Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country
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Star Trek V left us nowhere to go but up, and with the return of Star Trek II director Nicholas Meyer, Star Trek VI restored the movie series to its classic blend of space opera, intelligent plotting, and engaging interaction of stalwart heroes and menacing villains. Borrowing its subtitle (and several lines of dialogue) from Shakespeare, the movie finds Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) and his fellow Enterprise crew members on a diplomatic mission to negotiate peace with the revered Klingon Chancellor Gorkon (David Warner). When the high-ranking Klingon and several officers are ruthlessly murdered, blame is placed on Kirk, whose subsequent investigation uncovers an assassination plot masterminded by the nefarious Klingon General Chang (Christopher Plummer) in an effort to disrupt a historic peace summit. As this political plot unfolds, Star Trek VI takes on a sharp-edged tone, with Kirk and Spock confronting their opposing views of diplomacy, and testing their bonds of loyalty when a Vulcan officer is revealed to be a traitor. With a dramatic depth befitting what was to be the final movie mission of the original Star Trek crew, this film took the veteran cast out in respectably high style. With the torch being passed to the crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation, only Kirk, Scotty, and Chekov would return, however briefly, in Star Trek: Generations. --Jeff Shannon
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The only thing I'd like better on this disc would be more extras. Some extras period would be good, but oh well. The picture quality is marvelous and the sound is incredible. DVD does so much for special-effects-laden pictures it's unbelievable. Even if you're not really a "Trekkie", I think you'll enjoy this fast-paced film.
The parallels to the Soviets/Russia are everywhere, and admittedly not hard to miss. Instead of being simpleton bad guys (as in Trek III) or clumsy characatures (as they often were in the Next Generation series), here Klingons seemed like real people with real concerns. Different Klingons actually held differing opinions for once!
There are times when suspension of disbelief is necessary, but the viewer goes along willingly because the ride is absolutely worth it. This isn't a complicated story, but it doesn't need to be, and you'll find yourself cheering at the right spots, too. (My nine-year-old son jumped off the couch yelling when Sulu said, "Target that explosion and FIRE!")
Visually the movie has held up well; the space scenes are terrific, and the zero-gravity gunplay looks very cool (including the Klingon blood, tinted pink to avoid an R rating).
The DVD's picture and sound quality are terrific. The DVD doesn't have much in the way of extras (a couple of trailers), which is too bad, but you take what you can get.
So watch the movie again, enjoy the fun story, and maybe you'll start thinking of Klingons as three-dimensional people.
It seems to me that Paramount really slopped this one out and didn't even try to make a quality DVD. The VHS is better if you can believe that.
I do not understand how 20th Century Fox can do such a nice job on the old Alien and Warner Bros. can also enhance Bladerunner, yet this Star Trek movie is absurd in quality compared to them.
I hesitate to purchase future Paramount DVD's.