A two-disc collectable box set containing exclusive bonus features, STAR TREK GENERATIONS - SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION fast forwards to the 23rd century, uniting crew members from the original series with the Next Generation crew. In STAR TREK GENERATIONS - SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION, a test run takes an unexpected turn when the starship encounters two vessels trapped inside the Nexus, a mysterious energy ribbon. During a perilous rescue attempt, Kirk is swept out into space. Seven decades later, captain Jean-Luc Picard (Stewart) and the crew of Enterprise-D rescue an El Aurian physicist named Soran (McDowell). Unbeknownst to Picard, Soran harbors a deadly plan that includes the destruction of the Enterprise and millions of lives. Picard's only hope for a future lies within the Nexus.
Like all the previous Star Trek
two-disc special editions, Generations
is a significant improvement over the initial release, with an anamorphic widescreen picture and the first-ever DTS soundtrack for a Trek
DVD. The audio commentary is by longtime Next Generation
writers Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore, who were tapped to script the film. While they may not have the star power of the directors and actors who have done commentaries in this series, they do have a lot of insider TNG
information and don't shy from admitting what they thought worked and didn't work (the technical talk is "definitely our show at its worst"). The four deleted scenes offer a more macho entrance for Kirk, a humorous bit with Data, a poignant scene of Picard's possible future, and an alternate--and duller--ending that has a slightly different outcome from the film. Not surprisingly, many of the other features have a strong Enterprise
slant, including a history of the ship's lineage, a tribute to original art director Matt Jeffries, and examinations of the famous scene through storyboards and behind-the-scenes footage. --David Horiuchi