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Star Trek Movies I-X Discuss the first ten big screen outings in this forum!

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Old January 17 2013, 02:44 PM   #1
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Versions of ST:TMP on DVD and/or Blu-ray

Hi! I know that ST:TMP has been packaged and repackaged in different ways on DVD and/or Blu-ray. I don't own any of them, and I was hoping someone might give me a quick rundown of the different releases available and the pros and cons of each. Thanks!
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Old January 17 2013, 02:52 PM   #2
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Re: Versions of ST:TMP on DVD and/or Blu-ray

Get the Blu-ray which contains the theatrical release - the definitive version of the movie and hands down the best presentation on home video. Beyond that, you are limited to the Director's Cut on the 2 disc DVD. Both come with a load of bonus features.
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Old January 17 2013, 03:28 PM   #3
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Re: Versions of ST:TMP on DVD and/or Blu-ray

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Get the Blu-ray which contains the theatrical release - the definitive version of the movie and hands down the best presentation on home video. Beyond that, you are limited to the Director's Cut on the 2 disc DVD. Both come with a load of bonus features.
Might as well get both since you can usually find the DE for five bucks.
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Old January 17 2013, 03:33 PM   #4
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Re: Versions of ST:TMP on DVD and/or Blu-ray

^ Fair point, Bill.
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Old January 17 2013, 05:16 PM   #5
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Re: Versions of ST:TMP on DVD and/or Blu-ray

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Get the Blu-ray which contains the theatrical release - the definitive version of the movie and hands down the best presentation on home video. Beyond that, you are limited to the Director's Cut on the 2 disc DVD. Both come with a load of bonus features.
Might as well get both since you can usually find the DE for five bucks.
Yup. I bought all the 2 disc SEs of all 10 films, then I bought the 2 box sets for the different cuts of 1, 2 and 6 and all the different extras. (I bought most of them used so it wasn't too much money).
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Old January 17 2013, 06:12 PM   #6
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Re: Versions of ST:TMP on DVD and/or Blu-ray

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Get the Blu-ray which contains the theatrical release - the definitive version of the movie and hands down the best presentation on home video. Beyond that, you are limited to the Director's Cut on the 2 disc DVD. Both come with a load of bonus features.
Might as well get both since you can usually find the DE for five bucks.
Yup. I bought all the 2 disc SEs of all 10 films, then I bought the 2 box sets for the different cuts of 1, 2 and 6 and all the different extras. (I bought most of them used so it wasn't too much money).
What version or versions are in the box sets?
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Old January 17 2013, 08:46 PM   #7
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Re: Versions of ST:TMP on DVD and/or Blu-ray

This box set of the TOS movies:

http://www.amazon.com/Star-Trek-Orig...+dvd+movie+box

has the theatrical cuts of 1, 2 and 6. The 2 disc SE's have the director's cuts of 1, 2 and 6. All the other movies (TOS and TNG) are the same cuts in either set.

This box set I linked too is actually the first time the theatrical cut of The Undiscovered Country has been presented on home video, and the first time the movie has been available in it's original 2.35:1 aspect ratio (instead of being opened up to 2.00:1).




(sidebar, I also did a little hack to this box where I replaced the bonus disc case with a 2 disc case and put my DVD copy of the 2009 movie in there since I also had it on Bluray).
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Old January 18 2013, 04:05 AM   #8
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Get the Blu-ray which contains the theatrical release - the definitive version of the movie and hands down the best presentation on home video. Beyond that, you are limited to the Director's Cut on the 2 disc DVD. Both come with a load of bonus features.
Definitive . . . ?

I prefer the Director's Cut of that film; it was just a much better movie . . . in my opinion.
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Old January 18 2013, 08:04 AM   #9
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Re: Versions of ST:TMP on DVD and/or Blu-ray

The theatrical cut is missing a few great Spock scenes, but it's not a movie-breaking loss. The biggest issue really between the director's cut and the theatrical cut is the pacing. The film already looks fantastic. The extra gloss given by the new effects is just an added bonus. The pacing of the theatrical cut is just way more sluggish, but I suppose if you haven't accidentally broken the fast-forward button of your controller, then there's not much of a problem anyway.
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Old January 18 2013, 02:25 PM   #10
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Re: Versions of ST:TMP on DVD and/or Blu-ray

Thanks, everyone!
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Old January 18 2013, 02:56 PM   #11
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The theatrical cut is missing a few great Spock scenes, but it's not a movie-breaking loss. The biggest issue really between the director's cut and the theatrical cut is the pacing. The film already looks fantastic. The extra gloss given by the new effects is just an added bonus. The pacing of the theatrical cut is just way more sluggish, but I suppose if you haven't accidentally broken the fast-forward button of your controller, then there's not much of a problem anyway.
Personally, I feel the pacing of the theatrical cut is far superior and fits the mood, style and overall intent of the movie with grandiose aplomb. Yes, it has a slow pace, so what? I love the awe-inspiring, epic and beautifully executed "pace" for what it is - just as I enjoy the radically disparate and livelier style of Trek '09 for example. I feel the DC was an attempt to alter the film's original feel due to the endless parrotlike "slow Motion Picture" whingeing, bleating and whining over years. And yes, I am aware Robert Wise was at the helm for the DC.
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Old January 18 2013, 06:20 PM   #12
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Re: Versions of ST:TMP on DVD and/or Blu-ray

Of course the "definitive" cut would be a remastered SLV, in widescreen with finished FX. There's so many little character beats that are missing from both the theatrical and director's cut that I grew up with watching the SLV on VHS and TV showings.
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Old January 18 2013, 06:50 PM   #13
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Of course the "definitive" cut would be a remastered SLV, in widescreen with finished FX. There's so many little character beats that are missing from both the theatrical and director's cut that I grew up with watching the SLV on VHS and TV showings.
That would be worthwhile, wouldn't it?
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Old January 18 2013, 08:53 PM   #14
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The pacing of the Theatrical is PERFECT.

Everyone said that from day one!
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Old January 18 2013, 09:39 PM   #15
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Of course the "definitive" cut would be a remastered SLV, in widescreen with finished FX. There's so many little character beats that are missing from both the theatrical and director's cut that I grew up with watching the SLV on VHS and TV showings.
Agreed, except for the fx part. I'd rather have that airlock scene removed than new fx for it. And if it was just left the way it was, that would also be fine with me. I just want the original, unaltered SLV in widescreen and possibly HD.
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