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Star Trek: First Contact [1996] [DVD]

Patrick Stewart , Jonathan Frakes , Jonathan Frakes    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
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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 (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TT87
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,318 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Contact in HD 9 Aug 2010
By Ron VIn
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars I've been assimilated 28 Aug 2010
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the upgrade 6 Feb 2012
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Last time I watched this film it was on VHS. It is the first Blu-Rauy I've watched and what a huge difference to the DVD's I've watched. Not only does it look good, but the sound is enhanced too, even though I have a standard HD Ready TV.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the Best of the Next Generation Films 1 Aug 2006
First Contact should have shown the people behind making Star Trek movies how to do it - action, excitement and drama. Unfortunately, this is the only Next Generation movies that really shines.

The Borg are a terrific enemy, as they do not kill their enemey but assimilate them and turn them into the Borg themselves and they quickly adapt to become immune to phaser fire. They also look much better than they did in the lower budget TV show, especially when they are adapt to phasers.

It is also brilliant to see the first Warp flight, giving meaning and purpose to the history of Star Trek. One SLIGHT criticism here is that they got their dates a little mixed up here. In the first ever episode of the Next Generation (Encounter at Farpoint), we learn that man kind was ruled by a drug-fueled, military obcessed totalitarian government in the 2070s. But yet here man kind is 'united in a way no one thought possible' from 2063 onwards? Sorry to sound geeky, but that just bugged me a little.

The new Enterpirse looks superb, but unfortunately doesn't appear in enough shots to give us a good look like we saw in the Motion Picture (rectified in the next movie).

All in all, a great Star Trek film. I'd rank it just behind II The Wrath of Khan and VI The Undiscovered Country, but it is easily the best of the Next Generation films.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek at its best 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is by far the best `Star Trek' film I've ever seen and is certainly my favourite from the film franchise. `Star Trek: First Contact' is a highly rated, action-packed adventure featuring the Next Generation team with Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the starship Enterprise and is a well-written adventure and well-directed by Jonathan Frakes who plays Riker in the movie. There aren't any original series characters like Kirk featured in this, as this is the first pure Next Generation film following 'Star Trek: Generations'.

I had this film for my birthday back in 2005 when I was getting into `Star Trek' through the original and `next generation' series and really enjoying the voyages of the starship Enterprise with Captain Picard (played by Patrick Stewart) and the rest of his crew. It was a lovely birthday treat and certainly worth enjoying, especially whilst I was studying my GCSEs at the time.

One of the biggest highlights of this film for me is the Borg. They are the most scariest villains in `Star Trek' history and are well suited for a movie audience. The Borg are a cybernetic race of advanced humanoids that roam about the galaxy seeking perfection assimilating various species into their hive collective. They are monsters that are unstoppable and you can't reason with them. They'll take you and turn you into one of them, essentially saying that it's best for you and that `resistance is futile'. Reminds of me another cybernetic race of beings who want to turn you into one of them - the Cybermen from `Doctor Who'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great thanks
Published 3 days ago by Kylie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Film
The best of the bunch
Published 10 days ago by J Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not Swedish
"Star Trek: First Contact" is the eighth movie in the apparently infinite Star Trek franchise. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ashtar Command
5.0 out of 5 stars the borg
a brilliant film where captain picard has flashbacks ,a good film to watch ,lots of sci-fi action ,a great add to any trekkies collection
Published 5 months ago by davidhattermann
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie on an average Blu-ray
I'm not a fan of JJ Abrams re-incarnation of Star Trek, not by a million miles. So if I want to have fun Trek time I have to look way back to previous generations (ironically this... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Inspector Gadget
4.0 out of 5 stars ok
Like all blu-rays when compared to watching the DVD version or an old video one watching this film is a clearer, more detailed experience and in many cases it's like looking at the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr C. Taft
5.0 out of 5 stars First Contact
I really enjoyed this film, it seemed to fill in some gaps and questions left from other films in the series.
Published 6 months ago by irisblue
4.0 out of 5 stars A present
Can't write a review as brought as present.
Can not review it this is silly.brought as a present.ho ho merry christmas
Published 6 months ago by Mrs Marion Halfpenny
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise
I have watched most, if not all, of the Star Trek franchise movies. Some were dire and some excellent. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Richard H
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Film
I find that most of the older Star Trek films are quite disappointing. I think that this is the best i've seen and its pretty good.
Published 10 months ago by GlynIlson
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