The final film with the original cast has been given its turn for Collector's Edition treatment, and Trekkers should be pleased with the effort. In addition to the film on Disc One, there is audio commentary with director Nicholas Meyer and screenwriter Denny Martin Flinn and a trivia and production note-rich Text Commentary by Michael & Denise Okuda. Over two hours of material appears on Disc Two, including more than ten very good featurettes, which begins with The Perils Of Filmmaking (27 minutes). The Stories From Star Trek VI sub-menu includes It Started With A Story (ten minutes), Prejudice (five minutes), Director Nicholas Meyer (six minutes), Shakespeare & General Chang (six minutes), Bringing It To Life (23 minutes), and Farewell & Goodbye (seven minutes). The Star Trek Universe consists of the following featurettes: Conversations With Nicholas Meyer (nine minutes), Klingons: Conjuring The Legend (21 minutes), as well as Federation Objectives, Penny's Toy Box, and Together Again. The Farewell section includes a thirteen-minute tribute to DeForest Kelley and a segment of original release interviews. The Promotional Material includes a teaser and regular release trailer, as well as a five-minute presentation prepared for a 1991 Star Trek convention. And finally, the Archives include a three-minute production gallery and four scenes presented in storyboard form. (Michael Coate)
In the continuing homage to Gene Roddenberry
This new anamorphically enhanced DVD exhibits a sharper, slightly cleaner picture than the previously released non-anamorphic DVD. Colors are virtually the same, with richly saturated reds, vibrant blues, and deep blacks. Fleshtones are also nicely balanced. The picture is sharp and detailed, with satisfying textures and clarity. The source element is revealing of a few flecks of dirt on occasion, but there are fewer artifacts noticed than with the previous edition. There is some pixelization noticed breaking up the image from time to time, but edge enhancement is not as bothersome as on the previously released DVD. Once again, the film is not presented in its original (35mm) theatrical ratio; instead presented here in a director-approved 2.00:1 ratio that closely mirrors the film's 70mm blow-up ratio. (Some 2.35:1 outtake footage and storyboards can be seen in the DVD supplements.) However, unlike the previous DVD, the picture has been centered (though the film's Super 35 topline-composed images appear off-center). (Suzanne Hodges)
The 5.1-channel remastering job done to the previous version (which, according to sources at Paramount, has been Dolby
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