Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek: The Motion Picture 3-CD set
La-La Land Records, 2012


Star Trek: The Motion Picture 3-CD set
La-La Land Records, 2012

Despite being closer in tone  to the original television series than later installments in the franchise, Star Trek: The Motion Picture has always been seen by fans as the red-headed stepchild of the original crew's six big screen voyages. While some fans believe the 1979 film marked the beginning of the so-called odd-numbered film theory (pshaw!Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is fantastic.), the film's music by Jerry Goldsmith was universally embraced.

Prior to the release of this album, all but one of the soundtracks for the five sequels to Star Trek: The Motion Picture had recently been released on CD, primarily on the Intrada soundtrack label. Each was newly-expanded and remastered, and each featured design and art direction that was of a consistent style. Even La-La Land's own release of Goldsmith's latter-day score to Star Trek V kept a similar pace.

Early on, I suggested that this new release for The Motion Picture needn't fall so neatly in line with the other re-releases, if only because that initial cinematic foray likewise stood apart from the more deliberate consistency of style and costuming found in subsequent Trek films. Keeping that in mind, I looked at the film's original marketing and merchandise for inspiration. Turns out in 1979, the then-new Trek brand was handled with a looser consistency than you'd see with today's marketing campaigns. Of special note were the many logo treatments, fonts and color choices used throughout the materials. 

Shown here are some of the vintage books and tie-in merchandise that helped to shape the new soundtrack's design and overall direction.
There was however one striking element at the center of the film's iconic keyart: the vertical column of light holding the shimmering faces of Kirk, Spock and Lt. Ilia within the colors of the optical spectrum. Painted by Bob Peak, the poster suggests the transporter effect central to the Trek mythos and at the heart of its pop culture catchphrase, "Beam me up, Scotty."  The rainbow column may not have carried over to the merchandising of the film, but to me it was a strong visual motif that could anchor the design of the CD set.
 
In addition to using the keyart on the package cover and inside booklet, the rainbow effect was played prominently across the twin spines of the jewel box and used to more subtle effect within the accompanying booklet.
 
Parts of each disc were intentionally left unprinted to allow the silvery surface to shine through. The design for the discs was based on the familiar circular shape of the saucer section of the refit Enterprise, seen in the blueprint below.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture: Limited Edition (3-CD Set) can still be purchased from La-La Land Records. Visit http://lalalandrecords.com/STM.html
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Deluxe packaging and booklet for 3-CD set of Jerry Goldsmith's landmark score for the original Star Trek film.
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