Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director's Edition

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The U.S.S. Enterprise™ proudly soars again in this new, beautifully restored Director’s Edition of the original Star Trek™ movie classic. This features enhanced visual effects and a new sound mix, supervised by legendary director Robert Wise.
Robert Wise
William ShatnerLeonard NimoyDeForest Kelley
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James DoohanGeorge TakeiMajel BarrettWalter KoenigNichelle NicholsPersis KhambattaStephen Collins
Gene Roddenberry
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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ManifestaReviewed in the United States on January 15, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
This isn't the original theatrical release that was advertised.
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This was advertised as the original theatrical release, but it isn't, it's the later director's cut. I want to the original release so I could exactly quote a line that was deleted from the later director's cut: When the Enterprise crew realizes that V'Ger thinks it's creator is a machine, Commander Dekker says something like "Of course! We all create God in our own image." I want the exact wording, but that line was removed from the director's cut, and it's not on this Blu-ray version.
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JozefReviewed in the United States on November 4, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Improved Version of one of my favorite - albeit flawed - Star Trek films.
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This has been one of my favorite sci-fi movies since I saw it at the cinema when it came out at 11 years old in 1979. I understand that many find it slow and there were many flaws in the editing. This director's version is re-edited and heretofore special effects have been added that eliminate some of the needless dialog explaining what should have been obvious. Some important dialog from the Special Longer Version has been added, and almost all special effects of the cloud and Vger fly-over have been trimmed.

For me, this has always been the one true Star Trek film, and for others, the blemish on the series. I recommend reading the novelization by Gene Roddenberry, as the book explains many aspects of this story that had to be left out of the film.

In short, if You're inclined to give this film a shot, the Director's Edition is the one to watch. Robert Wise (director and famed editor) was not able to finish the film in 1979 due to the set-in-stone deadline, and this was finally a way to revisit this sore spot before he died. I look forward to a blu-ray version.
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dale flanneryReviewed in the United States on September 25, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
This Blu-ray is not the director's cut of Star Trek the motion picture
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I read a review about this Blu-ray and somebody said that this is the director's cut of Star Trek the motion picture I personally have the director's cut on DVD and I've been looking for everywhere for it on Blu-ray I have the original theatrical version on Blu-ray with the bundle pack of all the Star Trek movies on Blu-ray I was so disappointed that it was not the director's cut on Blu-ray they come out with Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan director's cut but they won't come out with a motion picture so clearly somebody who wrote a review about this Blu-ray did not know their ass from a hole in the ground
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3b0ny1Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A very underated movie :(
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture is a movie about love, lost, and discovery. Something very few moviegoers truly appreciated during its theatrical release. What's out there? Like most, for a long time my favorite Star Trek movie from the original crew was Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan which in all do respect had nothing to do with discovery but had everything to do with rectifying what people complained lacked in the Motion Picture which was action. Looking back, I now have to say that Star Trek: The Motion Picture is my new all time favorite Star Trek movie from that era but it's not for everyone. For me it's nostalgia. The Motion Picture is a Star Trek movie with an often sad and slow climatic buildup that will leave you wondering at the end of it. That said, if you are someone who prefer action then Star Trek 2 is your movie.
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CustomerReviewed in the United States on February 19, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Dazzling Special Effects/Photography and Return of the original Star Trek Crew
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Side Note: I put any movie spoilers in brackets, for the 3 people on Earth besides me who haven't seen a film from 1979.

The title of the movie says it all. It's Star Trek, but a motion picture. The budget is obviously far bigger than anything seen up to this point, but what really takes the cake is the photography and special effects, especially those used for V'ger and the "Go to Warp Factor __". The new Enterprise model and sets look incredible, and I like the revamp of the "beaming up" effect. Visually, there are quite a lot of similarities to 2001: A Space Odyssey, which should come as little surprise, since Douglas Trumbull is the one responsible for Star Trek's effects here.

The revamped music captures the feel of the original theme, with a more celebratory or grander feel to it. Just hearing it and watching the opening credits roll made me want to cheer out loud, as if to say, "Wooh! Star Trek's back, baby!" The movie itself does no less in its introduction of Kirk, Bones, and Spock. It's great to have the entire original cast back, and the movie does a good job balancing the reunion of the old team with forcing them to adapt to the new circumstances they're faced in. Time has passed, not just in real life, but for these characters too. [SPOILERS: Spock begins the film more dedicated than ever to purging his emotions and achieving the equivalent of Vulcan nirvana, only to later discover the value of feelings after mind-melding with an actual living computer. Kirk competes and is often at odds with a younger captain who has taken command of The Enterprise.]

It is to the film's credit that new characters such as Illia and Commander Decker, who receive very little exposition at all, manage to be extremely convincing, and just as likable as the old favorites. I would have been very happy to see a new Star Trek series starring Decker as the captain of the Enterprise. Stephen Collins does an incredible job showing just what his character is feeling; even in scenes where he has little or no dialogue, his facial expressions alone convey so much.

The plot itself takes a backseat to the marvelous special effects (although some of the effects in the very beginning of the movie are terrible, so much so that I initially thought I was viewing some sort of mid-90s video game CGI). It's certainly not a bad plot, and it's filled with many interesting sci-fi concepts befitting a Star Trek episode. However, some of the reasoning behind what's happening on screen is frankly a bit of a stretch, even by the standards of Star Trek's more out-there episodes. Moreover, there simply isn't a whole lot of action going on. Most of the film is spent on board the Enterprise, watching events unfold as the crew themselves do, and that primarily consists of viewing the V'ger from different angles (hence why I gave special effects first priority in this review, which is unusual). Style over substance is usually a pejorative, but when the effects are this well-made, I'm willing to accept less action in the script.

Less action than the typical Star Trek episode does not imply however that the show's core themes are absent. [SPOILERS: In its search for a creator, the V'ger proves itself to be not all that different from the "carbon units infecting the Enterprise. " It too, seeks the meaning of life and its God. Another sci-fi theme is the juxtaposition of an infinitely superior or more powerful race--in this case a sentient machine--with the notion that it's less mature than the humans who are so much weaker than it. The idea that the crew of the Enterprise are just the playthings of some celestial schoolboy was toyed around in the tv series. The decision to have this far-fetched sentient computer be the product of man was an interesting one, and V'ger being just Voyager 6 was a good way to ground the big ideas in something more familiar, or down-to-earth. It's still quite a big leap, as mentioned earlier, but this help swallow the pill.]

Critics may find the somewhat slower pacing boring, but it never felt as such to me. The movie stands in stark contrast to TNG, which in at least the little I've seen of it so far, makes me want to fall asleep. Watching this movie filled me with excitement and wonder from start to finish. Between the great acting, the sense of awe and adventure, and the lofty sci-fi concepts and their implications about the human spirit, I thoroughly enjoyed Star Trek: The Motion Picture. It deserves at least a 7, I would even venture as high as an 8/10.
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JBReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
V'ger isn't the only one with questions.
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Others have written plenty about the film's theme, its comparison to 2001: A Space Odyssey, its lack of action, etc. so I won't repeat any of that. Just a few observations: If you're interested in catching up with the old Enterprise crew, forget it; nothing is learned about them (except for a few background minutes on Spock), and they're almost criminally inconsequential (even McCoy, much to my disappointment then and now). Just like the crew, the Enterprise itself never really comes alive because it doesn't have much to do; its a static, sterile setting, a shiny space tube full of anonymous idealists. Lastly, the film is boiled down to Kirk-Spock-Decker; with Kirk a bit out of his element early on, Spock fresh off the Kholinar, and Decker a moony, moody, second-in-command, the film never hits a comfortable stride in terms of character interaction (especially with McCoy's functional absence); as a result, the film maintains a strange distance from itself and the audience, which is reinforced by the overall look of the film. 2 stars.
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g & gReviewed in the United States on January 18, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Probably the most Star Trek film of the entire series...
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This film was what Roddenberry intended for the television series. At its best, Star Trek is about hope for humanity's future and the idea that humans can get past greed and consumption and have some level of exploration in our lives.

Starting from that idea this film does exactly that. Rather than focusing on adventure, action, and overt camaraderie as the series did to great effect (and several of the later films), this film allows those things to take a backseat to character development, story, exploration and theme. And it does those things well. The camaraderie is there but not forced. Instead it comes out of the character's themselves...and the reactions and needs of the story.

The story is reminiscent of a couple of the original episodes...primarily The Changeling, but also a bit of The Doomsday Machine. But the scale of a big budget film allows for the actual themes of those episodes to be explored in depth. What does it mean to know everything...but feel unfulfilled? What does it mean to be alive? Who or what qualifies as a creator? At what point does information and logic fail us? All wonderfully explored in this paced film.

This film moves more like an epic from David Lean than what most people have come to expect thanks to Star Wars. If you are looking for action and gung-ho...then look to Star Trek 2, 4 and 6. If you want a genuine scifi this.

The writing is a little stale--dialogue is too expository at times. But the visuals, especially after the DFX have been repaired and updated, are spectacular. And the Jerry Goldsmith score is one of the best film scores of the last half century (not done by John Williams). Goldsmith was a virtuoso composer and able to change his style at will to do whatever was necessary to bring the film to light.

I believe some references to 'God' have been excised in the most recent director's version. While uncertain about that, if true, it is to the film's strength. Roddenberry, and Star Trek, were thematically against a 'creator'...a 'god' in any real sense. God-like, yes, but not religious 'god'. It was always more about humanity's need and desire for someone who knows more...than that there actually was an ultimate creator. As a former catholic and now avowed atheist, I prefer that.
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Sarah Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
FINALLY!!! The DEFINITIVE VERSION of the film in 4K!
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Thank you Paramount/Viacom for listening to fans' requests for a 4K upscaling of the Director's Edition of this classic! It's beautiful and definitely worth the wait! When the DE came out originally, many of us die hard Trek fans were excited about the "fixes" and additions to the theatrical version, which I also love, but most of us know was rushed to completion and had some significant issues. The DE fixed many of those issues, though it had its own issues. (mainly, the sound mix) But, of course, the DE was originally released in standard definition for DVD. The problem was that the new enhanced CGI effects were rendered in standard definition and simply wouldn't upscale to 4K effectively without going back and re-rendering the effects elements. This was a costly endeavor and one Paramount hesitated to do for many years. (There are many more details to this story one can find in various articles... worth a read for truly committed fans of the franchise and this movie) Dedicated fans of this film and this version have been pleading with Paramount for years to upscale this version alongside the theatrical version so fans can enjoy both in the highest quality possible with modern viewscreens. For years, if seemed those pleas would go unanswered. But finally, to go along with the release of most of the original cast films in 4K a few years ago, (including the original theatrical release version) the Director's Edition got its royal treatment as well! We're finally seeing the film in the way the director truly intended instead of the rushed version of the theatrical release or the lower resolution original Director's Edition. And it's tremendous!

Thanks to Paramount and the team for giving this version the polish it deserves! Excellent work and I can now go to this version as my "definitive" version for my own viewing satisfaction! Great work!
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