Star Trek: Insurrection Review

Star Trek is a phenomenon, there's no doubt about it. When the original series first aired back in 1966, who would have believed that 33 years, 3 spin-offs and 9 movies later it would still be going strong?
The crew of the original Enterprise may no longer be leading the franchise, but the legacy they helped to create is still with us.

Star Trek: Insurrection (just Insurrection from now on!) features the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) in a struggle against their own Federation and a new race of villains, the Son'a.

After the Android, Commander Data (Brent Spiner), apparenlty loses control and reveals a hidden joint Federation - Son'a outpost to yet another new species, the Ba'ku, the Enterprise is called to supply details on how to shut him down. However, Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) is not happy about giving control of Data to an Admiral he hardly knows and decides to take the Enterprise to investigate...

Upon arriving at the Ba'ku homeworld, Picard and the rest of the crew uncover a secret plan to move the Ba'ku away from their home in order for the Federation and Son'a to expoit a unique resource the planet has to offer - Immortality.

The disc

When this disc was originally announced, most people thought that it would be the usual Paramount rush job - no Extras and a non-anamorphic transfer.

Thankfully, this is not the case - this is the first Star Trek disc to have more than just two trailers as extras, this time we're treated to a short behind the scenes featurette. They've also gone to town on the transfer - it's Anamorphic (First Contact was also anamorphic, but all the other ST discs released so far have been letterboxed) and features what must be among the best pictures so far.

I just hope that Paramount will see fit to release the remaining Star Trek movies at this level of quality. Just imagine Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in Anamorphic widescreen with the original series episode Space Seed as an extra!

The DD5.1 mix is also one of the best out there. The movie soundtrack has a whole new depth in 5.1 channels, and even in plain stereo it still excels.

The film

As well as being an uncharacteristically good disc from Paramount, the film itself also breaks a long running Star Trek movie curse - all the odd numbered films have been less than good!

Insurrection is number nine, and it's pretty damn good. While it's not quite as good as The Wrath of Khan, The Undiscovered Country and First Contact, it beats the rest.

Even when not compared with the rest of the Star Trek movie franchise, it still holds it's own admirably. It ranks along The Voyage Home as being the most accessible movie those who aren't full time Star Trek fans.

All in all, I like the disc and I like the movie - while it's not the best film ever and the disc isn't the best ever produced, it is still good fun and is a pretty good demo of what DVD is capable of.

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