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Star Trek: The Motion Picture
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2009
If you don't particularly like Star Trek: The Motion Picture, I can almost understand, but the score is quite breathtaking in how it communicates the themes explored in the story, and in science fiction.

From the harmonious and ethereal Illias theme, which evokes love across the stars, to the majestic reveal of the Enterprise, to the truly eerie and thundering score for the Machine-God V'Ger, the score conveys the full spectrum of emotions that grand Asimovian ideas can evoke, even if the film itself stutters.

Jerry Goldsmith's score, to my mind, trumps the work of John Williams for the Star Wars films, even though I prefer the Lucas franchise to Star Trek.

It's just a shame Goldsmith wasn't alive to score the latest film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 26 February 2013
This is a review of the 25th anniversary double-CD edition of Jerry Goldsmith's fantastic score. Unlike Sheldon Cooper of `Big Bang Theory', I consider `ST:TMP' to be the best Star Trek film. (For reasons why, see my review of the DVD.) In short, ST:TMP had a strong philosophical base and a sense of true wonder that its more modern incarnations (especially the most recent Abrams reboot) lack with their `wham bam' attitude.

Part of the high opinion I give to the original Star Trek movie is due to its music. The first CD lasts just over an hour and includes twenty-five minutes of previously unreleased music. I like the fact that Goldsmith was given time to develop his themes, for five of the eighteen tracks here are over or just under five minutes in length, and many of the shorter pieces on the disc segue straight into the next with linked themes. Indeed, I always conceived of tracks 9, 10, and 11 (`The Cloud', `Vejur Flyover', and `The Force Field') as one long integrated piece of music. No such freedom would be given the composer of the latest Star Trek adventure features.

Goldsmith's music is not perfect. Music that is written to cues rarely is, but given the conditions under which Goldsmith was working, he did a fine job. He created not only the music but many of the memorable sound effects as well. The sound quality on the CD is excellent.

The second CD was originally released on LP in 1976. Again, it lasts just over an hour, but instead of music we have Gene Roddenberry, William Shatner, Mark Lenard, DeForest Kelley, and Isaac Asimov talking about Star Trek. We learn, for instance, how Spock was born and why Roddenberry had to invent teleportation. For fans of the original series, this is a `must have'. This edition is bookended by a new introduction and conclusion by Nichelle Nichols.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2014
I have owned the original release of the soundtrack to Star Trek: The Motion Picture since it was first released on cassette in the 1970's, although I then had to upgrade it to CD when my cassette started to wear out. This new release is terrific, having practically all the music on it that was on the feature film, including the bits that were omitted from the original release. So this album has gone straight to the top of my soundtrack favourite albums. At least disc 1 has (the one with the actual soundtrack on). Disc 2 - well what do I say? Why was it included in this package? Was it just so they can call it a 2-disc album so make you think you are getting something that is so wonderful it has had to be spread over 2 discs? If so, they needn't have bothered as disc-1 is quite adequate. Disc-2 is just simply a copy of a disc that was released some years ago - different stars talking about their characters (not even necessarily from this film, but about their character in the Star Trek franchise overall. In short disc-2 did not have to be included. In fact, I will probably never listen to that disc again. Disc-1 will be listened to over and over, but disc-2 never. It is an insult to this album and it's inclusion is totally unnecessary.

So really you are only getting a 1-disc album, but in a 2-disc package!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2002
Jerry Goldsmith's score to the 1979 movie ST Motion Picture is an experience that every score enthusiast should have in their collection. There is no excuse not to own this. The release we have here is the expanded version which people begged Jerry to release for years. For all the wonderful new gems,its still not the "complete" score as some claim here. There is still a lot of classic moments yet to be released. But Jerry made sure that it was'nt complete and himself chose the cues which were to be added to this new release. He's not a fan of "complete scores on disc". Like John Williams, he prefers to release scores on a "selections from" basis.
If you have any complaints this time, you cant whinge at record companies this time. You've got to complain to Jerry himself. LOL. But the fact remains that we get a superb disc full of great new moments here. A few that come to mind are firstly "Total Logic" which is the broody cue for Spock's failed rite on Vulcan, ending with the chirpy upbeat theme of Kirk arriving at Starfleet (which lasts only a few seconds but makes the CD 100 times more valuable and is one of my favourites). The very short "Floating office" (only 1:03) is the mystical piece which many agree is one of Goldsmith's finest short cues. I agree. Wonderful. "Spocks Arrival" (which in the film pays homage to the long lingering shots of 2001) is great and ends with such a striking little chime at 1:38-1:45 that perfectly sums up the cosmic and undefinable nature of spock. Many others could be mentioned, but i'll leave you to listen. Of course, all the favourites from the previous release are here too, such as the epic "Enterprise" (track 6) ,"The Cloud", and "The Meld" etc. This disc also restores "Ilia's theme" to its original place as heard in the film score order (before the famous Main Title).
Disc 2 which is basically full of Trek interviews, convention recordings and bridge sound effects is just a marketing device which works, because no fan of this score will pass up this release just because of a [rubbish] second disc which is nothing to do with the score really. I listened to it once and although it began interestingly,it became unbelievably cheesy and is obviously something that was designed to grab Trek customers. I dont blame the brains behind that. If you're going to take the gamble of releasing the expanded version of an older score why not make a fail safe plan B?. If the TMP score fans dont buy it, then the Trekkies sure will. Disc 2 is not the reason i give this CD 5 stars. All my fivers go to the 1st Score disc. If you love this score, it wont bother you in the slighest having some cheesy disc 2. Let it gather dust in the back of the jewel case. Buy this score today and enjoy. DISC 1 Is a masterpiece, but DISC 2 wil make even your Cat cringe.
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It's rather ironic that a film considered by some to be the least effective "Star Trek" film (the franchise proper would be kick-started by the release of "Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan" in 1982) has, arguably, one of the finest scores ever composed for a science-fiction film. Jerry Goldsmith (1929 - 2004) was in the midst of a typically prolific period in the latter part of 1979, having already composed and recorded music for "Alien", "The Great Train Robbery"(known in the UK as, "The First Great Train Robbery"), and "Players" the same year.

Goldsmith had previously worked with director Robert Wise on "The Sand Pebbles" in 1966, and the music for "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" was composed and recorded over an unusually long period of almost three months. Delays with some of the film's special effects meant that Goldsmith was still recording revisions to the score up to the week prior to the movie's release in December 1979, with the extraordinary "Klingon Battle" among the last cues to be recorded.

Goldsmith admitted in subsequent interviews, that he took inspiration for some of the "Vejur" music from Vaughan Williams' Sinfonia Antartica, but the transposition to an outer space setting works wonderfully well. This is, of course, the 20th anniversary expanded release (which includes the "bonus" CD presentation of "Inside Star Trek with Gene Roddenberry" on Disc 2 - which for this reviewer, is totally disposable), with 65 minutes of Goldsmith's score. At the time of writing, rumours abound of a further expanded/complete re-issue in the works, so watch this space. Nominated for an Academy Award (Goldsmith's twelfth Oscar nomination up to then), this score surely deserves its place in the pantheon of great music composed for film, and is an essential inclusion for any Goldsmith collection.
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on 12 July 2009
What a delight. This original score from "Star Trek - The Motion Picture" is a musical achievement that stands independently of the film (although having seen the film it is hard not to imagine certain scenes upon hearing the track). The opening "Iliea's Theme" is a beautifully haunting introduction to the main title track, a track adopted by Star Trek - The Next Generation because of its simple, explosive and enterprising structure. The sixth track, "The 'Enterprise'" expresses a sense of wonder,awe and pride at both space-travel and the Starship itself, which even today, in my old age, brings a tear to my eyes. "Klingon Battle" is a track that could, in fact, be the soundtrack to a film about the Iraq war. Music is the soundtrack to our emotions, and Goldsmith is a master of expressing those emotions we often fail to recognise in his music. The music on this CD will stir feelings of honour, pride, awe, fear, friendship and, most importantly, humanity.If you have not seen the film and listen to this score, your mind will be filled with your most pleasant and your most frightening memories. As a previous reviewer noted, the second disc in this CD is a waste of time (they should have provided out-takes, extra tracks etc, rather than a recording of a "Trekkie" convention!) But you must buy this because it is the only recording in which the film tracks are placed in order as they are heard in the film. Believe me, this makes a difference. The music flows over you and involves you subtley but forcefully. As you can see, I cannot praise this score highly enough. So I will let you depart and enjoy one of the greatest soundtracks ever composed.
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on 11 October 2012
Jerry Goldsmith may have won an Oscar for The Omen but this is his masterpiece. How Robert Wise even thought about axing Goldsmith's score is beyond comprehension.

It is packed with memorable and iconic themes such as the Main Title which was so great they even nicked it for The Next Generation - but it has never been bettered than its incarnation here.

The Klingon Battle is also a cracking theme which typifies the mysterious warrior race, and The Enterprise is a love letter to a ship, it could have been a boat of the type sailed by Admiral Nelson with it's romantic qualities and melody, but this is the 23rd Century after all, and we are idolising The Starship Enterprise.

The best track for me, however, is Ilya's Theme. It is used as an overture before the movie begins (an odd move for the late 1970s) but it is a piece of music so romantic, dramatic, and full of wonder and indeed yearning that it deserves more acclaim. A beautiful track, which I believe is the very best piece of music Jerry Goldsmith has ever written.

Without question one of the best scores ever, and value for money. I bought the old US import some years ago at an inflated price, but it was worth every penny.
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on 30 July 2015
Very disappointing. Great music, poor sound quality. I tried the CD on two different quality CD Players (Marantz and Sony), two different loudspeakers (B&W and Mordaunt-Short) in case there was some odd interaction between this CD and other equipment (and two amps, come to think of it!), and finally on excellent Sennheiser headphones, to eliminate room acoustic interactions. The results were all the same! The sound quality was muddled, with coarse strings and a general lack of definition. The quality was particularly disappointing as at least one reviewer said the sound quality was good, together with the fact that a recent live concert at the Albert Hall (not the best venue acoustically) played the title theme, which bowled me over with the emotional and acoustic impact of the music.
I'll have to try the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra version!
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on 31 July 2015
The sound track, just like the film, falls a bit flat. The Wrath of Khan,roars along and really gets you into the film - the emotions, the suspense, the urge to grab a phazer and stand with the good guys. But The Motion Picture sound track is a bit 'Twee' for my tastes, and after a few tracks gets a bit long winded. But as it was the First movie - and didn't things just get better! - then buy it to complete the collection, happy in the knowledge that the next sound track will knock your socks off!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2001
STAR TREK,S GRAND MASTER DOES IT AGAIN WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL, MAJESTIC SCORE, WITH ITS GRAND SWEEPING THEMES JERRY SHOWS THE REST OF THE WORLD HOW TO DO A STAR TREK SCORE, IF AM ASKED TO CHOOSE THE THE HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS CD IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO DO SO, THIS SCORE IN MY EYES IS PERFECTION, WHICH VERY RARE INDEED BY TODAYS STANDARDS, THIS IS COMPLETE RELEASE OF THE 1979 SCORE WHICH HAS BEEN FULLY REMASTERED, THIS IS THE FINEST STAR TREK SCORE EVER PRODUCED, WHERE DOES ONE GO FROM UP!
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