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Old 02-18-2008, 03:06 PM
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In November 2001, Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Director's Cut was released. They added some CGI to Starfleet in San Francisco and to the planet Vulcan. They also did some edits to make it a tighter film.

Yesterday I was watching it and I noticed another change of a different matter.

During the scene where Epsilon IX encounters V'Ger and is destroyed. In the original version Kirk says, "Viewer off." Then the camera shows the stunned crew. Kirk then shouts in a harsh voice, "Viewer off." Uhura jumps and switches the viewer off. In the new version Kirk just says, "Viewer off." The snap-to-it Uhura line is gone. Then toward the end of the film after V'ger is revealed to be Voyager 6, Kirk calls Uhura and says, "Uhura we need to transmitter codes for Voyager 6." Then he says, "Fast, Uhura. Fast." In the new version, the 'Fast, Uhura. Fast.' is gone.

I wonder if anyone else has ever caught that or read about it. I hadn't realized how demeaning those lines were toward Uhura in the past. Having them removed brought it to my attention. I'm gonna have to listen to the commentary on the DVD and see if it's mentioned.
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Old 02-18-2008, 03:14 PM
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I did notice those changes. I think they also cut the transporter accident sequence a bit too, for some reason. I remember Kirk comforting the transporter operator, but I think that got taken out too.

All in all, I did enjoy the director's cut. Things that didn't make a lot of sense in the original version made sense, like when they left the Enterprise to reach V'ger. The new CGI parts were almost indistinguishable from the original model shots and fit in perfectly.

It also seems to have subtly fixed a lot of the poor pacing problems the original was riddled with -- as you said, making it a tighter film. But it still takes the time to show the beautiful model of the Enterprise flying through space, which, poor pacing or not, I always loved about this film.
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Old 02-18-2008, 03:21 PM
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I think they realized during the Director's Cut that Uhura is a veteran officer; experienced and very efficient. No need to prompt her to action.
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I loved to finally see the V'Ger "ship"! And we finally saw it fire the yellow balls at earth.
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Old 02-20-2008, 04:14 PM
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I did notice those changes. I think they also cut the transporter accident sequence a bit too, for some reason. I remember Kirk comforting the transporter operator, but I think that got taken out too.
Nope that's in there. Kirk says, "Rand, it wasn't your fault."

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I loved to finally see the V'Ger "ship"! And we finally saw it fire the yellow balls at earth.
All the CGI work was great. It didn't feel out of place or showing off. The planet Vulcan stuff was great also.
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Old 02-20-2008, 04:22 PM
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I think the main thing I liked was seeing the VGER ship as well. Also how small the Enterprise was compared to it, nice scale! They did a nice job making the CGI look seamless, which I'd say is hard to do considering the movie was shot in 79!
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Old 02-20-2008, 04:35 PM
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Nope that's in there. Kirk says, "Rand, it wasn't your fault."
Ohh, now that I think about it, you're right. What I was thinking of was the comment they got back from Starfleet when Kirk asked if they had them.

What they cut?


Or maybe it is in there, and my old TV's speakers just didn't work properly. I'll have to go back and check.
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It's all there.
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It's all there.
Okay, must have been my TV.
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lol, better take that thing back to Best Buy then and get your money back.
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