Star Trek: First Contact Special Edition

Star Trek: First Contact Special Edition

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Cast: Jonathan Frakes, Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton


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The seventh addition to the long-living Star Trek film franchise, Star Trek: First Contact, gets a quality two-disc collector's edition DVD release from Paramount Home Entertainment. The disc's outstanding picture quality is in a full theatrical 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation. The thundering audio track is presented in closed-captioned English…  See more details below


The seventh addition to the long-living Star Trek film franchise, Star Trek: First Contact, gets a quality two-disc collector's edition DVD release from Paramount Home Entertainment. The disc's outstanding picture quality is in a full theatrical 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation. The thundering audio track is presented in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Surround, DTS Surround, and French Dolby Digital Surround with optional English and Spanish subtitles. Two different audio commentaries are included on the first disc in addition to the always informative and occasionally hilarious text commentary from Michael and Denise Okuda. The first audio commentary comes from the film's director and star, Jonathan Frakes, who seems quite proud of this, his first film, and tells a series of seemingly endless stories from the film's production. The next commentary comes from writers Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore, who share an unusually bad attitude toward writing for Star Trek and pleasing the massive devoted fan base. The pair perk up when discussing abandoned concepts they came up with in early script drafts or how well the film performed during the theatrical release. The second disc maintains the high level of quality bonus features found on Paramount's other Star Trek releases with a wide range of well-produced featurettes. From an exhaustive history of the film's villains, The Borg, to a detailed chronicle of the long production of the film, a lover of all things Trek is sure find much to drool over here. Highlights include a history of the Borg Queen character featuring interviews with actress Alice Krige, and a scientific documentary on contacting alien life titled "First Contact: The Possibilities." The true standout on the second disc is a thoughtful and touching tribute to the late film composer Jerry Goldsmith. Featuring interviews with Star Trek cast and crew and Goldsmith's friends and family members, the featurette offers a look at Goldsmith's career and his many contributions to Star Trek's musical library. Closing things out on this exceptional release are several featurettes on the film's standout Industrial Light and Magic-produced effects and a wide collection of trailers, story boards, and a photo gallery.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The best of the first three big-screen productions to feature the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, this eighth film in the long-running Paramount Pictures cash cow thankfully ups the action quotient. Every familiar character in the film from Picard (Patrick Stewart) to Data (Brent Spiner) has received a welcome double dose of testosterone and adrenaline. Screenwriters Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga have also deftly worked the series' most fearsome villains, the Borg, into a plot line that revisits the science fiction franchise's canonical roots. At the same time, the filmmakers offer up just the slightest whiff of sexuality in the relationships of Data with the Borg Queen and Picard with space greenhorn Lily (Alfre Woodard). The regular cast members are comfortable and solid in their recurring roles, while getting able support from character actors Woodard, James Cromwell and a riveting, scenery-munching Alice Krige as the Borg Queen. There's a lot going on here with a story involving time travel, cyborg villains, and the invention of interstellar space flight, but the pace buzzes along at a rapid clip and the action is handled with sure-footed aplomb by first-time director Jonathan Frakes. His familiarity with his co-stars and their roles proves just as valuable an asset as did Leonard Nimoy's in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986). Only a few entries in the ever-growing Star Trek feature library are outright duds, but the rest can admittedly be divided up into those that will appeal to hardcore fans only and those that will be appreciated by anybody who likes a ripping yarn. Star Trek: First Contact (1996) is the first Next Generation picture to fall into the latter category.

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[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Text commentary by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda; Audio commentary by director and actor Jonathan Frakes; Audio commentary by screenwriters Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore; The Star Trek Universe: "Jerry Goldsmith: A Tribute," "The Legacy of Zefram Cochrane," "First Contact: The Possibilities"; The Borg Collective: "Unimatrix One," "The Queen," "Design Matrix"; Scene Deconstruction: "Borg Queen Assembly," "Escape Pod Launch," "Borg Queen's Demise"; First Contact Production: "The Story," "The Missile Silo," "The Deflector Dish," "From 'A' to 'E,'" "Making First Contact," "The Art of First Contact"; Archives: Storyboards, photo gallery; Trailers: Teaser trailer, theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick Stewart Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes Cmdr. William Riker
Brent Spiner Lt. Cmdr. Data
LeVar Burton Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge
Michael Dorn Lt. Cmdr. Worf
Gates McFadden Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi
Alfre Woodard Lily Sloane
James Cromwell Zefram Cochrane
Alice Krige Borg Queen
Neal McDonough Lt. Hawk
Robert Picardo Holographic Doctor
Dwight Schultz Lt. Barclay
Patti Yasutake Nurse Ogawa

Technical Credits
Jonathan Frakes Director
Rick Berman Original Story,Producer
Brannon Braga Original Story,Screenwriter
Thomas D. Causey Sound/Sound Designer
John M. Dwyer Set Decoration/Design
Deborah Everton Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerry Fleck Asst. Director
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Jim Halty Stunts
Martin Hornstein Executive Producer
Peter Lauritson Co-producer
Matthew Leonetti Cinematographer
Junie Lowry-Johnson Casting
Ronald D. Moore Original Story,Screenwriter
Ron Surma Casting
David Takemura Special Effects Supervisor
Scott Wheeler Makeup
John W. Wheeler Editor
Ron Wilkinson Art Director
Herman Zimmerman Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Feature
1. Main Titles
2. Locutus
3. The Neutral Zone - "Why Are We Out Here Chasing Comets?"
4. Engaging the Borg
5. Temporal Vortex - "We Must Follow Them Back."
6. Earth, 2063
7. The Phoenix
8. Environmental Difficulties
9. 39.1 Degrees Celsius
10. Medical Emergency
11. A Plan of Attack
12. Blending In - "It's a Primitive Culture."
13. Deck Sixteen - "Don't Let Them Touch You!"
14. An Imperfect Being
15. Viewing the Future
16. Lily
17. The Borg Queen
18. Holodeck - "The Big Goodbye"
19. Hero Worship
20. Zero-G
21. Tempted by Flesh
22. The Interplexing Beacon
23. Cochrane's Vision
24. Captain Ahab - "The Line Must Be Drawn Here!"
25. Autodestruct Sequence
26. The Voyage of the Phoenix
27. "Welcome Home, Locutus."
28. Breaking the Warp Barrier/Death of the Borg Queen
29. 0.68 Seconds
30. First Contact - April 5, 2063
31. End Credits


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Star Trek - First Contact 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''First Contact'' ranks equal to the second ''Star Trek'' movie ''The Wrath of Khan''. Like ''Khan''. ''First Contact'' is based on one of the tv shows. It's well acted and quite enjoyable. Even non Star Trek fans will enjoy this movie. Also, the Borg queen was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the film that is most exciting, has the best special effects, the best sets, and one of the best stories of them all. The borg are by far the most thrilling enemy in the Star Trek franchise. Patrick Stewart is absoloutely superb, giving his best performance as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. If you have never seen a Star Trek film, or a Star Trek episode, this is definitely the one to start with. It's the best of them all. Just incase you didn't know - Jonathan Frakes (who plays Commander Riker) directs this movie along with the next, Star Trek Insurrection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Star Trek Generations (1994) was the first movie to feature the Next Generation crew, but it was not a true Next Generation movie. Generations was a passing of the baton, a few leftovers from the Original Series, passing on the franchise to the Next Generation crew. Kirk (Shatner) would have been much better served to have retired and had his character go out on a high note in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Thus Star Trek: First Contact (1996) was indeed the first full fledged Next Generation movie, and the best effort in the series since Wrath of Khan as far as finding that right mix of melodrama, action and adventure. Much like Wrath of Khan we have the cat and mouse mind games, in this one it's Pickard outwitting the Borg. Much like the Voyage Home we have a trip back to Earth to try to set the record straight and make sure history isn't distorted. Because of the nature of the Borg story line, it is definitely a little creepier, and a little darker than any other Trek movie, but the darkness is offset by having two very different story lines going on during the movie. The one story line deals with Pickard and the Borg, and for the most part is a pretty typical starship captain outwits the villain story line. In some respects this story line may be a little too Trek for the average movie viewer. You really need to have an appreciation of Next Generation Trek to fully understand this subplot. The other more light hearted story line deals with the crew making sure the history of earth's first contact with an alien race doesn't get distorted. A very interesting look at the post World War III human race and one mad scientist's experiment which causes the world to make contact with an extraterrestrial race. The Borg story line by itself may have made this movie a little to dark and a little too Trek to have been successful, but mixed with the first contact story and the interesting tie in to both human history and Trek history, the movie pulls it all together nicely.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I saw the trailers, I knew that this was going to be a great film and I was correct. I like that fact that this film has able to show that this crew are able to do a film without TOS crew. Seeing the Borg especially the Borg Queen was scary. It showed why is she a very deadly adversary for Picard and Company. Other than that, this film also inspired Enterprise. See it this movie, I rank it as the best Trek film along with 2,4,6,and 10.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best ST ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have this film on VHS and I have watched it so much that I will have to evetually buy the DVD for it. I am a BIG Star Trek fan, especially the Next Generation. I really enjoy this one because of the time travel. It was interesting to see how the Next Generation and the Borg were incorperated into the beginning of warp travel. I also enjoy seeing how Data becomes more human with each movie/show.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the second best Star Trek Movie ever. The best is Star Trek Nemisis(I'm not exactly sure how it's spelled,but it is the BEST). First Contact has action and adventure and a storyline trekkies and non-trekkies alike will love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
definitely the strongest of the tng films, the action and story are awesome, and the borg kicked so much butt
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie very awsome, it had me on my toes for woundering what would happpen next!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1966, The first episode called Star trek. In 1996, When watched a movie called Star Trek First Contact. Because he loves Star Trek.
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The power of tng cast waxes in this film, and frakes' directional flair, though plagaristic, is sublime. from the very first opening sequence, seeing picard's eye, panning back to see the enormity of the borg vessel is truly mind numbing. the drama is never let up until the enterprise enters the temporal vortex, following the borg sphere back to the 21st century. seeing the enterprise-e for the first time was a joy, and picard's voice over cemented the emotion of the scene. this film, stood alone, would be a classic, but when joined with tng episodes ''q who?'' and ''best of both worlds pts 1 and 2'' makes a most satisfying epic. the only gripe i may have would be that the space battle was too short, and the promo poster of the enterprise fleeing a borg cube led me to expect something different than the film offered, but with respect to budget and time scales, i guess i'm asking a little too much. if for some reason you like star trek and you haven't seen this film, run like a maniac to the nearest store that sells films and watch it. twice.
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PatH More than 1 year ago
I thought I was ordering the latest Star Trek movie which was sensational. I ordered this one by mistake. I never liked this iteration of Star Trek, so I donated it to the library at the College where I work. My husband watched it. He was bored to tears. I guess we're just Star Trek purists - we like Kirk, Spock, and the original characters who were campy, funny, talented, and witty.
gordonmeyer More than 1 year ago
I'm a Star Trek purist - I like Kirk, Spock, and the original characters. If you look at the TNG series, the attempt at updated special effects, etc just don't hold up as well today - things look cheesy (in a really bad way) as they weren't as lovingly made as the original series episodes with Kirk. When the series lost steam and ratings dwindled, they started making films with bigger budgets - none of which broke any financial or critical records to be certain. While the Borg are menacing at first in the series, Patrick Stewart et al simply fail to create characters with any enduring attractiveness - perhaps we got the "thinking mans Kirk" but we also got fairly lame writing and bland "mail it in & cash the check" acting - the plot is essentially Terminator remade with Borgs going back in time instead of Schwarzenegger - fans are fans and many will disagree, but this side-pool of the Trek Universe is best left untouched - stick to the main ocean of Kirkdom if you truly are a fan - and if you want robots going back in time to stop the future of humanity - go with Terminator.