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Battlestar Galactica (2003 Miniseries)
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There won't be any spoilers here (there can't be, as the series isn't finished yet), but the stage is set from the miniseries, which now serves as the series pilot. However, first a brief description of the original series is in order.
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In the original series, the saga opens at a peace conference, ending the 1000-year war between the humans, congregated mostly on twelve planetary colonies, and the Cylons, a machine race bent on galactic domination. Due to treachery by one of the colonial leaders (Baltar, played by John Colicos), the peace conference is in fact a trap, and a Pearl Harbouresque attack destroys all but one of the primary warships (the Battlestar Galactica). Meanwhile, the undefended colonies are similarly ransacked, left indefensible and uninhabitable. The commander, Adama (Lorne Greene), assumes leadership of a ragtag fleet of several hundred ships that sets out for a distant world known only in legend - Earth.Read more ›
Thankfully, we got that TV series.
It is nothing short of amazing. Far surpassing the already-great pilot, it is the best show on TV at the moment.
This miniseries DVD, however, is crap.
I say that not because the picture or audio quality is bad (they aren't), or the extras are lacking (they are), but because in the upcoming Season 1 set, they include this exact disc, plus all the extras on this one on a separate disc in that set. This entire $22 set is pointless to buy if you buy Season 1.
There is a catch, though, that lets me say that this disc does need to exist.
If you buy Season 1 from Best Buy before September 30th, it is the UK set modified for Region 1, so it DOES NOT have this disc anywhere in it. THE ONLY REASON YOU NEED THIS DISC IS IF YOU ARE BUYING THE UK VERSION FROM BEST BUY. The only reason you need the UK version is because it has alternate opening music, the music used for Season 2 in America.
But, I want to say this: DO NOT BUY THE BEST BUY VERSION JUST BECAUSE YOU OWN THIS. The Best Buy version has NONE of the features on it, like commentary, making-of, sketches and art, that the official US version will.Read more ›
But then 'they' got me. What a dirty trick: BSG3 would be released in England next month, but not in the US for the indefinite future. If I wanted to watch BSG (which is the greatest program on television, bar none), I would have to risk installing 'Unbox.' As an avowed conspiracy theorist, you know what I thought about that.
Grudgingly, I downloaded the Unbox Player and installed it. I had to turn the computer on and off a few more times than expected; but that's par for the course on most installations. Then I decided to splurge. I spent $1.99 to check out an episode. Seemed a safe risk for the money, and the software installation had gone so quickly I was left with time on my hands to monkey around with this 'Unbox' thing some more. So I logged in, spent my $1.99 and prayed. Just as I started to exhale, a little notice popped up in the bottom right-hand corner. Aha! I knew things were going too well. I peered at the little message window and it read, "Your video is now ready for viewing." Huh? This must be a trick. I opened the Videos section of the Unbox player, and there was BSG, begging to be played. So I just hit the button and prayed.
The Gods of Kobol answered. I spent the next hour watching my favorite cylons play havoc with their tormented human pets. Nothing makes me happier. As other reviewers have noted, BSG3 spends more time on character psychology, etc., etc.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This miniseries is the start to one of the greatest stories told. I can't get enough!Published 7 days ago by Anonymous
While the show is awesome, I have been really disappointed with the streaming quality from Amazon. I can watch Youtube and Netflix without any problem, but the Amazon streaming is... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Matthew
Love this show! The miniseries was so brilliantly written to help set the stage for this phenomenal series!Published 21 days ago by Amiee Bragg
One of if not the best science fiction production on the small screen.Published 2 months ago by Casey S.
I watched Galactica a number of times and enjoyed it very much. One of the few films that could watch more than once.Published 2 months ago by Joseph Diggs
This is awesome, but don't bother buying the HD version. It's grainy as hell, and I doubt the original has that resolution.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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May 31, 2008 by thelazygaragesale | See all 37 posts
|What does COMPLETE include exactly?||
I'm going to asume that the release date for The Complete Series is correct and that The Plan won't be included. So why would I still buy the Complete Series Box. Because The Real Plan is for Universal Studios to keep there #1 Cash Cow alive by releasing special movies like The Plan. This is... Read More
May 14, 2009 by Ben J. Blissenbach | See all 12 posts
|Color is off on my Unbox downloads.||
Go to settings, in the amazon unbox video window, then go to preferences, advanced, and uncheck the YUV box. you'll need to close and reopen the window for the change to take effect.
Jan 27, 2009 by Amazon Customer | See all 21 posts
|anyone having download problem?||
I am having download problems as well. I purchased this episode (Revelations) and when I go to play it, it reads an error message that says "0xC00D002F" and I have any idea of what to do. If you here anything can you please tell me. Thanks.
Jun 15, 2008 by J. Reddick | See all 9 posts
I couldn't imagine Universal putting a region lock on this. They have yet to do it to any Blu-ray disc. Let's hope, with me being Australian, and REALLY wanting this set, they don't start doing it with this release..I can't imagine this Blu-ray box set being released in Australia, so, this is my... Read More
May 8, 2009 by I am on first! | See all 2 posts
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