|Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition)
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The crews of the enterprise and the excelsior must stop a plot to prevent a peace treaty between the klingon empire and the federation. Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 05/01/2007 Starring: William Shatner Mark Lenard Run time: 113 minutes Rating: Pg Director: Nicholas Meyer
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
- outstanding -- the best star trek movie ever
Unlike Nemesis, which kind of left you scratching your head at how The Next Generation series of movies could go out in such an average (for TNG's high standards) bang, The Undiscovered Country closed out the original Star Trek series of movies with a BANG in 1991. This is easily the best ST movie ever, about how overmining of the Klingon moon causes a catastrophe on their planet making in uninhabitable and causing them to come to the Federation with talks of a truce. But a deep conspiracy unravels, in some ways predictable, in other ways not.......enough of my blabbering, not like you wanted to hear me tell you any more anyways, if you did I still won't spoil any more. Scenes of this movie were emulated in Next Generation movies (a certain space battle scene is emulated almost exactly in Generations, although nowhere near as well). Get it, watch it, and watch all the original Star Trek movies (except maybe the first one, unless you are INSANE for star trek). THe original movies are the best, and can be loved even if you aren't a Star Trek fan....more info
- Slightly repetetive but...
A fitting end for the old cast of the original TV series-turned sci-fi movies.
My own perspective: while Blake's Seven might do this theory better, I think of Star Trek as one long space opera. As much as the beloved Roddenberry was the creator, I'm happy with the results of the Nick Meyers/Harve Bennett collaborations. There is practically no modern movie set in space (with the exception of the first Alien movie) wherein the captain was not some sort of combination of superheroic visionary/poseable action figure. In the Nick Meyers-directed movies, the Kirk character is taken to its logical conclusion.
The Enterprise is a ship - a vessel. Meyers treats it correctly.
Add in some Shakespeare and decent special effects, then subtract V'ger, and you've got something fun to watch.
Let's say it together one last time: the even-numbered movies are the good ones, and the odd-numbered movies are the bad ones......more info
- GO NICK MEYER!
First of all, Star Trek 5 was really bad,(sorry, william shatner)and they did the right thing bringing Nicholas Meyer in to help.
ST reedeemed itself with this one(i think they needed to make up for the crappy star trek 5). It was good,
but not as good as Star Trek 2.
watching praxis explode(you know, explosions are always fun)
dinner w/the klingons
surgery on a torpedo...more info
- Great finale for original cast
This sixth edition of the Star Trek movie series is probably (along with Star Trek II) the best ever to hit the big screen. Nicholas Meyer also directed the Wrath of Khan and it makes sense to give him the reigns of this film as well since Star Trek II was a true classic. The plot for Star Trek VI parallels the decline and fall of the Soviet Union of the early 1990s and the film takes a page out of the current events of the time. Lots of good acting, dialog, and special effects in addition to a great supporting cast of David Warner, Christopher Plummer and Deep Space Nine's Rene Auberjonois. The plot will leaving you guessing till the very end. Also the special edition has loads of extras such as the making of the film and documentaries. A must for any Star Trek fan....more info
- Shakespeare Spoke Klingon
Oh my gosh, there's nothing more exciting than watching a bald Klingon with a British accent quote Shakespeare! ...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
- 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
- Star Trek recovers from the Shatner shattering.
Three cheers for Leonard Nimoy and Nicholas Meyer. After Star Trek was MUGged by the absurd ego of William Shatner with his disastrous Star Trek 5,Nimoy came up with the idea of Star Trek 6 with the fall of Communism in the Soviet Union and the Berlin wall coming down.
Nick Meyer chipped in with his ideas and brilliant direction to save Star Trek,as he did with his writing and direction in ST2 and his writing of the San Francisco scenes in ST4.
Nimoy,who had previously done so well with his directing in Star Trek 4,this time produced Star Trek 6:The Voyage Home.
Highlights of this film are - the explosion of the Klingon moon(based on Chernobyl),the assassination,the Klingon trial of Kirk and McCoy,the prison camp,the escape and the finale.
It is amazing what they did with a Star Trek 6 budget that was similar to the cheap looking Star Trek 5.
And they had the good sense to bring the brilliant ILM back to do the effects. ILM's brilliant effects make a huge difference.
Rick Berman followed Shatner's mistake of ditching ILM for the last two Trek films,will they ever learn?
ILM made a huge difference in six Star Trek films and the Peter Pan line at the end "second star to the right and on till morning" is a delight....more info
- Kirk and Crew Return For Final Vovage and Return to Top Form
With the previous two Star Trek films being the weakest so far in the series (in my humble opinion), this next film really had no choice but to be better. And in fact, this film was better, much better. Good enough to give Star Trek II a run for its money as being the best of the Star Trek films. Finally, we have a classic Star Trek plot involving the long time villainous Klingons attempting to make peace with the Federation and non-trusting Kirk and crew are sent to collect a Klingon chancellor so he may meet with Federation members on Earth, however when the chancellor is assassinated, Kirk and company are blamed and held as prisoners. Thankfully, the humor that was predominate in previous films was cut down to a great deal, and the original crew seems wonderfully in sync again. Nicolas Meyer (who directed Wrath of Khan) returns to the director's chair to pilot the original Star Trek crew's last adventure, and does an excellent job. And though Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner gave good efforts as directors of the previous 3 Star Trek films, Meyer brings something more to the series, or perhaps he just has good timing of showing up and directing these movies when there actually a good story behind them. In any case, this is a good film and a wonderfully fitting end for the original Star Trek crew. If you're like me, and felt that the last couple of Star Trek films had dropped the ball, you should be happy to know that this one picks the ball back up and runs with it!!! Its a definite buy, and all the great special features included with it, is just icing on the cake as far as I'm concerned!!...more info
- Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country
This movie by far is an explemplar of what Star Trek can be, and should be. I provides amazing social commentary on the human condition and historical comtemporary references to Soviet relations in the late 1980's.
Also, this movie delves into the characters of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy once more and fleshes out their characters for on last hurrah. Overall, this movie is supurb....more info
- Best Trek Film!
I'll keep it simple. The quality is as good as it should be, the second disc has plenty of extras, including Gene Roddenberry's opinion on the film (he died shortly before it was released in theaters). For the price here at Amazon, it's a must have for any Trek fan!...more info
- Star Trek VI: The Return of Nick Meyer
This is personally my favorite Star Trek film; it possesses an original story based on [at the time] current events, and for a trek film it is both intriguing and a bit spooky. The film follows the (now functioning, post ST: V) Enterprise-A as they are sent to escort the Klingon Chancellor Gorkon to Earth, under the command of reluctant James T. Kirk, who detests the Klingon race for the cold murder of his son (as seen in ST: III). En route to Earth, an incident occurs in which the Chancellor's ship is seemingly attacked by the Enterprise and the Chancellor is assassinated by disguised Starfleet crewmen. Kirk and Dr. McCoy attempt to aid the dying Klingons, but they are arrested as assassins by Gorkon's chief-of-staff, General Chang.
Kirk and McCoy are sentenced to the prison planet of Rura Penthe where they have several assassination attempts pitted against them. Spock, meanwhile determines that several Federation, Romulan, and even Klingon members conspired together to murder the chancellor so that there would be no peace in the galaxy and each government could profit off war. Kirk even realizes that he had held a grudge against peace due to the murder of his son. The movie shows a great deal of conflict that has a great feeling of political pressure, analogous to the Cold War tensions.
The Ups: The space battles are awesome; it's nice to see Sulu as captain of the Excelsior, considering he fell in love with that ship in ST: III; Christopher Plummer's portrayal of Chang is great; and the "crew's" acting, including Shatner's Kirk are all wonderful; Nick Meyer's direction is of course magnificent, as he had previously demonstrated his ability with ST: II; and Cliff Eidelman's score is incredible and it's eerieness completely compliments the mood of the film itself.
The Downs: The Enterprise-A gets decommissioned, though it was just commissioned at the epilogue of ST: IV; I feel that there should have been more of a presence of the Romulans in the picture, and Chang's quoting of Shakespeare, at times, comes across as too much of a carbon copy of Khan quoting Melville in ST: II....more info
- A fitting sendoff
Nick Meyer's "Undiscovered Country" is a terrific movie which involves witty dialogue, a terrific plot, great special effects (for that day and age), a complimentary score by Cliff Eidelman, and surprisingly good acting. I was only eight when the film was released in '91, but when they special edition DVD's were released, I decided it would be best to buy just my favorites, and this one is on the list.
Why? Well, the script takes you for a good ride for close to two hours and never lets up - I mean never. There aren't many scripts that can do that. What impressed me the most is the acting. The actors aren't the same, campy, over-dramatic ones which they were claimed to be during the run of the television series. These are actors that pretty much know that this is the last movie in the franchise that made them stars, and they give down to earth and funny performances. It's almost like five grandparents and a grandma acting, with all that wisdom and wit. Shatner's performance was the greatest. This isn't the actor that released a horrible CD and is still impersonated - this is William Shatner at his best. Christopher Plummer is also incredible as the villain Chang. The trial scene is a great piece of acting for him.
True, the premise is based on the post-Cold War collapse of Russia, but isn't this how Trek was started after all? The Federation was NATO, the Klingons were Russians, and the Romulans Japanese? Roddenberry took our world, made races out of countries, and boom, we have "Star Trek." Many people who believe that "Trek" is unrealistic must do is look to our history to believe how wrong they are. Either way, this movie is a fitting sendoff that features the crew, and is what I believe right up there with the second movie as one of the best....more info
- What They Leave Behind
A fitting swan song to the original series crew,which bridges many event that shows up on subsequent series(The Khitomer Accords,Klingon Honor,etc).The film gives our aged but beloved heroes a send-off that couldn't even be cheapened by Generations token TOS apperance.
Its mix of action,suspense,and even mystery makes this a very entertaining film.The return to the directors chair of Nick Meyers is a godsend(attn Rick Berman,Hire Mr Meyers for Star Trek X).As Capt. Sulu of the Excelsior fittenly puts it,"Nice to see you in action,one more time."
- A Good Movie With Some Issues
Over all a great movie despite the plot holes and other stuff....more info
- A fitting conclusion
From comments I originally published on: http://www.dvdbits.com
Star Trek VI proved not to be the last Trek film (or the last with Shatner), but it was the last with the complete original crew. As such, it is a fitting end to the legacy of Gene Roddenberry's original vision (he died during production).
I am an unashamed Trekkie, so a recommendation from me is probably not that convincing. However, I can safely say that this is not only one of the best Trek films to date, but one of the best sci-fi action films with a brain. Despite the daunting "VI" in the title, even if you know nothing of Trek, this film has something for everybody.
Now, some comments here have stated the print looks a little dirty. However, while there is some grain and a few artefacts here and there, I have to disagree. The film has an intentionally "dirty" look - both director Nicholas Meyer and production designers agreed on a much dirtier and more military/industrial look for this film, even with the more familiar sets on the Enterprise. For some, this may come as a stark contrast to other Trek films, and the pristine look of the ships in the newer TV series. Further, with supplements as good as this, that cover everything from modern philosophy to peacekeeping in a modern world, Paramount have given us one of the best Trek DVDs to date.
- A classic
I'm a big fan of Star Trek, but mostly of the newer shows (TNG and DS9 in particular). However, my interest did begin with the original series and the cast's subsequent movies.
It has been more than a decade since I last saw this particular film (probably since it first hit theaters) and I'm pleased to say that it ranks among the best of the first six films. Rather than attempting to create a search for God (Star Trek V - The Final Frontier (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition)) or any similar story that would be REALLY stretching believability, this one relies on a good old 'whodunit' plot.
It has all the good elements of a good tale as well: False accusations, wrongful imprisonment, a (not so daring) rescue, suspicions aplenty, and turncoats to keep the plot interesting. It ends in somewhat of a race to find out the conspiracy behind the murder before something terrible happens (not to spoil anything), so it does keep you on edge.
All in all, an outstanding film. If I could rate it 4.5 stars instead of 4, I certainly would. Why not 5? Because that represents 'perfection' to me, and only a handful of movies fall under that category.
Even if you're not a fan of Star Trek, you'll enjoy this movie, I believe. If you ARE a fan, however, you'll like it that much more. I heartily recommend it!...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.
- A Great Finale For The Franchise
A good rule to remember with the Star Trek motion pictures is to watch only the even numbered ones (2, 4, and 6) and avoid the odd numbered ones (1, 3, and 5.) In this final motion picture installment of the franchise, director Nicholas Meyer (director of Wrath of Kahn) brings us a dramatic adventure filled with mystery, suspense, and a lot of action.
Parallelling the political mood of 1992 when the US was rapproaching with Russia and Yeltsin, the story starts with the Klingons being on the verge of economic and political capitulation: the film plot is actually similar to the spy thriller 'The Package' starring Gene Hackman. Kirk and his crew have been selected for a diplomatic mission in which they must settle a future peace with the Klingon empire but not every human or Klingon wants peace. When the Klingon diplomat Chancellor Gorkon (David Warner) falls victim to a plot, accusations fly on both sides and Kirk is literally trapped in the middle. Kirk and his crew must soon work against the machinations of the war-hungry Klingon General Chang (Christopher Plummer) to save the peace.
A great finish for the Star Trek films with a lot of suspense and action. The script is probably the best along with Wrath of Kahn; using a lot of lines from Shakespeare's plays. A great film to own or rent....more info
- Great w/Rifftrax
The folks from MST 3k are running a great new service where they provide audio tracks to go along with... quesionable... movies. This is one of them, and the commentary is funny, and the movie is actually watchable (unlike, say, Firewall).
As far as the movie itself - I remember going to see it on the opening weekend, and probably the most memorable and entertaining part of the experience was the local chapter of Serious Trekkies had their own section of the theater roped off, and the place was just swarming with people in spandex and velcro shoes. As far as the movie itself, its probably one of the worst Star Trek films, though it is just about cheesy enough to be entertaining in its own right.
I think that a one-eyed shakespeare-spouting klingon dude should just be a staple of every sci fi movie from now on. ...more info
- Not the Average Star Trek Movie
Personally I feel this was the best of the Star Trek movies, It was a good movie for both trekkies and non-trekkies with a good message and great directing....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
- Stunning Star Trek...
Amazing and Awesome!
Captain Sulu kicks A - "...Shields! Shields!"
Goosebumps every time I tell ya......more info
- stink'n HD-TV's!
First off, the movie it's self is rated 5 stars and no less, but this format stinks. If your gonna show it in widescreen show it in anamorphic and no less. Only rich people own HD-TV's. The average person can't afford them. SO either show it in anamorphic(I can live with the black lines if I get to see the WHOLE picture) or full screen(the reason I bought a 27" TV was to see it in 27 INCHES). Otherwise don't bother. If your wondering about it in widescreen, amazon has missrepresented this, it isn't wide screen anamorphic(as in the theater) it is 16.9 "enhanced", thier's a difference you know....more info
- [4.5] One of the best Star Trek films
Wow, what an improvement over the previous Star Trek film: Star Trek V:The Final Frontier, but we won't even get into that. The Undiscovered Country is one of the best Star Trek films out of the current 10 film franchise, with its only competition including Star Trek II:The Wrath of Khan (my personal favorite), Star Trek IV:The Voyage Home (the non-trekkie favorite) and Star Trek:First Contact (almost everyone's favorite), however, there are plenty that say the 6th and final film featuring the TOS cast is the best, and it is certainly a strong and fullfilling end for the TOS cast (unfortunately the same cannot be said about the more recent TNG cast).
This one takes itself seriously, with a strong story of diplomacy, faith, and the fear of change (the future - which the Klingon Chancellor refers to as the Undiscovered Country). Of course any trekkie will pickup on every little Trek detail thrown into the movie and will make the experience that much better (especially references to Kirk's son's death, which took place in Star Trek III). However, the film can still be enjoyed and understood for any movie-goer, though will probably come off more as good entertainment and nothing else (but nothing wrong with that).
The story revolves around the Klingons, and as tiring as they were starting to become (no Romulan stories in the films until the 10th entry), Undiscovered Country brought forth a great story that was refreshing as much as the new looks of some of the Klingons....the film even won an award for best makeup. General Chang (Christopher Plummer) is a great example, with the most unique look to this day of any Klingon, sporting an eye patch and a tiny ponytail...its almost a pirate look at times, but he pulls it off with ease and it works.
The action in this film holds up well to this day, and a cloaked Bird-of-Prey firing torpedoes at a helpless Enterprise still gives me chills. There isn't an overabundance of action at all, in fact, you might say there isn't a lot, but the film never needed it. The final battle is a solid couple of minutes of the very climactic showdown between General Chang and Kirk, both aboard their ships. One after another, Chang sends torpedoes through the Enterprise's hull while quoting Shakespeare. The effects are great, especially for 1991, and such a huge welcome after Final Froniter's laughable attempts with effects.
Trekkie or not, this is a great film that holds up very well that should not be missed. The pacing is wonderful, as is the story and the subject matter at hand. There is great dialouge, humor, action, effects, and a villain that is one of Trek's most memorable. This is one fun and entertaining ride that feels complete.
Acting - 4
Action - 4
Characters - 4
Story - 4.5
Overall - 4.5...more info
- Fun send-off to original cast
My Rating: 3.5/5.0 stars.
After Star Trek V, which DID stink (sorry, Bill!), the powers that be did what everyone would hope they did: hire back Nick Meyer, who directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, to do a rescue. And while this movie does not hit the high standard set by that film, it is a very respectable bit of sci-fi fun and ended the whole series on a positive note.
If Meyer can be faulted for anything, it is for trying to stuff too much, well, STUFF in one film. This movie has political intrigue, an assassination plot, a murder mystery (!), some courtroom drama (!!), a prison break (!!!), a cat-and-mouse starship battle (shades of Khan?), then caps everything off with the wrap-up of the political intruge/multiple assassination plotline you almost forgot about with all the other stuff in-between. As Meyer might have said, but as far as I know never did, "Oy, vey!"
On the upside, almost everything is well done, so the end result is a fun Star Trek movie that, much like "The Wrath of Khan," is also very accessible, even if it lacks the sheer visceral punch of that Star Trek high-water-mark. Kudos, too, for the DVD extras, which have been consistently excellent in the latest run of Paramount 2-DVD Star Trek sets....more info
- These Special Edition DVDs are fantastic
Now all six of the original cast Star Trek films are available in DVD special editions, and each one is well worth the price because of the restored sound/video, the fantastic extras, the candid commentaries, and the learned text commentary on each disc by ST historian family, the Okudas. It's almost like the film itself is secondary to all these neat extras! Fortunately for Trek fans, this final voyage of the original crew is also one of the best (for my money, only Wrath of Khan is better). Nick Meyer retakes the directorial reigns, and uses them to craft an engaging and exciting story, interwoven with strong parallels to the real political climate of the time.
The story: an environmental disaster occurs in the Cronos system (containing the Klingon homeworld). The leader of the Klingons realises he must sue for a peace treaty with the Federation or the Klingon Empire will collapse under its military budget. On his way to Earth for negotiations, under escort by our heroes in the Enterprise-A, he is assasinated. Kirk and McCoy are held responsible, tried and convicted, and shipped off to the Klingon Gulag. They must attempt to escape while Spock and the rest of the crew try to find the real assasins.
Because Meyer is not a Star Trek person, per se, he tried to craft the best movie he could, regardless of "Star Trek sensibilities". He succeeds admirably in making a great film with engaging dialogue. Because the film works so well, and because the characters are cut a little more sharply (Kirk says of Klingons "Let them die!"), the melodrama is heightened and the payoff is more poignant. Older fans (like myself) will easily recognise the parallels with the Cold War Communist/NATO conflict (in fact, the Klingon General Chang gets to use Adlai Stevenson's famous Cuban Missile Crisis line: "Don't wait for the translation, answer me now!") Other notable Star Trek-isms include frequent quotations from Shakespeare and Chekov's claim that Cinderella is a "Russian epic".
Basically, the film just works. There are many small joys in the details of the characters, and my favourite segment in ALL of the Star Trek films is the opening of the assassination sequence: it gives me chills every time I watch it. Finally, with such a collection of Canadian actors (Christopher Plummer and Kim Catrall join regulars Shatner and Doohan), how could a Canuck like me not like this film?!...more info
- The magic is Nicholas Meyer!
Originally, I would've gave this film 4 stars to keep The Final Frontier in positive territory. But after viewing it again, I must admit it's better than 5. Not only that, but it's a great send off for the crew . . . Boldly Going Where No Man, No One Has Gone Before . . ....more info
- Politics + Emotion = High Drama
Up to this point in the Star Trek movie series, each film harkened back to a specific aspect of the Star Trek: Original Series television show. "Wrath of Khan" was an action/adventure story, "Search For Spock" pulled at the heartstrings, "Voyage Home" was a comedic romp, and "Final Frontier" was a philosophical endeavor (albeit a failure). In "The Undiscovered Country", however, the Star Trek writers/producers focused on an area that had also been a solid part of the original TV series: politics.
Without delving too deeply into plot details, this film uses the Federation/Klingon relationship to almost exactly parallel the U.S/U.S.S.R relationship. This symbiosis is successful in two ways: First, the similarities are not cheesy (like in Rocky IV, which went way over the top in depicting the U.S./Russia relationship). Second, the reason that the similarities do not stray into silliness is the acting of William Shatner as Captain Kirk. Throughout the earlier movies, Kirk's relationship with the Klingons went from mistrust to out and out hatred, as they were involved in the death of his son. Thus, in this film Kirk must also comes to terms with his prejudice, or risk being labelled a "dinosaur" and considered past his prime.
Besides the Kirk/Klingon conflict, which is very compelling, this film also does a great job of continuing the stories of the other Enterprise crew members as well. We come away with a better understanding of the Kirk/McCoy relationship, see Spock again struggle in his loyalty to his Vulcan heritage, and are pleased to see that a certain former crew member now has his own command.
To conclude, this is a must-see Star Trek film. If you were disenfranchised by the sub-par Star Trek V, take heart, for this movie will have you cheering for the "old gang" all over again. Of course, this is also the final Star Trek film to feature the Original Series cast, and it pays homage to that fact with a touching finale scene that will have you wiping a tear from your eye....more info
- The final mission of the enterprise!
For years the war between the Federation empire and the Klingon empire has waged, the Klingon planet's atmosphere has been tainted. There is going to be a peace summit, Captain Kirk (William Shatner) opposes to that because he has never forgiven the Klingon race since they killed his son years ago. Kirk and Leonard Bones McCoy (DeForrest Kelly) have been accused of an assassination attempt and have been sentenced to be on a icy planet prison camp. Can Spock (Leonard Nimoy) with the Enterprise crew (George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig and James Doohan) rescue Kirk so they can clear his name, find out who is the real perpatrator and help with the peace treaty?
Exciting installment of the popular ST motion picture franchise is definitely the final film for the original series crew and went out with a bang. I love how this movie goes back to basics from the laughable and bad fifth installment without the overdosing of humor like in that one but has the charm of parts 2, 3 and 4 in it's own right. The film co-stars Kim Cattral, Kurtwood Smith ("Robocop"), David Warner, Iman (David Bowie's wife) and Christopher Plummer as they give outstanding performances especially the classic ST crew themselves. I love how this movie deals on peace between other worlds especially understanding each other, Michael Dorn who is known as Worf from "The Next Generation" plays as attorney Colnel Worf. This is definitely a grand finale for the Starship Enterprise crew and is a winner in my books thanks to director Nicholas Meyer whom did the awesome "Wraith of Khan".
This 2-Disc DVD contains excellent picture and sound with great extras like Audio commentary from Nicolas Meyer and screenwriter Denny Martin Flinn and Text Commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda co-authors of The Star Trek Encyclopedia, Six featurettes, Interviews, production gallery, storyboards, Trailers, 1991 Convention Prenstation, A tribute to DeForrest Kelly and more....more info