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Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home

A science fiction & fantasy movie directed by Leonard Nimoy.

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"Admiral! There be Whales Here!" "The Voyage Home" Timewarps onto Blu-ray!

  • May 20, 2009
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The third movie (technically the fourth) in what has become known as the Star Trek Trilogy which include The Wrath of Khan and The Search for Spock, concludes on beautiful Blu-ray.  This is the second time I have watched Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in a span of two months and while it is not one of my favorite Trek films, it has really come to grow on me.  The film really comes to life on Blu-ray, having been completely digitally remastered and remixed with Dolby Digital 7.1 Surround.  Again, the film looks fresh with a lot of color being restored as well as the sound.

When Admiral Kirk and his crew are on their way home to Earth along with the resurrected Captain Spock, they receive a distress call from the Federation informing them that a probe has completely neutralized Earth and to stay away.  When Spock concludes that the probe is seeking a response from humpback whales, now extinct on 23rd Century Earth, Kirk and the crew must risk time warp to late 20th century Earth.  Problems arise when Scotty figures out that they cannot get back to their time with the power they have and Kirk realizes the whales they are looking for are running out of time themselves.

This film is a fan favorite among trekkies and non trekkies alike, but I never fully understood why.  For me, it just didn't feel like the Star Trek I knew.  They were in 80's Earth which is actually why I think it appealed to a lot of people; they found a real world connection to the film.  To me though, there were no Klingons (there were, but they weren't important) and there was no Enterprise (until the last minute of the film).  However, as I watched the movie now, I see how it was important in concluding the story of the previous two films.  I started to appreciate the relationship between Kirk and Spock and how they re-found their eternal friendship.  I also appreciate now the message that this was sending out about whales and how we treat our planet and while The Voyage Home remains not one of my favorite films, I have a better understanding on why it was such a favorite now and then.

Now on Blu-ray the film looks fantastic!  There were parts of this film that I didn't even notice until watching it in High Def.  For example during the scenes at the Aquarium, I never noticed the San Fransisco Skyline in the background until today.  These are the little things you notice when you watch films in HD.  The few scenes that took place in Space in the movie also looked stunning.  At the end of the film when the Enterprise is leaving spacedock, you can see all the little details on the ship.  The sound of course has really been brought up to speck just like all of the other films and that leads me to my last point.

As much as it is a catchy theme, I thought that the score for The Voyage Home was the worst Star Trek score ever written.  Out of all the scores, this one was the furthest away from any Star Trek music I have ever heard.  There is nothing about it that screams Trek to me.  It actually sounds like it should be in some World War II film or some kind of war film.

As this is one of the fan favorite Star Trek films, any fan who has a Blu-ray player should re-watch The Voyage Home.  The film is terrifically remastered and was a joy to watch over again, not to mention some of the best quotable Trek out there.  If only the score didn't make me cringe... 4/5.
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October 16, 2009
Good to know that they didn't just spit this out onto disc the way some movies are and that they tried to clean this up some and make it sound nice. I bet my dad would like it since I think this is his favorite of the old movies. You didn't like the theme? It's not bad but it's not the strongest theme either. It's not even a real Trek themes since it's been taken from Ralph Bakshi's Lord of the Rings animated movie from years ago!
 
May 20, 2009
I just liked the trip to the current time (the movie was made in the 80's so that was the current time). In the television series my favorite episode was the Gary Seven story which also involved the Enterprise travelling back to the then current time.
May 20, 2009
Ya, I really liked the TOS episode Tomorrow is Yesterday when the go back in time to Earth and our on that Air force base
 
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review by . September 10, 2010
The Star Trek franchise has taken its fans all over the galaxy. From its deepest unknown reaches with "Voyager" to the bridge of the "Gorkon," fans have seen plenty. The peculiar thing is that one of Trek's best tales takes place in late 80's San Francisco in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home." After recovering Spock in "Star Trek III," the crew of the Enterprise find themselves as exiles in a Klingon vessel on Vulcan. When repairs to the damaged ship are completed, Kirk and company decide to return …
review by . August 26, 2010
Within days of the release of Star Trek III, my brother and I had the plot for Star Trek IV completely plotted. With the destruction of the Enterprise during The Search for Spock, it seemed like getting the ship back would be a top priority. It occurred to me that the destruction scene showed only the primary hall burning up as the rest of the ship drifted into the Genesis planet's atmosphere. What if the secondary hall and warp nacelles survived and were captured by the Klingons, who have …
review by . July 26, 2009
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Don't tell me he wouldn't have photon torpedoed a few whaling ships.      Last but not least on my Trek movie reviews is the one EVERYONE loves.  Proof that funny talking foriegners to some are still funny, Leonard Nimoy smoked something evil when he thought of the plot and that mainstreaming your sci fi movies can rake in some major box office bucks.      We'll address all of that in a minute, but first-the plot.      Picking …
Quick Tip by . May 16, 2010
"The one with the whales" An absurd story that had to sound weird on paper is very entertaining on the screen. Always entertaining.
Quick Tip by . October 16, 2009
Yes, the "Save The Whales" Star Trek movie. A classic case of mainstreaming to make more money but it's entertaining regardless.
review by . June 28, 2009
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Of all the Star Trek movies, this is probably one of the best and one of the few to make an impact with a wide audience (only Star Trek - First Contact compares). The plotline is funny, uplifting, and memorable. Having seen Humpback Whales in the wild, I also appreciate the movie's message - that in harming our environment, we are harming ourselves.    With that said, Star Trek IV is tough to follow if you aren't at least somewhat familiar with the Trek universe. This movie especially …
review by . May 20, 2009
Of all the Star Trek movies out there, "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" is easily the silliest and goofiest of all the Star Trek films. It's also one of the best. The movie resumes where the previous Star Trek film left off. Captain Kirk and his crew have just rescued Spock and destroyed the Enterprise after their deadly fight with the Klingons. They are all feeling worn out after the fight, particularly Kirk and Spock. Kirk because he lost his son in the previous film, and Spock because he feels …
review by . May 15, 2007
The Star Trek franchise has taken its fans all over the galaxy. From its deepest unknown reaches with "Voyager" to the bridge of the "Gorkon," fans have seen plenty. The peculiar thing is that one of Trek's best tales takes place in late 80's San Francisco in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home." After recovering Spock in "Star Trek III," the crew of the Enterprise find themselves as exiles in a Klingon vessel on Vulcan. When repairs to the damaged ship are completed, Kirk and company decide to return …
review by . February 28, 2004
Pros: Yay for Star Trek!     Cons: Aww no big space battles or ships exploding. =P     The Bottom Line: Save the whales - Star Trek style! Hey - why not? =P     Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot. Just like with 12 Monkeys, I was flipping channels and landed on Star Trek the Next Generation. After that, however, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home came on. Now I'd seen bits and pieces before and knew something …
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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is the fourth feature film based on the Star Trek science fiction television series. It completes the loose story trilogy started in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and continued in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

Leonard Nimoy directed as well as starred in The Voyage Home, which earned four Academy Award nominations, for Best Cinematography, Best Effects, Best Music and Best Sound. The original music score was composed by Leonard Rosenman, reusing some material from his earlier score to Ralph Bakshi's animated The Lord of the Rings

Widely considered the best movie in the "classicTrek" series of feature films,Star Trek IVreturns to one of the favorite themes of the original TV series--time travel--to bring Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, Uhura, and Chekov from the 23rd century to present-day San Francisco. In their own time, the Starfleet heroes encounter an alien probe emitting a mysterious message--a message delivered in the song of the now-extinct Earth species of humpback whales. Failure to respond to the probe will result in Earth's destruction, so Kirk and company time-travel to 20th-century Earth--in their captured Klingon starship--to transport a humpback whale to the future in an effort to peacefully communicate with the alien probe. The plot sounds somewhat absurd in description, but as executed by returning director Leonard Nimoy, this turned out to be a crowd-pleasing adventure, filled with humor and lively...
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Director: Leonard Nimoy
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
Runtime: 119 minutes
Studio: Paramount
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