Video Release: November 9, 1999
Theatrical Release: 1986
Rating: PG (MPAA)
Studio: Paramount Home Video
- Closed Captioned
- Runtime: 119 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
While back on Earth, standing trial for their hijacking of the starship Enterprise (see "Star Trek III"), Kirk and his crew are thrust into a new adventure. A space probe threatens to destroy the planet if it is not allowed to continue its longstanding communications with a certain species of Earth mammal -- humpback whales. Unfortunately, there is an obstacle to their simple demand; the whales are extinct in the 23rd Century. So Kirk, Spock and the gang travel back in time to San Fransisco, circa 1986, where they battle culture shock, as well as the clock, while trying to corral a few friendly whales to bring back to the future.
A contemporary Marine biologist becomes involved with Kirk and crew as they undertake a vital mission into Earth's past to save a species whose extinction poses a threat to the very existence of the planet. The Directors' Series version includes outtakes and commentary by director Leonard Nimoy. Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Cinematography, Best Original Score.
Issued on laserdisc as part of the "Director's Series". This version features narration by director Leonard Nimoy, revealing background information about the making of the film, discussion of its special effects sequences, and selected outtakes -- all followed by the presentation of the full-length film.
Estimated budget: $22 million.
Color by Technicolor. Some release prints were blown up to 70mm. Released in the Dolby Spectral Sound process.
Locations included: San Francisco, CA; Will Rogers State Park (in Los Angeles, CA); Monterey Bay Aquarium (in Monterey, CA); and the North Island Naval Base (in San Diego, CA)
Re-released on video in the United States in 1991 to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the first "Star Trek" episode.
Additional credits include: Gene Roddenberry (Executive Consultant); Dan Curry and Harry Moreau (Title Design); Walt Conti (Whale Design/Whale Project Supervisor); Mike Gleason (Visual Effects Editor); Chris Evans (Matte Painting Supervisor); Ellen Lichtwardt (Animation Supervisor); Craig Barron (Matte Photography Supervisor); New York Zoological Society and Humpback Whale Fund (Humpback Whale Sounds); Department of the Navy, United States Coast Guard, and Rear Admiral Charles Reynolds McGrail (Production Assistance)
Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Censors.
Shot in Panavision.