Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
|Released:||Friday, December 7, 1979|
|Rating:||General audiences. All ages admitted.|
The U.S.S. Enterprise proudly soars into cinema in the original Star Trek movie classic. When an unidentified alien destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers, Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) returns to the newly transformed U.S.S. Enterprise to take command. Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and the cast from the acclaimed Star Trek television series mobilize at warp speed to stop the alien intruder from its relentless flight toward Earth.
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The Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio upgrade is probably the best part of this set. The auditory experience is fantastic with ambient sounds permeating the room as the dialog comes at the viewer from the upfront speakers. While there is a little bit of noise here and there (which is to be expected) Paramount did a great job trying to clean up the tracks and the result is amazing audio paired with bright and clean visuals.
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For "Trekkies" this set is well worth the cost. To see and hear these original movies with upgraded enhancements is a treat for any viewer but certainly for fans of the 1960's series. I can only imagine that Roddenberry himself would be impressed with the enhancements.
Star Trek was groundbreaking for its time, including topics like environmental issues and interracial couples. Therefore, it makes sense that the four original films would get upgrades from groundbreaking technology.
There is no better way to celebrate the legacy of Gene Roddenberry during the 100-year celebration of his birth and Paramount Pictures deserves kudos for creating this brilliantly enhanced set.
-- Allison Rose
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