Star Trek: Movie Director’s Cut1979.
Directed by Robert Wise.
Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Majel Barrett, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Persis Khambatta, Stephen Collins.
Director’s Cut star trek the movie it finally received its 4K update, which includes many new updates to the effects work that was done in 2000. Paramount also commissioned some new bonus features, including a new documentary and a new commentary track. Highly recommended.
Paramount has finished bringing back the original cast star trek 4K movies with a new batch of releases starting with Star Trek The Motion Picture: Director’s Cut. Originally released on DVD in 2001, the Director’s Cut required Paramount to upgrade the new special effects from standard definition to 4K; the studio also took the opportunity to do even more new effects in the movie, which was a nice touch.
You won’t find the theatrical version of the film on this set, as Paramount aired it last year as part of their Original 4 Movie Collection (what i checked here), nor will you find the longer version that originally aired on TV, though that’s part of the Complete Adventure set which is also available now. the full adventure it has all three versions of the movie, along with some nice physical swag, so it’s worth seeking out if you’re a serious fan of this movie.
As for me, I have always preferred Star Wars a star trekbut I have a soft spot in my heart for the adventures of the original cast, as I grew up on reruns of the 1960s TV series. Having the theatrical cut and Director’s Cut of The movie at 4K it’s good enough for me.
I won’t dwell on the recitation of the plot, but I will say that TMP It has grown on me over the years. It’s still a very different animal from its sequels, but it’s still an enjoyable movie in its own right. I’m sorry director Robert Wise couldn’t be around to see his vision fulfilled in 4K; As you can imagine, the film looks beautiful in the new format.
In addition to commissioning new effects, Paramount also went the extra mile by adding some new bonus features that you’ll find on the included Blu-ray disc. (There is no Blu-ray version of the director’s cut found here, though you do get a code for a digital copy.) The new extras start with the 48-minute documentary the human adventurewhich is divided into eight parts and covers both the 2001 Director’s Cut and the new version, with many new and archive interviews included. Emigrate fans will also enjoy some of the little things that have been included here, like audio from an ADR session with Leonard Nimoy and Wise.
Moving on, 4.5 minutes of deleted scenes have been added to the treasure trove of deleted footage found in previous issues (and covers here). Part of it lacks audio, but subtitles have been included in those situations. You’ll also find effects and costume tests (the latter including the “caveman” version of Spock that was briefly considered during pre-production) along with images of the original computer graphics that were shown on the screens of the Enterprise.
The following extras were carried over from previous editions:
• the star trek universe (140 minutes): This is an exhaustive documentary that traces the long and winding road that finally led to The movie1979 release. There were actually plans to bring back the TV series as part of a new Paramount TV network in the mid-’70s, but those efforts were ultimately thwarted. (Imagine the path the entertainment industry might have taken had Paramount been the fourth major network instead of Fox.) However, the enormous success of 1977 Star Wars prompted Paramount to put a star trek film on the fast track for its Christmas 1979 release, leading to many problems that plagued the film, such as starting production without a finished script and airing the film with some unfinished special effects.
• Deleted scenes from the stage version and the 1983 television version: These total about 29 minutes and seven minutes, respectively, and cover a wide variety of footage that was cut for the stage version and was added when the film debuted on television. television network in 1983.
A teaser trailer, a theatrical trailer, and a batch of TV spots round out the Blu-ray source.
Before I close this review, I’ll have to go back to the 4K drive and note that, yes, it does come with the two previously issued commentary tracks, along with the isolated sheet music track. There’s also a new commentary track with producer David C. Fein, audio editor Mike Matessino, and visual effects supervisor Daren Dochterman; the three speak not only of their love for this film and its story, but also of the role they played in bringing it to 4K.
The legacy audio commentary, which is from the 2001 Director’s Cut DVD, features Wise, effects guys Douglas Trumbull and John Dykstra, composer Jerry Goldsmith, and actor Stephen Collins. As you can imagine, they delve into the story of the original film, as well as the changes made for the new, improved version. There’s also a text commentary with Michael and Denise Okuda, providing plenty of trivia snippets for those who really want to dig into their Emigrate.
Flashing Myth Rating – Movie: ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★