Star Trek V: The Final Frontier1989,
Directed by William Shatner.
Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, and Laurence Luckinbill.
A lots of star trek Fans may not be in love with the fifth installment in the film franchise, but those who do will want to get this new 4K release, which also includes the movie on Blu-ray, along with a code for a digital copy. Extras from past editions were also carried over.
It’s hard to imagine anything good coming out of a star trek subtitled movie the final frontier. I am continually fascinated by what might exist in the cosmos, but there are very likely things we can’t even imagine. And don’t get me started on where the universe came from and where it’s going. (For the record: I’m a huge believer in science; I just have a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that there couldn’t have been anything before the Big Bang.)
Reviewing the film for the first time in many years, I discovered that star trek v starts out as a decent delivery on the Emigrate franchise. Sure, the chanting around the campfire at the beginning is pretty embarrassing (and, yes, ending the movie with that is even worse), but overall, there’s a nice tension as the new character Sybok is introduced and we begin to learn why he’s so interested in hijacking the Enterprise and her crew.
However, the story derails in the third act, concluding with “What the hell was that?” end that does not come close to achieving the promise of the final frontier subtitle. Combined with non-ILM special effects that weren’t up to par with what fans were used to, this is a movie that could very well have ended the series.
However, if you’re a completist, you’ll probably want to snatch this one up. And I’ve seen some people online say they love this movie, to which I say “More power to you.” Both groups likely really appreciate the 4K remaster Paramount gave the movie. It looks beautiful, with many fine details. I’ve never had this one on Blu-ray (or DVD, for that matter), but I understand the picture quality was disappointing in HD, so this version is a huge improvement.
Unfortunately, 4K also means that the limitations in the work of the effects are on display. You can even inadvertently laugh when Captain Kirk is climbing El Capitan at the beginning of the movie and close-ups of him reveal William Shatner is clearly on a fake cliff. Yes, of course you wouldn’t expect the actor to be hanging off the actual mountain, but it would have been nice if the difference between the wide shots and the close-ups wasn’t so stark.
This edition features 4K and Blu-ray decks, each containing the film and its bonus features, all of which are carryover extras from previous releases. There is also a code for a digital copy of the film. Here is a summary of the extras:
• Commentary track with William Shatner and his daughter Liz: Shatner has always seemed irritated by criticism of this film, which he directed, and this commentary track sounds like an extended “Yeah, but…” session that allows him to vent all limitations. he had to work underneath. While it is true that there were limitations with the budget and other things, the story could still have been better. The cost of a great screenplay is quite small compared to the overall budget of most movies.
• Comment track with star trek historians Denise and Michael Okuda, writers Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, and visual effects supervisor Daren Dochterman: This discussion is more of a “warts and all” issue, and participants are more willing to criticize the film’s shortcomings than Shatner and his daughter. were. That said, this is far from a complaint track: the group gives credit and blame where they feel it is due, and they refrain from criticizing anyone. This could have become the comments version of an online message board, and I’m glad it didn’t. I would also have been very surprised if he did, given who is involved here.
• Library Computer – This is an option that allows you to view the movie with the ability to access various trivia clips. You can also access all the information without rewatching the movie. (Honestly, I didn’t mean for the last sentence to be sarcastic, but I’ll leave it there anyway.)
• Introducing Harve Bennett to the sales team (1.75 mins): This is an interesting video that producer Harve Bennett shot to get marketers excited about the movie. I’ve seen stock videos that were meant to sell movies to theater owners a long time ago, but I don’t think I’ve seen one like this before. Maybe Bennett was worried about something smelly on his hands and he wanted to get it on as many screens as possible before bad reviews and lousy word of mouth clouded the box office results.
• TThe Journey: A Behind-the-Scenes Documentary (29 minutes): Lead cast and crew members talk about the film from its early days to its box office debut. Shatner, in particular, remains defensive about the film.
• Make-up tests (10 minutes): This is silent footage of make-up tests for Sybok and other new characters, including the main villain.
• Preview Models (1.75 minutes): This is a look at the old school methods used to plan VFX shots.
• raw rockman (5.5 minutes): Many Emigrate fans are aware of the creature that was originally supposed to appear in the final frontier, and this video shows us the plans for it. I’m not sure the movie would have been better, or worse, if this vision had been realized.
• star trek v Press conference (13.75 mins) – Filmed as the film wrapped principal photography, this is an interesting glimpse of how Bennett and the cast felt about the film before viewers had a chance to weigh in. Spoiler alert: they were pretty lucky.
• Herman Zimmerman: A Tribute (19 minutes): The long time star trek the production designer gets what he deserves.
• Original Interview: William Shatner (14.5 mins): This was filmed when principal photography was underway in Yosemite National Park, and shows the director and star eager to make a movie that he honestly seemed to think would be exit. Emigrate classic.
• cosmic thoughts (13 minutes) – A variety of scientifically and religiously minded people, along with the likes of science fiction writer Ray Bradbury and Eugene Roddenberry (Gene’s son), weigh in on how religion is handled in star trek.
• that klingon couple (13 minutes): Todd Bryant, who played the too easily swayed Klingon captain, and Spice Williams, who took on the role of his lieutenant, discuss the film and their part in it. While the interview is a bit fluffy, it’s a nice break from listening to the usual suspects.
• A green future? (9.5 mins): Ambient messages are wonderful, but this one seems out of place in the extra features for a Emigrate film that doesn’t have much in the way of environmental messages. Maybe it would have been better in the Star Trek IV disc.
• Star Trek honors NASA (10 minutes): Roddenberry reached base star trekTechnology in real science as much as it could, and this short film is an examination of that idea.
• Hollywood Walk of Fame: James Doohan (3 minutes): It’s good to see the actor get a star on the Walk of Fame. This video also serves as a sober reminder of how many of the original cast have left.
• Starfleet Academy SCISEC Report 005: Nimbus III (3 minutes): This is a fun little dossier on the planet that plays a central role in acts one and two of the story.
Four deleted scenes, a production gallery, a joke reel, storyboards, trailers, and TV spots round out the plate.
Flashing Myth Rating – Movie: ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★