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5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD boxset of the classic original series!, November 8, 2003
This review is from: Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Epic Series (Special Packaging) (DVD)
I just finished viewing all of the content in the Battlestar Galactica DVD boxset. It took me nearly two weeks to view all of the episodes and extra features. There is an enormous amount of material to go through on this set.
The packaging is indeed unique, being a molded plastic Cylon helmet with a chrome coat on top of it. The "Red Eye" portion is a thin reflective coating similar to a lenticular sticker. The set is a little large with the helmet packaging, but that really doesn't bother me since it's interesting just to have sitting on a shelf. The set also comes with a nice collector's booklet with air dates and information about all of the episodes, photos, drawings, ship diagrams, etc. The booklet is about the size of a magazine, which is great since it wasn't some dinky little booklet.
As for the 6 DVD discs themselves, they are all Double-Sided. Universal shows Single-Sided on the advertising materials for the set, and even on the back of the boxset! That's a minor gripe, but somewhat deceiving to potential buyers. Many of the DVD's are Dual-layer on one side and Single-Layer on the opposite side to maximize the footage on a single DVD. The Menus on all 6 discs are the same, but still a nicely done motion layer sequence that runs at about 52 seconds. As for the interior package that holds all 6 DVD discs, it is a foldout package that has clear plastic disc holders with photos underneath. They are rather sturdy in their grasps on the discs, I had trouble freeing up one disc at first. On the opposite foldout side are layered photos from the series. All episodes and time lengths are also listed on the back of the inner package.
As for the episode transfers on the set, they are very clean and clear for a TV series which aired in the late 1970's. Actually they are almost too sharp and clear at times. You can sometimes see the "matte-frames" or "wires" in shots very clearly. It doesn't bother me while viewing, but it might with some viewers. At least the episodes were all untouched and not fooled around with. The sound is presented in a new Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. I didn't notice too much stereo seperation on my home theater system except in certain intense scenes. On nearly every episode there are various Deleted and Alternate scenes, and Bloopers. In total there are well over 3 hours of those additional scenes spanning the 6 discs.
There is a great 45 minute feature with all new interviews with the cast and creators. A video interview with series creator Glen Larson concerning the creation of the series is also included. To top it off, there are several mini-featurettes about the music score, Daggits, and Cylons.
I would gladly recommend this DVD set to any fan of the series. It is well worth the money and the wait to have the entire series to view at any time, and finally crystal clear in quality!
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Initial post: Oct 13, 2007 10:47:41 PM PDT
K. Dahlke says:
I appreciate the level of detail regarding special features and presentation in this review. I've been going back and forth as to whether I'd rather spend an additional 15 dollars to get a box set that fits easily on my shelf, or saving money on this clunky plastic version. I think I'll opt to save the money after reading this review. Thanks, yo!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2007 2:40:42 PM PST
FYI, Discs 4 and 5 are set up to be double sided discs but only 1 side on each is used. Under those circumstances, they could have put the whole thing on 5 double sided discs.

Posted on Feb 3, 2008 5:42:47 PM PST
Excelent comments, I appreciate it a lot, thanks. I can´t hardly wait to receive my package.

Posted on Jan 25, 2009 8:54:28 PM PST
Siu K. Ho says:
Why do some people do not like single sided DVDs and prefer double sided, then when the double sided ones
come out they winge about them being too hard to handle? Is there loss in quality? I don't get how a DVD can lose
quality if its double sided unless they transfer the picture using a lower bit rate. I prefer the single sided ones myself.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2009 10:20:18 AM PDT
The main problem with double-sided discs is that the manufacturing process is more prone to issues and the discs are more likely to be defective.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2011 1:02:40 AM PST
Mark Ruesch says:
Where I have a problem with double sided discs is I own Sony 400 disc DVD players and Pioneer 301 disc DVD players. The point of having such a player is so you can pick a disc with the remote and start watching it. You don't want to have to open the player and flip the disc around. Or have to buy two copies of a disc so you can load the A side on one and the B side on the other. For the comparatively high price of this set they shouldn't be double sided discs.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2015 4:55:28 PM PDT
May 24th, 2015 3:47pm
I am an older person in my late 60's and losing memory! I do not understand what is meant by: discs 4 and 5 are set up to be double sided discs but only 1 side on each is used. Please I do not know what you are trying to say could you explain please!!! I am totally lost to what you are talking about!!!! Please forgive me of not understanding what you are trying to say about this product!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2015 8:24:53 PM PST
Polar, first of all you should know since your message is only 7 months old as I reply, that the set you are inquiring about is out of print. It was manufactured 10 years ago and has been reissued as much better and more affordable copy (see the product descriptions above). Second, to answer your question, and you will probably say "how absurdly simple" when you read this, single sided discs are different in appearance than double sided ones. Single siders usually have an illustrated label on the side that plays, "flippers" as double siders are commonly called do not. They just have a sticker in the center to distinguish side A from side B (some even tell you what is on side B on a second label on side A and leave side B totally empty physically) but no label. What I was saying about the now older set, is that all 6 discs in the set were set up as I just described double siders to look like, but Universal in their infinite wisdom chose to put no content at all on the flip side of discs 4 and 5. Which means, realistically they could have put the contents of disc 5 on the flip side of disc 4 thus making disc "6" the real disc "5" and ending the set then and there. Or even they could have included Galactica 1980 on disc 6 but instead chose to release that as a separate item years later on 2 single sided discs. The newer and more affordable collection as I understand it contains everything including Galactica 1980 all on single siders. THAT is the set you should be looking into. However, since my discs still play after all these years, I will be content with the older copies (for now, when they wear out, that is to say IF they wear out, I'll get the now newer set for myself, or an even newer one than that if they issue one). Understood now, my friend?
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