Reminder: See Star Trek VI w/ George Takei Tonight in West LA + Series Continues w/ TNG movies & ST09

Tonight the Summer STAR TREK Simply 70 Spectacular-Spectacular Saturdays wraps up the original series movies with a showing of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country 70 MM at the Royal Theater in West L.A. with special guest George Takei. And due to popular demand the series will continue with the TNG films and the 2009 Star Trek movie. See below for the upcoming film schedule.


Say goodbye again to the original crew in 70MM tonight with George Takei

Tonight Laemmle Theaters (in conjunction with Ledjer Film & Theater services and runs the final original crew Star Trek features in the series of midnight movies at the Royal Theatre in West L.A. See Star Trek’s original crew sign off  in an end of the cold war allegory full of intrigue (and Klingons), directed by Nick Meyer. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country will be shown in 70mm and 6-channel Stereo.

Star Trek VI trailer

As we do with each film, the screening is proceeded with a Q&A session and tonight I will be talking with the original Sulu, George Takei.

See Star Trek VI  in 70MM with special guest George Takei at the Royal Theater in West LA tonight Saturday July 24th 


Star Trek Movie series continues with TNG films and Star Trek 2009

Due to the popular demand, Laemmle Theaters and Ledjer Film & Theater services will continue the series to include the four Next Generation films and the 2009 Star Trek movie. Guests are currently in the process of being arranged. The series starts next week with Star Trek: Generations with a QA& with composer Dennis McCarthy  moderated by "Music of Star Trek" author Jeff Bond. The series will take a week off for the weekend of the Star Trek convention and pick up on August 14th with First Contact with special guest Branon Braga. I will will be moderating that and the other Q&A’s.

$10 general admission. $37.50 for a five-film ticket package.

Here is the current schedule.

Date Film Guest
August 14 STAR TREK FIRST CONTACT Brannon Braga
August 28 STAR TREK NEMESIS Will Wheaton
(Wesley Crusher on TNG)
September 4 STAR TREK (2009) Guest TBA


What: Star Trek Movie Series

When: Saturdays at midnight in July-September (see above schedule)

Where: Laemmle’s Royal Theatre is located at 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, (310) 478-3836 

Tickets: $10 for general admission. You can buy tickets at the box office or online at

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I always thought Trek Vi had the best Trek movie trailer.

This movie represents a pinnacle of Star Trek movie-making, as it brings together the entirety of the original cast to present a moving and relevant story for our times. It is often under-rated, it seems to me, but serves as a leading light of the Trek universe nevertheless.

Great film. It’s up thar’ wit’ Khan and it be tha’ only Starry Trek DVD or video I haves. Oh, I loves ’em all… even, dare I say it… Nemesis!

Seein’ it when it came oot’ gave me a quiver as tha’ Klingon blood looked just likes tha’ mixture of cherry Slushee, Pepto-Bismal, and gin I wuz’ drinkin’ durin’ tha’ screenin’. I have en’grained on me a thirst fur’ sweet, sweet Klingon blood.

Oh, and I recall tha’ audience cheerin’ as tha’ Klingon Bird O’ Paradise wuz’ all blown ups!!!!!

Best wuz’ tha’ Kirk / McCoy alone time this film had.

What I learned from it? Ne’er hire Worf as yer’ attorney. And watch oot’ fur’ badass Cap’n Sulu- “Fly it apart then!”… “Target that explosion and fire!”

I’d pay good money ta’ see Cap’n Sulu agains… even wit’ his sword in his hand…


WHY is all the good trek stuff happening in CALIFORNIA!!! I’m becoming annoyed at the fact that everything happens on the west coast yet all the east coast gets is a 3 days convention. How about bringing some other trek events here such as…oh I don’t know…the exhibition here?!?

Dear JJ,

THIS, not TWOK is the standard to which you should aim. Both have the great direction of Nicholas Meyer. But, VI has the grand scale themes, the reveals, and the political intrigue.

Even if it left a stain in the cap’n’s chair, this is a great Trek!

For me the best of the trek movie from the original crew but not the star trek movie that is the motion picture as that show the real trek ideas

if there is one Star Trek vet I’d like to meet in person (besides Mr. Nimoy), it’s Mr. George Takei. Such a cool guy.

Yes, and I love the “cheat” in that trailer, where we see “Kirk” being disrupted. The shot is cropped by 50%. Bastards. Hehehe.

Man, oh man, I still get goose-bumps when seeing that trailer!! I remember recording that trailer on VHS, when it first aired on TV and I must’ve worn out the tape, from so many repeated viewings. I wholeheartedly agree with Phaser Guy that this trailer’s likely Trek’s best, despite it being my second favorite Trek film.

You guys out there in L.A. are too lucky getting to see this on the silver screen again, with George introducing, no less!

I still laugh at McCoy’s reaction when Kirk is making out with Martia (Iman). And what about the scene when Martia turns into Kirk. The lines that Kirk utters about kissing Martia, now fake Kirk, are priceless. Kudos to William Shatner for making fun of himself.

I’ll say this over and over again. But this is the first time I am going to say it. I envy you guys that live in L.A. and on the West Coast especially with Comic Con going on. Out here in Cincinnati, we live off the DVDs. Have a great time my fellow Trekkers. And ask Dennis McCarthy how he feels about that “Patch Adams” song for the opening of “Enterprise.”

Ah, the first Trek movie I ever saw on the big screen. I was eight years old, sitting in the fourth row in a little one-screen theather in Oklahoma with my dad and my best friend. Great memories. TWOK will probably always be my favorite, but this one comes in at a close second.

Good story. Good villain. A great send-off for the original cast. And an awesome poster by John Alvin.

I’ll be there tonight with my girl, lookin’ forward to it!

St:tuc was the 1st film at the cinema. Does 70mm means its reformated 4 imaxs

Just means it was blown up … actuallly blown up twice, because it was super 35mm, which meant an extra duping step even for regular release. I went out of my way to avoid the 70mm TUC, but the theater screwed up and showed it at the wrong theater, so I got stuck with it opening day, and it was unwatchably grainy and dark. Got to be in the worst ten or twelve moviegoing experiences I can recall, can’t imagine anybody CHOOSING to see a super35 flick blown up to 70mm (well, these days, you can save the extra generation step in printing, so it is only awful, not unwatchable.

The extended DVD always annoyed me, but at least the theatrical is now out on DVD.

There’s one L in Wil Wheaton.

I’d be curious to hear Dennis McCarthy’s take on what Gene Roddenberry wanted in Star Trek music vs. what Rick Berman wanted, and how the transition took place from one to the other. It’s well known that Berman was very against the leit motif style used in TOS, the TOS movies, and Star Wars, and so music, from about season 4 onward, tended to be less memorable, not because it was bad but because it was constrained. I think Berman was so wrong about that I can’t even rationalize his point of view. How did Berman explain it to the composers? Then, what changed between the series and TNG films, when the music was allowed to be big again?


Right on, Al. The leit motif style in TOS and Star Wars is one of the elements that make them so memorable… and enjoyable. For me anyway. My favorite in Star Trek is the one James Horner used to announce the Klingons (Search for Spock) whenever they appear on screen. And John Williams made a great little one for Boba Fett in “The Empire Strikes Back.”

great movie!

Someone HAS to ask Brannon Braga what they were thinking when they wrote that lame ending for Star Trek – Enterprise!

.. and why they killed off Tripp in such a dumb dumb dumb way.

I know I’m in the minority, but I thought Star Trek VI was one of the weaker of the TOS film franchise. It had some sloppy storytelling, and a very rushed, low-budget feel.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very entertaining movie, but I could never get my head wrapped around why so many fans seem to think it’s so wonderful. To me, the “mystery” plot doesn’t hold up, the midsection of the film is horribly slow, and NIck Meyer was more than a little self-indulgant with his allusions to classic literature. Also, I thought the Klingons were very un-Klingon in this film.

The positives, like TFF, are the character moments. Kirk dealing with his prejudice and having those revlealing conversations with Spock and McCoy…those were classic moments.

Otherwise, it never really blew my hair back like it seemed to for so many others.

Pretty good, not great movie, lots of very good moments, some so-so stuff. Not a great showing by Kirk during the ending space battle and huge missed opportunity on great ending classic Kirk speech (some people are afraid of change… that’s it?)

Almost all the extended edtion scenes should have stayed on the cutting room floor…

By the way, the best movie trailer of all was the TOS collage, unlike so many of the movie moments, that one was done right. Kudos to whoever put that one toghether…

I heard that they originally wanted savikk to be the traitor..Oh, Kirstie!! why didn’t you sign on for star trek III IV and VI? It would have been a nice wrap up. Only If….

S. Morgan sheppard as the prison commadant. Priceless!

Nice exit for admiral cartwright and the klingon ambassador.

Scotty stops hitting his head on things and stops hitting on uhura.

Colonel west and cartwright return to trek in important charaters.

Oh, Yeah and Sulu finally gets that big ship he was promised.

I always thought that the traitor in Trek VI should have been someone from the main cast. Like say Sulu got mad that he was passed for promotion, and he decided to side with the bad guys. That would have been cool. It would have been like Trek III with Kirk stealing the ship.

#25 – they wanted Kirstie Alley as Saavik, but she declined. Hence Valeris.

ST:VI was the only film shot in Super35 format, which is about a 1k less resolution than anamorphic 35MM (CinemaScope/Panavision). Until the recent Blu-ray disc, it allowed them to open up the top & bottom for a roughly 2:1 aspect ratio on video.

Paramount wanted David Carson to continue using it for GENERATIONS, but he stuck to his guns and shot Panavision.

VI is also the first TREK film in true 5.1 on 70MM prints, and was the first film to theatrically test Dolby Digital (the next film was NEWSIES and Dolby Digital officially made its debut with BATMAN RETURNS). Digital 5.1 spelled the death of the 70MM blowup format and STAR TREK 2009 was the first TREK film in 18 years to be blown up in large format (IMAX).

NOTE ON THE SUPER35: I mean to say the only STAR TREK film in Super35.

Thanks to VHS the VI trailer was the first one I memorized by running over & over again when it premiered on TV on Entertainment Tonight. The actual theatrical premiere I saw a few days earlier at a STAR TREK movie marathon where they ran I-V. That was a LONG sit, and most of the audience left after IV. But it was a great time.

Sad Face…

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Without a doubt, my fav Trek film!!!! Hands down!

Hard to believe its nearly 20! years old!!!!

And what a superb score!!!

Considering this movie was nearly never made, its wonderful, to recover from V and without Harve Bennett.

Just love the film.

29# Hard to believe its nearly 20! years old!!!!


Re: Simon’s very informative postings: I wish I knew something (or actually, anything) about the film-stock details of the various Trek films. Aspect ratios and related subjects perpetually confuse me; I can read all about it and then instantly forget it, totally. For example, I have no idea what “anamorphic” means, even though I’ve tried and tried to read about and remember it. While we’re on the subject, it bothers me no end that the 4:3 and various other aspect ratios of various programs and films are making a hash out of my TV viewing experience. For example, I absolutely DETEST the fact that certain hotels — even high-end ones — insist on setting their flat-screen TV’s to run 4:3 programs in the new widescreen format, making everything look stretched out. It’s insane that in the 21st Century, it is more difficult to see an accurate representation of programming and film than it was in the 20th. I realize that this may only be temporary and that things will be ironed out in a few years (maybe), but this aspect ratio distortion has GOT TO GO. There are so many possible screw-ups when aspect ratios are concerned. Programs or films shot in Cinemascope might have been reduced to black-striped (I don’t remember the technical term for this) 4:3 for TV programming and, when seen on widescreen, might need to be black-striped vertically for rebroadcast on widescreen. Etc. It’s a giant mess and it’s a real pet peeve of mine that… Read more »
Unfortunately, the DC market was rudefully skipped with a 70mm print maybe because of the disastrous results of V. I saw it at the closed Union Station 9, in the ‘Grand Theater’ which was THX certified. Having seen a Trek movie marathon just months prior (in 35mm) and the debut of the trailer, the opening Praxis moon explosion was cool but playing it over and over again on the tv ads diminished its impact for me when I finally saw it on the big screen. Overall, the movie was very good and had some very good scenes for the supporting cast. As with II, and under Meyer’s hand, there are the usual literary references, but on repeated viewings grows a little stale. Plummer is a great theater actor and reads his Shakespeare lines well, but as a Klingon…during a battle?? Come on. As McCoy would say later, “I would give real money if he’d shut up.” :) One of my major dislikes of the film is the actual ending. The Enterprise goes off into a sun…I liked the book version where Spock says..before Kirk orders the heading…”I believe the correct heading is..’thataway’, a reference to TMP, which would have made a perfect book end to the ending of the TOS movie series. Then have the Enterprise go into warp after one last beauty shot. Since ILM could not properly do a beauty warp shot, I would have been happy with a stock shot of the E from TMP. Re 26.… Read more »

Have to laugh about the comments concerning East coast versus West coast – hey folks, the *majority* of the country exists outside of both New York and LA. And what do most of us get when it comes to Big Events? Bumpkis.

Well, In Shatner’s book “Ashes of Eden”, the Enterprise A gets burnt up in a sun, so the Trek VI ending is interesting.


Ever heard of riding off into the sunset? Check out Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade for a perfect example. Also,”A Fistful of Datas.”

Guys, I live in Cincinnati but I understand why big events are in L.A. and New York. That’s where the industry is. It costs money to fly, say George Takei out to Columbus, Ohio. By the way, George, after seeing you in that Sharp TV ad, you look marveleous. Ok, that being said I wonder how Paramount is going to keep us and the new fans excited about Star Trek for the next two years. That’s a long time to wait for the next movie. Heck, they produce those teenage vampire movies every year. Might I suggest that Paramount rent a theater, say in Columbus, run Star Trek films and some of the great TV episodes in a mini-fest. I bet it would make money too. Do that in big cities and it’ll keep the fire burning. Great to see Trekkers demonstrate their knowledge of music. Yeah, no disrespect ot Jay Chattaway, love his work for Maynard Ferguson, but his scores for TNG were often musical wallpaper with dissonance in the wrong places. It’s a far journey from Gerald Fried’s wild and often used score for “Amok Time.” Love Ron Jones (“The Best of Both Worlds”) exciting and melodic scores. See “The Nth Degree.” Excellent score. Okay, let’s start it now. Get Paramount to change that “Patch Adams” song for Enterprise. Have either Ron Jones or Dennis McCarthy to write a new theme.
Riding Into the Sunset

#33. Riding into the sunset? Ahem. If you’re on earth, then yes. In space, it looks as if you’re committing suicide setting course for the sun. In space, there is no sunset. Its a good suggestion but I doubt that was the intention.

The cast signatures at the end to Cliff Eidelman’s score was a nice touch.


I’m sure it was a figure of speech.

And, actually you CAN see a sunset in space over a planet if you are in orbit with the planet between you and the sun, and the sun is disappearing behind the planet. It essentially has the same effect.



Wow, let me get this straight–you actually thought the ending of Star Trek 6 was some sort of suicide attempt by Kirk and the rest of the crew and not the figurative “riding into the sunset” ending that’s been used in countless movies since the beginning of cinema? Well, the sun also flashed after the Enterprise disappeared. It must have gone nova and destroyed Khitomer. Oh no! And after all that hard work for peace between the Klingons and the Federation.

Oh yeah, and be sure to watch those flying yellow words the next time you watch a Star Wars movie. I’m pretty sure that’s a black hole at the top of the screen pulling them into oblivion.


Where’d you grab that Shatner CGI BS on TUC’s end?

Geez, they barely were able to get money to add necessary vfx to the final edit, you think they could spent on something like that? They only started doing that kind of stuff on really pricey shows at that time … HUDSON HAWK had ILM painting in Bruce Willis’ bald spot frame by frame on some flying shots (I know, they showed it to me, the before and afters), but CGing Shat’s ass? That’s probably as true as Berman’s BS assertions about TUC blood being colored for ratings reasons.

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