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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier 4K Blu-ray Review

It might not be able to rehabilitate the film's reputation, but this 4k restoration of star trek v: the final frontier is undoubtedly a pleasing remaster..

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The Bottom Line

  • + Video transfer
  • + Audio transfer
  • - Missing extras in the Australian verison

Should you buy it?

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After the stunning success of Star Trek: The Voyage Home , which brought new fans to the long-running sci-fi series, star William Shatner would only return for the next installment on the condition that he would direct in a similar arrangement to his colleague Leonard Nimoy who directed the third and fourth installments.

Unfortunately, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier didn't fare nearly as well, competing not just against poor word of mouth but a plethora of hot summer blockbusters like Batman , Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade , and Ghostbusters II .

When Spock's (Leonard Nimoy) half-brother Sybok (Laurence Luckinbill) is exiled from Vulcan, taking diplomats hostage in a devious plan to seize control of a Starship (you guessed it: the USS Enterprise) to visit a God-like entity whom has been plaguing his dreams, with the hope of obtaining his power and knowledge. Meanwhile, an ambitious Klingon commander Klaa (Todd Bryant), has his sights on capturing Captain Kirk (William Shatner) - dead or alive.

While it might firmly remain the weakest of the original Star Trek feature films with a convoluted plot, budget-level special effects, and a weak resolution, The Final Frontier is slowly being re-appraised in several areas, including for its ambitious scope (admittedly unrealized), solid production values and heartwarming scenes between the lead actors.

I'm happy to admit that, courtesy of this most recent viewing, I found my position shifting slightly in its favor. At the very least, this new 4K remaster presents the film in the best possible manner, with a filmic presentation that elevates it from the original television series.

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Video transfer

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, encoded with H.265 compression, and finished with a Dolby Vision pass, in addition to a base HDR-10 layer.

As with its three predecessors, Paramount has returned to the original camera negative to produce this brand new 4K transfer, which replaces the previous, nearly 20-year-old HD master in a definitive manner.

The image is stable, clear, detailed, and almost entirely cleaned of excessive noise and film artifacts, many of which were baked into the original negative at the production time. The color balance is excellent, with rich and saturated tones where appropriate. The uptick in fine detail across the board is stunning, allowing fans better to appreciate the artistry evident in the costumes and sets all the more.

The downside is that some less competently produced visual effects fare slightly worse to this extra scrutiny. However, the added HDR can occasionally make the image blend somewhat more.

Overall, this is a really capable, often impressive remaster, which will likely become the definitive presentation for many years to come.

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Audio transfer

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is presented with a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 remix at 24 bits.

Just as consistent as previous mixes, Star Trek: The Final Frontier certainly sounds a treat. There were no problems with audio sync or dialogue. The surround mix is just a little better than previous mixes, with a few moments of really nice 360-degree panning effects and reverb.

I suspect the more recent vintage of this film (relative to the wider Trek movie series, of course!) and the condition of the individual audio stems made it just a little easier for modern audio engineers to manipulate. The subwoofer is fairly active when called upon, including during the climatic (or anti-climatic, as the case may be) finale.

The score, provided by the legendary Jerry Goldsmith returning to the saga for the first time since The Motion Picture , is solid but far from his best work. But when that Star Trek march kicks in, it's very hard not to get roused.

Overall, this is a solid effort that does enough to be impressive, but it is a little bit of a shame that Paramount didn't go the extra mile to prepare a new Dolby Atmos mix.

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Bonus materials

Unfortunately, unlike the U.S. and U.K. physical media releases, Paramount has seen fit not to include a copy of the standard Blu-ray in the Australian release, nor the bonus disc, which means all the video-based features are completely missing in action.

Unfortunately, at odds with the U.S. release, Paramount has not included a copy of the standard Blu-ray in the Australian release, which means all the video-based features, including making-of featurettes and deleted scenes, are completely missing in action. This is yet again a very disappointing move for local Star Trek fans.

However, the 4K disc does include two previously released Audio Commentaries , the first featuring Director and Star William Shatner, alongside his daughter Liz Shatner (who co-authored a book about the making of the film), and a second featuring Michael and Denise Okuda, Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, and Daren Dochterman.

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Ben joined the TweakTown team in 2008 and has since reviewed 100s of movies. Ben is based in Australia and has covered entertainment news and reviews since 2002. A student of film, Ben brings a wide understanding of the medium to the latest happenings in entertainment circles and the latest blockbuster theatrical reviews.

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4K Ultra HD Review – Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

September 6, 2022 by Brad Cook

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier , 1989,

Many Star Trek fans may not be enamored with the fifth installment in the film franchise, but those who enjoy it will want to scoop up this new 4K release, which also includes the film on Blu-ray, along with a code for a digital copy. The extras from past editions were ported over too.

It’s hard to imagine anything good coming of a Star Trek film sub-titled The Final Frontier . I’m continuously fascinated by what could exist out there in the cosmos, but there’s a high likelihood that there are things we can’t even imagine. And don’t get me started on the idea of where the universe came from and where it’s headed. (For the record: I very much believe in science; I just have a hard time wrapping my brain around the idea that there could have been nothing before The Big Bang.)

Revisiting the movie for the first time in many years, I found that Star Trek V starts off as a decent installment in the Trek franchise. Sure, the singing around the campfire bit at the beginning is pretty cringey (and, yes, ending the film with it is even worse), but overall, there’s some nice tension as the new character Sybok is introduced and we begin to learn why he’s so interested in hijacking the Enterprise and its crew.

The story goes off the rails in the third act, though, and concludes with a “What the heck was that?” finale that doesn’t come close to reaching the promise of the Final Frontier sub-title. Combined with non-ILM special effects that weren’t quite on par with what fans were used to, this is a film that could have very well killed the series.

If you’re a completist, though, you will probably want to snatch this one up. And I have seen a few people online say they love this movie, to which I say “More power to you.” Both groups will likely really appreciate the 4K remaster that Paramount gave the film. It looks beautiful, with plenty of fine detail. I never had this one on Blu-ray (or DVD, for that matter), but my understanding is that the image quality was underwhelming in high-def, so this version is a big improvement.

Unfortunately, 4K also means that the limitations in the effects work are on full display. You may even inadvertently laugh when Captain Kirk is climbing El Capitan at the beginning of the movie and the close-ups of him reveal that William Shatner is clearly on a fake cliff. Yes, of course you wouldn’t expect the actor to be hanging from the actual mountain, but it would have been nice if the difference between the long shots and close-ups wasn’t so stark.

This edition features 4K and Blu-ray platters, each of which contains the movie and its bonus features, all of which are legacy extras ported over from previous releases. There’s also a code for a digital copy of the film. Here’s a rundown of the extras:

• Commentary track with William Shatner and his daughter Liz: Shatner has always seemed to bristle at criticisms of this film, which he directed, and this commentary track seems like an extended “Yeah, but…” session that allows him to air all the constraints he had to work under. While it’s true there were limitations with the budget and other things, the story could have still been better. The cost for a great script is pretty small compared to the overall budget of most movies.

• Commentary track with Star Trek historians Denise and Michael Okuda, writers Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, and visual effects supervisor Daren Dochterman: This discussion is more of a “warts and all” affair, with the participants being more willing to critique the film’s shortcomings than Shatner and his daughter were. That said, this is far from a grievance track: the group gives credit and blame where they feel it’s due, and they refrain from simply bashing anyone. This could have turned into the commentary version of an online message board, and I’m glad it didn’t. I also would have been very surprised if it did, given who’s involved here.

• Library Computer: This is an option that lets you watch the film with the ability to pull up various bits of trivia. You can also access all of the information without sitting through the film again. (I honestly didn’t intend that last sentence to be snarky, but I’ll leave it there anyway.)

•  Harve Bennett’s Pitch to Sales Team  (1.75 minutes): This is an interesting video that producer Harve Bennett filmed to get the sales folks pumped up about the movie. I’ve seen archival videos that were meant to sell movies to theater owners way back when, but I don’t think I’ve seen one like this before. Maybe Bennett was worried that he had a stinker on his hands and wanted to get it onto as many screens as possible before poor reviews and lousy word-of-mouth tarnished the box office results.

• T he Journey: A Behind-The-Scenes Documentary  (29 minutes): The main members of the cast and crew discuss the movie from its earliest days to its box office debut. Shatner in particular remains defensive about the film.

• Makeup tests (10 minutes): This is silent footage of the makeup tests done for Sybok and other new characters, including the main villain.

• Pre-visualization models (1.75 minutes): This is a glimpse of the old school methods used to plan the visual effects shots.

•  Rockman in the Raw  (5.5 minutes): Many Trek fans are aware of the creature that was originally supposed to appear in The Final Frontier , and this featurette shows us the plans for it. I’m not sure the film would have been any better, nor any worse, if this vision had been realized.

•  Star Trek V Press Conference  (13.75 minutes): Shot as the film wrapped principal photography, this is an interesting glimpse into how Bennett and the cast felt about the film before moviegoers could weigh in. Spoiler alert: they were pretty happy-go-lucky about it.

•  Herman Zimmerman: A Tribute  (19 minutes): The long-time Star Trek production designer gets his due.

• Original interview: William Shatner (14.5 minutes): This was shot as principal photography got underway in Yosemite National Park, showing the director and star eager to make a movie that he seemed to honestly think would be a Trek classic.

•  Cosmic Thoughts  (13 minutes): A variety of science- and religion-minded folks, along with people like sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury and Eugene Roddenberry (Gene’s son), weigh in on how religion is handled in Star Trek .

•  That Klingon Couple  (13 minutes): Todd Bryant, who played the Klingon captain brought to heel way too easily, and Spice Williams, who took on the role of his lieutenant, chat about the movie and their involvement in it. While the interview is on the fluffy side, it’s a nice break from hearing from the usual suspects.

•  A Green Future?  (9.5 minutes): Environmental messages are wonderful, but this one seems out of place in the bonus features for a Trek film that doesn’t have much in the way of environmental messaging. Maybe it would have been better on the Star Trek IV disc.

•  Star Trek Honors NASA  (10 minutes): Roddenberry sought to base Star Trek ’s technology on real science as much as he could, and this quick featurette is an examination of that idea.

•  Hollywood Walk of Fame: James Doohan  (3 minutes): It’s nice to see the actor get a star on the Walk of Fame. This featurette also serves as a sober reminder of how many members of the original cast are gone.

•  Starfleet Academy SCISEC Brief 005: Nimbus III  (3 minutes): This is a fun little dossier on the planet that plays a central role in acts one and two of the story.

Four deleted scenes, a production gallery, a gag reel, storyboards, trailers, and TV spots round out the platter.

Flickering Myth Rating  – Film: ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★

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Review: ‘Star Trek V’ And ‘Star Trek VI’ On 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Beautifully Upgrade The Final TOS Movies

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| September 6, 2022 | By: Matt Wright 51 comments so far

Just ahead of Star Trek Day 2022, Paramount Home Entertainment has released the newly remastered 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray versions of The Final Frontier and The Undiscovered Country . The release of these two films finishes the work of bringing all six of the TOS era movies into 4K UHD. The films are available individually and in a new Star Trek I-VI boxed set.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Edition is also out today on 4K UHD Blu-ray, and will be covered in a separate review.

With the individual movie releases, you get a 2-disc case that contains the Ultra HD Blu-ray version of the movie, and a standard HD Blu-ray disc version. The Blu-ray discs feature the same newly restored versions of the film, just in 1080p. These new versions of the 1080p Blu-ray movies are also sold separately for those who haven’t made the leap to 4K/HDR.

NOTE: This review focuses on the 2022 Star Trek V and Star Trek VI releases. For the first four original series films, please see my review of the first boxed set Paramount released for Star Trek Day 2021.

Star Trek V

The Final Frontier is a bit of an odd duck. The success of The Voyage Home meant the studio felt the need to include more overt humor, and because Leonard Nimoy had directed one of the movies, the “favored nations” clause in Nimoy’s and Shatner’s contracts meant that Bill Shatner got a turn too. Star Trek V can be a very good-looking film at times, Shatner does a fine job directing, and the cinematography by Andrew Laszlo is very good. The plot itself at least tries to yield some interesting ideas about faith, with a dash of commentary on our quick-fix society. Ultimately, the film is let down by pretty awful special effects and misplaced humor. That said, the troika of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy have some lovely intimate moments around the campfire, and there’s some compelling insight into the characters around Sybok’s revealing of their pain, so The Final Frontier is worth a place in your collection for these moments, if nothing else.

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Kirk and McCoy question Spock about Sybok.

Star Trek VI

After the mixed results of The Final Frontier , the future of the TOS film franchise was uncertain. With the 25th anniversary (1991) fast approaching, a plan was eventually hatched to make one last movie with the original crew as a proper send off. Star Trek II director (and Star Trek IV co-writer) Nicholas Meyer was brought back. While there were some obvious budgetary limitations, The Undiscovered Country managed to pull off a film similar to what Khan had done a decade earlier, which was to make a compelling film on (mostly) existing sets and in a short time. Also back was ILM for the visual effects, fixing a major mistake made with the production of Star Trek V . The plot smartly used the idea of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent dissolution of the USSR as inspiration for starting the process for peace with the Klingons. At the time, I remember eating this all up as viewer. I do wonder about the need for this (contemporary—now historical) context for younger fans when they watch this movie, and if it carries as much weight without it. Regardless, when everything is done and the cast is literally signing off on the screen, it’s hard not to get a bit teary eyed, knowing this was an exciting and generally satisfying send-off for our beloved crew.

For this new Ultra HD release, both the Theatrical Version (109:56) and the slightly-longer Director’s Cut (113:21) are included. For whatever reason, the standard Blu-ray edition only includes the Theatrical Version.

The Director’s Cut isn’t really required viewing. It restores a few interesting little scenes, and also reinserts the “Scooby Doo” ending first seen on the home video version of TUC in the ’90s, where the Klingon assassin is exposed as Colonel West (René Auberjonois).

Both the Director’s and Theatrical versions are now framed at 2.39:1. Director Nicholas Meyer has confirmed to Bill Hunt of The Digital Bits that 2.39:1 is his preferred framing for the film.

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The TOS crew heads off into the sunset.

Video Quality

Just like the previous four films, these new 4K scans of the films look significantly better than the old 2009 HD versions. They look like films again, far less processed than the previous releases, and that alone makes the set worth getting. The wider color gamut of Ultra HD allows for richer colors; for example, the “monster maroon” uniforms are a shade of rich deep red. The films also benefit from a restrained HDR grade that helps retain details in the brighter scenes.

Nitty-gritty details: Without a doubt, the films look much better than they ever have on home video. The previous versions of the films which were released back in 2009 and then repackaged ever since had a number of shortcomings. They were overly processed, which meant the natural look of film was often scrubbed out. The biggest symptom of this over-processing is that faces looked waxy or leathery: The Undiscovered Country was probably the worst offender. These new versions of the films may at first appear “soft,” but that’s not correct; what this new scan of the movies did was restore a natural filmic look to the movies (film grain), and finer details are more visible now.

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A closer look. Click to enlarge.

NOTE: The screenshots included in this article are from the standard Blu-ray 1080p release. The 4k HDR versions look even better. Staring at still frames of a motion picture isn’t exactly how a film is intended to be watched, so take these as a general demonstration of the changes.

For The Final Frontier, the biggest correction is fixing how “hot” the 2009 version was. The contrast was pumped up way too far. This blew out details in bright scenes, most egregiously in the scene with “god” which effectively made the face in the energy column un-viewable.

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2009 Blu-ray

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2022 Blu-ray (from 4K scan)

Audio Quality

The audio mixes are the same excellent lossless 7.1 Dolby TrueHD mixes previously released with the Blu-rays. I will say I’m slightly disappointed Paramount didn’t remix the movies in Dolby Atmos, but that isn’t a deal-killer by any means. The mixes are great and sound really good on a modern surround system.

Special Features

As this release is all about bringing the movies into UHD there are no new special features, but each film carries over pretty much all of the special features from the 2009 versions of the movies, which in turn carried over most of the DVD features from before. I recommend you check out  our review from 2009 for more .

As is common practice, the Ultra HD Blu-ray discs have minimal special features to allow maximum space for the 4K video. So the majority of the extras are found on the standard Blu-ray discs.

Full list of features:

UHD Blu-ray disc features:

  • Audio Commentary by William Shatner and Liz Shatner
  • Audio Commentary by Michael & Denise Okuda, Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens, and Daren Dochterman

Blu-ray disc features:

  • Library Computer (HD)
  • Harve Bennett’s Pitch to Sales Team (SD – 1:42)
  • The Journey: A Behind-The-Scenes Documentary (SD – 28:55)
  • Makeup Tests (SD – 9:50)
  • Pre-Visualization Models (SD – 1:41)
  • Rockman in the Raw (SD – 5:37)
  • Star Trek V Press Conference (SD – 13:42)
  • Herman Zimmerman: A Tribute (SD – 19:09)
  • Original Interview: William Shatner (SD – 14:37)
  • Cosmic Thoughts (SD – 13:05)
  • That Klingon Couple (SD – 13:05)
  • A Green Future? (SD – 9:24)
  • Star Trek Honors NASA (HD – 9:57)
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame: James Doohan (SD – 3:07)
  • Starfleet Academy SCISEC Brief 005: Nimbus III (HD – 3:02)
  • Mount Rushmore (SD – :18)
  • Insults (SD – 2:03)
  • Behold Paradise (SD – :52)
  • Spock’s Pain (SD – 1:02)
  • Production Gallery (SD – 4:04)
  • The Face of God
  • Theatrical Trailer 1 (HD – 2:42)
  • Theatrical Trailer 2 (HD – 1:34)
  • Vacation Is Over (SD – :32)
  • Renegade (SD – :32)
  • Challenge of Rebellion (SD – :31)
  • Brothers (SD – :32)
  • Beyond (SD – :32)
  • Adventure (SD – :16)
  • Warp Speed Now (SD – :17)
  • The Gag Reel (SD – 1:08)
  • Audio Commentary by Nicholas Meyer and Denny Martin Flinn (Theatrical Version Only)
  • Audio Commentary by Larry Nemecek and Ira Steven Behr (Theatrical Version Only)
  • Text Commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda (Director’s Cut Only)
  • The Perils of Peacemaking (SD – 26:30)
  • It Started with a Story (SD – 9:46)
  • Prejudice (SD – 5:02)
  • Director Nicholas Meyer (SD – 5:57)
  • Shakespeare & General Chang (SD – 5:53)
  • Bring It to Life (SD – 23:26)
  • Farewell & Goodbye (SD – 7:04)
  • Conversations with Nicholas Meyer (SD – 9:33)
  • Klingons: Conjuring the Legend (SD – 20:43)
  • Federation Operatives (SD – 4:53)
  • Penny’s Toy Box (SD – 6:06)
  • Together Again (SD – 4:56)
  • Tom Morga: Alien Stuntman (HD – 4:57)
  • To Be or Not to Be: Klingons and Shakespeare (HD – 23:04)
  • Starfleet Academy SCISEC Brief 006: Praxis (HD – 2:38)
  • DeForest Kelley: A Tribute (SD – 13:19)
  • William Shatner (SD – 5:05)
  • Leonard Nimoy (SD – 6:26)
  • DeForest Kelley (SD – 5:00)
  • James Doohan (SD – 5:33)
  • Nichelle Nichols (SD – 5:39)
  • George Takei (SD – 5:28)
  • Walter Koenig (SD – 5:28)
  • Iman (SD – 5:04)
  • Production Gallery (SD – 3:24)
  • Rura Penthe
  • Leaving Spacedock (Omitted)
  • Teaser Trailer (HD – 1:28)
  • Theatrical Trailer (HD – 2:23)
  • 1991 Convention Presentation by Nicholas Meyer (SD – 4:43)

What’s missing

The only bonus feature that would have been great to see is the multi-part documentary by Roger Lay Jr. (who did the excellent documentaries on the TNG-R and ENT Blu-ray sets) commissioned for the 50th anniversary boxed set in 2016.

It’s understandable why this feature isn’t on the TUC disc; the other parts weren’t included in the other 4K discs either. This was a separate documentary commissioned for the 50th anniversary set, but it would be nice to get them into a new set at some point.

Final thoughts

The TOS movies have never looked better. Are they perfect? No. But it’s pretty darn close. As fans who enjoy these films and want to have them in the best possible format, this is a must buy. Fans need to vote with their wallets. Remember, there’s more at stake here than just these movies. If we want the TNG movies available on disc (which we assume would be released next September), the studio needs proof that there’s a demand for it.

If people don’t buy these on disc, it also sends the message that streaming-only is okay. Streaming rights come and go, and vary by region, so the only surefire way to collect these movies in 4K to keep as your own is on disc. And at least for the US version of these films, it comes with a code for a digital copy of the movie, so you can have your handy digital version while also showing your support for the disc format.

Available today

Star Trek V and Star Trek VI were released today, September 6 in the USA on 4K Ultra HD. Each is available on Amazon for $19.99 ( Star Trek V: The Final Frontier ) and ( Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country ). You can also pick up Blu-ray editions of both for $14.99.

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Also out today

Today Paramount also released Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition in 4K Ultra HD. Look for a review of that later this week, but you can pick it up at Amazon for $25.96 . The standard Blu-ray edition is selling for 17.99.

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And for The Motion Picture: Director’s Edition they also released “The Complete Adventure” (limited edition) boxed set. This includes an Ultra HD Blu-ray of Theatrical + Special Longer Version and an Ultra HD Blu-ray of the Director’s Edition plus the Blu-ray of bonus features, and various collectible swag.

Amazon has already sold out of this version which has a MSRP of $107.99. There does seem to be limited stock at Best Buy , so check both vendors.

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You can also pick up new individual releases of the other TOS era movies priced at 19.99 for UHD Blu-ray or 14.99 for standard Blu-ray ( Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan  , Star Trek III: The Search for Spock , Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home ).

And all six original series movies are available in 4K UHD in a new Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture Collection box set. It includes the theatrical cut of The Motion Picture with UHD and standard Blu-ray discs for each film along with digital download codes. The new TOS movies set is available at Amazon for $107.99

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Packaging for six-movie collection

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I just received TMP special edition which was $85 so I am not sure if I want to double-dip (for TMP included again) for the full set here? I may wait 6 months so that I can get this for $60.

Great review — it’s so good to hear that they did not half-ass this.

The Director’s Cut isn’t really required viewing. It restores a few interesting little scenes, and also reinserts the “Scooby Doo” ending first seen on the home video version of TUC in the ’90s, where the Klingon assassin is exposed as Colonel West (René Auberjonois).

I never thought of it as a Scooby Doo ending. You made me laugh. Made my day better. Great analysis! I will be picking up the golden 6 on 4K for sure.

Where have you been? People have called it a Scooby Doo ending forever.

I’ve never heard that term used to describe that cut of TUC before either.

…neither have I.

It was a fairly common (often used in a slightly derogatory way) term for the home video edition in the ’90s which is where those scenes were first included.

You can still find people using it, like this podcast episode title https://standardorbit.libsyn.com/-247-the-scooby-doo-ending

He’d have gotten away with it too, if it hadn’t been for those meddlesome geriatrics!

I saw that ending on my old videotape version. I thought it was dumb.

In fact, having Col. West brief the president of the federation on the rescue plan for Kirk and McCoy in front of the Romulan ambassador in that version was a weird mess up by Nicholas Meyer. I’m glad those scenes were eliminated from the theatrical cut.

There was one scene though, with Spock, Scotty, and Valeris where they were visually counting the torpedoes in the Enterprise’s torpedo bay that was eliminated on my blu ray that was on the VCR version. I do miss that scene. Yes, it’s probably extraneous but its another nice scene with Nimoy and Doohan who aren’t here anymore. : (

ST VI is a great film. I wish Paramount had given Meyer and Nimoy more money though. This last film with the original cast deserved it. I always disliked seeing the very obvious use of the TNG sets in ST V and VI, even though a large chunk of those sets, i.e. engineering, some of the corridors, sickbay, and the transporter room, were originally built for Star Trek the Motion Picture for the movie Enterprise. They even used the TNG briefing room as the dining room of the Enterprise-A despite the fact that model of the movie Enterprise had no windows of that shape at all. And then, of course, two movies later when First Contact comes around, the Enterprise A gets a bunch of all-new sets.

It just underlined how parsimonious Paramount Pictures was with regard to the TOS films.

As for these new blu rays, I don’t have a 4K TV or player at the moment and I already have blu rays of all the films and the DVD of the TMP director’s edition. For you 4K folks out there, what do you think? Is it worth it?

Thanks for the review!

I was very bored one weekend last year, so I started playing around with iMovie and made a fan edit of Final Frontier, cutting it down to about an hour so it was more like an episode of an 80s TOS revival series that never was. The plot is what it is, but it’s quite a bit more watchable with the goofy jokes removed, that’s for sure. No bonk-bonk on the head for Scotty in my cut!

The Scotty head bonk was the funniest gag in all of Trek feature films! Yes, it’s kinda slapsticky but it works.

Not really. It’s awkwardly staged, even as slapstick, to the extent that it makes Scotty look stupid. James Dothan hated it.

Awkward indeed. Besides that, what does it add to the narrative? To lead us to another weird ‘romantic’ moment between him and Uhura that goes nowhere? I cut that out, too.

And if you cut out those two things, the next time you see Scotty after the jailbreak, if I remember right, he’s working on the transporter — exactly where you want Scotty. So yes, the goofy things aren’t missed.

It added nothing but a laugh. Nothing wrong with breaking the tension. And it took Scotty out of the equation because had had he not been caught things would have been easier for Kirk, Spock & McCoy.

The gags in TFF were some of the best of the film series, quite honestly. Please do not take this as me thinking TFF was a great film. It wasn’t. But there were some good things in it. The humor was one of the things it got right and removing them would just make the sub par film worse.

Yep, it’s a knee-slapper alright. Worthy of Hee-Haw.

Certainly better than anything in TVH. I’d suggest editing that one but even without the lame gags there is still the entire crew coming across as dumb as the Galaxy Quest aliens and the lame plot.

Now it’s out: ST V is their first attempt at Lower Decks! They were 3 decades ahead of their time!

On the contrary. Every time I see the scene it evokes a laugh to this day. It was perfectly executed.

What made Scotty look stupid was talking to the computer in TVH. In fact, a lot of things in that movie not only made Scotty but everyone look stupid.

Confirming my ‘blue-haired lawyer theory’ about the internet. Doesn’t matter what topic it is, someone will come out of the woodwork to defend it.

Didn’t you yourself confirm that already?

Uh sure, why not.

Regarding VIs end of Cold War theme, perhaps they should give Meyer Trek XIV to reflect current events (with the Kelvin Klingons, and elements of Yesterdays Enterprise?).

Of course, this is just the beginning. no one knows how far things will go..

He really is an excellent writer with very good instincts as a director, he performed so well under enormous pressure and constraints. Star Trek owes him so very much. I’ve no idea if having bountiful resources would ruin his special sauce, but I’d love to see what happens.

I think Meyer’s inherent cynicism, which he came by honestly (the guy said in a mid-80s interview he didn’t think we’d survive to get out of the 20th century, and this was BEFORE he wrote that laugh line in TVH), would make it almost impossibly hard to do an entertaining story that reflects the current turmoil. I mean he chose to make TREK seriously retrograde in TUC (not just Kirk’s pride and Spock’s prejudice, but all the stuff that made TSFS’s political paranoia seem validated, which seemed just SO retroretro), and I found that pretty abhorent, and to make a Federation that would be run by something like what we just had creeping through the Oval would be going bridges too far in the wrong direction for Trek, or so I think.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture-The Director’s Edition includes “The New Frontier: Resurrecting Star Trek” and “Maiden Voyage: Making Star Trek: The Motion Picture” from the 50th Anniversary set and The Wrath of Khan contains “The Genesis Effect: Engineering The Wrath of Khan”. “The Dream is Alive: The Continuing Mission: and “End of an Era: Charting the Undiscovered Country” from the 50th Anniversary set are not included in any 4K release.

You’re correct, unbeknownst to me, Paramount revised the standalone TWOK disc to include the 50th documentary. It was not included in the 2021 version that was part of the I-IV set. Also note this review is does not cover the new TMP:DE disc.

I just spun up The Wrath of Khan Blu-ray disc from the 2021 4K set. “The Genesis Effect: Engineering The Wrath of Khan” is there. Same as it was on the 2016 release, as you noted in the review of that release.

I somehow had it in my head it was missing from that disc. I have no idea why. Thanks for correcting me.

Really disappointing that they don’t have dolby atmos!!! There are much “smaller”, insignificant and older films out there that receive a dolby atmos upmix. I REALLY hope they will upmix the TNG movies in dolby atmos – I’m the biggest tng fan but if paramount is not willing to give me the best possible product (sound in this case) for my felt 50iest time buying these films, I will not buy them (again).

These discs are wonderful upgrades to the frankly atrocious blu-rays. They’ve been a long time coming. Let’s hope the TNG films are coming next year.

Was going to order the TMP remnaster until I saw it was included in the Box set. I ordered the Box set yesterday. A bit disappointed to hear the extended cut of TUC is missing from the BD. I don’t think it was all that necessary, however. And I do still have the original DVD that was that cut.

The documentary mentioned would have been good to include. I don’t think I’ve seen it. I’ve seen so very many, however I just wonder if it has anything in it that hasn’t been seen before? If anyone has any thoughts or could tell me about that doc I’d appreciate it.

I ordered TMP Directors Edition The Complete Adventure from Amazon UK since the disks are region free and the UK set comes with the new DE on a separate Bluray Disk instead of the digital download like in North America. That drove me bonkers when I saw it was a digital download in North America.

Yep, the UK edition is the better version if you want to have everything on standard Blu-ray too.

Just be sure you have a region free player if you are in N America. Which I am seriously considering.

You may not be aware, but UHD Blu-ray has no region code. They finally did away with that stupid idea. And according to all reports, the standard Blu-rays included in the UK set come set to “all regions”, so it’s not an issue. Amazon UK’s listing even states “Regions A,B,C”. You wouldn’t see folks in North America widely recommending the UK set without caveats if it had specific region coding.

I’ve seen vastly superior fan-made CGI replacements for the dreadful STV FX on YouTube. If Paramount had wanted to do an upgrade on the cheap, it wouldn’t have been difficult.

Seems like such a missed opportunity to do this for The Final Frontier, Generations and even Insurrection. Work with the director to identify shots that could be augmented or swapped out with improved VFX they couldn’t do back then and then spend a small amount with any of the VFX houses working on Trek to give some added value when asking fans to buy these films again for the umpteenth time.

I’ve seen those videos too. Some are really impressive. Get on that, Paramount!

I’m still of the opinion that you could fix most of V’s effects by simply using different stock elements from previous films, then recomping them with other backgrounds (there aren’t THAT many shots where you see whether the -A is there or not.)

And just about anything would have been better than the toe-painting-looking and backlit-cottonball center of galaxy — I have always said you could take the vger cloud stuff and mess up the color while skip printing and get a very suitable center-of-galaxy that had scope and looked pretty.

The only things any of these sets are missing are the animated menus that came with the old DVD sets. Those were awesome and its a shame they werent reproduced for any of the later releases. At least all of the bonus content is included though from those same DVD sets!

As wonderful as the sixth film is (and it’s my favorite in the canon) the fifth film is 180 degrees the opposite. I tried to rewatch that abomination last week and gave up less than an hour into it. Horrible, horrible, horrible. I’m a first gen, all in ST fanatic and watching ST-V is about as painful to me as someone beating my hand with a hammer.

Great review and I’m glad we finally have confirmation that these new remasters are also on the standard Blu-ray Discs too. I hate the 2009 transfers so replacing them entirely with the box set is the obvious choice for those who can afford it.

My one gripe is that here in Australia, as is now sadly the norm, we are only getting the single UHD individual releases for each film. No remastered BDs, no bonus discs and certainly no box sets. So, I will be importing my box set from the UK which, while it solves my personal collector’s issue, doesn’t help the cause here in AU. If everyone does what I’m doing then Paramount will assume that Aussies only want to stream. There may not be as many physical media collectors here as in the rest of the world but if they released the same UHD/BD box set here in Australia I reckon they’d find there would be a reasonable number who would buy it. Perhaps a limited release? Stamp a ‘1 of 500’ sticker on it. They’d sell then!

Anyway, rant over. I am so happy these films are finally available dressed in their best. I am very excited to see the four Next Gen films in the future as the photography in those is uniformly gorgeous and well deserving of a first class UHD release. I just hope those films get a 7.1 upgrade…or better!

Maybe Nemesis will finally get re-released as a very extended edition with 45 additional minutes how it was supposed to be from the start?

Too bad they didn’t use that opportunity to fix the bad and unfinished fx of ST V (and Sybok’s messy and inconsistent hair cut ;) )

are these new 4k versions also the ones that are now available on Paramount +?

P+ updated TMP-TVH last year, but sadly they still have not updated TFF or TUC to use the new versions.

Star Trek V in 4k is ready for download on iTunes, but VI is only in HD. When do we get the 4k Version of it, are there any news?

Another question I have…is anyone else having trouble playing their digital copy of the Director’s Cut of Star Trek VI on AppleTV 4K? All I get is sound, no video. It plays fine on my reg HD AppleTV…

My old SD Version of Star Trek VI DCut works fine here on the latest Apple TV 4k, but its not the version that you can buy today in the Apple Store. Did you test it on an iPhone or Macbook?

yeah, works fine on my Macbook. I haven’t tried on my iphone yet. I was talking with 8 different support members from Apple last night, and no one could figure out the issue.

I would try to reset the Apple TV, but you have tried this, I am sure…

Try it again, Part VI is now back in 4k in the iTunes Store in Germany, maybe this version has the DC of the film in the correct version.

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

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Captain Kirk and his crew must deal with Mr. Spock's long-lost half-brother who hijacks the Enterprise for an obsessive search for God at the center of the galaxy. (from IMDb)

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There's a superstition among many Star Trek fans that the even-numbered films are the best and the odd-numbered ones are "terrible." However, while I can attest to the even-numbered movies often being the best of the bunch, the odd-numbered ones really aren't all that bad... are they? One such oft-maligned entry is the William-Shatner-directed The Final Frontier . It is widely known among such fans, too, that The Final Frontier was forced down from a runtime of 2 hours to a more brisk hour-and-45 so that the studio could squeeze more showings on more cinema screens. It's a common occurence, but one that almost always comes at the expense of the movie's quality or storytelling. While we may never know what 15 more minutes could have done to help The Final Frontier , added story beats is probably not one of the film's greatest criticisms.

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier may not be among the better entries in the Star Trek movie franchise, but it definitely isn't without merit, and this brand new 4K treatment of the film is a great way to either revisit it or experience it for the first time. At the very least, it's an entertaining way to get to see the original crew of the USS Enterprise unite for another space-traveling adventure.

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  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
  • Additional Blu-ray with bonus content
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Theatrical Cut) – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
  • Includes Director’s Cut
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
  • Includes Director’s Cut 

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The new 15-disc collection includes all of the following:

  • 4K Blu-ray Disc and Blu-ray Disc
  • Bonus Features Blu-ray Disc
  • 4K Blu-ray Disc — Theatrical Cut and Director’s Cut
  • Blu-ray Disc — Theatrical Cut and Director’s Cut
  • Blu-ray Disc — Theatrical Cut only

Standalone 4K / Blu-ray combo pack releases of Star Trek II, II, IV, V,  and  VI also arrived this week:

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There will certainly be debates over “correct” color timing and lighting levels between the 2009 and the 2021/2022 editions of the original Star Trek films : each film does seem to have an issue with somewhat brighter-than-expected lighting levels, especially in space scenes, which seems to be a side effect from creating the remastered Blu-rays from 4K HDR sources.

A NOTE ON SCREENCAPS: At present, it is rather difficult to produce representative screencaps from 4K discs and maintain the full HDR color presentation for online publication. The remastered Blu-rays, which are based upon the 4K presentations, are what we can produce and share for this review.

We’ve watched the 4K discs on a proper HDR television display, and can say that those of you who will primarily watch the films on 4K discs on 4K HDR-capable displays (or on streaming services which present the full 4K HDR presentation) will probably not notice much of an issue on that front — but “downgrading” the new scans to 1080p for the standard Blu-ray discs have left some scenes feel a bit over-brightened, losing some of the shadowy moods one remembers from countless viewings over the decades.

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That said — the primary problem with those first Blu-ray editions are the tragically-overused Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) and edge-enhancement (or “sharpening”) techniques used when bring the movies to HD for the first time.

For the 2009 editions, all six films were put through DNR processing to “scrub out” the natural film grain that was part of the original presentation, and then each were artificially sharpened to restore the detail lost because of the DNR pass — resulting in a strange mix of heavily-shadowed, chiseled faces, waxy skin features erasing the actors’ natural complexions, and elimination of much of the costumes’ and sets’ surface detailing.

Probably the most impacted by the DNR/sharpening effect was Star Trek VI , which in some scenes left the cast looking like clay sculptures brought to life — such as the below shot from Spock’s briefing at the beginning of the film — but the other films are impacted as well in varying degrees, as we’ve illustrated from  The Motion Picture.

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In the new 2022 editions, because the films have been rescanned from the original picture, those 2009-era modifications are not even part of the discussion anymore — restoring the look of each picture to something much closer to the original theatrical presentation.

While some have commented that the 2022 versions seem to be “blurry,” well, that’s because the slightly soft nature of each film were shot that way in the original production!

Because the heavily DNR’d/over-sharpened 2009 editions have been the default way fans have seen these movies for the last 13 years, on both Blu-ray and streaming services, many have little-to-no experience with the films’ original presentation — seen on LaserDisc, VHS, and DVD up until 2009.

Take this close-up of George Takei from  Star Trek VI for example: compared to the original HD master used in the 1999 DVD, the new remastered version is a nice upgrade in color and clarity, while still keeping his face looking appropriately detailed.

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…but as soon as the false-detailed 2009 image is added into the mix, it’s clearly an overcorrection which makes Takei’s face look pitted, adding ten years to his age!

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The theatrical presentation of  Star Trek: The Motion Picture   features a lovely balance of lighting, color, and texture adjustments (again, without the DNR seen in the 2009 edition) which gives the film more depth — while at the same time toning down strange color casts like the purple lighting seen when McCoy is beamed up to the Enterprise for the first time.

Here are a collection of comparison screencaps between the 2009 Blu-ray and remastered presentations:

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Unfortunately, if you are looking to pick up the theatrical cut of The Motion Picture on 4K disc, it’s only available in the multi-film box set — though a standalone Blu-ray of the film is available.

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For  Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan , the picture quality is identical to the remastered Blu-ray released in 2016, and all bonus features from that first release have been included — and both the theatrical cut and Nick Meyer’s director’s cut of the film are included on 4K and Blu-ray discs using seamless branching.

Here are some 2009 vs. 2016 comparison screencaps we first presented at that time, which include a few comparisons to the original DVD picture illustrating color adjustments.

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The remastered editions of Star Trek II are available in the 6-film box set, as a standalone 4K + Blu-ray release, or as a standalone Blu-ray.

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The new look for  Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is full of welcome color corrections, which in some cases rewinds the clock all the way back to the original theatrical presentation. While the Blu-ray disc version still has a few overly-bright issues from the HDR-to-HD down-conversion, overall this film has never looked better, especially when viewed on a full 4K display.

From the start, the title sequence through sky above Genesis has been restored to the original picture width from the theatrical presentation — for some reason, the 2009 Blu-rays pillar-boxed the opening credits, adding black bars to the side of the screens and compressing the picture to fit. The text and framing have now been restored to the original look.

(All screencaps labeled “1984” are from a scan of a 35mm Star Trek III  theatrical print.)

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Fine details in the Enterprise’s helm console can be made out in the 2021 remaster, including the label on Sulu’s panel which reads THRUSTER IGNITION — while the overall teal-tinted cast has been corrected (blacks and greys are black and grey; skin coloration is must more natural-looking).

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Also notable are changes to the  Enterprise bridge set during the final conflict with Kruge; the dark, moody scenes were color-shifted red in for the 2009 Blu-ray release, and have been corrected back to the original blue tones for the modern restoration.

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The remastered edition of  Star Trek III is available in the 6-film box set, as a standalone 4K + Blu-ray release, or as a standalone Blu-ray.

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home  fares nicely in the remastered presentation, as the popular “one with the whales” gets its missing film grain restored and thankfully loses the  2009-era slight blue-green cast from its color timing — evident in shots like the Yellow Pages advertisement and the opening debate in the Federation Council chambers.

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Outdoor location shots now also look much more like the natural lighting under which they were filmed; Gillian Taylor’s drive-by now reflects the cloudy, overcast San Francisco weather visible in the sky above the actors, rather than the oversaturated coloring seen in the 2009 edition.

In sunny scenes, like Kirk and Spock’s visit to the Cetacean Institute, white fabric like Spock’s robe now carry a warmer tone reflecting the sunlight above the location, rather than a colder blue tone scene in the previous release.

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The remastered edition of  Star Trek IV is available in the 6-film box set, as a standalone 4K + Blu-ray release, or as a standalone Blu-ray.

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier also gets a nice new presentation, with a correction to many blown-out highlights and the restoration of more natural-looking colors in a number of scenes — most notably during the Yosemite camping sequences and during the encounter with the Sha Ka Ree “god” near the end of the film.

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While some of the blue tones still remain during Sybok’s final moments, the contrast has been dialed back down to near-original levels, allowing viewers to actually see what’s going on during the climactic encounter at the center of the galaxy.

Below, we’ve compared the HD master used for the 1999 DVD release with the 2009 and 2022 Blu-ray editions — the soft blue tones reflecting the Sha Ka Ree “god” remain, but the overall lighting levels have been reduced for a less-blinding experience.

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The remastered edition of  Star Trek V is available in the 6-film box set, as a standalone 4K + Blu-ray release, or as a standalone Blu-ray.

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country   arrives with two versions of the film on 4K: the original theatrical cut, which was also available in the previous 2009 Blu-ray (and what most people have seen on streaming services to date), and the longer director’s cut last released in the 2004 Special Collector’s Edition  DVD.

(Both cuts of the film are presented in the same 2.39:1 aspect ratio, which is Nick Meyer’s preferred choice; previously the director’s cut was released in a taller 2.00:1 ratio.)

As stated above, this film suffered the most impact from the 2009-era noise-reduction/artificial-sharpening process, and as such benefits the most from the new scan for 2022’s remastered presentation. Gone are the craggy facial features and overly-dark shadowing caused by those filtering tools, and restored are natural skin and costume textures scrubbed away in 2009.

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Magentas are dialed way back, most notably seen in the Rura Penthe surface scenes and during the Excelsior’s encounter with the Praxis shockwave. In addition, red colors in this Blu-ray edition of the film — notably in the Starfleet uniforms and Klingon ship environments — do seem to be pushed a bit too far into the orange spectrum, this again may be due to the HDR down-conversion to the 1080p Blu-ray presentation.

(Unfortunately it’s not easy to get representative screencaps from 4K discs and maintain the full HDR color presentation for online publication, but after having watched the film on a proper 4K HDR display, the orange ‘push’ was not noticeable during that viewing.)

This film also seems to be impacted the most by the HDR-to-HD lighting issue, as many scenes in Star Trek VI (on both 4K disc and Blu-ray) appear to be brighter than even the original 1999 DVD picture. The comparison between the three versions illustrates the thankful return to non-DNR’d picture quality in 2022, yet is still brighter than even the ’99 edition.

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In what is perhaps the biggest misstep of the entire package, the director’s cut of  Star Trek VI — which features Rene Auberjonois as Colonel West , West’s reveal as the assassin at the end of the film, and a few other cuts and edits throughout — is only available on the 4K disc, and  not included on the remastered Blu-ray disc.

Unlike the  Star Trek II director’s cut, these are not just a few trimmed scenes — there are multiple shot changes, different audio cues, and video overlays (the derided flashbacks during the Valeris mind-meld sequence) which require more space on the Blu-ray disc than that storage medium is capable of holding.

Even with seamless branching, both cuts of Star Trek VI won’t fit on a single standard Blu-ray disc, but they will both fit on the large BD-100 disc used for the 4K presentation.

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The real solution, of course, would be to have included a second Blu-ray disc to hold the director’s cut in the packaging — but it seems Paramount chose not to do so, perhaps because of the extra cost.

It is still part of the iTunes streaming release ‘bonus features’ however, so if you’ve purchased the film there (or redeemed the included digital code), you’ll be able to watch the Star Trek VI director’s cut in high definition on that service — as well as on Vudu where it is listed as a separate entry from the theatrical edition.

Here are a collection of comparison screencaps between the 2009 Blu-ray and remastered presentation of the Star Trek VI theatrical cut:

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The two remastered editions of of Star Trek VI is available in the 6-film box set or as a standalone 4K + Blu-ray release. The theatrical cut is also available as a standalone Blu-ray. 

A few minor quibbles aside, the new  Star Trek — The Original Motion Picture 6-Movie Collection is the best way to revisit the big-screen adventures of Captain Kirk and his crew — and these new editions of each film are taking over the old 2009-era presentations on streaming services to bring them to the forefront of viewing options.

Illustrated below from iTunes ( picture by @StarTrekVHS on Twitter ), the remastered editions of each  Star Trek film are identified by the rainbow-colored artwork on many streaming services like Vudu (though not on Paramount+, naturally).

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While there’s been no formal announcement, the four films starring the  Next Generation cast are expected to get the 4K upgrade next; if things follow the last two years, we should hopefully see them get their own 4K UHD Blu-ray box set by September 2023.

Our coverage of the new  Star Trek home media releases will continue later this week, as we dive into the new  Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Edition 4K edition, and break down all the different versions of the first Star Trek film now available on disc.

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  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Star Trek: The Original Series
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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier – 4K UHD Review

Posted on September 5, 2022 by popcornnights in DVD/BLU-RAY REVIEWS // 0 Comments

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While I had stated it in previous reviews of the original cast Star Trek films, I was never much of a fan of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. However, that wasn’t the worst film in the series. That honor goes to the William Shatner directed Star Trek V: The Final Frontier , which arrives on 4K UHD for the first time this week. While this is by far the worst installment of the original six films, it isn’t exactly unwatchable. Trek fans are well aware that this was a troubled production from the start, and it shows in the final film.  Having said that, Shatner is a capable director. It seems that the big issues with the film are in the screenplay from David Loughery.  Many of the elements in the story don’t seem to come together all that smoothly. The idea of the Enterprise crew discovering the existence of God in the universe is quite honestly a creative-yet-tricky story to take on and unfortunately, it isn’t handled all-that well. Still, the always reliable cast manage to at least make the bumpy journey passable.

Whether you think The Final Frontier was worth being remastered to 4K is irrelevant (as Spock would say), Paramount once again delivers a beautiful looking presentation with the new 2160p Dolby Vision and HDR-10 transfer. The fifth entry in the franchise does feature some of the worst special effects and unfortunately, the crystal-clear presentation makes those moments stand-out even more. A perfect example would be when Kirk is falling from a mountain and Spock is flying down after him with his rocket boots.  A similar scene from Superman: The Movie which was filmed more than decade earlier looks leaps and bounds better, which should have never been the case.  As for audio, we do not get a Dolby Atmos track, but the original Dolby TrueHD 7.1 track still does the trick.

While most would agree that The Final Frontier was a major miss for the series, it still manages to entertain, and this new remaster should make any Star Trek completist happy.

4K Ultra HD Disk features:

  • Audio Commentary by William Shatner and Liz Shatner
  • Audio Commentary by Michael & Denise Okuda, Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens, and Daren Dochterman

Blu-ray Disk features:

  • Library Computer
  • Harve Bennett’s Pitch to Sales Team
  • The Journey: A Behind-The-Scenes Documentary
  • Makeup Tests
  • Pre-Visualization Models
  • Rockman in the Raw
  • Star Trek V Press Conference
  • Herman Zimmerman: A Tribute
  • Original Interview: William Shatner
  • Cosmic Thoughts
  • That Klingon Couple
  • A Green Future?
  • Star Trek Honors NASA
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame: James Doohan
  • Starfleet Academy SCISEC Brief 005: Nimbus III
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Behold Paradise
  • Spock’s Pain
  • Production Gallery
  • The Gag Reel
  • The Face of God
  • Theatrical Trailers

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Star Trek 4K 6-Movie Collection Boxset Review

James Amey

Coming to our screens straight from the 70s, 80s, and 90s is this year’s Star Trek 4k 6-Movie Collection . From The Motion Picture to The Undiscovered Country . The movies have all been re-mastered for the second time this century, this time in 4K. This release follows on from last year’s I – IV set. This, at the time, oddly omitted the final two silver screen outings for the original cast on 4k and blu-ray. But what would we Trek fans be if not eagerly ready to double dip? Especially on what will likely be the ultimate releases of these films.

Fortunately, for those that purchased last year’s 4-movie set. Or those that really, really hate The Final Frontier . The films have all now been released separately. Before picking up the 6-movie set, it’s worth noting Star Trek: First Contac t was spotted in 4K on Paramount+ US earlier this year. So there’s a good chance The Next Generation movies will follow soon. So, if you want to be a little more frugal, it’s worth waiting for a complete movie set.

Although much like they did with the original blu-ray masters back in 2009, they may (and are likely to) release a TOS and TNG package separately alongside the complete set. 

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The Packaging

The Star Trek 4k 6-Movie Collection box set includes the new masters in HDR and on standard Bluray. But trust this reviewer when he says that it’s worth buying one for The Motion Picture Director’s Cut alone. The disks themselves come in two ‘jumbo’ blu-ray cases. One for the 4K disks (in black) and one in the traditional blue for the standard Blu-Rays (including The T MP bonus disk).  The cover art continues the theme of last year’s release. A somewhat scattergun approach portraying The Original Series cast with images used from at least three different films. Also included are their villains and, oddly enough, the Phase II Enterprise again. The Star Trek 4k 6-Movie Collection’s inner cases have the same key art but are strangely utilized to create tall, cut-off portraits of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, and Uhura. Even weirder, the art is still the same on the 4K and standard Blu-ray cases. You would have thought they would swap Uhura and Scotty out for Chekov and Sulu on one, at least. 

The sets’ disks themselves are uninspired. They have the standard reflective silver no-art, an approach that has become a staple of Paramount Trek releases. Another weird addition is a disk-shaped cut-out of the boxset art that’s included in the 4K box for some reason. I can’t see the purpose of it, it certainly won’t be featured on my wall any time soon. 

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The Films – Technical advisories and historical context

My review of the Star Trek 4k 6-Movie Collection is based on viewing via a 4K HDR display. It has been noted in other reviews that the downsampling of the 4K scans to 1080p for the Blu-ray has led to some scenes feeling overly bright. This is partly due to the lack of HDR on that format, and a soft colour shift under some lighting, the screencaps provided here are from the Blu-rays.

In another oddity of this set, the Director’s Cut of The Undiscovered Country is only available in 4K. The Dolby Atmos logo is plastered all over the sets, but The Motion Picture Director’s edition is the only film with an Atmos track. While some may fondly put their 2009 master copies of the films on the TV and enjoy the experience, as a film student at the time I always found them oddly off-putting and ‘unnatural’ looking. It wasn’t until I discovered the process that had been used in their creation – Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) – that I understood why.

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When the prints were scanned for blu-ray, at the time it was popular to erase the 35mm film grain much loved by more ‘traditional’ directors. To do this an automated tool went through and essentially blurred the image until it was no longer apparent, then went back through and sharpened the image to give the appearance of the resolution being restored. 

The film that suffered from this the most and so is most improved since the 2009 master in this release was The Undiscovered Country . Spock especially in various shots looked like he’d been taken right off a plinth at Madame Tussauds. I’m pleased to say this release has corrected the overzealous use of DNR. However, fair warning to those used to their 2009 blu-rays – the image does now appear softer – but this is as the directors intended. 

The Motion Picture – Directors Edition

Following the Paramount+ release in the US, the director’s edition of The Motion Picture has finally hit UK shores. While it certainly is an odd choice only to give this version of the film an Atmos track, it has never sounded or looked better. A lot of work has gone into this grounds-up remaster and it shows, building on the template Robert Wise set out in 2001 this film finally feels close to what TMP should have been from day 1. For example, the wonky effects shots are gone in favor of re-composited original footage that was found during the remaster and the odd bit of CGI to fill in the gaps – but you wouldn’t be able to tell while watching. 

My memory, like I assume many others, is of TMP as a fairly colorless film (in no small part due to costuming choices). This release has turned that on its head. The film truly ‘pops’ for lack of a better term in a way I never thought possible. It’s clear it’s been a labor of love for those involved and the light bouncing off the hull of the Enterprise truly makes you appreciate the artistry of those that built that iconic model.

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The Wrath of Khan

The most popular of the original cast’s filmography finally makes it to 4K in a physical format! After causing many raised eyebrows following the 2015 re-release of the Director’s Cut and Theatrical editions only on standard blu-ray. Only for it to be spotted in the following years on the likes of iTunes in 4K. This release is however the least interesting in this box set given that it is just a re-release (on blu-ray at least), however like with the other films the HDR really elevates the color to another level. Unsurprisingly, the later scenes of the movie are the ones that benefit the most, the iconic 1701 reaches a new level of beauty pitted against the backdrop of the Mutara nebula as James Horner’s score fills your speakers.

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The Search for Spock

The 2009 release of The Search for Spock , often referred to as the un (or less) loved middle child of the Genesis trilogy, was plagued with several issues. Colour timing – for example, the Enterprise bridge had a blue hue, not red, after its final battle. Then the opening credits are pillar boxed – a change that wasn’t present in any previous (or now later) release. I’m happy to report these issues alongside the DNR mentioned above have been fixed. Returning the film to what is likely to be the closest to the opening night theatre experience that we will get. While some effects shots don’t hold up too well, thinking specifically about Kruge’s fall. The majority of the film makes the journey to 4K in good standing. The destruction of the Enterprise and the death of David remain an emotional one-two gut punch. Additionally, the vibrant sunset as the Enterprise streaks across the sky takes on new life with HDR.

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The Voyage Home

The joyous time travel romp that closes out the Genesis Trilogy was one of the better, though still troubled parts of the 2009 release. It was helped in a lot of ways by the nature of the film and how it took place on contemporary Earth. I imagine this made the color timing easier for those doing the master back in 2009, but there were still plenty of issues. Most notably the odd cyan tint that seemed to affect almost everything. The film is set in the present day and uses more live locations compared to the previous TMP era films did however cause some of the effects shots to look particularly bad after they had been through DNR and sharpening. The fishing boat at the end was a prime example with it looking like a toy that had been hastily put in with Microsoft paint when superimposed with the Bird of Prey. This new master fixes those issues and returns the film to its delightfully 80s natural state. It also reflects the sunny conditions under which a number of scenes were shot instead of it looking somewhat gloomy, much in contrast to the general tone of the film.

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The Final Frontier

Despite having a bit of a tongue-in-cheek resurgence with its many references in Star Trek: Lower Decks The Final Frontier doesn’t hold a high position in many fans’ rankings. The film suffered from budget issues that are apparent throughout, especially in the effects department with it being the first Trek film not to rely on the talents of Industrial Light & Magic due to budget constraints. The previous master of the film seemed to take the approach that as much of this as possible should be covered up by cranking the saturation up in a number of scenes, most notably the ‘God’ encounter in the final act. The final result is that you could probably light up half of New York if you paused it at the wrong moment. This is thankfully fixed in this version, while also giving us a split-second look at the cut-for-budget rock monster that was originally intended to make an appearance and later found life in Trek fan favourite film Galaxy Quest .

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The Undiscovered Country

We now come to the final Trek film to grace our screens in 4K (at least until – fingers crossed – next year) and it’s The Original Series casts swan song. This film when released in 2009 was a tough watch. On top of the DNR, there were also the color timing changes which amongst other things made Spock look slightly green and ill in many sequences. Well, that is gone in favor of much more natural skin tones in this master. The 4K disk as mentioned also includes the Director’s Cut. Featuring the late and great René Auberjonois in the Colonel West Scooby Doo-esque subplot. Much of the effects work is improved as well with improved contrast in HDR, be fairly warned though that this does not include the very 90s CG pink blood. Which sticks out like a sore thumb to this day (while also making no sense with every other Klingon appearance).

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If you’re looking to re-live the theatre experience of the original casts’ movies, you’re not going to get any closer than having the Star Trek 4K 6-Movie Collection editions with a good quality screen, some may argue it’s even an improved experience. Having only watched the Director’s Edition and Wrath of Khan re-release in cinemas this past summer in the UK I won’t make that claim on behalf of all of the films though.

It’s undeniable that these are improved (even on the standard Blu-ray versions) over the 2009 masters though. The films all have a much more natural look to them and are rid of (invented) excess detail. The Star Trek Original Motion Picture 6-Movie Collection is available now from all retailers.

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For the first time, you can now watch every star trek movie in 4k hdr, 13 star trek movies are available in 4k, dolby vision, and dolby atmos..

Samuel Axon - Apr 10, 2023 8:06 pm UTC

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For the first time, you can now buy or rent every single Star Trek movie in the latest 4K and HDR standards. That includes all six movies based on the original series cast, all four featuring The Next Generation 's cast, and the more recent J.J. Abrams films.

On April 4, Paramount released an UltraHD Blu-ray set that included Star Trek: Generations , Star Trek: First Contact , Star Trek: Insurrection , and Star Trek: Nemesis along with several special features. The set marks the first time these films have been available in a 4K and HDR home video release. Alongside the Blu-rays, the films also became available on on-demand storefronts like Apple's TV app.

Further Reading

So as of this week, all 13 theatrically released Star Trek films are finally available in 4K and HDR. The latest releases also support the Dolby Atmos audio standard in addition to Dolby Vision HDR.

That said, large swaths of the classic Trek TV series aren't even available in HD, much less in 4K or HDR. All three seasons of  The Original Series and all seven of  The Next Generation got Blu-ray and digital HD releases in recent years, as well as Enterprise and The Animated Series , and all the new Paramount+ shows are in HD. But Deep Space Nine and Voyager  are still only available in standard definition.

A documentary about  Deep Space Nine released a couple of years ago featured small segments upscaled to HD to show what might be possible and there have been fan projects to do the same with AI, too. However, there hasn't been much movement on an official full series upscaling project.

Update : A previous version of this article failed to properly distinguish between the non-AI and AI techniques used in prior attempts to remaster portions Deep Space Nine . It was corrected in an update.

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Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture 6-Movie Collection - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Beam aboard the Enterprise with the Original Cast crew for the 15-disc  Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture 6-Movie Collection . This set contains all of the cinematic highs and low of the original crew franchise on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray. For those who didn’t buy the previous 4-Film set from Paramount, this set offers up those discs plus the newly restored Star Trek: The Motion Picture Director’s Edition as well as Star Trek V: The Final Frontier with both cuts of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country . The films look and sound fantastic easily overtaking their original 2009 Blu-ray counterparts with tons of new and archival extra features to pick through for many hours of entertainment value. Highly Recommended

This comprehensive 15-disc collection includes the first six big-screen adventures featuring the original series crew in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision and HDR-10. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition also includes Dolby Atmos).  Both Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country are making their 4K Ultra HD debuts.  The set also includes access to Digital copies of each of the six films, as well as hours of new and legacy bonus content.  Below is a breakdown of disc contents:

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
  • Additional Blu-ray with bonus content
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Theatrical Cut) – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
  • Includes Director’s Cut
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
  • Includes Director’s Cut 

Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take

Since these discs have been published before or we've covered them in other reviews, we'll be excerpting the relevant content rather than doing one big long smash of reviews. 

Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Theatrical Cut

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Star Trek The Motion Picture - Director's Edition

"Some new scenes were added, and some were trimmed down, but essentially this is the same film with a little different pace, different dialog cues, alternate takes, and new visual effects. I consider myself a fan of this edit, but then I also enjoy the Theatrical Cut too. I didn’t always love this movie, the first time I saw it as a kid was our VHS copy of the Longer Version. I thought it was slower than a slug and boring. It wasn’t  Star Trek II . But with every new disc release, I’ve gone back to this film and it has steadily risen in my favor. It had a lot of grand ideas and themes and it wasn’t simply a “pew-pew” laser blast popcorn movie. It tried to have the sense of adventure of the original show but the scale and grandeur of something like  2001: A Space Oddyse y complete with Douglas Trumbull visual effects. Of all the films in the original crew series, it’s the one most worth revisiting again and again. As much as I love  Wrath of Khan ,  Search for Spock ,  Voyage Home ,  Undiscovered Country , and yes even  Final Frontier  - they’re all pretty surface-facing films. Their themes and ideas are right there to grab. In comparison,  The Motion Picture  is a much deeper well to draw from and I always feel like I come away with something new."   4.5/5  

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan   

"At the center of Khan's revenge against William Shatner's Starfleet Admiral James T. Kirk is the terraforming initiative called Project Genesis and a powerful device that could be weaponized. The plot doesn't carry the same weighty, pressing subject matter of its predecessor, but the sequel's ideas about mortality, rebirth and the cycle of life and death are no less heady and substantial. From Khan grieving the death of his wife to the literal birth of a new planet, the theme is prevalent throughout, impacting characters in various ways, even in Kirk grappling with the end of his tenure as Captain of the Enterprise and reconciling with his estranged son. With Meyer all the while aptly focusing on the camaraderie of Kirk, McCoy and Spock, the story skillfully builds to that emotionally memorable climax that has become a piece of cinematic history. And revisiting the film after countless viewings, the impact of that ending has not waned in the least."  4.5/5  

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock  

"For me, this has always felt like a blatant cheat on the part of the filmmakers, a complete dodge from genuinely grappling with the aftermath of Khan in a follow-up that's reputed to be about dealing with a major blow to the spirit of the crew. Naturally, we can't really have a Star Trek movie without Spock, and I completely understand the need for this. But this is essentially the equivalent of Kirk avoiding the "no-win scenario" of the Kobayashi Maru, and it seems like a missed opportunity for something truly great. Yet, in spite of my grumblings with Harve Bennett's plot, I admit enjoying Leonard Nimoy's film directorial debut. It's a fun third entry where Nimoy proves himself a skilled and talented helmer, navigating the action and drama with a great sense of adventure. At the same time, he gives fans a memorable and ruthless adversary in Christopher Lloyd's Kruge. The second entry in the so-called "Genesis Arc" storyline is somewhat of a letdown after two excellent installments, but all things considered, it's a competent Trek movie."   3.5/5   

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home  

"My love for this fourth installment, however, is due to deeply personal reasons, from a major part of my life that makes me forgive the film's shortcomings. When it was made available on home video the following year after its theatrical run, I had only been in the U.S. for maybe three or four years. And although I was already familiar with and a fan of the  Star Trek series , Nimoy and Harve Bennett's fish-out-of-water story about time-traveling to present-day America oddly made a more lasting impression than the other movies or the show. I instantly related to Spock trying to make sense of the cultural norms and language, and I laughed at Chekov's pronunciation of vessel. Every time I sit down to watch the movie, I still find myself giggling at the silly humor while reminiscing on my childhood. For a young teen picked on for being an immigrant, movies and shows like  Star Trek  were my escapist solace, and the fourth entry, in particular, was one I could relate with the most at the time.  The Voyage Home  remains a fun and personally loved installment."    3.5/5

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier  

"And then there’s  Star Trek V: The Final Frontier … Well, you can’t blame Shatner for trying. After the trilogy success of  Wrath of Khan ,  The Search for Spock , and  The Voyage Home , Shatner pulled his contract weight ensuring he got to helm the film and oversee its development. He wanted to create a movie that returned Trek to its headier and loftier science fiction ambitions, but Paramount wanted more of that family-friendly humor that made  The Voyage Home  the highest-grossing entry of the entire franchise until 2009’s  Star Trek . This is a hallmark case of a movie that had a lot of ideas but wasn’t ready to film and so we have a bizarre mishmash of stories. The idea of the Enterprise discovering God at the center of the universe while being under the control of a Jim Jones-style zealot is certainly grandiose, but the film never lives up to its potential"   2.5/5 

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country  

"To properly close out a generation of adventures,  Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country  brings back our original crew (with Sulu getting his own ship) for one last mission. After the abject failure that was the fifth film, this final voyage brought in franchise heavy hitter Nicholas Meyer from  Wrath of Khan  to right the ship and deliver a politically-charged and highly entertaining film. For all intents and purposes, this film is a rousing success helping bring a fitting close for the original crew with a bittersweet send-off that gives every member a true fan moment to shine. With Christopher Plummer as the Shakespear-spewing Klingon General Chang, we get a genuinely lethal bad guy for a story wrapped within a classic whodunnit structure letting Spock play detective while Kirk and McCoy get to wax philosophical about aging out of their universe."   4.5/5

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Spanning six films over the course of ten years, the classic Original Crew cast of the starship Enterprise beams down to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for an exciting 15-disc (7-4K UHD + 8-Blu-ray) with Digital Copy set. This set includes the same 4K 4K UHD and Blu-ray discs from Paramount's previously released  Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection   but now also includes relevant 4K UHD and Blu-ray discs assigned for the final two sequels as well as the fully restored  Director's Edition   of  Star Trek: The Motion Picture . The seven 4K UHD Discs are housed in a black Elite case with individual trays and are not stacked. You'll also find the two Digital Code slips in here one slip just for the  Director's Edition   with another slip featuring five codes for the other films. These codes are not Movie Anywhere compatible. The eight Blu-ray discs are housed in another blue elite case, again each disc gets its own tray without being stacked. The two cases are held together with a thin cardboard slipcase. 

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Here's what you're getting in discs:

Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Theatrical Cut:  BD-66 4K Ultra HD +  BD-50  Blu-ray

Star Trek The Motion Picture - Director's Edition:  BD-100 4K Ultra HD + BD-50 Blu-ray + Bonus BD-50

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan:  BD-66  4K Ultra HD +  BD-50  Blu-ray

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock:  BD-66  4K Ultra HD +  BD-50  Blu-ray

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home:  BD-66  4K Ultra HD +  BD-50  Blu-ray

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier:  BD-66  4K Ultra HD +  BD-50  Blu-ray

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country:  BD-100  4K Ultra HD +  BD-50  Blu-ray  

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It's important to note that this set does not  include the Special Longer Version of  The Motion Picture   that was offered in the limited edition  Star Trek: The Motion Picture Director's Edition: The Complete Adventure . If you need to have that cut of the film in your collection, it's only going to be available in that set. Once that sells out Paramount has said it won't be offered again. I kinda doubt that myself, but we'll see. Collect and review enough discs, you know that anything is possible for future anniversary releases. If that cut will ever hit disc again it'd likely be in 2024 for the film's 45th Anniversary. 

Video Review

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"The forty-plus-year-old movie also looks fresher and in better shape thanks to Dolby Vision HDR, which brings a welcomed improvement in contrast and brightness balance. The scenes in space display snappy, sparkling stars in the distance, engulfed in inky black emptiness, and specular highlights provide for tightly crisp whites in the lights and a realistic sheen along metallic surfaces. Shadow details could be a tad stronger, especially in the many poorly-lit interiors, but visibility in the darkest corners remains comparatively better than the HD version. Richard H. Kline's cinematography has a distinctively muted, restrained palette, favoring more browns and tans with a mix of various shades of blue, which counters the movie's campy origins. Nevertheless, those secondary hues appear fuller with good saturation levels and more variation while primaries, especially those aforementioned blues, are bolder and more animated, making for an otherwise attractive watch on 4K UHD."  4/5

Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Director's Edition 

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"Of all the films of this franchise to hit 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, the Director’s Edition received the most love and attention. In order for Robert Wise’s cut to come to the format, it required a complete ground-up restoration and reconstruction from the original 35mm negative elements as well as the original large format visual effects elements and the results are simply extraordinary. From small details in facial features and makeup to the incredible models used for the huge effects shots, this is some genuine restoration magic at work. Film grain appears to have undergone a little bit of management per Paramount’s usual workings, but nothing too intrusive or severe. It’s not the waxy mess of the original 2009 Theatrical Cut Blu-ray, there’s an actual grain structure to appreciate. Some of the original optical effects still appear a little dodgy, but others look tighter and clearer than ever before."  5/5

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

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"Awash in a very fine layer of natural gain, the Dolby Vision HDR presentation also furnishes the forty-year-old film with a cleaner, livelier contrast balance and brighter whites throughout. It may not look it, at first, considering the filmmaker's deliberately dark, toned-down creative intentions, but the contrast is an improvement. And mixed with the richer, truer black levels and the strong shadow details, the 2.35:1 image comes with an attractive cinematic appeal and appreciable dimensionality, particularly in those scenes with Khan aboard the starship Reliant. Likewise, the cinematography of Gayne Rescher favors a more earthy, natural palette, bathing the visuals in richly-saturated browns, animated ginger-amber tones and deep rust-orange marigolds. Primaries are nonetheless accurately rendered and bolder than its HD SDR counterparts, such as the ruby-burgundy reds of the uniforms and vibrant, electrifying cobalt blues in the starship's computer consoles."   4/5

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

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"Unlike the previous two entries, cinematographer Charles Correll took a more colorful, vibrant approach to the second sequel, and his efforts really shine on UHD. The Dolby Vision HDR presentation displays a richly saturated palette, from the bold crimson red lighting and the deeper shade of burgundy in the uniforms to the electrifying blues and lively greens of the foliage and the Klingon ship. Moreover, the other earthy hues, oranges, and yellows are more animated and spirited, making the movie somewhat reminiscent of the original television series. Contrast and brightness balance also enjoy a welcomed boost, showering the action with brilliant, radiant whites and inky, velvety blacks with excellent shadow detail. The improved specular highlights add a crisp, tight sparkle to the stars, the lighting along the exterior of ships, and a realistic sheen to the various metallic objects."  4/5

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 

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"The Genesis storyline comes to a close on Ultra HD with what appears to be the result of another true remaster of the original camera negatives although a few notable issues remain worth mentioning. For the most part, the HEVC H.265 encode shows a welcomed uptick in overall definition and clarity, from the discrete sharp details of the Klingon ship and the streets of San Francisco to the fine stitching in the costumes and the individual leaves of trees. In Dolby Vision HDR, the most striking gain comes from the improved contrast and brightness balance, bathing the 2.35:1 image with bright, vivid whites and true, inky blacks that allow for better visibility within the shadows and the darkest, poorly lit corners of the Klingon vessel. Specular highlights supply the visuals with a crisp, dynamic sparkle along metallic surfaces and a more brilliant but narrower glow in the hottest areas to reveal more of the finer details...All things considered, despite its less-than-satisfying distractions, the overall transfer is strong and marked upgrade over its HD SDR counterparts. Awash in a very fine layer of grain, the encode has a nice film-like quality fans will appreciate."  4/5

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier  

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"While it may not be the fan favorite of the franchise,  Star Trek V: The Final Frontier  scores a damn good 2160p Dolby Vision (and HDR10) transfer. Pretty much every film that hit Blu-ray in 2009 was beaten with the DNR ugly stick so it’s actually a grand thing that this film actually looks like a film again. Film grain does look like it’s undergone a little of Paramount’s standard management touches, but it’s largely intact and present giving a genuinely cinematic appearance. Details throughout are fantastic allowing you to fully appreciate facial features, makeup effects, and costumes - even that silly three-brested cat woman creature thing that gets all of ten seconds of screen time looks fantastic. But at the same time, the cheap visual effects stand out even more than before. The fake El Capitan (where you can see the real El Capitan in the distance) looks even more obvious and any rear projection or optical shot is shoddy at best and noticeably stands out. But those are things that can’t be fixed. Dolby Vision HDR has been well applied to give a fresh appearance to the film with bold colors, bright whites, and deep inky blacks. Considering all things, this is a great effort for this film that’s largely cast aside when looking at the franchise as a whole."  4/5

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country 

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"Rounding out the original cast franchise,  Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country  comes home with a wonderful 2160p Dolby Vision transfer in Director Nicholas Meyer’s preferred 2.39:1 aspect ratio for both cuts. Because this film is the only one of the franchise shot largely on Super35, fine film grain is much more apparent than in the other films. But considering the horrible waxy DNR and dodgy edge enhancement of the 2009 Blu-ray, I’ll take a slightly noisy grain structure any day of the week. That 2009 disc is quite ugly by comparison. This new transfer gives you a full appreciation of facial features, clothing textures, and the impressive models for our various starships. It’s extra nice to finally fully appreciate all of the creature makeup work that’s on display in that Klingon prison camp."   4.5/5

Audio Review

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"As far as I can tell, this Dolby TrueHD 7.1 soundtrack appears to be identical to the one enjoyed on the Blu-ray. Remaining faithful to the original sound design, the lossless mix is mostly a front-heavy presentation, displaying excellent acoustical details and clean separation in the mid-range, even during the loudest segments. Dialogue is intelligible and precise at all times, and an impressively robust low-end adds some appreciable weight and presence to the visuals. Although the surrounds are mostly reserved for Jerry Goldsmith's score, a few atmospherics move into the sides with satisfying effectiveness. When applying the receiver's Dolby Surround or DTS: Neural:X up-mixing functionality, the music and ambient effects effortlessly bleed and flow into the top heights to nicely enhance the soundfield."   4/5  

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"The  Director’s Edition  also comes packed in with a genuinely fantastic demo-worthy Atmos audio mix. From the opening overture and credits into the Klingon attack, this is a big soundscape at work. Front, side, rear, and overhead channels all get their time in the sun. Even the quietest conversational scenes have something happening to keep those channels engaged. A little moment like the first time Kirk arrives on the bridge and everyone is too busy to notice him, the chitter-chatter among the crew circles the channels beautifully. Throughout, the dialog is clean and clear and never overpowered by other elements. If anything, it’s actually easier to hear a lot of dialog exchanges since this cut used a number of different ADR takes for some dialog and the extra channel space keeps the mix from sounding too stiff or closed up. Then you have the iconic Jerry Goldsmith score. I play this movie loud largely because his compositions are so magnificent, but they sound incredible here. There’s cleaner and clearer instrumentation giving you the full appreciation of the orchestra. The Klingon theme with those pulsing low notes and harp twangs set the stage for the LFE response for the rest of the film. Levels are spot on without any need to monitor or keep your thumb on the remote, but play it loud! When you have the rumble of ships’ engines rattling your subs, you’ll be glad you punched the volume as loud as your ears can tolerate." 5/5

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 

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"Faithful to the original stereo design, the front-heavy presentation displays good channel balance with plenty of good background activity, especially during the action sequences to generate a relatively wide, broad soundstage. However, the mid-range isn't particularly dynamic or extensive, feeling more uniform and somewhat limited in the upper ranges, yet it maintains clarity and definition decently well in James Horner's score and during the loudest segments. The same can be said of the dialogue, but the conversations remain intelligible nonetheless. The low-end adds a bit of weight to the visuals but doesn't make much of an impression overall. There's little activity in the surrounds, mostly reserved for some mild bleeding and a few random ambient effects. The receiver's Dolby Surround or DTS: Neural:X up-mixing functionality does well in expanding some of these atmospherics into the top heights with satisfying effectiveness. All in all, it's an enjoyable lossless mix that does great to complement the on-screen visuals."  4/ 5 

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock 

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"Once again, the second sequel lands on UHD with an identical Dolby TrueHD 7.1 soundtrack that's relatively faithful to the original stereo design. However, the front-heavy presentation is arguably stronger than its predecessors, displaying excellent balance and good fidelity with background activity that moves convincingly between the channels and into the off-screen space. The mid-range may not be particularly dynamic or extensive, but it maintains clean definition and appreciable distinction in James Horner's score and during the loudest segments, generating a broad, spacious soundstage during action sequences. While vocals are clear and precise, a hefty low-end provides some weight and presence to the on-screen visuals. There's little activity in the surrounds, mostly reserved for some mild bleeding and a few random ambient effects. The receiver's Dolby Surround or DTS: Neural:X up-mixing functionality does well in expanding some of these atmospherics into the top heights with satisfying effectiveness. All in all, it's an enjoyable lossless mix that fairs better than the previous two entries."  4/5  

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"The time-traveling adventure arrives to home theaters with an identical Dolby TrueHD 7.1 soundtrack and is arguably the strongest of the lot. Almost immediately, the soundstage feels broad and welcoming as Leonard Rosenman's score fills the room with clean distinction and an extensive, room-penetrating mid-range. Background activity convincingly moves between the three front channels, generating a broad sense of space, and several atmospherics display excellent directionality, nicely extending the soundfield. When applying the receiver's Dolby Surround or DTS: Neural:X up-mixing functionality, those same effects appreciably bleed into the top heights with satisfying effectiveness. Dialogue is precise and very well-prioritized over the loudest segments, and a surprisingly robust, weighty low-end provides a palpable presence to the on-screen visuals, making for an outstanding listen and a really great lossless mix."   4/5

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier 

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"Like the other films in this series to hit 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, there isn’t an audio upgrade. We’re getting the same Dolby TrueHD 7.1 track as before and once again - that’s not a bad thing at all. This is still an active and engaging mix that keeps your attention with clean dialog, active sound effects, and the magnificent return of Jerry Goldsmith for the score! Using your DTS Neural:X or Dolby Surround function on your receiver certainly helps give this track a kick."   4/5

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"And once again, like the rest of the 4K releases for this franchise - Paramount opted to recycle the same excellent Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio tracks for both cuts of  Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country . Doing some disc flipping with the 2009 release, I didn't notice anything different. Sure, a new Atmos track like what the  Director’s Edition  enjoys would have been great but I’m not going to complain. This track is active and engaging with clean dialog, and great sound effects and Cliff Eidelman’s excellent score comes through without issue. Using my receiver's Dolby Surround function gave this track a little extra kick, especially for the battle sequences."   4/5

Special Features

Well... if you don't have any plans for the weekend, you could spend the entire time digging through all of the bonus content for each of these films and still not get through all of it! Each film has multiple audio commentaries on top of hours upon hours of featurettes, interviews, and making-of materials to pick through. Light a fire, unpack the Romulan Ale, and synthesize a few hundred marshmellons - you've got some work ahead of you! 

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4K Ultra HD Disc

  • NEW Isolated Score  in legacy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Audio Commentary  featuring Michael & Denise Okuda, Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens, and Daren Dochterman

Blu-ray Disc

  • NEW Isolated Score  in legacy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Audio Commentary  featuring Michael & Denise Okuda, Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens, and Daren Dochterman
  • Library Computer Viewing Mode
  • Production: The Longest Trek: Writing the Motion Picture  (HD, 11 min)
  • The  Star Trek  Universe  (HD)
  • Special Star Trek Reunion  (10 min)
  • Starfleet Academy SCISEC Brief 001: The Mystery Behind V’Ger   (4 min)
  • Deleted Scenes  (SD, 8 min)
  • Storyboards   (HD)
  • Trailers  (HD, SD, 8 min): a teaser is joined by the theatrical preview and seven TV spots. Star 

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  • Audio Commentary  featuring David C. Fein, Mike Matessino, and Daren Dochterman
  • Audio Commentary  featuring Robert Wise, Douglas Trumbull, John Dykstra, Jerry Goldsmith, and Stephen Collins
  • Text Commentary  featuring Michael and Denise Okuda
  • Isolated Score Track  (found in the settings menu)

Bonus Blu-ray Disc

  • NEW The Human Adventure 8-Part Documentary  (HD 48:17 Total)
  • Preparing the Future
  • A Wise Choice
  • Refitting the Enterprise
  • Sounding Off
  • V’GER
  • Return to Tomorrow
  • A Grand Theme
  • The Grand Vision
  • NEW Three Deleted Scenes  (HD 4:31 Total)
  • Ilia & Decker in Engineering
  • Security Guard
  • Three Casualties
  • NEW Effects Tests  (HD 3:30)
  • NEW Costume Tests  (HD 4:40)
  • NEW Computer Display Graphics  (HD 3:10)
  • The Star Trek Universe
  • Phase II: The Lost Enterprise  (SD 12:39)
  • A Bold New Enterprise  (SD 29:41)
  • Redirecting the Future  (SD 14:06)
  • The Longest Trek: Writing the Motion Picture  (HD 10:44)
  • Special Star Trek Reunion  (HD 9:37)
  • Starfleet Academy SCISEC Brief 001: The Mystery Behind V’Ger  (HD 4:24)
  • The New Frontier: Resurrecting Star Trek  (HD 30:01)
  • Maiden Voyage: Making Star Trek: The Motion Picture  (HD 29:13)
  • Storyboards
  • Vulcan 
  • Enterprise Departure 
  • V’Ger Revealed 
  • Deleted Scenes - 1979 Theatrical Cut
  • Trims  (SD 6:08)
  • Outtakes/Memory Wall  (SD 2:49)
  • Vulcan and Starfleet  (SD 4:15)
  • Attack on the Enterprise  (SD 2:36)
  • Cloud Journey  (SD 3:31)
  • V’Ger Flyover  (SD 5:04)
  • Wing Walk  (SD 4:48)
  • Deleted Scenes - 1983 TV Version
  • Sulu and Ilia 1  (SD 1:06)
  • Sulu and Ilia 2  (SD 00:27)
  • Kirk’s Quarters  (SD 00:21)
  • Officer’s Lounge  (SD 00:13)
  • Attack on the Enterprise  (SD 1:08)
  • Intruder Transformation  (SD 00:32)
  • A Huge Vessel  (SD 00:47)
  • Kirk Follows Spock  (SD 1:13)
  • Ilia’s Quarters 1  (SD 1:05)
  • Ilia’s Quarters 2  (SD 1:20)
  • Its Creator Is a Machine  (SD 00:17)
  • Teaser Trailer 
  • Theatrical Trailer 

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  • Audio Commentary  featuring Nicholas Meyer
  • Audio Commentary  (Theatrical Cut Only) featuring Nicholas Meyer & Manny Coto
  • Audio Commentary  featuring Nicholas Meyer
  • Audio Commentary  (Theatrical Cut Only) featuring Nicholas Meyer & Manny Coto
  • Text Commentary  (Director’s Cut Only) featuring Michael and Denise Okuda 
  • Library Computer Viewing Mode  (Theatrical Cut)
  • The Genesis Effect: Engineering The Wrath of Khan  (HD, 28 min)
  • Production  (SD, HD)
  • Captain’s Log   (27 min)
  • Designing Khan   (24 min)
  • Interviews   (11 min) with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, and Ricardo Montalbán
  • Where No Man Has Gone Before: The Visual Effects of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan  (18 min)
  • James Horner: Composing Genesis   (10 min)
  • The Star Trek Universe  (HD, SD)
  • Collecting Star Trek’s Movie Relics  (11 min)
  • A Novel Approach   (29 min)
  • Starfleet Academy SCISEC Brief 002: Mystery Behind Ceti Alpha VI   (3 min)
  • Farewell: A Tribute to Ricardo Montalbán  (HD, 5 min)
  • Storyboards  (HD)
  • Trailer  (HD)

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  • Audio Commentary  featuring Leonard Nimoy, Harve Bennett, Charles Correll, & Robin Curtis
  • Audio Commentary  featuring Ronald D. Moore & Michael Taylor
  • Library Computer Viewing Mode 
  • Production  (HD, SD)
  • EASTER EGG! Ken Ralston on Models and Creature Effects  (7 min)
  • Captain’s Log  (26 min)
  • Terraforming and the Prime Directive  (26 min)
  • Industry Light & Magic: The Visual Effects of Star Trek   (14 min)
  • Spock: The Early Years  (6 min)
  • Space Docks and Birds-of-Prey  (28 min)
  • Speaking Klingon  (21 min)
  • Klingon and Vulcan Costumes   (12 min)
  • Star Trek and the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame   (17 min)
  • Starfleet Academy SCISEC Brief 003: Mystery Behind the Vulcan Katra Transfer   (3 min)
  • Photo Galleries  (HD) contains two sets of BTS photos and publicity stills

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  • Audio Commentary  featuring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy
  • Audio Commentary  featuring Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman
  • Future’s Past: A Look Back   (28 min)
  • On Location   (7 min)
  • Dailies Deconstruction   (4 min)
  • Below-the-Line: Sound Design   (12 min)
  • Pavel Chekov’s Screen Moments  (6 min)
  • Time Travel: The Art of the Possible   (11 min)
  • The Language of Whales   (6 min)
  • A Vulcan Primer   (8 min)
  • Kirk’s Women  (8 min)
  • Star Trek: The Three-Picture Saga   (10 min)
  • Star Trek for a Cause  (6 min)
  • Starfleet Academy SCISEC Brief 004: The Whale Probe  (4 min)
  • Visual Effects Featurettes  (SD)
  • From Outer Space to the Ocean  (15 min)
  • The Bird-of-Prey  (3 min)
  • Original Cast Interviews  (SD)
  • William Shatner  ( 15 min)
  • Leonard Nimoy  (16)
  • DeForest Kelley  (13 min)
  • Special Tributes  (SD)
  • Roddenberry Scrapbook  (8 min)
  • Featured Artist: Mark Lenard   (13 min)
  • Production Gallery  (SD)
  • Storyboards Galleries  (HD)
  • Theatrical Trailer  (HD)

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  • Audio Commentary  by William Shatner and Liz Shatner
  • Audio Commentary  by Michael & Denise Okuda, Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens, and Daren Dochterman
  • Library Computer
  • Harve Bennett’s Pitch to Sales Team  (SD 1:42)
  • The Journey: A Behind-The-Scenes Documentary  (SD 28:55)
  • Makeup Tests  (SD 9:50)
  • Pre-Visualization Models  (SD 1:41)
  • Rockman in the Raw  (SD 5:37)
  • Star Trek V Press Conference  (SD 13:42)
  • Herman Zimmerman: A Tribute  (SD 19:09)
  • Original Interview: William Shatner  (SD 14:37)
  • Cosmic Thoughts  (SD 13:05)
  • That Klingon Couple  (SD 13:05)
  • A Green Future?  (SD 9:24)
  • Star Trek Honors NASA  (HD 9:57)
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame: James Doohan  (SD 3:07)
  • Starfleet Academy SCISEC Brief 005: Nimbus III  (HD 3:02)
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Mount Rushmore  (SD 00:18)
  • Insults  (SD 2:03)
  • Behold Paradise  (SD 00:52)
  • Spock’s Pain  (SD 1:02)
  • Production Gallery  (SD 4:04)
  • The Gag Reel  (SD 1:08)
  • The Face of God
  • Theatrical Trailers

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  • Theatrical Cut Audio Commentary  featuring Nicholas Meyer and Denny Martin Flinn
  • Theatrical Cut Audio Commentary  featuring Larry Nemecek and Ira Steven Behr 
  • Director’s Cut Text Commentary  featuring Michael and Denise Okuda 
  • Audio Commentary  by Nicholas Meyer and Denny Martin Flinn
  • Audio Commentary  by Larry Nemecek and Ira Steven Behr
  • Library Computer  
  • The Perils of Peacemaking  (SD 26:30)
  • Stories from Star Trek VI
  • It Started with a Story  (SD 9:46)
  • Prejudice  (SD 5:02)
  • Director Nicholas Meyer  (SD 5:57)
  • Shakespeare & General Chang  (SD 5:53)
  • Bring It to Life  (SD 23:26)
  • Farewell & Goodbye  (SD 7:04)
  • Conversations with Nicholas Meyer  (SD 9:33)
  • Klingons: Conjuring the Legend  (SD 20:43)
  • Federation Operatives  (SD 4:53)
  • Penny’s Toy Box  (SD 6:06)
  • Together Again  (SD 4:56)
  • Tom Morga: Alien Stuntman  (HD 4:57)
  • To Be or Not to Be: Klingons and Shakespeare  (HD 23:04)
  • Starfleet Academy SCISEC Brief 006: Praxis  (HD 2:38)
  • DeForest Kelley: A Tribute  (SD 13:19)
  • Original Interviews
  • William Shatner  (SD 5:05)
  • Leonard Nimoy  (SD 6:26)
  • DeForest Kelley  (SD 5:00)
  • James Doohan  (SD 5:33)
  • Nichelle Nichols  (SD 5:39)
  • George Takei  (SD 5:28)
  • Walter Koenig ( SD 5:28)
  • Iman  (SD 5:04)
  • Production Gallery  (SD 3:24)
  • Storyboards 
  • Rura Penthe
  • Leaving Spacedock (Omitted)
  • Promotional Materials
  • 1991 Convention Presentation by Nicholas Meyer  (SD 4:43)
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture 6-Movie Collection   gathers together the original classic films featuring the complete series cast. Some went on to appear in later  Next Generation   films, but this is where you can see everyone manning their stations aboard the Enterprise. While each successive film may vary in terms of ambition and execution, it's difficult to dispute the consensus that these films are incredibly entertaining voyages. Even when the franchise is at its lowest point, there's still a nugget of an interesting idea at the center compelling you to look past the goofiness. The final film proves to be a bittersweet but emotionally satisfying final send off for the crew of great actors who began their interstellar journey to seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no other television series had gone before. 

For those who waited out Paramount Home Video's release schedule,  Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture 6-Movie Collection   collects all of the discs from the previous 4-Movie Collection and includes the newly released discs for  Star Trek V: The Final Frontier ,  Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country , and most importantly the fully restored  Star Trek: The Motion Picture Director's Edition . Each film offers a generally excellent 4K Dolby Vision (and HDR10) transfer - some benefit more than others - but they are without doubt or dispute a vast improvement over the waxy DNR and edge enhancement riddled 2009 discs. Each of these films will also be available in single title editions - so if you have that 4-Film set already or if you don't want everything bundled together, you can pick these up separately. One thing to keep in mind, the single set release of  The Motion Picture Director's Edition   does not come with a 1080p Blu-ray of the film, only 4K and the bonus disc. And to get the special Longer Version of  The Motion Picture   you need to pick up the limited edition  Star Trek: The Motion Picture Director's Edition: The Complete  Adventure . 

However - if you're a  Star Trek   fan who loves these films and needs to have them for your 4K shelf, this is a great set that conveniently packages nearly everything available. 

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  1. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier 4K Blu-ray Review

    The Final Frontier comes to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray courtesy of Paramount, with a new 4K scan of the OCN (Original Camera Negative), here presented as a 3840x2160/24p BT.2020 image in the film's theatrical aspect ratio of widescreen 2.39:1, using a Wide Colour Gamut (WCG), High Dynamic Range (HDR10 and Dolby Vision ), and is encoded using the HEVC ...

  2. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (4K UHD Review)

    At long last, Trek V looks like an actual film at home. As was the case with the earlier sequels, primary audio on both the 4K UHD and remastered Blu-ray is included in English 7.1 surround in lossless Dolby TrueHD format, essentially tthe same mix found on the original 2009 Blu-ray. A new Atmos mix would have been nice, but the TrueHD was and ...

  3. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

    For an excellent, thorough review of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, read Josh Zyber's 2009 Blu-ray Review. Vital Disc Stats: The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Not to be left out of the fun, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier beams down for a new two-disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with Digital copy release. Housed in a standard black case with an identical ...

  4. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier 4K Blu-ray Review

    Audio Quality. 87%. Extras. 15%. Overall. 65%. The Bottom Line. After 23 years, fans are slowly warming to the fifth entry in the series, and this new 4K presentation might help it win over some ...

  5. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier UHD Review

    I could not be more thrilled with how Star Trek V: The Final Frontier has fared in this 4K release. Audio: 4.5/5. While we're not getting a new Dolby Atmos mix for any of the Star Trek films besides the Director's Cut of The Motion Picture, the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 repurposed from the previous Blu-ray release is still very good. Effective at ...

  6. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

    September 6, 2022 by Brad Cook. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, 1989, Directed by William Shatner. Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter ...

  7. Review: 'Star Trek V' And 'Star Trek VI' On 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

    Star Trek V and Star Trek VI were released today, September 6 in the USA on 4K Ultra HD. Each is available on Amazon for $19.99 ( Star Trek V: The Final Frontier ) and ( Star Trek VI: The ...

  8. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier 4K Blu-ray Review & Comments

    46. Location. Reading. Sep 3, 2022. #1. A year after the first four came to UHD, we finally get the last two original Star Trek movies, with The Final Frontier comfortably the weakest of the lot, but also arguably the one showing the biggest upgrade in native 4K with Dolby Vision. Read the review. Write your own review for Star Trek V: The ...

  9. "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" 4K UHD Movie Review

    Along with the feature film on Blu-Ray and 4K UHD sets (which are two separate collection cases inside a cardboard slip case, for a total of 15 discs across the six movies (seven if you count the separate discs for the Director's Edition of The Motion Picture), are the following box set extras: . Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director's Edition - Ultra HD & Blu-ray

  10. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier 4K review

    All right, I've just spent all week reviewing every single one of the new Star Trek 4K Ultra HD releases, save for the new 6-Movie Collection.So you can now read my thoughts on: The 3-disc Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Director's Edition: The Complete Adventure, the 2-disc wide release of the Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Director's Edition, and the 2-disc wide releases of Star ...

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    The remastered edition of Star Trek V is available in the 6-film box set, as a standalone 4K + Blu-ray release, or as a standalone Blu-ray. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country arrives with two versions of the film on 4K: the original theatrical cut, which was also available in the previous 2009 Blu-ray (and what most people have seen on streaming services to date), and the longer director ...

  12. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

    While I had stated it in previous reviews of the original cast Star Trek films, I was never much of a fan of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. However, that wasn't the worst film in the series. That honor goes to the William Shatner directed Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, which arrives on 4K UHD for the first time this week. While this is by far the worst installment of the original six films ...

  13. Star Trek 4K 6-Movie Collection Boxset Review

    The Films - Technical advisories and historical context. My review of the Star Trek 4k 6-Movie Collection is based on viewing via a 4K HDR display. It has been noted in other reviews that the downsampling of the 4K scans to 1080p for the Blu-ray has led to some scenes feeling overly bright. This is partly due to the lack of HDR on that format ...

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  15. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier 4K

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Set a course for the final frontier as the newly restored Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director's Edition arrives September 6, 2022 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a bonus Blu-ray Disc filled with new and legacy special features from Paramount Home Entertainment. The film will also be released in a Limited-Edition ...

  16. For the first time, you can now watch every Star Trek movie in 4K HDR

    151. For the first time, you can now buy or rent every single Star Trek movie in the latest 4K and HDR standards. That includes all six movies based on the original series cast, all four featuring ...

  17. How much of an improvement are the Star Trek 4Ks over the blu ...

    These new 4K discs are based on the original negatives and optics and combined with 100GB discs and Dolby Vision, they look like brand new film prints! With that being said, Search for Spock's 4K transfer has introduced a new problem, as the super pristine image quality has made some of the production value suffer!

  18. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country 4K Blu-ray Review

    Star Trek The Original Motion Picture Collection 4K is available in several forms - the 4-movie 4K Collection from last year, the 6-movie Collection which not only adds the last two films, but also adds an additional 4K disc to The Motion Picture to deliver the new cut(s) and the individual releases. Whatever way you want to play it, you're likely to have to fork out around £100 to upgrade ...

  19. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (4K UHD Review)

    After taking the newly-commissioned Enterprise-A out on its shakedown cruise, Captain James T. Kirk and his crew have discovered that their new Starship is something of a lemon. So while Scotty and his team set about making things right in Earth orbit, Kirk uses the time to enjoy a little rock climbing in Yosemite National Park, accompanied by Spock and McCoy. But both their shore leave and ...

  20. Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture 6-Movie Collection

    (Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director's Edition also includes Dolby Atmos). Both Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country are making their 4K Ultra HD debuts. The set also includes access to Digital copies of each of the six films, as well as hours of new and legacy bonus content.

  21. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier 4K UHD (1989)

    4K collection: 154. Blu-ray collection: 939. DVD collection: 434. Trading Score: 5. Quote: Originally Posted by steev210. Ebert makes a point of mentioning the scene of Kirk, Bones and McCoy singing around the campfire as "the single silliest scene in all of Star Trek history", but I find it to be endearing.

  22. Star Trek: The Motion Picture Director's Edition 4K Blu-ray Review

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture was shot on 35mm film using Panavision Panaflex and Panavision PSR R-200 Cameras with the UHD release benefitting from Paramount's meticulous 4K scan and restoration as per the previous release. However, for the Director's Edition, Paramount have gone one step further - not only have the original camera negative and master inter-positive elements been ...