Star Trek 5 “This Other Eden”
– added Goldsmith created Mind Meld sound f/x throughout movie
– added Starfleet title cards
– new opening credits
– restructured/altered Trinity Shore Leave
– trimmed out bad greenscreen from mountain fall
– cut out Marshmellons
– re-scripted all Klingon dialogue and used Klingon title cards to cover original subtitles
– altered Klaa’s introduction, no target practice, now in pursuit of a criminal fugitive
– cut Nimbus III Ambassadors introductions
– trimmed/altered return to Enterprise from Shore Leave
– cut Admiral Bob briefing
– altered Hostage Tape briefing slightly
– altered “Captain Chekov” gag slightly
– cut Uhura fan dance
– trimmed out some of the humor during Paradise City assault
– altered Klingon attack/Shuttle Craft manual landing
– trimmed Kirk/Sybok fight in Shuttle Hangar
– trimmed Trinity brig conversation
– altered Jail Break, no Turbo Shaft/Rocket Boots!!!!
– added music to Sybok’s observation room speech
– dialed up music slightly during McCoy’s Pain
– Legacy scene–Kirk’s secret pain revealed
– added additional barrier breach shots
– colour correction God Planet, added Blue tint
– trimmed planet walk and God-Thing reveal
– added lots of Earthquake filter f/x
– added Evil Red to God-Thing
– altered Klingon attack on Enterprise
– added additional shots of the God-Thing in pursuit of Kirk
– trimmed Bird of Prey reveal slightly
– trimmed Epilogue
– added new closing credit
– fade to black breaks
– cleaned up Earthquake F/X matte shots
– altered/clarified final encounter between Kirk and the God-Thing.
So, Bionic Bob's "Star Trek: This Other Eden" was fantastic. It fixed nearly all of the problems I had with Star Trek V. All of the bad humor was removed, while still leaving in some fitting whimsical moments. All of the bad special effects were either replaced or trimmed. Some light flashbacks and flashfowards were added to give just a bit more depth at times. Of course, the final act was still too quick and lacking, but it was easier to forgive it. Everything that could've been improved was improved. I wasn't huge on commercial breaks and location cards, but it is what it is. Other than that the editing was fantastic, and every cut was done so skillfully and unnoticeably. I didn't think it would be possible to cut out everything about the Enterprise being in bad shape and nothing working, but he managed to without feeling like anything was missing.
This may not be peak Star Trek, but it's plenty enjoyable. I will definitely revisit this edit in the future.
AV Quality: 7, it's standard DVD quality, not especially good, not bad.
Visual editing: 10, the fixes to the poor special effects really helped, and the cuts were seamless.
Audio Editing: 8, music changes and cuts were perfect, but I found myself constantly adjusting the volume.
Narrative: 10, the narrative is greatly improved, leagues better than the original cut. It's still Star Trek 5, but any left over flaws in the plot were ones that couldn't be fixed, so I don't fault the editor.
Enjoyment: 10, I think this is the most enjoyment anyone could possibly get from Star Trek 5.
At this point my reviews of BionicBob's Star Trek edits are borderline embarrassing, but once again, I enjoyed the heck out of this.
I can't imagine anyone is going to start with this edit instead of watching them in order, so I will just direct you to my previous 4 reviews---they are all great. These are fantastic edits of flawed movies and, in every single case, BionicBob's edit lessens the flaws and makes the movie more enjoyable.
Anyone who is/was a fan of TOS on TV or of TOS of movies will NEED to watch these. I've nothing negative to say, and I have already gushed enough in my previous reviews.
These are awesome; I wish I could share them with every trekkie out there. :-)
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Just saying the name conjures up all sorts of things: good (in some cases, great) and bad (in some cases, very bad).
His Captain Kirk in the original series was for the most part wonderful - and of course has been long part of pop culture.
His performances in the films hit or miss.
So it goes without saying that as actor, writer and director he would bring himself -- the good and the bad (as do we all) to that enterprise (bad pun unfortunately intended...).
"Star Trek V" is still maligned to this day. It's a frustrating view, even for (perhaps mostly for) Trek: the original series fans of which I'm one - because there's a great TREK movie here, hidden amongst some of the woefully clumsy acting, overwrought/clunky direction, hammy acting and mostly - the completely misfired 'comedy' elements.
Bionic Bob, in his iconic 'TV style' editing has turned an off-putting TREK movie into a highly enjoyable TV movie - every original series TREK fan should see what Bob has done here. There are some GREAT surprises for fans of the show.
And after watching Bob's version, you're left scratching your head on why the Paramount suits or Shatner didn't include some of what Bob adds into the film. I never would've thought of these, but upon seeing Bob's version, they are highly pertinent moments that belong in the official version of the film.
Why Bob even makes sense out of the abbreviated, daffy Klingon scenes! Now THAT takes some imagination.
If you love the original series, make time to watch Bob's take here. Great stuff!
A much improved Star Trek 5. I’ve only seen Trek V once so I wasn’t completely certain of everything cut but it flowed a lot smoother this time. I wasn’t a big fan of the commercial breaks, even though they didn’t bother me in earlier BB Trek edits. Editing was good but some things felt odd (don’t ask me what, I’m a terrible reviewer).
A/V Quality - 9
Editing - 8 visual, 8 audio
Narrative - 8
Enjoyment - 8 (original 6)
Recommended drink: Romulan Ale