mkiker2089 wrote:I'm not sure who cut Star Trek: The Motion Picture or why they didn't cut more, but the shorter that movie is the better it seems to get. There's a good 60 minutes in there if you remove the fluff around it. If it has to do with the bald headed woman being "hot" then cut it, if it involves extended shots of special effects cut it, and a few other examples I can't recall right now. I know there's precedent for fan edits of movies and those are usually allowed to a certain extent. I'd like to see someone shorten this one way down.
For the initial release, there wasn't time to cut much of anything. The filming ran over budget and behind schedule, and had loads of conflict behind the scenes. The prints were pretty much literally taken from the developer to the theater for the premiere. It wasn't until the DVD release that Robert Wise and the SPFX artists were able to recut the film, shortening some of the V'Ger scenes and re-doing some of the visuals with CGI (though not to "Star Wars" OT levels). What is now available is basically the Director's Cut, the way Wise wanted it (though not necessarily the way Roddenberry wanted it).
As for the "good 60 minutes", that's not too far from the truth. The original story was meant as the first episode of a resurrected "Star Trek" series, but Paramount decided to turn it into a theatrical movie after the success of "Star Wars" and "Close Encounters". For details, you can check on a book about "Star Trek: Phase 2", or Shatner's "Star Trek Movie Memories".