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Star Trek: The Motion Picture - 20th Anniversary Collector's Edition Soundtrack, Extra tracks

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A deluxe expanded reissue of Jerry Goldsmith's epic score for the first Star Trek movie, featuring authoritative liner notes, modern film annotation and, best of all, Gene Roddenberry's Inside Star Trek , in which Gene conducts interviews with cast members and even Isaac Asimov for a "behind-the-scenes" look at the most popular sci-fi series of all time. All inside a holographic slipcase for that 23rd century look!

After a decade of nascent cult fanaticism, Star Trek was finally reborn in 1979, given new life by an epic-sized feature-film production that all but squashed the quaint humanity that had been one of the original television series' most compelling elements (the producers got it right on Wrath of Khan and seldom looked back). Jerry Goldsmith's score, alternating robust heroics with alien mystique, is arguably the most memorable element of Star Trek: The Motion Picture; indeed, its main theme has heralded the voyages of the Enterprise in TV and film adventures ever since. This slipcased new edition resequences Goldsmith's music and supplements it with 25 minutes of previously unreleased, typically masterful cues. The set's "bonus" disc, Inside Star Trek with Gene Roddenberry, appeals to more polarized audiences: veteran Trekkers and shameless lovers of pop-culture kitsch. This 1976 artifact (previously unreleased on CD) was one of the first "official" efforts to address the show's burgeoning postcancellation popularity and features Trek creator Roddenberry ruminating earnestly about the show's origins and meanings with the likes of William Shatner and DeForest Kelley (who gives an eerily prescient lecture on the foibles of modern health care). Also features new narration by Nichelle "Uhuru" Nichols. Bonus points: Shatner doesn't sing! --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ilia's Theme
  2. Main Title
  3. Klingon Battle
  4. Total Logic
  5. Floating Office
  6. The Enterprise
  7. Leaving Drydock
  8. Spock's Arrival
  9. The Cloud
  10. Vejur Flyover
  11. The Force Field
  12. Games
  13. Spock Walk
  14. Inner Workings
  15. Vejur Speaks
  16. The Meld
  17. A Good Start
  18. End Title

Disc: 2

  1. Star Trek Theme
  2. Introduction: Nichelle Nichols
  3. Inside Star Trek
  4. William Shatner Meets Captain Kirk
  5. Introduction To Live Show
  6. About Science Fiction
  7. The Origin Of Spock
  8. Sarek's Son Spock
  9. The Questor Affair
  10. The Genesis II Pilot
  11. Cyborg Tools And E.T. Life Forms
  12. McCoy's Rx For Life
  13. The Star Trek Philosophy
  14. Asimov's World Of Science Fiction
  15. The Enterprise Runs Around
  16. A Letter From A Network Censor
  17. The Star Trek Dream (Ballad I/Ballad II)
  18. Sign Off: Nichelle Nichols

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 26, 1999)
  • collectors_edition edition
  • Original Release Date: September 8, 1966
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack, Extra tracks
  • Label: Columbia Records / Legacy Records
  • ASIN: B00000FC5P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,047 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ilker Yucel on September 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Jerry Goldsmith is one of the most well-known and accomplished musicians in the field of modern classical film scores. Always pushing the envelope, blending styles and instruments, with this, his score to the 1979 film "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," he creates one of the most memorable themes in sci-fi film history, and some of the most eerie music ques ever heard. In several interviews, Goldsmith states his difficulty with making film scores because of his initial lack of a theme...but when he finally comes upon a theme, it's something to behold. The fanfare theme is as recognizable as the original Alexander Courage theme for the TV much so, it was even used on "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier," and even "Star Trek: The Next Generation." The theme for the planet Vulcan in "Total Logic" recalls the atmosphere created by the original TV series, as well as gives a sense of a culture that has as much in common with ancient Oriental mysticism as it does with scientific logic. The true gems are the V'Ger themes, first showcased in the "Klingon Battle," and further explored with "The Cloud," "V'Ger Flyover," and "Force Field." The use of the blaster beam is very powerful and very alien (I don't think it's ever been used on another film score, at least not to the degree to which it was used here). That sounds instantly grabs the listener's ears and induces everything from dread and fear to curiosity and awe. It's a beautifully menacing sound. Despite the fact that several cues are still missing from this CD, it is still a must-have for soundtrack enthusiasts, Trekkers and Trekkies alike, and fans of neo-classical music. It is without a doubt a triumph for Jerry Goldsmith, and is certainly an underappreciated gem of a soundtrack.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Reginald D. Garrard VINE VOICE on December 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Ranking up there with Bernard Herrmann's score for "Vertigo" and John Williams's original "Star Wars" as the best of all music for film is Jerry Goldsmith's soundtrack for "Star Trek: The Motion Picture." The film which launched the movie series was mediocre, at best, but the superlative music made the movie better than it actually was. The hauntingly melodic "Illya's Theme" is one of the most beautiful compositions ever done for film, equal to "Laura" and "As Time Goes By," earlier classics from Hollywood's "Golden Age." The dynamic theme, later adapted for the Next Generation television series, is here in all its thunderous glory. This disc features cues omitted from the original release, a welcome addition to an already magnificent score. If there had been justice, the 1980 Academy Award for best score would have gone to this monumental recording. A "gotta-have" for Goldsmith fans and others who appreciate the fine art of film scoring.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Stephie Fryar on March 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
although Trekkers and Trekkies have aired their fair share of gripes and complaints about the overall plot of 1979's STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, any fussing and nit-picking about the movie's various weaknesses is silenced when the discussion turns to Jerry Goldsmith's amazingly beautiful orchestral score.

"Ilia's Theme", which opens the 20th Anniversary Collectors Edition soundtrack, is beautiful and haunting, much like the character of the Deltan navigator who followed her heart to be with the man she loved. Every time I hear this song I get teary-eyed; it's lilting, gentle and marvelous.

And then ... we move from the lyrical and lovely to the rousing opening credits theme, which was adopted by "The Next Generation" (at Gene Roddenberry's insistance), and from there, it's on to an unpleasant enounter with V'Ger in "Klingon Battle". I'd never heard a "blaster beam" before, and after I heard it in this song... another flock of goosebumps settled on my arms.

Goldsmith's theme for the starship "Enterprise" is majestic, awe-inspiring and gives me a flock of goosebumps. When we see the Enterprise as Adm, Kirk sees her for the first time, the rich brass and well-tempered strings lend just the right touch of awed amazement to the moment.

That sense of awe and wonder continues in the cues which tell the story of the Enterprise's enounter with V'Ger, the living machine which is in search of its creator, and once again, Goldsmith's music gives us a sense of fear, awe and wonder, especially in "V'Ger Flyover" and "The Cloud".
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Fausek on February 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
A movie's soundtrack can have a big impact on how good a movie is. Not only does the music itself have to be good, it also has to fit the movie. It wouldn't make much sense to have Fur Elise playing over a fight scene, or to play Wagner's Flight of the Valkyries at a Vulcan wedding.

Goldsmith's music captures the sense of adventure and awe perfectly. I've listened to this album over and over again, and I'm still not tired of it. Despite it's age it's still as good as (if not better than) most of the scores composed today. Many of today's movies have soundtracks that are dull and uninspired.

So far I've only addressed the first disc (the soundtrack itself) in this two disc set. The second is the expanded version of an album released in 1976 of interviews with the cast, crew and others. While to me the first disc is worth the price alone, the second disc is a very nice bonus. Its a nostalgic trip down memory lane (even though I wasn't alive in 1976).

Whether you are a Jerry Goldsmith fan, a Star Trek fan, or just a general fan of good movie soundtracks, I would reccomend the purchase of this set.
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