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Star Trek - The Next Generation Movie Collection (Generations / First Contact / Insurrection)

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Star Trek: Generations
There were only two ways for "classic Trek" cast members to appear in a movie with the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation: either Capt. Kirk and his contemporaries would have to be very, very old, or there would be some time travel involved in the plot. Since geriatric heroes aren't very exciting, Star Trek: Generations unites Capt. Kirk (William Shatner) and Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) in a time-jumping race. When the just-retired Kirk is happily trapped in the timeless purgatory of the Nexus, Picard must convince him to leave this artificial comfort zone and confront Dr. Soran (Malcolm McDowell), the madman who will threaten billions of lives. Passing the torch to the Next Generation with dignity and entertaining adventure, the movie isn't going to please everyone with its somewhat hokey plot, but it still ranks as a worthy big-screen launch for Picard and his stalwart crew.

Star Trek: First Contact
Even-numbered Star Trek movies tend to be better, and this one (number eight in the popular movie series) is no exception--an intelligently handled plot involving the galaxy-conquering Borg and their attempt to invade Earth's past, alter history, and "assimilate" the entire human race. Time travel, a dazzling new Enterprise, and capable direction by Next Generation alumnus Jonathan Frakes makes this one rank with the best of the bunch. Capt. Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his able crew travel back in time to Earth in the year 2063, where they hope to ensure that the inventor of warp drive (played by James Cromwell) will successfully carry out his pioneering flight and precipitate Earth's "first contact" with an alien race. Sharply conceived to fit snugly into the burgeoning Star Trek chronology, First Contact leads to a surprise revelation that marks an important historical chapter in the ongoing mission "to boldly go where no one has gone before."

Star Trek: Insurrection
Star Trek fans were decidedly mixed in their reactions to this, the ninth big-screen feature in Paramount's lucrative Trek franchise, but die-hard loyalists will appreciate the way this Next Generation adventure rekindles the spirit of the original Trek TV series while combining a tolerable dose of New-Agey philosophy with a light-hearted plot. This time out, Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his executive crew must transport to a Shangri-la-like planet to see why their android crewmate Data (Brent Spiner) has run amuck in a village full of peaceful Ba'ku artisans who--thanks to their planet's "metaphasic radiation"--haven't aged in 309 years. Many humorous asides make this film as entertaining as it is slightly disappointing. Without the laughs, this is a pretty routine entry in the franchise, with no real surprises, a number of plot holes, and the overall appearance of a big-budget TV episode. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

  • Contains Three Star Trek Generation Films (see individual title listings for complete details):
  • Generations (1994, Letterbox 2.35:1, 117 min.), First Contact (1996, Anamorphic 2.35:1, 113 min.) and Insurrection (1998, Anamorphic 2.35:1, 103 min.)

Product Details

  • Actors: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, William Shatner
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: April 9, 2002
  • Run Time: 331 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305609659
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,377 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Star Trek - The Next Generation Movie Collection (Generations / First Contact / Insurrection)" on IMDb

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With three movies under their belts after taking over the cinematic franchise, I think the NextGen crew has done a decent if not consistently good job of continuing the legacy of `Trek on the big screen. Even though they had the semi-misfortune of starting off their celluloid voyages with an odd-numbered sequel, I thought `Generations' wasn't half-bad (Now I'm sure there's some nitpickers who're saying, "Wait a minute... Paramount quit numbering the sequels when NextGen entered the scene!" That may be so, but for many fans, myself included, the curse of the odd-numbered sequels still stands!). Data's coming to grips with his new-found emotions made for some of the silliest `Trek comedy I've ever had the fortune of watching!
Being a big fan of the Borg in general and Picard's Borg alter-ego Locutus in particular, my nod for fave NextGen flick naturally goes to `First Contact'. The super-hammin' "The line must be drawn HERE!" scene is one of the greatest moments of `Trek overacting. I daresay it puts some of Kirks' best moments of method acting to shame!
I've discussed `First Contact' with other fanboys at the local nerd herd corral (read: comic-book shop), any many of them didn't like the fact that Zefrem Cochrane, the guy who invented warp drive in the Star Trek universe, is portrayed as an alcoholic with dreams of avarice. Personally, I found his alcoholism and lack of joviality & enthusiasm to reflect the post-nuclear-holocaust era he lived in. It also showed that he was flawed- he wasn't perfect, as all human beings are and likely will always be. There's also rumors that Cochrane is an allegory of Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, who's been portrayed as a booze-binging, pill-popping womanizer in more than a few unauthorized tell-all biographies.
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If you are a Trekkie and don't have these three movies yet, it would be a good idea to get this pack. fans of the original star trek series and the first 6 star trek movies (who probably don't like the next generation much anyway) might discourage you from buying the pack. however as a fan of the next generation series and the occasional reader of the books, I found these movie to be very well done and worth owning on DVD. Generations: is the perfect transition between the original Star Trek and The Next Generation. First Contact is my favorite, it has satisfied my curiosity about the Borg! Insurrection: on the outside it's about preserving a small settlement of humans on a planet that everyone have their eyes on! but if you look deeper, it's like any other episode of the TV series, it has a moral point summerised by Picard's question: who the hell are we to decide the next course of evolution for these poeple?
eventually, the choice is yours: to miss out on a great adventure or to go where no man or borg has gone before!
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This box set is a much better value for the money than buying the 3 films separately. When the "Classic crew" made their last film in "The Undiscovered Country", many were hoping "The Next Generation crew" would start moving to the big screen. As was the series, these 3 films of Picard and company are excellent. Although many expected to see both crews complete in "Generations", just seeing Shatner and Stewart play off each other is a ball. By the way Whoopi Goldberg's Guinan appears unbilled, but it's the same character she played in the series beginning in the second season. By the way those of you watching DS9 and wonder where Worf got promoted, it's in this movie. Also, yes that is Tim Russ soon to be of Voyager on the Enterprise B in the opening segment. Seeing the Duras sisters finally get their reward is worthwhile. (fans of the series know what this means). By the way a Star Trek Generations CD game was made after the movie and is even more fun. It includes clips from the movie. First Contact and Insurrection are excellent too. Although Glenn Corbett's Cochrane from the Classic Trek episode Metamorphosis is more convincing I think than Cromwell's in First Contact. Look for more of the Borg Queen on Voyager too.
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Generations is what I would consider the good movie in this set. Insurrection is a little better. The best by far is First Contact. Everything about the Borg is creepy - I love them!
If you are looking for a COMPLETE Star Trek movie boxset - I don't recommend this set. However if you simply want to just own the first 3 TNG movies - than this will do the trick. I do think all 3 movies are very well done, which is the reason for 5 stars.
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I slightly prefer The Next Generation crew over the crew of the original series, and the quality of their movies is about on par with the original crew's. As it goes, Star Trek: Generations is a good, solid sci-fi/adventure. It's got some intriguing ideas, tons of stunning visuals and thrilling action sequences (the crash sequence is simply awesome), and a memorable meeting between the present and past captains of the U.S.S Enterprise. It is hampered by a somewhat slow beginning and the obvious plot holes in the climax, but it's atoned for by the poignant death of one of the most beloved characters of Star Trek lore.
It's Star Trek: First Contact that not only firmly settles The Next Generation crew as a force to be reckoned with, it also represents Star Trek at its very best. From the visually mesmerizing opening scene to the heart-pounding conclusion, First Contact is a first-rate, action-packed thrill ride. The Borg make for a genuinely frightening villain, and director Jonathan Frakes nicely pumps the tension up, building suspense scene upon scene. The film's most memorable setpiece, a battle on the ship's hull, is the most exciting sequence of the entire Star Trek series. A must see, even if you're not a Trek fan.
Star Trek: Insurrection, as a follow-up to First Contact, is a massive disappointment. The story simply doesn't hold interest, the conflict is silly and a total bore, and Ru'afo, the movie's villain, is easily the weakest antagonist of the entire series. Lackluster as much of the movie is, there are still several things I'm willing to give it credit for.
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