Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Complete Remastered Series
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Launched in 1979 as a companion to the hype around STAR WARS and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA BUCK ROGERS became entrenched in sci-fi folklore going on to become a firm fan favourite for decades to come. Now every adventure is brought together on Blu Ray for the ...
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The only disappointment I have is that the packaging said "Limited Edition" and, yet, it came only with the season one and season two sets. No posters or any other trinkets that would differentiate this Limited Edition from the separate Season One and Season Two Blu-ray sets.
The special features are strewn over the two seasons' individual sets. The features include the following:
Bonus Theatrical Version of the Pilot episode (in Standard Definition);
Bonus Feature-length version of Flight Of The War Witch (in Standard Definition);
Ending and Opening sequences for 2-part version of Awakening;
Bonus Syndicated 2-part version of Journey to Oasis (in HD);
Opening Titles without narration;
Textless Opening and Closing Titles; and
Isolated Music & Effects Audio Track on each episode.
There are no special interviews, Making-of documentaries or any of the other usual bonus features found on other "Limited Edition" Blu-ray sets but just to see this classic sci-fi show in high definition is worth the price.
In conclusion, the Limited Edition box looks nice but I would buy the individual Blu-ray seasons even if you save just $5.
Be aware that this is region free but was produced in New Zealand. The box says "Region B PAL". However it is region free but the "Standard Definition" content may not play on some US machines. The "Standard Definition" content is at 25p, which is not a US standard. I have two HD tvs each with their own blu ray player. Everything plays fine on the newer setup, but the older one will not play the SD content. That is because they do not support the frame rate. There was another reviewer saying they had trouble playing some content, this is the reason.
The HD content plays fine on US TVs because it is at 24p, which all US TVs support. All commercial film was shot at 24 frames per second. That is the film standard and is supported everywhere. So if you have new equipment, you can probably play everything. If it is older, or cheaper equipment, it may not play the SD content.
One more note, the SD content runs at 25 fps. The original film was 24 fps. What they did in the conversion is made the film run at 25 fps. The result is that everything runs slightly fast. What is noticeable is that everyone's voice is a higher pitch. This is most noticeable when Buck is talking. You can easily hear it by switching between the SD and HD versions of the pilot.
What we really need is a real US release with extras. Until that happens, this is still a nice set.
Anyway, this review is for the one that comes in a wide box with English writing on it.
I did not watch the theatrical version for the pilot which is says in in Standard Definition so I can't comment on that either. I watched the 4:3 aspect TV pilot version.
I am definitely giving this 5 stars because I'm on about episode 5 now an I can say the bluray picture quality of everything I've watched so far is absolutely incredible!! The original negative must have been perfectly stored and the new HD scan and color is top notch. It's like like watching a brand new show! Very, very sharp and crisp with rich colors. Very nice!