I initially was put off by the DE when it came out, because of certain changes like the klaxons during Red Alert. Many years later I got the DVD and it really grew on me. I never cared too much for TMP, but the DE definitely improved the pacing and the inclusion of those character moments really added a lot. I think it still needs serious trimming, such as the reveal of the new Enterprise. As much as I love Goldsmith, the scene itself is a slog and repetitive.
I do hope the DE gets an HD treatment soon. It's the kind of director's cut that is tastefully done such as the 2007 cut of BLADE RUNNER and many others.