It's the 23rd Century, and a mysterious alien power is threatening
Earth by evaporating the oceans and destroying the atmosphere.
In a frantic attempt to save mankind, Kirk and his crew must
travel back to 1986 San Francisco where they find a world
of punk, pizza and exact-change buses that are as alien as
anything they've ever encountered in the far reaches of the
good old crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise take to the
skies for their fourth cinematic outing. But following the
rather depressing storylines that embarrassed the second and
third movies (with the death of Spock and the murder of Kirk's
son) The Voyage Home plays it purely for laughs - a
brave move that may not have paid off. It could just as easily
have turned away Trek fans as well as general movie
goers. Thankfully it didn't.
the plot does sound a little stupid but it works rather well
as the cast ham it up as though their lives depend upon it.
music, composed by Leonard Rosenman, is instantly forgettable
and is particularly disappointing after the audio treats that
were provided by Jerry Goldsmith and James Horner.
not to everyone's liking, this is a light-hearted romp that
will have you cheering for the crew of the Enterprise
second DVD is crammed full of extras - just a shame that Paramount
didn't release this disc originally. Extras include audio
commentary by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy; text commentary
by Michael Okuda; Star Trek Universe; Production; Visual effects;
Archives; Original interviews; Storyboards; Theatrical trailer.
The interviews and audio commentary show William Shatner to
be a truly sardonic and amusing individual who, if you listen
to fans who have encountered him, seems misunderstood.
is also some question over the female extra in the Chekov
"Nuclear Wessels" scene. According to one documentary
the woman who stops and talks to Chekov was not an extra,
but an unsuspecting member of the public who stopped to help.
However, on the commentary Nimoy states that she was an extra
who decided to ad lib as the mood took her. Whichever story
is true, it is still a classic scene. And this is a fantastic
Star Trek fans should own this version of the movie.
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