Trekkies (1997)

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Released 8-Sep-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary None
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1997
Running Time 83:06
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Programme
Region Coding 4 Directed By Roger Nygard
Studio
Distributor

Paramount Home Entertainment
Starring Denise Crosby
Majel Barrett Roddenberry
James Doohan
Walter Koenig
DeForest Kelley
Nichelle Nichols
Leonard Nimoy
William Shatner
George Takei
Grace Lee Whitney
Levar Burton
John de Lancie
Michael Dorn
Case ?
RPI $24.95 Music J. J. Holiday
Walter Werzowa


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Arabic
Bulgarian
Croatian
Czech
Danish
Dutch
Finnish
French
German
Greek
Hebrew
Hungarian
Icelandic
Italian
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Serbian
Slovenian
Spanish
Swedish
Turkish
English for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement Yes, well, arguably the entire feature
Action In or After Credits Yes, stand up comedians during end credits

NOTE: The Profanity Filter is ON. Turn it off here.

Plot Synopsis

    This is a movie length documentary about the fans of the Star Trek set of TV series and films. Obviously, Paramount must have been pleased with it, for they released it theatrically (despite the fact that it looks like it was originally intended as a TV special). It was also "produced" by one of the "family": Denise Crosby ("Tasha Yar").

    We not only get lots of interviews with different fans, but with cast and crew of various incarnations of the various shows, plus an in-depth look into the world of fan conventions, collectibles, fan clubs, fanzines, and it even has a segment about the relative merits of using "Trekkies" vs. "Trekkers" to distinguish different types of fans.

    Just about everyone in the original "classic" TV series has been interviewed:

    Also, additional cast members of the other Star Trek spin-offs are also interviewed, with the only notable exception being Patrick Stewart ("Captain Jean-Luc Picard"):

    In addition, various people connected to the Star Trek universe are also interviewed:

    Of course, the real stars of the show are the fans themselves, and the documentary captures sound bites from many fans from around the world attending various Star Trek conventions. There are in-depth interviews and mini-studies of the following fans:

    The documentary even covers towns connected to the Star Trek universe, such as Riverside, Iowa (where "Captain Kirk" was supposed to have been born) and Vulcan, Canada.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This is a full frame transfer, presumably in the intended aspect ratio given that it was probably intended to be shown on TV. They may have matted it for theatrical presentation, but in any case the framing of most scenes seems to be consistent with 1.33:1.

    The original film source seems to be a combination of 16mm and video, then transferred to a 35mm master.

    Detail levels are about average, and ditto for colour saturation.

    Many of the scenes, particularly those that have been shot indoors (during a fan convention) look like they may have been originally captured on video camera, as there's quite a lot of low level video noise.

    I did not notice any compression artefacts.

    There are a multitude of European and Eastern European subtitle tracks, including both English and English for the Hard of Hearing. I turned both of these on, and the only difference between them is occasional dialogue attribution for the latter track.

    This is a single sided single layered disc.

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Audio

    There are two audio tracks on this disc: English and German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s).

    The audio track is pretty average sounding, with no major faults or any notable points. Dialogue is pretty clear and synchronised.

    The original music is credited to J.J. Holiday and Walter Werzowa but to be honest I never really noticed any background music.

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Extras

    There are no extras. For some reason, the menus are 16x9 enhanced, even though the feature is in full frame. All menus are static, and available in several languages.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on:

    The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on:

    R1 wins by an extremely narrow margin, but really there is no point getting it just because of a trailer.

Summary

    Trekkies is about the world of Star Trek and its many fans. If you are a fan, then nothing in this documentary will surprise you. If you are not, then I'm not sure why you would want to watch this.

    The video transfer quality is okay, given the average quality of the film source.

    The audio transfer quality is average.

    There are no extras.

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© Christine Tham (read my biography)
Monday, September 15, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDPanasonic DVD-RP82, using Component output
DisplaySony VPL-VW11HT LCD Projector, ScreenTechnics 16x9 matte white screen (254cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationDenon AVC-A1SE (upgraded)
SpeakersFront and surrounds: B&W CDM7NT, front centre: B&W CDMCNT, surround backs: B&W DM601S2, subwoofer: B&W ASW2500

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