My Favorite Star Trek Film
Gary P. Cohen | Staten Island, NY USA | 02/13/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" is my favorite Star Trek film, there is not a moment in it that I do not love. I love Star Trek II and Star Trek VI also, but I love this film just a little bit more. Most of you know the plot: an alien entity is menacing the earth of the 23rd century. Kirk, Spock and the gang must go back to 1986 San Francisco, in their captured Klingon vessel, to bring back 2 hump-backed whales, (extinct in the 23rd century,) to communicate with this entity.
What do I love about this film? Practically every scene. Directed by Leonard Nimoy, the cast has never been better. I especially love the scenes of Kirk and Spock trying to deal with the 20th century: getting on a bus and then getting right off because they do not know the meaning of "exact change," Scotty trying to speak to the computer by speaking into the mouse, Spock's mind-meld with the whales after climbing into the tank at the marineland where they are on display. (Watch the faces William Shatner makes when Kirk spots Spock under the water with the whales, before anyone else sees it, hilarious.) Catherine Hicks is both beautiful and adorable as Gillian, the marine specialist, who helps Kirk and the crew obtain the whales after they are released into the open sea. (There is a scene with Kirk, Spock and Gillian in Gillian's pickup where they debate going to eat Italian food that is brilliantly funny.) (As hard as this is to believe, Paramount was in discussions with Eddie Murphy, their biggest star at the time, to originally play the role eventually played by Catherine Hicks. Nimoy actually went to discuss it with Murphy who thankfully at that time had already lost interest. Murphy would have ruined this Star Trek film the way Richard Pryor ruined "Superman III.") There is another hilarious scene where Uhura and Chekov, needing to locate a "Nuclear wessel," (I won't say why,) speak to some ditzy young woman attempting to get directions to Alemeda, where the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, Enterprise is docked. The reason this scene is so funny is because allegedly this was a real person who did not know she was being filmed, not an actress. There is a San Francisco cop suspiciously eyeing the Russian, Chekov, that I have heard was real as well.
I have just barely scratched the surface of why I love this film. I even like the music of Leonard Rosenman, never one of my favorite composers. (Most of his music sounds like the soundtrack of Marcus Welby, MD, whose music he also composed.)Although he really doesn't touch Jery Goldsmith on ST-TMP Or James Horner on Star Trek II. (A minor quibble.)
Star Trek IV was the highest grossing Trek film until last summer's Star Trek reboot. The ending where Admiral Kirk is busted back to Captain, (as a result of the events in Star Trek III,) and he and the crew are all reassigned to the new USS Enterprise, (the original Enterprise destroyed in the previous film,) never fails to bring a tear to my eye.
Star Trek IV continued the trend of the even-numbered Star Trek films being the best. As stated, it is very close between this and ST II: TWOK, but this is my favorite Trek film.
The picture and sound quality on the blu-ray are excellent. However, the special features are basically the same as the deluxe Star Trek IV DVD. Heaven forbid Paramount go out of its way to give us some new features."
Just repackaged, Not even Director's Cut!
Connierc | U.S.A | 07/10/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This review is about the edition with this Amazon code: ASIN: B002I9Z8BM
I'm not going to "review" the movie - if you haven't seen it, you probably won't, or are not a Star Trek fan. In any case, many others have given all the plot info already in other reviews.
What I find APPALLING is that this is just a different SLEEVE - read the description that is under Publisher's Review: This "edition" has NOTHING to offer that the original, non-Director's Cut version doesn't already contain.
Yet again, those of us who find Star Trek to be a vision of life as the way it SHOULD be are being treated like idiots by Paramount.
Sure, if you love the movie, by all means get this ... but also purchase the DIRECTOR'S CUT, which as two discs, so you can get all the "goodies" this fails to provide.
Unless you like a shiny new box, why bother buying this?
Best bet, IMO, is to actually purchase either all of the ST movies (Director Cut versions), or the COMPLETE MOVIE COLLECTION, for both TOS and TNG.
As many of you probably did, I purchased these as they came out. Then bought the Director's Cut versions when THEY came out, and finally bought the BOXED SET of TOS Movies and TNG Movies, as there are some slight additions to the Boxed Versions. Since I already own the movies, for me, the "goodies/extras" are my "yup, gotta buy it" fix.
If it doesn't offer anything different, for me it's not worth anything.
I wonder how many times they'll keep selling the same movie? Will be interesting to watch and count as the years continue.
PEACE...and TG for ST!"