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STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE - 40th Anniversary Edition (Released)


(VERSION 2.1 NOW AVAILABLE - check last post for info!)

Hey everybody, long-time lurker, first-time poster, and I figured I’d start off with a bang.

I just finished my first fan edit of a film, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, one of the films that got me into filmmaking and editing. When I was a kid, I knew there was something ‘wrong’ with the movie, so I took two VCRs and tried to cut it down a couple of times. I always had a project like this in the back of my head for the past 25 years or so and now I finally did it. And just in time for the 40th anniversary of the film!

Here’s a rundown of the edit:


This cut is based on the Blu-ray version of the theatrical cut of the film with the 5.1 sound mix. While I would have liked to have included footage from the Special Longer Version (SLV) and the Director’s Edition (DE), that material does not yet exist in high enough quality to make use of without the transitions being too jarring. Some of the edits are similar to what was previously done on the DE. I also would have liked to include some elements of the DE sound mix, but I would need to separate and recut many of them and decided to stick with the original audio for this version. The goal with this cut was to find a balance between the many versions of the film without making too many drastic changes and restoring the original look and feel of the film.


  • Overture removed
  • Opening titles recolored to yellow/gold - in between the yellow of the Original Series titles and the gold of the DE
  • Starfield added to opening titles
  • ST:TMP title zooms in as it does in the DE
  • Opening titles reframed to be properly centered.
  • Opening titles retimed to better fit the score
  • Klingon subtitles added, based on SLV font with original capitalization
  • Epsilon 9 establishing shots trimmed, astronaut shots switched as in the DE
  • First shot of Spock on Vulcan removed
  • Vulcan subtitles added, based on original theatrical font and wording
  • Slight zoom effect on UFP logo
  • Floating office - Kirk’s transporter entrance trimmed
  • Travel pod reflections added on most shots, closeup of Kirk similar to the DE
  • Last flyby shot color-corrected (reds in shot were originally green, an error)
  • Kirk’s “Oh my God” removed
  • “Decker unit” covered up
  • 82 AUs is now 2AUs
  • Astronaut escaping V’ger effect slightly altered to make clear he was hit/engulfed
  • Slight zoom in on last viewscreen shot and Kirk’s reaction
  • Second “Viewer off” removed
  • Bridge establishing shot and Chekov’s line removed (ADR and he’s clearly not saying the line in the shot)
  • Closeups of Ilia now have a slight soft-focus filter similar to the Original Series but more subtle. This is consistent throughout until she is zapped and is not used for her reappearance as the probe
  • McCoy’s transporter entrance trimmed
  • Shots of Ilia and Decker inserted as Enterprise passes Jupiter, as in the DE
  • Slight trims to wormhole sequence, including shot of Ilia shaking after the explosion
  • Vulcan shuttle approach shortened
  • Spock sending signal to V’ger, shots trimmed to minimize shaky frames
  • Major trims and switched out/shortened reaction shots to cloud journey - some shots sped up by 1.3x to 1.8x - approximately 90 seconds shorter in total
  • Kirk and Sulu’s lines about magnification removed
  • Major trims and shortened reaction shots to V’ger flyover - some shots sped up by 1.5x to 2x - approximately 105 seconds shorter in total
  • Increased brightness as V’ger probe approaches
  • Cleanup and recomposite of V’ger probe in all shots - brighter, more consistent energy core
  • “Negative control at helm” shortened
  • Shots of Enterprise entrance inside V’ger and viewscreen shots trimmed
  • Shots of tractor beam and photic sonar displays removed
  • Slight zoom in on Decker’s reaction to the Ilia-probe
  • V’ger now visible in windows of rec deck scene, similar to DE with colors more closely matching previous exterior shots
  • Mirror shots of Ilia slightly softened
  • Thruster suit vocal instructions removed
  • Slight reflection added to Spock’s helmet in one shot
  • Shots of multiple planets sped up so animation no longer appears slowed-down
  • Scene with Spock being ejected from V’ger and Kirk catching him removed
  • Kirk grabbing Spock, McCoy trimmed down, similar to DE
  • Shots of V’ger energy bolts firing flipped upside down, similar to DE
  • Approach to V’ger island, viewscreen shots trimmed
  • Shot of saucer hatch opening sped up 2x
  • Slight trims and moved reaction shots between Decker and Ilia by V’ger
  • Starfield continues to move under THE HUMAN ADVENTURE title
  • THE HUMAN ADVENTURE title and end credits also recolored to yellow/gold

Color regraded throughout to remove blue tint from Blu-ray version - color timing now more consistent with DE look

Slight film grain/noise added to make up for excessive DNR on Blu-ray transfer

Many scenes have very slight trims between shots, a few frames here and there, many of them to remove frame movement between cuts that existed on the original reels.

FINAL RUNTIME: 121 minutes, 4 seconds

To compare:
Theatrical cut: 132 minutes
Director’s Edition: 136 minutes
Special Longer Version: 143 minutes

This entire project took approximately 20 hours over a period of four days. Any comments would be appreciated. At some point I might revisit it if and when HD-quality footage becomes available for the DE and SLV scenes, and to possibly work on the sound mix. Anyone interested in watching it, please PM me, I will try to respond as quickly as possible.


Very interesting edit. I hope to buy bluray soon so then can ask to view your edit.



Finally got back to this project after a year off. Just finished this revision over the weekend.


This cut now includes several scenes and audio sourced from a 720p version of the Special Longer Version (SLV) of the film, upscaled and color graded to match the theatrical footage as best as possible. As well as more significant cuts and changes to the visual effects in some scenes. There were also a number of minor tweaks to the previous 1.0 audio changes, color grading, etc. The goal of this revision was to include the SLV scenes, trim down the overall cut even more, and make a few visual effects changes to improve the narrative flow. (And a few minor changes just for fun.)


  • Opening credits entirely redone with the exception of the film’s title
  • Added “40th Anniversary Edition” to title
  • Added slight movement to the two wide shots of Vulcan, trimmed both shots
  • Trimmed the shot of Spock reacting to V’ger, he no longer holds his hand up to block the non-existent sun
  • Trimmed first establishing shot of floating office, removed other establishing shots
  • Replaced part of “The Enterprise” track with the original version in the latter half of the scene
  • Added shadow of travel pod crossing the spotlight and tweaked color correction from 1.0 shot
  • Removed shot of Kirk before travel pod docks
  • Removed computer voice at end of scene (still needs work)
  • Added scene from SLV - “He wanted her back”
  • Added subtle light effect on the crew watching the monitor to correspond with the 1.0 version light effect when the - astronaut gets hit
  • Added score when McCoy beams in - from track “A Good Start”
  • Added score when wormhole appears - from track “Meet Vejur”
  • Added sound effects for wormhole appearance and exterior wormhole shots
  • Added slight camera shake to shots where actors were shaking in wormhole scene
  • Flipped back first shot of Kirk in wormhole scene (was originally flipped)
  • Added/cleaned up asteroid explosion effect and included dissipation of wormhole and subtle lighting effect on following shot of viewscreen
  • Added scene from SLV - “Get out of here, Bones”
  • Redubbed following lines from Kirk and McCoy - audio from SLV over theatrical footage
  • Added scene from SLV - “How do we know about any of us” - with trims
  • Replaced/removed some viewscreen shots of V’ger approach with inconsistent effects
  • Added turbolift sound effects when Decker turns to see McCoy and Chekov enter bridge
  • Added scene from SLV - “A thousand ten miles tall”
  • Additional effects and tweaks from 1.0 version of light probe approaching
  • Added scene from SLV - “We all create God in our own image”
  • Changed visual effects of V’ger orifice opening so we no longer see the complex inside right away, it is now at a distance to allow for more time and the inclusion of the…
  • Added scene from SLV - Spock’s tear
  • More trims to walkway and V’ger reveal shots
  • THE HUMAN ADVENTURE title redone to match opening credits
  • Special bonus track during end credits 😃

FINAL RUNTIME: 122 minutes, 42 seconds

This revision took approximately two days to complete. Anyone interested in watching it, please PM me, I will try to respond as quickly as possible.


please PM me I am star trek fan and would love to see what you’ve done


I was inspired to return to this project a few days ago and finished another revision of the film. I only have a few more changes I really want to make and most of them involve sourcing small clips from the other versions of the film, or adding ambient audio. That will be my 3.0 and likely final release. For now, this current release is very close to what I wanted to accomplish with the overall edit.


This update features a number of very minor edits and VFX changes/additions building on the 2.0 version of the film. A few scenes have added score using alternate takes sourced from the 30th anniversary soundtrack CD.


  • Added more realistic lighting to Klingon bridge viewscreen shots
  • Tweaked light/lens flare on Epsilon 9 shot
  • Added camera shake to shot of Klingons on bridge being zapped
  • Added lighting/flares to Vulcan matte shots
  • Added lighting to establishing SF shot and glow to pod engine
  • Added lighting to wide shots of tram station
  • Added glow/light effect to floating office establishing shot
  • Tweaked cuts of Kirk beaming in
  • Added glow/light effect to reveal of the Enterprise
  • Tweaked “The Enterprise” alternate track mix
  • Tweaked computer audio mix after the pod docks
  • Tweaked/changed colors/VFX of transporter accident to make it clearer
  • Added score under Ilia’s arrival on the bridge
  • Completed torpedo VFX in wormhole/hitting asteroid
  • Boosted color saturation of all “rainbow” warp shots
  • Added score under Spock’s dialogue in lounge scene
  • Very slight trims during V’ger attack
  • Added sound effect for Spock’s transmission
  • Added score under V’ger tractor beam scene
  • Added score under Spock nerve pinch
  • Added glow/light effect on certain Spock spacewalk shots
  • Added sounds under Spock in sickbay
  • Added score under Spock’s dialogue
  • Camera zoom-in on Spock’s dialogue
  • Flipped shot of V’ger arrival at Earth
  • Color-corrected shots of crew on hull
  • Added V’ger to shot where it disappears

FINAL RUNTIME: 122 minutes, 32 seconds

Anyone interested in watching it, please PM me, I will try to respond as quickly as possible. I also have comparison screencaps and links to clips from specific scenes available.