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Babylon 5 [Blu-ray]

Jerry Doyle , Mira Furlan  |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs, Stephen Furst, Andreas Katsulas
  • Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
  • Producers: Robert Latham Brown
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CUFI7M
  • Learn more about "Babylon 5 [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the greatest science fiction television saga ever! February 22, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
This is something I've awaited for a long time. This boxed set contains the first installments of J. Michael Straczynski's five-year "novel for television." THE GATHERING (orig. 1992) is a slightly touched-up TNT version of the series pilot. At first glance, THE GATHERING might seem slow moving and overly tedious in places. But while it is certainly demanding, it had a lot of weight to carry both introducing many of the main characters and setting the stage for the complex plot developments to come. There are minor problems, but overall THE GATHERING works.
This set also contains the first four episodes, MIDNIGHT ON THE FIRING LINE, SOUL HUNTER, BORN TO THE PURPLE, and INFECTION (1993). MIDNIGHT starts with a bang, establishing the ongoing enmity between two alien races, the Narn and the Centauri. After that, things never really let up. There is plenty here for everyone. Whether your addiction is to sci-fi space action, suspense, or behind-the-scenes scheming and plotting, you will not be disappointed. The dialogue--thought-provoking, often witty, always intelligent--has prompted some of us to begin compiling our own collections of "5 quotations". The characters are complex, engaging, and frequently have pasts that have left them with a lot of emotional and psychological baggage (Ivanova, Garibaldi, G'Kar).
But the real value in BABYLON 5 is how Straczynski has employed his characters and situations to provoke us to think. The best science fiction, like any form of literature, has always tried to address the human condition and prompt us to try and improve ourselves. BABYLON 5 is no exception.
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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Series complete. Maybe... June 6, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
There is a hole in your mind. Since Amazon won't get off their encounter-suited butts to tell you what this set contains, allow me. This 2-pack is the last from the Wheel of Fire season and includes 5.11 WHEEL OF FIRE/OBJECTS IN MOTION and 5.12 OBJECTS AT REST/SLEEPING IN LIGHT. This is the first 2-tape set to be released. With the exception of the first, unless they get really creative, each season will likely be released this way. (Do the math.) I'd be willing to bet the after-series movies will be released as individuals the way In The Beginning was.
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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful
By Douglas
Babylon Five (B5) was Science Fiction for adults---no small kids or cute robots in this show---and was a five-year novel for television about political change, which emphasized the choices individuals in difficult situations must make; the consequences of those decisions; and the ensuing responsibility and accountability that follow. It is also very much a show about war: the causes of war, the lead-up to war; the conduct of war; and the immediate and long-term aftermath of warfare.

Babylon 5 is a fictional space station that is gargantuan in size (five miles long), located in neutral space in another solar system, that houses 250,000 occupants, both human and alien. Built by the Earth government and funded by both human and alien governments, it is a combination "United Nations" in space, and free trading port, designed to be a vehicle for facilitating improved human-alien understanding and relations; instead of the last best hope for peace, it becomes an historical nexus, a focal point for conflict and change. The pilot show was set in the year 2257, and the five-year arc takes place from 2258-2262.

The series features real adults managing adult problems, highlighting how we humans (both now and in the future) deal with everything from peaceful political change, assassination, official lies, conspiracies, class and racial conflict, religious themes (prophecy, and religious diversity, in particular), personal loss, substance abuse, and unrequited love---with frequent and welcome humorous diversions. The major character arcs were well-planned. Like a novel, this show had an introduction (season 1), rising action (season 2), complication and heightened conflict (season 3), a climax (season 4), and a well-defined resolution (season 5).
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginning of a very deep rich sci-fi experience January 21, 2001
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I could write a review of each B5 video, but instead I decided to consolidate my thoughts into 1 review at the start of the published series. As a 48 year old professional man who has historically had little interest in sci-fi, I was deeply touched and engrossed in B5, when it originally aired on UPN, and subsequently moved to TNT. This is a series written by a master story teller, mapped out with great detail and depth with a 5 season plan. Not like your typical TV sci-fi show (e.g., the perennial Star Trek derivatives that seem to often rely on the "monster/alien invasion/crisis of the week" and contain characters who march around in skin tight military body suits doing their non-thinking duty like the personified ideal of some totalitarian society of the future), B5 portrays a world of real human beings. There is still poverty, corruption, back biting, political pressure, dirt, grime, swearing, humor, mourning, hope, charity and kindness. In other words, the future is still a REAL PLACE, not a white washed Disney Land where high technology has somehow solved all mankind's problems so we can focus on testosterone goals, such as boldly going where we were not invited!
Instead, B5 (in a sense a huge metaphor for our times), shows a cosmos populated with the self-interest of bickering alien races and the attempts of the crew of B5 to maintain a space station created by earth (after a devastating war that almost destroyed human kind) to bring them all together to discuss peace (yet another attempt at a UN that works?).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of all sci fi ever
Best of all sci fi ever. Would love to purchase this as a blue ray. Asuch as I have enjoyed star streck over the years and continue to view it, I still feel this series has the... Read more
Published 29 days ago by George1914
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sci-Fi Show Ever
Grew up watching this on T.V. Before there was a Stargate there was B5 hands down the best scifi show ever made and probably ever will be made the story from start to finish was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anthony Clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars Babylon 5 on Blu-ray
I would love to see Babylon 5 on a well-produced Blu-ray. The stories are very well written, particularly compared to other science fiction of the time, where personal... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Adric R. Riedel
5.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction at its Best
There are only a few TV series that have totally drawn me in as Babylon 5 has done. Despite having been placed all over the tube in its first run, fans found it and were engrossed... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sandra Bruckner
4.0 out of 5 stars What's the story on this?
I'd love to see this in BluRay, but last I heard some of the masters for the CGI were either destroyed or lost. Read more
Published 9 months ago by eclectic eccentric
5.0 out of 5 stars Babylon 5 [Blu-ray]
I have the BABYLON 5 complete series in DVD but can only see part only of it on my HOME THEATER system. I have over 1000 other DVDs in my library and they all play fine! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Josef H. Buerger III
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sci Fi Space Series
Great tv series. Could watch it over and over. Too bad it went off the air. Anyone into sci fi space movies should try it
Published 11 months ago by Marc A. Primavera
5.0 out of 5 stars Please bring it out on Blu Ray
add refreshed effects to the oldschool space graphics. Please make it not too plastic.
I liked the way they it was made in the past but could be updated due to know available... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Andreas Görgens
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Episodes From Season Three
These are two excellent episodes from season 3.Ceremonies of Light & dark focuses on the aftermath of B5's break with Earth. Read more
Published 11 months ago by bratcat22
5.0 out of 5 stars Odds are not good...
Blu would be great but odds are it won't happen. Due to the extensive cgi and some sound issues I saw a review that said it would cost wb something on the order of 20 million a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by ChappyFl
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Babylon 5 [Blu-ray]
There's a problem going HD with B5. They lost some of the original film and had to use VHS copies for various scenes. You can see how bad this is on the DVDs, the quality of the affected scenes is awful. It would be disastrous dropping to VHS on blu-ray.

Before the show was released, I remember... Read More
Oct 11, 2011 by Bone |  See all 19 posts
Remaster the special effects!
I would have to agree with you DarkHawke.. I'm an avid Babylon5 fan and I think it's great that they would consider Babylon5 to be Blu-ray worthy..Lets just hope.....
Feb 6, 2009 by Amazon Customer |  See all 14 posts
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Totally agree , its just sad that alot of the cast have past away.
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