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Farscape: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] (2011)

Ben Browder , Claudia Black  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe
  • Writers: Rockne S. O'Bannon
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Box set, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 20
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 4086 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (754 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005CXOG8M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,900 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

FARSCAPE UNDRESSED - The rarely-seen, long-sought-after behind-the-scenes special.

THREE ARCHIVAL DOCUMENTARIES: In the Beginning: A Look Back with Brian Henson, Making of a Space Opera and Farscape: The Story So Far

THREE INSIDE FARSCAPE FEATURETTES: Villains, Visual Effects and Save Farscape.

31 AUDIO COMMENTARIES.

DELETED SCENES, DIRECTOR’S CUT SCENES, AND AN ALTERNATE VERSION OF THE SEASON 2 PREMIERE.

VIDEO PROFILES AND BEHIND-THE-SCENES INTERVIEWS WITH THE CHARACTERS, CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM OF FARSCAPE.

Original TV Promos.

And much more!"


Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

Considering the complexities involved in producing Farscape, with its mix of puppetry, a large cast of live actors, special effects, scripts that trace story arcs across not only a single season but the entire series, and more, it's not surprising that the special features in this 20-disc Blu-ray boxed set (found on the fifth and final disc of each of the four seasons) amount to a staggering 15 hours' worth of material. And while there is some redundancy, not to mention a surfeit of self-congratulation (was it really necessary to include executive producer-head writer David Kemper's farewell speech to the crew, telling them how great they were?), there's also an enormous amount of interesting and illuminating information provided, adding up to a genuine bonanza for the show's devoted adherents.

The bonus material can be separated into several general categories. They include, in no particular order:

Making-of/behind-the-scenes featurettes and documentaries: The first and arguably best of these is "The Making of a Space Opera," found in the season one set. Though it's a bit scattered, which might make it difficult for newcomers to figure out what's going on, this 22-minute documentary effectively covers technical aspects like operating the puppets, building the sets, production design, makeup, and so on. Also among the season one features is "In the Beginning," a lengthy (almost 40 minutes) interview with Brian Henson that features plenty of episode clips but is otherwise somewhat dull. The season two set has another documentary, "Farscape Undressed"; described as "long sought-after," it's essentially a slick, 44-minute commercial for the series, with plenty of snarky flirting between stars Ben Browder (John Crichton) and Claudia Black (Aeryn) but not a lot of information. In the season three set, "A Look Back" at that year finds Kemper and others discussing every episode at considerable length. The season four set includes two more documentaries: "Memories of Maya: An Epic Journey Explored," a new documentary filmed in high definition after the series' conclusion (the others are archival), with members of the cast and crew discussing what Henson calls the "cultural flavor" and "unique wildness" of the show; and "Farscape: The Story So Far," a breezy recounting of the characters and storylines, presented without narration or interviews but with plenty of film clips.

"Farscape in the Raw": Found in seasons one and three, this interesting feature juxtaposes "director's cut" (i.e., before post-production polishing) scenes from multiple episodes with the final broadcast versions.

Alternate season two premiere: Entitled "Re-Union," this episode was eventually recut and appeared later in the season. It appears here in its original edit.

"Listening In": Several featurettes focus on the work of composer Guy Gross, who leads us through the process of creating the music, both for particular scenes and sequences and for the series overall.

"Inside Farscape": This trio of featurettes focuses on the series' various villains (most notably the dread Scorpius); the show's outstanding visual effects work; and "Save Farscape," a valentine to the fans that recounts their efforts to save the show after SyFy (formerly the Sci-Fi Channel) canceled it following the fourth season; the creators had planned for a fifth, but while the audience was fiercely devoted, it never expanded much beyond the hard-core, the principal reason for its demise.

Interviews: And lots of 'em. In addition to the various writers, producers, and other creative types, the actors portraying every significant character are interviewed at length. There are also "video profiles" of Kemper and creator/executive producer/writer Rockne O'Bannon.

Deleted scenes and audio commentaries: The former appear in three of the four season sets; the latter are copious, to say the least, numbering no less than 30.

Bloopers and TV promos: No explanation needed.

--Sam Graham

Product Description

Product Description

John Crichton. Astronaut. Flung through a wormhole and lost in a galaxy far from home. He finds himself in the middle of a prison break, surrounded by hostile aliens, soaring through space inside a glorious living space ship called Moya. Hunted by the relentless Peacekeepers, he allies himself with his unimaginably alien fellow refugees and searches for a way home.

So begins the epic sci fi classic FARSCAPE. A fusion of live action, state-of-the-art puppetry, prosthetics and CGI, FARSCAPE features mind-boggling alien life forms, dazzling special effects, edge-of-your-seat thrills, irreverent humor and unforgettable characters all brought to life by the creative minds at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. No wonder it’s been called the most imaginative sci fi series in television history.

Now, presented for the very first time in stunning Blu-ray, come all four FARSCAPE seasons, 88 episodes of spectacular sci fi adventure. Relive the adventures of Moya’s crew Crichton, Aeryn Sun, Ka D’Argo, Zhaan, Chiana, Dominar Rigel, Pilot with unmatched sound and picture quality. Like Moya herself, this package contains amazing surprises including hours of bonus materials including a brand new retrospective documentary: Memories of Moya: An Epic Journey Explored. Prepare for Starburst!

Special Features: ALL 88 EPISODES PLUS OVER 15 HOURS OF BONUS FEATURES ON 20 DISCS!

  • Memories of Moya: An Epic Journey Explored A BRAND NEW documentary featuring the cast and crew reminiscing about the experience and legacy of the sci fi classic. Presented in HD.
  • Farscape Undressed - The rarely-seen, long-sought-after behind-the-scenes special.
  • Three Archival Documentaries: In the Beginning: A Look Back with Brian Henson, Making of a Space Opera and Farscape: The Story So Far.
  • Three Inside Farscape Featurettes: Villains, Visual Effects and Save Farscape.
  • 31 Audio Commentaries.
  • Deleted Scenes, Director’s Cut Scenes, and an Alternate Version of the Season 2 Premiere.
  • Video Profiles and Behind-the-Scenes Interviews with the Characters, Cast and Creative Team of Farscape.
  • Original TV Promos.
  • And much more!

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622 of 634 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Show With A Fantastic Makeover November 29, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I first started watching this program somewhere in the Second Season during its initial run on the SyFy Channel at the urging of my wife, who had been an avid viewer since day one. I had seen the Pilot when it was first broadcast, but never watched with regularity (at the time I was working a lot of overtime on Friday nights). I did come away from the Pilot very impressed by what appeared to be a great premise, excellent special effects, and potentially some great characters. Eventually my Friday evening schedule cleared up and once I started watching a couple of episodes I was completely hooked.

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.
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128 of 129 people found the following review helpful
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"Farscape" came at a good time providing a bridgeduring a key time when most science fiction on TV was "Star Trek" or nothing else ("Babylon 5" excepted) and it brought a much needed dollop of humor, fascinating storylines and great characterizations. It's true that the series presents a hodge podge of ideas that were successful in other shows from "Star Trek" to "The X-Files" but what was great as with all things that are an amalgamation of other ideas from other shows was how it was put together.

"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?
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418 of 455 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice set, but it won't be replacing my ADV discs January 17, 2010
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First of all, this is a nice, and very convenient set, well worth the money. If you've never bought any Farscape episodes before, or you have limited space to store a collection, then this set is probably for you. That said, there are some caveats. 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 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
we love this show
Published 3 days ago by Stacey Thomas-schepeler
5.0 out of 5 stars A simply fantastic series! Very clever and sophisticated dialog
A simply fantastic series! Very clever and sophisticated dialog. Lots of fun.
Published 11 days ago by obsonographer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I got this for my other half he is a big fan of far scape
Published 13 days ago by zeffer harrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fab-u-Loso!
Published 15 days ago by LUCINDA LEASS
5.0 out of 5 stars love this series
I watched this show on SciFi before it was cancelled and was very excited to own it now. The DVDs were in excellent condition and the packaging was beautiful.
Published 1 month ago by A. Garrett
3.0 out of 5 stars For Kids and the G Crowd
I was hoping for something a little more mature than this, but it's a family series that 4 year olds can watch. I sent it to one of my kids. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joseph Jenkins
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Great writing, great actors, great production values and it still gets canceled. I guess they could not find the right advertisors
Published 1 month ago by yank1776
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice gift set!
Ordered both blue ray & regular. Husband is a BIG fan!!!! I also enjoy watching in order, not like reruns. Great for when satellite is out due to weather.
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen Hawes
5.0 out of 5 stars Weirdly great
It takes a few episodes to get over the fact that there are in fact muppets delivering drama and comedy for an adult shot. Once that wears off it's one of the greatest shows ever.
Published 2 months ago by John G. Greenwalt
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality recordings of a wonderful show.
Great quality. Has Closed Captioning. the best space opera ever to see TV, with wonderfully complex characters, dynamite special effects, and excellent acting.
Published 2 months ago by M. Shin
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Darn I already bought the DVD version.
Only Season 4 and The Peacekeeper Wars were filmed and processed in widescreen format. Seasons 1 - 3 were filmed and processed in 4:3 format. Turning them into widescreen would require to cut strips on top and/or bottom of the picture. I'd rather keep the 4:3 format than have parts of the image... Read More
Jul 22, 2011 by Thomas R. |  See all 10 posts
How they made Blu-Ray?
From what I understand, it was filmed on 35mm film, and then the special effects were rendered in SD. But I believe there are rumors that the original film elements are lost or destroyed. Also, Seasons 1-3 were not filmed in widescreen.

So there are several possibilities:

(1) The Blu-ray will... Read More
Sep 8, 2011 by poddie |  See all 3 posts
The Peacekeeper Wars
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Oct 16, 2011 by Brandon |  See all 2 posts
This bluray set stinks
Seasons 1-3 were filmed in FULL SCREEN .. And not WIDESCREEN. I agree though .. why buy a product that even the best reviews tell us that the quality is only marginally better than the most recent DVD release. When they find the original negatives .. then I'll purchase this on BluRay.
Dec 20, 2011 by James M. Phillips |  See all 11 posts
¿Subtitles, this time?...
Yes for the Blu-ray.
Nov 16, 2011 by Wayne Klein |  See all 9 posts
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