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Star Trek 3 “Resurrection”
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Original Release Date:
1984
Original Running Time:
105 minutes
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Fanedit Running Time:
85 minutes
Synopsis:
As movie legend goes, all even numbered Trek movies are Good and all odd numbered Trek movies are Bad! After watching this edit of Star Trek III, you will think differently.
Intention:
Break the dreaded Trek Movie Curse!!!! Can I do it???? Do Tribbles purr? Do Klingons growl? Do Vulcans polka???? Actually, I am not sure about that last one. But I don know I am going to give it my best Starfleet try!

As movie legend goes, all even numbered Trek movies are Good and all odd numbered Trek movies are Bad! Hopefully, after watching this edit of Star Trek III, you will think differently. While THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK is my personal favorite of the Original Cast Movies, even I admit the story suffers in terms of pace and structure.

So with this edit, I have completely re-sequenced the order of all the scenes in the first 2/3′s of the movie. Saavik’s quest for Spock is now moved to the forefront (it is after all called “The Search for Spock”!!!!) and runs parallel to Kirk’s discovery of Spock’s Katra and theft of the Enterprise.

Also to tighten the plot and increase the pace of the movie, most of the support cast gags have been trimmed or completely removed.

By doing this, I think I have created a more linear and entertaining adventure.
Additional Notes:
SYNOPSIS: LOYALTY. FRIENDSHIP. SACRIFICE. Never have those words meant more for the Enterprise crew than now. Kirk and his crew risk their lives and Starfleet careers, as they race against time to reunite Spock’s body and soul. In this third entry of BionicBob’s TOS Movie Cuts, The Search for Spock has been boldly restructured into a leaner, faster-paced, more plot driven adventure!
Release Information:
DVD
Cuts and Additions:
– reorganized the order of most of the scenes in the first 2/3s of the movie
– trimmed Captain Esteban screen time
– cut the original Klingon introduction
– tweaked the Kirk/Sarek mind meld
– cut McCoy’s Bar scene
– cut McCoy’s looney bin escape
– cut Scotty’s Excelsior scene
– trimmed the theft of the Enterprise
– trimmed back Captain Styles
– replaced Excelsior stuttering power sound f/x
– cut the whole Ponn Farr subplot
– tweaked David’s death
– tweaked the Vulcan Katra Fusion scene
– added scene establishing shots
– added TOS music
– added fade to black commercial breaks
– and a few other things
Trailer


First 5 minutes

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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1984
Original Running Time:
105 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
85 minutes
Synopsis:
As movie legend goes, all even numbered Trek movies are Good and all odd numbered Trek movies are Bad! After watching this edit of Star Trek III, you will think differently.
Intention:
Break the dreaded Trek Movie Curse!!!! Can I do it???? Do Tribbles purr? Do Klingons growl? Do Vulcans polka???? Actually, I am not sure about that last one. But I don know I am going to give it my best Starfleet try!

As movie legend goes, all even numbered Trek movies are Good and all odd numbered Trek movies are Bad! Hopefully, after watching this edit of Star Trek III, you will think differently. While THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK is my personal favorite of the Original Cast Movies, even I admit the story suffers in terms of pace and structure.

So with this edit, I have completely re-sequenced the order of all the scenes in the first 2/3′s of the movie. Saavik’s quest for Spock is now moved to the forefront (it is after all called “The Search for Spock”!!!!) and runs parallel to Kirk’s discovery of Spock’s Katra and theft of the Enterprise.

Also to tighten the plot and increase the pace of the movie, most of the support cast gags have been trimmed or completely removed.

By doing this, I think I have created a more linear and entertaining adventure.
Additional Notes:
SYNOPSIS: LOYALTY. FRIENDSHIP. SACRIFICE. Never have those words meant more for the Enterprise crew than now. Kirk and his crew risk their lives and Starfleet careers, as they race against time to reunite Spock’s body and soul. In this third entry of BionicBob’s TOS Movie Cuts, The Search for Spock has been boldly restructured into a leaner, faster-paced, more plot driven adventure!
Release Information:
DVD
Cuts and Additions:
– reorganized the order of most of the scenes in the first 2/3s of the movie
– trimmed Captain Esteban screen time
– cut the original Klingon introduction
– tweaked the Kirk/Sarek mind meld
– cut McCoy’s Bar scene
– cut McCoy’s looney bin escape
– cut Scotty’s Excelsior scene
– trimmed the theft of the Enterprise
– trimmed back Captain Styles
– replaced Excelsior stuttering power sound f/x
– cut the whole Ponn Farr subplot
– tweaked David’s death
– tweaked the Vulcan Katra Fusion scene
– added scene establishing shots
– added TOS music
– added fade to black commercial breaks
– and a few other things
Cover art by Rogue-theX (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Trailer


First 5 minutes

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This was my first time revisiting this film since I was a kid, and the first time I realized why so many have called it a bad movie. It's not bad, and especially not in BionicBob's fanedit...but it's sure a big drop from The Wrath of Khan.

I wrote general thoughts about the film here: https://letterboxd.com/nottheacademy/film/star-trek-iii-the-search-for-spock/ but for this entry I'll focus on Bob's edit. In general, I'd say the little trims to the story manage to mostly improve the flow of the narrative and even enhance the emotional impact in several areas. I particularly appreciated his use of flashbacks via old footage to visualize the ending sequence. On the other hand, the flashbacks during that flight of the Enterprise over Genesis veered too much into fan service for me. It's something that I could've accepted in the actual final last Star Trek film, but not here. Most of the scenes cut out weren't really missed, though I felt David's fate was not shown clearly enough and it seemed an ambiguous and dodgy removal that lessened his character.

In terms of the other main focus of this edit, the TV-style presentation, I think Bob continued to improve in that area and it works even better here than in STI or STII. The opening recap especially felt like the old show and fit very well. However, all in all it's a bit of a mixed bag, as some of the music fits this feeling and some clearly does not. Some of the fadeouts and freezes fit and some seem to frustrate the flow of the film. The ending of the film is mercilessly left untouched by "commercial breaks"...which is both gratifying but also departs from the way the rest of the edit is cut. So I'm iffy on this main idea of the fanedit, though it's certainly a valid alternative to the main film.

All in all, this is an improvement on the theatrical version, so I can definitely recommend it. I'll be coming back for STIV.

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Review by Neglify — August 2, 2012 @ 8:25 am

Bob doesn’t fully resurrect Star Trek 3 but it’s a heck of a lot better. Another enjoyable Bionically Enhanced Trek movie!
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Review by L8wrtr — November 9, 2010 @ 7:06 pm

Star Trek 1, 3, or 5? Which was the least watchable? Which was the biggest disappointment? Compelling arguments can be made for all 3, but I always found myself the most disappointed with Search for Spock because it achieved so little, yet had so much promise. The movie always felt disjointed and that it generally was an underachiever.

With “The V’ger Incident” Bob has proven he can take a stinker of a movie and make it watchable and even enjoyable. With “Perdition’s Flames” Bob took to the next level by taking a great movie, and giving it a new and enjoyable twist that in many ways made it perhaps even more enjoyable to watch than the original. So now, what could Bob do with a movie that had tremendous potential, but was a huge belly flop in the pool of Star Trek movies?

Visual Quality
Similar to both The V'ger Incident and Perdition’s Flames, this edit suffers from less than ideal video quality. There are compressions in certain reds as well as the DVD being inletter-box aspect. This doesn’t bother me greatly as I can simply change the format on my TV and I get the proper ratio with minimal additional quality loss. From a purely evaluational standpoint I have to give it a 7/10 for visual quality and again I hope that Bob will someday return to his Star Trek edits and give them the proper treatment.

Audio Quality
I can pretty much duplicate my last review of Perdition’s Flames here. Bob’s work in the audio department really stand out. Again we have the infusion of TOS sound effects and music which adds so much to the atmosphere of the movie. Bob’s work on Resurrection is probably his best yet as far as layering and blending the old audio and music, Easily a 10/10 for me.

Editing
This is another great job of editing. No flash frames, no plot holes or continuity errors. On a personal preference, there are only two aspects that I didn’t care for from a technical execution on this edit. I’m not sure how I feel about the freeze-frame that was used for several of the commercial fade outs, however this is a stylistic choice on the editor’s part, but for me I prefer a more traditional motion fade, but this is a very minor gripe. *SPOILER* For the sequence of Spock regaining his memories, the freeze frame image montage was also not my first choice. I would enjoy more traditional motion images during the sequence, but again, this is a preference issue, Bob’s execution is not flawed here as it really works quite well. Overall, Bob’s technical editing skills are great and if you had never seen this movie before you’d not be able to tell this was not a theatrical release of the movie. 9/10

Story/Film improvement
BionicBob has turned one of my least favorite Star Trek movies into one of my favorite. By re-ordering the two storylines the movie now has a pacing that is enjoyable and the two storylines actually play off of each other and build to a peak as they finally merge at Genesis planet. While the other two Starfleet captains are still sorely lacking when compared against Kirk, they are drastically improved over their original roles. The removal of the Bones side-story on Earth is a welcome relief as it added nothing to the story. What was once a complete jumbled mess is now a very lean, well-integrated story of friendship, loyalty and sacrifice for a greater good. The themes that were buried are now front and center. 10/10. This is easily now my go-to version of the film, it is not even close!

Extras
The DVD menu is identical to Bob’s previous edits with updates to music and images. It is a default template and not terribly exciting (and repetitive if you're watching more than one of his edits at a time ) but I don't mark down for menus, I'm here to watch an edit after all. Again he provides a nice little "About this movie" bit that is enlightening and fun. Also, the inclusion of the Enterprise Self-Destruction comparison between this film and the one used in the Original Series episode is also fun.

Overall
BionicBob has now run the gamut of fanediting, from improving failed movies, dramatic new interpretations of great movies, and sifting through the wreckage of a movie that should have been good, and presenting it as the movie it should have been all along.

Like Bob’s previous edits, for me the only thing that holds this back from a perfect 10 is the video quality, which drags this down to an 8.5 out of 10 so rounding up I give this a 9/10. This is an incredible improvement over the original film. For my money, I think I enjoy Perdition’s Flame more, but that’s simply because it is such a fantastic story to begin with, but in terms of improving the original, this is BionicBob’s best work to date.
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Review by DwightFry78 — October 27, 2010 @ 6:16 pm

So far this is probably the best of the Bionic Trek series! Both The V’Ger Incident and Perdition’s Flames were good, but I ultimately preferred the originals. However, Star Trek: Resurrection leaves me with no reason to ever watch The Search for Spock again. The original Star Trek III is, for my tastes, the weakest of the movies starring the original cast, and while BionicBob’s version retains some of the problems -namely having the worst acting in the whole saga (except for McCoy, I really like McCoy in this one); Klingons, and also Vulcans, speaking English to each other; a villain that isn’t threatening enough (the part called for a sinister Christopher *Lee* type, not the always likable and therefore wrongly cast Christopher *Lloyd*); and Kirk being so slow as to have to check the video log to find out who’s hosting Spock’s mind AFTER seeing McCoy behaving Spockly- but thanks to this very talented faneditor I no longer get the feeling that virtually nothing happens in the whole movie, and the pacing improves 500%. It went from quite boring to a lot of fun, I never thought I could enjoy ST III so much! This is the version that’s canon for me from now on.

Unfortunately, as with the rest of the Bionic Trek edits, the video is not anamorphic, and also it turns “combed” (as in interlaced) whenever TOS footage is used. Too bad, these technical flaws prevent me from giving it a higher rating. Video and audio are otherwise very good. On the other hand, I liked the self-destruct sequences comparison in the DVD extras, a nice featurette, and kudos to Nimoy and Harve Bennett for being consistent with TOS.

This is overall a very good fanedit that almost reaches excellency. Make it anamorphic, lose the video log part, and fix the combing, and this would have gotten a 10/10 from me. As it is, it’s an 8/10. I’m eagerly awaiting Full Circle!
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I'm going to keep this one short. This was an excellent edit of a really bad movie. In fact, I had forgotten entirely how bad this movie was! And it looks really cheap too (not this edit, but the movie itself).
This is the perfect movie for the make-it-seem-like-the-tv-show format, because it feels like a tv movie. The captain of the ship orbiting the Genesis planet especially seemed like a guy who might have failed an audition to be on one of the Trek spinoffs. And Reverend Jim Romulan was laughable as well.
I think Bionic Bob made this terrible movie as good as it could be.

I know a lot of people have issues with the aspect ratio or screen size, but I watch these on VLC media player on the laptop, through a hdmi wire to a big flat screen tv, and set on overscan. It looks perfect to me--like a hi-def letterboxed movie. No complaints about the picture here.

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Review by UnkwnFactor — January 11, 2011 @ 12:04 am

A great edit making a very mediocre “phoned-in” performance movie watchable.

The original movie is #2 of my most loathed Trek movies (ST V being #1 and ST IX tying with ST V) and Bob made it watchable for me. This is another great turn in his trek series and Bob does his best to make it work.

I simply loved the re-ordering of the two story lines – the movie as a whole is now so much more exciting and comprehensible and really shows how determined Kirk and crew are to get Spock. I would have to say, in my humble newbie opinion, that there is just no other way to make some of the other characters (namely the Capts) any better. Bob does his best, but they are just too weak to really do much.

and…THANK you for removing the Bones earthbound sub-plot. I have always thought it was just too silly and poorly written to ever work for me.

Like L8wrtr, I will only watch this version of ST 3, never will I reach for the original again. I hate to echo L8wrtr, but he made a very good point about BionicBob’s series: he has run the gamut of FE for me too.

(Okay, so the video still suffers from quality issues, but as i have said in my other reviews: it didn’t bother me because the edit is so engaging.)
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Review by ionvox — December 27, 2010 @ 10:30 pm

This is such an improvement on the original that I don’t have the words. Every bit of goofiness has been removed, and it didn’t suffer for it. I personally would’ve like to have seen David’s final scene, but the way it was handled made it more suspenseful.

Kudos!

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