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Star Trek: The Motion Picture
     

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

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Director: Robert Wise, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

Cast: Robert Wise, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

 

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When plans to launch a second Star Trek television series in the late 1970s were scrapped by Paramount Pictures, the show's creator, Gene Roddenberry, instead transformed the aborted program's 2-hour pilot into this big budget theatrical feature. Five years after the legendary voyages of the starship Enterprise, James T. Kirk (William Shatner) is an unhappy,

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When plans to launch a second Star Trek television series in the late 1970s were scrapped by Paramount Pictures, the show's creator, Gene Roddenberry, instead transformed the aborted program's 2-hour pilot into this big budget theatrical feature. Five years after the legendary voyages of the starship Enterprise, James T. Kirk (William Shatner) is an unhappy, desk-bound admiral at Starfleet headquarters. Kirk goes aboard his old vessel to observe its re-launch under new captain Will Decker (Stephen Collins). Soon, however, an escalating crisis causes Kirk to take command of his old ship. A mysterious, planet-sized energy force of enormous power is headed for Earth. Reunited with Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley), and the rest of his former colleagues, Kirk takes the Enterprise inside the massive energy cloud and discovers that it is the long-lost NASA space probe Voyager. Now a sentient being after accumulating centuries of knowledge in its deep space travels, the alien, which calls itself V'ger, has come home seeking its creator. Although not a critical home run, box office receipts for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) were strong enough to inspire a revamped television series and a long-running line of theatrical sequels.

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Barnes & Noble - Jason Bergenfeld
Although network suits called the USS Enterprise back into drydock a year shy of its stated "five-year mission," Star Trek's remarkable resilience as a syndicated TV fixture and fan phenomenon inspired Paramount to go where no prime-time reject had gone before: movie theaters. Thus Star Trek: The Motion Picture was born, and the show's regulars -- William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Nicholle Nichols, and Walter Koenig -- again sprang into action. Getting the old crew together (within the story structure, that is) required a significant threat to Earth's existence, and that comes in the form of a mysterious blue space cloud. Directed by Robert Wise, the ambitious film also introduces new crew members, including the beautifully bald Persis Khambatta (as Lt. Ilia) and Stephen Collins (of TV's 7th Heaven) as the Enterprise's new captain, Willard Decker -- who, of course, must relinquish control of the starship to "Admiral" Kirk when the going gets rough. Although not usually considered by diehard fans as a favorite film -- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan takes that prize -- The Motion Picture doesn't fail with its special effects and, particularly, its compelling story, which has always been the hallmark of the original TV series.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/10/2013
UPC:
0032429131423
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:11:00
Sales rank:
9,691

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Michael & Denise Okuda, Judith & Garfield Reeves-Steven and Daren Dochterman; The longest trek: writing the motion picture; Special Star Trek reunion; Starfleet academy: the mystery behind V'ger

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Star Trek has gotten a little out of hand with some of their endeavors, but they're all good. ST:TMP DE DVD is the perfect gift at anytime of the year for Star Trek, action fans and people just discovering the franchise. The new DVD is an exceptionally enhanced version of this classic movie. The effects are stunning and the broader scope that has been presented is like rediscovering the film all over again. For 1979, Star Trek's imagery and effects beat ILM's Star Wars. Although, SW: Episode II is looking hot, but this is 2001, right? Check this movie out on DVD Director's Edition even if you already own the VHS. It's worth it. The story will draw you in and lock you into the seat. Then watch Star Trek II...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This DVD is exactly what it should be, outstanding. The movie looks great with the new scenes. I wish they would have played with the SFX a little more and shown the enterprise getting hit by V'ger's weapon, but what is shown is mind blowing compared to the original movie. The sound and the art is just fantastic. Thank you Bob Wise
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I must admit, my review is jaded in that I saw Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 70mm 6 track Dolby stereo surround in a very nice theater in San Diego in its opening week (12/07/79). It was a mid-week matinee and I think my Navy buddies and some die-hard fans were the only people in the house, so less than 20 were there. Every time I put my LaserDisc in the machine, I think back to seeing the film the first time and thinking ''My God, Star Trek FULLY realized...'' and just drift into it. I think for a movie that has no really developed plot (a lot of people see this movie as Kirk getting the Enterprise back, but I think Vejur looking for its creator and Spock finding inner peace are the real attractions here), and if you can get past the middle of the film, then this becomes a satisfying ride for the Trek fan. The music is really the showstopper here. A wonderful score by Jerry Goldsmith actually transcends some of the material on screen (especially the Vejur fly thru scenes) and raises this review a full star. The VHS version is the ''Special Longer Version'' which has about 16 minutes of extra footage added to the film. The explanation is that this ''fleshes it out.'' My opinion is that the extra footage (including William Shatner as Kirk in an unfinished effects shot) is extraneous and adds no real depth to the story. I am sure BandN will have the fully restored DVD transfer supervised by Robert Wise in the coming months. Read about that in Star Trek Magazine.