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Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

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NOTE: These commentaries are only available on the March 2005 "Special Collector's Edition" DVD; the original DVD release had no commentary tracks.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director/actor Jonathan Frakes Rating:6.0/10 (8 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Voodoo_Benjamin on February 23rd, 2008:Find all reviews by Voodoo_Benjamin
An enjoyable, if light, commentary from director/actor Jonathan Frakes. Its peppered with some fun anecdotes, and a couple of interesting insights into directing television versus a feature film. Frakes does get a little self-congratulatory at times, and occasionally loses his train of thought, or fumbles for a word - at one point, he refers to Data as "bi" when trying to call him ambidexterous. But overall, this track is a fun treat for Trek fans.
Reviewed by Uniblab on January 17th, 2010:Find all reviews by Uniblab
The kind of commentary Frakes does here is one of the worst ones: the tongue-in-cheek, (pseudo)self-deprecating track; and yet he manages to pull it off rather smoothly. The commentary is not at all substantial in the information department, but Frakes' narration, jokes and anecdotes are very funny and engaging, anyway.
Commentary 2: Screenwriters Brannon Braga and Ronald Moore Rating:7.7/10 (6 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Dead-Eye on July 29th, 2008:Find all reviews by Dead-Eye
A great commentary by screenwriters Brannon Braga and Ron D. Moore. Like in Star Trek Generations they watch the film together and there is a good atmosphere.
We get to understand the differences between TV Episodes and feature films in terms of writing (funny that they sometimes mix it up and call a film 'episode'). They have much more time and freedom and can (or even have to) create larger changes and things that 'impact', also on the characters. Things that are not always welcome amongst fans that have a precise credo of what Star Trek is or not is. On the other side they have to make a film for non-Trekkies as well and cinemagoes expect action rather than Treknobabble. This is a good debate but, like most fans, they felt they managed this tightrobe walk well.

It is also interesting to hear about previous drafts and ideas about the script and the long process till it's done.
They share my opinion about the zero gravity scene beeing too long and too much about pressing buttons. They give as a reason that actors generally think that you'd move in slow-motion like you're in water.

Very interesting is the talk about Star Trek franchise and lore. If you ever bothered about an inconsistency keep in mind that Star Trek consists of no less than 700 Episodes and 10 Films (now). For the writers this can be a blessing but it's much more a curse at the same time. This is a reason why they don't want to return to Star Trek. Too bad!
Reviewed by Uniblab on January 18th, 2010:Find all reviews by Uniblab
A pretty mediocre commentary. Although it's more substantial than the Frakes' one (but not that much), Moore and Braga don't come even close to the expansive and fun character of his commentary. And not only that, but they also focus more on their impressions of scenes and what they were in previous drafts of the script, and that doesn't help the track, either.
Reviewed by grimjack on January 5th, 2015:Find all reviews by grimjack
I often use this commentary as an example of the very best. While it doesn't include any of the stars, Brannon Braga and Ron Moore are the writers/producers, and then add so much to the enjoyment of a great film.

They discuss various stories about making it, behind the scenes stuff, alternate ideas, difficulties and joys, and a bit about the Star Trek culture they are trying to both please and do better than what we see in the tv shows.

Highly entertaining, informative, and definitely the best '2nd' track that far too many probably never even try to listen to.
Reviewed by dokkeynot on March 17th, 2015:Find all reviews by dokkeynot
The Jonathan Frakes Director's Commentary on this is one of my all time favorites. It is just like no commentary I have ever heard in my life. Imagine, if you will, Jonathan Frakes, alone in a room, watching and commenting on his movie, pretending he has real talent...all while fucked up on painkillers.

Seriously, I have no idea what exactly Frakes was on, but it is overwhelmingly obvious that he has ingested some kind of downer immediately before recording his commentary. It's hilarious, and topped only by his commentary on Star Trek: Insurrection.