le 25 septembre 2016
STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE [1979 / 2016] [Blu-ray] [Limited Edition 50th Anniversary SteelBook] [UK Release] The Human Adventure Is Just Beginning! Why Is An Object We Don’t Understand, Always Called A Thing!
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first broadcast of a STAR TREK episode in 1966, this SteelBook features art based on the original theatrical poster, plus commemorative 50th Anniversary logo. See the original theatrical version of the film as it was initially released in cinemas. A massive alien presence of enormous power enters Federation space, destroying three powerful Klingon cruisers and neutralising everything in its path. As it heads towards Earth, Admiral James T. Kirk returns to the helm of an updated Starship U.S.S. Enterprise and sets course to meet the aggressor head-on.
Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Majel Barrett, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Persis Khambatta, Stephen Collins, Grace Lee Whitney, Mark Lenard, Billy Van Zandt, Roger Aaron Brown, Gary Faga, David Gautreaux, John Gowans, Howard Itzkowitz, Jon Rashad Kamal, Marcy Lafferty, Michele Povill, Jeri McBride, Terrence O'Connor, Michael Rougas, Susan O'Sullivan, Ralph Brannen, Ralph Byers, Paula Crist, Iva Lane, Franklyn Seales, Momo Yashima, Jimmie Booth, Joel Kramer, Bill McIntosh, Dave Moordigian, Tom Morga, Tony Rocco, Joel Schultz, Craig Thomas, Edna Glover, Norman Stuart, Paul Weber, Joshua Gallegos, Lisa Chess, Leslie C. Howard, Sayra Hummel, Junero Jennings, Richard Arnold (uncredited), Fred Bronson (uncredited), Celeste Cartier (uncredited), Price Coetzee (uncredited), Vern Dietsche (uncredited), Christopher Doohan (uncredited), Montgomery Doohan (uncredited), Scott Dweck (uncredited), Dennis Fischer (uncredited), Cassandra Foster (uncredited), Barnetta Fowler (uncredited), David Gerrold (uncredited), William Guest (uncredited), Sharon Hesky (uncredited), James T. Kirk (uncredited), Donald J. Long (uncredited), Winnie McCarthy (uncredited), Barbara Minster (uncredited), Ve Neill (uncredited), Denise Okuda (uncredited), Susan Sackett (uncredited), Frank Salsedo (uncredited), Louise Stange-Wahl (uncredited), Bjo Trimble (uncredited), Scott Whitney (uncredited) and Millicent Wise (uncredited)
Director: Robert Wise
Producers: David C. Fein, Gene Roddenberry and Jon Povill
Screenplay: Gene Roddenberry (television series STAR TREK), Harold Livingston (screenplay) and Alan Dean Foster (story)
Composer: Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography: Richard H. Kline
Special Photographic Effects Design: Douglas Trumbull
Special Science Consultant: Isaac Asimov
Video Resolution: 1080p [Metrocolor]
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 [Panavision]
Audio: English: English: 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Surround, English: 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo, German: 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround, Spanish: 1.0 Mono Audio, French: 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround and Italian: 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles: Arabic, Danish, German, English, Spanish, French, Croatian, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguêse, Finish, Swedish and English SDH
Running Time: 132 minutes
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Paramount Pictures UK
Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: ‘STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE’  has been unfairly maligned and criticised for being too slow, abstract or even serious. But hold fast there, because this is the first STAR TREK Sci-Fi film adventure which is unlike anything that came before or since for the STAR TREK Sci-Fi franchise since the last broadcast of the STAR TREK TV Series. The original Star trek TV series was a low budget, high adventure camp western in space, that they thought would never be very popular, how wrong was the critics. The STAR TREK Sci-Fi films and spin-off series afterward are more tightly written adventure/dramas combining action, humour and stories with thought provoking meaning, though not too much to get to serious about its philosophy. But what is also quite unusual for a Sci-Fi film of this calibre, which you usual get at the start of say a musical, is that at the very start of the film you get an Overture at 1:40 minutes long, but why it is playing the screen is completely blank and I should imagine like me, you think there is something wrong, as I do not remember this happening when I saw the film in the cinema and I should imagine youngsters today would not be so patient, as I suspect they would be either screaming at the screen or the projectionist, in wanting to know when the film was going to start.
But ‘STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE’ on the other hand is the most expensive, epic, deep and overall pure Sci-Fi film effort the STAR TREK film franchise ever did. Arriving at a time when audiences were enjoying the high adventures high from the Sci-Fi franchise of ‘STAR WARS,’ whereas ‘STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE’ film proved a great disappointment especially to Trekkie fans, because it was felt that it owed more of an homage to the likes of ‘2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY’ or anything George Lucas has produced, whereas it is definitely a very thought provoking and more serous filmmaking than crowd pleasing. While it is not up there with Ridley Scott's atmospheric ‘ALIEN,’ which also opened the same year, ‘STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE’ has I feel hardly aged at all over the years since it was first released in the cinema in 1979 and I feel very strongly that it still holds up even better today than ever before.
The performances are solid and all round with all the cast, and especially William Shatner at last doing something serious with his acting ability, DeForest Kelley is at his best, Leonard Nimoy is just superbly sublime, and again everyone is top notch, especially with the newcomers Persis Khambatta and Stephen Collins providing a welcome support. The screenplay is surprisingly tight and complex, despite there being large portions of the STAR TREK film where sometimes this is very little to no dialogue is spoken.
What really makes the ‘STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE’ film stand out is the awesome visuals and the brilliant and stunning film score music that was composed by the brilliant maestro Jerry Goldsmith. ‘STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE’ is an extremely visual CGI FX oriented Sci-Fi film and especially to combat the small handful of internal sets on which most of the film takes place, and Robert Wise gives us some beautiful spectacular effects which hold up to this day and have a much better sense of scale than most CGI FX efforts over the following five years since this film was released.
Combine this again with some haunting work on the part of august composer Jerry Goldsmith and again you have large segments where there's little or no dialogue/background noise but rather a very moving artistic experience. From the sweeping glide through of the Klingon ships, the tense attack sequences, the creepy but mesmerising trip through the cloud, this is truly a ride of total amazing beauty.
This original "Theatrical Version" gave Robert Wise the chance to show how a Sci-Fi film of this calibre should been seen and it really works beautifully. This is a great example of how specialised editing should be created; especially with the brilliant CGI FX effects that can have a large impact on the tone and feel of this elegant well thought out Sci-Fi film. Scenes are much tighter, bolder and more engaging for the audience, and that brilliant shot during the V'Ger ship flyover that looks imaginative but slightly unconvincing matte paintings, but of course if the film had been made today, the CGI FX would be so much more realistic with the power of computers today’s standards, that is why we should really still appreciate the effort that went into making this Sci-Fi film in 1979 and not be so harshly critical.
Added to ‘STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE’ are a series of about two dozen new CGI FX shots and a few that now better shows off things like the look of V'Ger, how the bridge probe arrived, etc. whilst others to add to the scale of the ship and especially the STAR TREK film. Unlike many of the new shots in the ‘STAR WARS’ Special Editions, these new CGI FX fit perfectly into the film in both terms of look and feel and they enhance the epicenes and clear up confusion rather than simply add cheesy creatures and make things more politically correct, whereas the subtlety of this, combined with the fact these were shots and scenes that were originally planned for the film back in 1979 and then had to be abandoned especially regarding time and money scenario, are what make this STAR TREK film work. Someone who hasn't seen the film a few times before will now appreciate quite a few of the new shots inserted in the film. Also added is more scenes development of the characters, especially seeing Spock crying over V'Ger, a better explanation to the philosophy and reasoning behind it and especially with this 50th Anniversary remastered edition, we now get a lot more use of the widescreen experience and especially the complex Omni-directional sound effects.
This is definitely Robert Wise's very personal film and the way it was meant to have been and the 1979 version and is a nice upgrade on my report card, this version is “A” solid plus. But even though some say they feel it does lack the more immediate appeal of the even-numbered STAR TREK efforts of the Sci-Fi film franchise, especially STAR TREK II, STAR TREK VI and STAR TREK VIII, but still stands head and shoulders above the rest. True, epic storytelling and of course Paramount Pictures have been even much keener on putting even more effort with the future STAR TREK films and the story telling.
‘STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE’ may not be STAR TREK’s crowning glorious moment, but without it, it indisputable would not have been a financial incentive for future STAR TREK films, even though it was not a critical success, it’s hard to argue that the future of STAR TREK would have played out very differently without it and for that, Trekkie fans and detractors of the Sci-Fi film can all be very grateful indeed. But of course with the latest bunch of STAR TREK relaunch that Paramount Pictures have risked the kind of serious money they did with the start of ‘STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE’ to be able to make future START TREK Sci-Fi franchise, but more importantly, it paved the way for the many subsequent TV to movie transitions that were to come. With fans jealously supporting Gene Roddenberry’s lovable universe, ‘STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE’ might have failed and ended the brief phenomenon that was the show’s cult popularity. Instead, the serious Trekkie supporters flocked to the cinemas to carry the film into box-office triumph and justify Paramount Pictures decision to go ahead and make ‘STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN’ what many consider to be the real beginning of the filmic STAR TREK Sci-Fi franchise adventures, and also offered universal entertainment value and stronger connection to the show, and long may it reign forever and boldly go where no man has gone before!
Blu-ray Video Quality – Paramount Pictures UK has for this first STAR TREK film, brought us this 50th Anniversary Blu-ray release with a stunning 1080p Metrocolor encoded image, with an even impressive 2.35:1 Panavision aspect ratio. The majority of the film was photographed using anamorphic lenses with short focal range on dimly-lit interior sets. Director Robert Wise also liked to play with split-diopter lenses, in which one side of the screen will be focused on the foreground while the other side of the screen will be focused on the background, and it is an effect that isn't used much in modern films. On top of all that, most of the aging cast were plastered in pancake makeup to hide their wrinkles. The result of all this is that ‘STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE’ is consistent in sharpness throughout its running time. Some shots are vividly sharp and detailed, while others look slightly soft and gauzy. None of this has anything to do with the disc transfer. That's just the way the film looks. In all the technical detail is that they say the film presented at its theatrical 2.35:1 aspect ratio, well this is wrong, as it states at the end of the credits it is in Panavision which of course is 2.40:1 aspect ratio. Despite this fact, this remastered print looks significantly, often astoundingly, better than the film's previous incarnations on the inferior DVD release. Colours are clean and accurate, and the picture has a very strong sense of object separation and depth. Paramount Pictures UK has also put in a tremendous amount of work in cleaning up the print and digitally painting out the dirt and debris commonly associated with optically-composited special effects of the era. For the most part, this is a rich, dynamic, and very impressive Blu-ray transfer that is at least as good as, if not sometimes better than the full-blown "restoration" performed with the previous Blu-ray disc set of releases and I can tell you that the next 9 Limited Edition 50th Anniversary SteelBook releases are equally as impressive as this first STAR TREK film Blu-ray release.
Blu-ray Audio Quality – Paramount Pictures UK has for this first STAR TREK film, brought us this 50th Anniversary Blu-ray release with an equally impressive 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Surround soundtrack is big, bold, and brassy. The audio experience I heard has nice musical heft and a clear sense of instrument separation in the score. Sound effects are sharply recorded and very directional. While the rear channels are primarily used for music bleed and ambience, certain sequences like the “Wormhole” feature aggressive surround activity and throbbing bass. The memorable noises during the meeting with V'ger are crisp and clear. The track has excellent fidelity for a 1979 release, but now brought up-to-date even more superior in 2016. So all in all the sound you experience cannot be improved, as it is totally awesome audio experience.
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:
Audio Commentary by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda, Judith & Garfield Reese-Stevens and Daren Dochterman: This is an-all audio commentary by “STAR TREK” experts Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda, authors Judith & Garfield Reese-Stevens and visual effects artist Daren Dochterman. The track is very engaging and filled with great informative STAR TREK trivia that will please all Trekkie fans. You can also have Commentary Subtitles in the following languages: German, English, Spanish, French and Italian. Here with the start of the audio commentary Michael Okuda introduces himself and informs us that he is with his distinguished panellist talking about ‘STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE.’ From the end of the STAR TREK TV Series and the start of the first film, there was a drought of 10 years, and the drought started to lift in 1974 when Paramount Pictures started to talk to Gene Roddenberry about making a feature film ad by 1975 things started to happen. When you see the stars appear around the mountain and Paramount word, Michael Okuda says sarcastically, that the stars represent how many screenplays were submitted towards ‘STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE,’ which everyone laughs about it. When we see the big gigantic cloud and the Klingon “Bird of Prey” space vessels appear, Michael Okuda thinks this looks real cool. But again they are point out how the critics slammed this film, especially the idiot critics kept asking where the Klingons had disappeared and definitely lost the plot. When you see Spock on his home planet and reject the necklace, we are informed that it was auctioned at Christie’s and was sold for $13,000. The group talk about the snide comments people made about how long it took Admiral James T. Kirk and Scotty to arrive at the Starship U.S.S. Enterprise, but they all point out it was a way of setting up the mood with the build-up of the film and to have the Trekkie fans enjoy the moment of seeing the newly designed Starship U.S.S. Enterprise for the first time, but to also make you feel you are actually in space, but most importantly to enjoy the wonderful music film score by Jerry Goldsmith, which he wanted to give homage to the spaceship and they all felt it was one of the best music score to introduce us to the STAR TREK film. When we see Starship U.S.S. Enterprise enter the “Wormhole,” we hear in great detail how the effects were produced and basically it was all hand painted animation, especially with the ever changing perspective and was quite a challenge to achieve, whereas with today’s CGI it would be so much easier to produce and when explained about the process one really appreciate all the hard work and long hours that went into producing the effect of the “Worm Hole.” When the Starship U.S.S. Enterprise enters V’ger, we hear all the effects were produced by Douglas Trumbull and took long hours to produce the effects. When you see the Starship ensigns on the people’s clothes and you see they all have different coloured backgrounds and Denise Okuda finally worked out what they were and they are as follows: WHITE is Command; RED is Engineering; ORANGE is Science; PALE GOLD is Operations; GREEN is medical and Grey is Security, and of course when you know this information, it now makes a lot of sense. When V’ger finally gets the signal it has been seeking from the creator and everything has been resolved, everyone says that has given the signal for the journey to have started towards the new STAR TREK films that followed this film and the next stage of STAR TREK evolution. The group talk about the dedicate Trekkie fans that will always seek out a STAR TREK film whatever it is, as long as the characters are in the film and they do not cheat on the storyline and the group feels this particular STAR TREK film set the bar high and now appreciates the film even more after all these years and really looking forward to future STAR TREK films, with new stories and new characters to keep the STAR TREK franchise going well into the future. They all comment that they really enjoyed watching film together and hopefully enjoying their comments and hope us the viewer enjoyed the experience, well I for one really enjoyed this audio commentary and I hope you do also, as it was a very enjoyable experience.
Special Feature: Library Computer: This is an interactive graphic trivia interface, which is loaded with screen-specific information with just about every aspect of the 'STAR TREK' universe. The Library Computer is overflowing with data that pours out at steady amounts of clips. The Library Computer is an interactive experience that allows you to access information about People, Technology, Locations and more, at the moment each item appears in the film. Switch to Index Mode to scan the entire database and jumps directly to the items of interest. All content is divided into the following categories: Culture; Science & Medicine; Starfleet Ops; Miscellaneous; Life Forms; Planets & Location; People; Technology and Ships.
Special Feature: Production: The Longest Trek: Writing The Motion Picture  [1080p] [1.78:1] [11:00] This is an in-depth look at the history of the project, including early concepts and the aborted 'STAR TREK Phase II' television series. We also here about the inception of STAR TREK, especially with the initial idea from Gene Roddenberry, also about his appearance at the 26th World Science Fiction Convention in Oakland in California in 1968, which was at the time of the third season of STAR TREK TV Series, where Gene Roddenberry was talking to the audience of Trekkies and informing them that he had spoken to Paramount Pictures about making a STAR TREK film. We also hear in detail about the initial push to bring out the pilot for the 'STAR TREK Phase II' television series, which was based on the synopsis entitled "In Thy Image" which was a 1977 script for the pilot Star Trek: Phase II episode, written by Harold Livingston. It was based on a story treatment by Alan Dean Foster, although the treatment itself was based on a story idea by Gene Roddenberry entitled "Robot's Return" and the basic plot concept of "In Thy Image" was that a huge unknown object crossed the universe, looking for its creator on Earth. But in the process they could not make up their mind if it was going to be a TV Episode or a Motion Picture, but when ‘STAR WARS’ came out and was a massive box office success, Paramount Pictures made a decision it was going to be a film. But before the film could get into production, the screenplay was still in its rough stage and was doing a sort of round robin between Harold Livingston and Gene Roddenberry, which was constantly being re-written, as Gene Roddenberry was very jealous of his baby, especially of what Harold Livingston had written and eventually Robert L. Collins then did a complete re-write. But what didn’t help is that the Executives was putting their pennies worth input in with loads of negative comments, so holding things up even more. On top of all that a list was produced of seven directors that Paramount Pictures were interested to direct the film and they were Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Robert Wise, William Friedkin, George Roy Hill and Norman Jewison, but in the end they chose Robert Wise. But despite all the ups and downs and late delays, and eventually with everyone involved behind-the-scene went to see the film, everyone was blown away by what they witness on the big screen. But even more amazing is that the film went onto make $82,000,000 gross and eventually went onto make $4014,000,000 and of course Paramount Pictures realised they had a winning formula and of course has gone boldly onto new adventures. By the way, watch right to the very end, as there is a really funny incident that happens to Walter Koenig. Contributors include Garfield Reeves-Stevens and Judith Reeves-Stevens [Writers], Walter Koenig [Actor], Jon Povill [Associate Producer] and Harold Livingston [Screenwriter].
Special Feature: The STAR TREK Universe: Here you get a selection of two different features and they are as follows:
01. Special STAR TREK Reunion  [1080p] [1.78:1] [9:37] During production of the Sci-Fi film ‘STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE,’ five “STAR TREK” fans, including James Doohan's son, who were invited to appear as extras in the Starship U.S.S. Enterprise crew debriefing scene. In this interview, they reminisce about their experiences. Christopher Doohan is one of the sons of Montgomery Scott actor James Doohan. Christopher Doohan and his twin brother Montgomery Doohan, made uncredited appearances as background extras in the first STAR TREK feature film, ‘STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE.’ They can both be seen among the Enterprise crewmembers gathered for Admiral James T. Kirk's briefing of the V'ger threat. It also includes David Gerrold, Bjo Trimble, Jo Ann Nolan, and Fred Bronson chatting on the same sound stage used for the rec deck scene. During this chat, James Doohan mentioned his connection to J.J. Abrams's STAR TREK and that the fitting reminded him of the days in 1979. Upon hearing that his late father's role of Montgomery Scott would be recast for J.J. Abrams's STAR TREK, Chris Doohan started a campaign asking fans to write to Paramount Pictures in an attempt to persuade the studio and the filmmakers to allow either him or his brother, Montgomery Scott, to play their father's role in the film. At the very least, however, they would have liked to be extras in the J.J. Abrams's STAR TREK as they were for ‘STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE.’ But what was also very nice in their conversation is the great fondness for the director Robert Wise, who all thought he was a really wonderful polite gentleman and in awe of all his famous films he has directed.
02. Starfleet Academy SCISEC Brief 001: Mystery Behind V'ger  [1080p] [1.78:1] [4:24] This is the first in a series of plot recaps hosted as though they were Starfleet instructional videos at the Starfleet Academy, Ex Astris, Scientia, San Francisco MMCLXI. In this episode, Starfleet Science Officer [Sarah Backhouse] from the 24th century examines the science behind the “Voyager Probe” and recounting what the Starship U.S.S. Enterprise discovered in its encounter with the entity.
Special Feature: Deleted Scenes  [1080i] [2.35:1] [8:00] Here you have a selection of eleven separate titles of different deleted scenes and they are as follows: Sulu and Ilia #1; Sulu and Ilia #2; Kirk’s Quarters; Officer’s Lounge; Attack On The Enterprise; Intruder Transmission; A Huge Vessel; Kirk Follows Spock; Ilia’s Quarters #1; Ilia’s Quarters #2 and Its Creator Is A Machine. As always you can either play them separately or Play All.
Trailers: Here you get to view two Original Theatrical Trailers for the film ‘STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE’ and they are as follows: Teaser Trailer  [1080p] [2.35:1] [2:10] and Theatrical Trailer  [1080p] [2.35:1] [2:29]
TV Spots  [480i] [1.78:1] [3:39] Here you have a selection of seven separate titles of different TV Spots relating to the film ‘STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE,’ and they are as follows: Hardware; Startle Your Senses; Enterprise; Cast/Human Adventure; Spiritual Search; Spiritual/Startle Your Senses and Spiritual/Human Adventure. As always you can either play them separately or Play All. One thing that was a great surprise is that the voice over promoting these TV Spots is none other than the actor/director Orson Welles. Also because these TV Spots were broadcast on American Television in 1979, the original aspect ratio was 1.37:1, but for some unknown reason they decided to stretch the image to fit on a Widescreen Television, why they did this is a bit of a mystery and slightly bonkers.
Special Feature: BD-LIVE: To view the contents via your Blu-ray player, it has to be connected to the internet; otherwise it is not BD-LIVE capable. For possible solutions to resolve this problem, please consult your Blu-ray player manual.
Finally, ‘STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE’ is the most often stated that it is perpetually and sadly the most underrated of all the STAR TREK films. The high-definition video and audio with this Blu-ray are both terrific and outstanding. It stands to reason why Paramount Pictures UK had good reason to decide to remaster this particular STAR TREK film. In the meantime, this is a really great and brilliant Blu-ray disc, and easily the best presentation ever released so far for the Home Cinema release and Paramount Pictures UK should be congratulated for their diligence, effort and professional approach to bringing us this particular STAR TREK film. Highly Recommended!
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