Star Trek - The Motion Picture VHS
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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 world. Series creator Gene Roddenberry had conceived a second TV series, but after the success of Star Wars the project was upgraded into this lavish feature film, which reunited the original series cast aboard a beautifully redesigned starship U.S.S. Enterprise. Under the direction of Robert Wise (best known for West Side Story), the film proved to be a mixed blessing for Trek fans, who heatedly debated its merits; but it was, of course, a phenomenal hit. Capt. Kirk (William Shatner) leads his crew into the vast structures surrounding V'Ger, an all-powerful being that is cutting a destructive course through Starfleet space. With his new First Officer (Stephen Collins), the bald and beautiful Lieutenant Ilia (played by the late Persis Khambatta) and his returning veteran crew, Kirk must decipher the secret of V'Ger's true purpose and restore the safety of the galaxy. The story is rather overblown and derivative of plots from the original series, and avid Trekkies greeted the film's bland costumes with derisive laughter. But as a feast for the eyes, this is an adventure worthy of big-screen trekkin'. Douglas Trumbull's visual effects are astonishing, and Jerry Goldmith's score is regarded as one of the prolific composer's very best (with its main theme later used for Star Trek: The Next Generation). And, fortunately for Star Trek fans, the expanded 143-minute version (originally shown for the film's network TV premiere) is generally considered an improvement over the original theatrical release. --Jeff Shannon
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The U.S.S. Enterprise proudly soars again in this original Star Trek movie classic.
When an unidentified alien destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers, Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) returns to the newly transformed U.S.S. Enterprise to take command. Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and the cast from the acclaimed Star Trek television series mobilize at warp speed to stop the alien intruder from its relentless flight toward earth.
And Oscar-nominated, special effects spectacular, Star Trek - The Motion Picture is an epic first adventure in the legendary film series.
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May I make a recommendation? Watch it with subtitles, in order to fully observe the subtleties of the story.
One of my favorites...
We all have different opinions of which of the moves is best, but Kahn is usually at the top. I'm particularly attracted to The Motion Picture because, well, it's beautiful, just visually beautiful. It also lacks the continual fights with enemies the other movies are packed with.
The Motion Picture is benign and exquisitely gentle, child like, innocent, and it explores the most important existential questions humans have been seeking answers to for as long as we've been humans.
In my view, the finale of The Motion Picture is alone at the top of any science fiction film ever made.
Now even though this version is entitled "The Director's Edition" it doesn't mean a Full Director's Cut as in several scenes have been cut from the film while others have been added. In other words, it's a re-edited version so-to-speak. For example I have had 2 versions of the VHS version. One was the "Special Longer" P&S version which pretty much had all of the footage in there. Then I had a Widescreen version which was pretty much the standard Theatrical version. This Director's Edition DVD is somewhere in between. It has scenes that were in the Special Longer Version that weren't in the Widescreen version and vice versa.
The Bonus Features occupy the second disc and although numerous, none of them are all that explanatory. At least the ones that I have viewed. However the Menu Navigation on this disc is cool as it's centered around V'Ger's shrine.
But as to my review title, let's hope Paramount gets their act together and starts putting out Special Editions of the other Star Trek films. I'm hoping that they update the viewport graphics with some new CGI. There were some atrocious "fillers" for some of the window and viewers in ST:II and III. Such as fake-looking "star fields". But anyway, grab this Director's Edition and wait for the remaining films to get this Special treatment.
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