Talk:Star Trek: The Motion Picture

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Misleading plot summary in the intro[edit]

The current intro states that "a mysterious and immensely powerful cloud called called V'Ger approaches Earth, destroying everything in its path". But V'Ger is not the cloud, it's the alien spacecraft within the cloud. The sentence as is implies that a cloud is destroying things when the cloud does nothing at all. The359 (Talk) 08:48, 14 February 2011 (UTC)

I think it's fine as it is, but if anything should be changed in the intro, perhaps call it an "entity", and remove its name. A lot of the film goes on with V'Ger having an ambiguous nature. Characters know that an "intruder" is on its way to Earth, it resembles a cloud, and the Enterprise crew operate on a belief that there is a vessel inside. The alien spacecraft, the name "V'Ger", and what V'Ger actually identifies isn't revealed until much later on. RobWill80 (talk) 11:36, 14 February 2011 (UTC)
Witholding plot details isn't our operating status, see WP:SPOILER. Der Wohltemperierte Fuchs(talk) 15:08, 14 February 2011 (UTC)
True, but I don't think it is withholding information. It is mentioned further down, after all. I think the name isn't necessary here, and the text flows better without it. A large part of the film goes by without the entity being referred to by name, and when "V'Ger" is first mentioned, the crew aren't sure what exactly the term identifies. Alone in that intro sentence, the name itself doesn't actually explain anything. It doesn't really bother me though. Simply a suggestion. RobWill80 (talk) 15:34, 14 February 2011 (UTC)
But it is factually wrong to claim that the cloud is powerful, that it is called V'Ger, or that it is destroying anything. All of this is because of the ship within the cloud. The359 (Talk) 18:32, 14 February 2011 (UTC)
I never said you were wrong. If you read what I said, the Enterprise crew aren't sure what V'Ger is for much of the film. That's why I suggest calling it an "entity". RobWill80 (talk) 23:27, 14 February 2011 (UTC)

Audio Sample[edit]

Has anybody with the know-how thought about putting up a sample of the soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith? Considering it is one of the most recognizable movie/television themes in history and this was its first usage, that might be something to consider. - Jg2904 (Talk) 15:25, 16 February 2011 (UTC)

It's possible, but there isn't much critical commentary in this article to justify it—that is, there's no reviews specifically singling out Goldsmith's score, which makes it's fair use rationale here rather weak. That said, it may be a an audio sample is perfect for another location. Der Wohltemperierte Fuchs(talk) 15:38, 16 February 2011 (UTC)
Perhaps a sample of a track with the Blaster Beam then? After all, The Motion Picture was the debut of that instrument, which was later used in Battle Beyond the Stars, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, 2010, Forbidden World, and Meteor. Just a thought. (Talk) 16:10, 16 February 2011 (UTC)

Effects in Director's Edition rendered at 480i standard definition[edit]

I'd like to point out that it's technically speaking not correct that the new CGI effects for the Director's Edition were rendered at "480i standard definition"; and the quoted - not very professional - source is even more wrong, naming a non-existant 420i format. There is however a native PAL/SECAM version of the Director's Edition, meaning that the effects have at least also been rendered at 576i. I suggest removing the "480i" part and leaving in the "standard definition", which makes the claim correct at any rate. Nobody of us can say what technical format the effects were rendered in anyway. Matzeachmann (talk) 07:25, 31 March 2011 (UTC)

I agree! Good idea! Simple and accurate. — UncleBubba T @ C ) 16:15, 31 March 2011 (UTC)
I've removed the source entirely. The whole "They didn't release TMP director's because the effects were at SD" makes sense, but it's one of those unverified claims along the lines of "Shatner tried to do a directors cut of STV and Paramount didn't give him the money"—I've really only seen it in DVD review sites, aka not that great sources. They didn't release a directors cut for STII or VI either, so I don't think it can necessarily be relied on to be the issue (not to mention I'm doubting any effects company worth their salt would have done master renders at standard-definition and interlaced.) Der Wohltemperierte Fuchs(talk) 18:10, 31 March 2011 (UTC)
Agreed! Matzeachmann (talk) 22:11, 2 May 2011 (UTC)

Overture Claim[edit]

The article claims that this and The Black Hole (both 1979) were the last films to have an overture until Dancer in the Dark in 2000. The source for this (item 115) seems to be the DVD commentary. This claim covers a lot of films, and I don't think it can be true - the Wikipedia page listing films with overtures gives 1984 (1984) and The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) as having used them - can this be put down to an inaccurate commentary and removed please? P19981 (talk) 10:30, 28 June 2011 (UTC)

Well, considering there's no verified source for 1984 or The Nightmare before Christmas, I'd rather keep it for now. Der Wohltemperierte Fuchs(talk) 23:16, 28 June 2011 (UTC)