The human adventure is just beginning again as Paramount announces the director’s edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture will be warping its way to us this August in cinemas and on Blu-ray in September!
Of all the films in the ‘Star Trek.’ franchise, I think I’ve watched ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ the most. It isn’t the best movie of the franchise but it is highly enjoyable all the same. Ok, so it plays at times like a two-hour reunion episode of the original series. But who cares? The crew of the U.S.S Enterprise was back alongside a brand new, refitted Enterprise herself. Throw in an epic and astounding score from the master, Jerry Goldsmith and you have cinematic bliss. The film was rushed incomplete into cinemas back in 1979 which devalued the film somewhat. But thanks to director Robert Wise, he was allowed to go back to the film and recut it, upgrade the special effects and release ‘The Director’s Edition’ back in 2001.
This definitive version was roundly applauded by the fans and has gone on to become THE version of the film. The film is tighter, with lots of technobabble and pointless speeches consigned to the cutting room floor. Add in the new special effects and the film is a lot more fun. Until now, it has only been available on DVD or HD download. But this August sees the film coming to cinemas in its director’s edition ahead of September when the film will launch on 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray. In addition, a limited edition ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture-The Director’s Edition-The Complete Adventure’ will be released. Pre-order yours here.
Set a course for the final frontier as the newly restored and Limited-Edition Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition – The Complete Adventure arrives September 5, 2022, on 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray™. This 5-disc set includes the new Director’s Edition, the theatrical cut, and a special longer cut all on 4K Ultra HD along with the newly remastered director’s cut on Blu-ray™, the previously released theatrical cut on Blu-ray™ and special features on Blu-ray™. The set is presented in deluxe packaging along with exclusive collectibles, including reproductions of original promotional material, a booklet with behind-the-scenes images, stickers, and more. The standard 4K Ultra-HD and Blu-ray includes a bonus Blu-ray™ disc filled with new and legacy special features.
In addition, Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture Collection will arrive on September 5 with all six big-screen adventures featuring the original series crew on 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray™
THE FULL DETAILS
This Limited-Edition Collector’s Set includes all of the special features listed below, plus an additional 4K Ultra HD disc with the theatrical cut and a special longer cut of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which was originally created for broadcast television in 1983. It also includes the previously released theatrical cut on Blu-ray™ The set is presented in deluxe packaging along with exclusive collectibles, including reproductions of original promotional material, a booklet with behind-the-scenes images, stickers, and more.
4K Ultra HD™ Disc bonus features
• Audio Commentary with David C. Fein, Mike Matessino, and Daren R. Dochterman—NEW!
• Audio Commentary by Robert Wise, Douglas Trumbull, John Dykstra, Jerry Goldsmith, and Stephen Collins
• Text Commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda
Blu-ray™ Disc™ bonus features
• The Human Adventure—An all-new 8-part documentary detailing how the Director’s Edition came to life—NEW!
o Preparing the Future – How the remastering began
o A Wise Choice – The storied history of Robert Wise
o Refitting the Enterprise – How the Enterprise design shaped future federation starships
o Sounding Off – Exploring new dimensions of sound in Dolby Atmos
o V’ger – The conception and restoration of an iconic alien antagonist
o Return to Tomorrow – Reaching an already high bar with new CGI effects
o A Grand Theme – Behind the iconic, influential music score that shaped the franchise’s future
o The Grand Vision – The legacy and evolving reputation of this classic movie
• Deleted Scenes—NEW!
• Effects Tests—NEW!
• Costume Tests—NEW!
• Computer Display Graphics—NEW!
• Additional legacy bonus content
THE DIRECTOR’S EDITION 4K ULTRA HD AND BLU-RAY
The newly restored, definitive version of the first big-screen adventure is presented in 4K Ultra HD™ with Dolby Vision™ and HDR-10, as well as Dolby Atmos® and Blu-ray™. It also includes access to the new and legacy bonus content listed above.
THE DIRECTOR’S EDITION BLU-RAY
The newly restored, definitive version of the first big-screen adventure is presented in Blu-ray™. It includes access to the blu-ray bonus content listed above.
STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE COLLECTION
This comprehensive 15-disc collection includes the first six big-screen adventures featuring the original series crew in 4K Ultra HD™ with Dolby Vision and HDR-10. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition also includes Dolby Atmos). Both Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country are making their 4K Ultra HD™ debuts. The set also includes access to hours of new and legacy bonus content. Below is a breakdown of disc contents:
• Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
o Additional Blu-ray with bonus content
• Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Theatrical Cut) – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
• Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
o Includes Director’s Cut
• Star Trek III: The Search for Spock – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
• Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
• Star Trek V: The Final Frontier – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
• Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country – Ultra HD & Blu-ray
o Includes Director’s Cut
All six of the feature films listed above will also be available individually on 4K Ultra HD™ or Blu-ray™.
STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE: THE DIRECTOR’S EDITION SYNOPSIS
The U.S.S. Enterprise boldly debuted on the big screen with the cast of the original Star Trek series, including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, and James Doohan. Meticulously restored and remastered, with enhanced visual effects and state-of-the-art sound, this definitive vision of director Robert Wise has been optimized for a new generation of fans. When an unidentified alien intruder destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers, Admiral James T. Kirk (Shatner) returns to the helm of a newly transformed U.S.S. Enterprise to take command and confront an alien spacecraft of enormous power heading toward Earth.
To celebrate the 4K release of STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE – DIRECTOR’S EDITION the film will be shown in cinemas in the UK from 19th August 2022. In addition, in celebration of its 40th anniversary, STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (DIRECTOR’S CUT) will be shown in cinemas from 2nd September 2022
This is the news I have been waiting to hear. The chance to own the director’s edition of ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ in 4k Ultra HD is not one I intend to pass up. In fact, I have already preordered my copies. I have preordered the 5-disc ‘The Complete Adventure’ along with the Blu-ray edition as a standalone. For me, this is a must. But the news that both ‘The Motion Picture’ and ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (Director’s Cut)’ are coming to cinema screens later this year is the cherry on top of a rather large, enjoyable cake. As soon as tickets are available, I’ll be booking up for them both. Will you?
Will you be adding the ‘Director’s Edition’ to your home entertainment library? Or will you be traveling to the cinema to see the first two films in the franchise? What do you think of the original ‘Star Trek’ film? Beam yourselves down to the comments section below to leave us your thoughts!
Source: Paramount Pictures
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