One of the greatest–and most widely popular–chapters of the 55 years of Star Trek is coming back to the theaters this summer. The 35th anniversary of the film that expanded Star Trek beyond sci-fi fandom, 1986’s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home hits theaters again across the country in a limited release as Paramount Pictures partners with Fathom Events. It was all about having fun while fighting for Earth’s very survival with the beloved crew of the starship Enterprise, the film that wrapped up a trilogy of sorts after the death and rebirth of Spock. It’s one of the best-received time travel movies of all time, and it sparked a generation of environmentalists who would actually take heed of the film’s cautionary story to go on to save endangered whales in real life.
Everyone was back: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, and Walter Koenig, and they all headed back to 1986 San Francisco. It was directed by Nimoy, with a memorable score–maybe the best of all Trek soundtracks–by composer Leonard Rosenman.
But you already knew that, right?
If you missed it, check out our borg interview with The Voyage Home screenplay co-writer Nicholas Meyer here.
So plan to grab your friends, those who saw it in the winter of 1986 and those who have never seen it as it was intended to be seen, as Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home–the 35th anniversary remastered edition–comes to a theater near you, including a featurette about Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home that will play before each screening.
It’s all happening Thursday, August 19, and Sunday, August 22, at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time.
And for a retro fix, here’s the original movie trailer:
C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg