I’ve just found a fan-edit of the scene, in which Kirk leaves the Enterprise through the airlock. The creator (pun-intended) made his own matte-painting of the Enterprise’s saucer section around the airlock-set.
This really looks awesome and I’d love to see it in some form in future fan-edits of TMP.
However, I think for any purist rebuild of the Special Longer Version like FanFiltration’s, I think it should stay in it’s original form with the soundstage intact.
Thanks. That saved me from having to do that very thing myself.
I have been very unhappy with all the edits of this one so far. The Director’s cut is better than the Theatrical version, but there is so much missing that doesn’t need to be that could make an extended version that is more polished than the original extended version. This was the one missing visual effect, but the sound needs to be worked on and there is a lot in that longer version that could be cut without missing anything. This and Dune have been on my mind for years, and this puts ST:TMP in the realm of possibility. Though not until I have my Star Wars project finished.