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 EnglishSee more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2005
UPC:
0097360688740
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:51:00

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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