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‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ gets a 4K remaster for Paramount+

The film that kickstarted (and nearly killed) Star Trek’s first second life is going to be remastered, once again. Star Trek.com (via Gizmodo), says that Paramount has green-lit a “full restoration” of Robert Wise’s 2001 “Director’s Edition” of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The site says that the project, which will take between six and eight months to finish, will be formatted in 4K, with Dolby Vision HDR and a new Dolby Atmos soundtrack. David C. Fein, Mike Matessino and Daren R. Dochterman, who worked with Wise on the 2001 DVD version, will all return to work on the 4K spruce up.

The Motion Picture (TMP)’s fraught production meant that the film was barely finished before it premiered, with Wise carrying the print himself to the premiere. Wise had said that the film was “unfinished,” and despite a healthy box office, took a pasting from critics who deemed it to be too slow and talky. At the dawn of the DVD era, Wise, Fein, Matessino and Dochterman collaborated on a re-edit of the film that better showed off Wise’s original vision. This included remastered visual effects and a remastered and re-edited score by Jerry Goldsmith. The effects for the 2001 version were produced by CGI pioneers Foundation Imaging, which was Star Trek’s (then) contractor for all computer generated work.

(After its theatrical run, ABC broadcast a “Special Longer Version” of the film that is notorious for including extra scenes with clearly unfinished effects. The most obvious of which is the start of Kirk’s EVA, where the airlock set is surrounded by studio scaffolding, intended to be replaced by a matte painting.)

It was a well-held myth in fan circles that a 4K version of the Director’s Edition was impossible because the CGI assets and film footage had been scanned and edited for standard definition. The bankruptcy of Foundation Imaging, which took place shortly after the film was released, also dashed hopes for any higher-definition re-releases. However, as Memory Alpha lists, producer David C. Fein confirmed in 2017 that the digital material necessary to facilitate a 4K remastering still exists.

Given how TMP’s reputation has been slowly rehabilitated over the last three decades, a 4K version of the film is very welcome. If only because, as well as a smart and interesting vision of the future, the model work and score are so good that they deserve to be seen in the best possible resolution. We can’t wait to experience this in 4K when it arrives at some point between December and next March.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/star-trek-motion-picture-directors-edition-4k-remaster-paramount-plus-154117182.html?src=rss
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Watch: “Flight to Mars” trailer from 1951

In the spirit of the recent Mars landing, check out this theatrical trailer for the movie “Flight to Mars”, made in 1951. The first graphic pops up saying “Fifty years into the future!” which would put them at 2001. — Read the rest

Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/02/19/watch-flight-to-mars-trailer-from-1951.html
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‘Fortnite’ will host an animated short film festival this weekend

d13cd370-706e-11eb-bfbf-74d0eecea813Like just about everything else over the past year, film festivals have largely moved online. Later this week, Fortnite will hold its very own festival with a program of animated shorts.

The Short Nite collection includes some Oscar nominees and y…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/fortnite-animated-short-film-festival-party-royale-165007032.html
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The studio behind Hitman is making a James Bond game

7dd03aa0-2a79-11eb-a7af-d1d9966548d2A day after it teased news on an upcoming project, Hitman developer IO Interactive revealed it’s working on a James Bond game. Project 00, as it’s known for now, will delve into the origins of the secret agent. In the game, which will have an origina…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/james-bond-game-io-interactive-153230729.html
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How to Identify Any Song or Movie Using Your Phone

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Your smartphone is a pocket portal to information on just about every song and movie in history, thanks to the internet—and it’s better than you might have realized at matching what’s in the real world to the wealth of data on the web.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/how-to-identify-any-song-or-movie-using-your-phone-1844430105
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Playmobil’s Light-Up Delorean Will Hit Stores Tomorrow at 88 MPH

A photo of the light-up DeLorean's interior.Playmobil

Back to the Future inspired a whole generation of nerds to pursue scientific insights, to dress up as their favorite characters, and to make movie references that I don’t fully understand. Like these nerds, I wish that I could wake up to find a time-traveling DeLorean in my driveway. But I’ll have to settle for a light-up toy on my desk.

Playmobil is celebrating Back to the Future’s 25th anniversary with a 64-piece DeLorean playset. The set includes parts to build a light-up DeLorean with adjustable wheels, a flux capacitor, and a detailed interior. As far as I know, the flux capacitor isn’t time-travel ready.

A photo of the DeLorean's wheels going into time-travel mode.Playmobil

The Playmobil set also includes figurines to help you reenact your favorite Back to the Future scenes. You’ve got Marty McFly, Doc Brown, Einstein, a skateboard, a camcorder, a case of plutonium, and more.

Sadly, the set doesn’t come with ZZ Top figurines or Calvin Kline underwear. But Playmobil sells add-on toys to help you reenact Marty’s rock n’ roll scene if that’s what you’re into.

The full Playmobil DeLorean set with Doc and Marty figurines.Playmobil

Playmobil’s Delorean toy set costs $50 and is available for purchase starting May 15th—tomorrow. I suggest bookmarking the DeLorean sale page or opting for an email reminder through Playmobil’s website.

Source: Playmobil via CNET

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/42625/playmobils-light-up-delorean-will-hit-stores-tomorrow-at-88-mph/
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