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4.0 out of 5 stars Better, still some grain, special effects in SD res, November 13, 2008
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This review is from: Firefly: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Only caught the series AFTER it was canceled, and have become a browncoat, to the point that, yes, I actually do wear a brown coat I bought when Serenity came out. It's a series worth checking out. The chances you'll become that much of a nerd are very low, so don't be afraid. :)

Picture quality is high compared to the original DVDs, detailed and clearer, though since the series is fairly dark at points, there's some definite noise (looks like film grain, actually) in the black backgrounds (at least on my set, a Mitsubishi). Despite initial rumors, special effects sequences remain at 480i (upconverted) instead of being re-rendered to 1080p. That's occasionally annoying if you're looking for it, but otherwise not. Sound is greatly improved.

As others have pointed out, the set is shy on new extras, which is too bad. Enjoyed the extra commentary and the partial reunion, would have appreciated more.

Packaging seems decent for a blu-ray multipack. One review complains about the packaging, but I found it efficient and not problematic (case opens with one middle piece. Middle piece has a disc on each side, third disc is on the back of the open case. I've seen worse: some mass-DVD multipacks with two dvds overlapping each other so you have to remove one to get at the other...)

Worth the money if you have a good HD set. If you're not sure, rent the first episodes from Netflix or Blockbuster.
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Initial post: Jan 10, 2009 8:03:32 PM PST
Stopher says:
I think in many scenes the grain is on purpose. I think the director was going for a certian look and the grainy look is also used in many of the flashback scenes.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2009 7:00:15 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 4, 2009 7:01:11 PM PST
Jamie White says:
This is actually exactly it. They deliberately used old 1970s-era lenses on the cameras because Whedon wanted to capture some of the less-fancy feel of older Westerns (to quote him: "I loves me some lens flares"), and they often allow the camera to go out of focus or shift slightly, etc., because he wanted to add a "you-are-there" documentary-style touch (though this is so subtle that many people hardly ever notice it unless it's pointed out to them). The combination of that with then-cutting-edge-for-TV visual effects (specifically, "static" CGI animations done on an object in the scene while the camera is still moving around, very tricky to pull off on a TV budget) are something they actually won an Emmy for.

Much of this was also used (albeit a lot less subtly) in the remake of Battlestar Galactica that started being produced a couple of years later (Firefly was made in '02, BSG in '04), to much acclaim.

In short, though, yes. :) It is actually an artistic touch.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2009 8:44:34 PM PDT
Nice review...good to know about the 480I instead of 1080p. That alone won't make me upgrade to this in blu-ray.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 3:42:38 PM PST
Thank you for actually reviewing the Blu-Ray + packaging as opposed to reviewing the show itself.
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