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Star Trek I: The Motion Picture (1979)

Cast: William Shatner, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, more...
Director: Robert Wise, Robert Wise
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Studio: Paramount
Genre: Science Fiction , Aliens
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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When plans to launch a second Star Trek television series in the late 1970s were scrapped by Paramount Pictures, the show's creator, Gene Roddenberry, instead transformed the aborted program's 2-hour pilot into this big budget theatrical feature. Five years after the legendary voyages of the starship Enterprise, James T. Kirk (William Shatner) is an unhappy, desk-bound admiral at Starfleet headquarters. Kirk goes aboard his old vessel to observe its re-launch under new captain Will Decker (Stephen Collins). Soon, however, an escalating crisis causes Kirk to take command of his old ship. A mysterious, planet-sized energy force of enormous power is headed for Earth. Reunited with Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley), and the rest of his former colleagues, Kirk takes the Enterprise inside the massive energy cloud and discovers that it is the long-lost NASA space probe Voyager. Now a sentient being after accumulating centuries of knowledge in its deep space travels, the alien, which calls itself V'ger, has come home seeking its creator. Although not a critical home run, box office receipts for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) were strong enough to inspire a revamped television series and a long-running line of theatrical sequels. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide

Please note that this disc contains the movie. If you'd like to see the bonus disc, please rent Star Trek - The Motion Picture: Bonus Disc.

GreenCine Member Ratings

Star Trek I: The Motion Picture (1979)
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5.93 (131 votes)
Star Trek I: The Motion Picture (Bonus Disc) (1979)
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6.18 (22 votes)

GreenCine Member Reviews

Slow Trek by BrodiesGirl July 27, 2004 - 1:14 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Okay, to start off with, I'm not a crazy Star Trek fanatic, but I have enjoyed the few episodes I've seen as well as the few movies (III and V) I've seen. I wanted to watch all the movies, in order, to say I've finally done it.

Whew. It took a loooong while to finally get through this one. It's still pretty cool, the thing is, it was probably WAY cooler in 1980. The movie opens with, I kid you not, THREE MINUTES of a Windows Screensaver--no credits yet, no actors, nothing. Just stars. (Okay, so it was probably a really cool thing to see in the theater. Oooh. Ah!!) There are lots of really drawn-out scenes that are all about admiring the "cool" special effects. (look at how cool the Enterprise is! Look at how big it is on the movie screen!)

This flick was definitely lacking in the tongue-in-cheek humor, the thing I love most about Star Trek. It still had a cool plot and a lot going for it, just a bit too slow for my taste.

The Best Star Trek movie, ever by larbeck May 17, 2003 - 11:21 AM PDT
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
ST:TMP has always been my favorite Star Trek movie. The experience of seeing it new in the theater was such magic - to have Roddenberry's saga rendered with decent effects, surround sound, and without his constant battle with the network drones was absolute heaven. And the this spiritual adventure blazes like a star born in my heart. If you are hoping this director's cut will pick up the pace, sorry, fast twitcher. Ever so true to the original, it flows like it also did. Slow and beautiful.

The only reason that I did not give it a 10 is the fact that transfer to DVD suffers in spots - the dark, smoky clouds of V'ger and the transformation sequence of the climax have wretched video compression artifacts. This was on a high rez monitor - perhaps, it will not show up on an analog TV. But it is sad - I wanted perfection, especially in a so-called "collector's" edition.

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