the opening scene wasn’t shortened to the best of my knowledge.Didn't Director Robert Wise shorten the Klingon scene? I heard he said something about he felt the Klingons wouldn't retreat. Yet they weren't just retreating. It always seemed to me they were making V'Ger think they were retreating and fired that rear shot. Anyway the Klingon scene was an awesome scene if anything it needed to be longer.
whatever they trimmed I can’t notice in the directors cut. I’ll have to compare.The Klingon sequence was trimmed ever so slightly - on disc 2 of the DE DVD set, under deleted scenes, you can select “trims” and see all of the tiny pieces that were cut throughout the film, usually just tightening shots by removing an extra second or two.
That was mentioned a lot for years. In fact, that complaint was lodged at all three leads at some point or another.I've always liked this picture and have a very fond memory of seeing it when it opened in a big theater with my brother and aunt. One thing I have always thought about it, and I am not sure if I have ever mentioned it here, is that Shatner, to me, has always seemed off in it. It's pretty much like he can't find his groove of how he played Kirk. He's really not particularly Kirk-like for most of the film. The other actors, Nimoy and Kelley, seem to slip right back into their parts with relative ease but Shatner seems to not remember how he played Kirk or wants to change his portrayal for the big screen. Obviously in the next film, Khan, Shatner is full on back to owning the character (and did every other time he played Kirk in the other pictures) but in this one...well...I don't think he could quite find his way back into it.