Star Trek: In Search Of Spock

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Original Release Date:
1984
Original Running Time:
105
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Fanedit Running Time:
94
Time Cut:
11
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Brief Synopsis:
It's my favourite Trek movie--EVER!!!

Friendship! Loyalty! Sacrifice! It's all there in it timeless glory as Kirk and his noble crew risk everything to resurrect their fallen shipmate, Mr. Spock!
Intention:
The Search for Spock is my personal favourite adventure of the classic cast movies. The themes of friendship, loyalty and sacrifice are timeless and powerful. Leonard Nimoy's directorial debut is a solid one, eliciting from Shatner one of his best performances. The FX from ILM is gorgeous and the James Horner score is wonderful.

But the movie has some minor issues for me, especially in the area of narrative structure. It is called the SEARCH for SPOCK, but the quest does not even begin until 20 minutes into the movie. So with this version, the first 50 minutes is completely restructured, with Saavik's quest for Spock running parallel with Kirk's. 11 minutes of cuts and trims have been made for pacing and tonal evenness. And additional Horner music (from KRULL and BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS) has been added to many scenes.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
--Added TWOK Paramount title card
--Cut Opening Recap
--Added subtle TOS bridge ambience to Grissom scenes and fully staffed Enterprise scenes
--Open now pre-titles with USS Grissom and life sign reading
--Cut Grissom informing Starfleet about finding Spock's tube
--Opening titles with new title card IN SEARCH OF SPOCK
--first 50 minutes all scenes in new order, so Saavik's quest runs parallel to Kirk's.
--Cut Chekov and Scotty gag about Spock's quarters
--wrote Klingon sub-titles
--cut most Klingon dog gags
--Trimmed David and Saavik's beam down to Genesis
--added Spock's theme when opening the tube and finding his robe
--added shuttle flyby sound fx to transition from Spock scream, with Spacedock shot from TVH.
--added Spock's theme when Sarek appears in Kirk's doorway
--re-scored the Mind Meld and added scenes from TWOK
--created a camera panning up transition from Grissom to snow cover desert
--cut McCoy at bar
--cut rescuing McCoy
--cut disbelief reaction shot of Grissom officer
--cut yellow alert Captain Styles quarters scene
--replaced sound effect of Excelsior losing power
--from this point onward, added thunder sound effects to all Genesis planet scenes
--cut Ponn Farr discussion with David, also swapped in a shot of teen Spock
--cut bizarre shot a Klingon behind a tree!!!!!
--cut Saavik and teen Spock Ponn Farr scene
--slight trim/cut from Klingon torpedo impact to bridge explosion
--scored David's death
--cut Kirk and crew on Genesis stopping suddenly to look at....???... nothing?
--scored Kirk with David's body
--scored Kirk and Kruge's fight
--slight trim when Kruge grabs Kirk's foot
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Bionic Bob is doing greeat work once again. I wouldn't have changed the original but now I see the error of my ways. This may become my preferred version.

Bob takes out the uneven tone of the story and it flows much better. The rescoring of the music results in even more heart. I wouldn't have thought it could be better but it is!

I miss some of the comedy that didn't serve the final narrative but the best scenes are made better.

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I can't call myself a Trekkie by any stretch of the imagination, even though I have seen this entry's predecessor at least a dozen times (in various cuts, official and otherwise) and consider it as one of my personal favourite films.

That had the effect of setting a very high bar for "The Search for Spock" when I saw it for the first and only time a few years ago, making the pacing and tone of the follow-up feel somewhat off in comparison. While this edit still doesn't quite reach the heights of ""The Wrath of Khan"", it feels like a much more worthy successor with the only aspect I can think of that stood out being it feeling quite brief and not very self-contained. That's a result of the source material though so little can be done in that regard, to my eyes the cutting here deletes just superfluous material.

The only key plot elements I can remember that were removed involved McCoy prior to stealing the Enterprise, and while I miss some of the comedic beats in the latter part the scenes did drag when in situ rather than viewed in isolation. A part of me wishes that the message to the Excelsior captain would have been left in, but this might have distracted from the action.

No technical complaints to speak of, first time I have seen the film in HD and it looks and sounds great. No strange cuts noticed and the new sound effects are noticeable only in the right way. Thanks Bob for taking a film I remember getting bored of before and making it into something I had difficulty looking away from, time to see what you have made of Star Trek V!

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Another great work by BionicBob. This mostly addresses pacing issues in the first act of the movie, by re-editing scenes in a more modern way, with parallel storylines that evolve together. This makes the movie more dynamic and enjoyable. Several moments have been quite masterfully re-scored for a greater emotional impact.

As a minor note, the part I liked the least was the new prologue. I think the scene is too dialogue heavy and does not mix well with the re-scoring. It may also anticipate too much the 'revelation' of the first act and make the subsequent scene of Kirk's introspection a little bit redundant.

In any case, greatly recommended!

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What can I say for me Bionic Bob is the nostalgia king. As I watched and I realized it's been almost 40 years since this film was released. ANd I can say I watched it back then also. Watching the crappy bad video game looking 80s video screen graphics. But back then they were top notch. Trying to figure out what version of Shatners TJ Hooker toupee he was wearing. I always thought the first movie was ok, but they definitely got better when they went back to the "episode" style. The trims certainly help with the pacing and tightness. And just all the other memories as I watched. And the trailers great as usual. This will be a 5 outta 5 with some butter on the popcorn scale

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BionicBob's fan edit of "Star Trek III: The Search For Spock" is a well done reworking of the film. Through seamless edits and rearrangements, BionicBob has managed to tighten the pacing and provide a more dynamic viewing experience.

The editing work is top-notch. Transitions between scenes flow smoothly, with no jarring jumps or awkward cuts. If you're unfamiliar with the theatrical cut, you would never guess this was a fan project. BionicBob clearly has a deep understanding of the film and stellar editing skills.

Some of the best improvements come from the musical choices. BionicBob has added new emotional cues and rousing action themes that accentuate the drama and adventure.

By trimming certain sequences that are not relevant to the main plot, the fan edit succeeds in delivering a tighter narrative. The film's essence and all the important plot points remain intact. Scenes that dragged before, now move with more linear purpose.

For any Star Trek fan, BionicBob's take on The Search For Spock is well worth the watch. This is how you do a fan edit right!
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