Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Featured In Issue 141, July/August 2009

WSR Score3.5
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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier finds Captain Kirk's vacation cut short when a renegade Vulcan hijacks the Enterprise and takes it on a journey to discover the universe's innermost secrets. This installment was the least successful film at the boxoffice and is generally regarded as the weakest entry in the Star Trek original crew film series. (Tricia Spears)

Special features include commentary by William Shatner and Liz Shatner; commentary by Michael & Denise Okuda, Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens, and Daren Dochterman; and a "Library Computer" interactive experience that allows you to access information about people, technology, locations, and more at the moment each appears in the film. Under "Production" there is Harve Bennett's Pitch To Sales Team blurb (SD 01:42), The Journey: A Behind-The-Scenes Documentary (SD 28:55), Makeup Tests (SD 09:50), Pre-visualization Models (SD 01:41), Rockman In The Raw (SD 05:37), and Star Trek V Press Conference (SD 13:42) featurettes. "The Star Trek Universe" includes Herman Zimmerman: A Tribute (SD 19:09), an Original Interview: William Shatner (SD 14:37), Cosmic Thoughts (SD 13:05), That Klingon Couple (SD 13:05), A Green Future (SD 09:24), Star Trek Honors NASA (HD 09:57), Hollywood Walk Of Fame: James Doohan (SD 03:10), and Starfleet Academy Scisec Brief 005: Nimbus III (HD 03:02). There are also four deleted scenes, a production gallery (SD 04:05), two theatrical trailers, seven TV spots, BD-Live interactivity, and up-front ads.

The 1080p AVC encoding is clean and nicely textured, with satisfying sharpness and detail that really shows off the ability of high definition, to create a believable natural picture. Colors are very nicely balanced, with warm fleshtones and rich hues. Black levels are generally deep, but they are not consistently so and occasionally elevate to a milky gray. The colors of uniforms and other garments are rendered very well, with few dated distractions. The nighttime battle in Chapter 7 is a good example of the disc's very capable shadow delineation and broad contrast. The source element is revealing of occasional flecks of dirt, but nothing that is too bothersome or distracting. Only a few scenes appear somewhat soft or dated, as the majority of the picture is clean and well detailed. (Danny Richelieu/Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby® TrueHD 7.1-channel lossless encoding delivers improved spatial delineation and deep bass articulation over the lossy versions that have been previously released. This audio delivers distinguished fidelity, spatial delineation, and bass extension. The dialogue is remarkable, with natural-sounding voices and good spatial integration—a huge improvement over the older movies in this collection. The holosonic™ spatial distribution of sound effects is impressive, with effective split surround utilization. The added surround back channels help create a more realistic stage, with pans across each wall sounding more complete and engaging. Deep bass is powerful, with extension to below 25 Hz in all channels. The multi-dimensional music score engulfs the listener with an engaging, emotion-driving presence with almost no distortion. (Danny Richelieu/Perry Sun)