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

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I was frankly shocked that it came out on disc. I’m glad it did and I bought it but I would have understood if CBS left it exclusive to their service so they’d get people to pay whenever they wanted to watch it. But I’m guessing that the expense of putting the already existing masters onto a disc wasn’t very high, and that the physical media version might help promote the show to people who weren’t into streaming when it first aired. And Trek probably has a higher sales potential than most things these days - sci-fi, horror and cult titles still do reasonably okay in the marketplace because those fanbases tend to be more passionate about their stuff. You can buy Discovery on disc but that may be the only All Access program that that’s true for.

I really do hope something happens with TMP. But I’m thinking a Warner Archive approach of scanning whatever longer version is extant on film (like WA did with Superman: The Movie) is probably the most Paramount would be willing to do. If the Director’s Edition was going to be upgraded to HD and put on a disc, it would have been ten years ago. It sucks because at this moment in time, remastering and CGI are cheaper than ever so it would probably be easier technically to do it now than ten or twenty years ago, but demand for physical media is down so much more that it almost doesn’t matter.

I mean, I’m gonna watch the SLV on VHS one day soon. It’s a bit crazy that that’s the state of things!
Don’t forget there is a big wide world out there beyond the USA. In Canada, Discovery was shown the old fashioned way, as a regular program on the “Space” channel. After each showing, it was no longer available. If I wanted the series in HD, and not just the DVD copies I made myself with my recordable DVD player, I had to buy the HD set.
 

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Discovery was - and still is - available to stream in Canada, as well, on Crave.
 

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That's what I wished they left alone in the director's cut. I love the original sound design of TMP. I lived with it for 20 years before the DVD release and think it is brilliant. It adds another level of verisimilitude to the proceedings. I get a real sense of danger when I hear "Negative response at helm" coming out of the bridge computer. This is precisely what modern military aircraft were doing for pilots at the time when the film was made and I appreciate that level of attention to detail. The added seat restrains were a similar touch.

Adding unfinished optical effects in certain places was fine. Changing shuttles and transporter sound effects to be more in line with the television series is just revisionist thinking and going too far. I hate it in Star Wars and I hate it in ST:TMP. Leave my childhood alone thank you. I appreciate that there are a large group of fans who like the alternate cut. I hope you get the HD version that you want. I just hope Paramount keeps the original available for future generations to see what these film artisans achieved under extreme circumstances. I thought it was excellent in 1979, and still do today.
The Blu Ray has a different mix then the theatrical as well. 7.1

I’m glad the audio was finished for the directors cut. This is what Robert wise wanted as well.

At this point we will most likely never have the directors edition in had or UHd. Robert wise and his leverage to make the project happen are gone.

The 1979 theatrical work print will live on though in bd and had iTunes.
 

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The Blu Ray has a different mix then the theatrical as well. 7.1


True, but it sounds like it was based on the theatrical audio, rather than the director's cut. I believe the sound effects are all the original ones.

I think I saw that "hybrid" print that others have mentioned a number of years ago. A theater in West L.A. did a series of midnight screenings of all (at the time) 11 Trek films. They called the print of TMP the "repertory version," and it was the theatrical cut with a few scenes from the TV cut physically spliced in. But years later, I saw a rather faded print of the actual theatrical cut.

What Josh and others have pointed out is probably true. With declining physical media sales, studios may be reluctant to go to too much trouble on catalog releases. That said, different studios seem to be dealing with it in different ways. If Star Trek belonged to WB or Sony (or even Universal), I think we would have seen better releases of the original cast's films by now.
 
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True, but it sounds like it was based on the theatrical audio, rather than the director's cut. I believe the sound effects are all the original ones.

I think I saw that "hybrid" print that others have mentioned a number of years ago. A theater in West L.A. did a series of midnight screenings of all (at the time) 11 Trek films. They called the print of TMP the "repertory version," and it was the theatrical cut with a few scenes from the TV cut physically spliced in. But years later, I saw a rather faded print of the actual theatrical cut.

What Josh and others have pointed out is probably true. With declining physical media sales, studios may be reluctant to go to too much trouble on catalog releases. That said, different studios seem to be dealing with it in different ways. If Star Trek belonged to WB or Sony (or even Universal), I think we would have seen better releases of the original cast's films by now.
We need the authentic 2.0 surround for 1979 work print fans!! : )

The podcast ended on an up note. Toools and technology are much better now and there is hope that a 4k transfer will eventually happen.
 
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I enjoyed Discovery, it was shown on Netflix in the UK, i love the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and hope they keep it for season 3.

Its the fortieth anniversary of Star Trek the motion picture, come on Paramount, spend some bucks and redo the fx of the directors cut and release on UHD 4k disc.
 

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I enjoyed Discovery, it was shown on Netflix in the UK, i love the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and hope they keep it for season 3.

Its the fortieth anniversary of Star Trek the motion picture, come on Paramount, spend some bucks and redo the fx of the directors cut and release on UHD 4k disc.
Count me in on a 40th anniversary UHd 4K disc of the directors cut of tmp as well!
 
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TMP director's cut for the 40th anniversary would be a dream come true.
I wish they cared enough for the fans who've been loyal for half a century to give us this one gift
 
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This is not directed at anyone reporting the set is coming out or what is included. Rather, it is directed at Paramount and CBS...

[fake enthusiasm on]Yay...another repack of something already available to buy.[fake enthusiasm off]

Blarg. No thanks.
 
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Welcome back John! And thanks for that post about Star Trek The Motion Picture. I took a quick look at Trekcore and trekmovie and the Digital Bits in case they might have news on this Star Trek TMP blu ray. I would love for this to be a new remastering and the coming of the TOS films in remastered releases.

As much as I’ve posted on these threads that Paramount has to do a proper release of the Director’s Edition of TMP for the 40th, this one looks like a repackage. Perhaps to commemorate the 40th. This would be a big disappointment and missed opportunity.

If it is a remaster, maybe we’ll hear about it at Comic Con and or the big Star Trek convention in August.
 
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