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With: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Majel Barrett, Persis Khambatta, Stephen Collins
Written by: Harold Livingston, based on a story by Alan Dean Foster
Directed by: Robert Wise
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 136
Date: 06/12/1979

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

All Hands on 'Trek'

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

It took the success of Star Wars to get the first Star Trek movie off the ground -- ten years after the TV show was cancelled. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) didn't exactly suffer from any budgetary constraints, but Paramount hustled the movie into theaters prematurely, and the slow and bizarre film puzzled most people who saw it. Happily, this new DVD allowed director Robert Wise to re-edit the movie and re-work many of the slapdash special effects. The result is tantamount to a brand-new film with a new pace and a new look.

William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and the rest return in a 2001-like odyssey into the center of an energy cloud threatening to take over the earth. The long, majestic scene in which Scotty (James Doohan) takes Kirk in a shuttle toward the refurbished Enterprise is still breathtaking. Paramount's 2002 two-disc set is a steal, and comes with dozens of great extras. Best of all: the original theatrical trailers featuring a voiceover by none other than Orson Welles.

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