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Star Trek - Insurrection (1998)

Patrick Stewart , Jonathan Frakes , Jonathan Frakes  |  PG |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (575 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn
  • Directors: Jonathan Frakes
  • Writers: Michael Piller, Gene Roddenberry, Rick Berman
  • Producers: Patrick Stewart, Marty Hornstein, Michael Piller, Peter Lauritson
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 11, 1999
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (575 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000ILBK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,742 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Star Trek - Insurrection" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes featurette

Editorial Reviews

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 lighthearted plot for the TNG cast. 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.

It turns out there's a conspiracy afoot, masterminded by the devious, gruesomely aged Ru'afo (F. Murray Abraham, hamming it up under makeup resembling a cosmetic surgeon's worst nightmare), who's in cahoots with a renegade Starfleet admiral (Anthony Zerbe, in one of his final screen roles). They covet the fountain-of-youth power of the Ba'ku planet, but because their takeover plan violates Starfleet's Prime Directive of noninterference, it's up to Picard and crew to stop the scheme. Along the way, they all benefit from the metaphasic effect, which manifests itself as Worf's puberty (visible as a conspicuous case of Klingon acne), Picard's youthful romance with a Ba'ku woman (the lovely Donna Murphy), the touching though temporary return of Geordi's natural eyesight, and a moment when Troi asks Dr. Crusher if she's noticed that her "boobs are firming up."

Some fans scoffed at these humorous asides, but they're what make this Trek film as entertaining as it is slightly disappointing. Without the laughs (including Data's rousing excerpt from Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore), 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. As costar and director, Jonathan Frakes proves a capable carrier of the Star Trek flame--and it's nice to see women in their 40s portrayed as smart and sexy--but while this is surely an adequate Trek adventure, it doesn't quite rank with the best in the series. --Jeff Shannon

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107 of 117 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Updated to reflect new 6/7/05 Special Edition September 15, 2003
Please note: This review is for the Special Edition of "Star Trek: Insurrection" released 6/7/05 and was updated.

Most of these reviews of Insurrection damn the film with faint praise. It wasn't this, it wasn't that. The Federation wouldn't do this. There's petty squabbles about legal points, etc. Writer Michael Piller clearly uses Star Trek Insurrection, much as Roddenberry did, as a soapbox to decry the injustices visited upon others. Usually he'd use Star Trek as a analogy of what had occurred in the past or present.

The next to last installment in the "Trek" film franchise, "Star Trek: Insurrection" received a bad rap from the very beginning. Despite the fact that it was scripted by one of the series best writers (Michael Piller a producer and writer on "The Dead Zone") and directed by series vet/actor Jonathan Frakes the film was seen as disappointing as a follow up to the action driven "Star Trek: First Contact". While the film certainly lacks the intensity of "First Contact", the humor and thoughtfulness that drove some of the best episodes of the TV series remain remarkably intact. "Insurrection" certainly is much, much closer to an expanded bigger budget TV episode but it is by no means a bad "Trek" film.

Data (Brent Spiner) while on a covert mission to gather information on an alien race called the Ba'ku malfunctions and exposes the mission to the natives. It seems that the radiation belt that surrounds the planet is a fountain of youth reversing aging for those that live there. The Federation in collaboration with a race called the Son'a plan on relocating the Ba'ku so that the Federation can "harvest" the radiation belt and use it to cure people of illnesses. The leader of the Son'a Ru'afo (F.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply one of the best!!!!!!!! October 7, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I have read the reviews and they certainly are mixed. In my and my family's opinion (we are all trekkies) this movie is simply the best to date (pre-Nemesis). It has character instead of the usual pomp and circumstance (which I like as well). But, something was different here, there is a real cause, it provokes a real longing to see the right thing done. The acting was simply phenomenal. This is not your run of the mill sci-fi - simply much more. If you are just interested in visual effects - get a life and watch something boring. This one is way above the baseline. The movie doesn't rely simply on the techno skill of the special effects crew - it relies on the actors as well and the cause - a wonderful movie with a real heart. The people on this planet represent what we all might like to have - a real life of satisfaction away from the pressures and demands that drive us into the grave 20 years before our time - something worth fighting for.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sound over Substance. January 11, 2000
OK, lets face it. We want to love Star Trek movies because we feel so apart of the series. And for the most part, the movies just don't hit their mark. As a movie, this one probably ranks fourth in the series behind, Kahn, IV, and First Contact. But it's certainly not a bad film, which can't be said for about half of the Star Trek movies. However, if you have a sub woofer, surround sound speakers and are buying this for your 5.1 DVD... Pull out your wallet and get it. Star Trek is perfect for DVD. The Laser Fights, the Space Battles, the hiding in caves during an alien bombing give ample opportunity to be pounded into your chairs. In DVD no one can hear you scream, simply because the movie is so darn loud. I LOVE IT. So if you're a Star Trek fan or just someone who enjoys your home theater. Pull out your wallet and have a great time. However, if you don't have 5.1 DVD with all the trimmings, buy the wrath of Kahn, or simply go buy a better movie.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure and perfect Star Trek! September 10, 2013
Constantly being listed as one of the worst Star Trek films ever made, this movie could hardly be better. It embodies a perfect Star Trek story: a morality tale with an engaging dilemma, a cast of great chracters with a carefully cultivated, almost perfect chemistry, fantastic pacing and timing, great humor and photography, a beautiful score and a great message. It is the perfect follow-up to the SciFi horror actioner First Contact and clearly superior to both the overly constructed Generations and the somewhat underwhelming, sterile Nemesis. I believe this picture to be both a classic and the late Michael Piller's masterpiece, something which all the people involved with the teenage BS J.J. Abrams is serving nowadays should take a hard look at!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good ST:TNG Episode November 28, 1999
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This is a good Star Trek _episode_, meaning it would fit in very well as an episode of the tv series. It's not as flashy or dramatic as most of the movies, however. The story leans more toward the characters and their inter-relationships than toward big space battles. It's a movie for the long-term TNG fan, not the casual SF action movie fan. The story isn't terribly memorable, but does have some very nice character-developing moments for the Enterprise regulars. Worth watching and no where near living up to the "odd-numbered movie" curse!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
For STAR TREK: INSURRECTION (1998), unfortunately famous for Data saying the ultimate cheesy one-liner, "Lock & Load" (*cringe*), Jonathan "Two-Takes" Frakes, back in the director's chair, makes the atmosphere decidedly lighter. That's a good thing; however, after all is said and done in this, the ninth installment in the legendary STAR TREK film saga (and the third one featuring the "Next Generation" cast of characters), there is really not much meat on the bone. In this episode, which begins jarringly with a sudden murderous rampage by a malfunctioning android Lt. Commander Data (Brent Spiner, in not one of his finer moments as an actor here), the crew of the Enterprise "E" have beamed down to Planet Ba'ku and rather quickly become familiar with the peaceful residents of this planet. This planet is nicknamed "Paradise," correctly so because it has magical regenerative powers which prevent its people from aging and dying. These people, numbering only 600, are peaceful and seem to have a kind of neo-religious quality to their personalities, as they live in total harmony with nature and openly reject any kind of technology. (This leads to what is probably the best scene in the entire movie, as the Enterprise is revealed to be camouflaged to blend in with the lush surroundings!)
Anyway, as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (the always-wonderful Patrick Stewart) begins to get friendly with one of the eligible female Ba'ku residents, and Commander Will Riker (Frakes) and Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) get friendlier with each other (leading to a surprisingly sensual hot-tub scene), there is trouble brewing in Paradise: an incredibly ugly band of aliens known as the So'na, led by the especially monstrous Ru'afo (F.
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If you are a fan, buy this.
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Published 15 days ago by joseph ryman
5.0 out of 5 stars This film is a plus to the Star Trek ideal ...
This film is a plus to the Star Trek ideal. The film came in early time and without skips or pkg problem.Thanks to sender.
Published 20 days ago by Lark2011
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i love it
Published 24 days ago by Dragontopia
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't stand well on its own as a movie.
Felt more like it should have been an hour long episode from the series than it's own movie. Felt pretty flat compared to other movies in the Star Trek series.
Published 1 month ago by Richard Loomis
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek - Insurrection DVD
Received as expected. I have never heard of or knew about this DVD before purchase. Someone suggested it to me.
Published 1 month ago by James P. Blankenhorn
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Not the best, but figured I'd see the complete set of movies after the series. Worth the watch i guess.
Published 1 month ago by Michael Sizemore
4.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek - Insurrection Review
A Great Characters, Great Plot, Let's Us All Get Back To Gather Real Soon, Type Movie - I LOVE IT!
Published 1 month ago by Byron Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Better Than Star Trek
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