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Battlestar Galactica - Season One [HD DVD]

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One of the best shows on television looks better than ever as Battlestar Galactica: Season One arrives on HD DVD. Relive all 13 thrilling episodes plus the four-hour miniseries that started it all in this six disc set. When a surprise Cylon attack scatters the remnants of humanity throughout the galaxy, it's up to steely President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell) and battle-hardened Commander William Adama (Edward James Olmos) to unite the desperate survivors and seek mankind's only chance for a future, a mythical planet called Earth. Presented in 1080P with Dolby TrueHD audio and showcasing U-Control features that allow you to go deeper into the BSG universe, Battlestar Galactica: Season One on HD DVD is gripping drama that explores the human condition at its worst … and its best.

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Battlestar Galactica's Edward James Olmos wasn't kidding when he said "the series is even better than the miniseries." As developed by sci-fi TV veteran Ronald D. Moore, the "reimagined" BG is exactly what it claims to be: a drama for grown-ups in a science-fiction setting. The mature intelligence of the series is its greatest asset, from the tenuous respect between Galactica's militarily principled commander Adama (Olmos) and politically astute President Roslin (Mary McDonnell) to the barely suppressed passion between ace Viper pilot "Apollo" (a.k.a. Adama's son Lee, played by Jamie Bamber) and the brashly insubordinate Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff), whose multifaceted character is just one of many first-season highlights. Picking up where the miniseries ended (it's included here, sparing the need for separate purchase), season 1 opens with the riveting, Hugo Award-winning episode "33," in which Galactica and the "ragtag fleet" of colonial survivors begin their quest for the legendary 13th colony planet Earth, while being pursued with clockwork regularity by the Cylons, who've now occupied the colonial planet of Caprica. The fleet's hard-fought survival forms (1) the primary side of the series' three-part structure, shared with (2) the apparent psychosis of Dr. Gaius Baltar (James Callis) whose every thought and move are monitored by various incarnations of Number Six (Tricia Helfer), the seemingly omniscient Cylon ultravixen who follows a master plan somehow connected to (3) the Caprican survival ordeal of crash-landed pilots "Helo" (Tahmoh Penikett) and "Boomer" (Grace Park), whose simultaneous presence on Galactica is further evidence that 12 multicopied models of Cylons, in human form, are gathering their forces.

With remarkably consistent quality, each of these 13 episodes deepens the dynamics of these fascinating characters and suspenseful situations. While BG relies on finely nuanced performances, solid direction, and satisfying personal and political drama to build its strong emotional foundation, the action/adventure elements are equally impressive, especially in "The Hand of God," a pivotal episode in which the show's dazzling visual effects get a particularly impressive showcase. Original BG series star Richard Hatch appears in two politically charged episodes (he's a better actor now, too), and with the threat of civil war among the fleet, season 1 ends with an exceptional cliffhanger that's totally unexpected while connecting the plot threads of all preceding episodes. To the credit of everyone involved, this is frackin' good television.


Special Features

Disc 1:
  • Encyclopedia Galactica - An interactive guide including ships, characters, colonies and flight training manual
  • Picture in Picture - Behind the Scenes of the Mini Series
  • Deleted Scenes - Mini Series
  • Sketches and Art
  • From Miniseries to Series
  • Change Is Good, Now They're Babes
  • The Cylon Centurion
  • Future/Past Technology
  • The Doctor Is Out (Of His Mind)
  • Production
  • Visual Effects
  • Epilogue
  • Feature Commentary with Director Michael Rymer and Executive Producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore


  • Disc 2:
  • Encyclopedia Galactica - An interactive guide including ships, characters, colonies and flight training manual
  • Picture in Picture - Behind the Scenes of the Mini Series
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Fearture Commentary with Director Michael Rymer and Executive Producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore
  • Pilot Commentary with Director Michael Rymer and Executive Producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore


  • Disc 3:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Episode 103 "Bastille Day" Commentary with Ronald D. Moore and David Eick
  • Episode 104 "Act of Contrition" Commentary with Ronald D. Moore and David Eick


  • Disc 4:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Episode 105 "You Can't Go Home Again" Commentary with Ronald D. Moore and David Eick


  • Disc 5:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Episode 109 "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down" Commentary with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore
  • Episode 110 "The Hand of God" Commentary with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore


  • Disc 6:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Episode 111 "Colonial Day" Commentary with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore
  • Episode 112 "Kobol's Last Gleaming" Pt 1 Commentary with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore
  • Episode 113 "Kobol's Last Gleaming" Pt. 2 Commentary with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Michael Rymer
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
    • Subtitles: English
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    • Number of discs: 6
    • Rated:
      NR
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007
    • Run Time: 755 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,426 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000V5IPA6
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,968 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    This is one of the best shows on TV right now, according to many media outlets. "A Breakaway Hit!" -TV Guide and "The Best Show on Television." -Newsday are but two examples of the rave reviews it has received. If you are a sci-fi fan, this is a must-see show. If you aren't a sci-fi fan, you should still consider checking this out. Even though it's in space and has killer robots, it is more human than most other drama shows on TV today. So say we all.

    This box set includes the miniseries that re-launched this show and returned it to TV for the first time since the 1970's. It has the 4-hour miniseries and the 13 episodes from the first season. It stars Edward James Olmos as Commander Adama Captain of the Battlestar Galactica, and Mary McDonnell as the newly invested president of the 12 colonies of man. She was formerly the secretary of education.

    The Cylon's had not been heard from in years. Then in one day they attack and destroy nearly all human life in attacks on all planets and most military assets. Now with the war against the Cylon robots lost, the Battlestar Galactica crew speed toward the fabled 13th colony on a long lost planet, called Earth. Galactica Commander Adama and President Laura Roslin face waning supplies, crushed morale, ... and the credible threat Cylons aboard the ship. Cylons that look like humans now not just shiny machines.

    Humanity's children have come home and they are trying to destroy their creators.

    Some of the amazing cast are:

    Edward James Olmos as Commander William Adama

    Mary McDonnell as Laura Roslin

    Katee Sackhoff as Lt. Kara "Starbuck" Thrace

    Jamie Bamber as Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama

    James Callis as Dr.
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    I posted a very favorable review of the mini-series that launched this new version of Battlestar Galactica. The series has taken all of the things that were so enjoyable and woven them into a great television series.

    First and foremost it's a drama about people. If you want trite, craptacular, formula don't look to this show. The writers and the cast of actors and actresses have embodied these characters with more detail and emotion than any other television show I can think of in recent years. Entire episodes go buy without spaceships or planets and we don't mind. We care about the people first, the special effects second. The underpinnings of loyalty, relationships that remain steadfast after 20 years, love and rivalry, purpose and duty, all come to the forefront of this show.

    The executive producer of the show, Ron Moore, has been very crafty in his vision. Things so painful about the original series are now far more frightning. The bad guy robots, the Cylons, aren't slow moving toasters anymore. They look like us and have carried out the obliteration of mankind with darwin like overtones and a zeal fueled by a religion that holds man as the creator. Yikes! Add in that they've figured out how to use sex as a weapon...

    The hardcore "living in the basement of their parents house" crowd will continue to make savage attacks on this show no matter what. Mercifully the people who live in the real world recognize the product of a tremendous number of talented and gifted people. Ratings have been high for a reason.

    If Frasier was a weekly half hour of wonderful broadway farce then the new version of Battlestar Galactica is a taunt hour of psychological insight into the workings of real people in a hellish situation.
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    As a fan of the original Battlestar Galactica, I had my doubts about this "re-imagining" as did many others. The old saying goes: "Don't knock it till you try it." Therefore, I did. Picking up the US Season One set (which includes the miniseries) I popped in disc one.

    Three hours later, I was completely hooked. I popped in disc two and watched the first four episodes, then the next four on the following disc.

    I am totally addicted to this show. The conflicts between and within the characters themselves, the fantastic visual effects, and the writing and direction totally immerse the viewer into their universe.

    Olmos is brilliant as William Adama, and I truly believe he is a worthy successor to the role of Adama, originally played by the late Lorne Greene. It was good to see Richard Hatch (the original series' Apollo) back in action. He does a great job playing the reformed terrorist Tom Zarek. I was a little leery about having a female portray Starbuck at first, but I'm very glad they cast Katee Sackhoff. She really pulls off the part well. Jamie Bamber is a great new Apollo, and Mary McDonnell (no stranger to human disaster flicks--"Independence Day") does an admirable job playing the tormented President Roslin.

    I have to say my personal favorite character here is Gaius Baltar, played to perfection by James Callis. He is both genius in his brilliance and extremely looney, and his interactions with the mysterious Number Six (Tricia Helfer, WOW) are funny and well-performed.

    I'm just now wrapping up Season One. I have not seen any episodes of Season Two yet. Looking forward to it.

    One thing about this series: Don't skip ANY episodes. These are not standalone episodes, to be sure.
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