Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan Redux - Expanded VFX Replacement Theatrical Cut

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Original Release Date:
1982
Original Running Time:
113
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114
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Brief Synopsis:
Star Trek " The Wrath of Khan without the recyled VFX from Star Trek The Motion Picture
Intention:
To replace the recylced VFX from Star Trek The Motion PIcture with equivalent VFX of conematic quality and similar aesthetic, with a handful of additional tweaks.
Additional Notes:
This is my original edit and intention for Recycled VFX Replacement for ST 2, again based on the material created by VFX fanartists on the web. This original edit replaced ONLY the recycled VFX and had just 4 new establishing or enhancing shots very carefully selected and placed.. Similarly there were a handful of minor scoring enhancements applied to the Theatrical Cut so as not to alter the pacing of Director’s intention or the tone of the film. The VFX used are of cinematic quality and at the correct frame rate, wth just a few requiring cropping to the correct aspect ration. It was while re-rendering this version for preview, that I realised there were enough VFX to virtually replace every shot. So I did this to the expanded Director’s Cut, my previous submission. As I expected and noted in the other thread (and disclaimer upfront in the edit), there were inherent limitations and issues, and the departure from the Theatrical Cut and wholesale "caraet bombing" of ILM’s astonishing work risked a “Special Edition” reaction. Better that IMHO than we not play, experiment and push the boundaries I say. A few have seen this edit some time ago so I hope you now can ALL now enjoy this more respectful, measured and technically better original edit of ST 2 circa 2018 using the unaltered original color grade of the Theatrical version to boot. Designation Version 1.054a Another from the Wraith Archive.
Other Sources:
Star Trek II Expanded CD
Brainstorm , James Horner CD
Freesounds.org
YouTube
DeLimited Productions
Hike Animation
Special Thanks:
ArtisDead for previeweing this some years ago, and again more recently.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
For this original version of my edit of Star Trek II, the VFX shots are nearly all NOT the VFX used in the Expanded Director’s Cut, and are visually and tonally very much like the shots they replaced. This maintains the tone of the movie we all love hopefully. This version should address some (if not all) of the concerns some have justifiably "voiced" about tone and continuity while removing the STTMP distraction of those pesky recyled "we are on a tight budget" recyled shots.

I also fixed some issues that were present in ST 2, the most notable being the navigation lights that blew during shooting some VFX of the Enterprise. These VFX were not re-sh when the issue was seen in dailey due to budget and timing constraints; these have been fixed invisibly.
Cuts and Additions:
0:00:00 Added Paramount Star Trek Fan Film Disclaimer
0:00:18 Added WRAITH Logo
0:00:48 Added Fanedit.org Logo
0:00:55 Version id
0:00:57 Added Paramount logo from TRANSFORMERS to pan up to the stars
0:01:10 Cross fade to panning up starfield taken from 4K Star Trek: The Motion Picture overture to act as new background plate to new titles. Tracked with care for near seamless transition.
0:01:18 All new opening Credits created from scratch. All captions required manual “kernelling”.
0:03:09 Added Faneditor and VFX main sources (full sources in end credits) credit
0:03:14 Added VFX sources credit for most used sources
0:06:00 VFX 001 – 3 Klingons vessels
0:06:10 VFX 002– 3 Klingons vessels
0:06:20 VFX 003– 3 Klingons vessels prepare to fire torpedoes
0:06:22 VFX 004– 3 Klingons vessels fire torpedoes
0:09:44 Score 01 – SCORE 01 “Kirk Takes Command” From STII CD to span into the first scene addition
0:25:42 VFX 012-015 VFX shot replacements of the Enterprise in drydock
0:26:52 VFX 016-018 Additional VFX shots establishing the journey inside the spacedock taken
0:28:15 VFX 019 Travelpod docks
0:30:32 VFX 020-027 Added 9 new shots from 2 sources , with some resequencing and tweaks to Enterprise light up now in Dry
0:33:08 VFX 028-038 10 new shots of the Enterprise departing drydock from three sources

The remaining new VFX shots 039-052 are 4 new establishing shots of the Enterprise, a couple of score enhancements, and fixing absent navigation lights in a handful of shots of both the Enterprise and Reliant.

1:45:00 VFX 147 Theatrical jump cut from pan to planet, corrected and now smooth
1:4627 VFX 148 nu pan fly off warp star final shot
Bespoke end credits
VFX sources added
Audio sources added
Thanks added
Music sources added
Fan disclaimer
Wraith logo
FE logo
Cover art by Wraith (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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These are the kind of edits I like the most: those that fix obvious flaws from original sources to create a plausible Hollywood-quality improved version. A lot of credit should go to the VFX creators, which fit greatly with the original practical ones, but the same can be said from the excellent visual and audio editing. From now, this is the definitive version to watch!

Just one very minor nitpicking detail: even though the new VFX shots are of great quality, they may look a little to clean/CGI compared to the original footage when compared to the original optical/practical effects. Maybe this could be improved with a mild combination of grain+soft+chromatic aberration filters on those shots which could make them feel more 'analog'.

I wonder if the director's cut version could also have the same treatment and thus create a true director's special edition, much like the official ST:TMP DC. I'm aware of the other cut based on the DC with almost all VFXs replaced, but I much prefer this more subtle approach.

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This cut absolutely stands out as an essential must see for any Trek fans that love space battles and visual effects. The VFX improved the pacing of the movie’s action sequences and kept it tight to fit in all the right places. Wrath of Khan set the standard for all Star Trek space battles that followed it, and this cut just made it even more fun! Absolutely killer edit. I loved it. Hats off to Wraith who was awesome enough to share it with us!

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I was checking through my Letterboxd diary and realized I hadn't reviewed this version. Not that I needed an excuse to rewatch it, but I did anyway.
I don't think there's anything more I can add that the other reviews haven't already touched on. I also noted the frame skips on certain shots when they transitioned from one to the other. It doesn't however ruin the experience in any way. Great additions to my favourite Star Trek film. Thank you Wraith.

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To be fair, I'don't mind the classic effects of the original movie, although the reuse of some effects from the first film could have been avoided.

This edit is incredible! I can't even imagine the work that has been done to get these results. It's the same excellent movie you remember, but with better VFX that do not seem out of place or intrusive.

My only complaint is that in several instances the fps drops sharply, for a couple os seconds, when we transition to a scene with the new VFX. So, the picture is 'jumpy' for those couple of seconds.

I highly recommend this edit to anyone who want a refreshing experience with an already excellent movie!

Thank you Wraith for all your hard work and thanks to anyone who read my review!

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As with most films of this era, they often look and film very dated. It's bound to happen given the time it was created, and the idealogies behind the story. Yet the one area that really stands out in the Theatrical and Directors Cut of the Wrath of Khan are the visual effects. It's this area that really hasn't aged well, and if you know anything about the film, you'll know most of the VFX are recycled.

So, having seen this edit on FanEdit, i decided to give this a go and... well, it's frankly amazing! The amount of effort and polish that has gone into not just the new VFX scenes by very talented people, but the editing, pacing, grading and respect for the source material by Wraith.

This edit doesn't re-tell a story with differing outomes, but rather it updates the narrative with deleted scenes, brand new visuals, and a updated score to match. It was my long held opinion that this is the one film in the Star Trek canon that should remain "as is", and after watching this, i'm converted! Thank you to Wraith and and all the talent behind this edit, because in my humble opinion, this deserves to be canon.

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