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Star Trek V - The Final Frontier (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]
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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Movie critic Roger Ebert summed it up very succinctly: "Of all of the Star Trek movies, this is the worst." Subsequent films in the popular series have done nothing to disprove this opinion; we can be grateful that they've all been significantly better since this film was released in 1989. After Leonard Nimoy scored hits with Star Trek III and IV, William Shatner used his contractual clout (and bruised ego) to assume directorial duties on this mission, in which a rebellious Vulcan (Laurence Luckinbill) kidnaps Federation officials in his overzealous quest for the supreme source of creation. That's right, you heard it correctly: Star Trek V is about a crazy Vulcan's search for God. By the time Kirk, Spock, and their Federation cohorts are taken to the Great Barrier of the galaxy, this journey to "the final future" has gone from an embarrassing prologue to an absurd conclusion, with a lot of creaky plotting in between. Of course, die-hard Trekkies will still allow this movie into their video collections; but they'll only watch it when nobody else is looking. After this humbling experience, Shatner wisely relinquished the director's chair to Star Trek II's Nicholas Meyer. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But it is actually because of all of STAR TREK V's flaws that I have longed for this DVD above all the rest of Paramount's line of Special Collector's Edition Star Trek DVDs. I'm eagerly awaiting learning all about the film's troubled production and Paramount's butchering of the budget. It may help to improve my (as well as countless others') opinion on the film.
But I must admit that I am extremely disappointed in Paramount's decision not to grant William Shatner a Director's Edition. I mean, they gave one to THE WRATH OF KHAN, for God's sake! Though a DE is always welcome, the film was is no need of one! It was perfect as it was. Meanwhile, they deny a DE of THE FINAL FRONTIER, the most in need of new special effects, added scenes, digitally remastering, and all other aspects of a DE. Oh well . . . . . . I take what I can get.
Here's the run-down on the Special Features (not yet posted on Amazon.com), and judging from them, I'd say this looks to be the best Star Trek DVD yet:
•The original theatrical version, presented in widescreen format enhanced for 16:9 televisions. Sound is Dolby Digital English 5.1, English and French Dolby Surround.Read more ›
The Enterprise is undergoing a major refit, with only Scotty carrying out the repairs. There is a hostage crisis on a planet jointly administered by the Federation, Klingons and Romulans. The Klingon representative is a former powerful commander who is now a drunken sop. All of the main members of the Enterprise crew are recalled and still understaffed, they set out for the planet. The rescue attempt is futile, although there is a bright moment when Uhuru distracts nomadic tribesmen by conducting a fan dance.
Sybok takes over the Enterprise and sends it to a planet supposed to be the home of God. They do find a powerful being, but it is a prisoner on the planet and wants the Enterprise so that it can escape. Sybok distracts the being long enough for the Enterprise to fire a torpedo and kill it.
A Klingon vessel arrives and wants to capture and kill Kirk. Spock manages to persuade the Klingon general to order the commander of the Klingon vessel to cease his attack. Kirk is rescued and the movie ends where it began. Kirk, Spock and McCoy are in Yosemite Park sitting around a campfire and singing “Row Row Row Your Boat.”
In my opinion, this is the worst Star Trek movie of the series. It fails in so many ways that it is hard to list them all. The only positive feature is that it is Star Trek, and even when it is bad, it is good enough.
PLOT SPOILER. In case you weren't aware this is the one where Kirk finds god and kills him...or at least have the Klingons do it for him. This film contains the usual cast, drama, and humor. It wasn't until they started showing these film on Epix Drive-In that I realized the sudden camp value of Star Trek, something I never recognized it before. Granted "Lost In Space" beats out "Star Trek" head over heels in camp value, but I never saw Star Trek this way before.
What we learned from this film:
There is no black hole at the center of the galaxy, nor is there god.
There is a planet at the center of the galaxy that has no sun visible from space, but has one visible from the planet.
Women with cellulite are considered sexy by men throughout the galaxy.
Past episodes, such as V-ger hooking up with another satellite, are forgotten when making new films.
Scotty, the head engineer of the ship, doesn't believe in training and does all the grunt work by himself.
Mr. Sulu "Charting a new course" has taken on a whole new meaning.
All Romulan women are flawless beauties.
McCoy has maintained his southern prejudicial talk about Vulcans.
The landing party still consists of the top doctor on board and a new guy who gets killed.
Spock still comes out with the inadvertent pun, "Captain, Hold you horse.Read more ›
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Warning! Find out the region before you buy. The description does not specify the region. I bought this DVD from Amazon.ca. We are North America region 1. I assumed Amazon. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Irene A Vlach
it came within a week, I was very impressed because that was just before Christmas. So my daughter got it under the tree :) Thank you for great costumer's service :)Published on May 5 2014 by Urszula Galas
So Spock has a half-brother who looks like a pointy-eared Saddam Hussein, who manages to attract and then hijack a sad excuse for the Enterprise, all in an attempt to penetrate the... Read morePublished on May 31 2013 by Daniel Jolley
Item was as described arrived in good shape
and on time. worth a watch again. the series is worth having
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When I got this movie, I found it deals with issues that we all can relate to in our own personal life. Read more
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