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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 (79 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 (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UO5T
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,486 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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14 of 15 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Something of a guilty pleasure 15 Jan 2009
By Amoyan
Star Trek The Motion Picture has always been more of a space oddity than odyssey. Produced right on the heels of the legendary Star Wars, a film that revolutionised perhaps not only the sci-fi genre but also the whole concept of blockbuster films, Star Trek's first big screen adventure is renowned for being sparse on action and big on special effects. It seems that they were aiming for more of the epic grandeur of 2001: A Space Odyssey than the more easily-accessible shoot'em'up style of Star Wars. The result is a rather mixed bag. I've always thought that ST: TMP could do with an injection of adrenline - it's an extremely lethargic, at times laboured affair, but having said that I've always found it rather enjoyable. Accepting it just for what it is, you can - as another reviewer pointed out - let it wash over you like a warm bath and absorb the atmosphere. This film is really about atmospherics, gentle intrigue and cerebral ruminations. The score by Jerry Goldsmith is supremely brilliant, the special effects - although way too numerous - are lovely, and there's a certain grandeur and splendour that too few sci-fi films ever muster.

This director's cut has tightened the sluggish pace considerably and added just enough to bolster the rather flaccid characterisations. One of the main flaws is that the characters are lost amid a sea of special effects and longeurs; the result is that the film lacks the emotional punch it really needed. Just the simple inclusion of a moment where Spock weeps for V'Ger adds a little more to the mix and is a welcome inclusion. The new special effects are nicely done (although the shot of V'Ger creating a walkway for the Enterprise seems a bit pixelly to me).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A gigantic cosmic cloud headed towards Earth is destroying everything in its path, reflecting all attempts to scan it and refusing any attempts at communication. Admiral Kirk exercises his authority and seizes control over the newly refurbished Enterprise in order to warp over to the cloud and stop it before it destroys his home planet.

This isn't a film crammed full of action scenes and references to the TV series - for a start, it's very slow-paced. It takes nearly twenty minutes for Kirk to travel to the enterprise, and once the adventure starts there are prolonged scenes where we are left to marvel at the psychedelic cosmic cloud. The film has received much criticism for sloppy editing, but I personally believe that the 'extended' feel of the film adds to a more epic atmosphere. There's a sense that everything might not be alright, a fear that the crew may not fully succeed in their task.

This isn't a camp jolly around the universe with phaser guns and spandex jumpsuits. There are tense bridge politics as the overthrown Captain Decker feels cast aside at the whim of an Admiral who can't let go of the ship he once commanded. Once under Kirk's control the ship witnesses the death of two crew who try to beam onboard - it's a harrowing incident, not the light-hearted fun you're used to, there are no Tribbles falling out of overhead compartments here.

This is Star Trek but not as we know it - this is Star Trek with added peril. It is somehow more mature and when the crew finally get to the craft in the middle of the cloud you appreciate that this is great science fiction. Chances are you've already seen the film, but if not then the revelation behind the clouds origin is brilliant in both its massive scope and simplicity.
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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
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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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Dvd Info.
Region 2, 2 disc dvd, Running time 131 minutes approx.

Deleted & extended scenes, Commentaries, Making of Documentaries, Trailers. Read more
Published 20 days ago by timelord007
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 23 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 2 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 2 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 10 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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