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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!
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...
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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 slow, solemn, philosophically dense adventure into a cloud of gas, with barely an action scene in sight and no conventional enemy.

Almost a decade previously, Robert Wise directed The...
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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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This review is from: Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director's Edition [DVD] (DVD)
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!
Greg C (dawntwilight.supanet.com):-)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars V'ge beyond the stars, 24 May 2013
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 slow, solemn, philosophically dense adventure into a cloud of gas, with barely an action scene in sight and no conventional enemy.

Almost a decade previously, Robert Wise directed The Andromeda Strain, the quintessential "hard" sci-fi of the 1970s, where the emphasis was on the science, and the action took place on computer readouts. And two decades before that he made The Day the Earth Stood Still, a 1950s monster movie without a monster, standing out at the time for its seriousness.

Star Trek The Motion Picture could be seen as Wise's homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey. There are lengthy sequences (I'm talking 10 minutes at a time) basically constituted of extended fly-bys of Douglas Trumbull's still-extraordinary special effects. Throughout, there's an admirable dedication to awe, something often missing from modern sci-fi, where a black hole is no more than a flying mouth and spacetime is traversed in a shrug.

If only there'd been equivalent care shown to the characters. Unfortunately, they are reduced to mere tour guides on this fantastic adventure, showing us when to gaze agape in wonderment, and verbalising what is frankly apparent from the images. The ending is like the birth of the Starchild with a director's commentary rambling over the top.

Kirk (William Shatner, subtle in portraying the humility of his out-of-practice captain) and Spock (the monolithic Leonard Nimoy) are present, and the friendship is as tender and fraught as ever - but they have only one really good scene together. Instead, the focus is on the star-cross'd relationship between the Deltan Ilia (a chilling Persis Khambatta) and acting-captain Decker (Stephen Collins), which is sadly rather drab and unconvincing.

The Motion Picture may not be the finest film in the original Star Trek series, but it's certainly the most distinctive and the strangest - a far, far cry from Star Trek IV's terrestrial comedy. What it lacks in humour and emotional resonance, The Motion Picture makes up for with its grand scope and vision, sometimes sparking the senses and stirring the imagination.
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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
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This review is from: Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director's Edition [DVD] (DVD)
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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new version of a classic science fiction film., 8 Mar 2002
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Colin Neal (Reading, Berkshire. England United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director's Edition [DVD] (DVD)
When Academy Award winning director Robert Wise released the first Star Trek film back in 1979 he, like George Lucas, wasn't content with the final cut or special effects, which were imperfect mainly due to timing constraints. 22 years later and Wise has reworked the film in every respect.
There are a few versions of Star Trek the motion picture, but this isn't the culmination of all the footage available combined into one long version. In fact, in total it's only 5 minutes longer than the original theatrical version. The (5) scenes that are taken out / deleted from the original version are on the second disc thankfully plus 11 scenes missing from all previous versions. It's more replacement and enhancement. For example, Spock's ceremony on Vulcan, the visuals of the landscape are brand new (huge statues everywhere). New special effects from Foundation Imaging are also present, including a new computer generated Enterprise plus other sequences have been tweaked.
It's digitally remastered, the sound mix is new, there are new special effects, new scenes (and trimmed old scenes). In short, it's 70% of the original movie.
However, it's not perfect, it feels very different. Some of the re-editing has really helped it. There were 2 really dodgy scenes involving Ilya and Decker in the original where he sets a new course after the wormhole and she crassly responds with "Science officer's computation's confirmed sir" then they both smile at each other. While this line has been removed, the smile is inserted earlier in the film when the ship is leaving the solar system. A good decision. Secondly, Chekov's hand injury is nicely underscored with some music. I feel that too many of the scenes have been shortened or deleted. While Wise has corrected the pacing in the earlier part of the film, it seems like everything is resolved too quickly.
The sound also loses some atmosphere. The restoration team have obviously thought "we can put a new sound effect in here, here and here" - it's really over the top especially when you hear computer noises from the Enterprise-D (Next Generation) in there. While the sound mix of music and effects are impressive the vocals are as muffled and quiet as they always were. As for the picture quality, it's not been cleaned up at all.
Special Visual effects are neatly inserted, a couple of shots of the Enterprise here and there but nowhere near as many as I was expecting. The new scene with V'Ger launching orbiting devices looks excellent.
As for the film itself, it's not the best Star Trek film if you compare to the Wrath of Khan or First Contact but it's huge in scope; although slow and cerebral it's still a feast for the senses after all these years. The only problem is that this isn't the "right" director's cut. It's half the way there, better pacing, better editing but there's too much missing. You can't help wondering that the scenes that were removed could have been inserted in a clever way with new effects to improve the movie further.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 5 STAR Trek, 4 Jan 2001
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Come aboard the fully revamped Starship Enterprise along with it's classic crew form the much loved TV series. This movie looks and feels fantastic with its all new fresher sounds, its sharper photography and its "no strings attatched" effects. Definately the best film of the lot with a great plot, great cast and great acting. I saw this film at the movies when it first came out in 1979 at the age of 8. I will never forget how stunned I was at how much everything just looked so cool in its modernised presentation. It was my favourite then, and still is . Will never get bored of this gem. Still watching to this day! Forget the rest, pick this one, THE BEST!!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Special Edition Finishes The Job, 27 May 2002
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This review is from: Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director's Edition [DVD] (DVD)
This much (and unfairly in my opinion) maligned first cinema outing of the Star Trek franchise has dotted the eyes and crossed the t's on a film that was rushed out to the theatres before it was truly ready.
This release contains three documentaries. One about the movie, another about the special edition and one about the aborted TV show, "Star Trek: Phase II". Their cheap, but quite insightful as is the commentary.
As for the film itself, the effects have been cleaned up nicely without Lucasizing the film.
Some of the scenes in the 1983 version have been removed so it runs about the same length as the original without the appalling slashes.
The new V'ger and Vulcan scenes are based, largely, on the original story boards which they never had time to do in 1979 and all the new affects are done by only using technology that was available in 1979 with the exception of some stick figure CGI's.
Completists still have the original undoctored and deleted scenes on the second disk.
The result is a much more polished film that doesn't look like its been completely made over.
If any DVD is worth twenty odd quid then this one is.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, high quality, Science Fiction, 24 Mar 2002
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When this film came out in 1979, it was maligned because it was expensive and slow ( though everyone seems to conveniently forget that the start-up and development costs for Star Trek Phase II were incorporated in this budget). Many Trekkers seemed to think that this would be a 'Star Wars' rip off with Kirk wanting to blow up a few Klingon cruisers, Spock telling him that this would not be logical and McCoy telling Spock to stop hassling Kirk! This film showed a lot more guts with an intellectually sophisticated and thoughtful plot - this film is still clearly the closest a Trek movie has come to Gene Roddenberry's view of the future, and the only classic cast film that was a true 'motion picture'. This re-issue has really turned what was in effect a rough cut of an interesting movie into a fully polished science fiction film ( please note, not a Star Trek film), with 2001 style philosophical overtones - albeit ( unlike 2001) it tries to answer them.
The re-editing has really tightened the movie- and the sound effects are excellent though still subtle- the music still seems to come close to overpowering them at times ( though since this score is pure brilliance, who cares??), and some of the fx scenes that could have done with a digital clean up seem to have been missed. The new fx however serve the film very well - it might have been fun to have seen more shots of a full scale Vejur though - the shots that were presented really made an impact.
As I said earlier, Jerry Goldsmith's music is outstanding - there are even some more cues. The story is now more exciting and the film's climax more effective. The commentary by the fx crew and Mr Wise is interesting and informative and some of the comments made by Mr Trumbull in the closing credits about the current state of most fx driven movies were spot on.
So, I recommend this movie as an excellent science fiction film. The only other Star Trek films that reach beyond the campiness of their TV origins are Star Trek First Contact and Star Trek VI ( the darkest and most dramatic adventures of the series). However neither of them quite catch the scope and epic feel of this fantastic movie
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Something of a guilty pleasure, 15 Jan 2009
This review is from: Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director's Edition [DVD] (DVD)
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). I'm disappointed, however, that Paramount didn't remaster the film (and indeed subsequent Trek films) before rendering it to DVD. This seems cheap and lazy of them. One of the people who created the new SFX for the director's cut mentioned that they deliberately made them grainy to match the original film. If they went to the bother of actually creating a director's cut, then why oh why didn't they remaster the original transfer??

Aside from that quibble, this Director's edition is still a fair improvement on the original. It's not a fantastic film by any means - its still feels a bit anemic and lacks the needed emotion and dramatic punch - but it is a reasonably enjoyable one and is the only Trek film that saw any real input from Gene Roddenberry, so is probably closest to his vision of what Trek should be. Once again, put the brain into neutral, accept it for what it is and let it wash over you.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ***WARNING*** NOT the Director's Edition!!!, 22 Mar 2010
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Just wanted to grab everyone's attention with a low review - I received the BLU RAY edition of STTMP today, and it DOESN'T appear to be the much improved Director's Cut that was re-released a couple of years back!

Most of the reviews on this page are of the DVD edition which is indeed the new version, but they're NOT of the BLU RAY! Because I'm a total fan I'll gladly own both, but still I feel quite cheated.

I must say though that the BLU RAY does look and sound absolutely superb, even though it is the original cut of the film. Colour depth, contrast, and detail really are amazing for a film 30+ years old (it does highlight how creaky some the effects shots are looking though - which is one of the reasons why the whole thing was given a make-over and re-released as the Director's Edition).

I've scoured the extras and there doesn't seem to be any branching option available where either edition can be played - if anybody can correct me, please do and I'll happily withdraw this review!

Based on the above, this current ORIGINAL release BLU RAY rates **1/2 instead of the potential ***** it could have been!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars give it a chance and it will grow on you, 15 Dec 2001
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Contrary to what appears to be the popular view that this is the worst of the bunch, I think it is the best. The reason? Well, Star Trek has traditionally never been a part of the "shoot 'em up" sci-fi genre. It has always been much more of a "thoughtful" series.
It poses philosophical questions about life, the universe and everything rather than blasting aliens with a ray gun.
That said, please don't run screaming for the hills. I am neither a trekkie nor someone who sees "deep meaning" in everything I look at.
Star Trek: the Motion Picture is, in a way, like Blade Runner, in that it poses the simple yet intruiging questions "Is this it? Is this all that I am? Is there nothing more?"
Yes, there's no point denying that you have to sit and concentrate on this film, but that's half the enjoyment. It makes you think. And ultimately it is more satisfying as a result.
On the other hand, if all you're wanting is shoot 'em up ray guns then try Men In Black.
To take perhaps a more familiar comparison. This is Inspector Morse to Men In Black's' Starsky and Hutch. Both classics, but in very different ways.
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