4K Restoration/1979/Star Trek: The Motion Picture

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  • "Paramount has scanned the original camera negative and master interpositive elements to produce a new 4K Digital Intermediate"
    • "there’s a bit of blurring/artifacting apparent in the grain on a few VFX shots that suggests digital grain management"
    • "Preston Neal Jones’ excellent book on the making of the film, Return to Tomorrow, VFX producer Richard Yuricich notes, “We have two or three negatives that are much better than what’s in the film, but there was absolutely no time to cut them in.”" [1]

VFX Douglas Trumbull

  • "we had to figure out how to do part of the visual effects in 65-millimeter negative, and part of the visual effects in 35-millimeter VistaVision, because we were both using different techniques"
  • "I haven’t been contacted about a 4K restoration, is that all the visual effects shots were shot in 65 millimeter. And that’s what we did on the restoration of Blade Runner, which makes it look so much better. We went back and scanned the original, the dupe negatives of the visual effects shots were cut into the original, so the movie in a Blu-ray version looks much, much better. So I don’t know what’s going to happen with Star Trek: The Motion Picture, no one’s even talked to me about it. I don’t know if they’ve retained the negatives of the 65 millimeter shots." [2]