"Does Anything Work on This Ship?" "The Final Frontier" Still Fails on Beautiful Blu-ray.
May 22, 2009
Known to fans as the worst Trek film of all time to a point were some people (and even countries) don't consider it as one of the films, is unfortunately to many reborn on Blu-ray in this seven disc set. I must admit, I held of a day to watch this and in a span of two days completed it. Though The Final Frontier looks and sounds great on Blu-ray, it doesn't change the fact that it was a bad movie.
In Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Kirk and the rest of his crews shore leave is cut short when Starfleet receives a distress call from the planet Nimbus III in the Neutral Zone, having found out that "The Galactic Army of Light" has taken the Klingon, Romulan and Federation ambassadors on the planet hostage. Though the new Enterprise-A is nowhere near functional after her initial shakedown cruise, she is sent anyway due to the fact that that Kirk is the only experienced captain in Starfleet at that point. In an attempt to Rescue the ambassadors it is revealed that Spocks half brother Sybock is behind everything that has transpired. Being outnumbered, Sybock hijacks the Enterprise in an attempt to find Sha Ka Ri...The Vulcan heaven.
First off, some people are meant to act and some people are meant to write and direct. Shatner was meant to act and when he took the directors chair for Star Trek V, disaster was in the making. The story was not a good one as it seemed they just wanted to rush and get a new movie out. There were so many things about this movie that failed on so many levels. The writing was novice for one thing. The scene were Uhura is naked (even though you don't actually see anything) trying to distract the soldiers is so unlike Star Trek that every time I see see it, it makes me cringe. The Final Frontier also tried to buckle one to many plots into one movie; the first the Sybock plot and the second being the Klingon story arc. If this film had been about Kirk being a hunted man by the Klingons and just that, this film might have all together been fun and exciting. However, the Klingon plot just got lost in the weak Sybock story. The other item that killed this movie was the lack of ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) doing the films visual effects. I mean why get rid of them for one film when they have made all of your other films look stunning? Instead, the effects in the film mostly look like someone is moving the ships around with their hands. The only good effect was the Enterprise model itself, which was brand new after ILM destroyed the old one for The Wrath of Khan.
The one thing that The Final Frontier had going for it was the continuing growth and brotherhood type relationship Kirk, Spock and Bones share. Again, this trio is put to the test and learn new things about each other that strengthen their relationship further. There is actually a point near the end of the film when Spock gets a little emotional during the rescue attempt of Captain Kirk. At the end of the film, there is this great line were Kirk says referring to Spock, "I lost a brother once...I was lucky to get him back." That one line just said everything about the times these three have been through and what they have experienced over thirty years or so.
As far as the Blu-ray is concerned, the film again like all of the other except Khan looks stunning and truly remastered. Colors really stand out for example, the blue horse in the film. Again the best looking scenes are out in space as well as on the bridge of the Enterprise. The sound is amazing as well, despite the fact that this is more of a quieter film then some of the other. When it needs to be, the sound really does come to life with the Dolby Digital 7.1 surround.
To be honest, the only reason I watched the film was because I needed to review them all to make it a complete review of the set, but if it wasn't for that, I wouldn't have watched it. If you are a Trek fan then you probably understand. If you own these, don't bother watching the film if you don't want to. There really is no point. 1/5
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