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Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director's Edition [DVD]

William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy , Richard Yuricich    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Stephen Collins, Persis Khambatta
  • Directors: Richard Yuricich
  • Producers: Harold Michelson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 6 May 2002
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UO5T
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,098 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Back when the first Star Trek feature was released in December 1979, the Trek franchise was still relatively modest, consisting of the original TV series, an animated cartoon series from 1973-74, and a burgeoning fan network around the world. Series creator Gene Roddenberry had conceived a second TV series, but after the success of Star Wars the project was upgraded into this lavish feature film, which reunited the original series cast aboard a beautifully redesigned starship U.S.S. Enterprise. Under the direction of Robert Wise (best known for West Side Story), the film proved to be a mixed blessing for Trek fans, who heatedly debated its merits; but it was, of course, a phenomenal hit. Capt. Kirk (William Shatner) leads his crew into the vast structures surrounding V'Ger, an all-powerful being that is cutting a destructive course through Starfleet space. With his new First Officer (Stephen Collins), the bald and beautiful Lieutenant Ilia (played by the late Persis Khambatta) and his returning veteran crew, Kirk must decipher the secret of V'Ger's true purpose and restore the safety of the galaxy. The story is rather overblown and derivative of plots from the original series, and avid Trekkies greeted the film's bland costumes with derisive laughter. But as a feast for the eyes, this is an adventure worthy of big-screen trekkin'. Douglas Trumbull's visual effects are astonishing, and Jerry Goldmith's score is regarded as one of the prolific composer's very best (with its main theme later used for Star Trek: The Next Generation). And, fortunately for Star Trek fans, the expanded 143-minute version (originally shown for the film's network TV premiere) is generally considered an improvement over the original theatrical release. --Jeff Shannon

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The U.S.S. Enterprise is dispatched to intercept an earthbound attacker destroying everything in its wake.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than you think...... 10 Nov 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It's a hard movie to watch by any means but I do quite like it. I have the blu-ray collection but to date a director's cut of this movie has not been released onto the HD scene.

I bought this as a companion piece. It's tighter and the new effects improve the look without abusing the source material. Some prefer theatrical releases and refuse to budge on any other interpretation. I like to see alternate versions of a lot of films. I think it keeps them fresh especially if they don't detroy the essence of the movie itself)

Because it's off the radar as a successful "even" number Trek movie, I find a lot to love in this. McCoy is his most grouchy, Spock is his most alien, Kirk........ erm.....
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ready, or not, she launches in 12 hours... 23 Mar 2010
I was 11 when I saw The Motion Picture at the Cinema. From the moment the title music started I was hooked. The effects were amazing, and still stand up today. The story was grand in scope and thoughtfully tackled some fairly profound philosophical ideas. I guess a lot of people didn't like this film for that very reason - there's no obvious bad guy and you might have engage your brain beyond implulse power. Nonetheless, I'm all gown up now, and the inner 11 year old still loves it. Despite being a firm favorite film, I can't give this a higher rating. The bluray version is crystal clear, with cracking sound, but it's not the directors cut with enhanced visuals and tightened up editing. I hate to be cynical, but there was clearly a Marketing Deadline with unbeleivable revenue power less than 24hours away from this distributor....ready or not, she launches in 12 hours. Shame.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Edition To Purchase 29 Mar 2014
By timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Dvd Info.
Region 2, 2 disc dvd, Running time 131 minutes approx.

Deleted & extended scenes, Commentaries, Making of Documentaries, Trailers.

1)Gene Roddenberry loved Jerry Goldsmiths score for Star Trek The Motion Picture he used it in the spin off series Star Trek The Next Generation.
2)Leonard Nimoy originally declined to return due to issues with Paramount at the time but was eventually coaxed into returning by the studio as Mr Spock.
3)Gene Roddenberry wife Majel Barrettt (Nurse Chapel) Voices the Enterprise computers.
4)Orson Wells narrated trailers for the film.
5)Director Robert Wise was given permission & a budget by Paramount to complete his vision of the movie including new special effects & fine tuning certain scenes & adding additional scenes into this new cut of the movie.
6)Mark Lenard (Sarek) plays one of Klingons at the beginning of the movie.

When an alien probe entity with devastating destructive power is vast approaching earth destroying 3 Klingon warships in it's wake, Admiral Kirk is assigned temporary command of the USS Enterprise in order to intercept, Examine & find a way to stop the probe reaching earth.

Kirk is aided on this dangerous mission by Mr Spock, Doctor McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, Chekov, Uhura & new crew members Captain Decker & Ilia.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as slow and humourless as first thought! 7 Mar 2002
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It's about time Paramount pulled out the stops and presented all the Star Trek films with a healthy dollop of extras. This re-edited version of The Motion Picture brings in more of the humour scenes which helps to rekindle feelings and memories of the original series. The added/redone SFX don't detract too much from the original look and overall the re-editing improves the pace although the film itself really benefits from the long running time. It helps to build up such an epic tale and adds to the atmosphere and the sense of danger as V'Ger approaches Earth.
NOT one for the completists - a good Trek film in its own right and now helped along by a good re-edit, soundscape, better FX and more characterisation. Roll on the special edition of The Wrath of Khan!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Improves the film and you get loads of extras! 7 May 2002
Well, I can admit to not being the biggest fan of this film, but I've seen it enough times to realise its charm, its sci-fi qualities, its epic feel and so on. But has the Motion-less Picture been improved with this extensive reworking? Well, at the moment its the only Trek film DVD I own...
Well, the DVD certainly offers value for money - three documentaries looking at Star Trek: Phase II's development into a film (I didn't know that Paramount changed their minds about whether to have a Trek series or film four times!! :)), plus two commentaries - one text by Mike Okuda, offering loads of trivia-tidbits, and another group one by Robert Wise (director), Douglas Trumball (special photographic effects director), John Dykstra (special photographic effects supervisor), Jerry Goldsmith (composer) and Stephen Collins (Commander Decker). Oh, and the film itself in its reworked glory. :)
Well, the cut of the film has changed the early pace - it runs a little faster now, despite the running time being a few minutes longer than originally! The shot of San Francisco when Kirk lands in his shuttle is amazing. We actually get to see what V'Ger looks like now (and where it may look to advanced and weird, it was actually suggested in the original storyboards in 1979.) New SFX also stop quiet scenes from becoming dull now - and the horrible SFX they had when V'Ger dissolves the Klingon vessels at the start has, thankfully, changed. :)
Well, I could go on forever, but what has happened is that Rob Wise has made subtle changes that have improved the film's quality here and there. Along with all the extra features mentioned, this is certainly worth the money and will have fans crying out for more Star Trek (insert film name) Director's Edition DVDs in the future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars confusing reviews
One minute people are talking about dvd then its blu ray,some say the move has new scenes and redone effects and some say it hasn't ! Well? Which is it? Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Sharrel Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
What can I say as a Star trek fan? Yes, maybe it's a wee bit slow but it's a film on an epic scale. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Ian Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars boldly go into fantastic future .
mind blowing special effects and acting directing production team.thought provokingbeen wanting to see this film after losingmy memories after a stroke I love sci fi and my husband... Read more
Published 1 month ago by susan whitham
4.0 out of 5 stars ok
Like all blu-rays when compared to watching the DVD version or an old video one watching this film is a clearer, more detailed experience and in many cases it's like looking at the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr Colin Taft
1.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek 1: The Motion Picture
The film that nearly killed the franchise. The title itself is misleading as I couldn't actually detect much in the way of motion (unless you take the alternative meaning of the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by BAZ2011
5.0 out of 5 stars star trek
in my oppinion i think people have been a little to harsh on this film, it may be a bit slow but it was good
Published 6 months ago by joel leighton
4.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek
I am a Captain Kirk fan so had to buy this altho it's not the best film in the world & is a bit dated now still have to own it for the collection :)
Published 8 months ago by Ashman
4.0 out of 5 stars Of its time, but a good effort
Translating the admittedly cheesy tv series to film wasn't going to be easy. Everyone was ageing, the uniforms needed an update (which they did nicely) and the actors had to be... Read more
Published 10 months ago by M Poole
3.0 out of 5 stars V'ge beyond the stars
They really don't make them like this any more. Couldn't. Imagine if Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman had walked into the Paramount offices and slammed THIS script on the table: A... Read more
Published 11 months ago by R. J. Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars The most underrated of the Star Trek franchise
Star Trek: The Motion Picture was Paramount Studio's attempt at cashing in on the Star Wars craze that was sweeping through the late seventies. Read more
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