As first reported here on TrekMovie.com, on Friday November 14th the first theatrical trailer for JJ Abrams Star Trek hits theaters in front of the new James Bond film Quantum of Solace. Over the next week and a half, TrekMovie will countdown to the big event each day by taking a look back at the previous Trek movie trailers, starting today with Star Trek The Motion Picture from 1979.
The human adventure is just beginning
Theatrical trailer for Star Trek: TMP from the summer of 1979.
Although it does not use the "music video" style editing prevalent in today’s movie advertisements, this trailer was typical for its day (for example see trailers for Star Wars and Moonraker). The somewhat cerebral nature of the trailer is inline with the more 2001-like approach of the film itself. Like the new Star Trek movie, the trailer appears aimed at a general movie audience with its mentions of a ‘huge starship’ and ‘300 years into the future.’ It also does its best to play up the romance as well as the action in the film (prominently featuring the very brief appearance of the Klingons). All in all a pretty good trailer for its time.
Star Trek The Motion Picture also got an earlier ‘teaser’ trailer (which was not as common back in those days).
This first teaser featuring a narration by Orson Welles (who also narrated all the TV spots) seems much more geared for the built-in Trek fans. It has a simple message ‘the Star Trek gang is all back together for a new movie and we spruced up the uniforms and the ship.’ Although it was early on, it did show a good amount of the new effects for the Enterprise. Like with the theatrical, it doesn’t use music from the TOS series or from Jerry Goldsmith’s score for the film (probably because it wasn’t ready). This shares some commonalities with the Star Trek 2009 trailer that came out in January, as it shows off the ‘new’ Enterprise and announces Star Trek is coming back, but doesn’t really say anything about the film itself.
Directors Edition Trailer
In 2001 Star Trek TMP director Robert Wise oversaw the development of a ‘Directors Edition’ DVD, which got its own trailer (which was shown in some theaters).
Although this trailer did feature some of the new effects, it also gives you a sense of how a more modern sensibility would approach making a trailer for the original film.
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