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on January 7, 2017
Best star trek movie of all ! It is funny !
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on July 30, 2016
Good quality blu-ray with excellent price.
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on April 1, 2014
Bought this for my mom for Christmas. This is her favorite one of the Star Trek movies. She loves to watch it over and over.
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The funniest of the series by far. Silly premise but the humor keeps you glued.
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on July 15, 2015
Excellent movie! Great special effects.
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on July 15, 2016
Came in perfect Condition!
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on August 5, 2014
My fave of all the Star Trek with Shatner and crew
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on September 5, 2014
I just like the movie
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on February 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. The great picture and sound are augmented by cool extras. You get extras galore. Nimoy's director's commentary and the Trek text commentary provide interesting distractions the third or fourth time you watch the film. The text commentary is filled with bits of trivia, points out production gaffes and has some very funny observations about the film, the crew and the Trek universe.
The extras on disc two includes a moving tribute to actor Mark Lenard. Unfortunately, there aren't any clips from other television programs he appeared on (like "Planet of the Apes")or movies but we do get personal photos as well as a moving rememberence by his two daughters and wife. The production featurettes aren't quite as exhaustive as some of the other DVD sets (ST:TMP springs to mind)but are interesting particularly the section on visual effects that discusses the time travel sequence. Storyboards are also included (although it might have been more interesting to put them on disc one where they could be compared to the finished sequences).
I'm hoping that Paramount upgrades The Next Generation DVDs with as much care. While Nemesis has some fine extras, it could have been done better. Generations has absolutely nothing beyond the film (and a rather tepid transfer at that) while First Contact only has the trailers. Insurrection similarly has the trailer plus a standard productin featurette. Regardless of how you feel about the films, Paramount needs to do more value added stuff for the Trek fan base. The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyage have much better extras than any of the Next Generation films (or the original series for that matter).
Each of the films have their strengths and weakenesses and while there's some minor plot contrivances, they don't harm the entertainment value of Trek IV. For a good time call Captain Kirk and crew. They'll keep you entertained with this installment of the Trek franchise.
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on December 17, 2003
Over 17 years after its initial release, The Voyage Home remains the most popular of the Star Trek films, in terms of box office receipts, and a general audience favorite.
This film is lighter than most cinematic Treks. The "fish out of water" story capitalizes on both the writers' and actors' strengths, and the humor springs organically from the material, rather than seeming forced. Some of the sequels have attempted to integrate humor into their stories, but with less success. All of the actors are at their best here, particularly William Shatner, who has a deft comic touch. (The look on Kirk's face when he sees Spock swimming in the whale tank is worth the price of DVD.) The only complaint I have about this film is the score. Leonard Rosenmann's retread of Lord of the Rings grows more irritating with each viewing.
Paramount's new transfer is a considerable improvement over the first DVD issue, and light years ahead of earlier versions. The picture quality on my laserdisc was very poor, with a grainy unfocused quality that made it appear that the print had been dragged across the floor. The VHS quality was even worse. On DVD the image is considerably sharper, colors are more vibrant without bleeding. The sound quality is also improved, and there is a track in French. ("Monsieur Spock?" "Oui, Capitan Kirk?") The commentary track featuring Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner doesn't shed much light on the film, but remains entertaining, as is Michael Okuda's text commentary. The bonus disc features a light but informative treatise on time travel, a moving tribute to actor Mark "Sarek" Lenard, and the usual making of featurettes.
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