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Added on: 7/11/2001 11:13
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture The Director`s Edition (US)

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The human adventure is just beginning
Certificate: PG
Running Time: 136 mins
Retail Price: $29.99
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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 new Director`s Cut features enhanced visual effects and a new sound mix, supervised by legendary director Robert Wise. When an unidentified alien destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers, Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) returns to the newly transformed U.S.S. Enterprise™ to take command. Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and the cast from the acclaimed original Star Trek™ television series mobilize at warp speed to stop the alien intruder from its relentless flight toward Earth.

Special Features:
Interactive Menus
Scene Access

Disc 1:
Group Commentary by Director Robert Wise, Special Photographic Effects Director Douglas Trumbull, Special Photographic Effects Supervisor John Dykstra, Music Composer Jerry Goldsmith and Actor Stephen Collins
Text Commentary by Michael Okuda, Co-Author of The Star-Trek® Encyclopedia

Disc 2:
New Retrospective Documentaries with Cast & Crew Interviews: Phase II: The Lost Enterprise, A Bold New Enterprise, Redirecting The Future
Teaser Trailer
Theatrical Trailer
New Director`s Edition Trailer
8 Television Commercials
5 Additional Scenes (From the 1979 Theatrical Version)
11 Deleted Scenes (From the 1983 TV Version)
Storyboard Archive
Interactive Menus
New Star Trek™ series Enterprise Promo Spot

Video Tracks:
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

Audio Tracks:
Dolby Digital 5.1 English
Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 English

Subtitle Tracks:

Directed By:
Robert Wise

Written By:

Mark Lenard
Grace Lee Whitney
Stephen Collins
Persis Khambatta
Majel Barrett
Nichelle Nichols
Walter Koenig
George Takei
James Doohan
DeForest Kelley
Leonard Nimoy
William Shatner

Casting By:
Marvin Paige

Soundtrack By:
Jerry Goldsmith
Gerald Fried

Music From:
Alexander Courage

Director of Photography:
Richard H. Kline

Todd C. Ramsay

Costume Designer:
Robert Fletcher

Production Designer:
Harold Michelson

Gene Roddenberry
Jon Povill
David C. Fein

Paramount Pictures

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8 / 10
This dvd is a star trek fan`s must buy. A brilliant director`s cut with added scenes and enhancements. (Note the video itself still hasn`t been cleaned up that much) Good sound but no DTS and plenty of extra`s which is a first in Star Trek DVD`s. Let`s hope the next Star Trek DVD`s has plenty of extra`s too.Everybody properly seen this already so if you`re a star trek fan you`ve got this already and the others well it`s up to you.
posted by David Garner on 14/11/2001 23:33
8 / 10
A must buy if you are into Trek even if you hated it the first time round it is sure worth another look with the added special effects and superb re-edit.
Great extras...roll on Star Trek II!
posted by groovedoctor on 28/12/2001 22:09
8 / 10
Don`t listen to Chris Cox - the score is far from being bleep bleep synthesiser music, but is in fact one of Jerry Goldsmith`s best scores. The new soundmix preserves all of Jerry`s layered and powerful soundtrack, and Chris convienently seems to forget that the score was nominated in both the Oscars and Golden Globes for Best Original Score in 1980. The score includes the very memorable Goldsmith Star Trek theme, which was used in four subsequent ST movies (Final Frontier, First Contact, Insurrection and Nemesis), and of course, for every single episode of The Next Generation. The score also helps capture some of the grandeur Wise tried to inject into the proceedings, full of mystery and chilling use of the "Blaster Beam", not a synth, but a fifteen foot long instrument using artillery shell casings and magnets to produce the unearthly twangs signifying V`ger`s presence.

Oh, and Chris ... "The movie starts with a very long shot of a star field set to the score" ... this is called an overture, and was a common feature to movies in the past before ST:TMP`s release - here the wonderful "Ilia`s Theme" is used to superb effect. Initially black on theatrical release, subsequent releases using the overture used a moving starfield as is seen on the Director`s Edition DVD.

As for his other comments, Chris is obviously blissfully unaware of split focus techniques, and for a 22 year old film (at time of release for this disc), the print stands up very well indeed, and looks more vibrant than in previous releases. It`s unfortunate more work wasn`t done to further restore the print, but Foundation Imaging`s work on "completing" the tasks given to John Dykstra and shops like Abel and Apogee is superb, finally fleshing out the previously unclear form of V`ger, and the very appropriate editing trims some unnecessarily drawn out sections of the movie to tighten the pacing.

A wonderful movie, given the final touches by both the original director and some of today`s movie magicians.
posted by neuro on 20/4/2003 15:16