Saturday 2 April 2022

Star Trek: The Motion Picture on Paramount+

Star Trek: The Motion Picture was hastily released in 1979 in the wake of Star Wars.

Official poster magazine and action figures in hand, I saw the maiden Star Trek silver screen voyage, reuniting the original television series cast, with my dad and an uncle at the Odeon Colchester.

After a promising opening Klingon battle, brought vividly to life by Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Hollywood composer Jerry Goldsmith (Alien), the movie soon became a star bore to a child moviegoer brought up on a diet of heroic space operas.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan followed in 1982 and is rightly regarded as one of the greatest sequels ever made.

Years later, I would rediscover Star Trek: The Motion Picture on VHS and develop a newfound appreciation for director Robert Wise's (West Side Story) ambitious mindbending adventure. In 2001, Wise oversaw a recut of the movie for release on DVD, which more closely matched his original vision. Now, to celebrate First Contact Day, a lavish 4K remaster will premiere on Paramount+.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director's Edition debuts exclusively on Paramount+ on 5th April.

Are you a fan of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and do you think the movie deserved better upon original release? Let me know in the comments below.

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