March 24, 2022
The 4K restoration of Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Cut will debut exclusively on streaming service Paramount+ on April 5
Five months later, in September, the studio will issue the film on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with extensive new bonus content, details of which will be released on a later date.
Fans will also have the opportunity to see the remastered Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Cut on the big screen when Fathom Events and Paramount Pictures bring it to theaters for an exclusive two-day event May 22 and May 25. Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 8 at FathomEvents.com.
Originally released in 1979, Star Trek: The Motion Picture became the fourth top-grossing movie of the year and earned three Academy Award nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Art Direction, and Best Music, Original Score. The film brought the “Star Trek” franchise from television to the big screen, but due to a string of production problems and an ironclad release date it was rushed to theaters with incomplete visual effects and forced editing choices, clocking in at 131 minutes. Many critics felt the film’s pace was slow and ponderous. A 1983 television edit for ABC added 12 minutes of deleted scenes back into the film.
In 2001, director Robert Wise revisited the film to refine the edit and enhance the visual effects with CGI. His updated vision, coming in at 136 minutes, was released on DVD in standard-definition, but has never been available in high-definition until now, as the new visual effects had to be re-rendered in 4K. Restored by producer David C. Fein with preservationist Mike Matessino, both of whom originally collaborated with Wise, the film has been prepared for presentation in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) and a new Dolby Atmos soundtrack. Fein and Matessino assembled a team of special effects experts, led by returning visual effects supervisor Daren Dochterman, and utilized the resources in the Paramount Archives to recreate the effects not just in HD, but in Ultra HD.
“I couldn’t be prouder and more thrilled to have completed the film in 4K,” Fein said 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!”
The April 5 release date marks “First Contact Day,” the date in the 1996 film Star Trek: First Contact when the Vulcans first made contact with humans on April 5, 2063, near the town of Boseman, Mont.