Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

1986 PG 1h 58m Blu-ray / DVD

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

1986 PG 1h 58m Blu-ray / DVD
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It's the 23rd century in director Leonard Nimoy's Oscar-nominated sci-fi adventure, and a mysterious power is threatening Earth by evaporating the oceans and destroying the atmosphere. To save mankind, Capt. Kirk (William Shatner), Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) and the rest of the Starship Enterprise crew travel back in time to 1986 San Francisco, a world as alien to them as anything they've encountered in their travels through the galaxy.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English, English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral), Portuguese
English: Dolby True HD, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
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age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this Star Trek movie is the most farcical of the big-screen series. As much comedy as adventure derives from the journey of the Starfleet heroes to 1986 Earth, and the relative rudeness and local color they encounter in San Francisco. There are instances of comical swearing and drug references.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


A brief flashback to a spaceship explosion from Star Trek III, but otherwise this is renowned as the Star Trek movie without a single shot fired in anger. One character does suffer a fall, and disastrous storms batter the Earth. Some stock footage of the killing and butchery of whales.


Mr. Spock tries to fit into 20th-century culture by swearing gratuitously ("colorful metaphors," he calls it), played as comedy. Words used include "Goddamn," "hell," "dumbass," and "dips--t." A punk gives Kirk and Spock the finger.

Social Behavior

Starfleet is racially and species-integrated, individually quirky but respectful and appreciative of differences. They function as a great team, working together for positive outcomes. Kirk asks Spock to lie -- which Vulcans can't do, but he's able to "exaggerate" deceptively. Female characters, often on the sidelines or simply love interests, are particularly strong in this mission.


Apple computers get a plug, as well as the Yellow Pages and other 20th-century billboards. Star Trek itself is quite a commodity.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social drinking. Kirk explains Spock's alien ways to a 20th-century heroine by saying he did heavy drugs in the 1960s.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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