Thanks to our friends at AICN we have some HD TV spots for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. They were created by Daren R. Dochterman, who is a VFX artist, production illustrator, concept artist, and storyboard artist. He has worked on such films as The Chronicles of Riddick, Tron: Legacy, Se7en, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and Iron Man 2

Dochterman worked on the Director's Edition release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. As a superfan of the material and a true geek, he used his skills to take the Blu-ray footage and re-assemble it using the disc's HD source material. These never-before-seen TV spots look beautiful. Here is some background on Dochterman's involvement with Star Trek: The Motion Picture:
In what is perhaps his crowning achievement to date (in the VFX field), Dochterman served as Visual Effects Supervisor for 2001's amazing "Director's Edition" of STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE.  This under appreciated gem, which has gone unrecognized by many to this day, visited a tremendous number of changes onto director Robert Wise's 1979 film - countless editorial tweaks (often very minute), some re-jiggering of sound, some re-visitation of previously flawed FX shots, and the apparently seamless integration of several new effects shots.  This isn't a "Special Edition" in the clumsier, George Lucas sense.  This is an exercise in subtlety - sometimes so much so that you might not even notice such augmentations that are afoot.  It may well be the best "Special Edition" undertaking of its kind ever realized.  If it isn't, it certainly ranks him among them.  

The result?  It's still STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, but it more or less completed a process director Wise didn't have time to see through when the film was rushed to release back in December '79.  The result is a breezier, richer, and in many regards more complete narrative experience - which was, by the way, realized under guidance from Wise himself.  22 years after the fact, Wise (along with Dochterman, producer David C. Fein, restoration supervisor Mike Matessino, and a posse of damn talented crafts people) finally gave us a movie much closer to the picture he had in mind so long ago.  The picture, and audiences, and posterity, are better for it.

These TV spots look and sound fabulous. I think that the Star Trek theme song is one of the best. Which theme song is your favorite - Star Trek's or Star Wars'?

These TV spots look and sound fabulous. I think that the Star Trek theme song is one of the best. Which theme song is your favorite - Star Trek's or the Star Wars theme song?

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