|Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
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- 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
- 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
- Wonderful Film, Fine DVD Edition
"Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" is my favorite ST film. Although I've only recently started watching the original series on G4 and TV Land, I've always had more of an attachment to the original crew than any of the others. Since watching the old series, I've grown to love the original crew even more. In "The Undiscovered Country," our heroes find themselves on the edge of a brand new world in which the Klingons actually want (or for protection's sake, need) peace. Naturally, Captain Kirk wants nothing to do with the Klingons on this matter. However, Spock has "volunteered" the Enterprise to be the escort for the Klingon party to the new peace talks. Things go wrong when the Chancellor Gorkon, the primary Klingon representative, is murdered on his own ship and it was seemingly done at the hand of the Enterprise. What follows is a Klingon trial for Kirk and Bones, imprisonment on a Klingon penal mine planet, and Spock and the rest of the gang trying to uncover what's really going on. It's a wonderful space mystery that I enjoy every time I see it.
As for the DVD, it's a nice edition to anyone's collection. It's full of nice documentaries ranging from a tribute to DeForest Kelley to a neat little segment known as "Penny's Toybox" in which we get to take a look at some of the props used in the film. It was refreshing to see that not one of these documentaries (over three hours worth) included the typical self-serving bits as many DVDs include. Ironically, this particular film could actually get away with documentaries where the crew pats themselves on the back, because this is one of the best "Trek" flicks ever.
A wonderful send off to a wonderful space opera. Highly recommended....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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Unfortunately, a lot of boring talking heads
In my opinion, this is the worst ST movie. Apart from the effects, ST V was better.
ST VI was extremely long, involved lots of "commentary" dialogue (where the writer seemed to be extrememly concerned that we all think him well-read and intelligent), and not much plot movement.
It would have made a better episode, with some tight editing,
The best part of the movie is the last 15 minutes when the incredibly obvious "secret plot" is finally revealed, and the Enterprise shoots the modified photon torpedo at the "To be or not to be" captain.
Don't waste your money, unless you HAVE to have the whole collection. ST V is funnier. The Voyage Home (IV) is the best....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
- [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
- Pretty Good ending title for the original crew!
This FINAL film for the original crew was good. Director Nicholas Meyer did a great job with the characters and the plot was timeless and political at the same time. The Dvd has some interesting featurettes and insight behind Meyer's directing. Definetely better have this one in your collection!...more info
- A Good Movie With Some Issues
Over all a great movie despite the plot holes and other stuff....more info
- Nice send off to our old time favorite crew!
One last adventure with the beloved crew members of the Star Ship Enterprise. And what a way to go out. This is a great way to end a saga, and a very enjoyable film. Sometimes by the time you get to a part 6 of any movie series it has gotten to the point where its dull and not half of what it used to be. This movie though is anything but those things.
This movie is all about bringing the hatred between the Earth run Starfleet and the Klingon Empire to a long over due end. Mostly due to the fact that one of the Klingon moons was destroyed in a freak explosion. Now desperate for help to restore the balance, the Klingons reach out to the human run Federation for peace and Captain Kirk and his loyal crew are voulenteered by Mr. Spock to be peace officials to welcome in the soon to be Klingon friends.
What both sides don't count on is the hatred that each still have for each other and how some will stop and nothing to make sure that peace doesn't happen. When the Enterprise fires on the Klingon ship after a peaceful meeting the Klingons take it as an act of war, even though the Enterprise didn't fire on them. Kirk and McCoy go over to try and help the injured leader of the Klingons and are arrested for the murder of him and sentenced to life on a prison camp. Now its up to Spock and Sulu who is now Captain of his own ship to figure out who was really behind this, rescue Kirk and McCoy and save the fragile peace conference that is still in danger from the would be killers before all out war breaks out. It is a true thought provoking and typical Star Trek type adventure that we have come to expect from the series and this movie doesn't disapoint on delivering that and more.
After the very disapointing Part V, it was refreshing to see the crew back to their old ways of fun and adventure and giving the proper send off the original Enterprise gang deserved. We have classic moments of Kirk fighting some huge alien while he is in the prison camp and a mystery that Spock has to solve while running out of precious time. It is almost part adventure and part mystery and all fun with barely a dull moment to be found within. The characters are as fresh and lively as ever, even as the actors themselves seem to age, the characters only seem to get better. Everyone seemed to have a vital part this go around and show that they aren't ready for the scrap heap just yet.
This is epic in that it is not only the last time all the original Star Trek actors will be together but that it bridges a lot of things together in the Star Trek universe as it shows the point that Earth and the Klingons finally reached towards peace. And opens up the path for the Next Generation that was ongoing at the same time of this movie's release. The only real drawbacks to the film were that Sulu's absence from the Enterprise did seem a bit out of place and some of the story moments seemed a bit rushed and far fetched at point ie) how easily they escaped prison and how quickly they were able to wrap things up at the end.
This movie is highly recomended to anyone into the Star Trek series and even those who aren't should be able to follow the fun story easy enough. Part VI is easily up there with one of the better movies in the long going series of films and for good reason. It has a lot of hidden messages in it as well as most Star Trek situations seem to have under lying meanings that one can relate to a real world situation. So the cold war type of political feeling that this movie had along with the racism aspects that were felt did hit home to a real life situation that I'm sure most could relate to. It was a pretty deep story while at the same time a fun adventure.
One last trip around the solar system with Kirk and crew and it was the perfect send off for each and every one of them. All good things must come to an end and thankfuly this was a most fitting end and one that I think you will all enjoy watching many a time and get something differnet from it each time you do.
May the Enterprise-A live on forever. ...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
- 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
- The last voyage of our Enterprise crew.
This film is dedicated to creator and executive producer of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry who died in 1991. He died in his wife's arms Majel Barrett. His remains were sent into space.
Executive Producer of this film is Leonard Nimoy. Story by Leonard Nimoy, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal.
Stardate: 9521.6: Captain Sulu (George Takei) is now in command of the NCC 2000 Excelsior. The Klingon moon Praxis has exploded. They are warned by the Klingon leader to stay outside the neutral zone. The Starfleet Federation has given order to Kirk (William Shatner) that he will go on a mission to meet with a Klingon vessel to escort Chancellor Gorkon (David Warner) to Earth. Kirk must extend Gorkon full diplomatic courtesy. The Klingons want a peace treaty that Starfleet must dismantle all space stations and starbases in the neutral zone. Spock personally selected, "vouched", Kirk for the mission. Kirk and Admiral Cartwright (Brock peters) are against this treaty.
On the Enterprise, along with McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Scotty (James Doohan) and Chekov (Walter Koenig, there is a new helmsperson, Lt. Valeris (Kim Catrell) who is vulcan. Kirk invites Gorkon to dinner aboard the Enterprise. He is accompanied by his cheif of staff, Chang (Christopher Plummer). As the guests leave the Enterprise and all the crew heads to bed, Kirk receives a message to come to the bridge. There is a radiation surge. Suddenly a torpedo from the Enterprise hits Gorkon's ship. No one ordered any torpedos fired and Scotty's terminal shows they still have all torpedos. Chang blames James T. Kirk for the attack. The Klingons are set for attack on the Enterprise. Kirk surrenders! Kirk and McCoy are arrested and put on trial. They are imprisioned to death in the dilithium mines of the penal astroid Rura Penthe. Spock and Scotty try to stall the Starfleet's orders while they attempt to solve this mystery. meanwhile, Kirk and MCCoy put their trust in a citizen, an alien woman, Martia (Iman) for an escape.
Mark Lenard appears a "Sarek". Grace Lee Whitney as "Excelsior Communications Officier".
Also in the cast: John Schuck, Kurtwood Smith, Todd Bryant, Paul Rossilli, Christian Slater, Rene Auberjonois.
David Orange is the "Sleepy Klingon".
Michael Dorn, who plays "Worf" on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-94), appears as the Klingon Defense Attourney.
Rene Auberjonois played "Odo" in the third Star Trek tv series, DEEP SPACE NINE (1993-99).
DVD is in widescreen. Special Features: Theatrical and Teaser trailer. No audio commentary. Closed Captioned not available.
Spoiler: At the end of the film, Uhura receives a message from Starfleet to put back at space dock for the Enterprise to be decommissioned. It is the last voyage for our original crew of the Enterprise. This is followed by on-screen signatures of George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner. This is a very tearful event for cast, crew and fans of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek who entertained us for 25 years.
DeForest Kelley passed away June 11, 1999 from stomach cancer.
George Takei proudly announced his homosexuality to the media on October 28, 2005. On September 15, 2008, he married his partner of 21 years, Brad Alman at the multicultural ceremony at the Japanese American National Museum. Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig attended the wedding.
George takei and Nichelle Nichols are recurring characters on NBC's "Heroes" tv series.
Alas, they had one more idea to bring back some of the original STAR TREK (1966-69, 1979-94) cast in the next film:
Star Trek: Generations (1994).
The cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-94) continued the movie franchise.
Star Trek: First Contact (1996).
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998).
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).
The story of the original STAR TREK cast (1966-1969, 1979-94) is explored again in:
STAR TREK (2009).
- The Battle For Peace Has Begun...
"Only Nixon could go to China." Seems like an odd way for me to start off a review for a movie, especially when that movie is an entry into the venerable `Star Trek' franchise. However, here is why this quote is appropriate, it happens to be a quote that Spock (Leonard Nimoy) uses in the film, and also serves as the inspiration for the basic storyline for the film, in which Kirk (William Shatner) must lead the Federation in an historical moment in the universe, when the Klingons and the Federation make an effort for peace. Though the story seems intriguing enough, can this latest effort in the franchise overcome the disappointment left over from "Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier"? Apparently the executives over at Paramount felt the franchise was still strong enough to survive, and the gamble paid off many times over as "Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country" redeemed the franchise in the eyes of the fans and at the box office.
"Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country" finds the Enterprise and her crew fighting for peace in the galaxy between the crumbling Klingon empire and the Federation. After years of war, the Klingons are left in a weakened state and have nowhere else to turn except to the Federation, however to make the peace the Federation must send the one man whose presence holds such respect and power that he could lead the two factions to peace. That man is Captain Kirk (William Shatner), but can Kirk put aside his hatred for the Klingons after what happened on the Genesis planet, when a renegade Klingon murdered his son. Agreeing to put aside his differences, begrudgingly I might add, Kirk sets out to be the ambassador for the Federation by meeting with a high-ranking Klingon official. All goes well until the Klingon ship comes under attack, and the Klingon official is murdered, and Captain Kirk is left with the blame. Now, not only is Kirk on trial for his life, along with that of Dr. McCoy's (DeForrest Kelley), but he must also try to prove his innocence and still ensure that peace reigns between the Klingons and the Federation.
After a dismal outing with the William Shatner directed "Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier", it wouldn't have been all that surprising if Paramount had decided not to proceed with any further adventures of the starship Enterprise, at least not with the current cast. But, thankfully Paramount thought better of letting the current crew die out, and instead brought them back for a proper farewell adventure that deals with, in a very mature way, the ramifications of the events in "Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock". Forcing Kirk to deal with his hatred of Klingons, and demanding he lead the Federation to peace with the race he despises most, this was a true stroke of genius on the part of the writers. The writing is another improvement in this installment, after skipping out on the previous movie Nicholas Meyer reunited with Harve Bennett to craft this perfect ending to the adventures of the original crew of the starship Enterprise. Not only did Nicholas Meyer co-write the film, he also found himself in the director's chair yet again, he previously directed "Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan", and even though it had been some time since he directed this type of film, it was clear he hadn't lost a beat, instead his directing ability had substantially improved. The cast, which is comprised of the usual suspects from the previous films, are all very solid in their roles, and there is a distinct feeling of relief and closure with this being the final film for this particular cast. On a side note look for a cameo of Michael Dorn (Worf on "Star Trek: The Next Generation") as the Klingon lawyer defending Kirk and McCoy, just a little bit of trivia for those that may not have noticed.
If you were one of the many fans who were turned off by the previous installment in the franchise, and was leery about this latest film, have no fear "Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country" puts the franchise back on the right track, and serves as a terrific finale for the original crew of the Enterprise.
"Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country" is rated PG for violence and language. ...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."
- The Undiscovered Country - The fitting end, and the fitting DVD for it
The Star Trek movies have had a roller coaster trend. There was the first movie which was like the "2001" of the series (which is adequately acceptable - I still like it). Then came the classic Wrath of Khan, and its pristine follow-ups of Search for Spock, and Voyage Home. Star Trek the Final Frontier wasn't great at all, let's leave it at that. So came this movie to redeem Kirk and crew.
The movie literally begins with a BANG. Sulu is off as captain of the Excelsior (a ship he's always craved), and along the way his ship gets in a tangle with a shockwave of an exploded Klingon moon - which is essentially the most vital resource the Klingons have. Months later at a briefing, Capt. Kirk finds himself vouched and volunteered by Spock to escort the Klingon chancellor to Earth for a peace conference. Keep in mind Kirk is not too fond with the Klingons, especially since they killed his son some time ago. The two meet up for a dinner aboard the Enterprise , which doesn't go too well exactly. Then later on after it's over, the Klingon ship is fired on, leaving it with no gravity, then two figures beam on the ship and kill the Chancellor. Kirk and Enterprise are left with the blame and Kirk and Dr. McCoy are arrested, held trial, and sentenced to life on a tundra mining outpost. While there, Spock and crew look over the Enterprise to find all the bread crumbs that would lead to those responsible for the attack. It seems all around there are those, from Starfleet, to Klingon that don't exactly go well with the idea of peace moving forward, and they'll do what it takes to prevent it - even if it involves a deadlier Bird of Prey, and another assassination attempt.
Yeah, a sci-fi movie not only being true to being sci-fi, but getting even more serious. All of the performers of the Enterprise crew, as well as Sulu (who is now a captain as mentioned), play their revered characters as they are known to be. Plus, add the robust performance by Christopher Plummer as the rogue Klingon Chang, which easily rivals Patrick Stewarts Picard in different dimensions.
The picture transfer is really a marvel, and most interesting on the widescreen frame being different - but that's because the movie was shot in 70MM. About every scene looks amazing. Same goes for the 5.1 sound, it has an aural depth to it. Everything in the scene is directionally placed. Special note goes out to the Cliff Eidelman, whose score is not only different in all regards in the movies, but truly a gem to hear on how it sets the mood just right.
I'm not going to go deep into the extras, there's plenty to go around and ask for seconds.
That said, I put my endorsement on this kickass DVD. It's one of those special editions that is treated very special.
- Solid effort
We all know the drill; the even numbered Classic Trek films are the only ones worth getting, and this DVD release is the one to get if you haven't picked up a copy of Trek VI yet. The transfer is sharp and crisp, and the extras are well-thought out and presented. A solid package....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
- 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.
- Great Package: Superb Special Edition Extras
This is the first in this series of collectors STAR TREK films that I have bought and/or seen.
Visually the outer package restores some elements that have not been seen since the original film.However, I guess I was expecting a booklet, but no matter since the second DVD has an equivalent version in a collection of stills.
If you buy this as one who has seen previous editions of the film, in VHS, and DVD, then the quality will totally blow you away. The immaculate detail is just superb.
On a 5.1 sound system, the effect is awesome, and on a DVI input monitor, totally great.
The person coming newly to this film will be impressed as well, and maybe perhaps a little overwhelmed.
When I first saw these Special Collectors edition, it was in a full set that had I think up to Generations in it. Costing around 120 dollars at a higher priced video store.
Anyways, the story is given in other reviews here. The impressive part is the care in the extras, the insight into the making of the film, and thankfully, Nicholas Meyers does not behave in the same manner he did in the commentary on TIME AFTER TIME ( 1979). The interviews are insightful, and sometimes contradictory, but time has passed and peoples memories get "edited". The tribute to DeForest Kelley is great, and really revealing in how a superb actor got to be a major Movie star in the latter part of his career. Most fans of STAR TREK and this genre should really enjoy this work....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
- Promising premise gives way to cliches and blendering
In my opinion, the film gets off to a strong start with a Cold War allegory. This 6th feature film in the series controversially continues to alter Spock's character to become increasingly emotional and human, but it seems to work pretty well along with the portrayal of Kirk's famous heroism being similarly reinterpreted as being possibly too militaristic and even bigoted. This is a great theme to explore, and I'm pleased that the filmmakers thought of it and put it on-screen.
The film's second half veers abruptly away from this strong start, instead devoting almost all of the remaining screen time to standard genre material instead of building upon the premise it introduced. In short order, we are treated to the heroes' imprisonment and escape (complete with, of all cliches! a villainous quip about "Well, since you're going to die anyway, I might as well tell you..."), a stock mystery scenario (including a totally misplayed Vulcan character, Valeris, who seems to be brimming with emotion and who engages in a bizarre and reckless act of vaporizing a kitchen pot with a phaser in what has to be one of the most ridiculous scenes in any of the Trek films, apparently thrown in merely because it's more cinematic to demonstrate something in rather than simply explain it), and the old stock plot element of racing to prevent an assassination in the nick of time.
Director/co-writer Nicholas Meyer tries to claim that he saved the film franchise with his brilliance... Puh-leez!! Here he adds liberal doses of gore, easily topping the amount that he had already displayed in spicing up Trek II. While that may appeal to younger, action-oriented viewers who are unfamiliar with the series, it is totally irrelevant to what Roddenberry's Star Trek is all about. In addition, Meyer turns far too many of the dialogue scenes into a shameless collection of anachronistic and absurd quotations - again even more than he had done in Trek II. Meyer prides himself on his cleverness at putting Shakespearian dialogue, and in fact a total hodgepodge of diverse present-day pop-culture quotes into the mouths of Klingons, Vulcans, Russian, well, pretty much every character in the film, totally oblivious to how ridiculous and out-of-place it all sounds. Ostensibly, it was done purely for humorous purposes, but it seriously sabotages the credibility of the characters who are meant to be the means for delivering worthy commentary about militarism, prejudice, the Cold War, and social/personal change. Those themes were good but are mainly in the first half of the film, the second half being primarily devoted to stock action sequences and mostly quite formulaic plot resolutions. In the commentary, the director takes pride in the laughs obtained by two of these inappropriate quotations (Spock saying there's an old Vulcan proverb that "Only Nixon could go to China," and Chekov saying "Guess who's coming to dinner.") Tellingly, in the commentary Meyers admits that he's still clueless as to why Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) felt uncomfortable with the bigoted connotations of the latter quotation (the title of a 1967 film about what was then known as miscegenation), and if I may be so bold as to say so, when director Nick tells how he always hears people laughing at the Nixon line, may I suggest that the laughter it generated was because of its total absurdity rather than because of any cleverness or wit? The film had a strong start despite many of the ridiculous aspects of a dialogue dominated by whatever quotations they thought would fit (much in the same way that teenage film enthusiasts have fun liberally quoting from their favorite films) but over time these flaws prevent the film's complete success. It entertains, but in the second half such entertainment is at the expensive of its dramatic effectiveness. It takes chances and develops the characters, but without enough respect for their original conception and what made them enduring in the first place. The portrayal of Valeris was totally misguided as a Vulcan character - I kept waiting for McCoy to pull out his tricorder to reveal: "Jim, she's a Romulan!" There's a bit too much that is absurd in the dialogue and "Nick"-of-time plot resolutions to allow the film to be taken very seriously as drama, and yet drama would have been its strongest offering, given the genuinely good premise that had been offered. In this way, the film is as disappointing as Trek V, although it delivered far more of substance than Trek V and at least (finally!) gave better characterizations to the old "snarling villain" and "militaristic alien" themes. As entertainment it is a generally pleasing film, but as drama it's ultimately not really doing justice to its theme. A pretty good entry in the film series, but certainly not the best of Trek. Director Meyers' claims that he and Harve Bennett somehow rescued Trek from itself deserves a scoff or two - especially presumptious given that Bennett was not involved in Trek VI. I give Harve Bennett a lot more credit than Nick Meyers. Bennett is a brilliant person who actually watched all 79 series episodes before he took on the task of contributing to the feature films, whereas Nick Meyer kept trying to change the films (even against Roddenberry's protests) to make the Trek enterprise conform to old genre cliches (such as Meyers' preferred stories of sailing ships, Sherlock Holmes, Shakespeare, and, apparently, gory action). While many people including Roddenberry are fond of Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes, after a certain point, references to such become counterproductive, replacing the traditions and virtues of the Trek scenario with ones that aren't always compatible and don't need to be retold or combined since both are quite capable of standing on their own. This film is generally enjoyable to view, but also contains a great number of serious missteps that will have to be overlooked by viewers generous enough to cut it some slack. A pretty strong entry in the film series - mostly for its first half - but also somewhat disappointing in its inconsistencies (and some of the liberties it takes with the characters and traditions of Trek, as also can be heard in parts of the commentary as Nick Meyers expresses various criticisms of Roddenberry's original conception of Trek; Meyers also offers the delusional interpretation that his two films, along with IV, were the most successful - this is factually wrong; Box Office returns show that the most successful films were Trek IV, I, and VIII. Nick's films, II and VI, are after those three and roughly on a par with III, VII, and IX; this leaves only V and X as the clear low spots in the franchise, and anyway the film series is arguably appealing to an entirely different audience and generation than the tv series that established it; Meyers accuses the tv series of having simplistic characterizations, but he could learn some lessons from watching some of those original episodes...the tv characterization of Khan was far more rich than Meyer's film, in which Khan was rendered almost totally one-dimensional. Quoting Shakespeare and Melville doesn't add character depth so much as make us aware of the lack of it by the need to resort to invocations of classic literature to apologetically fill in the dialogue gaps where original, newly written dialogue should be doing its work. Quotations are no substitute for fresh dialogue, and despite the use of such quotes, villains are still flat one-dimensional characters if their only clear character element is as simplistic as "revenge!" or "make war!" Meyer could use a bit of the self-analysis that Kirk and Spock engage in during the films. I give him credit for adding good elements, but am not going to overlook the numerous negative elements that he also added - including the increasing militarization of Trek - an aspect he criticizes Roddenberry for not agreeing to. Fortunately, Roddenberry's vision holds a lot more weight in cultural history, although that vision is sometimes diluted to a mere seven-percent solution in the hands of Meyer)....more info
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Love it
I am an avid Star Trek fan; TNG being my favorite of the series. Nevertheless, I think Undiscovered Country is the best of the Star Trek Movies. The casting was perfect. Kim Cattral as a Vulcan was a risky but great move, she pulls it off. Christopher Plummer lends weight to the General Chang role. If you have Shakespear quotes in a movie, you had better cast someone who can do it well and Plummer does. The humor and commraderie that you expect from the Star Trek crew is there along with political intrigue that any non sci-fi fan might enjoy too! This is a must see!...more info
- My second favorite Star Trek Movie
While i was intrigued by the films theme, it was my love of those Classic characters that drew me to the film. The supposed last film all the original Trek series characters would be in together. Also i was drawn to the dvd extras as well, i always like cast interviews and deleted scenes, this dvd didn't fail to deliver on either. It's not the best Star Trek film, that honor will always go to Wrath of Khan but as a final send off to great characters it was the best. ...more info
- Cool Movie
The movie deals with a intersting concept, what happens when you enemys are no longer your enemys. This film was made shortly before the end of the cold war and this is reflected in the film.
The large powerful Klingon Empire is waning in strangth after the explotion of the moon Praxis (it's main source of power). It opens a diplomatic channel to its old arch enemy the United Federation of Planits.
Kirk faces a delemma, the Enerprise is sent to escort the Klingon diplomat, Gorcon, to Earth for peace talks. Kirk hates Klingons, they killed his son in Star Trek III. Kirk is trying to cope with his long standing distrust of his enemys when Gorcon is assasinated, Kirk is blamed, an Spock must solve the mystery of who the real killer is before the chance for intergalactic peace has ended.
A excellent final entry into the original movies....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