Search - Star Trek: The Motion Pictures DVD Collection (Motion Picture/ Wrath of Khan/ Search for Spock/ Voyage Home/ Final Frontier/ Undiscovered Country/ Generations/ First Contact/ Insurrection/ Nemesis) on DVD
Spanning two decades and countless light years of interstellar adventure, Star Trek: The Motion Pictures Collection is a testament to the enduring goodwill of Gene Roddenberry's optimistic sci-fi concept. Long before Star ... more »Wars sparked an explosion of big-screen science fiction, Roddenberry had planned a second Star Trek TV series; the project fizzled, but its pilot script evolved into the first film in Paramount's most lucrative movie franchise. Despite its sluggish pace and bland "pajama" costuming, Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) offered a welcomed reunion of the "Classic Trek" cast, packed with Douglas Trumbull's still-dazzling special effects. Trekkers were even more ecstatic when The Wrath of Khan (1982) revived the spirit of the original series, even though director Nicholas Meyer was a Trek neophyte. With Leonard Nimoy directing, The Search for Spock (1984) began where Khan left off, with a thrilling (albeit contrived) obligation to resurrect the formerly ill-fated Mr. Spock. A box-office smash, Nimoy's The Voyage Home (1986) is the franchise's most accessible adventure--a high point offset by William Shatner's comparatively dreadful Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989). Meyer (and his penchant for quoting Shakespeare) returned for The Undiscovered Country (1991), a conspiracy thriller that put the series back on track, inspiring fans to invoke the "even number" rule in rating their franchise favorites. Generations (1994) gracefully passed the torch to TV's The Next Generation, bidding farewell to Captain Kirk with honor and integrity intact. Highlighted by the evolving humanity of Brent Spiner's android Lt. Cmdr. Data, First Contact (1996) explored Star Trek history with a logical (hint) surprise encounter, and Insurrection (1998) provided an adequate expansion of the successful NextGen series. Taken as a whole, these ten films demonstrate the consistent vitality of Roddenberry's original vision, stoking any Trekker's appetite for "ongoing missions" in Nemesis and beyond. --Jeff Shannon Most of the feature films were released early in the DVD era, but are represented here in their vastly improved two-disc special editions, which boast widescreen anamorphic pictures, director's cuts of the first two films, numerous commentary tracks by cast and crew, humorous and informative trivia subtitle tracks by Michael and Denise Okuda, and a wide variety of new and vintage documentaries and galleries.« less
3/5 - Wrath of Khan - One of my favorite Star Trek movies!!!
If You Want All 10 Films, This is the Set For You
M. Hart | USA | 10/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In 1966, a TV show writer/producer named Gene Roddenberry (1921-1991) had an idea for a futuristic sci-fi TV series in which humanity has united, achieved faster-than-light interstellar space travel and joined other worlds in the "United Federation of Planets". The show, known as "Star Trek", was on the air for a mere three years, but thanks in part to the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, in syndication the show gained a huge audience and fans began to gather at "Star Trek" conventions. With so much interest growing in "Star Trek", producers at Paramount (which obtained the show from Desilu Productions) considered reviving the TV series in the late 1970's, but opted instead to produce a big-screen feature-length film.
In 1979, the first film, called "Star Trek: The Motion Picture", was produced and reunited the entire cast from the cancelled series: Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), Lt. Commander/Commander Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. Leonard H. 'Bones' McCoy (DeForest Kelley, 1920-1999), Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott (James Doohan, 1920-2005), Lt. Hikaru Sulu (George Takei), Lt. Nyota Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Ensign Pavel Chekov (Walter Keonig), Yeoman Janice Rand (Grace Lee Whitney) and Doctor (formerly Nurse) Christine Chapel (Majel Barrett, who is Gene Roddenberry's widow). Directed by the Oscar-award winning director Robert Wise (1914-2005), the film opened to throngs of waiting fans, but sadly, the film's story (inspired by an episode from the original series) was not well received.
Three years later in 1982, the second film entitled "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn" opened in theaters. Based upon an original series episode that guest-starred Ricardo Montalban as the villian Khan Noonien Singh, this film was hailed by fans and remains to this day one of the most popular of all of them. Though the character of Spock died at the end of this film, the third film released in 1984, "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock", saw his character return because his body at the end of the second film had been left on a newly formed, man-made planet. The next film released in 1986, "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home", was another very popular film in which the entire original crew travels back in time to current-day Earth in a captured Klingon ship. Unfortunately, the fifth film released in 1989, "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier", is regarded by many as being the worst "Star Trek" film ever produced. Directed by William Shatner, the film's story features Spock's long-lost brother (Laurence Luckinbill) taking over the new Enterprise starship in order to find what he believes is the Garden of Eden, but instead finds an irritated alien entity that had been dumped there by someone else. The sixth film produced in 1991 and entitled "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" was the final film starring the entire original cast and featured an interesting story involving the Klingons wanting to create a peace treaty with the Federation.
With so much interest in the franchise again, Paramount decided in 1987 to produce an entirely new "Star Trek" TV series featuring a new cast, which would form the crew for the latest version of the starship Enterprise set about 100 years after the time of Kirk. The cast included Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), Commander William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Lieutenant/Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton), Lieutenant Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby, first season only), Lieutenant Worf (Michael Dorn), Commander Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden), Lt. Commander/Commander Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), the android Lt. Commander Data (Brent Spiner), the boy Ensign Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton) and the frequently recurring character Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg). The new TV show, named "Star Trek: The Next Generation", ran for seven complete seasons between 1987 and 1994.
Four additional big-screen films were then produced starring the cast from "Star Trek: The Next Generation", except for the characters portrayed by Denise Crosby and Wil Wheaton. The first of these films was released in theaters in 1994 and was entitled "Star Trek: Generations". It also included three original cast characters (Captain Kirk, Scotty and Pavel Chekov) to link the "Next Generation" with the original cast. Many fans were disappointed with the film, but I enjoyed it. The second of these "Next Generation" films was released in 1996. Entitled "Star Trek: First Contact", most people enjoyed the excitement of this film's story that featured a deadly cybernetic enemy known as the Borg that had been discovered during the "Next Generation" series. Controlled by the powerful Borg Queen (Alice Krige), the Borg travel back Earth's past in order to stop the father of warp drive, Dr. Zefram Cochrane (James Cromwell), from testing humanity's first-ever warp-powered ship that allowed Earth to make its first contact with an alien species, the Vulcans.
The third film featuring the "Next Generation" cast was released in theaters in 1998. Entitled "Star Trek: Insurrection", the film was not received as well by fans as the previous film, but was entertaining. The final film produced to date in 2002, "Star Trek: Nemesis" featured an alien species that had yet to be shown in any big-screen film, the Romulans. Unfortunately, this film's poor performance in theaters was due to a somewhat lackluster story. Whether or not Paramount will ever produce another film based upon "Star Trek" is currently unknown, but if another one is produced, it would more than likely feature another completely new cast of characters.
Overall, I rate the complete "Star Trek - The Motion Pictures DVD Collection (Special Edition)" DVD set with 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it to anyone who has not yet purchased any of the special edition "Star Trek" films on DVD. Thank you Gene Roddenberry, wherever you are, for creating such a wonderful universe of characters and stories in "Star Trek"."
At last !!! the REAL deal
Toby | england | 08/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i'm not a trekkie but it would be nice to own a complete box set of all star trek movies released to date and finally Paramount delivers after years of disappointing "half-baked" expensive box sets. Paramount have finally finished re-editing and refurbishing all ten movies and are finally going to release "Star Trek-The Movies Collection" all ten movies and for the first time, all in double disc special editions.This will be the first time that a special edition has been available for insurrection and nemesis, the last additions to the series of movies. Movies are:-1. The Movie,2. The Wrath Of Khan,3. The Search For Spock,4. The Voyage Home,5. The Final Frontier,6. The Undiscovered Country,7. Generations,8. First Contact, 9.Insurrection,10. Nemesis
Don't Get Hosed... Don't Buy This!!!
Zagnorch | Terra, Sol System | 11/26/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Call me an ungrateful whiner if you want, but I'm REALLY gettin' tired of this DVD-double-dip B.S. (see my guide on the Dreaded DVD Double-Dip Ploy at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/guides/guide-display/-/3CVFIEG84F2PF/ref=cm_aya_av.sylt_sylt/102-3198679-2483309 )! Why does Paramount put together a box set of Star Trek movies on DVD where the first five are in fully-loaded 2-disc Special Edition format, but the rest are the regular versions? To hose the Trekkie (yes, Trek-KIE!) Nation, that's why! They figure the uberfans will buy anything and everything with a Star Trek label slapped on it, no matter how shoddy and inferior the product is! And Paramount's doin' this while they're still putting together and releasing SE version platters of the other flicks in the future! It's enough to drive a Trekkie (yes, Trek-KIE!) to go postal at the next big convention! BTW if you ARE planning on going postal at the next TrekCon, do me a favor and fire a few phaser shots set on "slow and painful death" at Wil "Wuss-ley Crusher" Wheaton, please? Thanks much...Anyway-- as you may've guessed after reading the previous paragraph, I strongly recommend that you NOT fall into the DVD double-dip trap-- do NOT buy this box set! Either purchase the Special Edition platters as they come out one by one (the first five have streeted as of this writing, with The Undiscovered Country coming out in late January 2004), or wait until they're all released and snap `em up in one shot in what should finally be the LAST FREAKIN' TREK-FLICK BOX SET Paramount will put out! While it's true that you'll hafta wait a while for the latter option, I believe it'll be well worth the wait. After all, haven't you been hosed enough?`LatePost Script: I've heard rumors that Paramount will be re-releasing the original series in complete season box sets some time either in late 2004 or 2005. Does the hosing ever stop with these jerks?!`Later"
BEAM IT UP!
Kevin J. Loria | New Orleans, LA USA | 01/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Star Trek movie myth has it that only the even numbered Trek films are successful. This isn't a bad rule of thumb when dissecting the rank of these movies.
The first "motion picture" is a chiefly a milestone because it is the big screen translation of a classic piece of TV and Science-fiction history (I think about the life imitating art contributions every time I flip open my cel). As a movie alone, it is awkward. Star Trek II> The Wrath of Khan, best sets the bar for what all Star Trek features aspire to be. It has it all, including Ricardo. Star Trek III, is the best of the odd #s, but it works so seamlessly with II. and IV. that it's hard to complain, the Klingons return, Spock returns, what could be better. Star Trek IV., a lighter even number, features the crew's return to save the Earth, time-traveling to the present/80's, it's kinda Star Trek's take on SAVING THE WHALES. Star Trek V. is mostly forgettable, except for a few beautiful and moving moments of brilliance, like: "the death of Bone's father, meeting God and Campfire songs w/ Kirk & Spock. Star Trek VI., subtitled "The Uncovered Apology" (just kidding) is a fine wrap-up for the original crew dispite it plot holes. Star Trek Generations, is a poor introduction to the next generation of the Enterprise, it has Kirk's "Death(s)" in it, I wish they had stopped after one. The Next Gen. Character's are very cardboard in this-one, watered down for anyone new to the TV spin-off. Star Trek:First Contact may be the best of all Ten movies, it reintroduces the Borg menace with a intense roller-coaster ride. The odd-numbered follow-up, Star Trek Insurrection, earns it's number, while the even-numbered Star Trek: Nemesis ( or X.) is a decent action-flick with a clone captain that would have be more interesting as evil twin.
UNLESS YOU WANT DIRECTOR'S EDITIONS OF ALL 10 MOVIES, THIS SET IS BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL CREW SET, THE NEXT GEN. SET OR BUYING ONE AT A TIME. I was plenty satisfied with the quality. This is a must own set for sci-fi / Star Trek fans.
This set includes the 10 Star Trek feature films in two-disc letterbox special editions. The first two movies are the newly restored director's editions with commentary director Robert Wise, special photographic effects director Douglas Trumbull, special photographic effects supervisor John Dykstra, music composer Jerry Goldsmith, and actor Stephen Collins and both with extra footage contained within the feature itself (not just tucked away on a special features disc)!. Wrath of Khan includes Commentary by director Nicholas Meyer on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan with an Extended 116-minute director's edition of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Star Trek 3, the feature contains Commentary by director Leonard Nimoy, writer-producer Harve Bennett, director of photography Charles Correll, and actor Robin Curtis. Star Trek IV. commentary by Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner. Star Trek V. contains Commentary by director/actor William Shatner and his daughter, Liz Shatner. Star Trek VI, contains commentary by director Nicholas Meyer and screenwriter Denny Martin Flinn. Commentary provided by Brannon Braga and Ron Moore on Star Trek Generations.Commentary by director-actor Jonathan Frakes on Star Trek First Contact. Commentary by screenwriters Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore on Star Trek First Contact. Commentary by producer Rick Berman on Star Trek Nemesis. Commentary by director Stuart Baird on Star Trek Nemesis with text commentary by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda (co-authors of The Star Trek Encyclopedia)The rest of the movies are double-disc editions loaded with extras: new and vintage interviews, documentaries, featurettes Deleted scenes and Storyboard archives.
BEAM IT UP. "
5 STAR FILMS 3 star for collectors box "presentation"
Mr. T. J. Bacon | London UK | 10/28/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Ok you may disagree with me, but my gripe is not about the films which in terms of two disc appeal is a 5 star set. My problem lies with the fact that Paramount are trying palm this set off as a 'special' collectors edition! To me this typically implies that the way in which a box set is presented comes with some care 7 attention to detail. No of which is obvious with this set! The outer box of the set is made from thin cardboard the sort of which that would be used to make a ceral box. Ok so its glossy and double folded but you can literally bend the whole box even when its full with the ten disc sets. My second grip conerns the plastic boxes. Gone are the nice double opening-kind that are avalible when you by the titles individually, instead they are replaced by a double width single opening-kind. The wierd thing here is that the two discs are then stored on top of each other under clips that are so stiff that worry you will snap the disc in two evey time you remove one. Bizzarly on the other side of the box is an empty space where normally a collectible inlay or booklet would lie. Yet Paramount have decided (under twisted logic) to only put inlays in three out of the 10 films. WTF? For me I am so sorely disapointed that I am returning the set as faulty as I feel that it is missing parts (i.e. the other 7 booklets). I would also reccommend that if you have a multi-region player you invest in the region 2 box set avalible from amazon.co.uk at the end of the year."