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DVD release
Series: Star Trek films
No. of discs: 2
Director: Robert Wise
Region 1 release date: 6 November 2001
Region 2 release date: 6 May 2002
Region 4 release date: 5 June 2002
Reference: ASIN B00005JKHP (region 1)
ASIN B00005UO5T (region 2)
Year: 2270s
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Main menu from Disc 1

Main menu from Disc 1
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Main menu from Disc 2

Main menu from Disc 2

Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director's Edition is a special two-disc widescreen Director's Edition DVD of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, featuring new scenes, enhanced visual effects and a new sound mix.


Taken from the back cover
The USS Enterprise proudly soars again in this new, beautifully restored Director's Edition of the original Star Trek movie classic. This new Director's Cut features enhanced visual effects and a new sound mix, supervised by legendary director Robert Wise. When an unidentified alien destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers, Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) returns to the newly transformed USS Enterprise to take command. Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and the cast from the acclaimed original Star Trek television series mobilize at warp speed to stop the alien intruder from its relentless flight toward Earth.
Taken from the interior booklet
A Sub-Space Communication from the Director...
It isn't often that an artist gets to revisit an old work, and ordinarily, I wouldn't consider it. Art, and especially film, which is an inherently collaborative medium, is not created in a vacuum. Rather, it results from a combination of forces and personalities, coupled with limitations of time, budget, and technology, which all converge in a way that is unique to a moment in time. Gene Roddenberry seemed to understand concepts like this, and he also believed, if STAR TREK is to be accepted as a mirror of his imagination, that time travel would one day be a reality. My experience in creating "The Director's Edition" of STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE has come closer to that reality than I ever imagined.
STAR TREK was a prestigious film for Paramount Pictures, and their support was unswerving. Unfortunately, even they couldn't stop the clock from ticking, and as we began to assess the ambitious technological breakthroughs we were attempting, we gradually realized that it was going to be a race. Thanks to a dedicated cast and crew who worked far beyond the call of duty, we survived the chaos of our final weeks and delivered a movie on the date promised...December 7, 1979. We had removed several key dialogue scenes in order to accommodate our incoming effects work, but no time remained to work on properly balancing these two components.
Thanks once again to Paramount's support, we have been able to complete the film as "The Director's Edition." In addition to finding a new, and I feel, proper editorial balance for the film, we have also completed those effects shots and scenes which we had to abort in 1979, and have given the film a proper final sound mix. It has been an opportunity which I never believed would happen, and one for which I am grateful beyond words. Gene Roddenberry was right... time travel IS possible.
- Robert Wise


Like most DVDs, the film has been sectioned into chapters, similar to tracks on a CD. The titles of these chapters are listed below.

Scene Title
1 Overture
2 Main Title
3 Klingon Battle
4 Vulcan
5 Starfleet Headquarters
6 The New Enterprise
7 Welcome Aboard
8 Transporter Malfunction
9 Mission Briefing
10 The Navigator Ilia
11 Friends Reunited
12 Ready For Departure
13 The Wormhole
14 Decker Speaks Freely
15 Spock's Arrival
16 Warp Speed
17 Red Alert
18 The Intruder Communicates
19 Entering The Cloud
20 The Alien Vessel
21 Plasma Probe
22 Into The Maw
23 The Probe
24 Memory Patterns
25 Spock's Journey
26 Simple Feeling
27 Entering Earth Orbit
28 The Orifice Opens
29 V'ger Revealed
30 A New Life Form
31 End Credits
32 Director's Edition Credits

Special featuresEdit

Disc OneEdit

Disc TwoEdit



  • Teaser trailer
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New Director's Edition trailer
  • Eight television commercials – Trailers which advertise the film's original release. The titles of these commercials are listed below.
Startle Your Senses
Cast/Human Adventure
Spiritual/Startle Your Senses
Startle/Human Adventure
Event/Common Experience
  • Five additional scenes – Additional scenes taken from the 1979 theatrical version which are missing in the Director's Edition. The titles of these scenes are listed below. Also included are various other 'trims' and outtakes which were either shortened, deleted or remade for the Director's Edition.
Vulcan and Starfleet
Attack on the Enterprise
Cloud Journey
V'ger Flyover
The Wing Walk
  • Eleven deleted scenes – Additional scenes taken from the 1983 TV version of the movie. The titles of these scenes are listed below.
Sulu and Ilia #1
Sulu and Ilia #2
Kirk's Quarters
Officers' Lounge
Attack on the Enterprise
Intruder Transmission
A Huge Vessel
Kirk follows Spock
Ilia's Quarters #1
Ilia's Quarters #2
Its Creator Is a Machine
  • Storyboard archive – An assortment of early concept sketches for three scenes – "Vulcan", "Enterprise Departure" and "V'ger Revealed." These show that the new Vulcan and V'ger scenes match the director's original vision much better than the theatrical release did.
  • Interactive animated menus
  • Enterprise TV series promo spot – A trailer for Enterprise, which was new at the time of the DVD's release.


Background informationEdit

  • While having received the blessing and support from Paramount Pictures, the studio has had itself no production input; rather the DVD project was an initiative of Robert Wise Productions, the production company of original Director Robert Wise, on the suggestion of David C. Fein and Michael Matessino under whose auspices the project was ultimately realized. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 8, p. 25) The production company is officially credited as such, and not Paramount.
  • Robert Wise was initially reluctant to embark on the project and needed some gentle prodding by Fein and Matessino; "In 1997, he finally said, "STAR TREK really was an unfinished film." Shortly after making some initial inquiries, he asked us to go into the studio to work out the deal to make the project happen, and also to work with him to finally complete the movie," as Matessino elaborated. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 8, p. 25)
  • Formally, Robert Wise Productions had subcontracted the production of the specials/documentaries and the remastered musical score to Sharpline Arts, the production company of Fein and Matessino. The soundtrack was remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 by Chuck Michael under the auspices of Matessino, whereas as the video, including the newly inserted CGI elements, was executed in 480i/576i S(tandard)D(efinition), conforming to contemporary television standards as the project was conceived as a home media format only. Longstanding Star Trek visual effects vendor Foundation Imaging was subcontracted to provide the additional CGI effects on recommendation of Daren Dochterman, who subsequently served as effects supervisor. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 8, pp. 52-62)
  • Since no standard DVD edition of the film was released at the time, this was the only version of the film released to DVD until the 2009 Region 2 Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection included the original theatrical edition. In North America The Director's Edition was also made available on VHS.
  • A high-definition Blu-ray version of the Directors Edition was reported on 30 April 2013 for release. The announced release date proved to be premature though, as it turned out that Paramount Pictures had failed to maintain ownership over the CGI elements that were added to the Director's Edition. Former employee Adam Lebowitz of Foundation Imaging has reported that all these elements were left on the company servers when they were auctioned off after the company went out of business shortly after having completed the Director's Edition commission, which would mean that the studio has to painstakingly recreate all these elements. [1] Still, his former Foundation colleague, Robert Bonchune, strongly indicated that these elements are still in existence, as some ex-employees had made backups, including Bonchune, of all the Star Trek files on their own computers, and could be made available to the studio if they were so inclined. [2]
  • In 2017, it was one of the co-producers of the Director's Edition, David C. Fein, who has confirmed Bonchune's assessment, by stating it was he who still had all the original digital effects elements available for remastering to Blu-ray standards. "We have all that we need. Would I like a few more pieces... sure. But we have everything we need," stated Fein, "All of the shots in the film were created with HD in mind so the quality of the models and elements were much higher than the SD renderings. We have everything, and when the time is right, we'll use them. Again, there is no truth that anything is missing." Fein also confirmed that a Blu-ray release was put on the backburner as "Paramount has yet to green light the project. We've had some discussions," adding that "it'll happen, the only question is when are we going to go ahead with it". [3] As of 2018 though, the status of a Blu-ray release remains yet unknown, and as a result, only the original, theatrical version has seen release in high-definition versions. (see: main article for further particulars)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director's Edition DVD Premiere EventEdit

Five days prior to the official DVD release, on 1 November 2001, Paramount Pictures had organized an event in its Paramount Theatre of the Arts, called the "Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director's Edition DVD Premiere Event". The event, to which several hundreds of guest were invited, among others from press and media, [4] entailed the world premiere of the Director's Edition as a theatrical screening, followed by lavish banquet, complete with Q&A sessions with the production team. A host of Star Trek alumni, old and new, and the entire production team were in attendance. For the occasion the lobby of the theater was turned into a mini-exhibit with several production assets, such as uniforms and props on display in glass cabinets. The actual refit-Enterprise studio model was prominently featured in the banquet hall, mounted on one of the buffet tables. [5]

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