A week from tonight millions of film goers across North America will be seeing the first theatrical trailer for JJ Abrams new Star Trek movie, and some might even stay for the new James Bond movie Quantum of Solace. To bide our time we continue our trailer countdown, today looking at the trailer for William Shatner’s 1989 film Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
If you ask me — and you haven’t — I think this is a terrible idea…
Theatrical trailer for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
Star Trek V was always marketed as an action film, which is no surprise considering it has a story by and is directed by William Shatner. The teaser poster promised that seat belts were being installed in theaters because of all the action. The film needed to compete with Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (trivia alert: Sean Connery was asked to play Sybok, but couldn’t because of Indy, and the planet Sha Ka Ree is named after the Bond actor). The trailer is also all about adventure, as it is edited in an incredibly fast pace (for the late 1980s) and is action oriented. The trailer utilizes James Horner’s battle music from Star Trek II (which is a favorite choice in many Star Trek trailers) and features the tagline "The greatest Enterprise of all is adventure!" After the success of the light hearted Star Trek IV, the trailer really pushed the more humorous side of the film. The style of editing in the trailer with the scene where Kirk makes his distress call which is intercepted by the Klingons is very exciting to this day. Regardless of what you think of the film, the trailer itself is pretty good.
From the mind of a madman
The shorter teaser trailer still gives away quite a bit of the film and is actually better at selling the film as a fun sci-fi adventure. Plus it has the inadvertently funny bit of narration: "from the mind of a madman."
The DVD features this theatrical trailer, the teaser trailer, and TV commercials
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