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5.0 out of 5 stars BEAM IT UP!, January 13, 2006
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This review is from: Star Trek: The Motion Pictures Collection (Motion Picture/ Wrath of Khan/ Search for Spock/ Voyage Home/ Final Frontier/ Undiscovered Country/ Generations/ First Contact/ Insurrection/ Nemesis) (DVD)
The Star Trek movie myth has it that only the even numbered Trek films are successful. This isn't a bad rule of thumb when dissecting the rank of these movies.

The first "motion picture" is a chiefly a milestone because it is the big screen translation of a classic piece of TV and Science-fiction history (I think about the life imitating art contributions every time I flip open my cel). As a movie alone, it is awkward. Star Trek II> The Wrath of Khan, best sets the bar for what all Star Trek features aspire to be. It has it all, including Ricardo. Star Trek III, is the best of the odd #s, but it works so seamlessly with II. and IV. that it's hard to complain, the Klingons return, Spock returns, what could be better. Star Trek IV., a lighter even number, features the crew's return to save the Earth, time-traveling to the present/80's, it's kinda Star Trek's take on SAVING THE WHALES. Star Trek V. is mostly forgettable, except for a few beautiful and moving moments of brilliance, like: "the death of Bone's father, meeting God and Campfire songs w/ Kirk & Spock. Star Trek VI., subtitled "The Uncovered Apology" (just kidding) is a fine wrap-up for the original crew dispite it plot holes. Star Trek Generations, is a poor introduction to the next generation of the Enterprise, it has Kirk's "Death(s)" in it, I wish they had stopped after one. The Next Gen. Character's are very cardboard in this-one, watered down for anyone new to the TV spin-off. Star Trek:First Contact may be the best of all Ten movies, it reintroduces the Borg menace with a intense roller-coaster ride. The odd-numbered follow-up, Star Trek Insurrection, earns it's number, while the even-numbered Star Trek: Nemesis ( or X.) is a decent action-flick with a clone captain that would have be more interesting as evil twin.

UNLESS YOU WANT DIRECTOR'S EDITIONS OF ALL 10 MOVIES, THIS SET IS BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL CREW SET, THE NEXT GEN. SET OR BUYING ONE AT A TIME. I was plenty satisfied with the quality. This is a must own set for sci-fi / Star Trek fans.

This set includes the 10 Star Trek feature films in two-disc letterbox special editions. The first two movies are the newly restored director's editions with commentary director Robert Wise, special photographic effects director Douglas Trumbull, special photographic effects supervisor John Dykstra, music composer Jerry Goldsmith, and actor Stephen Collins and both with extra footage contained within the feature itself (not just tucked away on a special features disc)!. Wrath of Khan includes Commentary by director Nicholas Meyer on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan with an Extended 116-minute director's edition of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Star Trek 3, the feature contains Commentary by director Leonard Nimoy, writer-producer Harve Bennett, director of photography Charles Correll, and actor Robin Curtis. Star Trek IV. commentary by Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner. Star Trek V. contains Commentary by director/actor William Shatner and his daughter, Liz Shatner. Star Trek VI, contains commentary by director Nicholas Meyer and screenwriter Denny Martin Flinn.

Commentary provided by Brannon Braga and Ron Moore on Star Trek Generations.Commentary by director-actor Jonathan Frakes on Star Trek First Contact. Commentary by screenwriters Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore on Star Trek First Contact. Commentary by producer Rick Berman on Star Trek Nemesis. Commentary by director Stuart Baird on Star Trek Nemesis with text commentary by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda (co-authors of The Star Trek Encyclopedia)The rest of the movies are double-disc editions loaded with extras: new and vintage interviews, documentaries, featurettes Deleted scenes and Storyboard archives.

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Initial post: Nov 22, 2007 2:05:28 AM PST
Kevin says:
NO. these are NOT "letterbox" special editions - they are 16x9 anamorphic (aka "enhanced for widescreen"). this is one of the primary differences between the special editions and previous versions, and is a huge factor in many people's buying decisions. "letterbox" versions were typical in the early days of DVD, and have thankfully been abandoned except in the cheapest of junk DVD releases.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2008 2:36:59 PM PDT
Thanks Kevin for correcting the mistake.
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