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Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Director's Cut (Special Collector's Edition) (1979)

William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy , Robert Wise  |  PG |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (770 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei
  • Directors: Robert Wise
  • Writers: Gene Roddenberry, Alan Dean Foster, Harold Livingston
  • Producers: David C. Fein, Gene Roddenberry, Jon Povill
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (770 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JKHP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,131 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Director's Cut (Special Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • The newly restored, director's edition of the feature film
  • Text commentary by Michael Okuda, co-author of the Star Trek Encyclopedia
  • Disc 2:
  • 3 retrospective documentaries with cast and crew interviews
  • 3 trailers
  • 8 television commercials
  • 11 deleted scenes
  • 5 additional scenes
  • Storyboard archives
  • New Star Trek series Enterprise promo spot

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Back when the first Star Trek feature was released in December 1979, the Trek franchise was still relatively modest, consisting of the original TV series, an animated cartoon series from 1973-74, and a burgeoning fan network around the worl

Additional Features

More than simply a "director's cut," this new edition features enhanced, and in some cases completely redone, special effects as well as (for a change of pace) cuts to tighten the dawdling story. It may not fly with purists, but director Robert Wise makes his case in the documentary featurette "Redirecting the Future," which details the changes with scene-by-scene comparisons, and on the commentary track, which he shares with special-effects legends Douglas Trumbull and John Dykstra (revisiting work they created over 20 years ago), actor Stephen Collins, and composer Jerry Goldsmith. Elder statesman Wise speaks in a slow and ponderous manner, but he gets his point across. Further documentaries tackle the project's leap from TV pilot to blockbuster feature and the making of the film itself, and a supplemental gallery gathers the original scenes cut or condensed from the theatrical version and all 11 scenes from the 1983 TV version. --Sean Axmaker

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117 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 years in the making, and worth the wait!!! November 15, 2001
Format:DVD
Star Trek: The Motion Picture was, until now, a classic example of a film which suffered from a rushed post-production. It is well known in ST fandom how the film that was originally hired to do the effects for this movie bascially fell flat on their collective face, leaving Robert Wise and Co. with only a few months to start from scratch on their effects, and a release date that was carved in stone. They went to superhuman effort in order to get everything done by the deadline, and they barely made it. The final effects sequences actually had to be physically spliced into hundreds of copies of the film, right before their delivery to theaters! The fact that the effects were as good as they were is truly miraculous. This is the most cinematic of all the ST movies to date, although The Wrath of Khan comes pretty close. The soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith is one of the GREATEST film scores ever.
Of course, the main feature of this DVD is the fact that Robert Wise got to go back and take his time re-doing the effects scenes that he had to rush through in 1979, and then insert them seamlessly into the scenes shot 20 years ago, and make it all fit. Overall, it works extremely well. Some of my favorite improvements:
(1) The star field effects over the overture theme and opening credits - Sure, the moving star field over SF movies has been done many times since, but Star Trek invented it. The opening wasn't complete without it. The credits themselves have also been re-worked. The opening credits were one place where the post-production rush in 1979 really showed. It was a nice touch to clean this up.
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134 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek: The New Motion Picture (advanced screening) October 25, 2001
Format:DVD
I got the DVD about 4 hours ago. The second that I peeled all those security stickers off my DVD box, I popped it open, place the disc in my player, turned up the Dolby Digital, my super sub-woofer... my high density screen, shut down all light sources, put my PowerMac G4 to sleep, turned off my phones, and laid back for what I hoped would be a nice treat.
Paramount should be ashamed of themselves. This edit should be in theaters. This isn't a minor achievement in quality increase. This is now a great film. I am literally stunned right now.
It isn't a matter of effects, so much as it is about dynamics of motion... The tightening of scenes.... Little tweaks here and there.... An added scene here, a missing one here... Revealing more about the characters, keeping a character from being less than he should be.
First off, the Visual Effects shots are absolutely superior, while remaining exactly of the same palette as the original film. These new shots add a consistent sense of grandeur that Wise achieved so very well in some scenes, yet not at all in others. Now... Now the film is a sweeping science fiction epic... Man facing the unknown that comes from that place where no man has gone before.
The picture quality was gorgeous... the richness of the colors... Everything just gorgeous. The new sound... DEAR GOD, it was magnificent. The remix was handled to perfection and not bungled like those that were toying with SUPERMAN recently. From beginning to end there is a quality increase in the sound that never once falters to my ears on this great sound system of mine.
I'd like to tell you about the new visual effects shots, but to be honest... I can't. They are that seamlessly integrated.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Human Adventure is Just Beginning November 8, 2001
Format:DVD
In December of 1979, when Star Trek The Motion Picture was released, it was apparent to audiences that this was no ordinary "shoot 'em up" science fiction movie. This was a serious film with complex plotting and "big" ideas. Yet, somehow the film seemed "off," and lacked the TV show's charm. What was not generally known at the time was that, with the premiere date looming and numerous visual effects sequences not completed - and never having had a test screening - director Robert Wise basically assembled what he could and physically carried the print to the film's premiere. (The final visual effects sequence was literally cut into individual prints of the film before they were express shipped to theaters.)

It says something for Wise's ability to work under pressure (he edited Citizen Kane, after all) that, despite mixed reviews, no major critics were able to deduce that they were viewing an unfinished film. It's also a testament to everyone involved in the project that Star Trek The Motion Picture received Academy Award nominations for Visual Effects and Musical Scoring. Nevertheless, I remember seeing the film as a 12 year old, and hearing my father complain "This film is so slow moving." And for 22 years, that has been the general consensus - ambitious plotting, great score, mostly good visual effects, poor pacing, little chemistry between the characters.

For this DVD issue, Paramount has allowed Robert Wise to do what he wanted to do all along: finish his filme. Nearly every scene has been reedited - either radically or merely fine tuned - to bring more drama, better pacing, and more emphasis on the characters. Some of the clunkier bits of dialogue have been excised, along with some unnecessary technobabble.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Voyager returns! But, how?
Published 15 days ago by Mayasultana
2.0 out of 5 stars Theatrical Release
The blu-ray description says it has the director's edition (under special features), but it's only the theatrical release...
Published 15 days ago by TR
3.0 out of 5 stars Great visual effects and music, too sluggish. Motionless Picture...
Long after STAR TREK became a pop culture phenomenon, creator Gene Roddenberry began conception on a second TV series. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Jonathon Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware of V'Ger
All the original cast is rounded up to face a cloud of unknown power as it approaches Earth. The characters do spend a suprising amount of time quietly watching action occur, Theme... Read more
Published 25 days ago by ellison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very nice quality
Published 1 month ago by Jeremy F. Conner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great item
Published 1 month ago by C. Lipton
4.0 out of 5 stars Effective start to ST movie franchise series
Star Trek 1: The Motion Picture is a bit of a strange creature. The movie was made about 15 years after the end of the Original Series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars Secretly a great movie.
With a franchise as big as Star Trek the quality of material tends to land on both sides of the “great to terrible” spectrum. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zach
3.0 out of 5 stars Still The Motion Picture After All These Years
So I'm feeling nostalgic and my wife is on vacation, so I have been watching (out of order) the original movie series. I've seen all these movies countless times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by johnnyribcage
2.0 out of 5 stars Big on SpecialEFx, little on substance.
It's been a long time since I saw this film. I was surprised how much of it was simply geared to showing off the (at the time) special effects. Little story line.
Published 1 month ago by Bill
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Blu-Ray???
The word is that the new CGI effects were only rendered at 480p for DVD quality, so they either must re-render them or redo them. I hope that they do as the Director's Cut is the best version of the film.
Dec 6, 2009 by Jeffrey Rickel |  See all 2 posts
Horrid picture quality for DVD?
I agree, the picture quality is quite poor, especially in comparison to the HD version of the original movie available for streaming from Amazon
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