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Star Trek IX: Insurrection [DVD]

Patrick Stewart , Jonathan Frakes , Jonathan Frakes    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn
  • Directors: Jonathan Frakes
  • Producers: Rick Berman
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XISFJ0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,194 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Star Trek fans were decidedly mixed in their reactions to this, the ninth big-screen feature in Paramount's lucrative Trek franchise. Die-hard loyalists will appreciate the way this Next Generation adventure rekindles the spirit of the original Trek TV series while combining a tolerable dose of New-Age philosophy with a light-hearted plot for the Next Gen cast. This time out, Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his executive crew must transport to a Shangri-la-like planet to see why their android crewmate Data (Brent Spiner) has run amok in a village full of peaceful Ba'ku artisans who--thanks to their planet's "metaphasic radiation"--haven't aged in 309 years.

It turns out there's a conspiracy afoot, masterminded by the devious, gruesomely aged Ru'afo (F. Murray Abraham, hamming it up under makeup resembling a cosmetic surgeon's worst nightmare), who's in cahoots with a renegade Starfleet admiral (Anthony Zerbe, in one of his final screen roles). They covet the fountain-of-youth power of the Ba'ku planet, but because their takeover plan violates Starfleet's Prime Directive of non-interference, it's up to Picard and crew to stop the scheme. Along the way, they all benefit from the metaphasic effect, which manifests itself as Worf's puberty (visible as a conspicuous case of Klingon acne), Picard's youthful romance with a Ba'ku woman (the lovely Donna Murphy), the touching though temporary return of Geordi's natural eyesight, and a moment when Troi asks Dr. Crusher if she's noticed that her "boobs are firming up".

Some fans scoffed at these humorous asides, but they're what make this Trek film as entertaining as it is slightly disappointing. Without the laughs (including Data's rousing excerpt from Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore), this is a pretty routine entry in the franchise, with no real surprises, a number of plot holes, and the overall appearance of a big-budget TV episode. As costar and director, Jonathan Frakes proves a capable carrier of the Star Trekflame--and it's nice to see women in their 40s portrayed as smart and sexy--but while this is surely an adequate Trek adventure, it doesn't quite rank with the best in the series. --Jeff Shannon

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Patrick Stewart Star Trek 9: Insurrection

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I've always found that the general public in general are too demanding and don't really appreciate what goes into a good film, or what appeals to people. For one you cannot please all the people all the time and therefore you are always going to upset somebody. ST Insurrection is such a film and although it is not the best film in the series there is enough in it to keep you entertained and there are also some wonderful moments which I will not forget. Like for example Bev and Deana discussing about the firmness of their boobs, Rikers claim that his clean shaven face is as smooth as an andriod's bottom, Data and Picard singing Gilbert and Sullivan, and the moment Geordi finally is able to see with his own eyes for the first time.
Some people have said this is the worst film of the series bar The Final Frontier ( a film some people have called one of the worst films ever... clearly a ridiculus statement to make considering there are hundreds of worse films than that and the person saying this couldn't possibley have seen every film to make this judgement).
For some people something is either great, or rubbish. A trait which comes from reading too many tabloid newspapers who couldn't give a balanced view of things if their life depended on it.
It's no First Contact, but then only The Wrath of Khan betters that and being a fan of all the series of Star Trek I feel this makes a worthy edition to the franchise.
Star Trek isn't all about blowing Borg/Romulans/Klingons to kingdom come, there is another side to it and this film is that side.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fresh approach to big-screen Trek. 9 Sep 2000
By A Customer
If all Star Trek films were action-packed adventures, they would not have proved so popular. It's the variety that keeps things interesting.
If you want to see a follow-on from the Next Generation series, then watch Generations. If you want an all-out action film, First Contact is for you. But following on from First Contact this film made for a nice change of pace.
The reason I've given it only four stars has nothing to do with the plot or feel of the film. There is one scene during a battle sequence where a helicopter-style joystick is used by Commander Riker to pilot the Enterprise from the command seat, which kind of makes you wonder why the helmsman has such a complicated control board in front of him if a good old 20th century joystick is all that's needed.
As for this story being more like a big-budget series 2-parter, so what? Personally, I'd love to see the Next Generation 2-part episode 'Best Of Both Worlds' in uninterrupted widescreen format.
Keep the Treks coming and I'll look forward to number 10 sometime in 2001!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good effort 1 Sep 2005
After the excitement and action of First Contact, things slowed down a bit for this next film in the star trek series, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. there's a little more time for some charachter development,humor and some wonderful plot developments (Riker and troi rekindelling their romance for instance). it does drag a bit at times, but the pace picks up nicely in the second half to an exciting climax.
the film centers aroung picard defying starfleet orders to prevent 600 people from being uprooted from their planet. i do feel more could have been made of this. Kirk did a similar thing in Star Trek III and ended up stealing the enterprise, going to a forbidden planet and ultimately blowing the ship up. THAT'S how you disobey orders. picard on the other hand, merely hangs around when told to return to earth,makes a nuisance of himself and ends up arguing with an admiral - not quite in the same league.
Despite this there is still plenty to keep audiances entertained.
i was disappointed that there was no director's commentry. Jonathan Frakes came across really well on the commentery to First Contact, as genuinely nice guy who enjoys his flimaking, so i felt a little let down by the absence of any commentry here. he does make up for it in the movie, however, by showing us the best way to have a shave (the lucky git!!!).
All in all, a solid addition to the series and well worth adding to your collection.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One for Trekkers only 30 May 2000
By A Customer
If you're a hardcore Trekker then this is a satisfying installment to the TNG film series. Better than Generations but not as exciting as First Contact. The 'green' leave them alone fountain of youth plot maybe a little slow for those looking for a bit of Sci Fi action. The title is a little misleading. All the regular cast are on board - Worf's attendance quickly explained with one of those 'well captain I just happen to be in the area ..' plot devices. Picard gets a little romance, Data finds new young friends, Geordie gets to see and the ladies firm up (you'll need to see the film for that one !). A Star Trek film that's really a stop gap for the next 'big' installment. As for the DVD (based on region 1) - all I can say is dreadful ! What a waste of the format. An opportunity missed ! A couple of trailers, a short featurette is all you get. Nothing really for Trekkers to get their teeth into. The makers should take a look at The Matrix DVD - that DVD 'boldly went where no DVD went before'
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Star Trek fans and other viewers have long derided this film for what it did not do. It did not follow on from the tension and excitement in First Contact, and it did not on the other hand live up to the pre-film hype that it would return to the humour of Star Trek IV.

However, what it did do, with benefit of hindsight, is in fact be one of the Next Generation movies that does live up to Roddenberry's ideal - there is a real theme and message here that Roddenberry would have been happy to put his name to.

The story starts when Data, involved in a duck-blind observation of the Ba'ku, a peaceful 'new-age-y' sort of race, goes apparently rogue. Picard and crew come to investigate, only to find that the planet may have the secret to eternal youth, and the observers have more than observing in mind - they plan the mass eviction of the Ba'ku. Picard is placed in a position of choosing between principle and his career, living out the moral centre ideal that Roddenberry loved so much.

There are elements of humour, some welcome fan appreciated vignettes, such as Geordi having a chance to see, Riker and Troi becoming close again, and the story moves along at a respectable pace. Set design is impressive, and the movie benefits from more on-location sets than any other Next Generation movie, giving it a unique identity. However, the darker edge IS missed, and while good, the movie never quite reaches the heights of some of its predecessors, or explores the themes quite as much as you would want it to.

So this particular disc will live or die on the extras - and they are a worthy set. Sadly, there is no director's commentary by Frakes, but there is a text commentary for the Trek Trivia inclined, by Michael and Denise Okuda.
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