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Battlestar Galactica - Season One (2005)

Edward James Olmos , Jamie Bamber  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Edward James Olmos, Jamie Bamber
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sci-Fi Channel, The
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2005
  • Run Time: 757 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,261 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,301 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Battlestar Galactica - Season One" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1:
  • Feature Commentary with Director Michael Rymer and Executive Producers David Eick and Ron Moore

  • Disc 2:
  • Pilot Commentary with Director Michael Rymer and Executive Producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore
  • "Bastille Day" Episode Commentary with Executive Producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore
  • "Act of Contrition" Episode Commentary with Executive Producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore

  • Disc 3:
  • "You Can't Go Home Again" Episode Commentary with Executive Producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore

  • Disc 4:
  • "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down" Episode Commentary with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore
  • "The Hand of God" Episode Commentary with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore
  • "Colonial Day" Episode Commentary with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore
  • "Kobol's Last Gleaming: Part 1" Episode Commentary with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore

  • Disc 5:
  • From Miniseries to Series
  • Change is Good
  • Now They're Babes
  • The Cylon Centurion
  • Future/Past Technology
  • The Doctor Is Out (Of His Mind)
  • Production
  • Visual Effects
  • Epilogue
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Battlestar Galactica Series Lowdown
  • Sketches and Art
  • "Kobol's Last Gleaming: Part 2" Episode Commentary with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    With the 12 colonies of man virtually destroyed in the climax of a hundred-year war with the Cylon Empire, President Roslin (Mary McDonnell) and Commander Adama (Edward James Olmos) gather up the few humans left and embark on a journey to find the mythical planet Earth, not realizing that the Cylon robot is no longer a recognizable enemy. Battlestar Galactica is a complete re-imagining of the 1970s series - upping the ante on the action, adventure, and drama that made the original so popular. Now, experience all 13 thrilling episodes of Season 1 and the four hour TV miniseries that started it all in this 5 disc DVD set loaded with explosive bonus features and presented in Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound.

    Battlestar Galactica's Edward James Olmos wasn't kidding when he said "the series is even better than the miniseries." As developed by sci-fi TV veteran Ronald D. Moore, the "reimagined" BG is exactly what it claims to be: a drama for grown-ups in a science-fiction setting. The mature intelligence of the series is its greatest asset, from the tenuous respect between Galactica's militarily principled commander Adama (Olmos) and politically astute President Roslin (Mary McDonnell) to the barely suppressed passion between ace Viper pilot "Apollo" (a.k.a. Adama's son Lee, played by Jamie Bamber) and the brashly insubordinate Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff), whose multifaceted character is just one of many first-season highlights. Picking up where the miniseries ended (it's included here, sparing the need for separate purchase), season 1 opens with the riveting, Hugo Award-winning episode "33," in which Galactica and the "ragtag fleet" of colonial survivors begin their quest for the legendary 13th colony planet Earth, while being pursued with clockwork regularity by the Cylons, who've now occupied the colonial planet of Caprica. The fleet's hard-fought survival forms (1) the primary side of the series' three-part structure, shared with (2) the apparent psychosis of Dr. Gaius Baltar (James Callis) whose every thought and move are monitored by various incarnations of Number Six (Tricia Helfer), the seemingly omniscient Cylon ultravixen who follows a master plan somehow connected to (3) the Caprican survival ordeal of crash-landed pilots "Helo" (Tahmoh Penikett) and "Boomer" (Grace Park), whose simultaneous presence on Galactica is further evidence that 12 multicopied models of Cylons, in human form, are gathering their forces.

    With remarkably consistent quality, each of these 13 episodes deepens the dynamics of these fascinating characters and suspenseful situations. While BG relies on finely nuanced performances, solid direction, and satisfying personal and political drama to build its strong emotional foundation, the action/adventure elements are equally impressive, especially in "The Hand of God," a pivotal episode in which the show's dazzling visual effects get a particularly impressive showcase. Original BG series star Richard Hatch appears in two politically charged episodes (he's a better actor now, too), and with the threat of civil war among the fleet, season 1 ends with an exceptional cliffhanger that's totally unexpected while connecting the plot threads of all preceding episodes. To the credit of everyone involved, this is frackin' good television.

    DVD features
    The fifth disc in Battlestar Galactica's season 1 set is highlighted by eight comprehensive featurettes covering all aspects of the series, from its miniseries origins to standard surveys of production design, visual effects, and particulars of plot and character. For hardcore fans and anyone interested in TV production, nine out of 13 episodes, plus the disc 1 miniseries, are accompanied by intelligent and informative commentary originally provided as BG website podcasts, mostly by series developer and writer Ronald D. Moore, who provides tantalizing clues about developments in season 2. The "Series Lowdown" is a cast-and-crew promotional program originally broadcast to attract SciFi Channel viewers who were initially reluctant to embrace a "reimagined" Battlestar Galactica. The strategy worked: First-season ratings left no doubt that the new BG was as good as--and in many ways better than--the original. --Jeff Shannon

    Customer Reviews

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    414 of 449 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!! May 29, 2006
    This is one of the best shows on TV right now, according to many media outlets. "A Breakaway Hit!" -TV Guide and "The Best Show on Television." -Newsday are but two examples of the rave reviews it has received. If you are a sci-fi fan, this is a must-see show. If you aren't a sci-fi fan, you should still consider checking this out. Even though it's in space and has killer robots, it is more human than most other drama shows on TV today. So say we all.

    This box set includes the miniseries that re-launched this show and returned it to TV for the first time since the 1970's. It has the 4-hour miniseries and the 13 episodes from the first season. It stars Edward James Olmos as Commander Adama Captain of the Battlestar Galactica, and Mary McDonnell as the newly invested president of the 12 colonies of man. She was formerly the secretary of education.

    The Cylon's had not been heard from in years. Then in one day they attack and destroy nearly all human life in attacks on all planets and most military assets. Now with the war against the Cylon robots lost, the Battlestar Galactica crew speed toward the fabled 13th colony on a long lost planet, called Earth. Galactica Commander Adama and President Laura Roslin face waning supplies, crushed morale, ... and the credible threat Cylons aboard the ship. Cylons that look like humans now not just shiny machines.

    Humanity's children have come home and they are trying to destroy their creators.

    Some of the amazing cast are:

    Edward James Olmos as Commander William Adama

    Mary McDonnell as Laura Roslin

    Katee Sackhoff as Lt. Kara "Starbuck" Thrace

    Jamie Bamber as Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama

    James Callis as Dr.
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    562 of 625 people found the following review helpful
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    I posted a very favorable review of the mini-series that launched this new version of Battlestar Galactica. The series has taken all of the things that were so enjoyable and woven them into a great television series.

    First and foremost it's a drama about people. If you want trite, craptacular, formula don't look to this show. The writers and the cast of actors and actresses have embodied these characters with more detail and emotion than any other television show I can think of in recent years. Entire episodes go buy without spaceships or planets and we don't mind. We care about the people first, the special effects second. The underpinnings of loyalty, relationships that remain steadfast after 20 years, love and rivalry, purpose and duty, all come to the forefront of this show.

    The executive producer of the show, Ron Moore, has been very crafty in his vision. Things so painful about the original series are now far more frightning. The bad guy robots, the Cylons, aren't slow moving toasters anymore. They look like us and have carried out the obliteration of mankind with darwin like overtones and a zeal fueled by a religion that holds man as the creator. Yikes! Add in that they've figured out how to use sex as a weapon...

    The hardcore "living in the basement of their parents house" crowd will continue to make savage attacks on this show no matter what. Mercifully the people who live in the real world recognize the product of a tremendous number of talented and gifted people. Ratings have been high for a reason.

    If Frasier was a weekly half hour of wonderful broadway farce then the new version of Battlestar Galactica is a taunt hour of psychological insight into the workings of real people in a hellish situation.
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    37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fracking addicting television! September 25, 2005
    By Brad
    As a fan of the original Battlestar Galactica, I had my doubts about this "re-imagining" as did many others. The old saying goes: "Don't knock it till you try it." Therefore, I did. Picking up the US Season One set (which includes the miniseries) I popped in disc one.

    Three hours later, I was completely hooked. I popped in disc two and watched the first four episodes, then the next four on the following disc.

    I am totally addicted to this show. The conflicts between and within the characters themselves, the fantastic visual effects, and the writing and direction totally immerse the viewer into their universe.

    Olmos is brilliant as William Adama, and I truly believe he is a worthy successor to the role of Adama, originally played by the late Lorne Greene. It was good to see Richard Hatch (the original series' Apollo) back in action. He does a great job playing the reformed terrorist Tom Zarek. I was a little leery about having a female portray Starbuck at first, but I'm very glad they cast Katee Sackhoff. She really pulls off the part well. Jamie Bamber is a great new Apollo, and Mary McDonnell (no stranger to human disaster flicks--"Independence Day") does an admirable job playing the tormented President Roslin.

    I have to say my personal favorite character here is Gaius Baltar, played to perfection by James Callis. He is both genius in his brilliance and extremely looney, and his interactions with the mysterious Number Six (Tricia Helfer, WOW) are funny and well-performed.

    I'm just now wrapping up Season One. I have not seen any episodes of Season Two yet. Looking forward to it.

    One thing about this series: Don't skip ANY episodes. These are not standalone episodes, to be sure.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Super stressful in a cathartic way. Every episode the world is about to end, it seems.
    Published 8 days ago by Clementine
    5.0 out of 5 stars By The Gods!!
    I absolutely love this show!! The re-imaged version was far better than I had expected. I am usually a "nothing is better than the original" kind of person. Read more
    Published 10 days ago by stephanie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show!
    I love Battlestar! The show has everything I am looking for Sci-fi, drama, mystery, comedy, a small amount of romance, and adventure all tossed together in one show. Read more
    Published 13 days ago by Shell6a
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    What I expected
    Published 18 days ago by Topcatpa
    1.0 out of 5 stars Why all the hype?
    Based on rave reviews I rented the first episode. I didn't make it to the end. The dialog was wooden, the action scenes were boring, and the special effects were mediocre at... Read more
    Published 18 days ago by Chai Uan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 25 days ago by Ken Montgomery
    3.0 out of 5 stars This was good.
    This was good.
    Published 1 month ago by CerBrany
    5.0 out of 5 stars a great tv series. .!
    2 words. Freaking awesome! U have to watch all of battlestar galactica! The whole series. I think it gets better and better. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Trevin Jones
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    love show wish it was still on prime
    Published 1 month ago by cc
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Awesome too bad no longer on prime.
    Published 1 month ago by Lester Summerall
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    Hi Terry. I love them both, but I think Bab 5 was far better produced and developed (like writing the overall story from begining to end before shooting starts) while the writing of Battlestar has a far more brutal edge to it, but production has got serious issues to the point fans are... Read More
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    There isn't anything blatantly graphic that would, let's say, warrant an R rating in a movie theater. However, there is plenty of 'adult content': several sexual scenes (including adultery and an implied ongoing threesome), a great deal of alcohol abuse, characters who hallucinate, and some... Read More
    Oct 15, 2011 by A. Skroch |  See all 4 posts
    What episodes are on which discs?
    Disc 1: Miniseries (4hours.)
    Disc 2: [1] - 33, [2] - Water, [3] - Bastile Day, [4] - Act of Contrition
    Disc 3: [5] - You Can't Go Home Again, [6] - Litmus, [7] - Six Degrees of Seperation, [8] - Flesh and Bone
    Disc 4: [9] - Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down, [10] - The Hand of God, [11] - Colonial Day,... Read More
    Sep 9, 2008 by Thomas H. Chase Jr. |  See all 2 posts
    Subtitles or closed-caption
    And what about subtitles in spanish?
    Apr 18, 2007 by Areosv |  See all 3 posts
    what does this include
    Wow super big help there Traveler!

    Does anyone (other than Traveler) actually own this product. Can you tell us if it includes the mini-series along with the complete first season?

    Amazon should do a better job of including the contents of products like this.

    UPDATE: The customer-provide... Read More
    Dec 5, 2007 by Jeremy B. Pugh |  See all 8 posts
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