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Serenity [VHS] (2005)

Nathan Fillion , Gina Torres , Joss Whedon  |  PG-13 |  VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,604 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin
  • Directors: Joss Whedon
  • Writers: Joss Whedon
  • Producers: Alisa Tager, Barry Mendel, Christopher Buchanan, David V. Lester
  • Format: NTSC
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Ingram Entertainment
  • VHS Release Date: December 20, 2005
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,604 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BW7R2G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,880 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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1,304 of 1,382 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the series September 30, 2005
This is one incredible movie. No, you don't have to be familiar with the series to enjoy it, but the familiarity will make several moments in the movie that much more tragic. The action here is incredible, and unlike several of the Star Trek movies, the characters don't deviate from their series personnas. The emotional impact of several scenes is so intense it was hard to stay seated (a crash landing sequence can almost give you motion sickness). This brings a satisfying end to the storyline the original series had started. It's a shame the show never got to tell this story in its entirety. You can see where some parts of the movie are rushed in a way. Something that could have been stretched over weeks in a series had to be handled in minutes, and that robs it a little. But you have to applaud Whedon for being able to tie up all the loose ends he started with just two hours. Shame on the network for cancelling this, but congratulations to Whedon for giving the fans--both old and new--the ending the show deserved. Heroes will shine, and some will fall, but Serenity will live on.

Now bring the show back!
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754 of 812 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Space Opera September 30, 2005
A wonderous vision of the future started in the all too short run of the TV series Firefly continues in the big screen version of it, Serenity. The TV show and movie is about the crew of a star ship that is as much unlike the USS Enterprise as it can get. It's a ranshackle freighter skippered by Mal Reynolds, a man part Han Solo, part Jesse James. He was on the losing side of an intersteller civil war against the Alliance, a buraucratic, oppressive government that seems to consists of people who believe quite fervently they know better than other people how they should live their lives. Captain Reynolds and his motley crew, including his former second in command from the war, her husband the pilot, an engineer who is as cute as she is sharp with the hyper drive, a muscle bound mercenary in a constant state of mutiny, a preacher, a courtesan, and a doctor and his troubled (to say the least!) sister eck out a thin living doing odd jobs out on the frontier, some of them not exactly legal. They bicker and at times almost come to blows. Especialy due to the fact that the doctor's sister is wanted by the Alliance government for having been "enhanced" and damaged by a top secret government labortory.

Oddly enough, this crew might well save the human race among the stars. The story is a paean about how the unlikeliest people can become heroes and how the right of individuals to live free if an absolute. I hope there will be many more films in this "verse."
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306 of 327 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Stop the Signal November 2, 2005
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It wasn't suppose to happen like this...

Back in the summer of 2001, Fox announced that "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" mastermind Joss Whedon would be creating a new television show that was a cross between Science Fiction and the Western Genres... For months Fox spent millions of dollars promoting the one "sure fire series of the season" but then the problems started... the pilot was too slow, Executive Heads Clashed, and Baseball season all got mixed into the mixing pot... and in the end fans where left with an out of order, mixed up, tale of identitify (which is ironic if you think about it).

But the fans of Joss Whedon and of the character he creates would not let this be the end of the "firefly" universe, and after much fanfare, petitions, and literal Bitching; Universal Pictures did something rather uprecidented: they green lite a "big-screen' movie which Joss Whedon describes as "a thank you to the fans."

And that is exactly what the film version of "Serenity" is. On the exterior it is a fast-past, character driven, science fiction blast for everyone to enjoy, and the people that did see it did enjoy it alot. It has survived over a month on IMDB's Top 250 Movies of All Tilme List, and has recieved glowing reviews from THE NEW YORK TIMES, EBERT & ROBERT, THE SAN FRANSISCO CHRONICLE, and more... I distinctly remember a quote from the New york Times saying "George Lucas eat your heart out."

But on the interior the movie was about the salvation of people, and it was a political commentary on big brotherism, and how if things in our society today keep going down the same road are future generations won't be much different from mal and zoe.

If your a fan of science-fiction or just good storytelling this is a movie for you.
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339 of 369 people found the following review helpful
If you're already aquainted with the greatness of Joss Whedon's cult television series "Firefly" then this is a no-brainer. "Serenity" is the best science fiction film since "The Matrix" and for true fans of the series, it is a literal dream come true. Essentially, this film is not so much a stand-alone popcorn affair so much as it is the greatest series finale in history. It's emotional, funny, action-packed, full of quirky characters both familiar and new, and just plain cool to boot. There is also a deep philosophical argument explored as the costs of personal freedom and government control are contrasted in a brilliant manner. Would you choose to live the life of a criminal if it was the only way you could be free? Does a government have the right to take any step necesssary to keep it's citizens under control and happy?

"Half of writing history is covering up the truth" is just one of the memorable observations made by our heroes over the course of this journey. The plot centers around insane genius River and her older brother, Simon, who rescued her from a mysterious government facility where she was being experimented on. Part of the genius of the series (and this film) are the insane rantings of River, which begin to make sense if you pay attention. "Old men, covered in blood. It never touched them but they're drowning in it" may seem nonsensical to some, but it is a rather poetic yet eerily accurate representation of both the government officials in her universe, and in ours. The events taking place in this future are vaguely familair as plot devices, but what makes them brilliant is the way they relate to what's happening in our society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Conclusion
Closes the door on the Firefly series. Nicely done. I dislike when a good potential series gets pulled and leaves you hanging, knowing full well there are story and plot lines... Read more
Published 5 hours ago by Blindman
5.0 out of 5 stars grat movie
it has summer glau in it. need I say anything else. Movie played good and came unscratched. Although I liked the tv version "firefly' better than this story, it was still good.
Published 1 day ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Serenity
This was priced just right for any fan of the Firefly series and who can pass up seeing Serenity in Blu-ray.
Published 1 day ago by valerieusn
5.0 out of 5 stars Firefly fan
Fan of the show. Had the DVD, but wanted the Blue-Ray. Crisp picture and solid packaging. If you're a fan you want this movie.
Published 1 day ago by A. M. Cogliandro
5.0 out of 5 stars I am fan
I enjoyed watching this, and it does make a good addition to the series which was canceled far before its time.
Published 1 day ago by Love to Read!
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting wrap-up and feature length look at the Firefly series
This movie not only gave a brief backstory for anyone watching who has not seen the Firefly TV series and gives some background, but it also gives us a great look at the same... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Andrew Kutyna
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
I would defiantly recommend this movie to anyone who likes SiFi, or Nathan Fillion. Should probably get the series (Firefly) first, though,
Published 4 days ago by Marilynn
4.0 out of 5 stars An intense movie for every browncoat
If you liked Joss Whedon's Firefly you will love this movie. It has everything a Browncoat needs, funny lines, great storyline and awesome action. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Marcos
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad it's over...
I enjoyed Serenity very much. It wrapped the series up very nicely. It made me really sad to know they are really not going to bring it back.
Published 5 days ago by Cherie Lima
5.0 out of 5 stars Firefly Fan
This was a replacement for one that a friend of ours carried across the world with him. We have watched it many times, and enjoy just as much as the first time.
Published 6 days ago by JL
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How to select Dolby 5.1 and not DTS from menu?
Try pushing the Audio button on your DVD remote which will toggle through the Audio soundtracks on your movie (DVD, Blu-ray, HD-DVD). This can be performed while the movie is playing. I have not come across a DVD that only had a DTS track.

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