Somewhere, Star Trek: The Motion Picture director Robert Wise is smiling. Wise, who handed away in 2005 on the age of 91, was by no means solely glad with The Motion Picture. The movie was rushed into manufacturing, affected by script points and visible results issues, after which dashed into theaters to make its December 6, 1979 launch date. Back in 2001, Paramount Home Entertainment launched Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition, a standard-definition DVD set that included, as Wise wrote within the accompanying booklet, a model of the movie that supplied “a correct editorial steadiness,” accomplished “results pictures and scenes we needed to abort in 1979,” and “a correct last sound combine.”
And now followers will be capable to benefit from the subsequent era of Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition, as Paramount Home Entertainment will launch a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in September. Can’t wait that lengthy to revisit the ultimate frontier? The upgraded Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition will debut on Paramount+ on April 5, 2022, as a part of the Star Trek franchise’s celebration of First Contact Day. Additionally, Fathom Events and Paramount Pictures have introduced that the brand new model of The Motion Picture will run in theaters as a part of a two-day occasion on May 22 and May 25. Tickets will likely be obtainable at FathomEvents.com beginning on Friday, April 8. In the meantime, a trailer has simply been launched.
According to a Paramount Home Entertainment press launch, the 4K Ultra HD model of The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition has been restored by producer David C. Fein and preservationist Mike Matessino, each of whom labored with Wise on the preliminary Director’s Edition. Specifically, “the movie has been ready for presentation in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision excessive dynamic vary (HDR) and a brand new highly effective and immersive Dolby Atmos soundtrack.” Fein and Matessino additionally teamed up with returning VFX supervisor Daren Dochterman and different tech wizards who labored on the preliminary Director’s Edition and spent half a yr recreating the consequences and even including a number of shock parts. Paramount Home Entertainment additionally teased that the upcoming Ultra HD Disc and Digital releases of The Motion Picture will likely be accompanied by “intensive” new and legacy bonus content material.
Many youthful Star Trek followers, who’ve presumably gotten on board by Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Lower Decks, or Star Trek: Prodigy, might not be conscious of the significance of The Motion Picture. Paramount initially deliberate to supply a brand new tv sequence reuniting the cast of The Original Series however switched to a function movie following the success of Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, each launched in 1977. Several administrators had been thought of earlier than Robert Wise obtained the nod. The late, nice filmmaker directed such classics as West Side Story, The Sound of Music, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Haunting, and The Andromeda Strain, and he edited Citizen Kane, broadly thought to be among the finest films – if not the very best film – ever made.
The Motion Picture in its authentic type was a combined bag. It was attractive to take a look at, with some exceptional, visually gorgeous sequences, and a fairly sound sci-fi story. Plus, it was nice to see William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and the old gang collectively once more. On the opposite hand, the story was repetitive (echoing a TOS episode), there wasn’t a lot motion or character growth, and the very costly film felt lengthy and sluggish at two hours and 23 minutes. Still, it carried out effectively sufficient on the field workplace to warrant a sequel, and that follow-up, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, price a lot much less and wowed followers and critics alike. The TOS crew continued to make a number of extra films, and the franchise grew from there, with Star Trek: The Next Generation paving the way in which for Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, the J.J. Abrams movies, Discovery, Picard, Lower Decks, and Prodigy, to not point out infinite videogames, toys, theme park rides, and different tie-in merchandise and initiatives.
Everything Comes Full-Circle
It all got here full-circle in 2001 with the discharge of the Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition DVD, which, past its technical enhancements, quickened the movie’s tempo and restored some vital character moments that make it a extra fulfilling expertise. And now it is all coming full-circle once more with the Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition 4K model arriving on Paramount+, in theaters, and on Ultra HD Blu-ray.