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There is a definite 4 year story arc here; most of the episodes do tie together as the later seasons demonstrate. I won't elaborate on all the details of the program, mainly because there are many reviews here that do just that. What I will discuss is the quality of the box set that A&E has released, and has done an outstanding job of packaging and remastering the episodes. I had collected the old ADV releases over the years, and they did a good job of reproducing very good audio and video for the most part. What this set has done is go WAY beyond anything that has been on DVD previously. I don't know if this is the case, but it certainly looks as if A&E did a complete makeover on the video and audio on this set, and it is nothing short of SPECTACULAR.
Some quick notes about this wonderful package:
VIDEO: These episodes are presented in their original aspect ratios of 4:3 for Seasons 1-3 and 1:78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen for Season 4. Do not be mislead by other reviewers who claim that the final season of the show (which was indeed the only one filmed in widescreen) is not in its proper format.Read more ›
"Farscape: The Complete Series" is, well, somewhat incomplete. While it includes all four seasons it doesn't include the mini-series "Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars" due to licensing issues with Lion's Gate (which released that title)so you'll need to keep your DVD set for that until the latter is released on Blu-ray.
The Blu-ray presentation for "Farscape" suffers a bit from the fact that it was produced prior to studios thinking of high definition. The show was shot on film but the visual effects were done in digital standard definition, that wouldn't be a problem but the show was assembled in standard video as well and the 35mm source prints are nowhere to be found.
Having said that the New Video used a number of digital techniques to enhance the SD picture and bring it into the high def realm pretty effectively.
Be aware however that "Incubator" has the dialogue slightly out of synch with the picture on the Blu-ray.
Subtitles ARE on the Blu-ray release.
If you adjust your expectations that this ISN'T going to look as good as, say, "Battlestar: Galatica" on Blu-ray or even the original "Star Trek", you'll enjoy this set. Should you buy it?Read more ›
1. The bit rate is about 2/3 of the ADV discs. I expected this to be lower since A&E is squeezing about twice the number of episodes onto a disc - ADV put two episodes while this set piles on four per disc. The only way to do this is to compress the programs more. Quality-wise, the image is still remarkably good, and I didn't hear any differences in the audio quality.
2. Unlike the ADV discs, these are not progressive scan encoded - the video is interlaced. Some players don't handle interlaced video properly when they try to convert it to progressive scan output, and jittering can appear in motion. This drops the image quality on players that are outputting a progressive video.
3. For some reason, A&E didn't bother using the original source material, and instead, used their broadcast edits. At the beginning of each episode, they have the "Dolby Surround Where Available" bug in the lower right corner, which is unacceptable to me. This just makes it look like they recorded it off TV.
On the bright side, the set takes up about a tenth of the space of the entire ADV set does (the main reason I even bothered to buy this set), and has some extra features the original doesn't. It also costs about as much as about 10 of the ADV episodes did.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely love Farscape. I became addicted to it when I first discovered the series on Netflix. I recommend it to any Star Trekky.Published 9 days ago by Starlight
I wish there could have been more of this series. Basically, a platform for Frank Oz to show what the muppets production company can do.Published 1 month ago by RavenSpeak
Amazing series, sad when it ended. Lovely box set, nice to have it all together.Published 1 month ago by Cricket
It's Farscape. If you don't know why that is the most awesome thing, then you are missing out on life.Published 1 month ago by Deminox
I missed this program when it first appeared on cable. By the time I started watching it was cancelled and were being played out of order. I am happy I purchased this series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TV Child
My husband and I watch the DVDs over and over again. No complaints.Published 2 months ago by Deanna L. Dodge
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|farscape DVDs have english subtitles?||
@GreenJim, I really need CC on this Farscape - The Complete Series, and have really struggled to get CC to work. Like you I have several BD and DVD players , Oppo and Panasonic and Samsung. None of them showed CC or subtitles. But there is CC on those DVDs. You need to have a DVD player,... Read More
Sep 12, 2011 by warbler | See all 7 posts
|The definitive collection||
Probably never or not for a while because the distribution rights to the Peacekeeper Wars belong to a different company (Lionsgate) whereas this set is released by A&E. In the UK, however, the rights are different which has meant we were able to release the whole thing in one set.
Nov 30, 2010 by nametag | See all 3 posts
|BestBuy.com now has it for $69.99 & comes with Peacekeeper Wars!!!||
I checked bestbuy's web site and could not find info about the peacekeeper wars being included. Is the info about this maybe listed on another web site?
Nov 15, 2009 by kem | See all 58 posts
|Why SyFy cancelled Farscape ?||
I have read it was because they picked up the show Stargate, but couldn't afford two fairly expensive shows. They had the go ahead for a fifth season, but Sci-fi yanked it.
Dec 7, 2009 by Repairman Jack | See all 34 posts
I did a back to back comparison of the original ADV discs and the newer ones in this set. There's three things that jump out.
1. The bit rate is about 2/3 of the ADV discs. I expected this to be lower since A&E is squeezing about twice the number of episodes onto a disc - ADV put two episodes... Read More
Jan 17, 2010 by Dave Jerrard | See all 9 posts
|Hollywood: We want "Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars" on Blu-ray!||Be the first to reply|