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Caprica: Season 1.5 (2011)

Eric Stoltz , Esai Morales  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Polly Walker, Sasha Roiz
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2010
  • Run Time: 394 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00466H3A4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,460 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Disc 1:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Re-Caprica
  • Unvanquished Commentary with Executive Producer Kevin Murphy
  • Podcast Commentaries


  • Disc 2:
  • Deleted Scene
  • Video Blogs
  • Podcast Commentaries


  • Disc 3:
  • Deleted Scene
  • Apotheosis Commentary with Executive Producer Kevin Murphy

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    Presented uninterrupted and in Dolby 5.1 surround sound, the first season of the critically-acclaimed drama from Executive Producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick comes to a thrilling climax in Caprica Season 1.5. Fifty-eight years before the events of Battlestar Galactica, mankind is wrestling with the question of what makes one human, and sealing its own fate of certain destruction. Alliances are made, secrets are revealed, and lives are forever changed while the conflict between man and machine takes shape. As the season races towards its stunning conclusion, the seeds are sown for the inevitable, brutal clash between the newly-born Cylon race and its human creators.

    Review

    Corporate espionage, online role-playing games, terrorist attacks--the world of Caprica isn't so different from our own. The science-fiction series delves into the complex back story that led to the superb rebooted Battlestar Galactica: two men connect through mutual grief, each having lost a daughter in a bombing. Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz, still best known for Some Kind of Wonderful) is the multimillionaire inventor of the holoband, a virtual reality version of the Internet; Joseph Adama (Esai Morales, NYPD Blue) is a lawyer and functionary for a crime family. Their glimmering friendship swiftly mutates as each realizes that the other offers something he wants… which eventually leads to the answer of Battlestar Galactica's greatest mystery: how did the Cylons begin? Caprica is flush with hot-button issues, ranging from alternate sexualities to religious extremism to troubling moral questions raised by accelerating technology; the world is a skillfully conceived dark mirror of contemporary life. The characters, unfortunately, are not so well developed. Too many of them have no clear desires or driving impulses--which isn't unlike real life, but makes for a meandering story line. On several occasions characters have to do something dumb just to keep the plot in motion; again, not unbelievable, but it's hard to stay engaged with characters you can't respect. Still, every episode has at least one moment that's truly clever or emotionally compelling, just enough to keep a viewer going. The series strengthens as it gets further in, so this may be one of those precarious first seasons where the creators work out the kinks (the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was pretty rocky, but then it soared into the stratosphere). Caprica has a lot of potential; if it finds its footing, this could be great television. --Bret Fetzer

    Customer Reviews

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    428 of 439 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    Since this product was announced there have been numerous reviews posted here that have nothing, NOTHING, to do with the actual DVD set. While I share in the general anger at SyFy for having canceled Caprica, I thought it best to actually wait until the DVD set arrived before making any judgment and limit that to what was offered. Now, after having watched all three DVDs in the set (down one from the four-set Season 1.0), it's time to open this can o' worms and put out my opinion.

    Caprica Season 1.5 includes all nine of the final episodes, those aired in October of this year and the remaining five that SyFy has chosen to air in toto on 5 January, coinciding with ABC's broadcast of "V". Like the first set, these episodes were well written, well executed, and brilliantly acted by the amazing ensemble cast brought into the project. Additionally, there were many more "Easter eggs" for BSG fans, including the origins of "toaster," "skin job," and which of Admiral Adama's parents had the farm with the fox problem mentioned in BSG Season four. These episodes also delved further into Tauron culture and the origins of the Adama family itself in "The Dirteaters," arguably the best episode of the series.

    However, there were problems. Aside from the fifteen-second scene in a so-far unaired episode where someone in the props department forgot to cover the British Columbia license plate on a nearby parked car, there were far fewer video blogs and deleted scenes compared to the first set. This either means video blogs weren't produced and the episodes weren't hacked up too much in editing or Universal wanted to get this product out as quickly as possible and overlooked perhaps some more interesting stuff about Caprica. Maybe all of that was covered in the first set, I don't know.
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    27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, wildly misunderstood show March 10, 2012
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    After hearing the negative feedback about Caprica from fans of Battlestar Galactica, I avoided it, unwilling to invest almost 18 hours into an unfinished show that many people considered mediocre at best. I probably would never have watched it, except that it showed up on Netflix recently. I figured I would just watch a bit of the first episode while I ate dinner. Five days later, I'm now convinced this was an ambitious, yet wildly misunderstood show that deserved a larger audience. From the complaints made by critics of the show, it seems like a lot of BSG fans were hoping for more BSG--not an unfair expectation or hope, but to me, that would have been a shallow attempt to recapture lightning in a bottle. What makes this show so captivating is the risk it took by moving away from the visual and plot elements that made the previous show so successful. You won't find any space battles, politics, or that tense feeling of precarious survival.

    Instead, we're presented with a world parallel to our own, where people use technology as an escape from the realities of life. Of course these characters are going to be different than those audiences met on Galactica. This is a world of excess, of hubris and invincibility. We see various parties, from corporate industries, the military, to religious organizations all marching forward, never stopping to consider where the beat of progress leads. There are some clunky moments in the series, from a few ham-fisted attempts to shove religious philosophical insight down our throats to various plot holes and inconsistencies. But the overall story arc and plotting was more consistent, as if the writers knew where they were going, even if the audience didn't, at least until the end.
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    94 of 114 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Caprica the Evolution of Battlestar Galatica Begins November 7, 2010
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    There are protest taking place with the delivery of apples to the network heads who apparently have no minds. Caprica is a great show concerning the evolution of how we arrive in the world of Battle Star Galactica which was a big success. The sets are amazing as the 12 colonies get explored along with the feud between Caprica and Turron. How will man use artificial intelligence in robotics and virtual reality? For some Earthlings of today this may seem very unlikely, but in the near future we will be asking ourselves what ethics and usage do we apply to these upcoming sciences.

    You will seldom find a better acted series. My favorite actor on the show is Eric Stolz, but also Alessandra Torresani and Lucy Rand (from Kyle XY) are outstanding. The rest of the cast are also outstanding, the characters are well developed including a limited role for James Marsters (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel).

    Caprica does make you think about the conflicts of religion, cyber terrorism and culture. Caprica does make us think about poly relationships, sexual fantasy, life after death through transference to the virtual world and/or the cybernetic world. Perhaps too few of the human race are ready to think in more than two dimensions. If you are a person who has an advanced mind set I encourage you to add your review, to contact SyFy, to contact NBC/Universal to save Caprica. If you a person who is tired of mindless tv programming I encourage you to step up to shows such as Caprica. Open your mind and dare to imagine the future.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars Slow moving plot that could have been good.
    There was a story in there somewhere. This series moved so slowly it made soap operas look like they were fast forwaring thru time. I think that is that main reason it failed. Read more
    Published 2 days ago by Krylos
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    enjoyed
    Published 13 days ago by Ernie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic drama series, but there are issues with the discs.
    I can't stress enough how much I really liked this series. But I must warn people that this is not the slam-bang action series that Battlestar Galactica was. Read more
    Published 16 days ago by Robert Schaffer
    5.0 out of 5 stars So Say We All
    One of the best series out there, too bad it was cancelled. I found it better than BSG
    Published 20 days ago by Richard Todd
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
    Perfect disc. Great story.
    Published 1 month ago by gmarlin
    5.0 out of 5 stars A grand prequel series to Battlestar Galactica!
    This set is highly recommended as a collector's item if you love the genre! The extras are captivating and the set was perfect in providing the family a full month of... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Retro-Warrior
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Best sci-fi script in years!
    I can't imagine the reasons the cancelled it!!
    Published 2 months ago by Ray
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    love s.f.
    Published 2 months ago by V. Wynn
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great TV
    Published 2 months ago by Damien
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    what thats all bummer
    Published 2 months ago by Shopping Til I Drop
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    SO, it's been a month and a half. Any word on the Blu-ray??
    Jan 6, 2011 by Spudly McGruff |  See all 3 posts
    Finally a reasonable 1/2 Season Price for Caprica
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    I'm LDS, and I can attest to this. The BSG/Caprica mythology is fraught with LDS themes including:
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    Mar 27, 2011 by E Bordvik |  See all 5 posts
    what's the difference?
    Caprica is the pilot episode which was released before the show aired, while 1.0 and 1.5 are similar to the BSG collection - it's one season split in two. so you need both 1.0 and 1.5, which is the complete series as it's been canceled.
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