Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

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Director: Robert Wise

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,See more details below

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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:
04/30/2013
UPC:
0032429131362
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
G
Source:
Paramount
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:11:00
Sales rank:
27,132

Special Features

Commentary by: Michael & Denise Okuda, Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens and Daren Dochteman; The longest Trek: writing The Motion Picture HD; Special Star Trek reunion HD; Starfleet Academy: the mystery behind V'ger HD; ; Blu-Ray Exclusives:; Library Computer; Star Trek IQ (BD-Live); Plus over 15 minutes of previously released content

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