Paramount has announced the release dates for the streaming and physical versions of Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition. Paramount+ will begin streaming the film in 4K on April 5 (First Contact Day), the day in Star Trek lore when Vulcans made first contact with Earth. The 4K disc, which will also include new exclusive bonus material, will be available for purchase in September.
Synopsis (Star Trek.com)
In 2001, director Robert Wise revisited the film to refine the edit and enhance the visual effects. His updated vision was released on DVD in standard definition and embraced by fans but has never been available in higher definition until now. Meticulously assembled and restored by producer David C. Fein with preservationist Mike Matessino, both of whom originally collaborated with Wise, the film has been prepared for presentation in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision™ high dynamic range (HDR) and a new powerful and immersive Dolby Atmos® soundtrack. Fein and Matessino assembled a team of special effects experts, led by returning visual effects supervisor Daren Dochterman, and utilized the extensive resources in the Paramount Archives to recreate the effects not just in HD, but in Ultra HD. After more than six months of painstaking work, the updated movie looks and sounds better than ever while staying true to Wise’s original intention.
Fathom Events will be showing the film in select theaters on May 22, 23, and 25. Tickets are available here.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition (Fathom Events)
For the first time on the big-screen, director Robert Wise’s definitive vision, eagerly anticipated by STAR TREK fans for over two decades, has been meticulously restored and remastered with enhanced visual effects. The adventure begins when an unidentified alien intruder destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers. Captain James T. Kirk boldly returns to the helm of a newly transformed U.S.S. Enterprise to take command. This bold adventure launched one of the longest running movie franchises of all time, and features the cast of the original STAR TREK series, including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, and James Doohan.