Based upon Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek VII: Generations is the seventh in the series. Retired Starfleet officer James T. Kirk (Shatner) is found by Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Stewart) seven decades later, after his supposed death. A mysterious energy ribbon, the Nexus, brings them together to rescue the Enterprise-D. (Tricia Spears)
Special features include commentary by Director David Carson and Manny Coto; commentary by Brandon Braga and Ronald D. Moore; 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. The following featurettes can be found under Production: Uniting Two Legends (SD 25:40), Stellar Cartography: Creating The Illusion (SD 09:23), Strange New Worlds: The Valley Of Fire (SD 22:42), and Scoring Trek (HD 08:57). Visual Effects features Inside ILM: Models & Miniatures (SD 09:39) and Crashing The Enterprise (SD 10:44); three Scene Deconstruction featurettes: Main Title (SD 03:32), The Nexus Ribbon (SD 07:08), and Saucer Crash Sequence (SD 04:50); and The Star Trek Universe, which includes: A Tribute To Matt Jefferies (SD 19:38), The Enterprise Lineage (SD 12:49), Captain Picard's Family Album (SD 07:05), Creating 24th Century Weapons (SD 13:48), Next Generation Designer Flashback Andrew Probert (HD 05:04), Stellar Cartography On Earth (HD 07:39), Brent Spiner Data And Beyond Part 1 (HD 10:21), Trek Roundtable Generations (HD 12:23), and Starfleet Academy Scisec Brief 007 Trilithium (HD 03:06). Also included are four deleted scenes, three storyboards, a production gallery, a teaser trailer, the theatrical trailer, BD-Live interactivity, and upfront ads.
The 2.39:1 1080p AVC encoding, as with the previous Star Trek VI, shows richly saturated reds, vibrant blues, and deep blacks; giving it a bold picture quality. Fleshtones are also nicely balanced, with good definition and healthy hues. The picture is sharp and detailed, with satisfying textures and clarity. The source element is consistently revealing, and there are fewer artifacts noticed than with the previous editions. Resolution is generally impressive, and edge enhancement is not a factor. Contrast is defined nicely with deep, solid blacks, and near-black shadows are delineated well. The combination provides a dimensional-looking image that is enjoyable. (Gary Reber)
The Dolby® TrueHD 5.1-channel encoding exhibits an excellently layered soundtrack that delivers an engaging three-dimensional holosonic® soundfield. There are many instances of the very exemplary sound design that envelops the soundfield with aggressive surround and dynamic energy. Fidelity is superb, as this mix is one of the best remasterings regarding the film franchise of Star Trek. Deep bass is tight, powerful, and impactful; hits you in the gut many times with powerful low frequencies in the sub-25 Hz range. The newer version gives the listener a more immersive surround envelope with a much cleaner and wide open soundtrack, with nicely crafted pans and good dialogue spatial integration. (Gary Reber)