- Directors: Brian Henson
- Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 27
- Rated: Not RatedUnrated
- Studio: New Video Group
- DVD Release Date: November 5, 2013
- Run Time: 4136 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 476 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00E688AZE
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Farscape: The Complete Series
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From Jim Henson Productions comes the Sci-Fi cult classic FARSCAPE. Follow John Crichton and the crew of Moya on a journey to places they never dreamed possible. Sizzling with brilliant characters, breathtaking effects, high-stakes action, and irreverent humor, Farscape is like no science fiction before. It is a story of good versus evil, obsession, friendship, and even love. The unpredictable twists and turns of this international TV hit will keep you riveted and cheering for more.
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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.
Having said that the New Video used a number of digital techniques to enhance the SD picture and bring it into the high def realm for a decent looking transfer.
Subtitles ARE on the Blu-ray release.
If you adjust your expectations that this ISN'T going to look as good as, say, "Battlestar: Galatica" on Blu-ray or even the original "Star Trek", you'll enjoy this set. Should you buy it? That depends on how picky you're going to be about teh image quality here but this does look marginally better than previous editions.
As a result we have a Blu-ray presentation that isn't in 1080 instead New Video the distributor here had to go to the best source possible the PAL video (which has higher resolution than U.S. NTSC)thus while this isn't in high definition it DOES look slightly better than the the regular DVD's in particular because the higher bit rate for Blu-ray allows the show more "breathing" room. The show looks soft but there's no way around that. Detail is better than the 2009 DVD's but the compression artifacts that were problematic for the DVD set released in 2009 aren't as problematic here. Likewise, this is a huge upgrade over the "Starburst" editions of the series put out a couple of years back.
The audio is a big upgrade with a lossless 5.1 presentation that is quite powerful and well done.
The special features from the previous 2009 set have been carried over for this set with one new high def featurette included looking back on the show. We get mulitple commentary tracks for a number of episodes (with the first season getting the most).
The box states that there are 35 commentary tracks but, unless I'm missing something, this has exactly the same amount as the previous edition.
Summary: -video quality: Is soft but with better detail than most of the DVDs I've seen of the show because the producers used the higher resolution PAL video masters. The encoding and use of compression here is an improvement as well helping the picture quality. It's a marginal upgrade in image quality though.
Audio: Sounds brilliant with a nice, immersive 5.1 lossless mix.
Special Features: All of the special features from the 2009 A&E/New Video release are included with a 16 page hard copy comic book which also includes a brief interview with Brian Henson discussing the legacy of the show.
We also get deleted scenes and TV spots.
Premiere: Rockne S. O'Bannon, Brian Henson and Ben BrowderI, E.T.: Claudia Black and Anthony Simcoe
Exodus from Genesis: Brian Henson and Virginia Hey
Throne for a Loss: Ben Browder and Claudia Black
Back and Back and Back to the Future: Ben Browder and Rowan Woods
Thank God It's Friday. . .Again: Rockne S. O'Bannon and Anthony Simcoe
DNA Mad Scientist: a) Ben Browder and Claudia Black; b) Rockne S. O'Bannon and David Kemper
Jeremiah Crichton: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Rockne S. O'Bannon and David Kemper
A Human Reaction: Ben Browder and Claudia Black
Nerve: Ben Browder and Claudia Black
Born to be Wild: Anthony Simcoe
Family Ties: a) Ben Browder and Claudia Black; b) Rockne S. O'Bannon and David Kemper
Crackers Don't Matter: Claudia Black and Ian Watson
The Way We Weren't: Ben Browder and Claudia Black
Won't Get Fooled Again: Rowan Woods and Richard Manning
The Locket: Ben Browder and Claudia Black
Die Me, Dichotomy: Ben Browder, Claudia Black and David Kemper
Self Inflicted Wounds Part II: Wait for the Wheel: Claudia Black
Eat Me: Guy Gross
Green Eyed Monster: Ben Browder and Tony Tilse
Relativity: Lani Tupu and Peter Andrikidis
The Choice: a) Claudia Black; b) Rowan Woods and Justin Monjo
Into the Lion's Den Part II: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Rockne S. O'Bannon and David Kemper
Dog With Two Bones: Ben Browder and Claudia Black
John Quixote: Ben Browder and Claudia Black
Kansas: Ben Browder, Claudia Black and David Kemper
Bad Timing: Ben Browder, Claudia Black and David Kemper
The first season of "Farscape" is a bit uneven but the show finds its footing by the second season and was positively on fire once Scorpious was introduced as a character.
I'd still recommend this as long as you adjust your expectations on the video quality of the series particularly if you can get it at a good price.
Series: 4 1/2 stars
Image for show: 3 (translated as good)
Audio: 4 1/2 stars
Special Features: 5 stars
Overall average: 4 stars.
I'm not going to spend a lot of time analyzing black levels and color saturation and sound quality. That's been done in other places.
What I am going to say is: If you are an owner of the Starburst Edition DVD set and are bothered by the jaggy lines that are very apparent, especially in scenes with movement then you need to update to the this BluRay set. Those lines are gone.
The other plus is that the BluRay set takes up 4 discs of space on the shelf instead of the 12+ discs that the Starburst edition was using.
Four stars because it's still not really HD (which is sad) and because it's apparently a transfer from the tapes used for broadcast there's a "Dolby" logo at the beginning of the episodes.
I'm still happy with the purchase because of the massive improvement in picture quality over the old DVD and I got it for a great price.
It's a bit of a shame then that the video quality isn't as good as it might be on these blu-rays. The show was filmed as TV was making the switch to HD, so while the image quality is good it's not as rich as you might get even from the Star Trek: The Next Generation blu-rays. Part of the problem is that Farscape is generally a dark show so detail doesn't pop out.
The show itself is available on Netflix or Amazon Prime, so you don't really need the blu-rays just to be able to watch the show. However, the commentaries and extra features on the blu-rays are worthwhile. The creators of the show share some interesting insights. Some of the best are buy composer Guy Gross. I don't know if alone they're worth the price of this set, but if you can get it on a deal (and I've seen this set go on Amazon's Lightning Deals frequently) it'd be worth it for fans.