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Reviewed August 29th, 1999 by Staff


Even before Star Trek: Insurrection was released there was apprehension among fans and film makers alike. Insurrection, it would seem, was at a numerical disadvantage. Every odd numbered Star Trek film has disappointed the fans, and not performed as well as their even-numbered counter parts at the box office. As the ninth film, Insurrection did its part to maintain the odd- numbered curse. To make matters worse, Insurrection followed the excellent First Contact; a favorite among fans and a box office champ. Insurrection is a lame Trek film, and it barely turned a profit. Despite story problems, the DVD looks and sounds beautiful.

The film begins with Data on a Federation mission spying on the peace-loving, technology hating, and never aging Ba'ku. Data goes berserk, and blows Starfleet's cover. Picard and crew travel to the planet, to see what has happened to the android. There, they discover the plot against the Ba'ku: the Son'a, Insurrection's bad guys, have involved Starfleet in an effort to remove the Ba'ku from their home planet so they can syphon off the natural resource which prevents the Ba'ku from aging.

The film is light on action, and heavy on silly jokes. The script seems hastily put together. It's almost like Insurrection is trying to be a date movie.

Despite problems with plot, the DVD looks and sounds excellent. Delivering another anamorphic print, Paramount seems to improve on the beautiful video quality present on the First Contact disc. Director Jonathan Frakes includes some striking nature photography, and some great special effects. Both the effects and the photography make this another demonstration-quality disc: col-ors and detail are without peer. The films is presented in 2.35:1 widescreen format and is 16x9 enhanced. The 4:3 down-conversion shows no (or almost no) artifacting.

The sound mix is also on par with that delivered on First Contact. Lasers blast diagonally across the sound stage. Nature sounds and music add warmth from the surrounds. The 5.1 mix also makes Insurrection a demo disc. Sub-woofer effects are present, but subtle.

For extras, Paramount includes a behind the scenes featurette, and two theatrical trailers. There are also English and French Pro logic mixes.


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