It’s been a long time coming, but the definitive cut of the first Star Trek feature film is finally being brought into the 21st century.
TMP in 4K HD
The 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture is beloved by many fans, with some considering it the most cinematic of the original series movies. However, it was famously rushed to theaters, leaving director Robert Wise with a list of things he wanted to do left undone. But in 2001, he had the chance to create the “Director’s Edition” on DVD, which Wise considered his “final cut” and included new visual effects.
The original theatrical cut has been remastered in HD and that is the version available on Blu-ray and for streaming on Paramount+ and other services. Today, Paramount announced they will be remastering Wise’s Director’s Edition in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision™ high dynamic range (HDR), along with a new Dolby Atmos® soundtrack. This restored version will debut first on Paramount+. It will likely be released at a later date on Blu-ray and possibly other streaming services following the exclusive window on Paramount+.
The restoration is expected to take six to eight months and is being done by the same team that worked on the DVD with Wise, who passed away in 2005. The team includes producer David C. Fein, restoration supervisor Mike Matessino, and visual effects supervisor Daren R. Dochterman.
UPDATE: Star Trek TOS 4-Movie 4K/HDR Collection
The original version of this article also reported on expectations that Paramount was developing a newly remastered set of the first four Star Trek movies for a new release. That has now been officially confirmed and announced. See our follow-up article for more details.
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