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ENTERPRISE 1979 - Rare Photos

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Here is the studio model of the refitted USS Enterprise build by Magicam for use in STAR TREK THE MOTION PICTURE. Here are rare photos of the model on construction and inside the large Spacedock model for filming by the Apogee team.

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"Hey, thats my girl !"

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Gorgeous photos!  I love the refit Enterprise miniature (easily my favorite).  Thanks for a nice morning surprise, Gus! 

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Photo of seven of the cast (with TOS Enterprise hanging above) at the reception at the National Air and Space Museum before the TMP premiere at the MacArthur Theater a few miles away,

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Ah, these were the days. Thats what STAR TREK is in my life these days.........memories. Just memories.........

Early lighting test for the TMP Enterprise before Douglas Trumbull joined the production,

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My pleasure ! Here are some behind the scenes pics on TMP with Bill Shatner and the great Robert Wise.

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And here is Stephen Collins and Persis Khambatta birthday on the TMP set

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I still can't believe Persis Khambatta is dead; it's just so sad.   She was only 49 (!) when she died.  Such a lovely woman... :(

Those pics are terrific, Gus.   I still maintain that TMP is an undiscovered masterpiece.   I watched it again a few weeks ago on blu ray and I still love it every bit as much as I did when I first saw it in 1979.   The slower, deliberate pacing and uncompromising visual quality gave it a scale and a majestic quality that is missing from the sequels; which are also great movies, but they lack the scope and awe of that glorious first film.   Yes, it has flaws, but it was a true and uniquely cinematic experience; more akin to "2001: A Space Odyssey" or "Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind" than Star Wars. 

Sadly, given the ever-shrinking attention spans of modern audiences, I doubt we'll ever see anything like TMP ever again.... 

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I love TMP, specially the SPECIAL LONGER TV VERSION which was released on VHS and LD in the 1990s, which I have  a transfer to DVD, from my old VHS.

The 1983 ABC SPECIAL LONGER VERSION is the longest version of the movie available, it alkmost feels like  a workprint, including an un-finished scene (part of the lost MEMORY WALL sequence) in which Kirk leaves the Enterprise in a EVA suit thru a airlock and can se the studio stage behind the piece of the "hull" (- SEE SCREENCAPS BELOW )

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But yeah, even so,I love the SPECIAL LONGER VERSION, nevertheless.It feels more epic. I love the theatrical cut too and kinda like the Directors Edition.

Gus

 

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I love TMP, specially the SPECIAL LONGER TV VERSION which was released on VHS and LD in the 1990s, which I have  a transfer to DVD, from my old VHS.

The 1983 ABC SPECIAL LONGER VERSION is the longest version of the movie available, it alkmost feels like  a workprint, including an un-finished scene (part of the lost MEMORY WALL sequence) in which Kirk leaves the Enterprise in a EVA suit thru a airlock and can se the studio stage behind the piece of the "hull" (- SEE SCREENCAPS BELOW )

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But yeah, even so,I love the SPECIAL LONGER VERSION, nevertheless.It feels more epic. I love the theatrical cut too and kinda like the Directors Edition.

Gus

 

I think, for the most part, the Director's Cut is my personal favorite. It still has the epic scale and scope, but seems to move at a better pace and some of the effect adjustments help clarify some things. That said growing up I believe the VHS set we had of the movies (that 25th VHS Boxset) has the Special Longer version. So there are elements of that and the Theatrical cut (which is what I currently own) I have some fondness for. Certain changes I don't care for...I prefer the original Red Alert noise...not because it is better but more because it is a sound I associate with that movie. I also think that it was a mistake to cut Kirk saying "Viewer off!" the second time in the big briefing scene.  It was a moment that added to the tension and helped show some emotion, which is certainly one of the elements missing in the movie.

To me no version is totally perfect, but I still really like the movie. 

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I love TMP, specially the SPECIAL LONGER TV VERSION which was released on VHS and LD in the 1990s, which I have  a transfer to DVD, from my old VHS.

The 1983 ABC SPECIAL LONGER VERSION is the longest version of the movie available, it alkmost feels like  a workprint, including an un-finished scene (part of the lost MEMORY WALL sequence) in which Kirk leaves the Enterprise in a EVA suit thru a airlock and can se the studio stage behind the piece of the "hull" (- SEE SCREENCAPS BELOW )

kirkfollowsspock_004.jpg

kirkfollowsspock_008.jpg

But yeah, even so,I love the SPECIAL LONGER VERSION, nevertheless.It feels more epic. I love the theatrical cut too and kinda like the Directors Edition.

Gus

 

I think, for the most part, the Director's Cut is my personal favorite. It still has the epic scale and scope, but seems to move at a better pace and some of the effect adjustments help clarify some things. That said growing up I believe the VHS set we had of the movies (that 25th VHS Boxset) has the Special Longer version. So there are elements of that and the Theatrical cut (which is what I currently own) I have some fondness for. Certain changes I don't care for...I prefer the original Red Alert noise...not because it is better but more because it is a sound I associate with that movie. I also think that it was a mistake to cut Kirk saying "Viewer off!" the second time in the big briefing scene.  It was a moment that added to the tension and helped show some emotion, which is certainly one of the elements missing in the movie.

To me no version is totally perfect, but I still really like the movie. 

I have the DC on DVD and the original on blu ray; I just can't pick a favorite.   Each (IMO) have their virtues and demerits.

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I love TMP, specially the SPECIAL LONGER TV VERSION which was released on VHS and LD in the 1990s, which I have  a transfer to DVD, from my old VHS.

The 1983 ABC SPECIAL LONGER VERSION is the longest version of the movie available, it alkmost feels like  a workprint, including an un-finished scene (part of the lost MEMORY WALL sequence) in which Kirk leaves the Enterprise in a EVA suit thru a airlock and can se the studio stage behind the piece of the "hull" (- SEE SCREENCAPS BELOW )

kirkfollowsspock_004.jpg

kirkfollowsspock_008.jpg

But yeah, even so,I love the SPECIAL LONGER VERSION, nevertheless.It feels more epic. I love the theatrical cut too and kinda like the Directors Edition.

Gus

 

I think, for the most part, the Director's Cut is my personal favorite. It still has the epic scale and scope, but seems to move at a better pace and some of the effect adjustments help clarify some things. That said growing up I believe the VHS set we had of the movies (that 25th VHS Boxset) has the Special Longer version. So there are elements of that and the Theatrical cut (which is what I currently own) I have some fondness for. Certain changes I don't care for...I prefer the original Red Alert noise...not because it is better but more because it is a sound I associate with that movie. I also think that it was a mistake to cut Kirk saying "Viewer off!" the second time in the big briefing scene.  It was a moment that added to the tension and helped show some emotion, which is certainly one of the elements missing in the movie.

To me no version is totally perfect, but I still really like the movie. 

I have the DC on DVD and the original on blu ray; I just can't pick a favorite.   Each (IMO) have their virtues and demerits.

I'd love it if I could make my own personal cut, taking my favorite elements from each. 

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I figured Paramount will never release the SPECIAL LONGER VERSION on DVD or Blu-Ray, and since its my favorite version, I got my old VHS of the SOECIAL LONGER VERSION and transfered the movie to DVD with good quality (VHS) of image and sound, Not to shabby !

Here is the LD of the SPECIAL LONGER VERSION, which I also have,, also in Pan & Scan, there is no widescreen version of this version of the movie

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I figured Paramount will never release the SPECIAL LONGER VERSION on DVD or Blu-Ray, and since its my favorite version, I got my old VHS of the SOECIAL LONGER VERSION and transfered the movie to DVD with good quality (VHS) of image and sound, Not to shabby !

Here is the LD of the SPECIAL LONGER VERSION, which I also have,, also in Pan & Scan, there is no widescreen version of this version of the movie

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Gus

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I used to have this laserdisc too; sadly I eBayed it about 10 years ago (I don't even have an LD player anymore, so... what are you gonna do?).

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Well you can always do a transfer to DVD, like I did. It looks great, I can tell you that, even in Pan & Scan !

Gus

I used to have a DVD recorder too, but it quit on me after 10 years.  :S

But it's OK; I have both the DC and the blu ray, and the DC's bonus features includes all of the scenes that were on the special longer version anyway, so...

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Well you can always do a transfer to DVD, like I did. It looks great, I can tell you that, even in Pan & Scan !

Gus

I used to have a DVD recorder too, but it quit on me after 10 years.  :S

But it's OK; I have both the DC and the blu ray, and the DC's bonus features includes all of the scenes that were on the special longer version anyway, so...

So you have all the footage available to make the perfect cut! You just need a professional editor like me.

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Not all the footage from the SPECIAL LONGER VERSION is available on the DIRECTORS EDITION, including the alternate takes for example.

And the change in the  sound effects and so forth, I dont find that as fun as the SPECIAL LONGER VERSION.

Gus

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Not all the footage from the SPECIAL LONGER VERSION is available on the DIRECTORS EDITION, including the alternate takes for example.

And the change in the  sound effects and so forth, I dont find that as fun as the SPECIAL LONGER VERSION.

Gus

Well, that weird bit with Kirk's space walk is just jarring.... his white spacesuit doesn't match the orange one we see him wearing in later shots.   And then there's that incomplete FX shot that has Kirk in front of the the rafters of the soundstage (!).  I remember watching that as a teenager on TV back in 1983 and thinking "what....?"

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This shot was a bit brighter on my parent's old cathode ray tube TV set, but you get the idea...

I also respect the DC version a bit more, because it was what Robert Wise wanted; it was his vision.   I'm just grateful that he got the chance to get his final cut before he passed away.   He was such a tremendous talent!  I love "Andromeda Strain" and "Day the Earth Stood Still"; not to mention his countless other non-science fiction movies ("West Side Story" "Hindenburg" etc).  

So, I'll take the DC cut over the SLV because it was finished and it represented what Robert Wise originally wanted for the '79 film. 

 

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I understand.

Thats why I wanted a DIRECTORS CUT of STAR TREK V (with new FX and re-cut) instead that poor qquality and unfinished version we got in the theaters in 1989.

I love STAR TREK V the same way I love TMP - it deserves a second chance.

Gus

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BTW, I used this fan-made beautiful STAR TREK THE MOTION PICTURE DVD cover for my DVD of the Special Longer TV Version, as I said, converted from my old 1983 VHS. Just to made it looks good in my DVD collection LOL Love this version of the TMP poster

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I prefer the Director's Edition myself - it really cleans things up big time and improves the movie completely. I only wish that version was out on Blu-Ray.

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Filming the Klingon Battle Cruisers models for the opening of THE MOTION PICTURE.

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And one more glorious shot of the USS Enterpirse model ready to filming.

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Gus

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