Recap Supplement: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

In 1989, William Shatner gave us the fifth entry in the Star Trek movie franchise. Given that it ended up on this site, you can pretty much guess how well that turned out. While the movie is bad (though oddly watchable in a strange way) the DVD releases for it are nothing short of superb. It’s not often a crappy movie gets not one but two solid special editions.

Caption contributed by Ed

Well, the seatbelt is there to give you the impression that you can leave the theater if you want, but once you unhook it that’s when the glue comes up through the seat!

The first proper release (I don’t count the barebones disc, and neither should you) came out in 2003 as a two disc set, and recently we got another release of the film (leeching onto the recent success of the new movie) with some new extras as part of two huge collectors sets that divide the films between the original crew and the Next Generation crew. Sadly, only the Blu Ray versions contain the material from all the releases, but I’m industrious enough (to say nothing of stupid enough) to go out of my way to track down a standard definition copy of the new version in order to make this article as complete as possible.

Christ, the stuff I do for a laugh.

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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

Tag: The Star Trek Movies

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  • david f white

    A special effects company from New Jersey did the star trek 5 special effects??? That explains why star trek 5 sucks so hard!!! I actually first saw this movie in a new jersey cinema!!! Same for star trek 10 !!!

    • Graeme Cree

      Well now that I know that David F White, lover of exclams and question marks, saw it in the same state as the company that did the special effects, I feel like I’ve found the Easter Egg. Or maybe not.