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  • 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, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: April 2, 1997
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (848 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303201954
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,970 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

When a destructive space entity is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise to intercept, examine, and stop it.

Customer Reviews

This was a very entertaining movie that had an great story line!
J. Phipps
I know many people, even the fans, still don't like this movie because it is so slow, but I think of all the Star Trek movies, this is the most artistic.
David J. Huber
It was the expanding of the human knowledge and wisdom, and it was a mirror on our society.
Tim the Enchanter

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130 of 138 people found the following review helpful By Robert Jenkins on 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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142 of 155 people found the following review helpful By Captin Kirk on 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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67 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Hank Drake VINE VOICE on 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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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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