Star Trek - The Motion Picture

In a pleasing announcement for Star Trek fans, Paramount have announced the release of a two-disc special edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director's Edition on the 6th of November at a retail price of $29.99. This director's cut is 136 minutes in length, compared to 132 minutes for the original 1979 theatrical release and 143 minutes for the TV version. Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director's Edition is the last of the Star Trek movies to be released in R1, since the other eight movies have already been released on the format.

The set will feature a director-supervised complete digital restoration, featuring enhanced visual effects, presented in anamorphic widescreen and new Dolby Digital English 5.1 and Dolby 2.0 surround tracks, along with closed-captioning and English subtitles. The extra features, which will total over two hours in length, will be as follows:

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
  • Three new documentaries featuring cast and crew interviews
  • 5 additional scenes from the 1979 theatrical version, plus trims and outtakes
  • 11 deleted scenes from the 1983 TV version
  • Storyboard Archive
  • Trailers and TV commercials, including a promo for the new "Star Trek: Enterprise" series

Star Trek: The Motion Picture is the first of nine (to date) movies based on the original 1960s TV series. Directed by Robert Wise and starring all the regulars, along with Stephen Collins(All The President's Men) and Persis Khambatta, the movie sees Kirk (William Shatner), now an Admiral, take command of the newly-refitted Enterprise after a giant luminescent cloud destroys a Klingon fleet and a Federation space station. Kirk, who finds himself in a power struggle with Commander Will Decker (Collins) whom he demoted from command of the ship, sets the Enterprise on an intercept course with the cloud in order to save the Earth. Contact is then made with a mysterious entity called V'ger...

With this announcement, many fans have been wondering if there were any plans to re-release the other Star Trek movies as special editions. According to an article on The Digital Bits today, Paramount apparently are indeed considering revisiting these titles, with SEs to be released in chronological order. Thus Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan will be released first, apparently as a two-disc SE early next year. The Digital Bits also reports that the complete first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation will also be released early next year, with later seasons as well as Voyager and Deep Space Nine likely to follow later in the year. If these rumours are true, 2002 could be a very expensive year for Star Trek fans...

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