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Reviewed January 3rd, 2000 by Staff


Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is still the most successful film in the franchise. The 1986 film is the only entry from the 9 released films to earn more than $100 million in the American box office. Part of the reason for the film’s success was it’s rather un-Trek nature. The original series cast travels back through time to the “late 20th century” to find humpback whales, which are extinct in their time. In the 23rd century, an alien probe is causing chaos on Earth as it attempts to contact humpback whales. The film is a fish out of water caper. The Star Trek crew must both meet their goal of capturing the whales, while operating in the 1980’s. Because much of the film focuses on the comedy in the 20th century, non-science fiction fans could appreciate the film.

Leonard Nimoy lights the candle at both ends as he directs and stars in the film. Star Trek IV is Nimoy at his best, given that he clearly understands the cast like no other director could. Shatner does comedy very well, and Star Trek IV involves some great Captain Kirk moments. All of the cast members are given plenty to do in this light-hearted adventure.

Thankfully for the consumer, the source material was in poor condition, so Paramount had to revisit the film stock and create a brand spanking new anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer of the film. While a few flecks and bits of film grain are visible, overall the transfer surpasses the quality seen on the non-anamorphic 5, 6 and Generations DVDs.

Paramount also did us the favor of creating a 5.1 Dolby Digital mix for the DVD release. Split surround effects are present, though rare. The sound mix in the front is quite acceptable.

Also included on the disc is the behind the scenes featurette from the VHS release.


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