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Star Trek 18: Doomsday Machine & Wolf in [DVD] [1967] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct 2000
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004Y630
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,294 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
The Doomsday Machine IS a classic 17 Oct 2000
By Michael Hickerson - Published on
It's always interesting how the Parmount Trek DVDs work out. So far, there hasn't been one that contains two BAD episodes of Star Trek. And every once in a while, you get lucky and get one with a GREAT episode and a pretty good one. Such is the case here.
The GREAT episode, of course, is Norman Spinrad's superb "The Doomsday Machine." Essentially a ship-bound story designed to cut budget corners, this is one of classic Trek's finest hours. Featuring the cast in high form and the addition of guest star William Winham as the obsessed Commodore Matt Decker, the tension is palatable. All the elements of great sci-fi and classic Trek are on display and the conflict between Decker and Spock is not to be missed. Yes, the effects do look a bit dated, but when you've got a superb story and well realized, three-dimensional characters, you can overlook such flaws.
As for the good episode, Wolf in the Fold is it. Dealing with Scotty and giving our favorite engineer a bit more to do that talk about his engines, this episode lacks the punch is should have. And coupling with the Doomsday Machine will bring it down by comparison. But it's still an enjoyable enough adventure that is worth viewing by any Trek fan.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Tom Keough, What Are You Thinking? 11 Dec 2000
By Michael K. Beusch - Published on
Tom Keough certainly doesn't know what he's talking about. His review makes The Doomsday Machine, an episode almost universally admired by Star Trek fans, sound like a dud. I agree with Keough that Robert Ryan would have made a terrific Matt Decker, but I think that William Windom fills the role extremely well. A lesser actor would have merely inspired dislike from the audience when he wrests control of the Enterprise from Mr. Spock. However, Windom does such a good job of establishing Commodore Decker's pain and guilt over the loss of his crew in the early part of the episode, he creates a sympathetic character that still holds the audience's sympathy even when he is making a suicidal Ahab-like attack on the Doomsday Machine. William Windom, in my opinion, does just as good a job as Robert Ryan would have. His presence helps, rather than hurts, the story. As far as Keough's claim that the Doomsday Machine looks like "moldy cannoli," all I can say is that moldy cannoli must look pretty scary.
Well, at least Keough does seem to like Wolf in the Fold. This is a far-fetched, but entertaining whodunit. Like Keough, I liked the performance by John Feidler. Like William Windom, he is a veteran character actor who always manages to add a great deal to any film/TV episode in which he appears.
In fact, my own (minor) complaint is with the cover. Nichelle Nichols is pictured on the front, but does not appear in either episode on the DVD!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Star Trek suddenly hardens up 1 April 2003
By Mark Grindell - Published on
I was cross about Star Trek some while ago, but I can't remember why. I've been re-watching some of the old episodes, and have realized that the quality of the writing was quite distinguishable from the majority of other shows from the same era; Lets face it, America has been in transition since, and this is a glimpse of the remarkable imagination of a generation of older writers, many of whom were unabashed geniuses, certainly visionaries.
They did well here. My wife remembers "Wolf in the fold" as nothing less than really frightening - and even as an adult, its not too easy. How exactly Star Trek could take something so very serious (albeit with heavily veiled violence) into a what was then a quite conservative family show was remarkable.
Wolf In the Fold is very - no, wrong word, - absolutely -compelling. Its all too easy to imagine that in the deep of space, there may be terrors, possibly powers quite malevolent with intentions of their own; and that these have on occasion had a part in human history. The possibility that encounters of this sort would happen to a real space crew is all too real.
The story is brilliantly told, well paced. You only get an idea of what may be the source of the evil at work very slowly. It isn't clear at first - it couldn't possibly be. When it finally is revealed that Scotty is all too likely NOT to be the perpetrators, it is a relief - we all love this man too much for that to be true. Some people have remarked that the ending of "Wolf" is weak - I don't know that that is justified. If you had to have a happy ending, this ending is quite rational, and for goodness sake the boys and girls need to go to bed sometime... The only alternative would have been an ending that would be too awful (I didn't like "Event Horizon" either)
What distinguishes this, and quite a few other stories from Star Trek, is that it woukd stand by itself as an undisputed miniature, even if Star Trek didn't exist as a dramatic vehicle. There, I've said it now.
The doomsday machine is really wonderful. Thank you, Norman Spinrad! I fail to see why the special effects are a problem; the story is wonderful, the tensions and passions are the special effects, and there's a lot of those. Spock excels! A captain of a wrecked ship... a sea monster... Absolutely, Gentlemen. This what its all about, and to that I do testify...
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Is There a Wolf in the Fold of the Doomsday Machine? 25 Oct 2000
By A Customer - Published on
As usual, the 18th volume of the classic Trek series is an exemplary sample of DVD quality, bringing wonderful colors and hues as well as crisp digitally enhanced sound to the series. The saturation level and sharpness are superior to the Paramount laser disc version, (if anyone still collects laser discs). One caveat: Towards the end of Doomsday Machine(one of James Doohan's favorite Trek episodes, about 45 minutes in, Kirk states that he is intending on ramming the U.S.S. Constellation right down the Planet Killer's throat. The camera zooms in on Spock and there is SILENCE, where normally a crescendo of climactic music is supposed to be. This can be heard on the VHS and Laser Disc copies. OOPS! Is this a remixing problem or alternate version? One last thing: Would Paramount please put some extra clips, commentary, bloopers, or something on their DVD's?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Best episode...ever! 4 Dec 2000
By Scott Mcintyre - Published on
The Doomsday Machine is my all-time favorite. The picture quality is superb. However, there's something about these DVD's that bothers me. It's the alterations in the sound effects. In the first season, the Enterprise made a rumbling sound. This was not done in season 2. The DVD's added that sound and a humming to the Consetllation. I assume this is to help make it "in stereo", but I'd rather seen the episodes as originally shot, not tricked up in an effort to "improve" them. Way back in Balence Of Terror, the photon torpedos made no sound. You guys added some! Why screw with it? Just remaster it and leave your "improvements" out of it! Didn't you learn anything from George Lucas' Special Editions? Geez, Star Wars is unwatchable now...
Otherwise, well done (the 5 stars are for the episode, not the "improvements").
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