The Motion Picture – Director’s Edition is a 4K triumph, plus new Shout!/Scream Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD titles, and more
For the very first time, this movie feels whole, polished…finished. The 4K remaster is terrific, made with the aim of bringing every detail present in the original negative to the screen, and made by people who know this film better than anyone. Much (but not all) of the original VistaVision and 65mm VFX negative was located and scanned in 6K or 8K resolution, allowing the Director’s Edition team to recompose many shots that had previously suffered from several generations of image loss and dull lines caused by optical printing. And seeing these images projected on the big screen is simply breathtaking. The film was eventually given a proper color note, to restore the look the director intended. There’s a whole new shot at the start of the movie, and all of them revisited Director’s Edition The visual effects are beautiful and well integrated. For the first time seeing this film, we really understand the internal geography of V’Ger. And the Director’s Edition scene additions and expansions round out the dramatic arcs and enhance character moments.
But I have to tell you that the new sound mix is just as good as the imaging. My God! The OF The team found all manner of original ADR recordings (including Wise’s favorite takes, some of which never made it into the theatrical version), along with appropriate background dialogue, sound effects and musical cues . All of these have been digitally remastered from the original recordings to create a clear, clean, robust and unified soundscape. Now you’ll hear things in those scenes that were always meant to be there, but Wise and company never had time to include, or were just buried in the original, rushed 1979 sound mix. Jerry Goldsmith’s magnificent score is presented with thrilling fidelity. In fact, I heard instrumentation in a few lines that I had never noticed before. I can’t wait to hear this in the middle of Atmos (the theater in the Paramount lot is not equipped like this).
Even better, the film is now dedicated to its director. My thanks to our friends David C. Fein, Mike Matessino, Daren Dochterman and Adam “Mojo” Lebowitz who started this journey with Robert Wise 22 years ago and finally crossed the finish line. Congratulations to all of you for a job well done! Bob would certainly be proud.
Thanks also to Alan Meier and everyone at Paramount Home Entertainment and Paramount+ for the event and for finally making the 4K remaster of this movie a reality.
I should also take a moment to add here that the packed screening was a blast for other reasons as well. It was almost overwhelming to see so many old friends in one place at the same time after two years of COVID lockdowns and canceled conventions and other events. It felt like if half the people I know in this industry were there, including star trek luminaries like Michael and Denise Okuda, Doug Drexler, David Gerrold and others. There were so many friends to catch up with that it was impossible to spend enough time with all of them. But it was great to try. Hundreds of happy people left the theatre, I can tell you that. And the fun for some of us actually started earlier. My wife Sarah, our dear friend Ed Peters and I went to dinner before attending the screening, and just as we had sat down in the restaurant, which should enter otherwise my friends Robert Meyer Burnett and David Hargrove. And then a few minutes later, Scott Mantz also came. As you can imagine, a enthusiastic Trek a discussion ensued before we all headed to the Paramount lot.
It was really a fun night. And the Director’s Edition is a marvel. It’s streaming now in 4K with HDR and Dolby Atmos on Paramount+ and it will be released on physical disc 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray in September. I can’t wait for you all to see it. By the way, Paramount has now released the trailer in full 4K trailer on YouTube, so I thought I’d include it for you all to see here…
We just have some other news for you today, but it’s good…
Shout! and Scream Factory revealed their June slate, which is expected to include reissues of Studio Ghibli titles The Story of Princess Kaguya and Only yesterday (both on Blu-ray from GKids via Shout!), as well as the sesame street Title Getting Ready with Elmo: Potty Time Plus (DVD) and that of Makoto Shinkai 5 centimeters per second, The children who hunt the lost voicesand The place promised at our beginnings (again, all on Blu-ray from GKids via Shout!) On 6/7, followed by Herzog: The Collection – Volume 2 (Blu-ray, includes Signs of life, The great ecstasy of woodcarver Steiner, How much wood would a groundhog chuck be, La Soufriere, God’s Angry Man, Sermon of Huie, The dark glow of the mountains, Bouvier du Soleil, Echoes of a Dark Empire, wheel of timeand The wild blue there) and dog soldiers (4K Ultra HD) on 06/14, When calls the heart: like a lion / turn the page (DVD), fire in the sky (Blu-ray), and The Funhouse (4K Ultra HD) on 06/21, and finally cat people (4K Ultra HD) on 06/28. Specific AV details and extras on 4K titles are always TBA.
And Kino Lorber Studio Classics staged John Ford soldiers on horseback (1959), a double line of The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu (1929) and The return of Dr. Fu Manchu (1930) and that of Curt Siodmak Love slaves of the Amazons (1957) for Blu-ray release 6/14. Coming soon also from the company, a collection of William Nigh Mr. Wong, detective (1938), The mystery of Mr. Wong (1939), Mr. Wong in Chinatown (1939), The fatal hour (1940), and condemned to die (1940), and a Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema IX box including lady on a train (1945), Tangier (1946), and Misstep (1949).
We leave you today with a preview of the covers of some of the Shout/Scream titles mentioned above, all of which are now available for pre-order on Amazon by clicking on the covers…
Back tomorrow with more. Stay tuned!
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