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4K Ultra HD Review: Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition – The Complete Adventure

September 6, 2022

By John Corrado

In addition to Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture 6-Movie Collection being released this week, Paramount is also releasing two different standalone editions of Robert Wise’s original 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture to mark the anniversary of when Star Trek first aired on TV in September 1966.

Previously only available as part of the 4-Movie Collection released last year, fans who want the 4K/HDR remaster of Star Trek: The Motion Picture now have a few different versions to choose from; both a regular 4K edition, and a deluxe version dubbed The Complete Adventure that includes special packaging and a number of other goodies.

In addition to the theatrical cut (131 minutes) of the film that was released in December 1979, both sets also include the newly remastered version of Wise’s The Director’s Edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture (136 minutes), which was previously only released in standard definition on DVD in 2001. The main draw of The Complete Adventure is the addition of a third cut; the Special Longer Version (144 minutes), which originally aired on TV in 1983 in a full-frame aspect ratio with incomplete editing and special effects, and is now available for the first time in widescreen and 4K.

The packaging for Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition – The Complete Adventure (quite the mouthful) is about twice the length of a regular 4K case (think if you placed two side-by-side). It’s designed like a small coffee table book that slips inside an outer cardboard case, with a foldout sleeve holding the set’s three discs (two 4K discs and a bonus Blu-ray disc). When you open it up, there is a nice statement from Wise about The Director’s Edition, and getting to revisit the film and remastering it with the support of Paramount.

The one drawback of the set is that the discs are slipped into cardboard pockets, and the first one in particular is quite challenging to slip in and out. The right cover includes a pocket to hold the set’s physical bonus material, including a paperback book featuring concept art, a mini poster for The Director’s Edition, reproductions of original press kit photo cards, decal reproductions from 1979 merchandise, and laptop stickers reproduced from classic bumper stickers.

I was sent both the regular and deluxe versions for review, and, slight nitpickings about how the discs are held aside, The Complete Adventure is clearly the primary choice for physical media collectors or fans wanting to get another look at the Special Longer Version.

Bonus Features (4K Ultra HD):

The deluxe edition features a number of new and old bonus features, spread across its three discs. A code for a digital copy is also included in the package.

4K Ultra HD:

  • Audio Commentary with David C. Fein, Mike Matessino, and Daren R. Dochterman (NEW)
  • Audio Commentary with Robert Wise, Douglas Trumbull, John Dykstra, Jerry Goldsmith, and Stephen Collins
  • Text Commentary with Michael and Denise Okuda

Blu-ray:

  • Audio Commentary with David C. Fein, Mike Matessino, and Daren Dochterman
  • Audio Commentary with Robert Wise, Douglas Trumbull, John Dykstra, Jerry Goldsmith, and Stephen Collins
  • Text Commentary with Michael and Denise Okuda
  • Isolated Score Track
  • The Human Adventure 8-Part Documentary (NEW):
    • Preparing the Future
    • A Wise Choice
    • Refitting the Enterprise
    • Sounding Off
    • V’GER
    • Return to Tomorrow
    • A Grand Theme
    • The Grand Vision
  • Deleted Scenes (NEW):
    • Ilia & Decker in Engineering
    • Security Guard
    • Three Casualties
  • Effects Tests (NEW)
  • Costume Tests (NEW)
  • Computer Display Graphics (NEW)
  • Additional Legacy Bonus Content

Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition – The Complete Adventure is a Paramount Home Entertainment release.

Street Date: September 6th, 2022

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