The Motion Picture – Director’s Edition’ –

Last month, producer David C. Fein shared some footage with of the updated and improved version of Star Trek: The Motion Picture – Director’s Edition. Today the article has been updated to include more details on the work on the new 4K edition, including our first look at some of the new renders. Director’s Edition scenes.

Work from new scans

Comments from David Fein:

Using scans of original photographic plates from 1979, some of which were intended for use but were omitted at the time, our team digitally recombines these elements to present them as they were originally intended, and with clarity. and unimaginable quality. I can’t wait for everyone to see it!

Two years ago, we interviewed the film‘s visual effects supervisor, the legendary Douglas Trumbull, who mentioned that the original 65mm film elements he and his team shot might be hiding somewhere in a Paramount safe. Based on Fein’s comments, it certainly looks like they’ve found something.

Teases of new CGI renderings

the Director’s Edition introduced a number of changes to the film’s visual effects, some of which were complete replacements, while others were enhancements to an existing shot. Fein shared footage of new versions of five of those scenes. Unfortunately, the images he shared aren’t in 4K resolution, but you can still see a marked improvement over the older 2001 versions of these shots. Note that these are work in progress not the final versions.

Revised Vulcan landscape and statues

Kirk’s loving gaze on the Enterprise, now with improved window reflection

V’Ger attacks the Enterprise, with lens flare

V’Ger sends a probe

At the heart of V’Ger, a gateway forms to bring the creator to V’Ger.

The new 4K version of Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition will debut on Paramount+ in 2022.

Keep checking TrekMovie for more updates on this very cool project.

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