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Babylon 5: Season 1 (1994)

Michael O'Hare , Claudia Christian  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (402 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael O'Hare, Claudia Christian
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 956 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (402 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006HAZ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,887 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Babylon 5: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All-new digital widescreen transfers with remastered soundtrack of 22 episodes on 6 discs
  • Introduction and audio commentary on two episodes by series creator J. Michael Straczynski
  • "The Making of Babylon 5"
  • "Back to Babylon 5"
  • Enter the Universe of Babylon 5: Take a station tour and explore the humans, aliens, political situations, data, tech files, weaponry and hardware of this era
  • Episode previews

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The epic sci-fi series Babylon 5 was a unique experiment in the history of television. It was effectively a novel for television in five seasons, consisting of 110 episodes with a clear beginning, middle, and end. The first season introduces the main characters, headed this year by Commander Jeffery Sinclair (Michael O'Hare) and Security Chief Michael Garibaldi (Jerry Doyle), and familiarizes the audience with the unique environment of a five-mile-long space station in the year 2257.

The first episode, "Midnight on the Firing Line," plays at a breathless pace, introducing Commander Susan Ivanova (Claudia Christian) and establishing the conflict between the Narn and Centauri races as represented by their ambassadors, G'Kar (Andreas Katsulas) and Londo Mollari (Peter Jurasik). Then follow several mediocre episodes that initially give the impression that B5 is a Star Trek clone afflicted with "silly alien of the week" syndrome. With "And the Sky Full of Stars," B5 really begins to hit its stride, Sinclair being forced to relive his mysterious experiences during the Earth-Minbari war. Filler shows such as "TKO" are notable only for being controversially violent, while the disappointing "Grail" points to writer-creator J. Michael Straczynski's fascination with Arthurian mythology. "Signs and Portents" introduces the sinister Mr. Morden (Ed Wasser) and offers the chilling first appearance of the Shadows, an ancient alien threat.

B5 hits warp speed with a run of exceptional episodes building to the season finale. The two-part "Voice in the Wilderness" has Mars breaking into open revolt against Earth and the discovery of a "Great Machine" on the dead world Epsilon 3. Referencing 1950s sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet, the story leads to the superb time-travel-based "Babylon Squared." Season finale "Chrysalis" proves more than just the usual television cliffhanger, placing Minbari ambassador Delenn in conflict with her ruling Grey Council and forcing on her a decision that laid the groundwork for Babylon 5's eventually becoming a great love story. --Gary S. Dalkin

Product Description

The award-winning series about the space station that's the tumultuous center of the 23rd Century's bid for peace among humans and aliens hyperdrives onto DVD in a Deluxe 6-Disc Set. Featuring 22 episodes digitally remastered for upgraded picture and sound as well as enticing Exclusive Extras, Babylon 5: The Complete First Season - Signs and Portents is an adventure-packed, state-of-the-universe collectible that will mesmerize fans and space creatures everywhere.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Audio commentary on two key episodes by series creator J. Michael Straczynski
Documentary:The Making of Babylon 5; Back to Babylon 5
Episodic Previews
Featurette:Enter the Universe of Babylon 5: take a station tour and explore the humans, aliens, political situations, scientific data, tech files, weaponry and hardware of this unique futuristic era
Interactive Menus
Introduction:Series introduction by creator J. Michael Straczynski
Scene Access


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129 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of Year One August 21, 2002
Format:DVD
Since B5 Year One is considered by many here as a mere warm-up to the rest of the series, I present the following First Season entries as essential and fantastic Babylon 5 viewing. These episodes alone make the entire first year well worth the purchasing:
(Fear not: No spoilers here.)
DEATHWALKER: You'll love the sheer toughness of this one. A villain beyond understanding or redemption. Sinclair and Garibaldi willing to buck the system to do what's right. Sarah Douglas' electrifying portrayal of a character that even death is too good for. N'Toth at her wrench-swingin' best. Cool FX. The great twist and turns throughout leading up to an unexpected trump card played from an unexpected quarter. Riveting throughout.
MIND WAR: This was the first episode that many saw the series for what it was rather than "Well, it is doing right for what Next Gen is doing wrong." It was with this story that fans began to love B5 for ITSELF. Huge threat, huge stakes. A dynamite intro to the Psi Corps and Bester. (Giving us a new appreciation for Walter Koenig by revealing an acting ability that was NEVER properly spotlighted by Trek) A story that's awe-inspiring, imaginative, and intense. And, oh yeah...the sub plot about Katherine and Sigma 957 with G'Kar's speech capping the whole thing. "No one is what they appear to be" indeed. (And Psi Cop Kelsey is pretty darn cute too)
A VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS: This two-parter about the Great Machine is simply epic. Numerous factions dealing with a powerful and deadly discovery, the ticking clock, Sinclair's surprising willingness to oppose his own. The incredible FX, and two unlikely characters working together for the first time. Just delightful.
AND THE SKY FULL OF STARS: If you're a sucker for War Stories, here is all that and more.
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96 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Start of the Greatest Story Ever Told! August 1, 2002
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This is the TV show that changed all tv show's in the Same genre. Before B5, Science fiction just moved from episode to episode, telling a new story every week. Well now every scifi/fantasy show builds its story on seasonal of series long story arc. And so it begins. Babylon 5 started out being very subversive. The creator, Joe Michael Straczynski was being watched very closely by the network so he could not do everything that he wanted to do. So how did he build his story? He did so by planting seeds in each episode that woulod sprout one, two , three even four years later. By watching the story unfold, it makes season one that much better. Season one is probibly the least best of the Five, but it is still better than any sci-fi season of any show ever made. The characters are still undeveloped. And let me explain that, The characters were not fully revealed so you did not know who was good or bad, in fact they did not know if they were good or bad. They had to be thrust into incredible scenarios to find out how they would react in a certain situation to find out what type of person they were. It is brilliant. And the scenarios that they were put into are incredible. The author really does a great job of leading you down one path only to find out that you are more lost, disturbed and manipulated than you ever imagined. And the writer is an author. He put the outline of a book together in 1987 and instead of trying to write it as a paper novel, he turned it into a tv novel. I believe he wrote about 90 of the 110 episodes made. that is over a thousand pages a year. Most people don't read that much. Eacvh episode is a new chapter driving the story and charaters deeper into a pit of despare and intregue that allows us to ask various questions on human nature. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Babylon 5 Season One - The epic saga begins! May 8, 2003
Format:DVD
Let me start this by saying that it was a pure pleasure watching this first season of Babylon 5. One thing can certainly be said of this outstanding science fiction series; creator J. Michael Straczynski and the universe he created here is on the same scale as that of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek and Chris Carter's The X-Files. What he created in Babylon 5 is thoroughly incredible in the sense that he drafted a five year, continuous saga and after no small measure of consternation was able to get Warner Brothers to foot the bill. A major nod to his persistence in this endeavor as science fiction fans everywhere will attest to the overwhelming success of Babylon 5. Besides J. Michael Stracynski's superb writing, he also brought in a couple of veteran Star Trek the original series authors to help them along the way. D.C. Fontana and David Gerrold served greatly to enhance Babylon 5.
One of the things that always drove me nuts about trying to keep up with Babylon 5 when it was being originally aired was its being in syndication. It always seemed as if something was preempting this beautiful show making it occasionally difficult to keep up with this rather large book/series. With this, the first of the five seasons on DVD, that is certainly not a problem.
A set of deeply rich characters is what I believe set this saga apart and above other sci-fi shows that were in competition or have come out since. All of the characters were extraordinarily well thought out, leaving the viewer with a great sense of joy upon watching these episodes. The only character that somewhat grated on one's soul was that of Commander Sinclair. Michael O'Hare did a wonderful job; he just never seemed to actually fit the part of a leading character.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci/Fi fan since birth
One of the best sci/fi series to come on in '93, lots of guest stars and one of the top sci/fi themes ever.
Published 4 days ago by Frankie B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Received in great condition
Published 9 days ago by Marie Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great show! Intelligent enough to allow my kids to watch.
Published 10 days ago by Nancy B.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Imaginative Sci-Fi Space Opera ever.
This is the finest example of Sci-Fi genere "Space Opera" I've ever seen. In terms of scope, imagination and depth of detail in the realization of its concepts it is... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Ronson_retired
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
I loved it. I have all the seasons on VCR, but no VCR now.
This was convenient through amazon.
I loved the first season, the series had such a bold, far-seeing take. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Whiskey Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars When did this season first broadcast?
Amazon: With every video I purchase, I want to know the year(s) it was released: the year a movie was first shown in theaters or the year(s) TV shows were first broadcast. Read more
Published 14 days ago by John S. Dearing
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Perhaps I was younger when I viewed this but now it seems stilted and overacted.
Published 16 days ago by Maryanne Powers
2.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful show. Terrible DVD Quality
I gave it 2 stars because the show its self is just plain awesome. The company that actually put this DVD together seems to have recorded it with a super8 camcorder from 100 yards... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Xb
2.0 out of 5 stars WARNING THIS IS AN EDITED VERSION!
It was an unfortunate surprise to see some things edited out of this streaming version, like the scene at the security checkpoint of Sinclair talking down the smuggler and, most... Read more
Published 24 days ago by JdeFalconr
5.0 out of 5 stars You Just Can't Beat It
I love most Treks, I love much of the Star Wars universe -- but my sci-fi heart will always belong to Babylon 5. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Philly Purchaser
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Do you know why Babylon 5 is so good?
It is indeed. It takes time to get used to since Season 1 is kind of slow in developing "Papa Joe's" dream, but once you see it all, you want to start all over again.
Dec 5, 2010 by Eric Pregosin |  See all 6 posts
Repackage?
Slimline case instead of a box set. No booklet either.
Apr 15, 2012 by Amazon Customer |  See all 4 posts
No Blu-Ray?
Any such project would have to involve re-doing the series' VFX from scratch to make it worthwhile for the consumer, since they were all rendered for 4:3 SD television. Yes, the series was filmed in 16:9, but it was never treated as such during post; hence, all the awkward zooms that appear any... Read More
Aug 9, 2013 by Th. Boyer |  See all 4 posts
#FreeBabylon5
It would be nice but if you already own all the discs as I do, what is the point? With the discs you can watch it anytime
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