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Star Trek: Insurrection (Special Edition) [DVD] [1998]

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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, Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Aug 2005
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009RB5A8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,482 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

In this most colorful and relaxed installment of Paramount's longest running series, Captain Picard leads his multicultural starship crew in a rebellion to save a planet from the very Federation they serve so proudly.


Star Trek fans were decidedly mixed in their reactions to this, the ninth big-screen feature in Paramount's lucrative Trek franchise, but die-hard loyalists will appreciate the way this Next Generation adventure rekindles the spirit of the original Star Trek TV series while combining a tolerable dose of New-Agey philosophy with a lighthearted plot for the TNG 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 amuck 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 noninterference, 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 humourous 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 Trek flame--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

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. K. Lay on 8 Sep 2000
Format: VHS Tape
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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Shabeer Qureshi on 1 Sep 2005
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 31 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
'Star-Trek' the adventure continues for the crew of the 'Enterprise'
On a seemingly idyllic planet occupied by just 600 persons 'The Ba'Ku' a plot is developing the intent of
which is their removal, at the heart of which is a 'Federation Admiral and the 'Son'a'
Captain Picard' and his crew are on the way, it seems 'Data' serving the Federation on the planet is out
of control.
On the planet's surface 'Jean Luc' finds the 'Ba'ku' are not as technologically naïve as they first appear,
they tell the Captain that 'Data' has warned the planets inhabitants are in danger from both the 'Federation'
and 'Son'a'
The 'Admiral' orders 'Captain Picard' and his crew to leave. however there are deep suspicions among the
crew of the happenings on the planet.
Now the Captain must risk all by disobeying a direct order from a Federation Commander, to uphold the very
principles of the Federation and protect the population of the planet if but only 600, decisions and a plan of
action have to be made, quickly.
What is it that is so valuable on this particular planet to the 'Son'a' and seemingly the Federation that makes
it necessary to remove it's occupants.
It becomes a matter of principle for 'Jean Luc' he's prepared to return to the surface to help the 'Ba'ku' the
crew of the Enterprise insist on standing side by side with their Captain.
'Picard' directs 'Riker' and 'Geordi' to report to 'Star-Fleet Command and The Federation' what is happening
on the planet, to do so they have to take the 'Enterprise' within contact range, 'Jean Luc' is joined on the planets
surface by 'Data' 'Worf' 'Beverly' and 'Troi' to try to protect the 600 and prevent them being beamed up of the
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Capt. A. N. Other on 27 April 2008
Format: DVD
I'm currently working my way through all 10 films and I cannot understand why this film has such bad press. I'm no fanatical Trekkie, but having seen and enjoyed a few episodes across all 5 TV series, I decided to invest in the DVDs to see what all the fuss was about.

As the films go, 'Insurrection' is not standard Star Trek fair by a long shot. I probably agree that it definitely has a TV episode feel to it. However, despite not being the best of the series by any means, I felt that the film had a strong plot and a sinister villain, well played by J. Murray Abraham. As ever, Patrick Stewart relishes the opportunity to play the action hero rather than the Shakespearean stage actor.

Star Trek tries, and so often fails, at lighter moments, but I felt that the attempts at humour were not misplaced. Data's character was annoying in 'Generations'; I thought the dialoge between him and the young boy were not misjudged here.

Another strong point were the allusions to the forced removal of people in human history. It has happened so many times in the past, for the so-called greater good of the many (think 'lebensraum'). I thought the scenes with the string of Ba'ku evacuating into the mountains, however unsubtle, were particularly thought-provoking.

Don't expect the visual spectacle of 'First Contact', the well-judged humour of 'The Voyage Home', the character development that took place in Star Trek II-IV, the tense action of 'The Wrath of Kahn', or the darkness of 'The Undiscovered Country'. But expect a fun, easy-going tale that is enjoyable and does not suffer from the awkward moments of which some of the other entries of the series have the misfortune to be part.
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