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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Complete Epic Series (1979)

Gil Gerard , Erin Gray  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Tim O'Connor
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 3598 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002MHDW4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,548 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Complete Epic Series" on IMDb

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  • All 32 episodes from the 1979-81 seasons plus the original theatrical film

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Product Description

Blast off with every groundbreaking episode of the action-packed sci-fi adventure, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century! Join legendary intergalactic crimefighters William "Buck" Rogers (Gil Gerard) and Colonel Wilma Deering (Erin Gray) as they lead the crew of the starship Searcher against a galaxy of evil from the past, present and faraway future. This must-own five-disc collection presents the entire Buck Rogers series and original theatrical pilot on DVD for the first time ever. Thrill to the epic sci-fi hit that the Associated Press called "razzle-dazzle good fun."

With its campy combination of lightweight adventure and Spandex disco chic, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is a nostalgic throwback to post-Star Wars opportunism. Series co-creator Glen A. Larson was incapable of originality, and former soap star Gil Gerard (in the title role) was a bland incarnation of the comic-strip hero, so the much-anticipated series premiered on September 20, 1979, with serious disadvantages. Although the two-hour pilot "Awakening" had tested successfully as a theatrical release, Gerard and the show's producers could never agree on a stable tone for the series, which presents Capt. William "Buck" Rogers as a jovial space cowboy who is accidentally time-warped from 1987 to 2491. Earth is engaged in interplanetary war following a global holocaust, and Buck's piloting skills make him an ideal starfighter recruit for the Earth Defense Directorate, where his closest colleagues are Dr. Huer (Tim O'Connor), squadron leader Col. Wilma Deering (former model Erin Gray, looking oh-so-foxy), the wisecracking robot Twiki (voiced by cartoon legend Mel Blanc), and a portable computer-brain named Dr. Theopolis, who's carried by Twiki like oversized bling-bling.

The series struggled through an awkward first season, with routine plots elevated by decent special effects and noteworthy guest stars including Jamie Lee Curtis, ill-fated Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten (appearing, with her voice dubbed over, less than a year before her tragic murder), Batman alumnus Julie Newmar, Buster Crabbe (veteran of vintage Buck Rogers movie serials), and several others in a show that favored vamps and vixens over credible science fiction. A full-scale overhaul resulted in a disastrous second season, but devoted fans still gravitate to Hawk (Thom Christopher), the charismatic alien "birdman" who was introduced with new characters and a new, space-faring search for lost tribes from Earth (with echoes of Larson's own Battlestar Galactica). Behind-the-scenes squabbles continued, and by mid-season of 1981, NBC pulled the plug on a breezy, still-engaging series that suffered from uneasy chemistry and never realized its full potential. Existing somewhere between Galactica and Lost in Space in the TV sci-fi food chain, this Buck--with a dearth of DVD extras--now functions as a cheesy stroll down memory lane. --Jeff Shannon

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226 of 232 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The entire series in one box! Excellent set November 22, 2004
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The shows are uncut and look better than you've ever seen them. Thank goodness, they've also included the original theatrical version of the pilot (released to theatres several months before the series aired) which has the most hilarious open credits scenes ever.

Don't worry about the "broadast" version of the pilot not being included; it is mostly just an *edited version* of what was shown in theatres anyway. A brief scene or two were added in the NBC aired version, but these were brief and didn't amount to much. Yes, they would have made a nice extra, but I for one am glad they went with the *original theatrical version* in the set, as it came first anyway.

I never much cared for the second season, but it is also included here! The entire series in one set...who can ask for more?
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170 of 176 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like Buck Rogers... a blast from the 20th Century past September 26, 2004
I will never forget first seeing the theatrical movie at the Mall of the Bluffs in Colorado Springs the day after a huge blizzard in 1979. I had no idea what to expect. I was already obsessed with Star Wars and my Dad took us to see a movie called Buck Rogers which he described as being similar to Star Wars so I was already expecting droids and robots and all kinds of special effects.

I had immediately recognized the similarities in production design to that of Battlestar Galactica which was also produced by Glen Larson and I had enjoyed very much. I was not at all surprised when it became a weekly series. Although it was much campier than the mythic Galactica, it was still a guilty pleasure whose tone harkened back more to Classic Trek with Buck's weekly womanizing reminiscent of Captain Kirk. It became a guessing game as to which colorful flavor of spandex Colonel Wilma Deering would be wearing each week, but who could forget most of all the lovely Pamela Hensley as the exotic Princess Ardala! My favorite episodes were "Space Vampires" featuring the uninhibited Wilma and "Flight of the War Witch" featuring Julie Newmar from Batman. The series also had its fair share of cheeze with cornball episodes like "Space Rockers" and "Space Olympics" but are amusing to watch for the sake of 70's nostalgia. Season 2 was a dreadful attempt to re-tool the series to make it more like Star Trek as the emphasis shifted away from Earth to a space quest onboard The Searcher. Gone were Wilma's luscious spandex outfits and her role was minimized to that of recurring guest-star. However, Season 2 introduced Thom Christopher as Hawk making his impressive debut with the cool talon-clawed ship.
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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes you can come home again September 5, 2005
By Neil
Some of you are like me, you watched this show as a kid and loved it. It didn't matter what the quality was or anything, you just enjoyed it. And now that you're in your thirties you're wondering if this little part of your past can be recaptured. You've been disappointed with other early 80s things that don't hold up so well these days.

Don't worry. This is a great DVD set. I thought about buying it for weeks and finally broke down and bought it for my birthday. I don't regret it. It was great reliving the past. I saw the last episode this evening and re-watched the first. The DVD has 24 episodes of season 1 and only half a season of season 2 which is all they made. The original theatrical intro is here (which is a hoot) and they don't have Mel Blanc dubbed over Twiki in the first several episodes of season 2.

Still, the show is just as watchable now as it was then. Erin Grey is still beautiful and Gil Gerard is still the guy to be. If you're agonizing over whether to buy this or not, go ahead and buy it. Sure, it ain't 21st century pyrotechnics and CG but the stories are still fun and it'll provide hours of harmless fun.

And isn't that the point? I'd rather have a new generation of kids watching this than a lot of the junk that is on TV these days.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gil Gerard is one fine slab of man! May 31, 2006
Ok, now that I got your attention...

This is a great trip down memory lane for any of you Star Wars nuts that grew up in the late 70s/early 80s. Remembering how things were back in 1979, I can see how this show managed to captivate me. No internet, no video games, no cable, VHS, DVD... not a single luxury. Like Robinson Crusoe, as primitive as can be. We had nothing else. Even though as an eight year old, I knew this was kinda lame, it was an absolute godsend when there was only one TV in the house with a total of four channels.

Anyhow, stream of consciouness bullet list:

- First season is great cheese and hot chicks, second season is horrid.

- This is what Star Trek would have been if Roddenberry had come around ten years later.

- A Gil Gerard (circa 1979) versus William Shatner (circa 1969) stagefight would probably put me into a coma due to it's mind-blowing awesomeness.

- Ahead of even the great Princess Leia and the not-quite-as-great Cassiopia, Colonel Deering and Princess Amadala are the two women who made me realize I was down with the ladies, if you catch my very blatant drift. Nothing surpirsing here, but Erin Gray was my first crush.

- Twiki is not nearly as annoying as some stick-in-the-mud types would have you believe. His cheeseball comic relief works perfectly with Gil's cheeseball chest carpet and martial arts ability.

- Every scene involving "dancing from the future" or previously referenced martial arts is twenty times more entertaining that anything in the history of "reality TV".

- Hawk is not an interesting character, he is just the least crappy thing in a completely crappy second season.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Campy, and you'd better really like science-fiction.
Camp science fiction defined. The quality is all over the map, and in the modern era of CGI folks will need to remember when this show was made. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Paul Beyard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Product and Fast Shipping.
Published 1 day ago by Movie Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars too bad it started off great
The series was great till Gil won a award and he got serious and then the show sucked
Published 9 days ago by Jon Heggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great to see the series once again. It still holds up after all these years.
Published 12 days ago by Matt
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
memories from my past nothing left to be said
Published 1 month ago by Ralston A. Gregson
5.0 out of 5 stars ... buy it for your young children and let them enjoy it like you did
If you grew up watching this show then buy it for your young children and let them enjoy it like you did.
Published 1 month ago by Craig Arnold
4.0 out of 5 stars Like
Bought used but are like new. always liked the series.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
EXCELLENT! Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!
Published 2 months ago by William Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Cheesy!
Yes, it is exactly as cheesy as you remember. THAT's the reason to get this.
Published 2 months ago by TunaMan
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked Twiki (the robot sidekick) too
The series is colorful but doesn't follow the comic strip storyline. Gil Gerard and Erin Gray were very likable as the lead characters. I liked Twiki (the robot sidekick) too. Read more
Published 2 months ago by LD
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