The human adventure is just beginning once again on Paramount+ on April 5th as Star Trek: The Motion Picture warps back in stunning 4K!
What many Star Trek fans have been waiting for is on the horizon. For over twenty years, they have been crying out for ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture: The Director’s Edition’ to hit the big screen and home entertainment in glorious 4K. To be digitally remastered with stunning sound and visual clarity. That day is upon us. Debuting exclusively on Paramount+ on April 5th, the film will finally be able to stream. That date is known to fans of the franchise everywhere as First Contact day. It will be available to watch on supported devices and platforms. The film will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray by Paramount Home Entertainment in September of this year.
But that’s not all. In addition to the release of the remastered film on Paramount+, fans will also have the chance to see the film on the big screen. This version of the film will be shown for the very first time theatrically. This remarkable and not to be missed chance is happening over an exclusive two-day event. The movie will be available to watch, courtesy of Paramount Pictures and Fathom Events, on May 22nd and May 25th. Tickets for this event will go on sale on Friday, April 8th from the Fathom Events Website. It is unclear whether the film will also see a release in other parts of the world in theatres at this time. But we can only hope that it will get a release worldwide.
Back in 1979, the original version of the film hit theatres. But it was rushed. The special effects were incomplete. And there were also some forced editing choices. The result left critics and many fans completely unsatisfied. Thankfully, back in 2001, the director Robert Wise managed to revisit the film. He refined the edit and enhanced the special effects. This edition was presented in standard definition. But the fans embraced the film like never before. I was already a huge fan of the film, but the director’s edition was truly incredible. And made the film even better than ever. Now, we had a terrific opening movie for the Star Trek film franchise. One we should have been given back in 1979. But it has never been available in High Definition. Until now.
THE 4K REMASTER
The film has now been assembled and restored by producer David C. Fein alongside preservationist Mike Matessino. Both of these men collaborated with the late Robert Wise. The film has now been readied for presentation in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR). It has also been given a brand new, powerful, and immersive Dolby Atmos soundtrack. Fein and Matessino assembled a skilled team of special effects experts, including the returning Daren Dochterman. Together, they have utilized the resources available to them from the Paramount archives. This has allowed the team to recreate the effects in Ultra HD. It took the team over six months to complete the task they had set themselves. But now the film looks and sounds better than it has ever been before.
DAVID C. FEIN SPEAKS!
David C. Fein has spoken of his pride at what he and the team have managed to accomplish:
“I couldn’t be prouder and more thrilled to have completed the film in 4K. 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!”
We can find out for ourselves when ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture-The Director’s Edition’ warps onto Paramount+ on April 5th. Live Long And Prosper!
Are you excited to see the film remastered in 4K Ultra HD? Do you think it looks even better than ever? Will you be getting tickets to see it on the big screen? Why not warp down to the comments section below to leave your thoughts!
Sources: StarTrek.Com/ Paramount Pictures
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