Star Trek - The Motion Picture: The Director's Cut

Back when the first
i Star Trek
i0 feature was released in December 1979, the
i Trek
i0 franchise was still relatively modest, consisting of the original TV series, an animated cartoon series from 1973-74, and a burgeoning fan network around the world. Series creator Gene Roddenberry had conceived a second TV series, but after the success of
i Star Wars
i0 the project was upgraded into this lavish feature film, which reunited the original series cast aboard a beautifully redesigned starship U.S.S.
i Enterprise
i0 . Under the direction of Robert Wise (best known for
i West Side Story
i0 ), the film proved to be a mixed blessing for
i Trek
i0 fans, who heatedly debated its merits; but it was, of course, a phenomenal hit. Capt. Kirk (William Shatner) leads his crew into the vast structures surrounding V'Ger, an all-powerful being that is cutting a destructive course through Starfleet space. With his new First Officer (Stephen Collins), the bald and beautiful Lieutenant Ilia (played by the late Persis Khambatta) and his returning veteran crew, Kirk must decipher the secret of V'Ger's true purpose and restore the safety of the galaxy. The story is rather overblown and derivative of plots from the original series, and avid Trekkies greeted the film's bland costumes with derisive laughter. But as a feast for the eyes, this is an adventure worthy of big-screen trekkin'. Douglas Trumbull's visual effects are astonishing, and Jerry Goldmith's score is regarded as one of the prolific composer's very best (with its main theme later used for
i Star Trek: The Next Generation
i0 ). And, fortunately for
i Star Trek
i0 fans, the expanded 143-minute version (originally shown for the film's network TV premiere) is generally considered an improvement over the original theatrical release.
i --Jeff Shannon

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title: Star Trek - The Motion Picture: The Director's Cut
theatricalDate: 19-06-1979
stars: Majel Barrett
Ralph Brannen
Roger Aaron Brown
Ralph Byers
Stephen Collins
purchase date: 19-06-2007
publisher: Paramount
published: 06-11-2001
price: $12.98
net Rating: 3.5
MPAA Rating: PG
minutes: 136
number of media: 2
last lookup time: 204001504
genre: Feature Films
Race Against Time
Space Adventure
Science Fiction
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Boxed Sets
Special Editions
Two-Disc Special Editions
fullTitle: Star Trek - The Motion Picture: The Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition)
features: Closed-captioned
Director's Cut
edition: Two-Disc Special Collector's
director: Robert Wise
currentValue: $6.49
created: 204001504
country: us
aspect: DVD
asin: B00005JKHP