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Feature 7.5
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 7.0
Total 7.8
Distributor: Paramount
Classification: PG
Reviewer:
James Wright

7.8


Star Trek V
The Final Frontier


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With the latest "reboot" Star Trek film finally hitting Australia shores, it was inevitable that we would see something from the original cast who started it all and Paramount have carefully released a remastered edition of Star Trek V the Final Frontier. Although not the final movie in the series with the original actors, this film has been dubbed by some critics and Trekkers as the worst movie in the franchise. Dogged by production problems and rumored rifts between cast members, somehow the movie was completed and it follows from the previous movie where the original crew was given a new starship Enterprise.

Unfortunately this ship is plagued with numerous problems, however Starfleet Command have ordered the Enterprise to Nimbus III who have reported problems to their superiors. Upon arriving, they soon discover that this was an elaborate hoax and the ship is hijacked by the renegade Vulcan, Sybok (Laurence Luckinbill) who is on a quest to discover God. Somehow Sybok has discovered the whereabouts of the planet where "god" resides, known as Sha-ka-ri to the Vulcans or Eden to humans. To compound the situation, Sybok is Spock's half brother and he has caused rifts through the Enterprise and in order to find "god", they must travel through the Great Barrier which of course is impossible. Of course, the crew of the Enterprise discover that "god" may not be all that he seems which comes one of the best quotes from this movie "What does God need with a Starship" as so eloquently said by Kirk.

Compared to the previous movies and television series, the acting, although over the top is actually quite serious in this movie, even though William Shatner steals the show which was apparently one of the reasons the rifts occurred between the cast members.  To my original comment that some critics and Trekkers have dubbed this as the worst Star Trek movie, I disagree as the movie paid true homage to the dream of Gene Roddenberry.

Seeing the classics actors again that include William Shatner as Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock and Deforest Kelly as Doctor "Bones McCoy was a pure treat and they really immerse into their characters with their witty banter. However where this current presentation shines is through the amazing video and audio quality, thanks to the remastering by Paramount that almost makes this movie seem like it was filmed yesterday. The special features are a tad weak which include new commentary by Michael & Denise Okuda, Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens and Daren Dockhterman, Star Trek honors NASA, Hollywood Walk of Fame: James Doohan and Starfleet Academy: Nimbus III, it's still an interesting insight into this amazing phenomena that is as strong today as it was in the 1960's.

Definitely one for connoisseurs of classic Hollywood science fiction films or Trekkers of all ages!






 
 



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