Farscape: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
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John Crichton. Astronaut. Flung through a wormhole and lost in a galaxy far from home. He finds himself in the middle of a prison break, surrounded by hostile aliens, soaring through space inside a glorious living space ship called Moya. Hunted by the relentless Peacekeepers, he allies himself with his unimaginably alien fellow refugees and searches for a way home.
So begins the epic sci fi classic FARSCAPE. A fusion of live action, state-of-the-art puppetry, prosthetics and CGI, FARSCAPE features mind-boggling alien life forms, dazzling special effects, edge-of-your-seat thrills, irreverent humor and unforgettable characters all brought to life by the creative minds at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. No wonder it’s been called the most imaginative sci fi series in television history.
Now, presented for the very first time in stunning Blu-ray, come all four FARSCAPE seasons, 88 episodes of spectacular sci fi adventure. Relive the adventures of Moya’s crew Crichton, Aeryn Sun, Ka D’Argo, Zhaan, Chiana, Dominar Rigel, Pilot with unmatched sound and picture quality. Like Moya herself, this package contains amazing surprises including hours of bonus materials including a brand new retrospective documentary: Memories of Moya: An Epic Journey Explored. Prepare for Starburst!
Special Features: ALL 88 EPISODES PLUS OVER 15 HOURS OF BONUS FEATURES ON 20 DISCS!
- Memories of Moya: An Epic Journey Explored A BRAND NEW documentary featuring the cast and crew reminiscing about the experience and legacy of the sci fi classic. Presented in HD.
- Farscape Undressed - The rarely-seen, long-sought-after behind-the-scenes special.
- Three Archival Documentaries: In the Beginning: A Look Back with Brian Henson, Making of a Space Opera and Farscape: The Story So Far.
- Three Inside Farscape Featurettes: Villains, Visual Effects and Save Farscape.
- 31 Audio Commentaries.
- Deleted Scenes, Director’s Cut Scenes, and an Alternate Version of the Season 2 Premiere.
- Video Profiles and Behind-the-Scenes Interviews with the Characters, Cast and Creative Team of Farscape.
- Original TV Promos.
- And much more!
The bonus material can be separated into several general categories. They include, in no particular order:
Making-of/behind-the-scenes featurettes and documentaries: The first and arguably best of these is "The Making of a Space Opera," found in the season one set. Though it's a bit scattered, which might make it difficult for newcomers to figure out what's going on, this 22-minute documentary effectively covers technical aspects like operating the puppets, building the sets, production design, makeup, and so on. Also among the season one features is "In the Beginning," a lengthy (almost 40 minutes) interview with Brian Henson that features plenty of episode clips but is otherwise somewhat dull. The season two set has another documentary, "Farscape Undressed"; described as "long sought-after," it's essentially a slick, 44-minute commercial for the series, with plenty of snarky flirting between stars Ben Browder (John Crichton) and Claudia Black (Aeryn) but not a lot of information. In the season three set, "A Look Back" at that year finds Kemper and others discussing every episode at considerable length. The season four set includes two more documentaries: "Memories of Maya: An Epic Journey Explored," a new documentary filmed in high definition after the series' conclusion (the others are archival), with members of the cast and crew discussing what Henson calls the "cultural flavor" and "unique wildness" of the show; and "Farscape: The Story So Far," a breezy recounting of the characters and storylines, presented without narration or interviews but with plenty of film clips.
"Farscape in the Raw": Found in seasons one and three, this interesting feature juxtaposes "director's cut" (i.e., before post-production polishing) scenes from multiple episodes with the final broadcast versions.
Alternate season two premiere: Entitled "Re-Union," this episode was eventually recut and appeared later in the season. It appears here in its original edit.
"Listening In": Several featurettes focus on the work of composer Guy Gross, who leads us through the process of creating the music, both for particular scenes and sequences and for the series overall.
"Inside Farscape": This trio of featurettes focuses on the series' various villains (most notably the dread Scorpius); the show's outstanding visual effects work; and "Save Farscape," a valentine to the fans that recounts their efforts to save the show after SyFy (formerly the Sci-Fi Channel) canceled it following the fourth season; the creators had planned for a fifth, but while the audience was fiercely devoted, it never expanded much beyond the hard-core, the principal reason for its demise.
Interviews: And lots of 'em. In addition to the various writers, producers, and other creative types, the actors portraying every significant character are interviewed at length. There are also "video profiles" of Kemper and creator/executive producer/writer Rockne O'Bannon.
Deleted scenes and audio commentaries: The former appear in three of the four season sets; the latter are copious, to say the least, numbering no less than 30.
Bloopers and TV promos: No explanation needed.
Top Customer Reviews
There is a definite 4 year story arc here; most of the episodes do tie together as the later seasons demonstrate. I won't elaborate on all the details of the program, mainly because there are many reviews here that do just that. What I will discuss is the quality of the box set that A&E has released, and has done an outstanding job of packaging and remastering the episodes. I had collected the old ADV releases over the years, and they did a good job of reproducing very good audio and video for the most part. What this set has done is go WAY beyond anything that has been on DVD previously. I don't know if this is the case, but it certainly looks as if A&E did a complete makeover on the video and audio on this set, and it is nothing short of SPECTACULAR.
Some quick notes about this wonderful package:
VIDEO: These episodes are presented in their original aspect ratios of 4:3 for Seasons 1-3 and 1:78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen for Season 4. Do not be mislead by other reviewers who claim that the final season of the show (which was indeed the only one filmed in widescreen) is not in its proper format.Read more ›
"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.
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 pretty effectively.
Be aware however that "Incubator" has the dialogue slightly out of synch with the picture on the Blu-ray.
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?Read more ›
1. The bit rate is about 2/3 of the ADV discs. I expected this to be lower since A&E is squeezing about twice the number of episodes onto a disc - ADV put two episodes while this set piles on four per disc. The only way to do this is to compress the programs more. Quality-wise, the image is still remarkably good, and I didn't hear any differences in the audio quality.
2. Unlike the ADV discs, these are not progressive scan encoded - the video is interlaced. Some players don't handle interlaced video properly when they try to convert it to progressive scan output, and jittering can appear in motion. This drops the image quality on players that are outputting a progressive video.
3. For some reason, A&E didn't bother using the original source material, and instead, used their broadcast edits. At the beginning of each episode, they have the "Dolby Surround Where Available" bug in the lower right corner, which is unacceptable to me. This just makes it look like they recorded it off TV.
On the bright side, the set takes up about a tenth of the space of the entire ADV set does (the main reason I even bothered to buy this set), and has some extra features the original doesn't. It also costs about as much as about 10 of the ADV episodes did.Read more ›
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original, exciting and well acted,written and directed. one of the best scifi shows ever.Published 3 months ago by milo hetzel
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