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Mind Meld - Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime (2001)

William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy , Peter Jaysen  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Billy West
  • Directors: Peter Jaysen
  • Producers: William Shatner, Peter Jaysen, Rich Tackenberg, Scott Zakarin
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Goldhill Home Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V9HD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,162 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mind Meld - Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime" on IMDb

Special Features

  • William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy biographies
  • "The Making Of" featurette

Editorial Reviews

Tailored to the most hard-core Star Trek fans, Mind Meld gets you up close and personal with the stars of the original television series. Its premise? Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner sitting together and having a quiet, earthy chat about old times. There isn't much new information about the show--though old cast resentments are addressed--but viewers learn a great deal about the personal lives of everyone's favorite spacemen. The two discuss the pressures of filming a weekly show and the difficulties of maintaining one's dignity as an actor while wearing pointy ears. The personalities of both men shine through and it becomes obvious why they were cast as they were; Nimoy really is more thoughtful and reserved, while Shatner is extroverted and showy. The best part of Mind Meld is witnessing the genuine fondness the two men share for each other. It's clear that they really were (and are) best friends, even when the cameras stopped rolling. --Ali Davis

Product Description

Mind Meld: Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime is an unprecedented 75-minute examination of the impact the Star Trek experience has had on the franchise's most celebrated participants: William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. These two stars have arguably embodied the brightest icons in the sci-fi universe; Shatner as passionate Captain James T. Kirk, and Nimoy as logical-minded, half Vulcan Mr. Spock. Now, in an unprecedented candid conversation at Nimoy's Beverly Hills home, these two icons of popular culture share with each other, and the viewers, the behind-the-scenes adventures of one of the greatest franchises in entertainment history.

They discuss:
The Phenomenon: How Star Trek meaningfully changed their careers, their very lives.
The Creative Battles: The pressures of making a landmark weekly series. The challenges of bringing back Star Trek as a movie franchise.
The Original Crew: Rivalries, jealousies and conflicts between the original cast and creators.
The Personal Impact: Pressures on their families and friends. Struggles with personal demons and addictions.
The Final Frontiers: Lives reviewed. Facing death. Remembering their Star Trek co-star DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy) and the legacies both men hope to leave behind.

Shot in beautiful high-definition video, this lush production features rare personal photographs that span the careers of the two men, as well as a visit into Nimoy's study filled with memorabilia of the incredible voyage they shared. Most of all, these two passionate actors reveal the incredible bond that was the cornerstone of their success; the trust, the friendship, and the ability to consistently challenge each other to boldly go where neither man has gone before. 75 minutes.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent project with Nimoy and Shatner... October 31, 2002
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Nimoy and Shatner, sitting around and discussing their careers and mutual friendship. At first, one might think that this disc would be a boring, PC rehash of info all Trek fans have heard about a million times over. No so!
The actors discuss personal issues both on set and off, failed marriages, alcoholism, and other events they were affected by both during Trek and post-Trek. Much of the discussion is about things even the most hard-core fans had never known about until now.
Even the rest of the famous sci-fi cast comes in for scrutiny, as the two Titans of Trek discuss why they aren't close to the supporting cast. Shatner and Nimoy candidly talk about the animosity from the other actors, animosity that Shatner finds himself puzzled by.
But it doesn't stop there. They also talk about their different acting approaches; Nimoy, consumed by character, Shatner, turning character on and off like a switch. I found this a particularly interesting insight into the two men, and the characters they played. Nimoy really does embody some of the Spock intellect, artistry, professionalism, and inner turmoil. Shatner really does embody a Kirk-like energy and zest for life, almost gung ho in his attempt to have it all. Nimoy at peace with himself, Shatner still reaching for the brass ring.
One annoying curiosity is that, although dedicated to him at the end, there is little or no discussion about the late DeForest Kelley. A similar annoyance was pervasive in Shatner's recent Trek book, "Get a Life!", which supposedly covered Trek conventions and the cast's reaction to them. Kelley's views were noticably absent.
It could be that the men wanted to focus on their personal relationship here, or that they weren't all that close to the late actor.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars To Boldly Go To......Nimoy's Backyard June 20, 2002
I received this little gem as a gift, and the thought of Leonard Nimoy & William Shatner sitting around a backyard and reminiscing about their days as Enterprise crew members seemed a bit odd to shell out money for. Really, unless you were a true hard-core fan who'd have spent money for an hour of these two guys talking?
However, it really is a genuine surprise as you see these Sci Fi legends talk and act like two normal everyday guys. Granted, there are some canned questions and talking points they hit upon which no doubt were pre-determined, but the casualness and what appears to be pure honesty is not only surprisingly refreshing, but soon you get the feeling that Nimoy and Shatner really are best friends and you forget you're actually watching this as a spectator because you really get interested in what they have to say.
The legendary egotism of Shatner does not appear to be warranted here and if this truly is a representation of Shatner as a person, then many claims towards him are easily debunked as jealousy from the media and other cast members. He touches on this briefly and I found myself sympathetic of his feelings as how he feels about the claims of other cast members.
But the whole interview between them does not always revolve around Star Trek. They touch on their personal lives including their children, their marriages, personal problems and triumphs off camera. Also they discuss their battles and interactions with the studio execs, the public, the media, and their own dreams and aspiration both prior to Star Trek, and now after.
Definitely something to learn about both actors are revealed here that one would never read in the pages of Starlog, or seen at a convention.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great look at the two who made Star Trek! July 11, 2002
For a true Star Trek fan this DVD is a fantastic way to spend a mere 75 minutes of your time. I thought I followed Star Trek pretty well, however, I did not know that Leonard Nimoy had gone through an alcohol problem. I wasn't truely aware that he'd seemingly had a lot of anger and confidence problems during those early years. William Shatner seemed like he was talking but more or less leading an interview with his friend. I personally do not believe that he didn't see or feel the animosity that the other cast members had for him. Overall though this is a very enlightening DVD and I recommend it to all Star Trek fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Validation February 18, 2002
I stumbled across this by pure accident, absent mindedly thumbing through a bin I had never meant to look through. After seeing the cover, I thought I was dreaming. I have EVERY Star Trek dvd (even the 40 Volume episode discs) and had no hope of finding this in a search engine because the words "Star" and "Trek" are nowhere to be found.
I am a Trekker through and through. My walls are covered with various memorbilia, but something had always bothered me inside about Star Trek. It was the fact that somehow I felt let-down by the very people I looked up too. My heroes, the very people who created this fervor, had never seemed to embrace it, in fact they had always seemed to distance themselves from it. I never got the impression that, outside of the movies or shows, these very heroes were even civil, let alone kind with one another. How wrong I was (for the most part). After watching this I have a renewed vigor for the show. Leonard and William actually admit to a sort of brotherly love for one another. I always hoped they had shared this, but never thought they did. I am astounded by the things I have learned by watching this. Yes, there are some "rehashed" bits we have all heard before, but much that wasn't known.
The sound quality here is quite good, and works well. However, I take away one star for the person who decided "chapter skips" were not essential. Thats right, when you want to view this get ready to view the whole 75 minutes in one sitting. You can't even use the "last memory" feature, or a "time skip"! Ridiculous.
There are some behind the scenes bits that are great, but the ending of the "main feature" was what I've been waiting years to see, validation. Validation that things can be as we hope they would be, that heroes can be brothers, and even more importantly, that brothers can be friends.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
OK Bill, what are you asking?
Published 1 month ago by Alan Sehmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Dvd in good shape, also signed by William Shatner
Published 2 months ago by Jay Novelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Trekky all the way
You can see the great comradirie these two guys have for each other. I like the sit down heart to heart talk between Shatner and Nimoy, makes me feel like I am in a chair right... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Philip A. Cressey Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal incite
Very well done,two friends remembering the good old days. To listen was like sitting in Nimoy's backyard after a dinner.
Published 5 months ago by Ruth Bilodeau
5.0 out of 5 stars I like it
I will say first that it is amazing that these two have decided to speak on their lives and have it recorded. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Couch
2.0 out of 5 stars ZZzzzzzz I went to sleep, Captain
Bill and Leonard just sit and talk about a few things, but there isn't much here that is interesting. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Shmuel Goldstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Candid interview between two friends & actors
Spock and Kirk get the last word each in this candidate interview/discussion on their relationship over the decades since Star Trek - The Original Series. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Michael E. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable, intimate conversastion
This DVD gave exactly what it said it would. An exchange of ideas between the two Star Trek stars in a relaxed setting in which they discussed their work together during and after... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Shelly Reuben
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Star Trek documentary ever!
Don't waste your time on The Captains or other "Star Trek" behind the scenes videos. This is the true history of Star Trek, as told by the only two actors who were there... Read more
Published 13 months ago by John P.
5.0 out of 5 stars a team on and off the screen
If the star trek original cast is your favorite then this dvd is perfect for you. The interaction between Nimoy and Shatner is fun too watch and you get a very rare view of what... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Marcs student
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