The highly anticipated release of the director’s edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture on Paramount+ finally has a date and a brand new trailer! There will also be a theatrical event, as well as a 4K UHD home video release. And we have all the details.
TMP: DE UHD on FC Day
Robert Wise’s director’s edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture will premiere on Paramount+ April 5th, which happens to be First Contact Day. This new version was struck from the original camera negative, includes the original visual effects shots on 65mm film taken from Paramount’s archives, and will also feature upgrades to the film’s special effects, using the 2001 Director’s Edition as a guide. In addition, there will be a brand new Dolby Atmos sound mix.
Check out the brand new trailer…
NOTE: if this doesn’t play for international visitors it can also be viewed on StarTrek.com
The new release was “meticulously assembled and restored” by producer David C. Fein with preservationist Mike Matessino, both of whom originally collaborated with director Robert Wise on the 2001 DVD release. Fein and Matessino assembled a team of special effects experts, led by returning visual effects supervisor Daren Dochterman, and utilized the extensive resources in the Paramount Archives to recreate the effects not just in HD, but in Ultra HD. The team has been working on the project for over six months. And according to Paramount the updated movie “looks and sounds better than ever while staying true to Wise’s original intention.”
“I couldn’t be prouder and more thrilled to have completed the film in 4K,” said Fein in a statement. “Paramount offered unprecedented access to the original elements and exceptional support and the results are stunning. Utilizing the latest discoveries and innovations of modern film production, The Director’s Edition delivers so much more today than was previously possible. It’s an adventure you’ll never forget!” Fein spoke to StarTrek.com about some of the great discoveries the team made during the restoration process, his own fandom, and more.
The Director’s Edition was originally created in 2001 by working closely with director Robert Wise. In addition to edits for pacing, a number of small fixes and changes were made to the visual effects, and a new sound mix was created. TMP was rather famously rushed to completion in December 1979, because of this Robert Wise considered The Director’s Edition to be his “final cut.”
Theatrical event and home video release
Fathom Events will also be bringing the film to theaters for a two-day event on May 22 and May 25. Tickets go on sale April 8 at fathomevents.com. That will be followed by 4K UHD Blu-ray disc and digital releases in September (more details of the home video release are expected closer to the release date), which will include HDR10 and Dolby Vision color grades, the new Dolby Atmos mix, as well as new and legacy special features.
Paramount also released a new key art poster.
The new trailer showed off how much of an update the new 4K UHD version is, revealing much more detail on the USS Enterprise and more in comparison to the 2001 DVD release. The images not only show an increase in resolution, but also how far digital effects have come in the last 20 years.
The Enterprise approaches the heart of V’Ger
The “bridge” to V’Ger
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