Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Collector's Edition, Director's Cut, Special Collector's Edition
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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
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
- 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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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.