Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Special Edition) [DVD] 
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The Enterprise leads a battle for peace but when a Klingon ship is attacked and the Enterprise is held accountable, the dogs of war are unleashed again as both worlds brace for what might be their final, deadly encounter.
With the return of director Nicholas Meyer, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country restored the movie series to its classic blend of space opera, intelligent plotting and engaging interaction of stalwart heroes and menacing villains. Borrowing its subtitle (and several lines of dialogue) from Shakespeare, the movie finds Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) and his fellow Enterprise crew members on a diplomatic mission to negotiate peace with the revered Klingon Chancellor Gorkon (David Warner). When the high-ranking Klingon and several officers are ruthlessly murdered, blame is placed on Kirk and crew. The subsequent investigation, which sees Spock taking on the mantle of Sherlock Holmes (and even quoting some of the great detective's lines), uncovers an assassination plot masterminded by the nefarious Klingon General Chang (Christopher Plummer) in an effort to disrupt a historic peace summit.
As this political plot unfolds Star Trek VI takes on a sharp-edged tone with Kirk and Spock confronting their opposing views of diplomacy and testing their bonds of loyalty when a Vulcan officer (Kim Cattrall) is revealed to be a traitor. With a dramatic depth befitting what was to be the final movie mission of the original Enterprise crew, this film took the veteran cast out in respectably high style, with the torch being passed to the crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation in the following movie, Star Trek: Generations. --Jeff Shannon
On the DVD: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is a two-disc set with the main feature presented in anamorphic widescreen at the fascinating (as Mr Spock would say) ratio of 2.00:1. Sound is strong Dolby Digital 5.1. Director Nicholas Meyer and screenwriter Denny Martin Flinn provide an audio commentary and Trek-trivia gurus Michael and Denise Okuda give another of their fact-packed text commentaries. The second disc has several lengthy and interesting documentaries: The Perils of Peacemaking delves into the many deliberate parallels with the Cold War; Stories from Star Trek VI consists of eight separate chapters about the making of the film (where it's revealed that "Gene Roddenberry hated the script", and that "The studio was not ready to relinquish the original actors possibly because they were still ambulatory"!); The Star Trek Universe has various nuggets of information, including the creation and evolution of the Klingons. Finally, in Farewell there are interviews with the principal cast from the set, plus a tribute to DeForest Kelley. Nicholas Meyer, Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner all provide up-to-date contributions throughout. --Mark Walker
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Although often paling in comparision with ST:2, Undiscovered Country is very underrated and easily one of the contenders for best in series. Carrying on some of the themes from Khan, such as old age and fear of change and combining them with an intelligent and effective plot. This is what the TNG crew should have had, a dignified exit, going out with an emotional bang, instead of a pyrotechnic whimper.
On the dvd there are multiple featurettes and you realise just what an arduous process it was to get this made. Nicholas Meyer confirms all the "rumours" that this film was based on "the wall coming down" and in the commentary actually talks a lot about politics and history which play a central theme. The final farewell is interesting and the tribute to DeForest Kelly is a touching finale.
All in all a fine package
A Klingon moon explodes, destroying their home planet's ozone layer. As a result, Klingon Chancellor Gorkon (David Warner) approaches the Federation with an offer of peace, and Spock recommends that Kirk be sent to escort him to negotiations. Kirk, whose son was murdered by Klingons, isn't happy about this, but does his duty. After dining with Gorkon, his daughter (Rosanna DeSoto) and General Chang (Christopher Plummer), however, the Enterprise seemingly fires on Gorkon's ship, while two disguised officers beam aboard to kill survivors. An innocent Kirk is taken prisoner for this, giving Spock a short amount of time to uncover what happened.
Many references to Shakespeare's Hamlet are made. Though the connection's weaker than it was in Wrath of Khan, where Khan identified with Moby Dick's Ahab, each quote adds flavour to the screenplay. "The Undiscovered Country" is itself taken from Prince Hamlet's famous "to be or not to be" speech. In the play the undiscovered country was death; here it's peace. Beneath its shiny surface this is a thematically rich film. Alongside peace are issues of race, and how certain people fear change even when thwarting it causes slaughter.
Kim Cattrall plays Vulcan lieutenant Valeris, Spock's protege.Read more ›
Captain Sulu is finishing off an assignment when the Excelsior is rocked by an explosion. It is soon clear that a Klingon moon has exploded during an 'incident' reminiscent of the 1980's Chernobyl disaster, and destroys their energy production facilities. The Klingons are on their knees with a crumbling economy and a dying planet, an olive branch is offered towards Starfleet who deliberate how to deal with the pesky warriors.
A Starfleet council meeting reveals a dark side to Captain Kirk, he wants to plays no part in facilitating peace with the Klingons - bitter over the death of his son and exasperated by Spock's enthusiasm for the plan, he desperately exclaims that we should let them die. Kirk isn't getting the quiet 3 months he was hoping for before his eventual retirement and is reluctantly dragged into escorting the Klingon Chancellor Gorkon to diplomacy meetings. But when the Enterprise seemingly fires on the Klingon ship and sends two assasins in to kill Gorkon the film becomes a detective story to discover the truth behind the attack and rescue Kirk and McCoy from incarceration.
The previous Star Trek films have explored common themes - usually attitudes towards age and spirituality. This sixth film also tackles age - the crew are due to be relieved of duty and hand over the Enterprise to the next generation.Read more ›
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Second best movie (The Wrath of Khan being the best) featuring the original crew of the Enterprise and final before the arrival of The Next Generation.Published 3 months ago by flying_fin
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