Home Video Picks & Passes 08.04.19

Star Trek fans will approve of this weekly offering.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (photo: Register Files)

Star Trek: First Contact (1996) — PICK

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) — PICK

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) — PICK

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) — PICK


Star Trek fans, it’s a good time to be on Hulu! Nine of the 10 pre-J.J. Abrams Star Trek films are streaming on the service (the missing one is the skippable Star Trek Generations; most are also on Amazon Prime).

The solidest entries are Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (with Ricardo Montalban); Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (“the one with the whales,” set in 1986); and Star Trek: First Contact (“the one with the Borg,” featuring the Next Generation crew). For my money, you also need Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (the necessary bridge between The Wrath of Khan and The Voyage Home).

Ones to skip: Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country: Your call!


Caveat Spectator: Star Trek movies include sometimes deadly sci-fi and action violence and an occasional curse word. The Voyage Home includes mostly humorous (mis)use of bad language and documentary footage of whale butchery.

Sister Scholastica Radel (left) and Mother Abbess Cecilia Snell of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, discuss the recent exhumation of the order's foundress, Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster, in an interview with ‘EWTN News In Depth’ on May 30 at their abbey in Gower, Missouri.

‘Sister Wilhelmina Is Bringing Everyone Together’: Nuns Share Their Story in Exclusive TV Interview on EWTN

On ‘EWTN News In Depth,’ two sisters shared details of their remarkable discovery — revealing, among other things, that Sister Wilhelmina’s body doesn’t exhibit the muscular stiffness of rigor mortis and how the traditional habit of their African American foundress also is surprisingly well-preserved — and reflected on the deeper significance of the drama still unfolding.