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Blu-ray review.

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.

Season One:
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

Season Two:
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

Season Three:
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

Season Four:
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.

Recommended.
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on October 15, 2017
Tried these discs on 4 different DVD players from Blue-ray to regular and could not get it to play in even a computer with active and current DVD viewer. Used HDM1 WHERE needed. All of these devices view every kind of DVD from ancient first timers to current high level blue ray so not a connection or set up problem. Box states standard DVD discs.
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on March 11, 2015
What can be said about this show that hasn't already? Arguably one of the best shows in general and among the best science fiction shows ever. I'm a fan so much that this is the 4th edition of the show. I bought the original DVD's when they came out, the Starburst Edition, the boxed set from here on Amazon. And now this. The couple extra features make it worth the price. I guess if you want to own one version of the show, make it this.
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on September 24, 2017
You can never go wrong with Farscape. It's that simple. It is the definitive counter to every argument that sci-fi is cold and lacks heart. It was then and still remains brilliant.
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on July 15, 2017
Great sci-fi series... you get addicted to watching the episodes most of which are great and fun
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on March 17, 2017
Love Farscape, so I am enjoying the complete DVD series.
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on March 8, 2017
This is one wild series. Finally I get to see all of it.
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on April 26, 2017
Great series. Blu ray version are crisp and clear. Helps that they all have Subtitles. Really important to me. Thanks.
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on March 6, 2017
Fun show and worth the money.
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on July 13, 2014
I would like to say this is a great cut, and visually, it is. The transfer is incredibly well done. I would easily give this five stars if only the audio was properly produced.

However, who ever did the audio did a really bad job. This isn't to say the audio in itself is bad, but the levels are all over the place. Think of audio broken up into three parts: speech, music, audio effects.

Consistently, the music and the audio effects are always louder than the speech. If I want to hear the speech, I would increase the volume. When the audio effects and/or music came on, it would be so loud, I would have to turn it down. So I would turn on the CC, to view the video.

Another problem with the sound is sync. I tried these discs on a variety of BD players, and the audio is about four frames off, which was annoying. Since I have a LOT of BDs, and watch them regularly on my BD player and the associated system, I question very seriously if there is something wrong with my BD player, and I have to point the finger at the production of the BDs.

No mistake, I truly enjoy this series (your milage may differ), and my wife and I enjoy the relationship that develops between Aeryn and John.
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