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Fully Restored Director’s Edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture Makes Its Long-Awaited Debut

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The Definitive Vision of Director Robert Wise Debuts Exclusively on Paramount+

April 5, 2022, in Celebration of First Contact Day


Film Arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray™ in September with Extensive New Bonus Content






LOS ANGELES, Calif. – March 24, 2022 – Eagerly anticipated by Star Trek fans for over two decades, Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition will make its long-awaited debut exclusively on Paramount+ on April 5, 2022, in celebration of First Contact Day. The film will be available to stream on Paramount+ in 4K Ultra HD on supported devices and platforms. The newly restored film will subsequently arrive on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in September from Paramount Home Entertainment. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to see the restored version of Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition on the big screen for the first time when Fathom Events and Paramount Pictures bring it to theaters for an exclusive two-day event on May 22 and May 25. Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 8 at FathomEvents.com.

Originally released in 1979, Star Trek: The Motion Picture became the fourth highest grossing movie of the year and earned three Academy Award® nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Art Direction, and Best Music, Original Score. The film successfully launched the Star Trek franchise beyond the original television series, despite having been rushed to theaters with incomplete special effects and forced editing choices.

In 2001, director Robert Wise revisited the film to refine the edit and enhance the visual effects. His updated vision was released on DVD in standard definition and embraced by fans but has never been available in higher definition until now. Meticulously assembled and restored by producer David C. Fein with preservationist Mike Matessino, both of whom originally collaborated with Wise, the film has been prepared for presentation in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision™ high dynamic range (HDR) and a new powerful and immersive Dolby Atmos® soundtrack.* Fein and Matessino assembled a team of special effects experts, led by returning visual effects supervisor Daren Dochterman, and utilized the extensive resources in the Paramount Archives to recreate the effects not just in HD, but in Ultra HD. After more than six months of painstaking work, the updated movie looks and sounds better than ever while staying true to Wise’s original intention.

“I couldn’t be prouder and more thrilled to have completed the film in 4K,” said Fein. “Paramount offered unprecedented access to the original elements and exceptional support and the results are stunning. Utilizing the latest discoveries and innovations of modern film production, The Director’s Edition delivers so much more today than was previously possible. It’s an adventure you’ll never forget!”

Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition Synopsis

The U.S.S. Enterprise boldly debuted on the big screen with the cast of the original Star Trek series, including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, and James Doohan. Meticulously restored and remastered, with enhanced visual effects and state-of-the-art sound, this definitive vision of director Robert Wise has been optimized for a new generation of fans. When an unidentified alien intruder destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers, Admiral James T. Kirk (Shatner) returns to the helm of a newly transformed U.S.S. Enterprise to take command and confront an alien spacecraft of enormous power heading toward Earth.


The Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition 4K Ultra HD Disc and Digital releases will include HDR-10 and Dolby Vision,™ as well as Dolby Atmos®, accompanied by extensive new and legacy bonus content, which will be detailed at a later date.

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I think it's just a great, if a bit goofy, science fiction story. I like that it doesn't feel the need to explain every little thing -- why do the all-powerful aliens only communicate with the humpback whales? The mystery is more effective than any answer would be, suggesting as it does that there are multitudes that even a utopian future humanity doesn't understand about Earth's other native inhabitants, and about the cosmos. At the same time, the premise is straightforward so that the audience easily grasps their objective and can evaluate for itself how their progress at achieving it. And the ending is hopeful, appealing to best of who we could be rather than the worst of who we've been.

My biggest issues with "Voyage Home":

1) Catherine Hicks. Always Catherine Hicks.

2) "Trek" comedy is rarely actually funny. It's more cutesy than witty. Too much of that in the movie.

Lose Hicks and the movie rises higher in my view! :D
My biggest issues with "Voyage Home":
...

2) "Trek" comedy is rarely actually funny. It's more cutesy than witty. Too much of that in the movie.
What I like about the comedy is that they lightened up a little after the other movies were really serious affairs.
What I like about the comedy is that they lightened up a little after the other movies were really serious affairs.

Dunno if I'd call "Search for Spock" all that serious. It had plenty of light moments - as did "Wrath".

"TMP" was largely humorless.

Both "Spock" and "Wrath" had deaths, which made them more serious in a way, but they weren't dark in general...
Dunno if I'd call "Search for Spock" all that serious. It had plenty of light moments - as did "Wrath".

"TMP" was largely humorless.

Both "Spock" and "Wrath" had deaths, which made them more serious in a way, but they weren't dark in general...
Overall, Spock dying and the Enterprise getting destroyed all make the previous two serious in my mind. That's not a bad thing but I was glad to see a more fun movie for the fourth one.
Overall, Spock dying and the Enterprise getting destroyed all make the previous two serious in my mind. That's not a bad thing but I was glad to see a more fun movie for the fourth one.

Well, "Trek" in general was pretty "serious". A handful of largely comedic episodes - especially "Tribbles" - so one would expect the movies to follow suit.

Anyway, my issue with "Voyage" remains more I thought the humor was too cutesy than I didn't think it was serious enough! :)
Overall, Spock dying and the Enterprise getting destroyed all make the previous two serious in my mind. That's not a bad thing but I was glad to see a more fun movie for the fourth one.

That’s pretty much what Nimoy said in his pitch to the studio for IV.
1) Catherine Hicks. Always Catherine Hicks.
Definitely not great as female leads go, but not bad enough to derail the movie for me. And a pretty typical mid-eighties performance.

2) "Trek" comedy is rarely actually funny. It's more cutesy than witty. Too much of that in the movie.
I normally agree with you. Way more often than not, Trek humor makes me wince or cringe instead of laugh. But most of the humor in Star Trek IV worked for me, even the cutesy stuff.
Definitely not great as female leads go, but not bad enough to derail the movie for me. And a pretty typical mid-eighties performance.

Nah - most 80s performances weren't that annoying! :D

Hicks isn't a bad actress and I didn't hate her in other movies.

But her Gillian is just unbearable. As I note in my review, every time I watch "Voyage Home", I wonder why I dislike it... until Gillian hits the screen.

Then I go "oh yeah!" :laugh:
I think that bit had also been previously inserted back into the ABC-TV version, right?

That's not what I meant, but is actually the below scene from the Marvel comic. Set in engineering, but I mis-remembered it being as part of the 'self-destruct' stuff.

Ah, I gotcha, yeah -- and the "self-destruct"-scene was actually one of two completely new, never-before-seen sequences reinstated in the 2001 DE (the other one being the "Spock crying"-scene), IIRC. It's gonna be interesting to see how the new "Ilia-visits-Engineering"-scene will affect things, here.
You hire Doug Trumbull, you're getting lots of slow moving motion control beauty shots. That's just how he rolled.

(which probably explains why I'd shudder to think how Star Wars would have turned out if George had landed him instead of Spielberg >_<)
Spielberg did *not* direct any of the Star Wars films...
The scene with Decker and Ilia in engineering is not going to be inserted into the movie proper. It is simply going to be a deleted scene. Somebody from the production team mentioned that over on Facebook. There aren't going to be any additional scenes added to the movie that weren't in the 2001 version. There were a couple of reaction shots in existing scenes that they looked for last time but they couldn't find. Perhaps they found those and those will replace other shots but as for new scenes with new dialogue that's not part of this project. This was mainly about upgrading the CGI to high definition standards andGetting a Ultra clear 4K resolution picture whereas the 2001 standard definition is an absolutely filthy print of the movie. It's shocking they couldn't find a better print back then to use for the director's Edition.
Spielberg did *not* direct any of the Star Wars films...
I think he meant if Trumbull had done the effects for Star Wars instead of Close Encounters.
I think he meant if Trumbull had done the effects for Star Wars instead of Close Encounters.
Makes sense - I didn't read it that way... obviously, eh? :)
Purchase physical media and send a message to studios to continue to fund projects like this.
Not gonna help much. UHD player production has been in decline for some time and I never even saw the 1-4 box set show up at my local big box here in "Middle America".
V, VI, Generations, First Contact, Insurrection, Nemesis.

Guess I meant what other "Big" films, not necessarily Star Trek, should movie studios work on re-releasing on DVD or 4K next?

--jthree
I’m sorry but this is a thread about Paramount+ premiering a new version of Star Trek: The Motion Picture on their service. It hasn’t even premiered yet. Why must the conversation move to what unrelated films the studio may or may not work on next? Plenty of other threads to discuss that in.

I can only imagine how frustrating and disheartening it would be for anyone working for a studio or home video label to check the internet response to whatever new project they’ve been hard at work on, only to see that people are already demanding “what’s next?!” before the current project has even had a chance to be seen.
Ah, I gotcha, yeah -- and the "self-destruct"-scene was actually one of two completely new, never-before-seen sequences reinstated in the 2001 DE (the other one being the "Spock crying"-scene), IIRC. It's gonna be interesting to see how the new "Ilia-visits-Engineering"-scene will affect things, here.

It's awhile since I watched it, but I'm almost 100% certain that both the 'self-destruct' sequence and, especially, the Spock 'weeping for V'Ger' scene were in the ABC-TV/Special Longer Version before being included in the Director's Edition.

That Special Longer Version was (I think) the very first VHS tape I ever purchased.
It's awhile since I watched it, but I'm almost 100% certain that both the 'self-destruct' sequence and, especially, the Spock 'weeping for V'Ger' scene were in the ABC-TV/Special Longer Version before being included in the Director's Edition.

They were.

That Special Longer Version was (I think) the very first VHS tape I ever purchased.

I can't confirm that. :)
When released in 2001 many, myself included, thought it improved the film.

My older brother who is a big Trek fan, and saw TMP in 1979 while he was in high school, thought the 2001 Direction Edition version was an improvement when we watched it on DVD. He also owned the longer version VHS.
I had the laserdisc of the longer version. I drove all over Los Angeles looking for it; it sold fast.
I saw the movie on Dec. 8, 1979; I had the “special longer version” on VHS; have the original and the DC on DVD, and the original on Blu-ray and UHD. The point is: I like the movie.

The director’s cut remains my favorite.
There is going to be a screening April 8 at the "Mission Chicago" convention.

I had the laserdisc of the longer version. I drove all over Los Angeles looking for it; it sold fast.

Are you sure? I got into LD in mid-1991 and remember seeing it on the shelves for years.

Though I might be wrong. I wasn't interested in it... and this was 30 years ago.

But I definitely know I saw it some, and in those pre-Internet years, there's no way I would've known it existed if I didn't see it at stores...
Thanks Josh, though these kind of deviations occur in threads.

I had posted about the new DE on the Star Trek thread and Star Trek The Motion Picture thread last week. I’ll repeat it here, I am so happy to finally see this Directors Edition be remastered at not only high definition, but 4K. I’m really looking forward to April 5th and I’ll add another tick mark to the Paramount+ bean counter to show I am watching it! I hope it helps to sell more 4K TVs!

It’s been such a very long time coming. I and others here have made our desire to see this film given the remastering it needed known.

It is interesting that I was thinking from all the comments, this film can be seen by a wider audience who doesn’t have to know what Star Trek is. It’s does do a nice reintroduction to the crew. So I hope a younger audience can find it accessible.

I’m also really looking forward to later this year for the 4K UHD disc release. The Human Adventure is just Beginning.
As far as the story itself goes, for me it fits into that genre of journey/search stories where the thing being searched for is so profound and important that there’s just no way to satisfactorily wrap up the story.

Which is why Shatner and his screenwriter should not have attempted to depict it. Remember, it's what you don't see that often matters. Remember THE HAUNTING (1963)?
It is interesting that I was thinking from all the comments, this film can be seen by a wider audience who doesn’t have to know what Star Trek is. It’s does do a nice reintroduction to the crew. So I hope a younger audience can find it accessible.
I think the accessibility comes from the name Star Trek. Someone who is younger and a fan of other Trek shows is probably willing to give this movie or the original series a shot simply because it's Star Trek and they like another iteration of it. The same goes for Star Wars. If they didn't keep that series going with more movies and TV shows, there's little chance that a younger viewer today would watch the original movie but since it's called Star Wars and they like The Mandalorian or The Clone Wars, they're more open to an "old" movie. I don't say that as a bad thing because anything that gets the audience to give something a chance is good.
I think the accessibility comes from the name Star Trek. Someone who is younger and a fan of other Trek shows is probably willing to give this movie or the original series a shot simply because it's Star Trek.

In theory, maybe, but those of you familiar with Doctor Who will know full well that a lot of folks who like the rebooted show won't even give "classic" Doctor Who the time of day.

Now, granted, even the cheapest episode of TOS probably had a blockbuster budget compared to the costliest of vintage Doctor Who stories, but the passage of time has shown up the limitations on original Trek to such an extent that the younger folk may still not go for it. Also, the slower pace of 1960s storytelling (and the pace of ST: TMP, also) can certainly be off-putting to a crowd raised on a diet of Marvel films.
I think that bit had also been previously inserted back into the ABC-TV version, right?

That's not what I meant, but is actually the below scene from the Marvel comic. Set in engineering, but I mis-remembered it being as part of the 'self-destruct' stuff.

Thanks again for posting the scene from the comic. I’m really excited about the 4k cut!
There is a Hollywood screening at paramount of the film next week too.
Indiana Jones, Almost Famous, The Untouchables, Raiders of the Lost Ark to name a few are 4K/digital only releases (no Blu-ray).
Well, if I do have to buy a 4K player for this, at least my system has that extra HDMI and optical sound inputs that used to be occupied by the HDDVD that I had for years and made DVDs look better than my blu player at the time. Don't see myself buying many 4Ks, unless for "big vista" films like Ben-Hur or The Big Country.
Any chance this will make the movie better? :cool: Somebody had to ask
I've always liked the film, better than most of the other films in the franchise. I still think the opening "Klingon attack" sequence is one of the best opening scenes in any movie (despite the relatively inept matting around the ships). The Director's Cut adds character material that does indeed make the movie better. If nothing else, it does seriously well by Spock.
I think the even numbered thing is mostly BS. Maybe not in terms of box office but in terms of overall quality, I think the films are for the most part pretty consistent.

I don't know if I agree with the latter comment. At least, I think the films vary greatly in terms of narrative quality.

I do think the "even numbered thing" is just people's way of dismissing 1,5,7, and 9 while praising 2,4,6, and 8. But I really liked TMP and Insurrection, and dislike The Voyage Home and Nemesis. (and am not as fond of First Contact as most).
Trek V has a shitty payoff, but there's a lot of great character work and it contains my favorite single moment from all of the TOS movies:


I would rate the TOS movies as follows:
1. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
2. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
3. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
4. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
5. Star Trek: Generations
6. Star Trek: The Motion Picture
7. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier


Since this is inevitable, for me it's:

1. The Wrath of Khan
2. The Undiscovered Country
3. The Motion Picture
4. The Search for Spock
5. Generations
6. The Voyage Home
5. The Final Frontier
P.S. If you are meaning the campfire sequences in which Kirk, McCoy and Spock sing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," I must say that I despise them, and don;t care much for V overall, either.

At least they weren't eating beans and farting...but, yeah, that was an awful scene. It's a toss-up whether this was the worst moment in ST5, or Uhura's fan dance, or Scotty hitting his head on the bulkhead.

And I'm firm in my belief that David Warner was given the juicy role as Gorkon in The Undiscovered Country as an apology for his role in The Final Frontier.
Are you sure? I got into LD in mid-1991 and remember seeing it on the shelves for years.

Though I might be wrong. I wasn't interested in it... and this was 30 years ago.

But I definitely know I saw it some, and in those pre-Internet years, there's no way I would've known it existed if I didn't see it at stores...

I got into laserdisc in 1982 and STMP longer version was released in 1983 according to what I found on line. It had been shown on TV and I was excited they were releasing the longer version on laserdisc. I recall it being hard to find when it was released, I know I had to drive to several stores. I finally found it at Tower Records in the Northridge area IIRC. But, yeah, my memory could be faulty after all these years.

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I don;t think IV is anywhere near the best, but I like it a lot. A completely out of left field comedy -- it felt a lot like "A Piece of the Action"

I like comedy when it has fun with the characters. I generally don't like comedy when it has fun at the expense of the characters. The humor in TVH straddles the line.
I saw the movie on Dec. 8, 1979; I had the “special longer version” on VHS; have the original and the DC on DVD, and the original on Blu-ray and UHD. The point is: I like the movie.

The director’s cut remains my favorite.

I never had the "special longer version" on VHS. I had it on Betamax...:)
On the other hand, I don't see the point of making something intentionally impenetrable to outsiders/newcomers.


I think it's just a great, if a bit goofy, science fiction story. I like that it doesn't feel the need to explain every little thing -- why do the all-powerful aliens only communicate with the humpback whales? The mystery is more effective than any answer would be, suggesting as it does that there are multitudes that even a utopian future humanity doesn't understand about Earth's other native inhabitants, and about the cosmos. At the same time, the premise is straightforward so that the audience easily grasps their objective and can evaluate for itself how their progress at achieving it. And the ending is hopeful, appealing to best of who we could be rather than the worst of who we've been.
STIV was probably the only ST film to appeal to non ST fans. My uncle went to see it on my recommendation. He never liked SF films. However, he loved The Day the Earth Stood Still and STIV. It had a nice simple plot and enjoyable characters with just the right combination of humor and action. I’m looking forward to the other ST films on 4K, especially The Motion Picture.
I got into laserdisc in 1982 and STMP longer version was released in 1983 according to what I found on line. It had been shown on TV and I was excited they were releasing the longer version on laserdisc. I recall it being hard to find when it was released, I know I had to drive to several stores. I finally found it at Tower Records in the Northridge area IIRC. But, yeah, my memory could be faulty after all these years.

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They mention a "VHD version" but not a Betamax version. Beta got no respect...
I got into laserdisc in 1982 and STMP longer version was released in 1983 according to what I found on line. It had been shown on TV and I was excited they were releasing the longer version on laserdisc. I recall it being hard to find when it was released, I know I had to drive to several stores. I finally found it at Tower Records in the Northridge area IIRC. But, yeah, my memory could be faulty after all these years.

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Actually, I would guess that it was hard to find the LD back in 1983 around release date.

I wasn't in the LD market until almost a decade later, so they were more plentiful then.


I thought you implied the "Long Version" LD quickly went out of print and became tough to find - that's where my differing memory interfered! :)
I've always liked the film, better than most of the other films in the franchise. I still think the opening "Klingon attack" sequence is one of the best opening scenes in any movie (despite the relatively inept matting around the ships). The Director's Cut adds character material that does indeed make the movie better. If nothing else, it does seriously well by Spock.

I’m watching the theatrical right now and I feel like it leaves so many great moments out!!!
Guys, I found it kind of odd that I cannot actually see the Star Trek The Motion Picture DE trailer on Paramount +. I’ve searched for it. I looked at the extras under Star Trek TOS and Discovery. In the movie section there isn’t any sign of it. It’s on YouTube of course. Perhaps it’s somewhere I’m not looking.
I’m watching the theatrical right now and I feel like it leaves so many great moments out!!!

Personally, I felt that the Director's Edition cut out a lot of good moments that were in the theatrical cut.
Actually, I would guess that it was hard to find the LD back in 1983 around release date.

I wasn't in the LD market until almost a decade later, so they were more plentiful then.
That's around the time I got in LD too. By then, the widescreen theatrical cut was out on LD, and that's the version I bought. Still have the LD, but no longer have a player.
That's around the time I got in LD too. By then, the widescreen theatrical cut was out on LD, and that's the version I bought. Still have the LD, but no longer have a player.

Yeah, I got the 5-movie widescreen LD boxed set in late 1991 or early 1992.

I only owned "TMP" because it was part of that box. Never pursued the extended cut LD!
My parents had the “Special Longer Edition” on LaserDisc sometime before I was born, so that’s the version I grew up with. I never even saw the theatrical cut until the blu-ray in 2009 I think.
I delayed commenting, but I also bought the Special Longer Version laser disc. I think it was in the late 1980’s or 1990 that I found it in a bin at Tower Records. I used to go there every other week or so looking for new laser discs. What a fun time! It was such a surprise to find it too. In the pre Internet days, I had no idea this was a release.

Later I also collected the laserdisc releases that were the widescreen edition of the then 5 films. (That collection was the theatrical cuts) There was the “space dock” box too that had all the widescreen discs. I used to go to a small mom and pop shop called The Laser Disc Exchange. It was a really cool store! Since I already had the individual wide screen releases, I asked the owner if he could order the box itself, empty. And he was able to do that for me so I could place all the wide screen discs in that box as if I bought the box set.
It’s Sunday April 3. Two days until the Star Trek The Motion Picture DE will stream on Paramount+. I’ll have to plan my day to end early so I can indulge in this that night.
I read that article Tim. The way David Fein describes this new version is a little surprising. I think there’s going to be people who will still prefer the theatrical cut as it is.

it was interesting that he said the film only had 4 days in 1979 to do the color timing. So for this release, the color timing has been fixed. But I wonder if that color timing is different from the new 4K theatrical release or unique to this new cut.

I’m not sure why he was feeling that the amount of grain was so bad to him. The shot he refers to when the Enterprise reaches the end of V’Ger is grainy and I always thought that added to the atmosphere of the shot. I’ll be curious how it looks now.

What I found interesting is his prime directive was story first as per Robert Wise’ wishes. I’m really curious to watch the results of the refinements.
I read that article Tim. The way David Fein describes this new version is a little surprising. I think there’s going to be people who will still prefer the theatrical cut as it is.

it was interesting that he said the film only had 4 days in 1979 to do the color timing. So for this release, the color timing has been fixed. But I wonder if that color timing is different from the new 4K theatrical release or unique to this new cut.

I’m not sure why he was feeling that the amount of grain was so bad to him. The shot he refers to when the Enterprise reaches the end of V’Ger is grainy and I always thought that added to the atmosphere of the shot. I’ll be curious how it looks now.

What I found interesting is his prime directive was story first as per Robert Wise’ wishes. I’m really curious to watch the results of the refinements.

I totally agree. In addition the atmos sound will be really interesting to hear.

Can’t wait!
Have parent/teacher-conferences tomorrow night at the school where I teach until 8:00 PM (and again on Thursday night), which means I won't get home until closer to 9 PM, so it looks like I won't be seeing this until probably Wednesday. Ugh. Crappy timing on the universe's part.

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Have parent/teacher-conferences tomorrow night at the school where I teach until 8:00 PM (and again on Thursday night), which means I won't get home until closer to 9 PM, so it looks like I won't be seeing this until probably Wednesday. Ugh.

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You better stay off of the internet if you want to avoid spoilers! ;)
Have parent/teacher-conferences tomorrow night at the school where I teach until 8:00 PM (and again on Thursday night), which means I won't get home until closer to 9 PM, so it looks like I won't be seeing this until probably Wednesday. Ugh.

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Right now I’m thinking - new stuff on P+ is supposed to go live at midnight west coast/3am east coast - and I’m on the east coast. Often, but not always, it shows up closer to 2am.

Am I crazy enough to start a 2 1/2 hour movie at 2am when I have to parent in the morning? I’m scared the answer might be yes!
I am going to wait for the disc release. I can wait it out in order to watch this in the best quality possible.
Although if you do happen to be a Paramount+ subscriber, you should probably “watch” the film through their service at least once (even if you just open the film on your laptop in the kitchen or bedroom and leave it running), because Paramount’s gonna be seeing how many unique views this film gets as a bellwether for future HD-restorations (including DS9 and Star Trek: Voyager).
Ron, I was going to wait it out for the disc release too. But I came to realize from comments from Josh, that the bean counters will be watching how well this film does on P+. If it does well, it will show P+ that there is interest in this title and the investment was worth it. Hopefully encouraging them to remaster DS9 and Voyager.

So I’m going to pretend this is like a theatrical release, watch it. Maybe more then once. Then buy the disc when it comes out.

I prefer to watch it at its best quality on disc as well. But what the heck, it should be miles ahead of the DVD release from 2001.

Edit: I see JoshEH beat me with the same comment. :)
Ron, I was going to wait it out for the disc release too. But I came to realize from comments from Josh, that the bean counters will be watching how well this film does on P+. If it does well, it will show P+ that there is interest in this title and the investment was worth it. Hopefully encouraging them to remaster DS9 and Voyager.

So I’m going to pretend this is like a theatrical release, watch it. Maybe more then once. Then buy the disc when it comes out.

I prefer to watch it at its best quality on disc as well. But what the heck, it should be miles ahead of the DVD release from 2001.

Edit: I see JoshEH beat me with the same comment. :)

Josh and Nelson,

I am subscribing for a single month to watch something else but I'll circle back and watch TMP.
Ron, I was going to wait it out for the disc release too. But I came to realize from comments from Josh, that the bean counters will be watching how well this film does on P+. If it does well, it will show P+ that there is interest in this title and the investment was worth it. Hopefully encouraging them to remaster DS9 and Voyager.

So I’m going to pretend this is like a theatrical release, watch it. Maybe more then once. Then buy the disc when it comes out.

I prefer to watch it at its best quality on disc as well. But what the heck, it should be miles ahead of the DVD release from 2001.

Edit: I see JoshEH beat me with the same comment. :)

^ This. TNG on Blu-Ray largely "failed" in the eyes of the bean counters because it was funded through home video-arm of Paramount and didn't hit the profitability marks their particular branch was hoping to see. Now we finally have the ST:TMP Director's Edition getting a 4K UHD-remaster, but this time financed through the Paramount+ streaming service, which seems to be expected to monetize a project like this far more efficiently than the home video-arm of the company might accomplish.

And if this film does well as a trial balloon for Paramount+, it will signal to the company that the audience-base likely exists for something like the HD-restorations of DS9 and Voyager as well (I think someone posted that for roughly the cost of three or so Discovery or Picard episodes, an entire series from the Rick Berman-era can be rebuilt and remastered in full).
Right now I’m thinking - new stuff on P+ is supposed to go live at midnight west coast/3am east coast - and I’m on the east coast. Often, but not always, it shows up closer to 2am.

Am I crazy enough to start a 2 1/2 hour movie at 2am when I have to parent in the morning? I’m scared the answer might be yes!
Do it!!!

A bleary eyed overly tired live commentary from me would probably be incomprehensibly hilarious :D
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A bleary eyed overly tired live commentary from me would probably be incomprehensibly hilarious :D
So... you're going to record one then?

Looking forward to it! :)
So... you're going to record one then?

Looking forward to it! :)

Haha no not really. If I was that kind of tired where you’re so sleepy you act drunk, I could have wound up doing the equivalent of live tweeting on HTF.

The only movie I think id feel qualified to do a commentary on is “2001”.
It is already live in Australia and people are posting images. Some hints of upgrades and changes are already being mentioned.
Jealous!
La, La, La, La…..trying to avoid spoilers. :)
La, La, La, La…..trying to avoid spoilers. :)

There’s an object of unbelievable destructive power on a heading straight towards Earth! :D
Having just seen it, my advice is play it loud.
La, La, La, La…..trying to avoid spoilers. :)

The Klingons fire first!
Ha, ha! :biggrin: I had a late meeting and ended up staying up a bit later then I should after dinner and cleaning etc, since it’s just past midnight here in the west coast, I tried Paramount+. The film is there and I watched the Overture and the titles and main cast credits. I stopped it so I could watch it in the evening after work Tuesday. The titles are very shiny. It was hard to stop!
Holy Crap. It looks and sounds amazing. Just…wow!
Just finished watching the presentation on Paramount+. Very impressed with the image quality. Due to the earliness of the hour I did not really work out the audio. This viewing was more of a refresher vs. trying to spot differences in the versions, but as I said my first impression is that the picture quality is very nice. The shots of V'ger look better than I can ever recall seeing. Definitely recommended for fans of the film.

It has been some time since I last viewed the film, so I really couldn't identify the differences, but I believe some of the exterior sequences were changed.

One thing I noticed is that the overture of the film features the star field receding, as if we are looking at an aft view from the Enterprise as it travels in space. Once the titles for the film start the stars are approaching which is what I expected when the overture began. Just a minor thing that stood out during the opening moments of the presentation. ( I am assuming that this has always been the case, but being primed to spot differences in this viewing it sort of jumped out at me. :) )

- Walter.
Jealous of everyone getting to see the film today!!
There’s an object of unbelievable destructive power on a heading straight towards Earth! :D
"Bones there's a thing out there."
Ok... I'll guess I'll uodate this as the film progresses.. Disclaimer that I have not watched the original dvd in about 15 years. If some of this stuff WAS there, then I'm an idiot.

-Album Version of Ilia's Theme is still the overture

-In a nice touch, the Paramount logo has reverted to the original 70's one. The DVD plastered it over with the mid-90s Viacom variant

-The opening titles are once again gold against space, but now sorta "materialize" in (they previously used speed blurs). They also...for the lack of a better word..."sparkle".

-I remember a lot of complaining from Digital Bits back in the day that the restoration of the Director's Edition didn't manage to fix any of the exposure and plate dirt from the original visual effects. Well, better late then never!

-Still using the Star Trek II font for the subtitles

-A new "video break up" effect has been added to Epislon 9's feed of the Klingon SOS.

-One of the annoying things about the Vulcan subtitles durring the Kolinahr sequence was they were actually interlaced. On a 480p display like my old compuer there would be ghosting artifacts. They're fixed there.

-The "Starfleet Headquarters..." caption on the new establishing shot of San Francisco has been shrunk considerably.

-The junk mattes on the infamously interminable Enterprise flyover are still here and not filled in.

-Oh yeah its still painfully long.

-The Diopter shots are never going to look good.

-I think Sonak's "death howl" has been redone again. Its been a while but there's something different about it to me.

-A vintage video breakup effect has been restored to V'Ger's absorption of Epsilon 9. I don't recall that being there on the DVD but then again its been 15 years.

-The newly recomposited shots on the wormhole sequence look great. Grain matches perfectly. If you told me the Enterprise wasn't there when it fired on the asteroid originally I might not believe you.

-The computer announcement about Spock's starfleet status has been reinstated.

-Shot of Scotty in engineering during the Red Alert klaxon has been restored.

-IIRC the trims to the original V'Ger flyover (mostly in the form of additional reaction shots) are still here.

-Seems like they've gone back to the original grading for the energy probe sequence. Its a bit bluer than I remember.

-The infamouly unfinished shot of Kirk leaving the Enterprise on his Thruster Suit that was put back into the "Special Longer Version:" HAS NOT been restored. Presumably for continuity reasons.

-They've redone the shots of the V'Ger craft emerging from its cloud.

-The "new" shot of the path forming to Voyager 6 is just as herky jerky as it was on DVD. That's...kinda surprising.

-They changed the shot of the "exploding" V'ger craft from a side-on one to facing front.

-A blue rectangle appeared in the middle of the screen near the end of the movie. This is a Paramount+ glitch (their app sucks)

-Some new sound effects have been added to the final shot of the Enterprise.

-A new dedication to Bob Wise appears at the very end

-That's the end.
I was up at 4 am to take the fiancé to the airport and figured I'd watch the movie before work. The dog and I made it to the Enterprise flyby scene and I just passed out from only five hours of sleep last night. What I saw looked pretty darn good...now I need to finish the movie tonight.
Review…

Another review:

Anyone know if this is on Paramount+'s Canadian service ? There's nothing on the sign-in page of titles they currently offer.
I had to search “motion” to pull it up - I didn’t see it on the splash page after opening the app.
I had a heck of a time finding it this morning on the app. Search Star Trek and The Motion...nothing. Force closed the app, did it again...nothing. Finally went to my phone, found it there and then it mysteriously popped up on the Apple TV.
Anyone know if this is on Paramount+'s Canadian service ? There's nothing on the sign-in page of titles they currently offer.
It is.
I added it to My List for quick easy access next time. :)
I guess there isn’t any promotion of it on startrek.com today either. Strange….
There was a special screening at Paramount last night. David Gerrold mentioned it on his Facebook page and Bill Hunt mentioned in The Digital Bits. Wouldn't that have been something to attend that! Bill Hunt said that the Paramount theater is not equipped for Atmos, which surprises me.

I found it on P+, but am surprised it was not more prominently featured. And I guess because it is a movie, not a TV show, it does not appear on the page devoted to Star Trek shows. I would have thought they would have promoted the heck out of this.
Just saw Bills comments here:


Thanks. I signed up after work and found it, but I don't think it's 4K and it's definitely not in Dolby Atmos. Still looks and sounds great, though.
There are two separate entries available - the theatrical and the new director’s edition. The theatrical is not in 4K or Atmos, but the DE is.
There are two separate entries available - the theatrical and the new director’s edition. The theatrical is not in 4K or Atmos, but the DE is.

It was definitely the Director's cut.... the visual improvements were obvious from the very first credits. Paramount+ lists very few details as what they're streaming, but nothing on the service in Canada appears to be in 4K.
There are two separate entries available - the theatrical and the new director’s edition. The theatrical is not in 4K or Atmos, but the DE is.
Theatrical on Paramount+ actually is 4k. It just lacks HDR for some reason.
There was a special screening at Paramount last night. David Gerrold mentioned it on his Facebook page and Bill Hunt mentioned in The Digital Bits. Wouldn't that have been something to attend that! Bill Hunt said that the Paramount theater is not equipped for Atmos, which surprises me.
I went last night. It was an overwhelming experience. The presentation was top-notch and the crowd broke out into applause several times. I couldn't be happier for Mike, Daren and Dave.
I have to admit that hearing the comments and enthusiasm for this is really making me excited to see the Fathom Event next month.
I can only imagine at this point how awesome the Fathom Event will be in showcasing this stunning new restoration! It looked and sounded absolutely incredible! I am so glad that Paramount+ put up the funds to properly preserve and enhance these changes. Watching the new Director's Edition and comparing it to the obviously flawed and unfinished original Theatrical Edition is like watching a concert pianist perform a masterpiece and comparing that to a first-time student trying to play a simple tune. It's THAT much better! Wow was that an amazing experience!
Right now I’m thinking - new stuff on P+ is supposed to go live at midnight west coast/3am east coast - and I’m on the east coast. Often, but not always, it shows up closer to 2am.

Am I crazy enough to start a 2 1/2 hour movie at 2am when I have to parent in the morning? I’m scared the answer might be yes!

Answer for posterity - it went up at about 2:20am and I valiantly tried to watch it, but had to admit defeat about halfway through. What I saw looked stunning but I was missing too much and decided to call it rather than nodding off every few minutes. Though I gotta say, I was in that weird twilight state that just made everything seem REAL. That cloud was coming for me! :D

I freaking hate the sparkly main titles, though. I guess there always has to be some kind of nitpick :)
I liked "ST IV" in the 80s but have soured on it since then, mainly because it's too cheesy. While I agree with the ecological message, it's ham-fisted, and most of the stabs at humor are lousy.
Cheese in Star Trek? Heaven forbid! Spock may have Vulcan blood, but I think Shatner's is 90% Velveeta.

Getting back to TMP, long, long ago I had a metal lunch box with images from the movie on it. Most of them are recognizable scenes from the film. But on one side it has a picture of 3 or 4 funky looking aliens of different races. I don't remember them in the original movie at all. Does the director's cut give them some screentime?
I freaking hate the sparkly main titles, though. I guess there always has to be some kind of nitpick :)
Exactly how different are the titles from the 2001 version? Can someone post a screenshot?
Exactly how different are the titles from the 2001 version? Can someone post a screenshot?
Screenshots wouldn't show the effect.
Exactly how different are the titles from the 2001 version? Can someone post a screenshot?

I don’t think a screenshot would really show what I’m talking about since it’s a motion effect - they’ve redone them with a sort of moving sparkle effect within the lettering. I mean, I’m not throwing out the baby with the bath water here, in the end who really cares, but it just kinda draws attention to itself in a weirdly obnoxious way.
I went last night. It was an overwhelming experience. The presentation was top-notch and the crowd broke out into applause several times. I couldn't be happier for Mike, Daren and Dave.

As was I, and it was indeed quite the experience. That leisurely cruise around the Enterprise remains as breathtaking now as it did in 1979 and got hearty applause at its conclusion, as did Jerry Goldsmith in the opening credits (the score sounded even more majestic than before). And there was friendly laughter at moments of Peak Shatner (“DAMN it, Bones!.....I NEED you!.....BADly!”). Plus I was surprised and delighted how many people came up to me who remembered my 1991 attempt at fixing it. Plus popcorn and candy! All in all, a grand evening indeed.
Hey you guys who got to attend the screening at the Paramount theater, that’s great! Thanks for sharing that, so lucky you guys were attending that. I’m reminded of the screening back in 2001 when Mssers Wise, Fein, Matessino, Dochterman, several of the cast and producers attended. I gather this time none of the surviving cast attended?

I watched the film this evening and whole heartedly agree with your comments. It’s like the film is really completed now. I took notes of many of the new things I saw and heard. But as it’s late, I’ll save that for later. It’s a dream that’s come true to see this finally done right! As I watched, I could not help but wonder if Leonard Nimoy‘s impression of the film would have changed if he’d seen this.

I can’t wait for the 4K blu ray, until then, the steam looks really good! Two thumbs way up! Too bad Mssers Fein, Matessino and Dochterman are not members here to hear our feedback. More later.

Oh, about the titles, imagine that the font used had beveled edges and each letter is made of gold. The beveled edges are highly polished, like on a Rolex oyster case with polished edges. As the light moves around the watch case, it catches the highlights on the edges so it sparkles with the light. I don’t hate it. It’s gold like the 2001 edition, except now it’s got some animation. The end credits were good too, but not animated and are more like the theatrical version.
Looking forward to the 4k disc, it will be the first time I've seen the film since its original theatrical release.
You better stay off of the internet if you want to avoid spoilers! ;)
I have seen people complaining about spoilers! Granted, they live in parts of the world that don't have access to P+, but they actually claim that we shouldn't be discussing this film because they can't see it. (It's from a Facebook group dedicated to TMP.)

Besides the fact that it's up to the individual to avoid forums that discuss spoilers (I didn't visit HTF's threads on Spider-Man: No Way Home when I was unable to see the movie for a few days after it opened), this movie is 42 years old! The director's cut is 21! Surely, the statute of limitations on spoilers is over!
Hey you guys who got to attend the screening at the Paramount theater, that’s great! Thanks for sharing that, so lucky you guys were attending that. I’m reminded of the screening back in 2001 when Mssers Wise, Fein, Matessino, Dochterman, several of the cast and producers attended. I gather this time none of the surviving cast attended?

I watched the film this evening and whole heartedly agree with your comments. It’s like the film is really completed now. I took notes of many of the new things I saw and heard. But as it’s late, I’ll save that for later. It’s a dream that’s come true to see this finally done right! As I watched, I could not help but wonder if Leonard Nimoy‘s impression of the film would have changed if he’d seen this.

I can’t wait for the 4K blu ray, until then, the steam looks really good! Two thumbs way up! Too bad Mssers Fein, Matessino and Dochterman are not members here to hear our feedback. More later.

Oh, about the titles, imagine that the font used had beveled edges and each letter is made of gold. The beveled edges are highly polished, like on a Rolex oyster case with polished edges. As the light moves around the watch case, it catches the highlights on the edges so it sparkles with the light. I don’t hate it. It’s gold like the 2001 edition, except now it’s got some animation. The end credits were good too, but not animated and are more like the theatrical version.

Great!!

Friday the tickets for the Fathom event go on sale. I plan on attending!

Looking forward to the 4k disc, it will be the first time I've seen the film since its original theatrical release.

Or the fathom screening???

Surely, the statute of limitations on spoilers is over!
Don't tell me if anything bad still happens to Decker!
STTMP spoilers:

Wrath of Khan's better.
STTMP spoilers:

Wrath of Khan's better.

[Spoler]That's a given[/spoiler]
STTMP spoilers:

Wrath of Khan's better.

This is false
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