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Star Trek: First Contact [1996] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn
  • Directors: Jonathan Frakes
  • Writers: Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, Gene Roddenberry, Ronald D. Moore
  • Producers: Marty Hornstein, Peter Lauritson, Rick Berman
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, German, Swedish, Turkish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Bulgarian
  • Dubbed: Czech, Hungarian, Polish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 31 July 2000
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TT87
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,212 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Captain Jean Luc-Picard and the crew of the newly commissioned Enterprise E battle the insidious Borg to restore the rightful future of Earth.

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Even-numbered Star Trek movies tend to be better, and this one (number eight in the popular series) is no exception--an intelligently handled plot involving the galaxy-conquering Borg and their attempt to invade Earth's past, alter history, and "assimilate" the entire human race. Time travel, a dazzling new Enterprise, and capable direction by Next Generation alumnus Jonathan Frakes makes this one rank with the best of the bunch. Capt. Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his able crew travel back in time to Earth in the year 2063, where they hope to ensure that the inventor of warp drive (played by James Cromwell) will successfully carry out his pioneering warp-drive flight and precipitate Earth's "first contact" with an alien race. A seductive Borg queen (Alice Krige) holds Lt. Data (Brent Spiner) hostage in an effort to sabotage the Federation's preservation of history, and the captive android finds himself tempted by the queen's tantalising sins of the flesh. Sharply conceived to fit snugly into the burgeoning Star Trek chronology, First Contact leads to a surprise revelation that marks an important historical chapter in the ongoing mission "to boldly go where no one has gone before". --Jeff Shannon

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ron VIn on 9 Aug 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
My first contact with the borg in HIGH DEFINITION swept me off my feet. One of the best ST feature films amazed me again. Watched on my 24" LED monitor it was stunning. I love the new ST blu-ray menu. Funny that most blu-ray have crap menus but this one is amazing. Loaded with extras a real bargain to be watched over and over again.
Pure HD entertainment. You will experience details both audio and video which will really surprise you. Go get it. Delivery was good not excellent but patience is a virtue
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Boing TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Aug 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I bought this Blu-ray to watch on a friend's machine and I was so impressed with the quality gain that the very next day I replaced my computer with a new system that can handle Blu-Rays. Yes, the quality difference was THAT CONVINCING. Instant assimilation!

I think pretty much all of the additional material is in standard definition. This includes the original trailer, and you can clearly see the difference in quality. The trailer, despite only being 14 years old, has grain and jitter, but by comparison the HD presentation of the movie is crisp, detailed, and vivid. The sound is truly excellent.

If you ever got a thrill from watching the fleet's desperate defence of Earth, or seeing the vein pop out of the side of Patrick's head when he goes off the deep end with his Ahab impression, you absolutely must buy this Blu-ray. And a player to watch it on... I don't call mine my Blu-ray drive, I call it my First Contact drive :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. T. Flynn on 5 Aug 2003
Format: DVD
ST8: First Contact was the first entirely Next Generation Trek film and, quite frankly, it is the best of all the 10 films. It has become apparent that the best Trek films have incorporated some decent battle scenes, interesting character development and a larger-than-life baddy; this film has these in spades. It was only natural that the most frightening enemy ever created in the Trek universe, the Borg, should be given a big-screen outing and they don't disappoint. There was always a danger that writers would have nothing new to work with when writing for such a fearsome enemy. However, by exploiting the storyline involving Commander Data and introducing the Borg Queen they were kept fresh and interesting.
This leads onto a general gripe about recent Trek films. Data's character development effectively came to an end in First Contact - he had had his emotion chip exploited and finally displayed the full range of human frailties. The story involving the Borg was, effectively, a final ending too. Unfortunately Paramount went on to make two more movies and TV episodes involving the Borg which were rubbish and resorted to steps backward in both character development and plot in order to make more money.
I don't agree with people who criticise the jokey lines - they were not overused (unlike ST:9) and didn't detract from the story. All the characters have some good material and the weaknesses in the main characters (most notably Capt Picard's need for revenge) address the final quibble that so many people have had with the Next Gen TV series - why should everyone in the 24th Century be perfect and nice? (Sorry Gene Roddenberry - great idealism but rubbish entertainment).
In short, the film has everything a Trek film should have. ST8, 2 and 6 are all essential viewing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Trivass on 31 Jan 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I've been a fan of Star Trek Movies ever since I saw Wrath of Kahn for the first time. However, most since then have been dreadful (not including "Generations"!)
But this film has restored my faith in Star Trek Films (and sci-fi films in general!)
This film has good charactisation, a good story, and very well directed (Johnathon Frakes aka Will Riker!)
This story is basically this: (pay attention!)
The Borg are back!
(if you don't know about the Borg, they are part organic/part machine who assimilate other races into their collective, which is controlled by a single mind! They are very strong and can adapte so that certain weapons do not hurt them! They fly around space in huge cube shaped ships which are very difficult to destory. The Borg have no individuals in its collective as they all work as a single mind. They assimilate other races in order to add individual skills into their collective in an effort to become perfect!)
This time the Borg plan to destory the human race by going back in time and preventing them from launching Earth's first Warp-drive space craft. In doing so, it would prevent Earth's first encounter with an alien race and so destroying Earth's future! This would make us easy prey for assimilation!
Cue The Enterprise lead by Jean-Luc "Action Man" Picard! (someone who was once assimilated into their collective!) They travel back in time to stop the Borg! However, all doesn't go to plan! Whilst some of the crew are on Earth's surface, the Enterprise has been boarded by the Borg and are slowly being over-run! Deck after deck of crew are assimilated.
So, the remaing crew set about getting their ship back! They are overpowered and forced into retreat when Data (the lovable Brent Spiner on top form!) is captured!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Randall on 11 Nov 2005
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This is a really well made film. It has a good plot, good action, nice effects and the Borg!
Having failed to assimilate Earth at the battle of Wolf 359 in the ST:TNG double episode 'Best of Both Worlds', the Borg go back in time to try to assimilate Earth again. Trouble is that since Picard was partially assimulated in the previously mentioned double episode, he can 'hear' the Borg collective in his head and so is there to thwart the Borg's attempts as they travel through time. Here is the only plot hole in this film. Why travel through time whilst you have the whole of the Federation's ships around you and risk the possbility of another ship following you through the time rift? Why not travel back in the privacy of 'Borg space' and no-one would ever know the difference! Anyway - the Enterprise manages to follow the Borg back in time to a historic moment when mankind is just getting over World War III (yes, 3!) and one crazy scientist is converting an old missile into a ship equipped with a prototype warp drive system. Its maiden flight is about to take place and this will trigger a series of events that will lead to the creation of the Federation (see the Enterprise series for more details). The Borg see this as an ideal opportunity to take over mankind and its up to our entrepid Enterprise crew to stop them.
This film has all the elements of good Trek. It plays on the strongly established main characters and their relationships, it ties in well with established Trek canon, it has a good balance on action and humerous moments. Patrick Stewart gives a stellar performance as Captain Picard thanks to a well written script and the directorship of fellow crewman, Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker).
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