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Firefly: The Complete Series (2002)

Nathan Fillion , Gina Torres , Joss Whedon , Tim Minear  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,185 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin
  • Directors: Joss Whedon, Tim Minear, Vern Gillum
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 675 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,185 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AQS0F
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,818 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Firefly: The Complete Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 14 episodes, including 3 that never aired
  • Commentary on Serenity Part 1 & 2, The Train Job, Shindig, Out of Gas, War Stories, Objects in Space, and The Message
  • Deleted scenes from Serenity, Our Mrs. Reynolds, Objects in Space
  • Featurettes: "Here's How How It Was: The Making of Firefly," "Serenity: The 10th Character," "Joss Tours the Set"
  • Alan Tudyk's audition
  • Gag reel
  • Joss sings the Firefly theme
  • Easter egg: Adam Baldwin sings "Hero of Canton"

Editorial Reviews

As the 2005 theatrical release of Serenity made clear, Firefly was a science fiction concept that deserved a second chance. Devoted fans (or "Browncoats") knew it all along, and with this well-packaged DVD set, those who missed the show's original broadcasts can see what they missed. Creator Joss Whedon's ambitious science-fiction Western (Whedon's third series after Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel) was canceled after only 11 of these 14 episodes had aired on the Fox network, but history has proven that its demise was woefully premature. Whedon's generic hybrid got off to a shaky start when network executives demanded an action-packed one-hour premiere ("The Train Job"); in hindsight the intended two-hour pilot (also titled "Serenity," and oddly enough, the final episode aired) provides a better introduction to the show's concept and splendid ensemble cast. Obsessive fans can debate the quirky logic of combining spaceships with direct parallels to frontier America (it's 500 years in the future, and embattled humankind has expanded into the galaxy, where undeveloped "outer rim" planets struggle with the equivalent of Old West accommodations), but Whedon and his gifted co-writers and directors make it work, at least well enough to fashion a credible context from the incongruous culture-clashing of past, present, and future technologies, along with a polyglot language (the result of two dominant superpowers) that combines English with an abundance of Chinese slang.

What makes it work is Whedon's delightfully well-chosen cast and their nine well-developed characters--a typically Whedon-esque extended family--each providing a unique perspective on their adventures aboard Serenity, the junky but beloved "Firefly-class" starship they call home. As a veteran of the disadvantaged Independent faction's war against the all-powerful planetary Alliance (think of it as Underdogs vs. Overlords), Serenity captain Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) leads his compact crew on a quest for survival. They're renegades with an amoral agenda, taking any job that pays well, but Firefly's complex tapestry of right and wrong (and peace vs. violence) is richer and deeper than it first appears. Tantalizing clues about Blue Sun (an insidious mega-corporation with a mysteriously evil agenda), its ties to the Alliance, and the traumatizing use of Serenity's resident stowaway (Summer Glau) as a guinea pig in the development of advanced warfare were clear indications Firefly was heading for exciting revelations that were precluded by the series' cancellation. Fortunately, the big-screen Serenity (which can be enjoyed independently of the series) ensured that Whedon's wild extraterrestrial west had not seen its final sunset. Its very existence confirms that these 14 episodes (and enjoyable bonus features) will endure as irrefutable proof Fox made a glaring mistake in canceling the series. --Jeff Shannon

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Product Description

Five hundred years in the future there's a whole new frontier, and the crew of the Firefly-class spaceship Serenity is eager to stake a claim on the action. They'll take any job, legal or illegal, to keep fuel in the tanks and food on the table. But things get a bit more complicated after they take on a passenger wanted by the new totalitarian Alliance regime. Now they find themselves on the run, desperate to steer clear of Alliance ships and the flesh-eating Reavers who live on the fringes of space.

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1,092 of 1,135 people found the following review helpful
I despise television. I even gave it up last year, and now only see a few shows a friend and I watch together. "The West Wing". "24". "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".
Until last fall. Then I saw "Firefly", named somewhat whimsically about a cargo ship whose end lights up when it accelerates. But this is no flashy futuristic show about technical wonders, but rather a very nitty-gritty character study of nine very individual people.
Joss Whedon, who created "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel", had an idea for a science fiction show unique to that "Southern California born/spent time in Britain as a teenager" background of his: He read a book about the ground level grunts of the American Civil War called "The Rebel Angels" and wanted to do a TV series about the people who didn't make the history books: the people history stepped on. He wanted to do a story set in a future about a ship and where it went. Not a vast engine of war or a great vessel of exploration and diplomacy, but an old tramp steamer of a ship, so small it didn't even have a mounted gun, that made its way through thick and thin by taking any job, anywhere, no questions asked.
The nine people on board the Firefly-class ship "Serenity" aren't rich, famous, particularly smart or particularly gifted, for the most part. They all have pasts, and not all of them are comfortable about talking about themselves. They live in the aftermath of a major war that lead to the forceable unification of all of humanity, and not all of them were on the same side. The ship's name, "Serenity" is that of the climactic battle of that war, and they find themselves still trapped psychologically in a war that ended six years before.
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492 of 523 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe there is so little of it. December 14, 2005
I liked Star Trek. But Star Trek was a sterile proto-socialist fantasy, without a comprehensible culture beyond starfleet itself.

I like Star Wars better, but despite the detailed world building it remained a fairly predictable space opera.

Firefly (and the Serenity movie) are the best damn science fiction I have ever watched on a screen. I can't believe that there is no more of this to watch. I will not believe it. I am going to think really, really desperate and evil thoughts until someone gives me another fix.

OK, so I hate reviews that just say something was good and the network is evil for having cancelled it, no matter how true that is. A person reads a review not to determine whether someone they have never heard of likes something, but, hopefully, whether they might like it. So here is my pathetic attempt to describe greatness. Why I loved Firefly

1. Detailed world building. I can easily see how the worlds of humankind shown in this series evolved from the world of today. Any projection into the future is hazardous, but at least this series makes a reasoned attempt at such a projection. I see bits and pieces of the world we know, taken apart and reassembled on another stage, as, indeed, they will have been after the passage of 500 years. Whether it is the Chinese characters in the shop windows, the opulent, almost Raj-like feel of the Tam estate and the clothes worn there, the eclectic, practical, almost wild west garb of the outer worlds, or the oriental but not quite specific derivation of Inara's quarters, I can tell that someone spent a lot of time and energy trying to trace out the lines of this future society. Which leads me to

2. The emphasis on the everyday and practical.
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1,517 of 1,626 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't take the skies from me October 17, 2003
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Firefly was a show that came on the heels of Fox's usual brilliant decision-making--right after it cancelled my beloved Dark Angel. I first thought this show would be awful, but I sat down and watched it--and it was love. Truly. It's rare to find a show that can be taken seriously that also made me laugh out loud in every episode. The writing was extraordinary, and the actors/actresses were absolute gold. It was really like watching a movie each time around. Yet again, Fox shot itself in the foot and iced another good show. Nonetheless, at least the DVD is soon to come. At least they had the decency to do that. Come on, sing it with me: "Take my love, take my land, take me where I cannot stand. But I don't care--I'm still free. You can't take the skies from me..."
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265 of 287 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best I've ever seen March 21, 2004
I'd never heard of this show until I noticed the customer reviews while browsing through ... The response was so overwhelming that I HAD to check it out. It is without a doubt the best series I've ever seen. I was completely absorbed by the stories and characters, and watched the entire series in one sitting - I just couldn't stop. I hope another station picks up on this great show and carries it forward!! (and I can hardly wait to see the movie!!!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Firefly was the best thing Fox never knew it had July 23, 2003
By A Customer
Fox has had its share of failed shows in the past years. This is to say nothing of their chronic ability to underadvertise and pre-empt their best programming in lieu of sporting events and mindless programming.
How Joss Whedon's Firefly managed to get a prime-time Friday night slot on Fox is beyond me. It was smartly written, well directed, extremely well cast and for its short-run had enough sub plots to keep you watching week after week. Firefly is, hands down, one of the best shows that Fox has ever aired. Why they relentlessly under-promoted this well-viewed show may never be known.
It is my sincere hope that now that Buffy is gone, Whedon manages to find another network that will pick up Firefly. It is too good to die.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great mix of sci-fi and a western
A great sci-fi t.v. series that is not all futuristic and pretty. Shows what the frontier could look like when technology isn't readily available.
Published 6 hours ago by William Wellspring
5.0 out of 5 stars Best show
Still the best SyFi going. The stories were fresh and unpredictable and the entire crew had an interesting and mysterious back story. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by M. Paulson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best cast, crew, show, effects, characters, plot, etc...
Greatest show ever. Will invent time travel and shoot CEO of FOX for it's cancellation. Infinite replay value, watch it every year.
Published 9 hours ago by Alexei Avakov
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series and it always was a great series.
Bought it to add to my collection along with the movie finale.
A series that would be nice if they brought back for "the rest of the story" as it was never completed... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Raven White Wolf
3.0 out of 5 stars Firefly Season 1
First half of the season was enjoyable, then nudity, copulation, and lesbianism entered the story line visible to the viewer no matter what the age with no warning as to what the... Read more
Published 1 day ago by preacherman
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Perfect
It's one of the disappointments of Network television that they can't seem to recognise brilliance when they have it. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mary Louise Pivec
5.0 out of 5 stars easily my favorite TV show ever
Firefly's greatest strength is its characters. Halfway through the first episode, I found myself immediately loving and caring about all of them. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jacob Hawken
5.0 out of 5 stars Firefly: Tremendous Series
Firefly is a very enjoyable series. I don't enjoy all Sci-Fi but this one is great. I don't understand why it was cancelled so soon but would like to see it come back. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Chen961
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Series
This series is the best sci-fi series ever! I only wish there were more episodes before they cancelled the show.
Published 2 days ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Now considered a classic
I rarely watch any shows more than once, but for Firefly I make an exception. Great characters (except for Anara) and fun plots make the show enjoyable even for non sci-fi folk.
Published 2 days ago by Tim Peverill
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"'Firefly: The Complete Series' makes its long-awaited debut on Blu-ray with a somewhat mediocre 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer that fails to rejuvenate the series' problematic source. Close-ups and practical shots look quite... Read more
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Question about the DVD packaging
I don't know if it was ever offered as a fold-out, but it was released in a version with four separate slim-line DVD cases inside a single box. I just bought another set as a gift, and received that same single-DVD case with the four discs packed inside that you are describing seeing at Target. I... Read more
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To me, the movie hinted (quite strongly) that book had been an Alliance operative.
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I have been looking too. In the meantime, Steven Brust wrote a Firefly novel and released it for free online:
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Does this include Serenity?
No, just the TV series.
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