Tripwire Reviews Star Trek: The Motion Picture The Complete Adventure 4K

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Tripwire’s editor-in-chief Joel Meadows takes a look at Paramount’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture The Complete Adventure 4k out now on Blu Ray…

Star Trek: The Motion Picture The Complete Adventure
Director: Robert Wise
Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

Star Trek: The Motion Picture was originally released back in 1979, a decade after the original series had wrapped up. The success of Star Wars made Paramount think they could resurrect the hit TV show on the big screen and they brought in veteran director Robert Wise (West Side Story, The Sound Of Music) to helm it. 

But it was plagued by unfinished special effects and rushed editing so the film was never completed. Now over forty years later, we have Star Trek: The Motion Picture The Complete Adventure, a Blu Ray release in its regular form and also in 4K, with many of the original special effects completed and brought up to modern specs with even a new scene included and a far superior sound edit too. 

I admit that I have been a fan of Star Trek thanks to the films, seeing The Wrath Of Khan on the big screen. But I always found The Motion Picture, which was Wise and Roddenberry’s attempt at creating a cerebral sci-fi tale on the bog screen, to be a rather turgid and glacial affair. But I was prepared to see if the new version has improved certain aspects that were lacking before. On the positive side the new team, producer David C. Fein with Post Production Supervisor, Mike Matessino, have done a very fine job of enhancing the special effects and making the Motion Picture feel like a more modern affair. The sound here is also spectacular with Jerry Goldsmith’s seminal score blasting out of the home cinema screen.

On the negative side however, the shortcomings of the script like the slow pacing and really disappointing payoff are still here. Other things too like the poor design of the costumes for the Enterprise crew make it a disappointing visual experience at times.

Wise, although a very seasoned Hollywood director, really was a poor choice for this film and The Motion Picture pales in comparison with future big-screen Star Trek efforts like its sequel The Wrath Of Khan and Even The Search For Spock. That’s not to say it is a film without any merits as there are flashes of brilliance and some of the newly restored visual set pieces are pretty jaw dropping. But the script is flat and the pacing is poor.

The extras here are decent especially the ones created to accompany the new version. The legacy ones don’t really work as the picture ratio hasn’t been amended to take account of the new screen size and so you are forced to watch them at an incorrect size.

Fans of Star Trek: The Motion Picture will find a lot to appeal to them here and for fans of the other original Trek movies, there is enough to interest them too.

Paramount have also brought out a restored version of Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan. It will be intriguing to see what they have done to that.

JOEL MEADOWS

Here is the trailer for the restored version of the film out now on Blu Ray

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Lost In Space Tripwire’s editor-in-chief Joel Meadows takes a look at Paramount’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture The Complete Adventure 4k out now on Blu Ray… Star Trek: The Motion Picture The Complete Adventure Director: Robert Wise Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley Star Trek: The Motion Picture was originally released back in 1979,
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