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Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (2004)

Ben Browder , Claudia Black , Brian Henson  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Gigi Edgley, Wayne Pygram
  • Directors: Brian Henson
  • Writers: David Kemper, Rockne S. O'Bannon
  • Producers: Brian Henson, Andrew Prowse, David Kemper, Deborah Peart, Lesley Parker
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2005
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (569 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006FO9B0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,513 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Making-of featurette (30 mins.)
  • Interactive art gallery
  • Production storyboards
  • Spacecraft gallery

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Created at least in part due to popular demand, Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars will provide some closure to fans who were dismayed by the demise of the popular science fiction television show in 2003 and campaigned mightily to bring it back. Indeed, this miniseries (originally broadcast over two nights on the Sci-Fi Channel) will likely appeal primarily to the Farscape faithful, as the somewhat convoluted storyline may prove baffling to the uninitiated.

A brief bit of backstory explains how John Crichton, an astronaut from Earth, went through a wormhole and ended up on Moya, a living spaceship, with a motley group of aliens, including D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe), Chiana (Gigi Edgley), various puppet characters (designed by the Jim Henson Company), and Aeryn (Claudia Black), Crichton's love interest, who's expecting their first child. As The Peacekeeper Wars begins, our heroes find themselves in the middle of a war-to-end-all-wars between the lizard-like, implacably evil Scarrans and their rivals, the Peacekeepers. Crichton is the lynchpin in all of this, as his knowledge of "wormhole technology" is coveted by all, including his old nemesis Scorpius (Wayne Pygram), who captured and tortured Crichton back in season 1 and with whom Crichton must now form an uneasy alliance against the Scarrans.

Over the course of the three-hour miniseries, we get lots of weird- and cool-looking aliens, some nice sets and special effects, plenty of battles, and lots of portentous talk about the fate of the universe--nothing especially original, but all presented with outstanding production values. There's drama and action, love and betrayal, tragedy and triumph, war and, ultimately, peace, with a suitably spectacular ending (and a nod to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey). With a 30-minute "making of" documentary among the DVD special features, The Peacekeeper Wars is a fitting way to end the Farscape saga. --Sam Graham

Product Description

Claudia Black, Ben Browder, Gigi Edgley. The Peacekeepers and Scarrans battle over the mind of John Crichton, which contains the knowledge to make wormholes into weapons of mass destruction in this intensely popular sci-fi miniseries written by Rockne S. O'Bannon and David Kemper. 2 DVDs. 2004/color/3 hrs., 2 min/NR/widescreen.

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319 of 327 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "John Crichton is alive!" November 10, 2004
By M. Hart
Format:DVD
Between 1999 and 2003, the unique sci-fi television series "Farscape" was aired on the Sci-Fi Channel in the U.S. Filmed in Australia primarily by Jim Henson Productions with assistance from several Australian production companies and some funding from the Sci-Fi Channel, the series developed a strong following and was under contract for a total of five seasons. However, various funding & political issues forced the premature cancellation of the show following the fourth season (a total of 88 episodes), much to the dismay of loyal fans who (for the most part, including myself) were greatly disappointed by the inconclusive events left in the final minutes of the final fourth-season episode.

However, under the leadership of Jim Henson's (1936-1990) son, Brian Henson (Jim Henson Productions' president & CEO), Jim Henson Productions was able to secure full control over "Farscape", allowing it to produce a four-hour mini-series in 2004 to provide a better closure for the existing four seasons than the final events of the final fourth-season episode. Entitled "Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars", the four-hour mini-series was ostensibly equivalent to what the planned fifth season would have been, albeit much shorter, but in no way less wonderful or engaging as the original 88 episodes. On the contrary, thanks to Brian Henson's efforts (which included directing the mini-series himself), "Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars" was a fantastic, engaging and powerful conclusion for one of the best sci-fi television series that has ever been produced.

Seamlessly beginning where the final fourth-season episode ended, all of the cast members from the final fourth season returned in "Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars".
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186 of 197 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I Wore a Bomb, a Nuclear Bomb, In a Field of Flowers." November 7, 2004
Format:DVD
We all know the drill. JC, astronaut, is shot through a wormhole and joins up with a crew of a ship, a living ship, as they blast through space one season at a time. Along the way they run into multiple baddies, destroy a wide array of bases, depositories, and even a few civilizations, and they also become something of a family. Sometimes that makes for humor, sometimes for seasons of sadness, and sometimes for thrilling adventure.

Such is Farscape.

For those who don't know about the series all that well, it is one of the few I'd tout as a complete product that can't be hyped enough. Following the exploits of John C. and the crew was a thrilling whirlwind to take part in because it evoked so many emotions and rewarded you, the viewer, for riding shotgun through the wormhole. You saw the transitions from character introduction plots and awkward travels to the becoming of crew labelled with words like "notoriety," "infamy," and a message filled with the hope for a better tomorrow. You even had the "little things" handed to you, from references to brushing teeth and how alien lifeforms could communicate, and you got it all with an Earth twist. Personally I've never pulled for "the good guy" before, not really one to touch base with the cliche characters in most shows, but the crew of Moya was different. They actually touched me with their plights and the ways they could always turn a bad situation into something worse and still come out alive, and I found myself addicted to it by the end of Season Two. That all seemed to come to an abrupt end when the plug was pulled on the series, though, and many people weren't happy with the cliffhanger ending. So, amidst a flurry of protest and the knowledge that Farscape sells, the Peacekeeper Wars was born.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Way to Wrap it up October 31, 2004
Format:DVD
With the final episode of the series leaving all of the fans a bit lacking, and the huge amount of campaigning that was done to bring the show back, this miniseries was an answer to all that.

And what an answer it was.

Wrapping up many of the questions left behind after 4 action packed seasons, and bringing back to TV the characters that so many people fell in love with, The Peacekeeper Wars keeps up with the tradition of excellence that fans of the series have grown accustomed to. The plot line, though condensed considerably(this could have easily have been a Season 5 for the show) it still gives people a sense of closure to the series, but opens up new doors as well. The writing is excellent and the direction is fantastic, better than anything seen on tv or even in movies in a long time.

As for the acting, everyone did a more than excellent job with their roles, Ben Browder and Claudia Black once again show everyone why they are and always will be the sexiest and funniest, if not actionable, couple ever to be seen on TV. Wayne Pygram comes across better than ever as the dark anti-hero Scorpius, and also as the bumbling sidekick Harvey who still resides inside John Crichtons mind. All of the friends that people have made over the past 4 seasons return, and none of them give us a bad performance.

With Peacekeeper Wars you'll laugh, you cry, and you'll cheer, and your heart will break. It's the best mini-series I've ever seen, and I only hope that we see more of this wonderful show.

5 out of 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Very fast delivery. I have been looking forward to seeing what happened to the characters on Farscape. Watched the whole series. Brand new condition and arrived as ordered.
Published 17 hours ago by April Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ending for the series! (Perhaps a small spoiler alert!)
This really fit the bill for ending the series in a pretty tight manner! The only issue I have with it is that, like the Firefly finale, a major character is done in!! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Robert E. Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!!
great movie to end the series the movie followed the characters just like in the series and finished in great fashion
Published 3 days ago by john tomon
5.0 out of 5 stars The Frascape Saga was brilliantly performed from start to that...
Sure hope that the investors have the hind sight to make some motion pictures, like star-trek! One can only hope. Jim N.
Published 6 days ago by James Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars If you watch the Farscape series this is a must have DVD
Really like the movie, it tied up all the loose ends and a good way to close the series. It is 3 hours movie so make sure you have time. Read more
Published 6 days ago by J. Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a conclusion to Farscape
I came to Farscape late, watched all the seasons in a set of blitz sessions, and was really PO'd that it got cancelled before the story ended. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Stanley Corbett
4.0 out of 5 stars Farscape ending
I needed this better ending than the last episode of season 4 , that was a good serie by the way, Farscape.
Published 6 days ago by sylvain miville
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift!
Great for Sci-Fi fanatics on your shopping list. Can be enjoyed by all (some scenes may not be suitable for children).
Published 8 days ago by Wendy Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars good show
I watched the series and the last show was terrible because it was not supposed to be the last show. They made the movie to finish off the loose ends. I liked. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Frank
3.0 out of 5 stars Black did not die
C. Black once ran a sword thrugh my back. I realy wanted to watch her die during te movie. She has not. I await the next movie of Farscape. I want to see her die a painful death.
Published 12 days ago by Mr. Jeffery Hausauer
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Complete Series?
you can download all four seasons from itunes and burn them to dvd for much less than $80.
Jul 15, 2008 by GCW |  See all 4 posts
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It's pretty damn funny considering an equal amount of peacekeepers died when John fired up his wormhole weapon.
Aug 29, 2010 by J. Demond |  See all 2 posts
BluRay or HD-DVD?
I can't believe that they still haven't bothered putting this out on Blu Ray. I would rebut this in a second if they did. Lionsgate is leaving money on the table.
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