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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, German, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, English
  • Dubbed: German, French
  • 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: 12
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Mar. 2010
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,141 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.


Even-numbered Star Trek movies tend to be better, and this one (#8 in the popular movie 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 make 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley on 6 Jan. 2014
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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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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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