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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: Film Score Friday 9/27/19 by Scott Bettencourt
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2019 - 11:42 AM   
 By:   CCW1970   (Member)

Loving these trips down your movie going memory lane! A lot of this rings familiar, as while I'm 9 years younger than you, my oldest sister is nearly the same age as you and took me to many of these films.
However, I'm nearly positive I saw Star Trek: The Motion Picture by myself, a month or so after it opened. My mom let us walk to the movie theater by ourselves, about a mile or so away.
Back then, I was only vaguely familiar with the TV show, and couldn't claim to be fan (although my best friend at the time had a battery powered phaser which had the pre-recorded phaser SFX, and I thought was the coolest toy). It was the time where I'd see anything "sci-fi" that looked cool, which is why I saw Battle Beyond the Stars in the theater.

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2019 - 11:48 AM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

Loving these trips down your movie going memory lane! A lot of this rings familiar, as while I'm 9 years younger than you, my oldest sister is nearly the same age as you and took me to many of these films.
However, I'm nearly positive I saw Star Trek: The Motion Picture by myself, a month or so after it opened. My mom let us walk to the movie theater by ourselves, about a mile or so away.
Back then, I was only vaguely familiar with the TV show, and couldn't claim to be fan (although my best friend at the time had a battery powered phaser which had the pre-recorded phaser SFX, and I thought was the coolest toy). It was the time where I'd see anything "sci-fi" that looked cool, which is why I saw Battle Beyond the Stars in the theater.


ST: TMP was one of those 70s films that was inexplicably rated "G". Not as inexplicable as Beneath the Planet of the Apes (skinless mutants getting mowed down by machine guns) or especially The Andromeda Strain (bare-breasted corpses, slit wrists spilling powdered blood), but still pretty odd (the transporter malfunction scene, though discreet, is pretty disturbing for a G movie).

Having spent the 70s weaned on syndicated Star Trek re-runs (and the not-bad animated show), the idea that a $40 million Star Trek movie was coming, directed by Robert Wise, with Douglas Trumbull VFX and a Jerry Goldsmith score (!!!) was for me about the most exciting movie event imaginable. (though I would certainly have loved to see the unmade Phil Kaufman version with Ken Adam sets)

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2019 - 3:02 PM   
 By:   CCW1970   (Member)

Loving these trips down your movie going memory lane! A lot of this rings familiar, as while I'm 9 years younger than you, my oldest sister is nearly the same age as you and took me to many of these films.
However, I'm nearly positive I saw Star Trek: The Motion Picture by myself, a month or so after it opened. My mom let us walk to the movie theater by ourselves, about a mile or so away.
Back then, I was only vaguely familiar with the TV show, and couldn't claim to be fan (although my best friend at the time had a battery powered phaser which had the pre-recorded phaser SFX, and I thought was the coolest toy). It was the time where I'd see anything "sci-fi" that looked cool, which is why I saw Battle Beyond the Stars in the theater.


ST: TMP was one of those 70s films that was inexplicably rated "G". Not as inexplicable as Beneath the Planet of the Apes (skinless mutants getting mowed down by machine guns) or especially The Andromeda Strain (bare-breasted corpses, slit wrists spilling powdered blood), but still pretty odd (the transporter malfunction scene, though discreet, is pretty disturbing for a G movie).

Having spent the 70s weaned on syndicated Star Trek re-runs (and the not-bad animated show), the idea that a $40 million Star Trek movie was coming, directed by Robert Wise, with Douglas Trumbull VFX and a Jerry Goldsmith score (!!!) was for me about the most exciting movie event imaginable. (though I would certainly have loved to see the unmade Phil Kaufman version with Ken Adam sets)


re: G rating, yep. I saw Andromeda Strain on late night TV, and I believe it was uncut. The transporter scene was indeed intense. A different buddy of mine said that scene is more important than it gets credit for, as the transporter tech must be amazing, far more so than a warp drive when you think about it.

Kaufman would no doubt have done something unique. His Invasion of the Body Snatchers certainly has some memorable moments (that human face on the dog, a really simple practical effect, creeped the heck out of me as a kid). Ken Adams designing the Enterprise interiors!? That would've been something else!

 
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