Serenity (Steelbook) (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)
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A passenger with a deadly secret. Six rebels on the run. An assassin in pursuit. When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in an action-packed battle between the relentless military might of a totalitarian regime who will destroy anything - or anyone - to get the girl back and the bloodthirsty creatures who roam the uncharted areas of space. However, the greatest danger of all may be on their ship. From the mind of Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) comes the next chapter in the Firefly adventure loaded with explosive battles, gripping special effects and fantastic new worlds!
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These type of Steelbook cases usually go for higher prices, but luckily I was able to buy this without costing me an arm or a leg. The Blu-ray quality looks and sounds brilliant and comes with a lot of special features, including the Gag Reel which I love so much. A great release for a great film.
I had heard that serenity "resolves" the plot of Firefly. While I'd say that is essentially true: yes, this film generally does that, but also raises the ante by introducing a new concept. In fact, Serenity goes further than just about any other sci-fi series conclusion I am aware of. It seeks to challenge and penetrate the vapid conception forwarded by almost all science fiction: "Hey kids, there is a utopia out there, and all we need now is just the correct formulation of fascistic progressive statism to finally realize it."
Firefly had its plot issues, and I could tear it apart as well as the pickiest reviewer. Regardless, I'd give that series a 4.6 of 5 stars. Why? Because this series challenged any number classical limits imposed by the genre. How fast does the ship travel? Never addressed. Where is Earth? Blissfully ignored. But beyond the standard fare, perhaps the strongest virtue Firefly had was the fact that the viewer's intelligence was never insulted. It was bold and direct and a little dry in disregard of the conventional sci-fi viewer contract. Serenity takes that concept of trust in the consumer and multiplies an already sharp point.
Core Plot Concerns:
Who are the Reavers? Solved.
What chance do rebellious privateers possibly have against an ever encroaching federal state? Solved.
More info about the formation of the Alliance? Partially Solved.
Will the young doctor (Simon) and his hot little engineer crush (Kaylee) figure it out? Solved.
Can Mal and Inara ever increase the level of passive aggressive flirtation to something even halfway worthy of either character? Solved.
What would it take to finally quiet River's fragmented and severed mind? Solved in a "TV" form of believable.
Will Jayne ever become a "real boy" and someone we find tolerable? Solved.
What happens with Wash and Zoe? Solved in a haunting way.
Shepherd Book, what's his story? Solved enough. (Whatever his former life entailed, in the end, the writers trusted the viewer to realize that it changed him into a far more powerful kind of person.)
And one new concept:
What happens when the most perfectly written, delightfully sinister "federal" enforcer (arguably, of all time) bumps into this ugly thing called personal freedom and independence? Solved.
Twists worthy of a micro version of BSG and the TNG movies.
Hand to Hand combat:
Riveting in the typical way required these days to close out any screenplay.
In summary, the movie Serenity does the task justice of wrapping up almost every conceivable loose end left by the short-lived Firefly series. It is a must-see for any fan or even semi-fan. The only drawback is that it doesn't quite do justice to the colorful universe created by Joss Whedon and Co. in the series... but how could any two-hour movie ever hope to do so? This show was cancelled far too soon - so say we all. It will be missed sorely and us browncoats will be eternally dreaming of a reboot.
By the way this isn't actually a five star movie. It's definitely a 10. Come on Amazon.
Though the series only ran for a short time for less than one season, Firefly created a very large fan base of Browncoats. That following has been growing and growing throughout the years. Firefly was great science fiction based on the future of human civilization having to move out into space and the struggles that humanity endured trying to survive which included war with the established government and the result of life after war. The western-style life that many worlds lived was a very good comparison to how it was venturing into the new frontier in the US during the 1800's. The two largest super powers of our current time, the United States and China, are relevant in some way and influenced to some degree how the future developed with daily life, the struggle of surviving while interacting with space travel and technology. Very much like a space western, but not really exactly.
The special features on this DVD Bluray include:
Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director Joss Whedon
Future History - The Story of Earth That Was
What's In A Firefly
Re-Lighting The Firefly
Joss Whedon Introduction
Take A Walk On Serenity
A Filmmaker's Journey
The Green Clan
Feature Commentery with Writer / Director Joss Whedon
Feature Commentary with Writer / Director Joss Whedon & Cast Members Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau and Ron Glass
U-Control: Mr. Universe's Compendium
U-Control: Digital Tour of Serenity
U-Control: Picture in Picture
U-Control: Visual Commentary with Writer/Director Joss Whedon & Cast
BD-Live: My Scenes Sharing
I definitely recommend his DVD Bluray of Serenity. It comes in the standard blue color hard case. It is priced fairly good on Amazon. if you have Amazon Prime, the 2-day Free shipping is very nice.
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