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Farscape - Season 1, Collection 1 (Starburst Edition)

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The must-have collection includes 7 episodes of the first season of the Jim Henson Television, Hallmark Entertainment, and Nine Networks award-sinning series on 2 discs. This award-winning series, which airs on SCI FI, has been called "The Best Sci-Fi on TV", by TV Guide, and hailed as "TV's Best Space Series" by USA Today.

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  • Actors: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Lani John Tupu, Jonathan Hardy
  • Directors: Geoff Bennett, Ian Watson, Tony Tilse
  • Writers: Rockne S. O'Bannon
  • Producers: Andrew Prowse, Emily Skopov, Justin Monjo, Lesley Parker
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002S65LI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,865 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This is the first release in the Starburst edition of FARSCAPE and while it is unfortunate that they didn't get it right the first time around in releasing the show on DVD, better late than never. Overwhelmingly the biggest problem with the first DVD releases was cost: unless you were an adult with a considerable amount of disposable income, they were simply too expensive. Although I have long been a huge FARSCAPE fan, the price truly was prohibitive, and as a person with a very wide range of interests, I had trouble justifying spending such a large amount of money for only one television series. Fortunately, the Starburst edition is extremely affordable, and contains all the special features available in the original versions. They are also vastly more convenient. I never could understand releasing only two episodes at a time in bulky packaging, and I'm delighted that this new version will take up about as much room as your average TV boxed set. My only complaint is that the episodes are presented on double-sided discs. It isn't clear to me why they couldn't have been singled sided, though there could well be very good reasons. My hope is that they will eventually put out each season in a single box. Although I will own the entire series by then in the individual releases, it will be easier for newcomers to buy them in that format, and this is a show I very much want to play the evangelist with, converting new fans to the considerable charms of the series.

I have a theory about television in the nineties that involves how TWIN PEAKS, THE X-FILES, and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER revolutionized what was possible in the medium. An addendum to this theory is that FARSCAPE was the first show to exploit the potential that these three shows demonstrated was possible.
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Farscape, or Muppets in Space, as I used to call it. Well, despite being somewhat disinterested in this series over the years, the recent Peace-Keeper Wars mini-series has peaked my interest in this series. After the abrupt and sudden cancelation of this series, with an unresolved cliff-hanger, I was kind of unwilling to purchase this series on DVD only to have an unfinished series on DVD. (This is the same reason why I haven't purchased Firefly, and maybe B5: Crusade). Well, since the series has finally gotten its wrap-up, if you will, I have decided to give this series a try on DVD.

I've seen a few episodes over the years, thought they were interesting, but as fans know, you almost have to catch it from the beginning and all the way through. So once I stopped watching way back in the first season, I lost track of the show.

Well, this new re-release of the Starburst Editions is a brilliant idea for a couple of reasons. First we get 7 episodes instead of 4 for about the same SRP. Plus we get more extras. How can you beat that? Second, packaging them this way saves space. Instead of 5 double-wide keepcases per season, this style of packaging will encompass an entire season in just 3 keepcases. 7 episodes on two, 8 on the other, for a total of 22 episodes per season. And from what another reviewer said, we also get better transfers and sound quality than the previous releases.

This first volume was released on Nov. 16th, the second one is due on Jan. 18th (same day as the PKW disc) which means expect another release about every two months. So expect the entire series within about a two year period.
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Farscape surprised me. A lot. When I first saw it the series was well into its second season. I kept hearing about how good it was but never actually sat down to try it. I am glad I eventually did. Farscape (for those of you reading this who don't know) is probably the most diversely written science fiction show I have ever seen. Lots of shows have a certain pacing and feel to them. Even the great shows (like Babylon 5 and Star Trek:TNG) often felt like standardized in the writing style. Not so with Farscape. The show felt like they were shooting from the hip in that respect. I think that's one of the reasons it was such a great show.

Add to that some VERY impressive special effects including incredible CGI scenes, creative makeup effects, and of course the Jim Henson Creature Shop coming up with some of the coolest aliens ever. Of course I cannot forget some fantastic acting by the staff, and that's another reason why this show works so well... the chemistry between the characters (muppet or otherwise).

Now about this Starburst Edition. I was one of the people who balked at the way Farscape was being offered in DVD format. Only a few eps on a disk that cost over $20 at the time and then that monster of a season box always costing more than anything else I have seen. I am sorry for those of you who feel cheated with the "double dipping" but I have to agree with some reviewers here in saying this new edition is good for the franchise and good for the fans. Besides you guys do essentially have the same shows we're getting anyway. :-)

From what I'm told the Starburst Edition has the same documentaries as the first printing of the season shows along with some extras. I haven't heard all the commentaries (the one on the premier ep kinda bored me...
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the difference
I wish someone out there would answer this for all of us, thanks for asking it NP!
Mar 14, 2007 by Spock |  See all 6 posts
season 1 dvds out of stock?
ADV Films, the distributor of the Farscape DVDs, has sold the rights of Season One to Sony. Which means they can no long sell them.

So to answer your question, yes.
Dec 9, 2007 by SciFi29 |  See all 2 posts
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