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Commentary: "Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director's Edition"

ST:TMP Production Team
ST:TMP Director's Edition Production Team

Robert Wise & co. at Grand Slam convention, Pasadena, 2001
Robert Wise and the production team

Admiral Kirk's air tram
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Behind the Scenes at the commentary recording session
Gallery: Behind the Scenes at the commentary recording session (6 pics)

In 1979, a version of "Star Trek:The Motion Picture" was released to cinemas around the country. This version, however, didn't quite fit together like director Robert Wise had intended. Even though it soon became a hit film, viewers were left with similar impressions: it was like a big budget episode that looked good and had a great soundtrack, but was ultimately lacking in pacing and had a weak denouement.

Part of the problem was production related: the film had a release date set in stone months in advance so, ready or not, it had to be delivered to theaters at its appointed time. One complication was special-effects related. Early test shots were not successful and the whole process was painstakingly slow.

In the late '90s, a team of producers put together a package detailing how they could go in and, with the director's cooperation, enhance the film's FX, sound, and editing. The creative team, headed by David C. Fein, Michael Matessino and Daren R. Dochterman, were responsible for the contents of the "Director's Edition," right down to contributing bonus materials for the two-disc DVD release.

Many stories have been told about the making of the movie, but we now have a comprehensive account of the making of the "Director's Edition," from the three people who know it best. Now, for your enjoyment, please sit back and listen, or watch and listen, to our exclusive podcast for "Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director's Edition."

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To get the maximum benefit out of your experience, we suggest you take the following steps:

  1. If you don't already own it, you can purchase the "Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Director's Edition" DVD.
  2. Download the commentary in either MP3, QuickTime or Windows Media format.
  3. Play the movie on DVD and simultaneously listen to the commentary, either on your computer or digital media player such as an iPod.

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We hope you enjoy this, our first Star Trek movie commentary. Our goal is to make this an insightful and educational way to appreciate the film. As always, we plan on doing more commentaries, so please let us know what you think. Drop us a note at

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Robert Wise

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