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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy , Leonard Nimoy    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
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Widely considered the best movie in the "classic Trek" series of feature films, Star Trek IV returns to one of the favorite themes of the original TV series--time travel--to bring Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, Uhura, and Chekov from the 23rd century to present-day San Francisco. In their own time, the Starfleet heroes encounter an alien probe emitting a mysterious message--a message delivered in the song of the now-extinct Earth species of humpback whales. Failure to respond to the probe will result in Earth's destruction, so Kirk and company time-travel to 20th-century Earth--in their captured Klingon starship--to transport a humpback whale to the future in an effort to peacefully communicate with the alien probe. The plot sounds somewhat absurd in description, but as executed by returning director Leonard Nimoy, this turned out to be a crowd-pleasing adventure, filled with humor and lively interaction among the favorite Star Trek characters. Catherine Hicks (from TV's 7th Heaven) plays the 20th-century whale expert who is finally convinced of Kirk's and Spock's benevolent intentions. With ample comedy taken from the clash of future heroes with 20th-century urban realities, Star Trek IV was a box-office smash, satisfying mainstream audiences and hardcore Trek fans alike. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

The Star Trek Special Editions produce a solid amount of fresh material, and this chapter, produced 16 years after the film, is no exception. Through optional subtitles, the authors of The Star Trek Encyclopedia give us blow-by-blow facts of behind-the-scenes action, reveal flubs, and balance the series lore with pithy injections of humor. Anyone who considers Leonard Nimoy/Spock and William Shatner/Kirk "friends" will certainly enjoy their casual commentary track. The second disc has a new 30-minute look at the making of the film but is better when it ruminates on the scientific ideas presented in the story, as told by a variety of experts. The segment with sound designer Michael J. Benavente is a must-see for anyone who wonders how all those sounds are created. --Doug Thomas

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5.0 out of 5 stars classic star trek, with a twist July 17 2004
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Another classic trek movie, this one from 1986, is awesome, and the most shocking thing about it is that it doesn't even take place in space, save for about 15 minutes! Instead it takes place in 1986, where the crew members go back in time to capture two whales to stop the destructive calls of an intergalactic whale species trying to contact the long-extinct whales. The whole plot sounds like it would suck beyond belief, but it comes close to being the best trek movie, and is one of my faves ever.
The awesomeness of the movie, unlike the rest of the series, comes not from suspense and action scenes, but the hilarious and often touching culture shock the crew faces in mid-80's San Fransisco. There is so much to laugh at: the crew earnestly walking along the SanFran streets, Sulu in his cape, Kirk in his red StarFleet uniform, and unforgettably, Spock in his monk robe with the belt tied around the tops of his pointy ears, making him look like an angry ninja master with a botched Botox job. Also hilarious is McCoy's disgust at how rudimentary 20th Century medical practices are/were. In a scene inside a hospital, he asks a woman what ails her, she responds she has kidney dialysis, and he's like, "What is this, the dark ages?! Swallow this, and call me if you have any problems." Several scenes later she is wheeled out claiming a miracle.
There is much more in the movie I won't spoil for you (or more like I'm too f*#&ing lazy to write any more), so turn the PC off and rent this great flick, also it's been on AMC recently, so try that too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars He had too much LDS in college... Feb. 12 2004
The nice thing about the original Trek series and films is that they supported a variety of genres from action to comedy. For every "The Trouble with Tribbles" there was a "City on the Edge of Forever" or "Mantrap". Trek IV falls into the former category. While the film starts off with a serious threat (a McGuffin almost worthy of Hitchcock--an alien threatening the world because there's no one there that speaks its language!), the differences between men and women from the future and those living in the 80's creates a lot of potential for comedic hijinks.
A mysterious alien probe has entered the solar system sending out a message that Starfleet can't decode or respond to. The atmosphere of Earth is being thorn apart in response. The crew of the Enterprise in their captured Klingon ship receive an urgent message from the Earth to avoid the planet. Spock deciphers the message and realizes why there's no one to answer; it's whalesong. The only solution available (since Whales are extinct) is to go to 20th Century Earth and obtain whales and return to the future.
The premise is ripe with comic possibilities and director Leonard Nimoy takes advantage of every one of them. It's not the best Trek film but it is the most popular because it's so accessible (it also grossed the most at the box office for the original Trek films). All the actors are clearly having a blast with the next to last of the quartet of interrelated films (The Undiscovered Country refers back to 2 and 3's back story and has a light connection to 4 as well).
The newly remastered edition is a huge step up from the previous edition. The anamorphic widescreen transfer is much sharper and clearer than the previous edition. The sound mix, while not as good as a current release, uses the 5.1 surround sound format very well.
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First the DVD review: Like the other ST Films re-released in a special 2 disc set, this one is PACKED with extras! Thank you Paramount! DVD features an excellent commentary by Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner who share alot of insight into the making of this wonderful movie, original interviews from 1986 featuring Shatner, DeForest, and Nimoy, a trailer, some great featurettes on the making of the film and the spfx, storyboards & gallerys, a very poignant tribute to the late Gene Roddenberry (the creator of ST) and Mark Lenard (Sarek, Spocks father), and something not mentioned in the Amazon DVD features section called the "FuturesPast: A Look Back". This is a half hour documentary which features new interviews with some of the cast, crew, and producers! Very neat stuff!
I say this is the ST even your grandma can enjoy because it is very light and entertaining. I agree with Nimoy when he said it was time to "lighten up" the series a bit and have some fun with it. Star Trek The Motion Picture was very serious (not for ST Fans with weak minds or an acute case of ADD though), ST II was also serious as we dealt with a bad guy bent on revenge and the death of Spock, and ST III Kirk lost his son and the Enterprise was blown up.
I am a BIG believer in originality when it comes to movies. Unfortunately this movie is not original. It blatantly steals the story of ST The Motion Picture (Alien probe of unknown origin is threatening the Earth and has to be communicated with in order for it to go away) and it capitalizes on a very popular storyline back in 1986 and that storyline is Time Travel. You had to be there, but back in 1985 a little movie called Back to the Future came out and it was a monster hit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT
I have been waiting to finish off my set of movies. Was a good price and I really enjoyed watching it.
Published 5 months ago by Brian D Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite of the Star Trek Movies
The second, third, and fourth Star Trek movies are the best of the Star Trek movies in my opinion. While second and third movies are dark, this comedy brings light taste to the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by E. Brain
4.0 out of 5 stars great fun(not your conventional StarTrek movie)
i enjoyed this installment of the Star Trek franchise quite a bit.in my opinion,it's better than the previous ones. Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2007 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars Having a Whale of a Time
"The Voyage Home" was the fourth of the Star Trek films and hit the movie screens in 1986. It focuses on the crew of the original series, commanded by James Kirk, and ties up a few... Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2007 by Craobh Rua
5.0 out of 5 stars Not much price difference.
While pleased to have the DVD from this series, when the cost of shipping was added, I would have saved an extra 3-5 dollars if bought from Futur Shop.
Published on Aug. 15 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars I agree with everybody.
I read a lot of these Amazon reviews on Star Trek IV, and oddly enough I can agree with almost all of them -- the 5 star as well as the 1 star. Read more
Published on July 4 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars The Enterprise crew in the 1980's=AWSOME ADVENTURE!
O.K., first my one complaint-The plot where a mysterious, massive, invincible alien force that threatens the Earth was already done before. (Remember the first Star Trek film? Read more
Published on May 6 2004 by P. Krug
3.0 out of 5 stars the one truly classic trek movie
admittedly the trek movies havent been as nearly good as the television series.
the wrath of kah did have some excellent moments. Read more
Published on April 2 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Stardate-1980's =Lame
Oh no William Shatner has to save the whales......please!! Come on, this is the worst sci fi movie concept ever. Read more
Published on April 1 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Another successful re-issue
Paramount has done it again with this excellent transfer, although the sound isn't much better. This set is loaded with stuff, almost as much as the first. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2004 by J. Collins
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