Star Trek films on Blu-Ray... what we know so far

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Osato, thanks for the link to the Digital Bits retro piece. Its great to see Bill continue to lobby for The Motion Picture remastering. The year is not over yet!
IF it were the 40th anniversary AND another Trek film were due out this year, you bet your Starfleet-issue boots it would happen (or would atleast stand a very good chance), but alas... I guess one out of two and 2 fingers crossed will have to do..
 

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Osato, thanks for the link to the Digital Bits retro piece. Its great to see Bill continue to lobby for The Motion Picture remastering. The year is not over yet!
It was disappointing to read this:

Unfortunately, the Director’s Edition cannot currently be released in HD or 4K without another extensive remastering effort. This is because while the original film elements still exist, the Director’s Edition VFX and post production was only completed in SD resolution to save money. And I’m sorry to say that Paramount currently has no plans to do this in 2019 for the film’s 40th Anniversary, which is a real shame and a damn travesty.
 

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It was disappointing to read this:

Unfortunately, the Director’s Edition cannot currently be released in HD or 4K without another extensive remastering effort. This is because while the original film elements still exist, the Director’s Edition VFX and post production was only completed in SD resolution to save money. And I’m sorry to say that Paramount currently has no plans to do this in 2019 for the film’s 40th Anniversary, which is a real shame and a damn travesty.
Well I hope they at least do the next-best (or better?) thing and release a box set this year of all the TOS-crew films remastered in 4k UHD. That would be a fitting celebration of the 40th anniversary of TOS crew's debut on the big screen!
 

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Well I hope they at least do the next-best (or better?) thing and release a box set this year of all the TOS-crew films remastered in 4k UHD. That would be a fitting celebration of the 40th anniversary of TOS crew's debut on the big screen!
Agreed!!!
 

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When you think abt it, Paramount was not just shortsighted in their decision to forego having the Directors edition done in HD, but in so doing also failed (thus far) to preserve the work of a highly-respected director who's intention/ hope was for this version to eventually supersede the previous versions. Anyway, I certainly hope Paramount continues to invest in preservation of their classics, incl. the Trek film series. (I realise TMP itself barely falls within the "classic era" [commonly and generally defined as films made before 1980] not that this means the studio can nor shld get away with not treating it and/or its sequels with the full respect + protection they deserve..)
 
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When you think abt it, Paramount was not just shortsighted in their decision to forego having the Directors edition done in HD, but in so doing also failed (thus far) to preserve the work of a highly-respected director who's intention/ hope was for this version to eventually supersede the previous versions. Anyway, I certainly hope Paramount continues to invest in preservation of their classics, incl. the Trek film series. (I realise TMP itself barely falls within the "classic era" [commonly and generally defined as films made before 1980] not that this means the studio can nor shld get away with not treating it and/or its sequels with the full respect + protection they deserve..)
Agreed!!
 

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I suppose it depends on the definition of "shortsighted". I'm going to put on my "running a studio is a for profit business" hat, and not my fandom hat - because as a fan, clearly, obviously, I'd like this in HD.

But from the studio perspective - TMP was never the most popular of the original crew films. It was not critically acclaimed, it wasn't a giant success commercially, and it's not beloved by the majority of the fan community. In that environment, where you have a film that's neither considered an all-time classic nor a big hit, I can understand the caution in authorizing the new work to be performed only in the standard definition realm at a time when the end product was going to be a standard definition disc. At the time, I recall reading interviews that if the disc was a big enough success, there was a chance that they'd do the HD work then so that they could do a theatrical reissue. Given that a theatrical reissue didn't happen after the DVD release, that suggests to me that it didn't hit whatever benchmark they wanted it to hit.

The original Blu-ray releases in 2009 were clearly rush jobs to take advantage of the new movie being released and the format war between Blu-ray and HD-DVD coming to an end. There was talk at the time that something more substantial might come out in the shorter term, but that never happened. That again suggests to me that the sales weren't what the studio needed to justify this expense. It's also worth noting for context that at the time the Blu-rays came out, the country was in a recession, and streaming was just starting to take off. The bottom started falling out in the home video market around that time, and it's never fully recovered.

From the perspective of a fan who would like a better version of TMP in an HD format, what's been released thus far is disappointing. From the perspective of the studio, though, it may be a more practical matter of the balance sheets not justifying additional spending on this title.

We'll never know the exact numbers, of course.

But Paramount is a for-profit company in the business to make money, and the fact that they haven't acted on this in almost 20 years suggests to me that they don't think the money will be there for this title.
 

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