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  • Actors: Bruce Boxleitner, Tracy Scoggins, Peter Woodward
  • Directors: J. Michael Straczynski
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2007
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (472 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PHX8RA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,282 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

Other: Straczynski Diaries - a multi-part series of vignettes as filmed by J. Michael Straczynski as he documents every phase of pre-production, production and post. Viewers are given a first person, inside look at the creative process making the Babylon 5 film.

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Babylon 5: The Lost Tales (DVD) (MFV)

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It'd be hard for any Babylon 5 fan not to feel a surge of emotion when President Sheridan (Bruce Boxleitner) returns to the space station that was the setting of one of the monumental series in television history. The Lost Tales is a new direct-to-DVD series in an anthology format, the first installment of which, subtitled "Voices in the Dark," includes two stories centering on the return of Sheridan. The first involves Colonel Lochley (Tracy Scoggins) and a crewman (Bruce Ramsay) who appears to be possessed by a demon, to the bewilderment of the priest attempting an exorcism (Alan Scarfe). The second involves Sheridan himself, who upon returning to B5 is asked to pick up a delegate from the Centauri, prince Regent Vintari (Keegan MacIntosh), who's attending the 10th anniversary celebration of the Interstellar Alliance in the place of old Centauri friend Londo Molari. What Sheridan doesn't expect is a psychic visit by techno-mage Galen (Peter Woodward) urging him to kill the boy before he becomes a dictator.

It's a treat to see Sheridan, Lochley, and Galen return from the original series (Woodward was also in the spin-off, Crusade), but The Lost Tales focuses on character-driven stories, and as such there's not a lot of action. The CGI effects are good, but sets are very limited and there are hardly any other cast members. (Sheridan even spends most of his time away from B5.) Creator-writer J. Michael Straczynski has said that if The Lost Tales succeeds, future stories might focus on Delenn or Garbibaldi. While that would be welcome, it might be even better to get a feature film (a la Serenity) that would presumably be on more of the epic scale that Babylon 5 deserves. Bonus features are 17 minutes of off-the-cuff interviews held on the set with Boxleitner and Straczynski, Scoggins and the crew, and Straczynski with Woodward; memorials to late cast members Andreas Katsulas and Richard Biggs; and Straczynski's diaries and fireside chats, in which he recounts the show's production and answers fan questions. --David Horiuchi

DVD features

  • Interviews with J. Michael Straczynski, Bruce Boxleitner, Tracy Scoggins, and Peter Woodward
  • Memorials: Andreas Katsulas and Richard Biggs
  • The Straczynski Diaries: a multi-part series of vignettes as filmed by J. Michael Straczynski as he documents every phase of pre-production, production and post
  • Fireside Chats: profiling the people of the B5 universe

Customer Reviews

Good stories and great special effects.
Jeffrey Adams
The story could have been better and the limited mini moviette vehicle hampers it further as just about the time things start to get going the episode ends.
M. Graham
The Lost Tales consists of two stories.
Sarah Marie

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful By masonReloaded on August 4, 2007
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Yes, it's not action packed and doesnt have some huge overall story. It's basically two little morality/slice of life tales set in the B5 universe. Nothing is really added to the characters or universe, but the stories themselves are pretty interesting and entertaining. If you treat them as two episodes and compare them to B5 the series, they would be average, not classic, but not stinkers.

The first 'episode', which features Lochley trying to figure out what to do with a B5 resident who claims to be possessed, would probably get 3 stars - it is a bit too preachy and full of itself dealing, as it does, with religious themes.

The second 'episode' is better, featuring the return of Boxleitner as Sheridan. Returning to B5 for a celebration, Sheridan receives a visit from Galen who warns him of a terrible future catastrophe. Sheridan faces a tough moral choice: is it right to take a life to prevent that future? Dealing with Sheridan - a character with much more history and nuance than Lochley, it feels more substantial as does the story and I would give this four stars on it's own.

Both stories suffer from the lack of a secondary cast to bring more background to the story, each one probably only has two or three speaking parts so instead of cutting away to other subplots or activities what we get is more of one straight plot.

Overall, if you are a B5 fan I would recommend this - it is talky and a little dry, but it's much more in keeping and in the same tone as B5 proper, rather than the more campy Legend of the Rangers...
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Davies on July 24, 2007
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Today is the 24th July 2007 and did I have a surprise parcel in the post this morning. I heard about Babylon 5 the Lost Tales several months ago and made sure that I pre-ordered it ASAP. I was surprised today because, I live in the UK, I'm British and have been a Babylon 5 fan since it first came to our screens in the mid 1990's. I watched every episode when they were first shown in the UK on Channel 4, and the T.V movies that were shown on Sci-Fi and I have been eagerly awaiting new Babylon 5 since the ill-fated Crusade and Legend of the Rangers. This morning the new DVD came through my door.

I did not expect to receive it untill a few days after it's release in the U.S. not a full week before. I have tried the DVD in my non-region free player and the disc plays perfectly. It does not seem to be region encoded, which is good news for those who wish to own it as a region 2 release date has yet to be announced.

The DVD is well packaged. The two stories told can be viewed induvidualy or as a whole movie. The rendering of the CGI is brilliant, I was very impressed. They re-did the destruction of Babylon 5 scene from Season 5 finale Sleeping In Light and it is breathtaking, the detail of the Station and the ships throughout Voices In The Dark are outstanding.

The movie starts off with a voice over from Andreas Katsulas, actually its a piece of dialogue from a Season 5 Episode and it is very moving, it is well placed and dramatic, a fitting opening. Then there is a montage of the Babylon 5 characters. I will not go into further detail of the story because I do not want to ruin it for the first time viewing experiance.

I have rated this DVD 4 stars for One reason only.
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310 of 380 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Kindall on July 28, 2007
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First off: the special effects have never looked better, especially given how bad they looked on the DVD release of the original series.

That said, this is a disappointing offering. The low budget of this direct-to-DVD release really shows; the scenes in which characters talk about the people who won't be able to make the 10-year anniversary of the Interstellar Alliance are painful. Okay, the actors who played G'Kar and Dr. Franklin have passed on, so that's understandable. But then Garibaldi's trying to make it but might not be able to get away from Mars; Emperor Mollari doesn't want to leave the palace and sends a Centauri prince in his stead; and then it turns out Delenn is indisposed too (undoubtedly her turn as Crazy French Lady on "Lost" has raised Mira Furlan's asking price significantly). From the original show, then, we get Boxleitner, Scoggins, and Peter Woodward (who, in case you don't recognize the name, plays the technomage Galen); the rest are unknowns. (Props to Keegan MacIntosh, who plays the Centauri prince, for at least essaying something of an accent.) Christopher Franke returns to do the music and uses rather less of that "broinnngggg" synth sound he used to use.

The sets are spare; one scene takes place entirely in the "viewing room" of a Minbari starship, i.e., an empty soundstage lit with a couple of spotlights. The Babylon 5 station itself consists of a couple of rooms and a corridor and is so stripped down that it's only recognizable because of its weird door shapes. All the sets look virtually abandoned due to the almost total lack of extras. There are fake people in the vast B5 docking bay -- standing stock still -- and there's a huge crowd scene entirely off-camera.
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2008 update on Lost Tales DVD $2 million budget.
That is Excellent and I hope We get the B5 version of Serenity. JMS deserves better than the short sighted pinheads at WB. B5 can be as big as Batman and Superman if they gave it their full support instead of "testing" the waters with a PROVEN franchise! I'm not much for going to the... Read More
Jan 6, 2009 by M. Commesso |  See all 3 posts
b5 movies
There are no Babylon 5 movies being produced for broadcast. The Lost Tales was a direct-to-DVD short story type of anthology not meant for broadcast. Some fans have estimated that the allowed production budget from WB was around three million to test the direct-to-DVD market. In the Special... Read More
Oct 8, 2007 by DDC2000 |  See all 3 posts
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Bah! No one has seen the movie so they can't review it. No one owns the DVD so they can't review that aspect. So how are these reviews of a nonexistent DVD helpful? They aren't.

I'm a huge fan of B5 and will be pre-ordering the DVD. But I find it absolutely outrageous that folks are posting... Read More
May 1, 2007 by AstroNerdBoy |  See all 13 posts
where is Deleen?
Alas, both G'Kar (Andreas Katsulas) and Franklin (Richard Biggs) have passed away in the last few years.
Jun 12, 2007 by Christopher Farrell |  See all 18 posts
If you could only pick one story thread to see continued, which would it...
Telepath wars, definitely. I was always bummed that Sheridan didn't do better by Lyta Alexander - she helped B5 out in a big way, and it kinda seemed like she got shafted for it.
Aug 30, 2007 by J. Cameron McClain |  See all 13 posts
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