Star Trek: Insurrection

Star Trek: Insurrection

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

     
 

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When Captain Jean-Luc Picard is forced to disobey orders from The Federation, who wish to interfere with the natural development of a peaceful alien society, it can only mean that it must be yet another Star Trek movie and another jam-packed collector's edition release from Paramount Home Entertainment. The ninth entry in the Star Trek film franchise, See more details below

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When Captain Jean-Luc Picard is forced to disobey orders from The Federation, who wish to interfere with the natural development of a peaceful alien society, it can only mean that it must be yet another Star Trek movie and another jam-packed collector's edition release from Paramount Home Entertainment. The ninth entry in the Star Trek film franchise, Star Trek: Insurrection, is presented in a rich 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation with thundering audio in Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Surround, and DTS Surround. A French-language track and Spanish subtitles are also included along with the English subtitles. In addition to the language options, the always top-notch, entertaining, and informative text commentary by Trek trivia masters Michael and Denise Okuda is also included. Oddly missing from the disc is an audio commentary from the film's director and co-star, Jonathan Frakes, or anyone involved in the film's production. The answer may be found on the film's bonus feature-filled second disc, where Frakes and many the folks involved have some less than stellar things to say about the finished product in newly recorded interviews. Considering that the film received a mixed reaction from both Trekkers and critics, this lukewarm tone is both understandable and fascinating for hardcore fans to watch. As for the quality of bonus features, nearly every aspect of the film's production, from the initial concept of the film to the creation of the many special effects shots, is covered and is done in the usual exceptional manner. While no deleted scenes are listed on the DVD's packaging, they are included on the second disc and are actually memorable and would not have been out of place included in the film. Rounding things out on this superb release are a photo gallery, a handful of trailers, some interesting storyboards, and a vintage promotional featurette.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Star Trek: Insurrection is the most complex and ambitious feature film in the entire Star Trek franchise. It doesn't always succeed, but it goes where no part of the franchise ever went before. The plot is filled with elements that refer clearly to events in the real world of the 1990s and beyond. The Federation, going into an alliance with a rogue planet, is prepared to violate the precepts upon which it was founded, ostensibly for the greater good of all; in the process, Captain Picard and his crew discover that, beyond the dubious morality and legality of the Federation's actions, there is also a blood feud being given new life with Star Fleet's help, and they decide to make this known to the public, risking their lives in the process. The treatment of the Ba'Ku by the Federation recalls the history of the United States and Native Americans, but the notion of nations compromising their ideals resounds all the way from Vietnam to recent events in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. The entire movie is a cautionary allegory about the care that empires must take in choosing their allegiances, and the harm that they can do when making deals with the devil, all in the name of the "greater good." The action and plot may seem small scale by the standards of the best Star Trek movies, but by its nature the script is very bold, dealing with moral questions that the earlier entries (except for The Undiscovered Country) usually didn't embrace. Even during the 1960s, when the original series was trying for topicality on a weekly basis, the show almost never used scripts that brought into question much of American history or current foreign policy in the way that Star Trek: Insurrection does. The movie's only flaw lies in the level of sophistication of the writing -- the authors were so subtle, that the topical nature of the plot eluded most critics and audience members. In fact, if one looks closely at the movie, it seems almost subversive, and it's all the more rewarding for this quality.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2005
UPC:
0097360267648
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:43:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Text commentary by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda; Production: "It Takes a Village," "Location, Location, Location," "The Art of Insurrection," "Anatomy of a Stunt," "The Story," "Making Star Trek: Insurrection," "Director's Notebook"; Creating the Illusion: "Shuttle Chase," "Drones," "Duck Blind"; The Star Trek Universe: "Westmore's Aliens," "Star Trek's Beautiful Alien Women"; Archives: Storyboard, photo gallery; Advertising: Teaser trailer, theatrical trailer, original promotional featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick Stewart Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes Cmdr. William Riker
Brent Spiner Lieutenant Commander Data
LeVar Burton Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge
Michael Dorn Lt. Cmdr. Worf
Gates McFadden Dr. Beverly C. Crusher
Marina Sirtis Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi
F. Murray Abraham Ru'afro
Donna Murphy Anji
Anthony Zerbe Admiral Dougherty
Gregg Henry Gallatin
Daniel Hugh Kelly Sojef
Michael Welch Artim

Technical Credits
Jonathan Frakes Director
Peter E. Berger Editor
Rick Berman Original Story,Producer
Thomas D. Causey Sound/Sound Designer
John M. Dwyer Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Fleck Asst. Director
Terry Frazee Special Effects Supervisor
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Sanja Milkovic Hays Costumes/Costume Designer
R.J. Hohman Special Effects
Martin Hornstein Executive Producer
Adam Howard Special Effects Supervisor
Peter Lauritson Co-producer
Matthew Leonetti Cinematographer
Junie Lowry-Johnson Casting
Michael Piller Original Story,Screenwriter
Jim Rygiel Special Effects Supervisor
Patrick Stewart Associate Producer
Michael Westmore Makeup
Ron Wilkinson Art Director
Herman Zimmerman Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Feature
1. Main Titles/Ba'ku Village
2. Secondary Protocols
3. The Son'a
4. A British Tar
5. Rescuing the Hostages
6. Therapeutic Postures
7. A Few Loose Ends
8. Metaphasic Radiation
9. Abandon the Prime Directive
10. Lock and Load
11. Evacuating the Village
12. Send Your Ships
13. Do Machines Ever Play?
14. A Perfect Moment
15. Aggressive Tendencies
16. Inside the Caves
17. The Riker Maneuver
18. Don't Let Go
19. A Blood Feud
20. Gal'na
21. An Illusion
22. The Collector
23. The Healing Process
24. Credits

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