I’ve been watching Robert Wise’s re-edit of Star Trek: The Motion Picture on DVD. I watched all the documentaries on Disc 2 and then proceeded with the movie. This is DEFINITELY an improvement over the theatrical release as well as the ABC TV 12 Minute “Special Longer Version” – while the pacing will never be what the subsequent films were, the effects and the scenes they did edit makes for a faster moving film.

There are different backgrounds, sound effects, some music has been re-scored and some scenes are just plain tighter.

I wish William Shatner had gotten a chance to do the same thing to Star Trek V. This was definitely as much needed as say, Richard Donner’s Superman II cut. Watching the documentaries first definitely lent some insight into the thinking of this re-edited film. Much stronger, much better.