The new 4K Director’s Edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture made our Most Anticipated Of 2022 List, and this week the team behind the Paramount+ project released some new images that indicate just how much a visual upgrade it is going to be.
Going back to the archives to revive a classic
The first two images revealed by project producer David C. Fein at StarTrek.com show the USS Enterprise leaving orbit and the orbital office complex. According to Fein, they have been “digitally recombined with little to no loss in quality from the original negative of the elements of each shot.”
A few years back, we interviewed one of the film’s effects supervisors, visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull, who speculated that the 65mm film elements he and his colleagues had shot in 1979 might be lurking in a Paramount vault somewhere. TrekMovie can confirm that the film reels were indeed found and are being utilized for the remastered Director’s Edition. The ability to use high-resolution elements (65mm is the equivalent of 8K+) is likely to yield some truly spectacular images.
Adding new elements
The team behind the project isn’t just recreating the 2001 DVD Director’s Edition for the HD era, they are also making a few additional tweaks. In the new high res image of the office complex, you can clearly see one of the new fixes that the Director’s Edition team made, one they intended to make in 2001 but they ran out of time and money to add. There’s now a travel pod docked to match where we later see Kirk and Scotty take off towards the Enterprise.
Using new color tech
The film is also getting a brand new color grade, which will utilize the HDR (High Dynamic Range) process that allows for a wider color palette and greater image fidelity. The tools being utilized did not exist during the first iteration of the DE 20+ years ago, and the ability to color correct scene-by-scene will allow all of the original elements to look far better than they ever have.
In the images below, you can see colorist Matt McFarland tweaking the film’s finale and Klingon attack sequences.
Coming to Paramount+… but when?
Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition will premiere on Paramount+ sometime this year. Check back with TrekMovie for more updates about this very cool project.
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