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Star Trek: The Motion Picture

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  • Theatrical Version
  • Director's Cut
Release: Feb 13, 2010 - Author: Herr Koemmlich - Translator: klepp - external link: IMDB
Comparison between the Theatrical version represented by broadcast on the German Free-TV-network Kabel 1 and the Director`s Cut represented by the German DVD.

After more than 20 years director Robert Wise was offered to rework the first part of the Star Trek-franchise, again. Some new scenes have been added, some scenes from the Theatrical version have been deleted and some scenes got a digital makeover.
Running time of the Theatrical version: 1:59:50 min. without end credits
Running time of the Director`s Cut: 2:07:05 min. without end credits
0:00 Min.
The Director`s Cut begins with an overture to give us the right mood. We only see the almost empty space and just a couple of stars that pass by. After that, the Paramount-logo is being shown.
190 sec.



Theatrical version
04:03 Min.
We see the outpost Epsilon IX. In the foreground a crew member in a spacesuit can be seen. In the Theatrical version the order is different. Here, we see a crew member approaching us and in the next scene we see another one rising from beyond and moving away from us.
28 sec.



Director`s Cut
07:07 Min.
Here, it is the other way around. First, the crew member floats upwards. Then away from us, in the next shot he is approaching us. While the Theatrical version shows us two people in open space, the DC makes it clear that it is the same person.
28 sec.



Theatrical version
04:36 Min.
This shot is missing in the DC. 2 crew members observe the radio transmission of the Klingons with the cloud.
14 sec.



Theatrical version
04:57 Min.
In the Theatrical version we see those two with their supervisor. The tell him about the cloud and the Klingons.
0 sec.



Director`s Cut
07:07 Min.
The DC contains the same dialogue but shows more images of the Klingons and the cloud.
0 sec.



Theatrical version
6:37 Min.
In the Theatrical version Vulcan still looks like this.
5 sec.



Director`s Cut
9:25 Min.
The camera pans down. We see the planet Vulcan.
5 sec.



Theatrical version
6:57 Min.
In the Theatrical version the altar that Leonard Nimoy (as Spock) approaches looks like this.
13 sec.



Director`s Cut
9:46 Min.
In DC it looks clearly better.
16 sec.



Theatrical version
9:22 Min.
We are on earth, near the space navy commando near San Francisco. The flight of the shuttle past the Golden Gate Bridge is noticeably shorter. Here, we get to see a close up of the United-Federation-of-Planets-logo, instead.
6 sec.



Director`s Cut
12:15 Min.
Here, the surroundings of San Francisco look more futuristic. This is also being used for a longer sequence of the shuttle flight.
16 sec.



Theatrical version
9:40 Min.
Here, the old shuttle-base can be seen.
0 sec.



Director`s Cut
12:40 Min.
For the DC, the shuttle-base got a makeover. In the right more airfields can be seen and the entire location of the base seems to have been relocated because the background shows more of the coast and the bridge.
0 sec.



22:42 Min.
Admiral Kirk has just left the bridge. George Takei (as Hikaru Sulu) says that he (Kirk) wanted them back and that he he got them.
A member of the crew expresses his concern and asks about Captain Decker. He says that he has been there since they got the new equipment.
Nichols (as Nyota Penda Uhura) responds that the chances to return safe from this mission have just doubled up.
13 sec.



Theatrical version
23:04 Min.
In the DC right after the accident with the transporter the line from William Shatner (as Admiral Kirk) is missing: "Oh my God"
4 sec.



Theatrical version
25:24 Min.
Now, the DC lacks the remark from Admiral Kirk when he says that they suppose that there is some strange airplane beneath the clouds.
4 sec.



Theatrical version
25:39 Min.
And once again, something is missing in the DC. Admiral Kirk says that they can only hope that there are creatures on board whose power of judgment is equal to ours.
9 sec.



Theatrical version
25:39 Min.
Admiral Kirk gives the order twice to turn off the monitor. And the shocked Uhura only reacts after the second time. This, however, only happens in the off, we only see the frozen crew.
3 sec.



Theatrical version
26:06 Min.
Now, the DC lacks a short shot of the bridge. From the board loudspeakers we hear the voice of Scotty who says that preparations for torpedo absorption are in progress.
4 sec.



Director`s Cut
32:18 Min.
Admiral Kirk enters the transporter room. He asks Ellen how the time delay happened. She says that downstairs somebody was afraid of the beaming and the others were supposed to go first. Admiral Kirk seems to know this behaviour and with a smile on his face he already has a theory who it might be. Now, he gives the order to beam the last passenger.
22 sec.



Theatrical version
33:58 Min.
In the Theatrical version we see this radar screen.
4 sec.



Director`s Cut
37:22 Min.
Persis Khambatta (as Lieutenant Ilia) looks over her shoulder to Stephen Collins (as Capt./Cmdr. Willard Decker)
4 sec.



Theatrical version
34:39 Min.
Ilia confirms Decker's calculation. Now we see the images that the DC showed at 37:22 min.
8 sec.



Theatrical version
38:51 Min.
Here, the exploding asteroid is shown in a close up, cut to the bridge crew, cut to Ilia seesawing a little fatuously under the influence of the wormhole. Shot from behind but we hardly get to see anything on the screen.
9 sec.



Director`s Cut
49:09 Min.
Here, the Enterprise can be seen in the foreground during the explosion. The explosion seems a lot more spectacular, too. And again the shot from behind only here, showing the rests of the happening on the screen.
4 sec.



Director`s Cut
43:35 Min.
Ilia looks at the leaving Decker.
1 sec.



Theatrical version
48:10 Min.
Kirk and DeForest Kelley (as Dr. Leonard McCoy) to Spock. Here, we do not see anything in the window.
0 sec.



Director`s Cut
51:29 Min.
For the DC the right warp-pod has been added.
0 sec.



Director`s Cut
53:57 Min.
Kirk and McCoy talk about Spock. McCoy aks if one can be sure about that with anybody. Before Kirk gets to answer he is called away over the speakers from the bridge, he responds that he is on his way.
12 sec.



Theatrical version
54:23 Min.
Walter Koenig (as Pavel Chekov) was injured at his arm. Kirk calls the paramedics.
2 sec.



Director`s Cut
57:01 Min.
In the DC Ilia abandons her post immediately, from the off we hear Kirk calling the paramedics.
8 sec.



Theatrical version
54:37 Min.
Without turning around Sulu says to Kirk that the new screens held up.
2 sec.



58:13 Min.
Majel Barrett (as Dr. Christine Chapel) comes to the bridge with an assistant. Uhura sends her to the injured Chekov. She meets Ilia and wants to start with the treatment. Ilia says that she could take his pain away. Dr. Chapel is a little puzzled but lets Ilia go on. Now, Ilia closes her eyes, puts her hands on Chekov's shoulder and concentrates. A few seconds later he is free from pain and says thank you to Ilia. Now, Dr. Chapel starts treating her. Ilia pulls back her hands slowly.
42 sec.



59:04 Min.
Spock plays the incoming message from the cloud to the general. He reports him the facts, that the message only lasted for one millisecond.
10 sec.



Theatrical version
55:25 Min.
Over the intercom the admiral demands a status-report from the engine room.
1 sec.



Director`s Cut
59:40 Min.
Here, the same scene only using a completely different shot.
1 sec.



Theatrical version
55:32 Min.
Decker looks at Spock worried.
1 sec.



Director`s Cut
59:48 Min.
Admiral Kirk turns back to the main screen.
1 sec.



Theatrical version
55:48 Min.
We see on the main screen how the energy-ball dissolves into nothingness.
4 sec.



Director`s Cut
1:00:03 Min.
First, we see the energy-ball on the main screen and directly after that from the outside.
6 sec.



Theatrical version
56:06 Min.
Kirk orders Sulu to keep the current position. Sulu repeats the order to confirm it.
0 sec.



Director`s Cut
1:00:24 Min.
Ilia reports the current distance to the cloud.
0 sec.



1:00:36 Min.
Spock tells his theory about the cloud to Kirk. Decker shares his thoughts, too.
40 sec.



Theatrical version
56:21 Min.
Kirk demands to see the tactical position on the screen.
0 sec.



Director`s Cut
1:01:18 Min.
Same here, only we get an over the shoulder shot from Kirk.
0 sec.



1:05:47 Min.
To get to his position Chekov passes behind McCoy.
3 sec.



1:05:58 Min.
A female crew member makes room for Chekov.
2 sec.



1:27:52 Min.
Dr. Chapel gives the "probe"-Ilia a headdress . Decker and McCoy watch her.
40 sec.



Theatrical version
1:26:06 Min.
Spock listens to the computer's instruction how his rocket-suit works.
20 sec.



Theatrical version
1:32:46 Min.
McCoy interrupts Kirk when he hassles the weakened Spock a bit more with his questions.
4 sec.



Theatrical version
1:34:23 Min.
Kirk expresses his thoughts about the mission from Viger. McCoy cannot understand it, either. Now, Kirk asks Chekov about Decker's position.
12 sec.



Theatrical version
1:34:45 Min.
Viger flying towards earth.
0 sec.



Director`s Cut
1:38:01 Min.
Here, in a profile shot and looking much better.
0 sec.



1:40:45 Min.
Kirk tries to find out why Viger and the probe-Ilia want to erase all the carbon-units (humans) on earth. McCoy gets the idea that Viger supposes that the creator is a machine.
30 sec.



1:46:15 Min.
Kirk walks around on the bridge, probably thinking. Decker watches him. Then he calls Scotty over the radio and orders him to action star-navy-order "2005". McCoy hears this and is surprised. Scotty takes the order. After that, a female crew member approaches Scotty and asks why the admiral has given the order to self-destruction. He tells her his opinion. Exterior shot, the Enterprise on its way to the centre of Viger. Back on the bridge, Chekov has just given another report. So has Uhura
McCoy is very tense, too. Kirk turns to Spock and wants to ask him something, at first he does not react. Kirk gets up and walks to Spock's seat, he turns around and suddenly Kirk sees tears in the Vulkan's eyes. Kirk asks, slightly ironically, if he cries because of the crew. Spock answers that he is crying for Viger like for a brother and with several points he explains Viger's mission by comparing Viger's history to his own.
262 sec.



Theatrical version
1:43:14 Min.
The Ilia-probe shows Viger on the screen.
0 sec.



Director`s Cut
1:50:07 Min.
In the Director`s Cut it looks much better.
0 sec.



2:07:05 Min.
Unfortunately, the end credits have not been broadcast on television.
180 sec.

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