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Babylon 5: Lost Tales [DVD]

Bruce Boxleitner , Teryl Rothery , Keegan MacIntosh    To Be Announced   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bruce Boxleitner, Teryl Rothery, Tracy Scoggins, Bruce Ramsey, Peter Woodward
  • Directors: Keegan MacIntosh
  • Producers: Christophe Franke
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, German, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UOOUUC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,664 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Babylon 5: The Lost Tales with Art Cards, exclusive to Amazon.co.uk


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happily, I Enjoyed It 6 Aug 2007
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Just ask anyone who knows me well, and they'll tell you how much I love Babylon 5. While I think the series is great, I have had a luck warm reaction to the movies and spin offs. So, while I was quite anxious to watch this, I was afraid I might not like it. Fortunately, my fears were for nothing.

This DVD release is a combination of two short stories. And with each one clocking around 35 minutes, I do mean short. They are only slightly tied together.

Up first, we find Colonel Lochley (Tracy Scoggins) dealing with a strange new force on the station. In fact, she's called in a priest because it appears to be a demon possession. Is that what it really is? Should they try an exorcism?

Of the two stories, I felt this one moved slower. Still, it engaged me and I was quite into the story by the time it ended. And the ending really amazed me again at JMS's storytelling abilities.

The second story centers on President Sheridan (Bruce Boxleitner) and techno-mage Galen (Peter Woodward). Sheridan is on his way to Babylon 5 for the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the alliance. Along the way, Galen appears to him with a vision of the destruction of the earth. That destruction is still preventable. Will Sheridan do what needs to be done to save Earth?

This story felt even more like something from the Babylon 5 universe to me, and I quickly got into it. The pace was fast and the emotion real. I really liked it.

The special effects on both of these stories were outstanding. The show has always used cutting edge technology, and this DVD is no exception. In fact, what is done here puts the series to shame.

But the disc does have its flaws.
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75 of 82 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Babylon 5: The Lost Tales - Voices in the Dark is billed by WB as an original movie, but according to B5 writer and creator Straczynski, the Lost Tales is supposed to be an anthology show. Standalone stories, personally focussed, small scale. And that's exactly what we get; don't go in expecting arcs on the scale of the original show's Shadow War, or even Crusade's Drakh Plague. And don't go in expecting the ensemble cast of the original show either. Since these were the biggest strengths of original B5 the expectation might be logical, but it would lead to disappointment.

On top of this very different focus in format, it is evident that Straczynski, who also took on the director's role for this disc explicitly to figure out how to make the format work for future episodes, is very much still experimenting and feeling out boundaries. What is achievable with the tight budgets, what can be done with the extremely green-screen focused set work, and what type of stories would be appropriate for something that is supposed to have as unique a release schedule as this.

The stories become fairly condensed because of the format. The writer has had a tendency in the past to let some of his smaller idea based plots get away from him, and to some extent this is also present in the first plot, which features some slight dialog redundancies. But perhaps because of the limitations the writing in both stories maintains a fairly tight focus, getting to the point with mostly engaging dialog and storytelling.

The first story might not sit well with everyone, since it features a type of storytelling that while appropriate to the anthology format, feels a bit out of place in B5.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only for Devotees 5 Oct 2007
By Iain S. Palin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Let me start by stating an interest: I think that "Babylon 5" was one of the best sci-fi series ever to air on television. The grandeur of the story arc, the vision and inventiveness of its creator, the liveliness of its scripting, and its excellent ensemble casting all came together to make something worth watching again and again. This was a future you could believe in. You might not particularly like the idea of living in it, but you could believe in it.

And as a fan I bought and watched this latest offering, ending up with mixed feelings. The stories are not bad, if nothing special - they would have made good A or B storylines in a normal "Babylon 5" episode. But the sense of the B5 universe is not there, there isn't enough material, and the incredibly bare-bones production values did not help.

For devotees the DVD is worth having, if only because it's more B5 and evokes at the very least nostalgia. For others - well, stay away, it is more likely to put you off than draw you in, which would be a disservice to a great series.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lost opportunity 28 Sep 2007
By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I really wanted to like this and to be objective, but....
I have been a B5 fan since day one, I've done the conventions, got the autographs, read the books, worn the t-shirt etc etc so I was thrilled at the prospect of a bit more of the B5 Universe, perhaps the fantastic Serenity also suggested that a phoenix could rise from the flames...
But no, this doesn't work on a number of levels, lack of cast, lack of action, characterisation was slightly off and the excuses for the missing cast members were a little painful.
JMS's writing and dialogue was up to the usual standards but the stories were either too clever or too obvious.
It was great to have it back but that added to the disappointment to be honest. In order to test myself, I watched Legends of the Rangers again straight away, and for all it's flaws I think I preferred it.
This is not good value for money for a pair of cheap character driven stories and I would have to suggest you hold off buying it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Well another Babylon V TALES
I love Babylon five. This appears to be last of this franchise, so I bought it. It is not bad, but with B5 one expects superlatives as brilliant and gorgeous. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Hladky
2.0 out of 5 stars what a let down
Huge fan for B5, loved third space and fully expected this DVD to be of similar ilk, but sadly no. Too much dialog and not enough action. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Andrew Crabtree
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Good episodes finishes off my Babylon 5 collection nicely would recommend getting it to any fan especially as B5 is back on the telly.
Published 7 months ago by Russell Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars B5: Lost Tales
Just Great. Waited a long while for a new addition to the B5 listings. Just wish they would do some more
Published 9 months ago by Andrew S
3.0 out of 5 stars nice to see some more B5
Awful awful film, but it was still nice to see some of the gang in action again. buy it if you want to watch some B5, but don't expect to watch it more than once.
Published 10 months ago by Julian Lawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Postpones the withdrawal sympthoms for a while, but all good things come to an end. but why do they have to
Published 11 months ago by Michael O ` Leary
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost tales
I love B5 and these three short movies tell more about whats happening
around B5 and the importent persons. A must have.
Published 14 months ago by Lotte Schacht
5.0 out of 5 stars How I missed B5
After 5 years of watching it on TV then watching the movies and spin offs, my life had a void in it that only more B5 could fill. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Brian Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set of stories! Wish they carried it on!
So with the series long gone and a few stalled pilot attempts passed JMS tried again and with these short stories should have been a great new series of shorts that never... Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2011 by T. M. Brunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Really enjoyed this short DVD, it was nice going back to the Babylon 5 Universe after such a long time, the stories really worked, it's a shame that there were no follow up's to... Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2011 by Jim
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