‘Star Trek’: Six to beam up — Egyptian will screen half-dozen Starfleet films [Updated]

Feb. 16, 2011 | 4:26 p.m.
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Leonard Nimoy, Robert Wise (seated), Gene Roddenberry, DeForest Kelley and William Shatner on the set of "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (Los Angeles Times archives)

The Egyptian Theatre will present all six “Star Trek” films that feature both William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy — a string of Starfleet films that spanned a dozen years — and three of them will be presented in 70 mm. Our very own Geoff Boucher will be on hand for the finale of the four-day event to handle the stage interview with Nicholas Meyer after the screening of “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.”

Here’s the information directly from the upcoming American Cinematheque release (UPDATE: The press release below misstated the wording of one film, we corrected it):

Thursday, March 24 – 7:30 PM

STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, 1979, Paramount, 132 min. Director Robert Wise, ably assisted by Harold Michelson’s (“Dick Tracy”) otherworldly production design, Jerry Goldsmith’s stirring score and a special effects team including Douglas Trumbull, John Dykstra and Ramon Sanchez, delivers the first “Star Trek” film as a profound meditation on man’s struggle to survive against the negative forces in the universe. With William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Walter Koenig, George Takei, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, Persis Khambatta. A special presentation on the art direction and visual effects of the film will follow including visuals not seen in more than 30 years and a discussion with Robert Abel & Co, art director Richard Taylor, Director’s Edition VFX Supervisor Darren Dochterman and Gene Kozicki of the Visual Effects Society.

star trek voyage home Star Trek: Six to beam up    Egyptian will screen half dozen Starfleet films [Updated]Friday, March 25 – 7:30 PM (Double Feature)

Double Feature: STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN, 1982, Paramount, 116 min. Dir. Nicholas Meyer. Part one of the three-part story arc. The genetically engineered Khan, played with ferocious energy by Ricardo Montalban, escapes from a 15-year exile to exact revenge on James T. Kirk (William Shatner). Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols and the rest of the Enterprise crew must stop him from obtaining Project Genesis and using its power as a doomsday device.

STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK, 1984, Paramount, 105 min. At the end of “The Wrath of Khan,” Spock’s dead … or is he? Leonard Nimoy portrays the lovable, logical Vulcan and makes his directorial debut with the film that answers that question. Guests to be announced

Saturday, March 26 – 7:30 PM (Double Feature)

70mm Print! STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME, 1986, Paramount, 119 min. Dir. Leonard Nimoy. The most accessible “Star Trek” film ever made sets its previously galaxy-spanning adventures on a contemporary Earth with a healthy dollop of humor.

70mm Print! STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER, 1989, Paramount, 107 min. Dir. William Shatner. When Spock’s half-brother hijacks the Enterprise in an obsessive attempt to find God, Captain Kirk and his crew must find a way to outwit him and save the ship from total destruction. Discussion between films with actor Walter Koenig.

Sunday, March 27 – 7:30 PM

70mm Print! STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY, 1991, Paramount, 110 min. Dir. Nicholas Meyer. With the Klingon world threatened by irreversible ecological disaster, the Federation and the Klingon chancellor (David Warner) offer an olive branch to each other to save the race, and Captain Kirk (William Shatner) is chosen as the Federation’s representative. Things go quickly downhill when a very high-ranking Klingon is assassinated, and Kirk and Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley), framed for the murder, end up in a wintry, gulag-style labor camp. With Christopher Plummer. Discussion following with writer-director Nicholas Meyer moderated by Geoff Boucher of the Los Angeles Times and HeroComplex.com.

If you have a suggested question for Meyer, leave it in the comments section below.


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9 Responses to ‘Star Trek’: Six to beam up — Egyptian will screen half-dozen Starfleet films [Updated]

  1. atomic kommie comics says:

    Question for Nicholas Meyer: If you had been offered the opportunity to reboot the franchise, as JJ Abrams was given, what would you have done?

  2. Mark says:

    Question for Meyer: Do you feel the new Trek was lacking the literate/philosophical approach of your Trek films in favour of a more straightforward shoot 'em up?

  3. Cal Godot says:

    Q for Meyer: Fanboys today often like to bemoan the new Abrams-(re)created Star Trek as somehow betraying the original. They have forgotten or are perhaps unaware that when "Wrath of Khan" debuted, a number of Trek fans took issue with the action, the space combat, and Khan's obsessive references to "Moby Dick," and of course the 'death' of Spock, complaining that it did not reflect the philosophy or themes of the original series. Professional critics and open-minded fans loved the movie – of course that view has prevailed historically, and could even be said to have led to the rebirth of the Trek franchise.) Could you recount some of the difficulties you faced when attempting to bring Trek from the 60s to the 80s, and how that has led you to sympathize with J.J. Abrams and his plight of creating an entirely new Trek in the face of a multitude of highly opinionated internet-connected science fiction fans who ironically fear the strange and new?

  4. Jared says:

    It's not titled "In Search of Spock."

  5. Mark says:

    @Cal Godot – I don't think that science fiction fans fear the strange and new, quite the opposite in fact. They do however, mostly, want science fiction to be GOOD. The Wrath of Khan was brilliantly written so it's not exactly the best example to be comparing the latest Trek film with…

  6. John G says:

    Question for Nick Meyer: I wonder if you would be so kind as to settle an argument involving David Marcus.

    Watching the movie growing up, I always thought David was in the dark about who his father was, and that when he makes that crack about the "overgrown boy scout," there is this dramatic irony about him not knowing it's his dad. Under this interpretation, I assumed David is just as surprised as Kirk is when the father-son relationship is revealed to the audience. Kind of an Oedipus moment.

    But my friend insists the angry young scientist knows all along about his deadbeat dad, and that it's a surprise only to the audience. The more I think about it, the more it seems like the "don't have kittens" scene could play both ways. I wonder what the answer is?

  7. Justin Olson says:

    Questions for Nicholas Meyer:

    In the recent six-film Blu-ray box set, only "Wrath of Khan" got a proper restoration with a new scan of the negative. When will the other films get similar treatment?

    Would you participate in a similar after-film discussion for "Time After Time" if the Egyptian ever screened it, and when will that film be coming out on Blu-ray?

  8. Voyager says:

    I wonder why they are showing there 6 films? I have a good idea why. They are the best.

  9. Been There says:

    Question for Meyer: Does it amuse you that you made the two smartest Trek movies, whereas Abrams’ alleged Trek movie is a wannabe rehash which truly sucks rhino?

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