With the exception of a brief clip released on Star Trek Day 2021, details about the 4K UHD upgrade of Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition have been scarce. The project, which will premiere exclusively on Paramount+, reunites the original DE production team of producer David C. Fein, restoration supervisor Mike Matessino, and visual effects supervisor Daren R. Dochterman.
At work on Director’s Edition
This week, producer Fein, via StarTrek.com, posted several photos and a short video as the team, joined by legendary audio engineer Bruce Botnick and Atmos mixer Michael Babcock, worked on the film’s brand new Dolby Atmos mix. Some of the images seem to indicate that this version of the film may differ somewhat from the previous one.
The above image, which occurs during Spock’s journey through V’Ger, appears to be an unfinished effect. In the caption accompanying the image Fein indicates it’s “not something changed, (and a little unfinished), and NEW.” Our guess is that this sequence is a transition of sorts from the chamber where the Enterprise is to V’Ger’s inner memory core.
And here we can see the main titles, which were white in the original film and tinted to gold for the original DE, appear to have an even stronger gold color for the new release.
The rest of the images depict more of the mixing session. Since the team is already on the mixing stage, it would seem to indicate that the production is pretty far along.
There is also a video, which gives a brief glimpse of the original music mixer, Bruce Botnick, reviewing the new Dolby Atmos mix. Click the image to play the video on startrek.com.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition will debut on Paramount+ in 2022.
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