Space might be the final frontier for brave adventurers exploring new worlds. But 4K Ultra HD is the final frontier for home releases. Now the film that brought one of television’s most important franchises to the big screen is boldly going where it has never gone before. The director’s cut of Star Trek: The Motion Picture is getting a full restoration.
Paramount and Paramount+ have announced they will begin work on a full restoration of the Director’s Edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The project has an expected timeline of six to eight months. Paramount has tapped Producer David C. Fein, restoration supervisor Mike Matessino, and visual effects supervisor Daren R. Dochterman for the job. All three worked with the movie’s director, Robert Wise, previously.
When completed, fans will get a chance to see—and hear—the 1979 film like never before. That includes 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision high dynamic range. Along with a new Dolby Atmos soundtrack. The completed restoration will launch on Paramount+ for an exclusive release window.
Whether or not that helps garner more subscriptions to the streaming service is debatable. The type of Star Trek fan who will most want to see this restored director’s cut probably already has the service. But that’s exactly why this should be a special treat for those who love the franchise the most.
You don’t have to wait that long to see the theatrical cut in 4K Ultra HD, though. It’s coming in a new box set containing the first four featured films in the franchise. That comes to stores September 7. The most enterprising of Star Trek fans will almost certainly want that version too, just for the bonus alone.
Proving once again that while space is the final frontier, in a world with high-def new home releases, the most frequent trip Star Trek fans make is to their wallet.