Star Trek: The Motion Picture [Blu-ray] [1979]

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  • Release Date: 04/30/2013
  • Rating: G
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (15 out of 16)

Special Features


  • Commentary by: Michael & Denise Okuda, Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens and Daren Dochteman
  • The longest Trek: writing The Motion Picture HD
  • Special Star Trek reunion HD
  • Starfleet Academy: the mystery behind V'ger HD
  • Blu-Ray Exclusives:
  • Library Computer
  • Star Trek IQ (BD-Live)
  • Plus over 15 minutes of previously released content

Synopsis


Star Trek: The Motion Picture
When plans to launch a second Star Trek television series in the late 1970s were scrapped by Paramount Pictures, the show's creator, Gene Roddenberry, instead transformed the aborted program's 2-hour pilot into this big budget theatrical feature. Five years after the legendary voyages of the starship Enterprise, James T. Kirk (William Shatner) is an unhappy, desk-bound admiral at Starfleet headquarters. Kirk goes aboard his old vessel to observe its re-launch under new captain Will Decker (Stephen Collins). Soon, however, an escalating crisis causes Kirk to take command of his old ship. A mysterious, planet-sized energy force of enormous power is headed for Earth. Reunited with Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley), and the rest of his former colleagues, Kirk takes the Enterprise inside the massive energy cloud and discovers that it is the long-lost NASA space probe Voyager. Now a sentient being after accumulating centuries of knowledge in its deep space travels, the alien, which calls itself V'ger, has come home seeking its creator. Although not a critical home run, box office receipts for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) were strong enough to inspire a revamped television series and a long-running line of theatrical sequels. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • William Shatner
    William Shatner - James T. Kirk
  • Leonard Nimoy
    Leonard Nimoy - Mr. Spock
  • DeForest Kelley
    DeForest Kelley - Leonard "Bones" McCoy
  • James Doohan
    James Doohan - Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
  • Stephen Collins
    Stephen Collins - Cmdr. Willard Decker



Customer rating

3.9
94%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Star Trek's 'rebirth'

    Posted
    prlwctd

    As I'm sure we all now, Star Trek was actually set to be a new series in the 70's, entitled Star Trek: Phase II with all the original cast, sans Leonard Nimoy. However, the success of Star Wars made every studio in Hollywood reach for a piece of the intergalatic pie. Paramount, however, stepped back and realized that they didn't need to create a new sci-fi franchise to compete with Star Wars like those other guys did, because they had one already-Star Trek. As a result, plans for Phase II were scrapped at the 11th hour and a script for that show was developed for the movie-with the original cast including Nimoy(A sidenote-two other Phase II scripts were later revamped as two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation). Now, as to the film itself... Like Star Wars and its imitators, there are great SFX and a great music score(which itself became the main theme for Star Trek: The Next Generation). As with the imitators of Lucas's opus, though, those assets seem to be at the expense of exciting drama. As many have noted over the years, the film moves too slowly in some parts(was Kirk and Scotty circling the Enterprise in the shuttle really a necessary sequence?). Still, the film attempts to address cosmic issues in a 2001 vein are somewhat interesting. The opening sequences with the Klingons and the Vulcans are also first rate. The reissue of the film on DVD a few years ago, I thought, made the film better. For instance, I love how the moment where Decker and Ilia exchange smiles on the bridge was moved to another point in the film. My only complaint about the reissue is the redo of some of the sound effects, most notably the emergency alert sirens. They just seemed to sound more goosebump-inducing in their original track. Despite being called a sleeping pill by some, the delight of seeing the original crew reunited was enough for this film to make a nice amount of money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid performance by the original cast.

    Posted
    dvdbluboy
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    I am a huge Star Trek fan of all of the series spinoffs as well as the Original series. This movie was very well received when it was released to theaters. When it came to DVD, it contained extra footage not seen in the theatrical release, and that was what made it a very boring film to watch. When the Blu-ray title was announced the first thing I looked at was the running time, and I found that they had not included the extended version on this release. On a grand scale the movie is an excuse to take us on a tour of the new version of the Enterprise, while the understory is about a lost satellite. If you are a fan of Star Trek, no collection would be complete without this film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great soundtrack, okay plot

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    mrfixit1977
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    About the best thing that can be said about the first Trek movie was the soundtrack was memorable (Ilia's Theme and the Klingon theme being noteworthy) and the special effects were a leap forward from the series. However, the movie itself was at least 20 minutes too long with far too much time spent admiring the Enterprise in space dock. The Starfleet uniforms were sorely out of place. But we get to see the original crew of Enterprise reunited for later (and better)adventures.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Update of a Scifi Classic

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    Troglibite
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    I loved this movie. While I don't consider myself a "Trekkie" I am a Star Trek fan and I have watched and own all of the original movies except the "The Motion Picture". I enjoyed the new timeline of the new series but was able to find the original story and had fun finding the "Kahn-isms". If you've never watch the originals you'll still enjoy the movie. The plot line, characters, non-stop action, and special effects keep even a non Trekkie engaged.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    boldly go to the big screen

    Posted
    Rush2112

    hey this film looks good, has a cool plot, and ties in the original series w/several back stories w/certain characters. I bet if this was judged as just a "sci-fi" film w/o connection to Trek it would be lauded right up there w/2001, Planet Of The Apes, Blade Runner, etc. the climax is spellbinding and has nice F/X w/o overkilling like modern CGI does way too often. watch w/o prejudice and you'll savor this like Romulan ale!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A must have for every Star Trek fan!

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    bones69
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    There was great anticipation before Star Trek was originally released as a feature film. I mean, think about it, how many TV shows were released as feature films before this movie?? While the plot is admittedly weak, this film succeeded on many levels. It is appreciated by the Star Trek fans like a reunion with old friends. Recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great start to the Star Trek film series

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    pavenger
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    A great first film in the Star Trek series, it brings the grandeur of Star Trek to the big screen. A friend thought it was a bit slow, and I suppose it is compared with the newest Star Trek films, but it is truly a great film regardless! Watch the whole series, but start from the beginning with this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    the Sequels Were Better

    Posted
    kevman79

    Thankfully, the sequels to this feature length film based off the classic television show got better as the series continued, because this first film, although not bad, isn't particularly spectacular. Still, recommended. Widescreen, loads of bonus materials.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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