When Star Trek: The Motion Picture made its theatrical release in December 1979, it marked the first time that the widely-regarded science-fiction series was brought to the big screen. Last year, it was announced that a 4K restoration of the film's director's cut is in the works that is set to be released on Paramount+ which got fans excited as they can finally see the film in the best way possible. Now, we finally know when we will finally get to see it on our TV screen.
The Digital Bits has reported that the 4K restoration of Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Director's Edition is set to make its exclusive streaming debut on Paramount+ this coming April 5. It is available to watch with Dolby Atmos audio. The trailer is also expected to drop any moment now. However, there is no date yet for its physical media release as there is a specific window of time before it becomes available there.
It is exciting to hear that the 4K restoration is set to be released in just a few weeks so we don't have to wait any longer before we'll get a chance to see Star Trek: The Motion Picture in the highest quality possible. While the film wasn't received well during its initial theatrical release, the director's edition has been considered as its definitive version and better than the theatrical cut.
This news also comes as William Shatner is celebrating his 91st birthday today and it's an awesome way to celebrate the legacy of the franchise, particularly its theatrical debut. Given that it will be released on Paramount+, we will be able to watch it in the comfort of our home soon. However, hopefully, it will get a physical media release so that we can see its 4K restoration in the best way possible without the need for an internet connection.
While you're waiting for The Motion Picture's 4K restoration release, you can watch the Star Trek films and TV shows on Paramount+.