'The Motion Picture' DVD Coming November 6

By Christian
August 18, 2001 - 4:29 PM

Paramount officialy announced the 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' Direction's Edition DVD yesterday, revealing the first Star Trek DVD to be loaded with extras.

Coming on the 6th of November, 2001, the first Star Trek film will be released in a two-disc for $29.99. Some of the features on the disc include enhanced visual effects, a new edit by director Robert Wise, and more than two hours of new bonus materials. Also released on that same day will be a widescreen VHS video, costing only $14.95 and also containing one of the bonus featurettes included on the DVD.

The new Director's Edition of the film runs for 136 minutes, 5 minutes longer than the original. But producer David Fein told the official Star Trek site that the differences don't just lie in the additional material. "The film has been fine-tuned from beginning to end. The focus was on improving the flow of the film, the film's presence. Some places a change as minor as two frames trimmed off the end of a shot was necessary. Extensive care was given to the overall viewing experience."

"After twenty years, I am happy to finally share my completed vision of 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture with audiences everywhere," said Wise. "It was a uniquely satisfying experience for us, and I am grateful to Paramount for the opportunity."

Besides the enhanced version of the film, the Director's Edition will also come with many of the extras made possibly by DVD. The first disc in the set will include an audio commentary by Wise, actor Stephen Collins (Will Decker), special photographic effects director Douglas Trumbull, special photographic effects supervisor John Dykstra, and composer Jerry Goldsmith. In addition, a text commentary by Michael Okuda will also be included.

The second disc will be devoted entire to bonus material. Included will be three documentaries, featuring interviews with the cast and crew, as well as the trailers for both the original cinematic release and the new trailer for the Director's Edition. Extra material from the actual film will be present in the form of 5 extra scenes from the theatrical version and 11 scenes from the extended version that aired on TV in 1983. Finally, 8 TV commercials, a storyboard archive, and a trailer for Enterprise will be included.

The film will be presented in widescreen format, with a soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and Dolby Surround. Closed captions and subtitles will be present. For the original announcement, which features more quotes from producer David Fein, please follow this link to the official Star Trek site.

In order to give fans a chance to learn more about 'The Motion Picture' Director's Edition DVD, producer David Fein has graciously agreed to answer some of the fans' questions here on TrekToday.

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A selection of the best questions will be sent to Mr. Fein on Tuesday, with the answers being posted as soon as we receive them. Our thanks go out to Mr. Fein for agreeing to this Q&A session!

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