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Star Trek V - The Final Frontier (1989)

William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy  |  PG |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (424 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • 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: April 20, 1999
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (424 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305350205
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,830 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Movie critic Roger Ebert summed it up very succinctly: "Of all of the "Star Trek" movies, this is the worst." Subsequent films in the popular series have done nothing to disprove this opinion; we can be grateful that they've all been significantly better since this film was released in 1989. After Leonard Nimoy scored hits with "Star Trek III" and "IV", William Shatner used his contractual clout (and bruised ego) to assume directorial duties on this mission, in which a rebellious Vulcan (Laurence Luckinbill) kidnaps Federation officials in his overzealous quest for the supreme source of creation. That's right, you heard it correctly: "Star Trek V" is about a crazy Vulcan's search for God. By the time Kirk, Spock, and their Federation cohorts are taken to the Great Barrier of the galaxy, this journey to "the final future" has gone from an embarrassing prologue to an absurd conclusion, with a lot of creaky plotting in between. Of course, die-hard Trekkies will still allow this movie into their video collections; but they'll only watch it when nobody else is looking. After this humbling experience, Shatner wisely relinquished the director's chair to "Star Trek II"'s Nicholas Meyer. "--Jeff Shannon"

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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Its Reputation September 12, 1999
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Format:DVD
Kirk v. God, and Kirk wins? An egotistical set up for a movie, but Trek V is better than it's reputation. The film has several positive attributes which are often overlooked:
1) A strong emphasis on character development, particularly with Spock, Kirk and McCoy. The campfire scenes are classic, and there are few moments in the film series which match the drama of McCoy confronting his "inner pain."
2) Final Frontier was the closest in spirit to the original series. The plot and (unfortunately) the special effects are reminiscent of such classic Trek episodes as "Who Mourns For Adonis."
3) Sybok, the "passoinate Vulcan" and half-brother of Spock, is an intriguing antagonist for the main characters.
4) Jerry Goldsmith delivered what I feel is his best Trek score for this installment.
What's keeping this movie from being one of the best in the Trek cannon?
1) The worst special effects put on film since the invention of the motion control camera.
2) A somewhat anti-climactic climax. (The original script called for a big FX battle between Kirk and a flock of gargoyles summoned by the God Monster, but it was cut for budget.)
3) Not revealing Kirk's "secret pain" feels like a cheat (although his "I need my pain" speech was good).
4) A couple of embarrasing moments for the Trek supporting crew-- Scotty bonks his head and knocks himself out? Uhura, who otherwise gets her best Trek movie role, as an exotic dancer? Puh-lease!
We'll never see it, but it would be great if Paramount would spend a few million to create a "special edition" with improved special effects and the original ending.
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77 of 92 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cap'tin!, I canna take much more! November 8, 2001
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So much potential, wasted.
This could've been a really good film if only. If only they'd thrown out everything, or at least almost everything. Here's a few of things that will take away from your enjoyment of Star Trek 5, LAMBADA, I mean "The Final Frontier"
The special effects are sub par. There's a few shots of the Enterprise near the beginning that aren't bad, particularly the beauty shot of the ship and the moon, nice touch. But unfortunately, it's one of the few actual shots of the Enterprise you will see in ST5. Here's a hint for the producers of Trek. Fans like the ship, we like to see the ship, please include exterior shots of the ship in your films whenever possible. Other effects include the horrible "planet" beyond the "great effects barrier" that looks more like a visual depiction of Vicks Vapor-action than a planet. Really all the effects seem quite crude in comparison to other trek films; maybe they blew the budget getting Shatner to direct.
The story lacks a villain. Sybok, the happy Vulcan, is about as close as you'll get to one here. The problem with Sybok is, he really isn't dangerous and you'll find his laugh intoxicating. There's also a stupid sub-plot with a rogue Klingon; Captain Krunch or something like that. He's about as threatening as a french poodle with the hairstyle to match. Cap'n Krunch's main purpose in this movie seems to be to blast an ancient Voyager-style space probe(like V'Ger from ST:TMP) into bits. Maybe in a future film a Voyager-style probe will be kind enough to blast an ancient copy of ST5 into dust. There's an even more stupid sub, sub-plot involving the Klingon William Conrad, the henchman from Titanic and some Romulan Babe on planet Nimrod-3 which looks a lot like Tatooine. Its all pretty lame!
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moronic, or Misunderstood? November 21, 2003
Format:DVD
With the new release of the Special Collector's Edition of Star Trek V on DVD, I thought it would be a good time to review the picture.
What can I say? ST:5 is weak on many levels.
First, the ship's crew is way too small, less than a skeleton crew (they had like, what, five trainees besides the Classic cast?). Second, the ship is far more buggy than it should be. It's not as if General Dynamics builds these things, after all, it's suppossed to be a starship! A few bugs, sure, but to be in as bad a shape as the new ship is strains credibility.
Then there's the whole "barrier" thing. As any Trek fan worth his toy tricorder knows, the "barrier" is not at the center of the galaxy, but at the edge. It's also supposed to be pink, not Indiglo blue. Of course, they simply should have called this new "barrier" something else, but be that as it may, this kind of slip highlights a certain basic sloppiness in the production. Also, the ship gets there way too quickly, and the skeleton crew is subverted to Sybok's vision too easily (is only Kirk capable of putting up a fight?).
And what about Sybok? "Where'd he come from?!" (or so I asked when I first saw the picture). Another good question would be, "Where'd he get all this power?! Regular Vulcans don't have it, so why should he?"
There's plenty of dopiness on hand to be sure, but if I had to point out any one element that brings the picture down, it would have to be the effects. As Shatner himself comments in one of the featurettes on the new disc, they "were not well-served" by the New Jersey-based effects team hired for the film. They were out of their league, and it shows.
The effects range from really interesting to really bad.
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1.0 out of 5 stars ST Jumps the Shark
In this fifth entrance into the ST franchise, an ageing Kirk, Spock and McCoy go on a marvellous quest to find...God? Read more
Published 3 days ago by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 13 days ago by Ronald Lighthall
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek V
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when most people we would talk to about Star Trek... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Leon Wilson
1.0 out of 5 stars I did car for it
I did car for it
Published 1 month ago by jack Shoemaker
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good story
I liked the Spock dialogs, and I there were several places where the humor in the dialog was great. A nice way to say farewell to characters I grew up loving. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mark
1.0 out of 5 stars Movie was great. Service left a lot to be desired
Movie was great. Service left a lot to be desired.
Published 1 month ago by The Collector
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 1 month ago by Jenean Higginbotham
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not there best but still a lot of fun
Published 1 month ago by Bill Groth
2.0 out of 5 stars 25th anniversary
William Shatner's Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) has been called the "Plan 9 of Star Trek." There is no denying that it is awful, but it is more like the misfit Yukon... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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