David Fein reflects on the legacy of Star Trek: The Movie

What do you think is the most impressive effect changed in the 4K remaster for this version of the movie?

The color grading and sound work is amazing. It absolutely helps to tell the story better than ever before in every way. With editing we were able to do so many things, but now to bring the sound to a level that we could imagine, and the color work, and the sheer ability to change and improve so much in the film … I often said that in almost every the frame has had some changes, modifications, changes – just a little – to bring it to the point where it really attracts you. The fact that it works better than ever before makes me more excited than I could tell you.

In the movie commentary, you discuss how Star Trek has affected real-world technology. What other items from the Star Trek universe would you like to see in reality?

I like transporters because it takes too long to get somewhere. Still, [it’s] just as scary. It was the first movie that scared the hell out of us all. When you think to shine somewhere, and then gather into something that, as they say, does not live long – it’s a horror. This idea plus the advances in medicine… it’s funny.

A little piquant moment: when we were doing the project initially, I got everyone involved in the Motorola i1000 project, which was a communicator, because we could communicate with each other. I talked about the fact that this time you can really use the Apple Watch as a communicator, which is closer to the movies. But we are moving towards this at every step. Look at the notebook they used in The Next Generation and even the classic Star Trek. They didn’t show it much, but that technology is the iPad we’re in today.

We’re getting closer and closer, but apart from other standards of warp speed and travel to other worlds, transporters are a great idea. All I can think of is how we can enhance films digitally and be able to do anything digitally. Imagine if this could happen to a person – not that we change personality, but something happens that you can radiate and even use it for medical purposes, being able to fix certain problems or something else, where we all become ones and zeros. [That] also goes back to the whole concept of the film about … technology without humanity is cold.

Touch tone phones were the most advanced thing at the time. We now have an iPhone with social networks. If we go even further with digital bearers, where is the humanity in that? It also raises some other interesting ethical questions. If you can change something, but if you don’t like someone and you don’t have a good argument – you don’t succeed in the argument – you broadcast them somewhere and change their opinion. No, it’s too dangerous. But I love stories about technology in general.

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