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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

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars great fun(not your conventional StarTrek movie) Aug. 17 2007
By falcon
i enjoyed this installment of the Star Trek franchise quite a bit.in my opinion,it's better than the previous ones.i think they did a very good job here,balancing many different elements.there is certainly the action/adventure element here but there is also so quite a bit of humour.the writing is very intelligent and witty.there is also the element of danger,which is very real in this one.the threat is very grave and imminent.the suspense factor is high here too.the story itself is very well written and well paced.this is almost a comedy at its heart.the dialogue is very sharp and fresh.it's more of a family movie than the previous ones.there is some mild language,but it is not used maliciously.it does actually serve the story.the movie is also a cautionary tale i think,to humanity.i think it's just as relevant today as it was then,maybe more so.generally,this movie is probably the most fun of the original Star Trek movies,in terms of comedic value.i also think it is probably the best of the original movies.for me,Star Trek 4:The Voyage Home is a definite 4/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Having a Whale of a Time Jan. 26 2007
"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 loose ends from the previous two films.

The film opens in 2286, three months having passed since the end of "The Search of Spock", with the approach of a strange probe - apparently on a course to Earth. The first Starfleet vessel to encounter it is the USS Saratoga - unfortunately, the energy signal being transmitted by the probe leaves the Saratoga powerless and drifting in space. Affecting every starship and starbase it meets in the same way, it finally reaches Earth. Settling into orbit, it directs its signals towards the planet's oceans - which are promptly ionised, leading to raging storms around the planet.

Having stolen - and subsequently destroyed - the Enterprise, visited an off-limits planet and commandeered a Klingon Bird of Prey, Kirk and his crew are on Vulcan preparing to return to Earth. In preparation for the trip, they have carried out a few minor alterations to their captured ship. Fully expecting to be court-martialed when they arrive at Earth, McCoy has also renamed it the HMS Bounty. They only hear about the probe's approach and its effects en-route, however. Spock - whose rehabilitation is not yet complete - analyses the probe's signals and believes the language to be that of humpback whales. Unfortunately, given that the species is extinct in the 23rd Century, there can be no response. This leaves the crew with only one option : they must travel back in time to a period to when humpback whales weren't extinct, capture at least one of them and return with it (or then) to the 23rd Century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT March 16 2014
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I have been waiting to finish off my set of movies. Was a good price and I really enjoyed watching it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite of the Star Trek Movies June 27 2013
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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 movies and is very enjoyable. It has always been my favourite of the Star Trek movies. While the second and third really are more dramatic (I did love them as well), this movie still shows how important teamwork is (they would not leave Chekov behind. Also, while the story is a bit weird (i.e. the spaceship that wants to talk to humpback whales) as Spock points out there is more intelligent life on the planet than just humans and does demonstrate how destructive humans have been.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do you think Spock shuold chang his mind ? March 13 2001
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
Of all of the post series original movies, this one captures the essence of the series best. Yes it carries an important message, as that is the purpose of sci-fi. The technology is consistent with the series. And the charters conform to type.
But what make this movie stand out is the character interaction. You have seen it many times in episodes like [Star Trek - The Original Series, Episode 28: The City On the Edge Of Forever (1966) ASIN: 6300213323.] Oh, you say that was history but it was also love, not humor. O.K. how about "Spocko" and Kirk trying to drive in the twenties [Star Trek - The Original Series, Episode 49: A Piece of the Action (1966) ASIN: 6300213536.] Yes you say there are exceptions but it would never happen on the enterprise. What little you know. [Star Trek - The Original Series, Episode 42: The Trouble With Tribbles (1966) ASIN: 6300213463] and there are quite a few more examples.
I will not bring up all the fun scenes as it is more fun to watch them unfold. There is a lot of trivia that make this film interesting. Many reviewers had information that they personally find interesting. For me it was the scenes at the Institute in Alameda, because I was there and it is really the Monterey aquarium.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Personally", It's not my favorite Aug. 18 2000
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Yes I'm a Trekker, Yes I love this film. But it is not my favortie because I love for the phaser blasting duos in space, which if you are looking for you won't find here. What you will find is something quite different and entertaining. Bringing whales into Star Trek seems like something you'd never expect, but I like it. A probe has been sent to communicate with the humback whale, which is extinct in the 23rd century. Humans would expect the probe be sent only to communicate with people, but this nice showing that there are other forms of intelligence on Earth. As for humor, ok Star Trek is no Austin Powers or Ace Vetura, but gotta admit this one's funny. Scotty's "Computer scene" as well as Chekov's scene get me every time. There is even a scene where I heard a candid camera was used. Chekov and Uhura are on the streets of San Francisco asking around for help to find the naval base, and the officer seems as if he were lifeless, it is funny. But then when I found out it was a hidden camera and these people didn't know they were being filmed, that makes it all the more amusing. Too Bad Kirk and Gillian didn't have more of a "relationship", it would have been nice. Kinda like the episode "City On The Edge of Forever" where Kirk falls in love with someone from the past. There is a difference here, but you gotta see for yourself. Oh yeah, and it neat to see the crew commanding a Klingon vessel rather than your usual Federation Enterprise, just something different. Overall, it is a very good film, just not one for me.
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars classic star trek, with a twist
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! Read more
Published on July 17 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 7 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
4.0 out of 5 stars He had too much LDS in college...
The nice thing about the original Trek series and films is that they supported a variety of genres from action to comedy. Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2004 by Wayne Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars The Star Trek Movie Even Grandma can like and understand!
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! Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2004
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