Both Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan are returning to cinemas later this year – with restored director’s editions.
Paramount Pictures has announced that on 19th August and 2nd September the first two Star Trek films will return to the big screen. The exciting new cinema run follows Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan‘s 40th birthday (and the screenings held in celebration of the milestone). However, these newly announced dates promise to show us the films as we’ve never seen them before – through fully restored director’s editions.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the first of the Star Trek movies, follows James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and his crew as they investigate a dangerous alien spacecraft heading towards Earth. Directed by Robert Wise, the film has been restored by two of his original collaborators, producer David C. Fein and Wise’s assistant and restoration supervisor Mike Matessino. Both have tried to ensure that they kept as close to Wise’s original vision as possible whilst restoring and updating the movie visually.
The Motion Picture may have been critically panned on release, but Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan holds a much more beloved status among the fans. It follows a bored James T. Kirk who believes that the routine training manoeuvres he’s leading may be his last mission. That is, until an enemy from the past returns. Ricardo Montalban plays Khan, who has taken control of a Federation star ship and lays a trap for Kirk that could result in universal Armageddon.
If you’re a Star Trek fan, these restored director’s editions will be a treat to behold on the big screen. Both films are screening in cinemas on 19th August and 2nd September.
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