Star Trek V
The Final Frontier (2-disc set)

Starring: William Shatner
Paramount Home Entertainment
RRP: £24.99

Certificate: PG
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Stardate 8454.130. Vacationing Captain Kirk faces two challenges: climbing Yosemite's El Capitan and teaching campfire songs to Spock. But the vacation is cut short when a renegade Vulcan hijacks the Enterprise, and pilots it on a journey to uncover the universe's innermost secrets...

Well known to fans as The Search for God, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is infamous for being the worst of the Star Trek movies. And it's not hard to see why.

William Shatner - co-writer, director and star - pumps his ego to the max in this movie that, put simply, is: "Kirk takes on God... and wins". Sadly, it would seem that he has not learnt his lesson, and that ego is still alive and well in a series of ongoing books from Pocket Books in which Shatner rewrites history with Kirk as the victor.

Sadly, the only extra I was looking forward to getting my hands on was the audio commentary by William Shatner. I was interested to hear what he had to say with hindsight about his time on the movie and whether he had any comments on why the movie was not received as well as hoped. Unfortunately we only received a review disc for the extras on the second disc, so that little treat was not available to me.

The extras on the second disc are interesting, but only to real Star Trek nuts (who probably know all the info revealed here), and I doubt whether you'll rewatch the second disc once you've seen it once. And, to be honest I didn't feel like there was anything included that was essential that I watch. The Rockman footage was interesting (sort of). And it was a good call to drop this monster from the finished movie.

Paramount have confusingly decided to call this release a "special edition". Now, wasn't a special edition released a while ago along with a standard edition? Er... yes it was. And didn't the packaging look similar? Er... yes it did. So wouldn't it have made more sense to call this the "2-disc special edition"?

Extras include: Audio commentary by William Shatner and Liz Shatner; Trivia track; 'The Journey' featurette; 4 deleted scenes; Herman Zimmerman: A Tribute; Vintage interview with William Shatner; That Klingon Couple; A Green Future?; Harve Bennett's pitch; Make-up tests; Pre-visualisation models; Rockman In The Raw; Production stills; Storyboards; and Trailers.

Not really worth buying if you already own the movie, and er... not really buying if you don't already own the movie. Seriously though, this is not quite as bad as I remembered - it does have it's moments. It's just that it's not as good as it should have been.

Pete Boomer

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