Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Special Edition) [DVD] 
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William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and the rest of the Enterprise crew take to the skies in one of the most acclaimed and intriguing Sta r Trek adventures ever. It's the 23rd century, and a mysterious alien power is threatening Earth by evaporating the oceans and destr oying the atmosphere. In a frantic attempt to save mankind, Kirk and his crew must time travel back to 1986 San Francisco where they find a world of punk, pizza and exact-change buses that are as alien as anything they've ever encountered in the far reaches of the galaxy. A thrilling, action-packed mission for the Starship Enterprise!
The most popular movie in the "classic Trek" series of feature films, Star Trek IV was a box-office smash that satisfied mainstream audiences and hard-core fans alike. The Voyage Home returns to one of the favourite themes of the original TV series--time travel--to bring Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, Uhura and Chekov from the 23rd century to present-day (i.e., mid-1980s) San Francisco. In their own time, the Starfleet heroes encounter an alien probe emitting a mysterious message--a message delivered in the song of the now-extinct Earth species of humpback whales. Failure to respond to the probe will result in Earth's destruction, so Kirk and company time-travel to 20th-century Earth--in their captured Klingon starship--to transport a humpback whale to the future in an effort to communicate peacefully with the alien probe. The plot sounds somewhat absurd in description, but as executed by returning director Leonard Nimoy, this turned out to be a crowd-pleasing adventure, filled with a great deal of humour derived from the clash of future heroes and contemporary urban realities, and much lively interaction among the favourite Trek characters. Catherine Hicks plays the 20th-century whale expert who is finally convinced of Kirk's and Spock's benevolent intentions. --Jeff Shannon
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The great thing about this film that sets it apart from all the other Star Trek films is that it takes all our favourite Trek characters out of their normal setting and puts them into one that is alien to them but familiar to us (present day America). In doing this we get the chance to laugh at the flawed attempts of these incredible people from the future to cope with the world that we live in. Spock is especially amusing in this scenario. This film helps fans and none fans of Star Trek connect with the characters in a way like they have never done before.
This is the most successful Star Trek film ever and it is easy to understand why. I recommend this film to everybody alike. It is great.
I'm not sure if the budget was bigger than the earlier Star Trek films, but IV certainly has a classier look; the sets and costumes seem much higher quality, and production standards appear good too (lighting is particularly noteworthy, such as the moody ship interiors). The cast all put in some very natural performances here (helped by a great script), and are obviously enjoying themselves. Only a rather naive time travelling "dream" sequence jars; and Leonard Nimoy (who directed), gamely puts his hands up in the commentary to admit his dissatisfaction with it. Oh, and we have to see Sulu in that awful cape again.
Picture quality is excellent; truly as good as it gets on BRD. I was struck immediately by the fabulous detail of the improved costumes in the opening scene, and the bubbling water at the end of the time-travelling sequence is strikingly realistic. It's the vivid colour though that steals the show; from the well defined neon rainbows of the 23rd century displays, to the subtle hues of the costumes, The Voyage Home is a Technicolor delight from start to finish. Sound quality too is admirable, although not quite as noteworthy as the image.Read more ›
The story is excellent, funny and great for all the family.
The main thing about this movie - which somehow got lost when the Next Generation hit our screens - was that it didn't take itself seriously. It was made to be enjoyed. It didn't patronise, brow-beat or pompously preach. It took an important issue and made it both thought provoking and fun.
A fine movie indeed.
Perhaps usually remembered simply as "The one with the whales" it details the fugitive crew of the USS Enterprises voyage back through time to rescue two humpback whales (long extinct in the 23rd century) which may hold the key to mankinds salvation. Replete with good-hearted ecology messages and bursting with 80's period flavour it tells its story without drifting into preachy morals or sickly sweet nostalgia.
The presentation here is almost uniformly superb, the range of extras available (from full length commentary by Shatner and Nimoy to over 6 hours of behind the scenes retrospectives) is in keeping with earlier releases in Paramounts revisitations of the Trek movies and as such proves utterly fascinating and informative, menus are fully animated, sound quality is strong throughout and the selection of subtitles available is astounding.
Only one aspect brings a slight quibble, picture quality is acceptable, the movie certainly looks as good as any home cinema release so far, but it lacks the remasterinbg afforded to the Wrath of Khan release. A few scenes feel slightly grainy and there is a loss of colour depth on occasion. Minor problems however in such a commendable and well-priced package.
Not only one of the best trek-discs out there, but one of the best DVD's in general. Bravo Paramount!
The only real negative is that its Star Trek 5 next...God help us all!
This film is one of the best because it is lighter than all the others. It is also funny in places. Also complete with a wonderful light and happy score to make this film one of the best remebered in the Star Trek series. Also see Star trek three and two for more classic adventures.
This is a film not to be missed.
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brilliant film always loved it best of the star trek film franchise thank leonard nimoy for thatPublished 11 days ago by barryhawker
A good film, though not the best of the franchise. The age of the actors is starting to show and the film slides into humour. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Pete in UK