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  • Actors: William Shatner, Ira Steven Behr, George Takei, Stephen Hawking, Colm Meaney
  • Directors: Julian Jones
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Allumination
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M9BSBO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,126 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "How William Shatner Changed the World" on IMDb

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Legendary Star William Shatner, Captain Kirk of Star Trek television and movie fame, explores the questions: Could a TV show propel us into a real-life final frontier? Could a fictional captain change the way we interact with our world? Join William Shatner as he hosts this light-hearted look at how the fictional "U.S.S. Enterprise" and crew in reality inspired the world of science and today's technologies. From "communicator"-style flip phones, medical imaging, virtual reality, space-craft propulsion and more, this special explores how much of the Star Trek science fiction now permeates our everyday life and influences advanced sciences.

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With tongue firmly in cheek, How William Shatner Changed the World makes an entertaining and altogether convincing case for the positive influence of Star Trek. While the title may be slightly misleading, we can forgive Shatner's light-hearted self-promotion (based on his book I'm Working on That: A Trek from Science Fiction to Science Fact, written with Chip Walter) because this Emmy-nominated Discovery Channel program is such a constant pleasure to watch, not just for devoted Trekkies but for anyone with a passion for exploration, innovation, and the promise of the future. Originally broadcast in November 2005, the program serves a dual purpose, chronicling the history of Star Trek since its TV premiere in 1966, and demonstrating how series creator Gene Roddenberry's hopeful vision of the future has affected millions of lives, influenced the development of modern technologies, and shaped our future by presenting an inspirational example of humanity's potential.

As he cruises around Los Angeles in a burgundy-colored Aston Martin DB8, Shatner (in the capable hands of director Julian Jones) introduces us to a wide variety of people whose bright, forward-thinking careers were inspired by Star Trek. Along with personal observations by Star Trek veterans George Takei ("Sulu"), Walter Koenig ("Chekov"), writer D.C. Fontana, and Next Generation alumnus Jonathan Frakes, these top scientists, inventors, and space explorers are combined with Shatner's lively narration and highly humorous editing of Star Trek film clips, archival footage, and expert testimonies to show how Star Trek's fiction has had a ripple effect on scientific fact. As a breezy primer on the cultural, technological, and scientific impact of Star Trek, How William Shatner Changed the World is more entertaining than purely educational, but it's still an excellent program for family viewing and classrooms alike, guaranteed to open bright, young minds to a dazzling universe of exciting possibilities. --Jeff Shannon

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"Ditto" all 4 & 5-star comments!
Susan A. McKeen
This has so many interesting tidbits in it about the influence of Trek and Shatner is such an obnoxious jewel.
E. Lawrence
The result is an informative, funny and often inspiring view of what it REALLY means to live "in the future."
Geena

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Geena on January 26, 2007
Format: DVD
This show originally aired on The Discovery Channel. In it, William Shatner hosts an hour-long program about how the technology and ideas presented in classic Star Trek have affected both real-world technology and our ideas about what is possible in the future. Footage of the erstwhile Captain Kirk goofing on his own image (that guy has very possibly the BEST sense of humor about himself of any celebrity) is intercut with interviews and documentary-style footage (narrated by Shatner, of course) of real scientists and engineers (many of whom, you will be unsurprised to learn, were inspired as youngsters by the original Star Trek series). The result is an informative, funny and often inspiring view of what it REALLY means to live "in the future."

It's good to be reminded that the lives we live now used to be someone else's future, and the future we look forward to is a place where people are going to live.

Highly recommended.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Kendall S. Keane on May 17, 2007
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The program, How William Shatner Changed the World is great. I have shown it to my Students in my Astronomy classes while we talk about space explortation and the future. I wanted my students to see how our facination with space has influenced our daily lives and how it affected our technology and it's change over time. All of my students were mesmerized and enthralled through the whole show. They loved it.

Thanks William Shatner,

Sincerely,

Kendall Keane

Science Teacher

East High School

Wichita, KS
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Christopher T. Mancill on May 13, 2007
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This documentary does an excellent job of showing how real-life scientists were inspired by inventions shown on Star Trek. Shatner is a delightful host, too, moving us swiftly and humorously between segments. I plan on using parts of this DVD when teaching my classes this fall.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Embry on February 22, 2008
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I initially watched this on cable, and after viewing my DVD copy, came away somewhat disappointed that the DVD version is edited, having left out or abbreviated at least two scenes. As an example, why did the editors of this DVD leave in Shatner's utterance of foul language (g--d---) and a brief and not necessarily funny scene of group nudity, yet completely excise a really funny scene in which the camera is panning a landscape over which Shatner is heard talking, only for the camera to settle on the closed door of an industrial outhouse? The door opens and there is Shatner holding an opened newspaper, still talking, and yes, sitting on the can. But, alas, you and I are deprived of this and remain a victim of some questionable editing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Ruddick on June 8, 2010
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The first half of the video is a fascinating look at how Star Trek inspired the invention of cell phones, personal computers, and medical imaging devices. It's enhanced by the appearance of some of the actual inventors of those seminal devices (though, sadly, no Steve Wozniak). This part is delightful and of special interest to those who study the interaction of the arts and technology.

The second half concentrates on the evolution of Star Trek from Roddenberry's original vision (through TNG) and then its slow decline through subsequent spin-offs. This section might be of interest to Trekkers and others who are interested in art criticism.

The first half is made lively by William Shatner's over-the-top narration and some rather quirky (perhaps irritating) directing; the second half tones it down noticeably.

All in all, it's an enjoyable watch for me, a humanities prof who enjoyed the original Star Trek, the TNG spin-off, and several of the movies (my favorite was IV). I purchased it primarily to show the first section in some of my classes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Georgia Ayres on July 14, 2013
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om Mr. Shatner's view's on what Star Trek's effect on society may be realistic to a point but I honestly don't agree with everything he has to say. He does have some interesting things to say & he has some interesting things to make. I am not sure if I would recommend it to someone who is not a true Trekkie fan. If an individual is not a true Trekkie fan, I'm not sure they would enjoy the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Winsor on October 19, 2012
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Bought this for a friend who loves William Shatner and Star Trek. If you do not, then pass this by. For those who love Shatner and Star Trek, the price justifys the purchase. Just one more to add to the collection.
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Yes, my fellow Trekkies/Trekkers/Fans, this DVD is a must have for your Trek collection. It is just a really cool, well put-together documentary about how a lot of science today was inspired by Trek. It is amazing how many things we use today all came from someone watching probably the greatest TV franchise ever. It has actually benefitted (is that a word?) humanity! Shatner is a fun host and everything said and done is interesting.

The interviews are great, and it just isn't science stuff. George Takei, Walter Koenig, Kate Mulgrew and Jonathan Frakes are also interviewed. I highly recommend this DVD. I've seen it many times, and it isn't boring yet. In fact, I usually like watching this Doc when nothing else is on TV.
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