4 back to San Francisco 1986 looking for whales!HumanLeaguefan | 02/06/2008 | See all HumanLeaguefan's reviews (218)Top 100 Reviewer Top 100 DVD Reviewer Top 100 Music Reviewer Top 100 Books Reviewer Generally considered the most accessible of the features this tale about rescuing whales from 1986 and return with them to the 24th century so as to communicate with a destructive alien probe is one that appeals to a greater cross section of film fans than merely the core Star Trek following. Laced with many a witty line (Chekov asking 'where they keep the nuclear wessel' springs to mind here!) and excellent use of the picturesque San Francisco location there is much to admire and continually enjoy from this inventive outing for the 'classic series' cast. With bonus features menus set in front of the Golden Gate bridge and adjacent landed Klingon ship it's an impressive total of 140 mins of content for the viewer to browse through. In 'The Star Trek Universe' real science items "Time Travel: The Art of the Possible" (11 mins) and "The Language of Whales" (5 ¾ mins) rubs shoulders with featurettes on Spock's people ("A Vulcan Primer" (7 ¾ mins)) and the Enterprise Captain's romantic flirtations ("Kirk's Women" (approx 8 mins with contributions from all of the key actresses whom have appeared opposite Shatner's character in the classic series and this fourth film)). Having a look in the 'Production' menu you'll get the inside story about how this film was made through the insightful "Future's Past : A Look Back" (approx 27 ½ mins), go 'On Location' (approx 7 mins) with reflective thoughts about filming in San Francisco, see a unique "Dailies Deconstruction" (4 mins) of the Market Street scene and learn from Mark Mangini about the sound design of this feature in "Below The Line (approx 11 ½ mins). Over in 'Visual Effects' you'll find that with the use of story boards, test footage and models Leonard Nimoy and production crew members give fascinating insight into more film production aspects during "From Outer Space To The Ocean" whilst "The Bird of Prey" (2 ¾ mins) looks at the commandeered craft that our heroes use to travel back through space and time to Earth. The 'Original Interviews' menu presents us with on set conversations with Leonard Nimoy (15 ½ mins), William Shatner (14 ½ mins) and DeForest Kelley (13 mins) all of which are interesting and enjoyable and I'm sure at the time of the original theatrical release of this film would have offered further incentive, if any be needed, to go and see the latest adventure of the classic series cast up there on the big screen. Aside from matters pertaining to the making of this film and its resulting science aspects this DVD release presents us with a 'Tributes' section where we find two items. The first features Eugene presenting us with an 8 min 'Roddenberry Scrapbook' where the young man talks about his father's vision of the franchise with classic series clips. Also entirely commendable is the 12 ¾ min 'Featured Artist : Mark Lenard' feature on an actor whom contributed so much to the Star Trek universe and is suitably honoured here. Other than to commend the enjoyable 3 ¾ min 'Production Gallery' item with photos from the film matched to the films rousing theme tune there isn't much else worth mentioning in a marvellously impressive sumptuously packed special edition that is a mighty fine addition to any film fans collection irrespective of genre preferences.