trek Film With Polish!
Ah, welcome back, Star Trek.
Finally, the series restores what was missing with Trek 4 and 5. This film has mystery, humor, good effects, intrigue and action.
The Characters are once again "fleshed out" very well, especially Kirk and McCoy. Christopher Plummer's character is shrewd and cunning, a "Kahn" in Klingon garb.
The cinematography and backdrops are beautiful, complete with a glacier landscape and a high Klingon court room.
The battle scenes are well done, and tense! The only complaint here would be the ILM effects... they decided to abandon the old Enterprise model that had a massive amount of interior lighting (called "running lights"), and instead illuminated the new model with a strong exterior source (like the sun). Unfortunately, the exterior lighting DOES make the ship look like a plastic model!
Other than that, the effects are excellent. The soundtrack is dramatic, and the film never gets dull.
This movie was a good send off to the original crew.
Jeff Messenger, author of the novel "The Shroud of Torrington."...more info
- Where no man...where no one...has gone before.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, released in 1991, was the Star Trek movie released to commemorate the series' twenty-fifth anniversary. Interestingly enough, this film ended up being a good-bye to an era, as in addition to it being the final film to feature the entire cast of the original series, it also had tosay good-bye to series creator Gene Roddenberry who passed away shortly before the film's release.
On all accounts, I would say that this film succeeded in its mission. Giving the audience one last grand adventure for our beloved heroes aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-A (along with some help from Sulu, now commanding a ship of his own), Star Trek VI was without a doubt a perfect sendoff to what is regarded by many as the best there was in the Star Trek universe.
None of the Star Trek motion pictures that have come since have managed to invoke the same emotions and spirit as this film. In fact, of all the films in the series the only one which truly stands up to this one is Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, also directed by Nicholas Meyer.
If you are looking for a good time in the Star Trek universe, I highly recommend this movie. ...more info
- Star Trek VI: Chernobyl in Space
This one literally starts off with a bang. The story then hits the pavement with the tires at full speed. Echoing the tense relationship between the US and the USSR towards the end of the Cold War, this one has a lot of very personal resonance for anyone who remembers those times. Klingon High Chancellor Gorkon was even named by combining the names of Gorbachev and Lincoln.
The metaphor here presented shows the dangers of prejudice even with the threat of peace. Note the incredibly charged statements by even the Federation "good guy" characters as they have a hard time accepting that this long-standing conflict may be coming to a kind of end. In fact, the statements that are made by Admiral Cartwright took Brock Peters several takes to get through because they were so offensive to him. He understood the need to get them out, though, because the movie only really works when you are forced to re-evaluate your assumptions: that we are the good guys and "they" are the bad guys.
There are some great action sequences and some wonderful (for the time) special effects. But it is the story that is just superb and that does not age the same way all other aspects of the movie do. It is still as poignant today as it was when it came out.
Marvelous movie. Get the DVD....more info
- Good Movie-Better than most.
This film,the sixth and last that featured the original crew in its' entirity,is truely one of the best in the series,ranking right up there with Wrath of Kahn.It is definately better than The Voyage Home(over rated Star Trek pap,if you ask me!!!)and has a lot of originality,unlike Star Trek 4 and ,Insurrection ,and Nemesis....more info
- im exacly 13, but....
this is my fav. movie of all times. General chang is the perfect character for the movie and it shows an important spot in federation history. I dont have much to say other than this is the best film ever! http://www.startreksoundtracks.com/MP3/st-tuc/01-overture.mp3...more info
- To Be...Or Not...To Be!
The Good Things
*Excellent action and special effects (especially the opening, which was probably the first really cool use of the shockwave effect that we now see everywhere else).
*Filming style is good.
*Storyline is smashing. Much darker, more dramatic than before. Lots of interesting political intruigue and mystery.
*Reveals a lot in the "Star Trek" universe. You finally get to see more of Klingon culture, and you get to see that they have pink blood, and so on.
*Characters are great; acting is good.
*Writing is good. A few memorable lines, and a few bits of dry humor that doesn't take away too much from the serious storyline.
*Strong themes about the uncertainty of the future (hence the Shakespearean motif).
*Excellent music; a different theme, but very dramatic.
The Bad Things
*Bloody violence and the dark atmosphere may be too inappropriate for young kids.
For the longest time, this was my favorite "Star Trek" film (until I decided that the "Wrath of Kahn" was better). This still ranks highly with me, for it is very dark, dramatic, mysterious, and intense. At the same time, it does have a happy ending, and the film overall serves as a great final homage to the original "Star Trek" cast.
The one-disc version had okay video and sound quality. The two-disc version has good quality and a number of featurettes and trailers.
- Headin' out to pasture...
On one hand, I'm glad to see Paramount's finally come `round, and is giving the Star Trek movie line the Special-Edition-DVD-with-all-sorts-of-extras treatment. On the other hand, I wished they'd done this the FIRST time they put the movies out on DVD! But hey, why release the best stuff at the outset when they can get the fanboys to purchase the stripped-down, movie-only DVD, then turn around and release the Special Edition version a couple years later, knowin' full well the UberTrekkies will be more'n willing to trade up? Once again the ol' Dreaded DVD Double-Dip Ploy (read about this annoying phenomenon at www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/guides/guide-display/-/3CVFIEG84F2PF) rears its ugly head...
But even though I was royally... ticked... by Paramount's nefarious double-dip, I must admit they actually improved on the old DVD's picture and sound quality, which was great to start with. Not only is the soundtrack crisper, I can also hear the more discreet background bits that I never picked up on before on VHS and heard reasonably well on the initial DVD release. The new DVD's picture quality and resolution is a notch above the previous digital disc release as well; the improvement was apparent when I noticed something I never noticed before: the slight smudges of soot on Sulu's face following the Excelsior-riding-the-Praxis-shockwave scene (where the #ell did that soot come from, anyway?)...
Anyhoo: If ever there was a perfect signoff for one of pop culture's greatest hits, `Star Trek VI' comes pretty close to the pinnacle. Although once again centered on the superstar trio of Kirk, Spock, & McCoy, the supporting crewmembers manage to grab a few shining moments of their own here. Heck, Sulu got an entire spaceship to command! And what's classic-crew Star Trek without a few scenes of slightly over-the-top & somewhat hammy acting? Christopher Plummer's Klingon General Chang steals the show in this department as he exchanges insincere niceties with our stalwart (if somewhat rotund) Captain Kirk. Of course, the fact that Shatner was Plummer's understudy during their days as Shakespearean actors (which is covered in "Together Again" featurette on Disc 2) might've helped their little battles of will, words, and photon torpedoes work as well as they did. Then again, maybe not. Who knows? Oh yeah, let's not forget Michael Dorn playing one of his ancestors (Kirk & McCoy's attorney at their trial) to provide yet another link between the first two series (along with guest shots by McCoy, Sarek, Spock, & Scotty on TNG).
Then there's the allegory angle, with the Klingon Empire's crisis paralleling the then-almost-concurrent collapse of the Soviet Union (Nick Meyer and Leonard Nimoy's initial concept for the movie was "The (Berlin) Wall falling in outer space"). Leave it up to Star Trek to take current events and remake `em into a pretty rousing bit of space opera! Throw in a smidgen of "whodunit" mystery as the Enterprise crew searches for the conspirators who are trying to destroy any chances of peace between the two galactic superpowers along with a wonderfully hammy "courtroom drama", and you've got... well... you'll just hafta see it for yourself. Fortunately it's an even-numbered sequel, so you know it's worth at least a rental!
Helping things out is composer/conductor Cliff Eidelman's score, which adds just the right touch to the movie's atmosphere and action. The music is very operatic, which turns out to be an apt style for the `space opera' subgenre of sci-fi that Star Trek has been placed in (and pioneered). Also helping things out is my search for flubs and continuity errors; if ya look hard enough, you'll find a good one during the "Excelsior caught in the Praxis explosion wave" scene.
In the commentary track, director Nicholas Meyer and screenwriter Denny Martin Flinn bring up the movie's parallels to the fall of the Soviet Union, both in the "big-picture" sense and minutiae-wise. Also brought up are moments in the movie that relate to other historic moments in the history of the battle against international communism, as well as the issue racism and prejudice. Also touched upon is Meyer's pride in the zero-g scenes, and his desire to put out a high-quality Star Trek bunk blanket.
The special features platter includes the usual array of cast & crew interviews, trailers, and behind-the-scenes/making-of featurettes (including the aforementioned "Together Again"). One of the most notable featurettes is a tribute/farewell to the late DeForest Kelley, whose pre-Trek acting career consisted mainly of supporting roles in westerns. Then there's probably the most relevant feature of the lot: an "Art Imitates Life" documentary "The Perils of Peacemaking", which covers various 20th-century world political leaders and their efforts to end war, violence and hatred, often at the cost of their own lives (e.g. Gandhi, Anwar Sadat). But my favorite mini-doc is "Federation Operatives", which shows several of `Star Trek VI's supporting/background actors, and the other roles each one has played on the NextGen, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise shows. This show is a welcome addition to my mental library of the endless array of "recycled" Star Trek actors. A mental library I like to unleash upon not-as-knowledgeable Trekkies in order to impress them, by the way. Sad but true...