“ Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy - Science Fiction / Theatrical Release: 1998 / Director: Jonathan Frakes / Actors: F. Murray Abraham, LeVar Burton ... / DVD released 11 May, 1999 at Paramount / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC „
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FILM ONLY REVIEW
Captain Picard and his crew of the Enterprise get word that one of their crew members, Data, has gone out of control and they need his details so they can disable him. Data has been away from the Enterprise helping a team of men observe the Ba'ku people who live on their own planet peacefully. Picard believes that Data must have been triggered to go bad as he has no emotion chip in place so he and the crew of the Enterprise set off for the planet to find out what has caused Data malfunction.
When arriving they manage to catch Data as he is flying and firing at the ship, Data is soon back onboard the Enterprise and functioning normally but Picard has issues with the people still on the planet. He goes to investigate and learns from the Ba'ku people that they have magical properties on the planet which reverse the aging process and keep things young and fresh. The Starfleet officers who are already working on the planet give Picard orders to leave so they can relocate the Ba'ku and use the planet for medical reasons but Picard is not willing to do this.
Picard now faces the task of defying Starfleet to help the Ba'ku or leave and let the 600 people on the planet be forced from their homes, just what will Picard and the members of the Enterprise do?
I have to confess that I do have a soft spot for the Star Trek films and series which star Picard as I think Patrick Stewart s a very fine actor and he always brings a smile to my face, well that and he is very easy on the eye! I had no problems in sitting and watching this film again with hubby despite the fact that I have seen it many times before. I always find it seems quite realistic and not far fetched like the Star Wars films are and what we see could quite easily become a reality. The storyline to this film is not the best of the Star Trek films but I enjoyed it and found it was very easy to watch and it meant I did not have to concentrate too hard to understand what was happening.
I found the acting from all involved was very good. My favourite character was Picard, played by Patrick Stewart, he manages to bring an element of grace to the role and the way he delivers all of his lines with his good posh English accent is very refreshing. I am so glad he has not changed and made the character have an American accent as this would have taken the edge of the way he portrays the Captain. He does work very well with all of his co stars and there is always a good chemistry between them. I do find he seems to fit effortlessly into the role and I do like the occasional one liners which he sometimes shares with the other crew members. The other main character in this film for me is Data, he is played by Brent Spinner and I just love the way he manages to look and act like an android at the same time occasionally allowing some real expression or saying which makes him more human. He carries the character very well and I find the walk a the way he talks is excellent ad very realistic. He does also work well with the other members and I think he does a super job of not trying to show emotion or feeling when working with the crew.
We have a lot of other good actors in the film who also play very good parts, some of them include, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden and Jonathan Frakes. They all managed to make their characters their own and have continued to portray them as in the previous films which helps with the familiarity of them all. We had some very good side stories with the crew members and I found the little love story was quite warming and a good distraction from the main story at times, it also bought a little fun to the film.
The film is set on another planet but it is similar in appearance to Earth so no real effects were needed with the landscapes or sets. The homes and the town was all very basic and I loved seeing how this was similar to Earth a few hundred years ago. The characters all wore quite boring and plain clothes and I think I would have liked a little bit more colour from them. They were all good and very in keeping with the story and film. We had a lot of special effects throughout the film and I did think that they were well made and fitted effortlessly into the film. I was not overly keen on a few of the effects which were used with the phasers but this was just my opinion and hubby enjoyed them. I just though the light beams looked a bit daft and cheap.
The music was good and very suitable for the film. We had the very known and recognised theme music and throughout we had a good mix of tracks. I loved the classical music which would be played for Picard and found them quite soothing.
As this is a film only review there are no bonus features to speak about. The running time of the film is 103 minutes and I found this to be a good length and the rate is a PG. I agree with the rate and think young boys around the age of 8-12 will enjoy this film. I do warn that there are some not nice to watch scenes when people are having the skin on their faces stretched but this may be just me as I am quite squeamish.
This is not the best of the Star Trek films but it is certainly worth a watch. The acting is super and the story is easy to follow and enjoy. I am happy to give this film a good 4 stars and no doubt I will be watching it again in the not too distant future.
Star Trek: Insurrection is one of the films in the franchise with a reputation for being a weaker film. It wasn't as big a hit at the box office as its direct predecessor; Star Trek: First Contact and was generally considered to be less exciting than a Trek film should be. Over ten years on is a good time to look back on Star Trek insurrection and in my opinion it remains a criminally underrated entry in the series.
Insurrection follows the crew of the Enterprise as they investigate reports of a malfunction by android officer, Data. As part of a research team covertly observing primitive villagers on a remote planet, Data suddenly breaks cover and begins attacking his colleagues. Captain Picard and his crew attempt to find the cause of these events while exploring a strange world in which the aging process is slowed and eventually reversed.
Through this adventure, some weighty ideas are thrown around in true Star Trek fashion. Most heavily the film considers the ideas of forced relocation and ultimately, of genocide. While Star Trek has never been afraid to tackle the subject of prejudice, here we see an exploration of characters with deep and personal hatred. Pleasantly and for a long time since Star Trek II, the themes of aging is explored. At times the film asks the question of what it means to be young, how time might pass when you can not age. Through these themes and the film's considered setting we are also allowed to see very familiar characters in a new light, worth the price of the DVD alone.
As a pure adventure story, it's easy to see why some were let down with this piece. Compared to First Contact this film is almost a delicate romance, gone is the militaristic feel to the Enterprise and instead we see a fight based on empathy and principles. There is also a move away from traditional Star Trek action, rather than being confined to starship bridges the crew moves on to the ground. We see a story unravel not in the grandeur of space but in a single community. The wider perspective is temporarily ignored for the sake of preserving a single moment in space and time. It is this decision to take the principles of the Star Trek franchise and apply them to different situations that is so strong for Insurrection, similarly this had worked well on TV for Deep Space Nine a couple of years earlier. Most importantly however, Insurrection is unashamedly optimistic. It is happy with the way it paints the universe and the villains are ultimately portrayed as petty and unrepresentative of people in general. It is in the Star Trek spirit and that's nice to see return. Unfortunately, the poor reception to this direction meant that the follow up would be gratuitously dark and a little too lofty for its own good.
The technical side of this is all excellent and Jonathan Frakes both stars and directs. Frakes has done some wonderful directing in recent years and this film is a visual wonder. He has a strong vision for the film and it comes of impressively, but most of all consistently. Frakes even goes so far as to create a visual similarity between both space and ground scenes that gives the film a pleasant homogeny. This is made even better by some truly wonderful CGI. I personally was not a big fan of CGI in this period. I don't mind so much now but in the 90s it was everywhere but very rarely as unrecognisable as directors seemed to think it was. I will admit, it would not be as good today were it not thoroughly pushed back then; but I sometimes yearned for the beautiful science fiction model shots yet to be surpassed. Here the CGI is absolutely flawless, the new Enterprise that debuted in First Contact looks phenomenal and the colourful nebulae of space are awe inspiring. While this film doesn't rely too much on effects, it's nice to see that when they are used, they are perfect.
Lastly, the soundtrack here is wonderful. As with most Star Trek films it is grand, orchestral pieces that are very fitting. The DVD comes with both a Dolby Digital and DTS surround tracks, both are excellent though the DTS is far louder. In surround this film is phenomenal and shows some absolutely excellent use of the surround speakers in the rural scenes.
All in all, this film is excellent. It has traditionally suffered by unfair comparisons to First Contact. Unlike that film, this is not strictly an action film. It is a slower, more complex and philosophical adventure. I would not claim it is overly sophisticated or deep, rather it is comfortably intelligent. It does not over assume and for the duration, it is enjoyable to watch.
The ninth in the Star Trek movie franchise, and the third featuring the Next Generation cast, Star Trek: Insurrection could conceivably have been blighted by the odd number curse. Fortunately that is not the case here as Insurrection is an enjoyable 100 minutes.
The crew of the Enterprise E are in the middle of diplomatic negotiations when a disturbing communication from the Briar Patch region of space alerts them to problems. Commander Data is on a special assignment with a joint Starfleet and Son'a mission to observe the primitive Ba'ku planet when he appears to malfunction and reveals the observers presence to the unaware Ba'ku. When the officer in charge, Admiral Dougherty requests Data's schematics, Picard and the Enterprise abandon their mission and set course for the Briar Patch to investigate and if possible, rescue Data.
Upon reaching the Ba'ku world and repairing Data's malfunction, they find a deeper conspiracy. The planet's unique position in the Briar Patch subjects it to a form of rejuvenating radiation. The Ba'ku are to all intents and purposes, immortal. Admiral Dougherty and the Son'a, commanded by Ru'afo are willing to go to any lengths to obtain this fountain of youth for themselves, including displacing the innocent Ba'ku. Picard and his crew are faced with disobeying Starfleet orders and going up against Dougherty and Ru'afo in an attempt to safeguard the Ba'ku.
The film is presented in a 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer that is crystal clear. One thing I have noticed about the Next Gen movies is that they really have upped the stakes in the visual department. Jonathon Frakes takes the helm again and directs ably. The lighting is always atmospheric and the locations used in this film have been stunning to say the least. The Ba'ku homeworld is depicted as a pristine paradise and the locations certainly match. The mountain vistas are shown off to best effect on widescreen. The effects are top notch and the battle scenes as stunning as you would expect from modern Sci-fi cinema.
The sound is given an impressive DD 5.1 treatment. The music is supplied by Jerry Goldsmith and is suitable to the film, if not particularly memorable. The dialogue is always clear and the action is conveyed vibrantly.
Once again don't expect much in the way of extra's from Paramount, two trailers and a 5 minute featurette.
It's a family reunion as the cast of the Next Generation reunite for their third big screen outing, another plot contrivance allows Michael Dorn as Worf to visit from Deep Space Nine and all the regulars are there. Patrick Stewart leads from the front as Captain Picard. Jonathon Frakes and Marina Sirtis rekindle the romance between Riker and Troi. Brent Spiner as the android Data gets in touch with his inner child and LeVar Burton as LaForge sees his first sunrise. Gates McFadden as Dr Crusher does some stuff too. It really looks as if this cast are having fun and their collective performance is a delight.
Co-starring in the film are F. Murray Abraham as Ru'afo, Anthony Zerbe as Admiral Dougherty and Donna Murphy as the Ba'ku, Anij. Unfortunately the supporting cast don't really get a chance to shine, Abraham, hidden behind, layers of latex is little more than a token villain, necessary to provide Picard with an antagonist. Zerbe's Dougherty is a pathetic figure, who is in way over his head, yet has to convince as a Starfleet Admiral, the dichotomy is hard to believe.
There is a good deal wrong with this movie. For one thing, the story is wholly unimpressive. The Enterprise goes to help a backward people against a Prime Directive violation, encounter dodgy Starfleet brass and a non-descript alien villain. The whole feel of the story, despite the widescreen picture and the movie budget effects, harks back to the TV series. This really does feel like a 2-part episode. Mind you, after killing off Kirk in their first outing and facing off with the Borg in the second, it would have been hard for the story to have gotten bigger and better.
The second problem as I have already mentioned is the supporting cast. They really don't have enough meat and you're never worried about what the bad guys might do. The ending seems identical to Generations, with Picard alone, fighting the bad guy and setting the big bad doomsday device to self-destruct.
The Insurrection of the title is bad advertising. No such insurrection takes place. Picard disobeys the orders of a rogue admiral and upholds the ideals of the Federation. When Kirk disobeyed orders in Star Trek III, he assaulted Starfleet security, broke his friend out of jail, stole a starship and then travelled to a quarentined planet and destroyed the starship. Now that's breaking the rules. Insurrection is piddly compared to that. Not forgetting Riker's able piloting of the Enterprise using only a joystick.
That tirade done with, this film is rescued by the cast performances. They so obviously enjoyed making this film that you can't help but join in and share their fun. The film is filled with moments, like Worf's acne or Troi and Riker's playful relationship, Data's flotation device and even Picard dancing in front of his mirror, all this is a gift to the audience and turns a run of the mill adventure into a fun movie.
Insurrection may not be the greatest Trek ever, but it is by no means the worst, and thanks to a rescue by the cast performances, it is an enjoyable affair.
Star Trek: Insurrection is a 1998 science fiction adventure film and the third big screen outing for the 'Next Generation' cast and crew. The plot of the film revolves around the Ba'ku, a perpetually youthful race of only several hundred who have shunned technology and set up a back to basics utopia on their Eden like planet. The atmosphere of the Ba'Ku's planet contains a type of radiation which serves as a sort of fountain of youth but its life prolonging properties attract the attention of dodgy Starfleet Admiral Dougherty (Anthony Zerbe). Dougherty and a dying race called the Son'a, who undergo more regular cosmetic surgery than Dale Winton, plan to relocate the Ba'Ku whether they like it or not and nab this extraordinary planet for their own ends. Help is at hand though in the formidable form of Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), the most incorruptible man in the universe.
Picard and the trusty crew of the Starship Enterprise soon become the only hope for the Ba'ku...
Like many people I have a lot of affection for the Next Generation characters. The series has always been there in the background somewhere on more than one channel and to this day my brother will sometimes inform me that he's detected a high cluster of graviton particles with the television remote control or call my cat Mr Worf. It's fair to say though that 'Insurrection' never quite hits maximum warp and spends far too much time operating on impulse power.
The film opens with (android) Data (Brent Spiner) malfunctioning and creating a degree of panic on the Ba'Ku homeworld during what was supposed to be a secret observation mission. It's quite a gripping and interesting start to the film but your patience might be stretched by Captain Picard singing 'A British Tar' with Data during a shuttlecraft chase in order to jog his memory and distract him. "Mr Worf, do you know Gilbert and Sullivan?" says the Captain, setting up a fairly weak joke. The pacing of the film is a bit off in the first half with a suprising number of juvenile gags which you can hear hitting the floor with an audible thud.
One of the criticisms of the Next Generation films is that they frequently seem like two episodes of the television series shunted together rather than epic big screen adventures and Insurrection does suffer from this at times. The Ba'Ku homeworld is quite obviously a convenient shooting location in California and shot in a fuzzy sunlit glare with a bit too much time devoted to that old Star Trek favourite - scrambling around in caves. It's not the most ambitious setting or plot ever devised for a Star Trek film and the story isn't terribly exciting when it comes down to it.
Things thankfully pick up though somewhat in the second half, especially when that old Star Trek get out of jail card - a space battle - is played out with Riker (Jonathan Frakes) taking command of the Enterprise for an action sequence set in a space nebula. They seem to have half-inched this idea from 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan' but the special-effects are suitably glossy and expensive when they eventually arrive in some degree of scope. This recycling aspect to elements of Insurrection extends to Picard and his crew rebelling agaisnt the authorities, just like Captain Kirk and crew did in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. This is not a very inspired film in terms of its screenplay and ideas.
Insurrection is probably a bit too soppy for its own good at times too, with the vague romance between Picard and Ba'Ku leader Anij (Donna Murphy), the flirting between Troi (Marina Sirtis) and Riker, and a bit where Geordi (LeVar Burton) watches a sunset for the first time thanks to the regenerating properties of the planet affecting his optic nerves. I quite enjoyed some of these moments but a few less spoonfuls of treacle overall would have been preferable.
It's good to see veteran baddie Anthony Zerbe as Dougherty and his ethical debates with Picard are good fun even if the plot of the film doesn't make an awful lot of sense when you really think about it. F. Murray Abraham is ok as Son'a leader Adhar Ru'afo although he does seems a bit bored at times even with lines like "I'm going to miss these flesh-stretching sessions, my dear." He's not half as much fun as Ricardo Montalban's Khan or, for example, Marc Alaimo as Gul Dukat in Deep Space Nine.
The supporting Enterprise crew don't get too much to do in this one apart from stand behind Captain Picard and shoot things, especially Marina Sirtis and Gates McFadden as Dr Crusher. Michael Dorn as Mr Worf is always amusing with his permanently annoyed expression although you have to wait a long time to see him beat someone up. Worf was a regular on Deep Space Nine by now so his presence on board the Enterprise for Insurrection is a bit flimsy. He just turns up at the start of the film with no explanation! Maybe he needed to borrow some milk or had run out of biscuits. Brent Spiner's Data does get dragged into the soppiness as he befriends a boy and learns about childhood on the Ba'Ku homeworld but he's always great fun spouting Star Trek's pseudoscientific gibberish on the Enterprise and Spiner's occasional Stan Laurel facial expressions are not without charm.
LeVar Burton's Geordie is mostly confined to the engine room here but still part of the action and Jonathan Frakes, who of course directed the film, gets to rekindle his relationship with Troi, shave his beard off and nearly destroy the Enterprise again. If I was Captain Picard I would think very seriously about leaving Riker in command! I doubt there'll ever be a Jonathan Frakes school of acting but Riker is always amusing looking determined and saying things like "We're through running from these bastards!"
The Star Trek people though clearly know that Patrick Stewart is their best actor and trump card and put him in pratically every scene in the film. Stewart is suitably commanding and adds a touch of gravitas to proceedings in the same way that Peter Cushing used to in those campy seventies horror films. Stewart's respect and affection for Star Trek and his fellow cast members comes through in his earnest and enthusiastic performance.
The end of the film is certainly entertaining and larger in scope than much of what has gone before although you'll probably feel like you've seen it all in previous Star Trek films. On the whole I feel that Star Trek: Insurrection is a so-so entry in the series with a relatively dull story and a few too many soppy moments but it's far from being a complete disaster. The space battles are nicely done and the film supplies a reasonable portion of fun and nonsense.
Ultimately though, it's the affection you feel for these characters that just about saves the day. It's just very pleasant and enjoyable to be in their company for a couple of hours.
I believe you can buy a Collector's Edition of this film with multiple extras but my copy has three trailers (including one 'teaser') and an interesting 'Making Of' Documentary in the way of extras.
Insurrection is a clever Star Trek film, but it lacked for me the battles and fights of previous films. It is fair to say that there are some good fighting scenes...but one thing that Star Trek does so well is the space ships fighting one another!
Insurrection is based upon a planet in a giant expanse...a planet it seems that can.....well I don't want to spoil it but the planet is for sure a place that I would like to visit!
Jean Luc Picard is totally on form in this film and he enjoys some love interest. Deanna and Will get it on and Worf gets teenage acne...all good comedy moments! The two races that the ENterprise is sent to help are both cleverly orchestrated...both look very different but have many similarities and as the film progresses we learn more about this.
The battle scene in the expanse...well, in fairness to it, it is enjoyable and Will Ryker makes me day with a 'we're through with running from these B**tard*! The Enterprise can certainly take a hammering from weapons that the United Federation of Planets have made illegal.
There are as always some memorable moments... time being slowed down is one of them and the relationship that Data forms with a child on the planet is well done too....oh, and dont miss the Admiral having some cosmetic surgery!
If you are into Trek, you will like this no matter what.
Star trek insurrection is a great star trek film about a colony of people living on a planet ,they have special regenerative powers,they are being studyed in secret by the federation when something goes wrong with data and captin picard is comanded to destroy him,the team must figure out the reasons behing datas behavior and what his connection is with the colonists on the planet
This film plays out like a extra long episode of the next generation series ,its full of twists and action and it resolves the whole story within this film.Jonathon frakes directs as well as stars as comander riker while all of the original cast return.Although not gruesome some of the aliens have a nasty skin condition so its probably suitable for teenagers but not young children,i liked it and would recomend it to anyone who has enjoyed Voyager,Next generation or Deep space nine,but because the story isnt directly linked to the others the story is easy to understand even if you have never seen star trek before
STAR TREK: INSURRECTION is the 9th in the 'Star Trek' movie series, and the 3rd to feature the 'Next Generation' crew, led by Captain Picard. The film tells the story of a scheme between a Starfleet Admiral and the Son'a (a dying race) to destroy the Ba'ku, a peaceful race who have a formula to halt the aging process. When Picard and his crew discover this plot and are put into direct conflict with their superiors in order to save the Ba'ku.
After the exciting previous film, FIRST CONTACT, this feels much more sedate. The action proceeds at a much slower pace, and Picard even finds some time for a love interest, Anij (played by Donna Murphy), one of the Ba'ku. Most of the rest of the cast are dealt with as second-tier characters, although Data does get some welcome character development.
Once again special effects are excellent, but the film as a whole feels less than the sum of its parts. When I see a Star Trek movie I want to see something that feels more than just a feature-length episode of the TV shows. With the movies starring the original crew I got this - the films came along over a decade after the original series had finished, and special effects had come a long way. I really felt in watching those films that I was getting something new. The first of the 'Next Generation' films, GENERATIONS, gave me that feeling, with the meeting of Kirk and Picard as Kirk had never appeared in the 'Next Generation' TV series (although Scotty, Spock and McCoy all had). FIRST CONTACT gave me that feeling by being just so... well... good - there was a real sense of danger in that film. INSURRECTION however doesn't give me that feeling. It truly feels like a TV episode that has been put on the big screen. Don't get me wrong, I love the 'Next Gen' TV series, but when I see the movies I want something more.
This film is only really recommended to fans of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION.
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Insurrection. ST Insurrection is great. It’s sci-fiction in a pure way. I want to share with you my feelings about that film. The past ---------- Well, I’m not really a trekkie. I’m just a fan of the sci-fi world. When I was young, the catalan television played again Star Trek the original series. I became crazy about that serie from the first chapter. I think that ST:The original series (TOS) is maybe the best sci-fi serie ever done. For me it has the same problem than Doctor Who. Both series had the best plots ever done, but with bad special effects. Sometimes bad special effects means that you find more difficult to get into the story. Some years ago I discovered ST:The next generation. I was so excited to see a new crew for the enterprise. When I saw the first chapter (“encounter at farpoint” I think) I felt a bit dissapointed. The reason was not the special effects (they were incredibly good). The problem was that the new characters had no charisma. The old crew had every character so well defined from the first chapter, but to get into the new crew I needed almost a whole season. I think that the first season was too… “cold” for me. Characters were too far away of the emotions and feelings that are necessary to be popular. Some changes were done on the original crew of the next generation. When the crew were definetely fixed, the plots and the success of the serie began to rise until the end of the serie. ST: The next generation had some seasons of great sci-fi. And the last seasons was sometimes even better that TOS. It take a long time to next generation to have their own live away form TOS. In my opinion, the evil Borg were very helpful for the crew to earn their own identity. At the mid 90’s ST we moving to two new series “deep space 9” and “Voyager”. So The next generation finnished. Anyway it was at that moment when they give us the
best of their plots. They began to do movies where TOS finished. The first movie of next generation was “ST 7 - generations” where were the original crew too. It was great to see Kirk and Picard together!! After that they did “First contact” which is one of the best sci-fi movies ever done, and after that they did the movie we are talking about. Star Trek 9 :Insurrection! The plot --------- Federation is breaking one of their own rules and only the great crew of the enterprise can do something against it. I don’t want to tell many things of the plot, cos I think that dooyoo opinions have to be useful if you know everything about the movie and you want more info or if you are planning to watch it. If I tell you the complete plot I’ll be breaking the magic of the cinema. What I want to say about the plot is that is by far one of the best plots of the whole serie. It’s really clever and with lots of surprises. I’d enjoyed it from the beginning to the end. It’s really good. It's really important to know less things as possible about that plot. The less you know, the more you'll enjoy the film. The best of this movie ------------------------ There are some interesting points. The special and visual effects of this movie are incredible. They are really great. The way they define the spaceships, the fighting scenes… all of them are perfect. Matthew F. Leoneti,asc did a great job with the photography, the recreation of the ba’ku village, the landscapes of the planet, and that beautiful sunrises are really pretty. One of the best photography I ever seen on a sci-fi movie. As always Jerry Goldsmith's music is lovely. Cast: Patrick Stewart Jonathan Frakes Brent Spiner LeVar Burton Michael Dorn Gates McFadden Marina Sirtis F. Murray Abraham Donna Murphy Anthony Zerbe The film is d
irected by Jonathan Frakes. He is the first official of the enterprise.. And a great director!! Special dvd features: · Widescreen Version Enhanced for 16x9 · Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround · Interactive Menus · Scene Selection · 2 Theatrical Trailers · Behind the Scenes Featurette Future Now there is a new serie ready. It’s called “enterprise” and it’s placed before the original serie (and after the first contact with the vulcanians on ST8_Fist contact) There are rumours about a new ST movie with the Next Gereneration crew. I hope so because this movies are really great. Paramount are ready to sell the 7 seasons of ST Next generation on Dvd. I’d seen a pic of the dvd’s and are really pretty! It will became a collectors item! Long live and prosperity
Star Trek - Insurrection ======================== DVD A theory has been put forward that the "even" numbered Trek big screen adventures are superior to the others. Star Trek: The Motion Picture's problem is that it wants to be 2001: A Space Odyssey rather than Star Trek. The Nicholas Meyer directed Wrath of Khan is much more in the spirit of the television series and works right until the end, when one of the major players is bumped off whilst "wrestling with a stand up ashtray" as someone once put it. Number 3, Search for Spock, is doomed because of the contrivance necessary to resurrect the pointy-eared one but Voyage Home wipes the slate clean with Nicholas Meyer's script rescuing the franchise once more. They let Shatner script and direct the next one - The Final Frontier - what were they thinking? And so it fell to Meyer yet again to rescue the last outing of the original crew: Undiscovered Country. Generations was always going to struggle, attempting as it did to balance the half-baked notion of allowing the old crew to pass the baton to the new, with First Contact wiping the slate clean once more, and, in the Borg, featuring an adversary almost as good as Ripley's Alien. Which brings us back to IX and the odds (if you'll pardon the pun) are against it. We're introduced to a farming community as envisaged by Walt Disney, full of happy, smiling folk who's idyllic lifestyle is the result of abandoning technology (I suspect they have a very good Dry Cleaners somewhere though). The Federation has been secretly watching over their efforts, until Data (Brent Spiner) runs amok, revealing all. Very soon we meet the villains of the piece, a group of folk led by Mr Nasty played with relish by F. Murray Abraham (who previously turned in a great bad guy performance as Salieri in Amadeus). He has determined that the planet of the Seven
Brides for Seven Brothers has a fountain of youth and, in cahoots with a Federation baddie (played by the eminently hissable Anthony Zerbe), wishes to wrest it from them. The villain is hamstrung by having to be sweet in order to appease the Federation baddie, this is a pity as if he could have been free-range Nasty, as he gets to be at the very end, the film would be much stronger. There are many splendid character vignettes by way of apology for the plot, including some hearty laffs, and allowing Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Troi (Marina Sirtis) to get it on (in PG-rated fashion) after ten years of foreplay. Picard (Patrick Stewart) is also allowed a fledgling romance with a colonist (fetchingly played by Donna Murphy). But, alas, the core drama doesn't really grab - nice scenery though. Paramount is generally poor in the extra features department on DVD, and there is only a token effort on display here. The Disk ======== Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Enhanced for 16x9 Television. Region 2 -------- Set Up Audio Options English 5.1 Dolby Surround German 5.1 Dolby Surround Hungarian 5.1 Dolby Surround Subtitles English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch and Icelandic Region 1 -------- Play Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1, Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions. Run the movie Picture clarity is superb and every scene is vibrant with colour, though I think that just adds to the Disney ambience which slightly spoils the movie. Set Up Audio Options English Dolby Surround English 5.1 Dolby Surround French Dolby surround (Only Picard, Worf and Troi have distinctive voices in the French dub!) Region 1 & 2 ------------ Special Features Teaser Trailer (The shorter trailer that appears much earlier than the release to wet the appetite...) T
heatrical Trailer Behind the Scenes Featurette (5 minutes and a total swiz) Interviewees: Producer Rick Berman, Make-Up artist Michael Westmore, F, Murray Abraham, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Patrick Stewart and Marina Sirtis. This is a brief MTV style promo with mini interviews with some of the cast and crew. Good to see F. Murray Abraham and Brent Spiner minus their make-up though. The language you've selected for the audio determines the subtitles provided on the featurette. Erm, and that's all folks. Average movie on an average disk = Two Stars and a half I suppose...oh, three then. Sullivat rates the Treks: 1. First Contact ***** 1. The Motion Picture ***** 3. The Wrath of Khan **** 4. The Voyage Home *** 5. Search for Spock ** 5. Undiscovered Country ** 5. Insurrection ** 8. Generations * 2321. The Final Frontier minus ******* Chose "All Generations" for the "suited for" bit, the skin-stretching bits might be a bit much no matter what age group you're in!
There are various types of Star Trek viewers. There are Trekkies who live and breathe Star Trek; there are viewers like me who like to watch when we can but don’t wear the clothes; and then there are those who simply hate Star Trek. It is therefore very difficult to write an objective opinion about any Star Trek movie. Star Trek is a phenomenon that you either like or dislike. But I will try…… The Plot Six hundred people live on an idyllic world, and although they are technologically advanced, they do not use their technology and prefer to keep their planet beautiful and untainted. The Federation, a group of civilizations with a common cause for exploration and peace are observing the planet to ascertain whether this planet merits membership in the federation. The federation is unaware of the technology that this civilization possesses. Hidden away in a mountainside complex, the Federation are totally hidden from the civilization and therefore the Prime Directive is being followed (The prime directive is there to protect civilizations from interference; to allow them to grow naturally and find technology by their own initiaves). The observers also consist of another race who have partnered with the federation to observe this planet. This race has a problem that they are dying; as they get old they go through painful skin stretching operations to make themselves live longer.. The planet that they are observing seems to have the ability to prolong life and regenerate the body. This is a factor that threatens to make the federation disobey their own Prime Directive. Jean-Luke Picard, the captain of the Enterprise, the flagship of the Federation comes to the planet when he is informed that a crewmember is malfunctioning. Data, his crewmember is an android life form. Suspecting that there are other factors involved, as Data is normally an efficient and fully reliable crewmember, Picard starts to invest
igate. Using his skill and knowledge of Data, Captain Picard is able to placate Data and begin investigating the malfunction. Realizing that the ‘partners’ have ulterior motives, Picard sets about assisting the indigenous population in a race for survival. With the threat of court-marshal hanging over his head, Picard sticks to his principals and defends the innocent. Picard, although a firm believer in the Prime Directive realizes that in these circumstances the only thing he can do is to help the people. The movie is fast paced and exciting, with many twists and unexpected turns. The movie is a little predictable in parts however. The effects As you would expect with a movie of this caliber, the effects are excellent and believable. Explosions are realistic, the space ships are stunning and some of the smaller ‘craft’ are excellent. The computerized animations are excellent and blend in well with the real life actors. The key to their success is their realism. The directors have realized that for effects to work well they must blend in with the actors and not overwhelm the actors. For instance, in a scene where small flying craft are attacking the population (including Picard’s crew) we focus more on the actions of the crew than the flying crafts. This makes the scene far more effective and believable. The movie The movie is one of the better Star Trek movies with an exciting and suspenseful plot and some well rounded acting. The cinematography is excellent adding to the general atmosphere. The soundtrack is very good, adding to the suspense and blending in perfectly with the action sequences. The movie blends action, intrigue and suspense excellently and keeps the audience interested. With several sub plots, and many twists and turns during the plot this is perhaps one of the Star Trek movies that can appeal to a wider audience. The movie
builds on the characters from the series Star Trek: The next generation and adds more humor, and some new romance (and the rekindling of an old romance). The movie does not assume that you know about the Star Trek World; this means that a new audience will be able to watch the movie and enjoy it as much as a Trekkie audience. Although it is a Sci-Fi movie it does have far more appeal than this. Conclusion Whether or not you are a movie fan, this movie is very good. Although a general understanding of the Star Trek concept, and a knowledge of the main characters will undoubtedly help with your enjoyment, you do not need to have this knowledge to enjoy the movie. My wife, who does not like Star Trek in general actually enjoyed the movie, and began to relate to some of the main characters. Perhaps there is hope for her yet…..
This is the most recent movie from the Star Trek stable and was again directed by Jonathan Frakes, who also plays Riker. Frakes also directed the movie before this one, FIRST CONTACT. The storyline involves a fountain of youth and has our lucky heroes going through the process of feeling younger and younger. The Prime Directive is also involved, as Data and the rest of the crew seem to break it - the Prime Directive is the order that no Federation member can interfere with the development of a non-Federation race. All the cast shine as usual, and there is excellent support from F. Murray Abraham as the chief guest star. Special effects are also excellent, and I must say I'm looking forward to Star Trek 10 (wow! 10! - that's quite a few!).
when i first heard of the film i thought that it would b another great film from star trek, yet i found my self not liking it that much, i thought that it was slightly boring and had no big long term fights with big ships or the enterprise upgrading new technolgy. i didnt like it as you can tell, and it didnt do it for me. i have to admit that i think thi star trek thing is gong a bit , far there are loads of star trek films which means we have to buy loads of them meaning i have less money in my pocket, they shuld just make good films which involve loads of fighting and superiority. um good bye thank you for reading
The latest installment of the Star Trek movie series tries really to bridge the gap between trekker and your average person. It does so very well by incorporating a very good plot and storyline. It revovles around a planet who's inhabitants share the fortune of eternal youth and some evil guys wants it for themselves. Romance is also a key ingredient in this film for Cptn Pic, which makes it all the more exciting. The special effects have been really spiced up this time round and some very good moments of tension, action and the occassional battle. A very good movie and some excellent features that come with this DVD. A must buy for any trekker and more importantly - anyone!
Whilst I enjoyed First Contact, it wasn't really a trek movie, apart from the obvious characters. You could have put virtually anyone else into the storyline, and it would have just as well. Fortunately this film is a bit different, despite some slight problems (more on that later), but it's much more like the series was. Picard has to choose between the Prime Directive and his career. Of course he managed to make the right decision, and everyone else tags along. The Prime directive comesinto play, as the bad guys have decided to destroy the idyllic life of the natives of a very isolated planet, which just happens to be the equivalent of the fountain of life, allowing the natives to not age past 30 or so. Picard has a romance with one of them, and then the story kicks in, with the majority of the bridge crew beaming down to the planet, and leading the natives to safety. Generally a good film, but it suffers from some very cheesy moments, for example they go to manual control of the ship at one point, and what looks very like a microsoft joystick pops up for control of the ship, instead of the standard use a console style.