Farscape: The Complete Series (15th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]
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Please note that the reissue contains the same transfers and commentary tracks as the previous Blu-ray edition. Unfortunately , we don't have "The Peacekeeper Wars" still has been released on Blu-ray in the U.S. This edition might have been worth while picking up again IF that had been licensed as an extra. There isn't enough new material here to justify repurchasing for most fans.
"Farscape" came at a good time providing a bridge during a key time when most science fiction on TV was "Star Trek" or nothing else ("Babylon 5" excepted) and it brought a much needed dollop of humor, fascinating storylines and great characterizations. It's true that the series presents a hodge podge of ideas that were successful in other shows from "Star Trek" to "The X-Files" but what was great as with all things that are an amalgamation of other ideas from other shows was how it was put together.
"Farscape: The Complete Series" is, well, somewhat incomplete. While it includes all four seasons it doesn't include the mini-series "Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars" due to licensing issues with Lion's Gate (which released that title)so you'll need to keep your DVD set for that until the latter is released on Blu-ray.
The Blu-ray presentation for "Farscape" suffers a bit from the fact that it was produced prior to studios thinking of high definition. The show was shot on film but the visual effects were done in digital standard definition, that wouldn't be a problem but the show was assembled in standard video as well and the 35mm source prints are nowhere to be found.
The first three seasons are in full screen as it was originally presented. The fourth is widescreen also as it was originally broadcast.Read more ›
You have a modern day Earthling astronaut who is the main character in the series. His is a fish out of water kind of story as he is thrust into this alien part of the galaxy by a wormhole with absolutely no clue regarding his new surroundings. This isn't your normal fish out of water character. This is an intelligent, wise cracking fish who not only takes his new challenges with relative stride, but also with a note of sarcasm. The supporting cast is just as interesting... and interestingly enough all escaped convicts. There is the human female looking plant organism of mediation and empathy (convicted of murder). There is the aggressive tentacle-headed alien with a warrior's rage (also convicted of murder, but is innocent). A blue pixie-like skinned party girl who plays thief and spy at times (convicted of non-conformity). A froggish-like alien with a superiority complex (imprisoned after a coup against him).Read more ›
I played an episode on my good upscaling DVD player which I have owned since before Blu Ray came out. I played the same episode on my Sony Blu Ray player.
I then changed the TV input back and forth. The result...The Blu Ray didn't look any better than the DVD. This is obviously a bang bang upscale release with nothing down to tweek quality. In fact there were times when I thought my DVD looked better.
So if you already own this great series which ended too soon don't waste your money on the Blu Ray
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We were pleased the entire series came in such a compact box. Fun series.Published 16 days ago by Cat
I purchased the 15th anniversary Blu-ray. Three discs came scratched and would skip - but only ~10secs of video for each would not read. Read morePublished 19 days ago by J Swanson
You can see the muppets influence in the aliens. Too many cheap plot tricks for my taste. Like ending the season with the first of a two part episode, or dropping you into the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by DNK
Just one of my favorite all time series! Along with Earth: Final Conflict and Babylon 5.Published 1 month ago by Rev. Ronald G. Cosseboom
WARNING: Seasons 1 through 3 are low-res 4:3. Only season 4 is high-def 16:9. Know this going into it and everything will be fine. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MD