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Mind Meld - Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime [DVD]
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on 18 January 2016
2 old friends get together to look back at their time on Star Trek, their careers in general and their private lives, including Nimoy's alcoholism, the death of 1 of Shatner's wives and Shatner realising that the supporting cast of Star Trek all hated his guts !
It's truly sad that their friendship would later break down with Nimoy refusing to speak to Shatner - there's been much speculation over this and I believe it may've been down to sour grapes on Shatner's behalf for him not being included in J.J. Abrhams' reworking of Star Trek whilst Nimoy was, which resulted in Shatner making a few negative remarks against Nimoy's involvment which Leonard didn't much care for.
Despite what would later transpire between the 2 men, at the time they made this interview they clearly loved one another deeply, which is demonstrated by their roaring laughter with each other throughout.
Especially moving now are the final 10 minutes when talk turns towards death and their good friend Deforest Kelly - this is all-the-more poignant now that Nimoy has himself passed away.
I defy anybody not to have a tear in their eye when watching the last shot of Nimoy putting his arm around Shatner and telling him that he is his best friend.
A truly beautiful viewing experience then, I just wished it could've been longer as I easily could've watched these 2 men chatting away to each other for another hour at least !
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on 26 September 2017
Very enjoyable if you enjoy watching two old friends discuss life, love, death, career and everything inbetween... in Nimoy's garden! Can't imagine why a proper Trekkie wouldn't enjoy this. It's a little like "Inside The Actor's Studio" but without that fawning sycophant with the dyed beard asking the questions.
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on 8 September 2017
A fascinating insight to a somewhat rocky relationship between perhaps the most famous acting partners of the 20th Century. A must-read if you are a Trekker!
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on 16 June 2017
Nice read
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on 14 March 2016
A real treat to watch these two dear friends having very interesting discussions at Leonard Nimoys home. I really enjoyed it as I do with anything that William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy are in.
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VINE VOICEon 9 June 2015
Kirk & Spock. Shatner & Nimoy. Bill & Leonard. Two veteran actors now in their eighties chatting informally about their careers and the glory days of STAR TREK. Shatner is, as always, an irrepressible force of nature unlike the more reserved Nimoy, yet both are resolutely on the same page regarding critics and some oft-repeated rumours of in-fighting and scene-stealing, not to mention pay disputes, budget cuts and off-stage relationships. The boys want to set the record straight.

And, in a way, they do. It's certainly no secret that James Doohan, who played Scotty, disliked Shatner intensely for the cavalier way he would treat his co-stars, displaying little regard for their feelings and often muscling in on their limelight. Nimoy, on the other hand, may have been far more diplomatic in how he behaved but he was nonetheless a ferocious negotiator and fiercely protective of the Spock character. Both men conclude that since they were the stars who carried the show then what they did was only fair and right. Well, perhaps.

MIND MELD is, as one old Vulcan might say, a fascinating insight into the actor's ego and includes some frank admissions of very human failings and tragedies - Nimoy's alcholism, the loss of Shatner's wife in a swimming pool accident and the ups and downs associated with being forever typecast as Starfleet's finest. There are some sweet reminiscences about DeForest Kelley (the actor who played Dr McCoy, a kind and gentle soul both in space and in real life) who completed the Kirk/Spock/McCoy dynamic to perfection - a unique balance of characters never bettered in any of the spinoff shows. Tribute is also paid to creator/producer GENE RODDENBERRY.

Not absolutely essential and probably not to every fan's taste, MIND MELD is still worth having if you want to see another side to two living legends (and longtime buddies), laughing, joking and riffing on about phasers and Orion Slave Women and nerve pinches and Hortas and IDIC and all the rest of the stuff that went up to make the finest science-fiction show on tv. Ever.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Sad postscript: only Shatner remains in the first team now - I hope he carries the torch for a few more years because, beyond that, what is actually left except perhaps the Undiscovered Country..?
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on 4 April 2013
Shatner interviews and reminisces with Nimoy. Liked it a lot. The two come across as having a deep friendship. Feels very natural, even though there obviously was a camera crew present somewhere. A lot of anecdotes I had not heard before.
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on 10 February 2017
This is a remarkable film about the long relationship between two remarkable men.
At once funny and amazingly moving it's a testament to two great actors and makes the loss of one all the more sad
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on 8 October 2016
Features two men who spent three years on a TV show and then made six movies related to the TV show. They talk about their addictions, families, and any difficulties they had during their times producing content. Some insight, mostly sad.
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on 13 March 2016
A good video.
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