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Jonathan Ross' Essential Guide To Star Trek: First Contact

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VHS release
No. of tapes: 1
Director: Toby James
Release date: 1996 (UK/Germany)
1997 (Netherlands)
Rating(s): BBFC PG FSK 12 NICAM 12
Subtitles: Dutch (Netherlands)
Dubbed: German (Germany)
Reference: ASIN B001HF1CD6 (UK)
ASIN B0011FJHSO (Germany)

Jonathan Ross' Essential Guide To Star Trek: First Contact (catalog number VFB 12646) was a short promotional documentary released in 1996 in the UK on VHS that looked at the making of Star Trek: First Contact.

Like the similar promotional release, Your Guide To ... Star Trek Generations, the video was purchased via the collection of tokens in The Sun newspaper and distributed by WHSmith.

A Dutch subtitled version (catalog number 99925) was released the following year in the Netherlands. There was also a German dubbed release (catalog number 401144) titled Your Guide to Star Trek: Der erste Kontakt.

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From the back cover
An exclusive behind the scenes look at the biggest ever Star Trek blockbuster.

Hosted by Jonathan Ross, the feature contained interviews with the cast, clips from the films, as well as "Data blasts", in which information is given via screenshots of written text in quick succession, so that the viewer can pause the individual frames and read the text at their own pace.

Well known in the UK, Ross was perhaps chosen to be host due to his well-known fandom of Star Trek, as well as his appreciation for film in general. The feature takes a somewhat informal approach, featuring Ross watching clips from a sofa, and also makes use of his humor - at one point he asks for information on the Borg, but specifies that he doesn't mean "Swedish tennis players."

The video also included a competition in which entrants could win a Pioneer LaserDisc player and discs, as well as the entire (at the time of release) back catalogs of VHS releases from CIC Video and Star Trek novels from Simon & Schuster.

The theatrical trailer for the film was also included on the video, playing at the end of the documentary.


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