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 Posted:   Dec 7, 2021 - 3:18 PM   
 By:   HAL 2000   (Member)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture was released (incidentally, The Hollywood reported has re-posted its original review of the film on its site today). That was yesterday, but I forgot to post about it so here it is a day later. Anyway, the first theatrical Trek hit screens and the anticipation for it at the time was not unlike what was felt with this year's Dune. A big movie treatment of a property beloved by millions.

This movie is special to me for a lot of reasons, most of them purely personal, but there is one thing that it accomplished in definitively style for me and that was to seal what was to become my lifelong passion for the music of Jerry Goldsmith. I recall the theme played prominently on all the TV spots at the time and I couldn't wait to get to the theater and hear it full blown.

I won't wax poetic about Goldsmith's brilliant work. That's been done more than adequately here over the decades. But I just felt that it deserved a mention. What an important movie and score for me. I'm sure some of you may feel similarly.

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2021 - 3:43 PM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

What an important movie and score for me. I'm sure some of you may feel similarly.

I do.

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2021 - 7:36 PM   
 By:   King Solium   (Member)

Loved the film though it had some awkward moments and some questionable production designs.
Jerry's score was of course the standout, I played the LP to death. LLL's remastered edition is my favorite expansion ever.

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2021 - 9:24 PM   
 By:   EdG   (Member)

It remains for me a wonderfully entertaining and somewhat flawed film. In 2019 the theatrical cut ran in theaters and some dads and I who enjoyed the film took our kids to see it for the first time. They loved it. No expectations at all - they loved the sheer scale of it, the more natural pacing and the score (which several of them thought was John Williams!). The reveal of Voyager at the end was received well since the kids had seen a full-size replica at a museum nearby.

The HR review:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/star-trek-the-motion-picture-1979-review-1235058609/

I rank it as #2 in the top five Trek films. Can't wait to the the new 4K Director's Cut now in production.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 6:26 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

It does remain a spectacular film all these years later, I am surprised HR liked it as much as they did.

I usually watch it about this time of year, something I relate to Christmas for some reason. It is remarkable, some 40+ years of advancements and they have not made another Trek film that can match this one for it's cinematic scale and visual impressiveness.


 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 6:37 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

It is by far my favorite STAR TREK movie, and it's the one movie that used Roddenberry's original concept for the TV series as a starting point to become a 2001-like science-fiction epic. Some may find the movie slow and ponderous, but I love the room the movie gives to its ideas and concepts...

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 6:50 AM   
 By:   King Solium   (Member)

It is by far my favorite STAR TREK movie, and it's the one movie that used Roddenberry's original concept for the TV series as a starting point to become a 2001-like science-fiction epic. Some may find the movie slow and ponderous, but I love the room the movie gives to its ideas and concepts...

Agreed. While the general audience seemed bored with the whole V'ger journey, I was mesmerized. Such an audio/visual treat. The Enterprise in Drydock remains one of my favorite sequences in any film. Its still electrifying.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 7:16 AM   
 By:   W. David Lichty [Lorien]   (Member)

It's my favorite of the films as well. I love Wrath of Kahn in a different way, and it's the obvious contender, but I've never not enjoyed this one, in any form, and the Director's Cut is such a sweetening of it.

My favorite Goldsmith score, this one!

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 10:01 AM   
 By:   NSBulk   (Member)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture was released...

...on December 7th, 1979.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 11:10 AM   
 By:   bladerunner76   (Member)

They finished the movie on December 6thwink

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 12:45 PM   
 By:   EdG   (Member)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture was released...

...on December 7th, 1979.


A date that shall live in infamy...

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 12:46 PM   
 By:   David Mueller   (Member)

I just watched it two weeks ago. It's not my favorite but the visuals and music are superb. No subsequent Trek movie did those two things as well as this one. In terms of pacing, it's way to slow for me, espacially the second half. And I usually love slower pace and static cinematography that take its time but here it is too much for me. EXCEPT THOSE TWO SCENES:


 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   HAL 2000   (Member)

I just watched it two weeks ago. It's not my favorite but the visuals and music are superb. No subsequent Trek movie did those two things as well as this one. In terms of pacing, it's way to slow for me, espacially the second half. And I usually love slower pace and static cinematography that take its time but here it is too much for me. EXCEPT THOSE TWO SCENES:




I love the way Wise and Trumbull allowed viewers time to luxuriate in the images. The two scenes that seem to go on way too long are the entry into the cloud and the Vger flyover. But the main problems are not with really with the length of the sequences but more the silly reaction shots of the bridge crew who just stare wide eyed in wonder. Ironically, it's the lingering nature of these very scenes which allowed Goldsmith to help carry those sequences with his music.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 1:31 PM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

....And I was in line to see it that Friday night (the infamous 7th) with a good friend from high school (I'd just graduated). One of my sharpest memories of going to the movies.

Had been a Trekkie for years, and while also a Star Wars fan bigtime, I was in some ways more excited for this. Star Trek is still my first SF love, and for me the motion picture was just what I wanted*. And I have loved it ever since. I particularly remember the opening love them overture before the credits started - that was most cool. (Though I was a tiny bit disappointed that Goldsmith had to write a march to start things off a la Star Wars, but those were the days we lived in and I got over it pdq.)

In fact, I loved it so much that I kinda hated TWOK at first because it was so clearly a repudiation of the more classic science fiction approach in favor of a good guy/bad guy heart-on-sleeve approach. Um, I got over that too, but I still like the chilly character interactions in STTMP.


*Except the space jammies. Didn't care for most of the uniforms, except for Kirk's short-sleeved top, Spock's and McCoy's duds, and the cool tan jackets. That's one I would pick up if it ever came out, which I don't think it will.

 
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