Star Trek: The Motion Picture made its debut in theaters in December 1979 and it marked the beginning of a series of films based on the widely-regarded science-fiction series. Last year, it was announced that a 4K restoration of the film's director's cut is in the works which is set to be released on Paramount+. The news got fans excited as they can finally see the film in the highest resolution possible. Now, we finally have our first look images.
Paramount+ has unveiled the first look images at the 4K restoration of Star Trek: The Motion Picture Director's Edition courtesy of producer David C. Fein, one of the key people behind the project. The first image shows one of the shots of the refitted USS Enterprise. StarTrek.com explained, "In addition to the 1500+ edits required to complete the cut of the film, over 150 visual effects shots have been completed. Many of the additional shots have been digitally recombined with little to no loss in quality from the original negative of the elements of each shot."
The other image that they showed features a shot of the infamous orbital office complex. "The final stage involved perfecting the color and look of the film," StarTrek.com wrote. "The Director’s Edition itself is the completion of the film with intended visual effects, fine editing to enrich and smooth the pacing, and a new powerful ATMOS sound mix; all focused on the goal to melting away your reality and take you on board the Enterprise as the crew faces a new unknown enemy heading for Earth. For the first time ever, the film's received a scene-by-scene dynamic HDR color grading that is visually satisfying, engaging, and fully pushes HDR to a level of spectacle that is nothing short of stunning."
It is awesome to see these first-look images of the restoration that they did and there's no doubt that if director Robert Wise is still with us, he would have been very impressed with the work that the team did and given a new life to the Star Trek film that started it all. Even though it was released in 1979, the restoration made it look like it was just made yesterday. It is exciting to see the final results and see the final frontier in its full glory.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture 4K Director's Edition is set to be released on Paramount+ later this year. It is unknown yet if it will be released in home media.