Star Trek: The Motion Picture is being fully restored for fans.
Sometime between January and March of 2022, the fully restored version of Star Trek: The Motion Picture will be released for fans to watch. The film will launch first on Paramount+. While no DVD/BluRay has been announced yet, you should expect them to eventually release it for purchase eventually.
It was announced in July that the film was being touched up by producer David C. Fein, Michael Matessino, and Daren Dochterman who all worked on the 2001 Director’s Edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. All three men are back for the restoration efforts of the film, which promises the most immersive version of the film to date.
The film will now be 4K Ultra HD, and the sound and music will also be upgraded to better fit the modern technology. To help hype up the film’s pending release, Star Trek.com and Fein released some images of them working on the project.
The restoration will have an unexpected positive impact on new Star Trek fans.
While some will wonder what another re-release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture will serve, other than to get even more money out of Trek fans who have already purchased the film three or four times at this point in their life. What those fans don’t think about is the new fans who have joined the franchise in recent years.
With so much going on in the franchise in recent years, a lot of older content can get swept up by all the new being released. With the films and shows that have been released since the 1980s, films like The Motion Picture have been buried under so much other stuff.
Not only that, it doesn’t have the best of reputations either. If you’re looking for some good Trek to watch, not many people would recommend the first film.
A re-release of this scale will certainly get people interested to watch this film. Be it for the first time or the 100th time. The reputation of a film evolves as well, so if enough new eyes catch the film and liked it, who knows, maybe The Motion Picture’s reputation will improve as a result.
That hope alone is worth putting some time into making the film the best it’s ever looked and sounded.