Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition to debut on the perfect day.
Fans of Star Trek: The Motion Picture will have yet another version of the film to watch, as 2022 will see the release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition will be released. This film is not to be confused with the 2001 release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Cut.
This film is going to be an upgrade in every way not just from the original version but from the 2001 version as well. The film is set to debut on Paramount+ and will also have a physical release as well, but the digital release appears to be coming sooner rather than later. The physical media release won’t be until September, but the streaming release will be on April 5, 2022.
Which is, of course, First Contact day.
First Contact Day is the fictitious holiday in Star Trek’s history where the Vulcans made first contact with humanity in a public and knowing manner.
The film updated film will make its debut/return to theaters on May 22 and May 25. You can get tickets starting on Friday, April 8 at FathomEvents.com.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture has a muddy history
The original film was not the most well-received. It was a bit of a mess, and it was so uneven that Leonard Nimoy was ready to retire from the role of Spock in part of it. It’s not the worst thing Star Trek has done, but it’s not seen in the same light as other films in the franchise.
This is odd, as it was the fourth highest-grossing film in 1979, and earned three Academy Award nominations for its visuals and music.
The film is going to be an updated version of the 2001 version that Robert Wise oversaw as the recreations director. Wise, David C Fein, and Mike Matessino have joined up to restore the film even further so it can match the standard of 4K Ultra HD players.
Fein and Matessino teamed up with Daren Dochterman and according to Star Trek.com, exhausted the Paramount Archives to recreate the film at its highest definition yet.
The film comes at a time when only four surviving members of the original crew are still with us. William Shatner, who just turned 91, Walter Koening, George Takei, and Nichelle Nichols. It will serve as a wonderful tribute to those who are still here and those we’ve lost. If you’ve never seen the film, this is the perfect opportunity to watch it at its most glorious.