Star Trek: The Motion Picture - 20th Anniversary
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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
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The late, great Jerry Goldsmith didn't let us down in the music department. Goldsmith also worked on Robert Wise's 1966 film The Sand Pebbles. Goldsmith wrote an epic, sweeping, energetic music score for Star Trek The Motion Picture. The main title was recycled for the TV show Star Trek The Next Generation and some of the other Star Trek movies. Goldsmith wrote music for the film as it was still being filmed! He also had to modify several music cues. The Star Trek The Motion Picture theme music took ten days to compose! The original "theme" was rejected for sounding too much like "naval ships" and "Western music".
There is some Bernard Hermann flavored music as the Starship Enterprise slowly flies through the V'Ger cloud. The Klingon theme sounds similar to Goldsmith's score for The Wind and the Lion(1975). Goldsmith used a "Blaster Beam" for images of V'Ger. This 2 disc CD gives us 18 solid tracks from the music score. The second disc has the original Star Trek theme by Alexander Courage and interviews with William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, Mark Lenard, and Gene Roddenberry.
This CD is worth buying if you're a fan of Star Trek or a Goldsmith fan.
Where would Star Trek: The Motion Picture be without this music? About an hour too long maybe? A subject of ridicule on some future revival of Mystery Science Theater 3000? I don't know.
There's a lot to be critical of in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, but all the criticism turns to awe when we get to the subject of the music. Really, I think if this soundtrack was released just as a musical composition then someone would have to make a movie just to use the music.
I own a lot of CDs, but there are precious few of them where I can just put them in the player, kick back near one of my two stereo systems, or put on a nice set of heaphones, and be transported away from everything I obsess over and worry about. This is the kind of music that can do that.
If people are still watching this movie 100 years from now on their holographic movie crystals, or whatever, it will likely be thanks to this brilliant soundtrack.
Jerry Goldsmith is known for using unusual instruments and for using instruments in unusual ways, and you can hear some of that on several of the tracks. The second disc is a fun listen too. If you're a fan of Star Trek, chances are you've heard this stuff before, but having it included here (basically as a bonus) is nice. Gene Roddenberry's (and Star Trek's) philosophy rings true throughout. Even if you're not a fan of the first movie, you have to admit that it has an AMAZING soundtrack. Highly recommended.