I just got II and III and realized, I didn’t do a review of the first one. Here’s something to rectify that oversight.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Director’s Edition)
Cast & Crew
William Shatner as Admiral James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy as Spock
DeForest Kelley as Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy
James Doohan as Commander Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott
George Takei as Lt. Commander Hikaru Sulu
Walter Koenig as Lt. Commander Pavel Chekov
Nichelle Nichols as Lt. Commander Uhura
Majel Barrett as Christine Chapel, M.D.
Persis Khambatta as Lt. Ilia
Stephen Collins as Commander Willard ‘Wil’ Decker
Original Theatrical Release
December 7, 1979
Director’s Edition Release
November 6, 2001
When a destructive space entity is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine, and hopefully stop it.
You’ve all seen the movie, at least the old theatrical version. If not, go now silly fools. Is this version better? In a word, yes. The film still has its problems, but a few of them (pacing for example) have been helped out greatly.
Where this edition shines is in its extras. Great documentaries (3 of them), interviews, and more.
When V’ger’s true identity is revealed and the ensuing climax. This is good Science Fiction.
Kirk and Decker’s early interactions. These are stiff and uninspiring.
Originality: In fine tradition of Trek ripping itself off, we may have the precident. The premise for this movie is virtually identical to a TOS episode, The Changeling. 3
Effects: I’ve always felt that this film had much better effects than the original Star Wars. The model used for the Enterprise was beautifully crafted. The new effects shots and the new shots of V’ger are superb. 6
Story: It’s still slow, but trimming the bonus footage from the early 80’s and a few new scenes help the pacing. 4
Acting: It’s great to see old friends at it again. The triad of Kirk-McCoy-Spock shines like it did in TOS. Khambatta is dry and uninteresting, but Collins makes a go of it. 4
Emotional Response: It’s not truly gripping, but that may be from my years of having watch this again and again. There are some fun laughs if you leave Okuda’s text commentary up (which I highly recommend). 4
Extras: (New category) This is everything fans have been wanting. Three documentaries on the making of the film (preproduction, production, and the special edition). It even includes all the stuff you wanted to know about the film’s first role, as a pilot for a new series. 6
Overall: A great improvement from the original theatrical release. 5
Total: 32 out of 42
Additional Notes and Comments
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