Star Trek VIII: First Contact [Blu-ray] [1996]

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Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (44 out of 45)

Special Features


  • Commentary by: Damon Lindelof and Anthony Pascale
  • Indutrial Light & Magic - The next generation HD
  • Greetings from the International Space Station HD
  • Spaceshipone's historic flight HD
  • Brent Spiner: Data and Beyond part 2 HD
  • Trek roundtable: First Contact HD
  • Starfleet Academy: Temporal Vortex HD
  • Library computer
  • Star Trek IQ (BD-Live)

Synopsis


Star Trek: First Contact
The first "Trek" film to feature the cast of the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series without any of the members of the original series, this action-packed hit was well received at the box office. The Federation comes under attack by its ongoing enemy, the Borg, a cybernetics-enhanced race that once kidnapped Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), "assimilating" him into a drone. As a former prisoner of the Borg, Picard is ordered to stay out of the new battle, but he cannot resist and orders the brand-new starship Enterprise into the fray. The Enterprise follows the only surviving Borg ship through a time tunnel, where they intend to conquer Earth in an earlier era. The Borg have targeted the work of Zefram Cochrane (James Cromwell), inventor of warp drive, the device that makes interplanetary travel possible. As the Enterprise crew attempts to stop the Borg from interrupting the work of Cochrane and his assistant, Lily (Alfre Woodard), Borg drones invade the Enterprise and take it over piece by piece, while Data (Brent Spiner) is captured and seduced by the Borg Queen (Alice Krige). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Patrick Stewart
    Patrick Stewart - Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
  • Jonathan Frakes
    Jonathan Frakes - Cmdr. William Riker
  • Brent Spiner
    Brent Spiner - Lt. Cmdr. Data
  • LeVar Burton
    LeVar Burton - Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge
  • Michael Dorn
    Michael Dorn - Lt. Cmdr. Worf



Overall customer rating

4.6
98%
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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    TNG's finest film moment

    Posted
    prlwctd

    Of the four TNG films, this came closet to doing justice to the series. Like Star Trek II, it's a sequel to a story which began on the show itself. The Borg make another attempt to conquer the Federation, but Picard's past experience with them gives Starfleet the knowledge they need to stop them. However, a small group of Borg manages to escape the destruction of their ship and travels back in time (with the nice looking, new Enterprise-E in close pursuit) to the mid-21st century, where they attempt to stop a scientist (a delightful James Cromwell) from inventing warp drive, which would lead to the first contact of the title, which in turn would lead to the creation of the Federation for whom the Enterprise flies. Eventually Data and Picard find themselves facing the enigmatic Borg Queen (a scary & sexy Alice Krige). This does a better job of utilizing the TNG characters than the other three films. However, what keeps the movie from becoming a true classic is the unnecessary addition of Alfre Woodard's character (with respect to a fine actress), who is Cromwell's assistant who is inexplicably brought aboard the Enterprise where she must team up with Picard to stop the Borg. As anyone who watched the show knows, it is Beverly Crusher who was never afraid to tell Picard when he was wrong and here she's just swept under the rug. A black mark on an otherwise fine film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best of the Next Generation

    Posted
    Enjoyingmovies

    I am always in favor of the Next Generation series versus other Star Trek series so my evaluation might sound bias. This in my opinion was the best of the Next Generation movies (not including any TV epidose). The story line was solid. The acting of the Borg Queen and Captain Picard were absolute. DATA was as androidly as he could be, except the few scenes where the director had him behaving as a human. In this movie, the supporting casts of the crew was not concentrated on one character but rather the whole being used for the plot. I think this method actually helped to bring out the contrast between the dark side and the best of mankind as portraited by the Queen and Picard. The Blu-ray rendering was excellent with both video and sound. I didn't care much for the extras or other miscellaneous items in any movie so no opinion there. The only quip I have with the movie was the last scene where the Vulcan starship landed on Earth, come on, the people were standing no more than 50 feet from the fire blast of the descending ship. But as I stated above, this was a great film and nothing could not be forgiven.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best of the "Next Gen" movies

    Posted
    Aahz23

    Finally on Blu-Ray the best of the "Next Gen" Star Trek Movies. While there are many arguments on which was the best of the "original cast" films... (Trek II or Trek IV) this film by far stands out as the best of the new cast films. Even more so by how bad the rest of the series got. The only flaw in this film was the re-imagining of the Borg to be a hive entity with a queen. While the delectable Alice Krige was good in her part, the whole premise behind the Borg was diminished and completely degenerated in the very forgettable ST: Voyager series. Which is why I only give the plot a 3. Otherwise this film is wonderful. Great story, acting and the special effects... WOW. I only hope the Blu-Ray edition gives us the enhanced visual experience this film deserves.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    You don't even have to be a Trekie

    Posted
    James0598

    I enjoyed this movie very much. The Plot kept me interested. I did find myself wanting to know more which could be because I have seen none of the previous Star Trek movies. However, I believe that the characters were developed enough in the movie so that I did not feel lost. The cinematography was great, I really enjoyed the way the movie was shown. The special effects are awesome, which is why I will be getting this one on Blu-Ray. I was also impressed with the Acting, I feel that the actors did well to fill their roles which allowed me to get drawn into the characters. I am not a Star Trek fan by any means, however this movie was great. I would recommend it to anyone.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Top-notch

    Posted
    movieFan
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    Those who remember the series fondly will not be disappointed. I rate this, along with Wrath of Khan as the best "Trek films. Patrick Stuart delivers a wonderfully visceral performance in the post-Locutis arc, complimented by the great supporting role of Lily, played by Alfre Woodard. Terrific Zero-G combat scene, which might be a 1st for the franchise. You can't miss with this one.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Indisputably, one of the best "Trek" films!

    Posted
    neoferro

    Ignore the rants of the user known as "JusttheTruth" if you have not seen this film. This film was a box office smash. It received an Oscar nomination for Best Makeup. It has a very high rating on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB, especially in contrast to the rest of the saga. Only the Abrams reboot and the even-numbered original crew movies have been admired as much as this.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best of the TNG films!!!

    Posted
    HockeyFan24

    This is hands down the best film that the crew of the next generation has made. It has it all, action, cool fight scenes (ships as well as hand to hand combat), great quotes, and harkens back to the hit show that many of us have grown up watching on Sunday evenings. If you only buy one star trek film from the next generation, this is the one to get.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Just a good solid movie

    Posted
    Mydnight
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    This is one of the best of the Star Trek films. It has a bit of everything, good action sequences, great effects, great chemistry among the cast, a great villain in Alice Krige and first rate performances from the cast. For ir his feature film debut as a director, Jonathan Frakes hit a home run.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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