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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Fanedit Running Time:
114
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1
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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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A superb fan edit of an already classic movie that takes it a notch higher. I can't really recommend it enough just as I can't thank Wraith enough for doing it. The new VFX sequences are extremely inventive and yet appropriate to the era the film was made. I'm truly happy this fanedit exists for it gives an awesome story, the beautiful look it should have always have had.

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I am AMAZED by this edit by Wraith. Not because it's the general 'cut or add this' approach, but rather taking a near perfect movie and bringing its effects up to the same level without going overboard. I loved every moment of the movie more because it now feels like there was a bit more 'polish' with the special effects. Nothing egregious or completely overhauled. But more like taking a DVD quality movie and cleanly upgrading it to 8K!!

FANTASTIC work here, friend. Thanks for the effort. And I can't wait to see you give some other underserved FX movies the same Wraith improved treatment!

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(Updated: December 14, 2022)
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Wraith's CGI-enhanced version of the cinema cut of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is a faithful adaptation of the original.

Back in 1981, Gene Roddenberry was kept at arm's-length due to the mediocre box-office performance of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, not to mention the over-blown production costs of the first film. In a desperate attempt at keeping the costs down, the producers of Star Trek II used miniature models from earlier (non-Star Trek) films, as well as reusing costumes, effects footage and film sets from the first Star Trek movie.

Wraith followed the old adage that "less is more" and has chosen to only replace those film sequences that have been "copied" from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, with all of the original Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) film footage being retained and left untouched. This meant that the fanedit film retains the same pace, dialogue and plot structure as the original cinema cut. To be frank about it, Wraith's fanedit is a magnificent work of art with CGI footage that replaces the orbital spacedock, transport pod, warp speed, and Mr Sulu's brief period of "indulgence" (granted, Mr Spock did give Mr Sulu permission to take the Enterprise on a joyride).

The CGI sequences that Wraith produced for this fanedit are not the mediocre visual effects that are often seen on made-for-TV movies seen on the Sci-Fi Channel (or worse, seen in films made by The Asylum film company). Wraith's CGI is motion-picture quality and will undoubtedly impress fans of the genre... and Trekkers.

The devotion that Wraith has shown demonstrates that the FanEdit website will "Live long and prosper"...

Well done Wraith!

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