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Captains Close Up
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2013
This is 99% new content and not a rehash of Shatner's wonderful 2012 documentary entitled The Captains The format is 30 minute segments on the 5 Captains; Shatner; Stewart, Mulgrew, Brooks and Bakula (New Captain Kirk, Chris Pine is seen in the Shatner half hour) so we get 2.5 hours of every Captain!

In addition it's not just Shatner in the half hour segments. They are beautifully woven together to tell a story from a 360 degree viewpoint augmented by other actors from the series as well as production team members from the series. This is a very comprehensive and thoroughly enjoyable production for any fan of the Star Trek series.

William Shatner has pulled off a coup yet again!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Actor William Shatner came up with an inspired idea in the documentary feature "The Captains." Adding a missing piece to the legacy of television's longest running space saga, the film united the six actors that have been featured as Captains in the show's various interpretations. Chris Pine from the current movies appeared in the full length film, but is not a notable part of the documentary series "The Captains Close Up." This five part series that appeared on the EPIX network (yeah, I don't know what that is either) is basically an expansion of the film. Each of the five episodes deals specifically with one of the TV captains. The interviews deal, obviously, with the Star Trek experience but also with their travails as actors in general. And Shatner steps forward both as subject and interviewer using footage he captured for the movie version.

The five included episodes are each approximately 30 minutes in length for a total program content of about 2 1/2 hours. In addition, there is some Bonus interview footage with Shatner that is exclusive to the DVD release.

The Five episodes are:
1) William Shatner: Star Trek
2) Patrick Stewart: The Next Generation
3) Avery Brooks: Deep Space Nine
4) Kate Mulgrew: Voyager
5) Scott Bakula: Enterprise

At the heart of the series is Shatner himself. He is, at once, the show's most valuable asset and one of its primary weaknesses. As a persona, he is as lively as ever. As an interviewer, however, he lacks a bit of focus constantly bringing any conversation back to what seems to be his favorite topic--himself. It is sometimes awkward, sometimes endearing. At the beginning of each interview, he seems to want to introduce some deep philosophical concept to make the casual get-togethers seem as if they are fraught with meaning. One of my favorite moments is when he is absolutely incredulous when Stewart says he was in an adult theater piece at the age of 12 (with bulging enthusiasm, "How did you get into a play with adults?" as if it were a strange concept for a budding thespian). Other odd moments include him singing along to Brooks' piano playing and the strangely sexist bend his interview with Mulgrew hits.

Through it all, though, Shatner is an enthusiastic guide. The interviews may lack some insight, as I've mentioned, but they are entertaining enough. "The Captains Close Up" is certainly an easy recommendation for Star Trek enthusiasts, perhaps less so for others. If you've seen the film version of "The Captains," you'll know exactly what to expect. If not, I might suggest that you sample that first. I'm not sure, having seen both the movie and now the series, that I felt both were essential. But again, if you're a fan, I suppose there are worse ways to spend your time. KGHarris, 8/13.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 1, 2013
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This is actually an update and more in-depth version of an earlier documentary done by William Shatner and it does a good job of adding on to the previous stories of the actors that have sat in the center chair. A must for any Star Trek fan. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2013
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I suppose you need to be a true trekkie to appreciate the content of this mini-series fully. It is almost entirely new content not previously used in the earlier movie release,"The Captains".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2014
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Captains Close Up admittedly is a little annoying for its double-dipping, as there was a shorter version of this--- but a prerequisite for someone to like a dvd like this of course is for someone who be really fascinated about actors and Star Trek in general. Since it is a double-dip, and since it looked like there was more (presumably) to the interviews, it would have been nice to have had more on this disc. Would have also been nice for Shatner to have had interviews with some of his co-stars about what they thought of him during his tenure on Trek- but since this is a Shatner production and since 3/4ths of the dvd cover has a giant closeup of him, it's foolish to NOT think that he would have treated his own 'mini-biography' with kid gloves. Would have been nice if there were a more objective director shooting this whole thing, but for what it is, we still get a lot of great tidbits (including one pretty horrible bit about how Kate Mulgrew was treated by Paramount and the execs on the last day of shooting Voyager) on very likeable actors that I didn't know about otherwise. Good..... but could have been even greater.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Shatner, aka JT Kirk TOS, gathers the Star Trek Captains for another session
of bantering, discussion, and fun about Star Trek. Great tie-in to the most recent Star Trek movie in 2013.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2013
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Video by William Shatner interviewing all of the Star Trek Captains from the TV series after ST-TOS.

Very well done and it holds your attention throughout. This is a recommended purchase for all Star Trek fans and it's not just about Shatner.
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on February 3, 2015
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Honestly, this DVD should've been part of "The Captains" to begin with; understand you needed to edit down the 1st film to fit broadcast limitations, but this material REALLY needed to be part of the whole, because it explained a great deal more behind these actors and how being in Star Trek affected them.

While some will pan William Shatner for being...William Shatner, this movie seems to be a breakthrough moment for him in really understanding what Star Trek (and Capt. Kirk) meant to the fans. (Unless he's that good of an actor and faking in...and in that case, give him some awards.)

The facts that fans don't seem to grok is how human all these people are, and that Trek was a moment in time for them, and a job, and that life carries on for them, and that all the glitz and glamor of fame aren't exactly what we civilians think they may be.

And, for you Avery Brooks haters...this extended interview with him is not to be missed. It's why, IMNSHO, The Sisko is the best of all the Trek captains.

If you're a Trek fan..get this DVD!
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I gave this five stars because it is a well don documentary about all the actors who played the part of Captain on the various Star Trek series. William Shatner (Capt. Kirk) produced and directed this film. His interviews are candid and insightful. If you are a Trekker as I am, then this is a must have for your collection.
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on April 23, 2014
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I own both of these Star Trek Captains dvds by William Shatner and enjoyed them both, although much of the footage is similar. Only William Shatner could have pulled off these very special interviews and I am glad he did! It gave me a renewed respect for this wildly energetic, inventive man who I also fondly still remember as Captain Kirk.
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