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