The Motion Picture Beams onto Blu-ray...and is Still Just as Boring!
May 16, 2009
I don't think anything is ever going to change the fact that Star Trek: The Motion Picture is the most boring Star Trek film ever. It might not be the worst, I think all trekkies agree that that honor goes to The Final Frontier, but definitely the slowest. Hidden in all of the films slow and action-less two hours and twelve minutes (the longest Trek film to date) is a really beautiful movie that just shines on Blu-ray.
When Earth is is informed that a giant space entity is headed toward the planet, the then Admiral Kirk convinces Starfleet to give him his command of the Enterprise back in hopes of making contact and even possibly destroying the entity. Even the concept of the film is boring, but it does lead to some beautiful scenes. The film has been completely remastered in full 1080p Hi-def and 7.1 Dolby Digital surround sound. The Motion Picture has been cleaned up most of the scratches on the film and is really presented crystal clear. You can really tell the difference from DVD to Blu-ray as well as the Blu-ray makes most of the movie look as if it was filmed yesterday. The shots of the Enterprise make you giddy all over again the first time you see her in spacedock.
The amazing picture is complimented by its stunning crisp sound presented in Dolby Digital 7.1 High-def. The music sounds like a prefect track as does the dialogue. Though this movie didn't have much in the way of action, it still sounded amazing on the surround sound, really fun stuff.
Unfortunately what this Blu-ray edition lack is the addition of the CG effects that were added in the Directors Edition back in 2001. Instead we get the original theatrical release that Robert Wise always said was more of a rough cut of the film. Apparently, the remastering team could not convert the added scenes and effects to HD quality. It's disappointing because the added effects and remix of the score added something to the film to make it a tad more interesting.
If you are a collector of the Star Trek films, I would go out and by these Blu-rays. They are really worth it. However, it doesn't change the fact that this first film can't be remade.
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture was the first of six films that followed the events of Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew. However, TMP is considered to be the most boring of the Star Trek films and did not fair overly well with the Critics.
The Motion Picture marked the beginning of a long relationship betweenStar Trek and Jerry Goldsmith as this was the first Star Trek project he composed.