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Star Trek: Generations (Laserdisc) (1994)

3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (354 customer reviews)

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  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (354 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303899110
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577,964 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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42 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Boldly going where ST: TOS went before September 7, 2004
Boldly going where "Star Trek-The Original Series" had gone before, "Generations" allows us to watch the passing of the torch. The Next Generation cast took the big screen but not center stage in the first feature of this television series. The real attraction here was the death of a beloved Trek icon-Captain James T. Kirk. As the film begins Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) along with former crewmates Scotty (James Doohan) and Checkov (Walter Koenig) are along on the ride for the launch of the newly commissioned Enterprise-B. When two ships signal that they need help, the Enterprise-B, despite the fact that it hasn't been outfitted with the rudimentary defense mechanisms, is ordered to help the two troubled passenger ships. New Captain John Harriman (Alan Ruck) reluctantly zooms to their aid. With news cameras from every network on Earth covering the launch of the ship, Kirk feels compelled to step in and help the inexperienced crew save the lives on the ships in distress. Unfortunately, Kirk appears to be killed in the process.

About 80 years later the crew of the USS Enterprise is celebrating the promotion of Lt. Commander Worf on the holodeck, Captain Jean Luc-Picard receives some disturbing news during the celebration; his nephew, brother and sister-in-law have been killed in a fire. The celebration is cut short when the Enterprise is ordered to help a research station under fire from Romulans. As the ship arrives, they discover everyone on the research vessel dead except Dr. Tolian Soren (Malcolm McDowell). It turns out that he is the cause of the attack and he's develop a dangerous new weapon that can cause a sun to go nova within minutes. He plans on using it to somehow harness the power of something called the Nexus ribbon.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great transition! September 6, 2002
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Star Trek Generations is simply a great transition movie, handing the torch from Captain Kirk and crew to Captain Picard and crew. While not living up completely to what we the fans wanted, that doesn't really matter. That is the case in most of the movies. Especially the odd numbered ones for some strange cosmic reason. We all knew the Galaxy Class Enterprise 1701-D had to go. It was simply not made for the silver screen. I was personally hoping that more of the original series crew could've made it for the opening sequence. The scenes between Kirk and Picard were very well done. If I remember correctly, this was also the first time that we'd heard Captain Sulu's first name. Patrick Stewart once again showed the depth of his acting abilities with the death of his character's brother and nephew. It's a little disturbing to see Captain Picard basically recieve a beating from Soren. After watching Kirk fight many a people and win over the years. Malcolm McDowell, Soren played a very good, tortured villain. And yes, Captain Kirk said in Star Trek V The Final Frontier that he always knew he'd die alone. And that was the case, he was alone in the sense the Spock and McCoy weren't there. The way Kirk died did seem a little melodramatic for the character. Overall though, a very good transition movie. I would suggest that if you'd like a few more of the details, I believe you can still get a copy of the book. It does bring to light some of the things that were glossed over on the screen.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Trek film, but very underrated October 10, 2004
As a theatrical movie, "Star Trek Generations" fails - it feels more like a long TV episode - mostly due to the re-appearance of the Duras sisters. This was, quite possibly, the worst aspect of this film. They're fun characters, but their presence, let alone villainy, is hardly on the same level as General Chang (Star Trek VI).

The commentary and special features also point out tha some dr Sorin/Geordi torture scenes were cut. This is a shame as this would have added much a needed sense of "We hate your guts" to Sorin, who is more or less a character we'd much rather give our pity to because of his plight!

Guinan is also awkwardly handled. Remember, her and the El Aurians' had escaped the Borg. Just how far were they travelling before the Federation found them, on their doorstop no less? (I'm assuming an earlier (unseen) hailing had the El Aurians told Starfleet who they were, as it makes no sense for Starfleet to otherwise know what species this is.) Anyway, Guinan says it's impossible to get back into the nexus and that she has to live with it and Sorin must be convinced of it. But in the same scene she says that to Picard, she also says "If you go in, you won't want to leave" - so we now know Picard will be going on.

In short, the plot is a mess and the revised ending gives Shatner to deliver a nice speech at the end. (Fortunately, we get to see the original ending, which is good as the original ending is far more dramatic, and ironic.)

And why aren't the trailers included?! Couldn't Paramount have waited an extra week or two for the clearances to be approved? Given the amount of 'deleted scenes' material, it seems goofy that a trailer couldn't be cleared.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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The second half-hour rambles, and they should have ditched the subplot with Data's emotions chip, but this film was still vastly more ambitious and emotionally moving than the Borg-based shoot-em-up that followed. Such moments as Ensign Sulu's shock and grief as she realizes that Kirk is gone, Picard's bereavement, and the grave moment in which Picard realizes the choice he has to make (stay in an illusion of the joyous family he always wanted, and allow 200 million to die in the "real" world, or leave to try again to save them), are intensely moving. For those who need a lot of white-knuckler explosions and crewmen flying over the railing, the half-destruction and crash landing of the Enterprise-D more than delivers. The cinematography is at times quite beautiful (Troi comforting Picard, the astral cartography room, and Picard's Christmas home), and even Dennis McCarthy's often subdued scoring seems appropriate to this more subtle installment. This movie requires an attention span and an interest in high-concept science fiction (the Nexus is a welcome derivative of P. Jose Farmer's "Riverworld"), and so bored to tears those for whom Star Trek only means space dogfights at warp speed and sparring characters. The planet in peril (Veridian 4) should have been something we saw and cared about (e.g., why not Vulcan?), the producers lost a great opportunity to have Riker, Troi and Worf standing on the surface of the ruined Enterprise, watching resignedly as the deadly shock wave rips across the planet to envelop them, and Kirk's death needed more bit more blaze-of-glory, but I still found myself dearly sorry for him as he muttered his last, "Oh, my..." For a fleeting moment, I held onto a touch of hope that the rumors were false. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie. Will watch it for years.
Published 28 days ago by Judy Whann
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek VII: Generations
Great movie for all you Trekies out there. I love watching the old team in action. I recommend to everyone who loves Star Trek.
Published 1 month ago by D. Fidderman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I love this movie. It was great to see the cast from the original and later series working together for a great production.
Published 1 month ago by Matt Goodwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek fan
What can I say - it is Star Trek! Although the original series went off the air before I was old enough to understand it I got hooked on the reruns and that started my life long... Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. J. Primus
5.0 out of 5 stars Shattner and Patrick are the movie
Much of the story has major gaps in logic and seems very much contrived. On the merits of the story alone I would give this movie 2 stars, only 1 if not for Star Trek the motion... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Thomas Creech
3.0 out of 5 stars ok as a link to the past and TNG
So much prelude and not enough melody. Ok to acknowledge Kirk and relay to the new cast. Storyline not strong enough for two hours.
Published 3 months ago by Sally Knauf
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie!
Good movie...I really prefer the original series and movies! but this is still a good sci-fi flick and worth watching.
Published 4 months ago by Dan Aiken
5.0 out of 5 stars Dual generations = Twice the entertainment
I am a Star Trek fan so my rating will be higher due to that fact.
Two captains of the Enterprise battle last second odds while the next gen crew fight a second enemy to aid... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Leonard Dijoseph
5.0 out of 5 stars Not on Amazon Prime
Wish to see the film however It was not on my Amazon Prime. SO I had to pay for it. Free on Hulu Plus and Netflix. another reason to switch.
Published 4 months ago by Lyle
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