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Trek Nation (2011)

J.J. Abrams , Rod Roddenberry , Scott Colthorp  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: J.J. Abrams, Rod Roddenberry
  • Directors: Scott Colthorp
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: July 9, 2013
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BCJR9H0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,065 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, also known as the Great Bird of the Galaxy, passed away in 1991. His son, Eugene Rod Roddenberry was only 17 years old. As a teenager, Rod never knew the impact his father had on the world, but as a man, he ll find out.
Trek Nation is an enlightening documentary that details Rod s trek across America to discover his father through the touchstones Gene left behind: his friends, his work and his influence. Including surprising, revelatory conversations with Star Trek actors, fans, family friends and some of entertainment s most iconic figures, Trek Nation is a journey to understand one of the world s largest cultural phenomena, the man behind it, and the legacy he s left us all.

Special Features: Commentary with Director Scott Colthorp, Commentary with Producers, Extended Interviews, Featurettes, Gene Roddenberry Home Movies, Trailer

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exploration and a tribute July 11, 2013
I watched this film on Netflix some months ago, and was thoroughly impressed. I had the great pleasure of meeting and spending a couple of days with Rod Roddenberry in 1997, while I was working on a NASA underwater project. This was well before any aspect of Trek Nation had taken form. I found Rod to be a well-spoken and thoughtful young man, and it was a personal thrill to meet the son of Star Trek's creator.
The film gave me a unique insight into both the creation of Star Trek and the amazing phenomenon that is the fan base it created. Gene had a truly visionary idea to show what our future could be like, and that vision continues to inspire people across all boundaries of age, race, religion and nationality.
Rod's journey of discovery is evident in the entire process of making the film. It is a journey that I recognize and envy, as a son who lost my own father before really being able to have an adult relationship. I highly recommend this film to anyone who is a Trek fan and to anyone who may also be coming to terms with the past.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Son Meets Dad: Dad's Pretty Famous... July 9, 2013
Emily over at BluntReview (dot) com says: Trek Nation has been years in the making because Rod Roddenberry (son of Gene) wasn't out to cash in on his father's name. He was on a mission to find out who his dad was.

For the group of people who call themselves Trekies, you wont be able to buy this fast enough. It is a kind of all-access pass into the life of the series creator - and his son is the guide. For others, like me, it's a wonderful exploration into a father/son relationship. That bond complicated by the fact that the guy you know as "pop" is a phenomenon to millions. That admiration doesn't always transfer to a son's devotion. Here, you can see, son Rod is now ready to discover his father. And now able to comprehend the legions of followers his father's creation Star Trek has created.

So much has been done on the science of Star Trek. The scientists who brought the shows' gadgets into real life. The wild social commentary that is - sadly - even today apropos. But, this visceral footage is different. There's a couple shots of conventions. But that is not the focus.

Watching J.J. Abrams discuss his new version is a lot of fun. Readers may remember how "upset" the initial reaction to a remake was. Another interview that's very enjoyable is George Lucas. Star Wars is like another sports team to many Trekies; you're either a Tribbles fan or a Wookie Chick. But, you hear the man himself compare and explain the admiration the two very different space-based dramas.

Another wonderful part of Trek Nation is the honesty in which many speak about Roddenberry. Celebrity interviews are often coached by a motivated press agent...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trek Nation July 12, 2013
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Just watched the DVD/ Great DVD, the only thing I would of liked to have on the DVD is the closed caption feature for hearing impaired
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Trek-fan must-see. September 6, 2012
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A 5-star rating would mean this documentary about a son getting to know his famous father would have come home with all of the major awards, or that I thought that it probably should have. But it wasn't quite there.

There isn't much new information here that every hard core Trek fan doesn't already know. It's definitely worth seeing though, if you would like to learn about Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek's creator, alongside his son.

During the six years that this film was in production, the focus was on Gene Roddenberry's life. Mid-production, the focus changed to a son learning about a dad who died when his son was only 17. If the father-son aspect were the focus from start to finish, I think this would have been a somewhat better movie, and it may have brought home awards galore.

The movie I've always wanted to see is a biographical theatrical release about Gene's life, rather than a documentary. If we have such movies about dot-com creators, then why not one about the 20th century's most influential visionary?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, thoughtful film July 11, 2013
By Lanette
Whether or not you were ever a fan of Star Trek (I was not before watching this film), you will enjoy this story of a son coming to terms with -- and then embracing the larger meaning of -- his father's legacy and vision. This is a beautiful story about Star Trek's impact on our culture and on the young man who grew up in its shadow and has now created his own vision for a more equitable, technologically advanced, humanitarian world. A lovely film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trek Nation, a must watch... July 12, 2013
A really good documentary. Rod did a great job interviewing people that were integral in Star Trek beginnings. Learned a lot from this film...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Tim P-j
Not only am I a Star Trek fan but I'm also a fan of documentaries. This doc by Gene "Rodd" Roddenberry, son of the legend, sheds great light on the cultural phenomenon that is Star Trek as well as its creator. Whether or not you are a Trekker/Trekkie this film will win you over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Fascinating" June 16, 2013
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As Mr. Spock would say, this documentary is "fascinating." I enjoyed seeing the profile of Gene Roddenberry done from his son's perspective. This was an insightful look into Roddenberry's personal and professional life, and his philosophy about what Star Trek should be. There were many facts about Star Trek unveiled that I had not previously known.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hailing Frequency's On ..
I'm a "Trekker" so as it goes for me I would tell you.. I've seen "Trek Nation" and then had to get my hands on a copy.
Published 23 days ago by Humberto Leon,Jr
4.0 out of 5 stars ALL ABOUT STAR TREK
A movie with the son of the original man who created Star Trek who passed away during the Star Trek Next Generation series was being produced.
Published 1 month ago by Thaddeus Singson
5.0 out of 5 stars Trek forever
Very good copy. No fan of Roddenberry's son who narrates but the information is good when he is not whining about his childhood,
Published 1 month ago by sharon
3.0 out of 5 stars Stizar Trizek
This movie is aiight. I guess it's pretty interesting, but it gets mad repetetive. It's also mostly just dudes totes telling this dude that his pops Gene was hella dope.
Published 2 months ago by Matthew Mouse
5.0 out of 5 stars The best insight into the creator and philosphy of Star Trek.
One of the things that I have always loved about Star Trek is the philosophy and the message hope that Gene Roddenberry instilled. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alexander Tonks
5.0 out of 5 stars Beam Me Up!
Having been a closet Trekkie and having known some really "into it" Trekkies this was very enlightening regarding Gene Roddenbury and his son. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dr. F. Sisti
5.0 out of 5 stars A look into how Star Trek came to be
This was a really cool behind the scenes look at how Star Trek came to be and the hurdles faced by Gene Roddenberry and his family. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Matt
4.0 out of 5 stars A unique perspective on Gene's vision.
I am a huge fan of Gene Roddenberry and his vision. It is interesting to see his son journey through trekdom to find his father. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sean
3.0 out of 5 stars so so
smooth transaction in all of the ordering, in the supplier response, in the tracking, in the packaging, and in the delivery but sound is rather low on the disk and hard to hear
Published 8 months ago by J. Plotkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Narritive on Gene Roddenberry
A different look or perspective of Star Trek from Gene's son. How Star Trek affected him and everyone else as the phenomena grew with STNG,DS9, Voyager, and the
new movies.
Published 9 months ago by Michael E. Clark
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