- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region A/1
- Number of discs: 1
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- Studio: Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment
- Release Date: Sept. 22 2009
- Average Customer Review: 248 customer reviews
- ASIN: B002JI94OE
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Star Trek: First Contact [Blu-ray]
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Even-numbered Star Trek movies tend to be better, and First Contact (#8 in the popular movie series) is no exception--an intelligently handled plot involving the galaxy-conquering Borg and their attempt to invade Earth's past, alter history, and "assimilate" the entire human race. Time travel, a dazzling new Enterprise, and capable direction by Next Generation alumnus Jonathan Frakes makes this one rank with the best of the bunch. Capt. Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his able crew travel back in time to Earth in the year 2063, where they hope to ensure that the inventor of warp drive (played by James Cromwell) will successfully carry out his pioneering warp-drive flight and precipitate Earth's "first contact" with an alien race. A seductive Borg queen (Alice Krige) holds Lt. Data (Brent Spiner) hostage in an effort to sabotage the Federation's preservation of history, and the captive android finds himself tempted by the queen's tantalizing sins of the flesh! Sharply conceived to fit snugly into the burgeoning Star Trek chronology, First Contact leads to a surprise revelation that marks an important historical chapter in the ongoing mission "to boldly go where no one has gone before." --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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While recycling the Moby Dick motif has received much criticism (it was used to great effect in Wrath of Khan), it works perfectly in First Contact. Picard's cool, controlled persona finally cracks here and for good reason; his character underwent emotional trauma. It's only natural that he would respond with anger and frustruation. Sure, we expect reason from Picard's character but this actually contributes to the Picard.
All of the characters benefit from the expanded screen time although, again, it does feel like there is more missing. Perhaps it was sacrificed to keep the pace of the film. Regardless, it wouldn't hurt to restore it to its rightful place. After all, it benefited Nicholas Meyer's Wrath and (for the most part)the reediting on ST:TMP also helped clarify and improve the narrative flow.
First Contact was an improvement over Generations. While that film is solid and entertaining, it always felt that it was made for television and not for the big screen. The epic element always has worked well for Trek when the big screen adventures were made. The same holds true here as well. With Nemesis coming out in December it's time that Paramount and director Jonathon Frakes return to First Contact and let it live up to its five star potential.
The Borg seem to me to be the most terrifying villain any Star Trek crew has ever encountered--for they threaten more than one's life--they threaten to destroy one's identity.
Part of what makes this film work is what made several of the previous Star Trek films, and much of the Classic series, work so well: The abandonement of technobabble and the placement of visual effects squarely at the service of the story. Also, the characters are more three-dimensional here--Patrick Stewarts's performance merits particular praise. For nearly the first time in the Next Generation run, the Captain is not just a guy in the center seat giving orders, but a leader.
By sending the Enterprise-E back in time to the mid-21st Century, the audience is able to witness "future history" in the making. But herein lies one of this films few problems: My one caveat with this film is the lack of respect shown by the producers for consistency in Star Trek lore. An example: Zefram Cochrane was played in the Classic ceries by Glenn Corbett, who died in 1993. James Cromwell, a fine actor in his own right, does not resemble in the slightest Mr. Corbett. Why couldn't Mr. Frakes and Mr. Berman find someone who at least bore a passing resemblance to the original actor? The simple question is that they did not care about consistency, nor do they have any respect for the Classic series, or its' fans.
For all that, the scenes leading to man's historic first warp flight are riveting, and the final scene of first contact with the alien ship was very moving--although absolutely no one in the audience was surprised when the aliens race was revealed.
This is one of my demonstration DVDs. The transfer and sound are excellent, although one could have wished for more extras from Paramount.