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Galactica 1980 lands on DVD for the first time ever! With all ten thrilling episodes on two discs, see what happens when the original Battlestar Galactica crew finally makes the long-anticipated descent to Earth. With time running out and the Cylons closing in on their trail, Commander Adama and the Galactica must work harder than ever before to help Earth create the technology necessary for battle. Along for the action-packed fight are such stellar guest stars as Dirk Benedict, Brion James, Dennis Haysbert and more! It's an epic adventure unlike any other, and an absolute must-have for any Battlestar Galactica collection!

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  • Actors: Kent McCord, Barry Van Dyke, Robyn Douglass, Lorne Greene
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: December 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 481 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W4KT9G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,769 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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234 of 239 people found the following review helpful By J. McDonald on October 12, 2007
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Basically, you should buy this entire box-set for a single episode. "The Return of Starbuck". Your original Battlestar Galactica collection isn't truly complete without it. No matter what is said of this series as a whole, this one episode truly captures the feel of the original series.

What about the other episodes? Well, let's just say that on many occasions, critics have selected Galactica 1980 as the worst sci-fi tv series of all time. How could it turn out so horrid? The budget was slashed to just a fraction of the amount spent on the original series. Also, many of the episodes were aired in an early time slot (I believe it was 7:00pm) which placed restrictions on the content of the series (writers had to avoid writing too many action scenes or even the most innocent adult themes). Galactica 1980 was basically a rushed effort, pushed forward and then severely hindered (by various network executives) on a mission to recoup from their mistake of canceling the original series.

This series may have been a train wreck, but the final episode (The Return of Starbuck) is a bittersweet tribute to the original series. A must have!

P.S.

This is being sold as "The Original Battlestar Galactica's Final Season". It must be noted that the original series was cancelled after the first season. While Galactica 1980 can indeed be considered a continuation of the first season, it is in fact a seperate TV series. Most fans of the original series pretend that Galactica 1980 never happened :)

JM
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Matthew C. Dempsey on December 26, 2007
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I've read many poor reviews of Galactica 1980 over the years, so I was expecting a pretty cruddy show. To my surprise, I actually enjoyed it! Sure, it's more like "Galactica on Earth" than a space show, but that doesn't mean I enjoyed it any less.

It's great to see Adama and Boomer again, and the last episode is really good too. Also, the pilot episode was excellent, as well. Are there some campy moments? Sure. But the original BSG had them too. I found many BSG episodes slow and hard to get through, surprisingly, I got through G:1980 rather quickly.

I say pick it up and add it to your collection!
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A. Kazimierczak on March 8, 2008
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Ever since I bought the Battlestar Galactica complete series I'd been thinking, "What happened to that episode with Starbuck stranded on a planet?? And what about those flying motorcycles on Earth??" I'd almost convinced myself that I'd imagined them, since I did own the "complete series." Well, here they are. I was 6 years old when this series came around and it didn't enjoy the reruns of the original Battlestar Galactica, so my memories of Troy and Dillon (the new Starbuck and Apollo) were sparse at best (it's like when Dukes of Hazzard had those other cousins show up or Airwolf had a whole new cast suddenly show up....crazy 80's TV clones).

Overall the episodes are pure low budget 80's sci-fi trash-- vaguely reminiscent of Star Trek IV in its disturbing blend of heavy handed environmentalism (the "Super Scouts" episodes) and high school theater quality time travel (the pilot episodes with a generic Nazi Germany romp).

It's worth the Starbuck episode though-- he's the best!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John P. Dorsey on November 28, 2011
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Being a huge fan of the original show, I was glad to see Galactica 1980 released on DVD mostly for its wonderful final episode "The Return of Starbuck", an episode that is just as good as any from the original series. This is a must-see for any Galactica fan.

As for the rest of the series, it is worth watching just to see how amazingly bad a show can be. Galactica 1980 had three fatal flaws. The first was a premise that changed kept changing (first it was about upgrading Earth's technology, then it was about time travel, and then it was about children with super powers). The second was that none of the premises worked. And the third was that it aired during Sunday at 7pm which at the time was designated a children's hour timeslot. Very little violence was allowed, which killed any real chance of drama. Even worse, a certain number of "educational beat" were required to appear throughout every episode. It's amazing to watch the story come to a grinding halt while a character says something educational. During a car chase: "I perceive that this vehicle is powered by an internal combustion engine, and an internal combustion engine, primitive though it is..." Okay, that isn't the exact dialogue, but you get the point. In the episode Space Croppers, we get lectures on Chicano history, how to grow plants called legumes, and how rainful is produced! You have to see it to believe it.

If I were a writing instructor, I would use Galactica 1980 as an example of how NOT to write drama. In any story, it's important to create powerful villains and put the heroes in situations that are difficult to deal with. But all of the villains in Galactica 1980 are weak.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Davidp. on March 30, 2012
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I was a teen when this series aired in 1980, and old enough to know how bad it was even back then. I had watched the original '78 series and although I liked it, I realized it was not the best written or produced show. This sequel series, on the other hand, was an ill-conceived and hastily thrown together mess which really tarnished the reputation of it's predecessor.

So why did I buy it? I only really got this series to replace an old EP VHS copy of "The Return Of Starbuck" I bought back in the late '80s. As other reviewers have said, this episode is really the only reason to get this series, and it was worth the price I paid for it ( less than $6.00 ). I will say that rewatching the whole series has been fun in a "Plan Nine From Outer Space" kind of way. The plot holes and implausibilies are so numerous that there should be a drinking game based on the show. I promise you...anyone who tried it would end up in an alcoholic coma.

The quality of the DVDs themselves are 'okay'. Typical for DVD releases of many older Universal television series, the prints are not perfect nor do they appear to be digitally remastered or enhanced in any way. Honestly, this series does not really merit any extensive remastering effort, so the picture quality is fine as it is.

Bottom line; If you're a "Battlestar Galactica" completist, or enjoy watching television shows that are train wrecks, then by all means buy this set ( just don't pay more than $10.00 for it ).
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What pray tell are you talking about? The episodes where Troy, Dillon and Jamie pursue Xaviar into Nazi Germany are part of the premiere called "Galactica Discovers Earth," and that is a three-parter.
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