This week TrekMovie.com is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Today we look back at 1982 with some rare video with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and Ricardo Montalban promoting the film on talk shows and with the press. We also are sharing an interesting video from ILM talking about the making of the CGI sequences in the movie (the first time CGI was used in a feature film).
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Today La-La Land released the limited edition 3-CD set of Jerry Goldsmith’s Oscar-nominated score for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. This new complete score includes all sorts of rare and unreleased material. See below for more behind the scenes video on the making of the new score, including a visit to the original scoring stage. We also have fun videos of promotional pop songs for the film (yes, Shaun Cassidy did a Star Trek song).
Still considered by most to be the best film of the franchise, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was released on June 4th, 1982, or exactly 30 years ago today. So today in a guest blog for TrekMovie, Star Trek novelist Dayton Ward remembers what were surely, the best of times from three decades ago…
Mad Men wasn’t the only drama that aired this week that went Star Trek. The PBS series Sherlock (featuring Star Trek sequel’s Benedict Cumberbatch) also had what appeared to be an homage to a key scene in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. You can watch that below, and also get an the exclusive reaction for Star Trek II writer/director Nicholas Meyer.
Yesterday we reported the exciting news that La-La Land Records is going to release a complete 3-CD set from Jerry Goldsmith’s Oscar-nominated score for Star Trek: The Motion Picture in early June. Today TrekMovie can exclusively reveal the track listing details from the set. Check those out below, plus a behind the scenes video showing the transfer of the music.
In Star Trek V: The Final Frontier we learned that Spock had a half-brother. The fully Vulcan Sybok was played by actor Laurence Luckinbill who has revealed that things were a bit icy between him and Leonard Nimoy. Apparently Nimoy wanted to play both Spock and his brother. Details below.
In 2010 La-La Land released a 2 CD expanded version of Jerry Goldsmith’s score for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier which includes 45 minutes of previously unreleased material. Unfortunately for some, the limited release sold out pretty quickly. Now Intrada is re-issuing the set. More details below.
The series of extended and complete Star Trek soundtrack releases continues with a brand new issue from GNP Crescendo of Jerry Goldsmith’s score of Star Trek: First Contact. The brand new CD which includes the complete soundtrack, plus bonus alternative tracks, is available right now. UPDATE: Added exclusive images of CD artwork.
Today TrekMovie finishes up our exclusive interview with Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Brent Spiner, where we talk about his least favorite episode of TNG, why he thinks Nemesis bombed, what he thinks of JJ Abrams Star Trek, and where he would like to see Star Trek go next.
Over the last few year’s Trek music fans have been treated to a number of expanded soundtracks to Star Trek feature films. Now Intrada has announced they are ready to take on Cliff Eidelman’s score for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country with a new 2-CD complete soundtrack. You can buy this new STVI soundtrack now. See below for more details and artwork.
Our old friend visual effects artist, and super Trekkie, Daren Dochterman is up to his old tricks again. This time has has lovingly recreated the original commercials for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, but now in HD. Check them out below.
The Vulcan character of Saavik from the 1980s Star Trek movies has been the subject much fan discussion over the years. And in a new interview Robin Curtis, the second actress to play the part, discusses some of these issues including the never-fulfilled Spock/Saavik love child storyline and the potential Romulan heritage of the character.
TrekMovie has a great piece of Star Trek history to share with you today. Our resident historian John Tenuto has unearthed a rare radio program promoting the release of Star Trek II in 1982 which featured interviews with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Ricardo Montalban, and more. Listen to it below.
20 years ago today the original Star Trek crew embarked on their final big screen adventure with the premiere of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country on December 6, 1991. Today TrekMovie takes a look back with a retrospective of video interviews, features and promotional clips for STVI from 1991. So get into your wayback machines below.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country left a lot of open-ended questions. While there have been a few visits back to that "Lost Era" over the years, none have addressed the medium-term repercussions of the Khitomer Accords and the devastation wrought by the Praxis detonation. That all changes James Sawllow’s brand new novel "Star Trek: Cast No Shadow." The TrekMovie review is below.
To date the replica maker Quantum Mechanix has only been working on items related to the 2009 Star Trek movie, but that has changed with the announcement of their limited edition Artisan Replica of the USS Enterprise Refit from Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Pre-orders begin in September, see below for pictures and details.
Used in exasperation (or a half Vulcan. half Romulan approximation) by Saavik and in revelatory assuredness by James T. Kirk, the Wrath of Khan era communicator is now available as a role playing toy from Diamond Select Toys. The Collective column makes it Khan-etic return with a review of the brand new item (including video demo).
Last night at a screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in Hollywood, director Nicholas Meyer spoke about his time with Trek. One of the more poignant moments was when he spoke of his regret over a specific meeting with Gene Roddenberry shortly before his death. Watch video clip below.
It has been reported before that Star Trek Voyager’s Jeri Ryan was offered the chance to reprise her role as Seven of Nine in the 2002 movie Star Trek: Nemesis, but had scheduling conflicts. In a new interview the actress explains how she was offered the part (which appears to be more than a cameo), and why she turned it down.
On June 4th, 1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was released, and Star Trek changed forever. In the intervening 29 years nine more Star Trek feature films have been released, yet this relatively low budget entry is still considered the best of the franchise. Today TrekMovie celebrates Khan.