While Star Trek: The Motion Picture is widely regarded as one of the weaker Star Trek feature films, we here at Comicon have a special adoration for the movie. It’s a feast for the eyes thanks to legitimately cutting edge special effects and model work. It’s also a balm for the ears as Jerry Goldsmith‘s score gets the room to be heard. And if you like cheese, the oddly clipped performances of the beloved Star Trek cast, the drab Starfleet uniforms, and the overall 70s-ness of it form into a veritable fondue for those entertained by films that just miss their goals.
But as director Robert Wise explained around the time the film was re-released as Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Edition on DVD, the film was in a time crunch before its theatrical release and went live without proper test screening, sound mixing in the first third, or even a chance to properly time the special effects. In producing The Director’s Edition, he hoped to solve some of the films flaws.
The result was a tighter film which, sadly, was not future-proofed for Blu-ray or subsequent higher-resolution video formats.
Thankfully, this error is about to be corrected as Wise’s collaborators on The Director’s Edition — producer David C. Fein, restoration supervisor Mike Matessino, and visual effects supervisor Daren R. Dochterman — are about to embark on a 4K upgrade of the director’s preferred cut. According to StarTrek.com, the revised Director’s Edition will debut on Paramount+ before making its way to the collector’s 4K home video market. The project will take six-to-eight months to complete.
In the interim, the theatrical version of the film will be available on 4K UHD Blu-ray box-set of the first four Star Trek films this September.
As fans of the film, we look forward to having both versions of it in the highest clarity possible. Although, we still hope the “Special Longer Version,” the version aired on television in the 1980s and released on VHS, some day gets its chance to shine.
While Star Trek: The Motion Picture is widely regarded as one of the weaker Star Trek feature films, we hereCOMICONRead More