Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Director: Nicholas Meyer Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) was re-released on DVD in early 2004 in a double-disc Collector's Edition, complete with a brace of extras and a commentary track by director/co-screenwriter Nicholas Meyer and co-screenwriter Denny Martin Flinn. The latter is clearly supposed to be the highlight of this reissue, and one wishes that the audio commentary here came up to the standard of earlier volumes in the series. Nicholas Meyer, however, sounds very sluggish and uninvolved, almost disengaged, as though he's going through the motions of doing a commentary. His tone is a mix of pomposity and unpretentiousness that seems awkward; his best moment comes when he reveals that actor Brock Peters had serious problems making a speech in the opening that was laced with racist sentiments, and that Nichelle Nichols had a similar problem with a comedic line. But Meyer never goes anywhere with the information, and that's the problem with the whole commentary track. Flinn makes a livelier contribution, but it just seems as though Meyer never catches fire -- he grabs at ideas, such as Kim Cattrall's performance here versus her work in Sex and the City, and seizes on the first scene between Spock and Valeris as key to the script, but he doesn't really do much with any of it. It's all terribly dull, and quite different from the commentary by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy on the Collector's Edition of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, which ran more briskly in its pacing than the movie itself. The other special features are all on disc two of the package, and principally consist of little featurettes that try to tie up the various loose ends. Meyer is actually more successful here in "The Perils of Peacemaking" than he is in his commentary track, and Leonard Nimoy's contribution is essential as well, giving the best explanation of the evolution of the script. Additionally, the contribution of Dr. Angela Stent of Georgetown University and other scholars will help future generations of viewers understand the film's relationship to real events. "Stories From Star Trek VI" fills in all of the holes that were left unfilled in the commentary, including what makes Nicholas Meyer tick and his outlook on filmmaking. The section on the creation of the Klingon legend is entertaining and explains the evolution of the Klingons' appearance and their changes across the decades; production designer Lee Cole displays a delightful sense of humor, but all of it is good viewing. "Federation Operatives" goes through the multiple roles essayed by different actors in different corners of the Star Trek franchise. "Penny's Toy Box" has the Star Trek archivist at Paramount, and "Together Again" brings William Shatner and Christopher Plummer together to discuss their long history together prior to Star Trek VI. "Farewell" is comprised principally of a tribute to DeForest Kelley by the regular cast members and also Christopher Plummer, with contributions by veteran producer A.C. Lyles and others out of the actor's past. The tribute is sincere and nicely put together, and the second disc is, in its way, more successful on the whole than the first, but only because the commentary track is so disappointing. Both discs open automatically on easy-to-use menus that, in the case of the second disc, advance automatically as each selection concludes. The transfer of the film looks just fine; however, if someone already owns the earlier edition, it's difficult to suggest replacing it with this release.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/27/2004
UPC: 0097360677348
Original Release: 1991
Rating: PG
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:53:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by Star Trek VI director Nicholas Meyer and screenwriter Denny Martin Flinn; Text commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda, co-authors of The Star Trek Encyclopedia; Widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround; English subtitles; Motion menus; Scene selection; Movie-Making: Stories from Star Trek VI (six featurettes); The Star Trek Universe: "Conversations with Nicholas Meyer," "Klingons: Conjuring the Legend," "Federation Operatives," "Penny's Toy Box," "Together Again"; Art Imitates Life: "The Perils of Peacemaking"; A Farewell: "DeForest Kelley: A Tribute," original cast and crew interviews; Promotional material: Theatrical trailers, 1991 convention presentation by Nicholas Meyer; Archives: Production gallery, storyboards

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Shatner James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley Leonard "Bones" McCoy
Kim Cattrall Lt. Valeris
David Warner Chancellor Gorkon
James Doohan Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
Walter Koenig Pavel Chekov
George Takei Hikaru Sulu
Nichelle Nichols Uhura
Christopher Plummer General Chang
Mark Lenard Sarek
Grace Lee Whitney Janice Rand
Brock Peters Admiral Cartwright
Leon Russom Chief in Command
Kurtwood Smith Federation President
Rosanna de Soto Azetbur
John Schuck Klingon Ambassador
Michael Dorn Klingon Defense Attorney
Paul Rossilli Kerla
Christian Slater Excelsior Communications Officer
Edward Clements Young Crewman
Douglas Engalla Prisoner at Rura Penthe
Mary Jo Slater Actor
Robert Easton Klingon Judge
Clifford Shegog Klingon Officer
Brett Porter General Stex
Jeremy Roberts Excelsior Officer
Michael Bofshever "Excelsior" Engineer
Angelo Tiffe "Excelsior" Navigator
Boris Krutonog Helmsman Lojur
Iman Martia
Tom Morga The Brute
Todd Bryant Klingon Translator
Jim Boeke First Klingon General
Carlos Cestero Munitions Man
Katie Jane Johnston Martia as a Child
Matthias Hues Second Klingon General
Darryl Henriques Nanclus
David Orange Sleepy Klingon
Judy Levitt Military Aide
Shakti ADC
Michael Snyder Crewman Dax
René Auberjonois Colonel West (uncredited)
William Morgan Sheppard Klingon Commander
John Bloom Behemoth Alien
B.J. Davis Actor

Technical Credits
Nicholas Meyer Director,Screenwriter
Scott E. Anderson Special Effects
Brooke Breton Associate Producer
Cliff Eidelman Score Composer
Scott Farrar Special Effects
Denny Martin Flinn Screenwriter
Edward French Makeup
Marty Hornstein Co-producer,Production Manager
William Hoy Editor
Steven Charles Jaffe Producer
Lawrence Konner Original Story,Screenwriter
Mickey Michaels Set Decoration/Design
Michael Mills Makeup
Hiro Narita Cinematographer
Leonard Nimoy Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Nilo Rodis-Jamero Art Director
Ronald Roose Editor
Mark Rosenthal Original Story,Screenwriter
Dodie Shepard Costumes/Costume Designer
Mary Jo Slater Casting
Ralph Winter Producer
Douglas E. Wise Asst. Director
Herman Zimmerman Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Feature
1. Opening Credits [3:19]
2. Starfleet Headquarters [2:46]
3. Kirk Meets Valeris [5:51]
4. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? [:17]
5. Bones Operates [5:49]
6. Diplomacy [1:34]
7. Klingon Justice [4:27]
8. Rura Penthe [2:32]
9. Chekov's Clue [3:21]
10. Ice Campfire [6:07]
11. Surprise at Sick Bay [1:18]
12. The Secret Weapon [4:58]
13. Space Battle! [2:08]
14. Assassin [3:50]
15. End Credits [6:02]

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie was a turning point in the Star Trek Saga, and as usual had massive Social Observation. The Federation and Klingon Empire were at a turning point. A point where their current beliefs, political and social states had to either change or die. Many on both sides preferred death - causing or experiencing it. Members of both sides had lost too many family members and friends to the long conflict between Klingons and Federation. Kirk and Spock were forced to face the possibility that they were close to that. That they'd reached the point where they'd out lived everything that made them useful. They wondered if they were too set in their ways to face the possibility of changed. The Klingons in this one were in between the ones in the Original Series and Next Generation. Some were physically that way. Possessing smaller and less defined forehead ridges. Star fleet was in a similarly state. It was in between a primarily military state and the exploration organization of Next Gen. Era. The climax of the movie is a very memorable battle between the Enterprise, Excelsior and a prototype Bird of Prey. Then the Enterprise crew saves the lives of the Klingon Chancellor and the Federation President. Setting in motion the events that lead to the alliance between Federation and Klingons that exists in Picards Era.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was by far the best of ALL star trek movies. No comparison. Great ending for the TOS crew, and excellent set up for the next movie.... YEA SULU!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Star Trek stands out from the others. General Chang is the best villain. The climax was unforgettable. I was on the edge of my seat through-out the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i was born sept 8,1966, just like the original star trek series. i have a certain nostalgia for the original cast and crew and series. captain kirk was my view of reality. i hated to see it all come to an end in this movie, the last segment with the original crew. we miss it, we loved it. it was a movie that came out when the only terrorists were imagined and there was always a happy ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and I think it was a great piece of work. I think the final film with Kira and crew was great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The perfect ending to the first ever Star Trek series. Nicholas Meyer did another master piece dealing with peace between the Klingons and the Federations.
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This is really a GOOD MOVIE and did ''make up'' for the disaster in STV easily.This final of the STAR TREK films takes another page from real life and puts the United Federation Of Planets and the Klingons in the place of the United States Of America and the Russians.This film has it all,from good writing to good acting,from good action to good plot.There are MANY good points to this film,and even some of them were not shown to the viewing public until this video release which has a few extra minutes of footage.From the beginning dedication to the great Gene Roddenberry(who saw the whole film and gave it his OK before he passed away in late 1991) to the official ''sign off'' by the cast at the end, this film IS A KEEPER.There are some silly bits here,but they are not damaging to the story or the acting talents of this great cast that spent 25 years together.There is action with the battle between the ''EVIL'' Klingons and both the U.S.S.Enterprise and the U.S.S.Excelsior commanded by CAPT.SULU,as well as the emotion of race relations.THIS WAS A FINE END TO THE 25 YEARS OF THE GREAT ''STAR TREK ERA''.