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Babylon 5: The Complete Universe [DVD]

Janet Greek , Michael Vejar    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Janet Greek, Michael Vejar, Tony Dow, Stephen Furst, Theodore Bikel
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 41
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B7KXEU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,135 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Box set containing all five seasons of 'Babylon 5', all the 'Babylon 5' films and the first season of 'Crusade'. 'Babylon 5' episodes comprise: Season one - 'Midnight on the Firing Line', 'Soul Hunter', 'Born to the Purple', 'Infection', 'The Parliament of Dreams', 'Mind War', 'The War Prayer', 'And The Sky Full Of Stars', 'Deathwalker', 'Believers', 'Survivors', 'By Any Means Necessary', 'Signs and Portents', 'Grail', 'Eyes', 'A Voice in the Wilderness part 1', 'A Voice in the Wilderness part 2', 'Babylon Squared', 'The Quality of Mercy', 'TKO', 'Legacies' and 'Chrysalis'. Season two - 'Points of Departure', 'Revelations', 'The Geometry of Shadows', 'A Distant Star', 'The Long Dark', 'A Spider in the Web', 'A Race Through Dark Places', 'Soul Mates', 'The Coming of Shadows', 'GROPOS', 'All Alone in the Night', 'Acts of Sacrifice', 'Hunter, Prey', 'There All the Honor Lies', 'And Now For a Word', 'Knives', 'In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum', 'Confessions and Lamentations', 'Divided Loyalties', 'The Long, Twilight Struggle', 'Comes the Inquisitor' and 'The Fall of Night'. Season three - 'Matters of Honor', 'Convictions', 'A Day in the Strife', 'Passing Through Gethsemane', 'Voices of Authority', 'Dust to Dust', 'Exogenesis', 'Messages from Earth', 'Point of No Return', 'Severed Dreams', 'Ceremonies of Light and Dark', 'A Late Delivery From Avalon', 'Sic Transit Vir', 'Ship of Tears', 'Interludes and Examinations', 'Walkabout', 'War Without End, Part One', 'War Without End, Part Two', 'Grey 17 Is Missing', 'And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place', 'Shadow Dancing' and 'Z'ha'dum'. Season four - 'The Hour of the Wolf', 'Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?', 'The Summoning', 'Falling Toward Apotheosis', 'The Long Night', 'Into the Fire', 'Epiphanies', 'The Illusion of Truth', 'Thirdspace', 'Atonement', 'Racing Mars', 'Lines of Communication', 'Conflicts of Interest', 'Rumors, Bargains and Lies', 'Moments of Transition', 'No Surrender, No Retreat', 'The Exercise of Vital Powers', 'The Face of the Enemy', 'Intersections in Real Time', 'Between the Darkness and the Light', 'Endgame', 'Rising Star' and 'The Deconstruction of Falling Stars'. Season five - 'No Compromises', 'The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari', 'The Paragon of Animals', 'A View from the Gallery', 'Learning Curve', 'Strange Relations', 'Secrets of the Soul', 'In the Kingdom of the Blind', 'A Tragedy of Telepaths', 'Phoenix Rising', 'The Ragged Edge', 'Day of the Dead', 'The Corps is Mother, The Corps is Father', 'Meditations on the Abyss', 'Darkness Ascending', 'And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder', 'Movements of Fire and Shadow', 'The Fall of Centauri Prime', 'Wheel of Fire', 'Objects in Motion', 'Objects at Rest', 'River of Souls', 'The Legend of the Rangers' and 'Sleeping in Light'. The 'Babylon 5' films comprise: 'Legend Of The Rangers' (2002), 'The Gathering' (1993), 'In The Beginning' (1998), 'Thirdspace' (1998), 'A Call To Arms' (1999) and 'The River Of Souls' (1998). 'Crusade' season one episodes comprise: 'War Zone', 'The Long Road', 'The Well Of Forever', 'The Path Of Sorrows', 'Patterns Of The Soul', 'Ruling From The Tomb', 'Rules Of The Game', 'Appearances And Other Deceits', 'Racing The Night', 'The Memory Of War', 'The Needs Of Earth', 'Visitors From Down The Street' and 'Each Night I Dream'.


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4.7 out of 5 stars
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116 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well packaged piece of sci-fi history 5 July 2006
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In my opinion Babylon 5 was one of the greatest television shows of the 1990s. The show has a greater focus on character development and political intrigue than most other science fiction television, and has little focus on technology. In many ways, Babylon 5 is more of a drama set in space, than it is sci-fi. It is a very successful break-away from the Star Trek mold.

Over a decade since it first aired, Babylon 5 can more than hold its own when put up against modern science fiction television. It has interesting characters, strong acting (especially from Peter Jurasik and Andreas Katsulas) and some excellent space battles.

The greatest strength of Babylon 5, and the reason I believe it will continue to stand the test of time, is the quality of the writing: The show has a well thought-out story arc that runs over all five seasons and some excellent dialogue. Babylon 5 also presents some good philosophical ideas, and manages, for the most part, to steer clear of the meaningless mumbo jumbo that is all to common in science fiction writing. The show treats the usual 'Good verses Evil' scenario with subtlety; the main characters are neither good nor evil, but rather they are manipulated by greater forces. Before the end of the series the concepts of Good and Evil themselves are brought into question. Certainly, no study of anti-apocalyptic fiction is complete without some reference to Babylon 5.

The packaging of this DVD set is excellent. The main box looks great, is made from sturdy thick cardboard, and has a flip down front for easy access to the interior. It has pretty much the same height and depth as other DVD box sets, so it sits well on the shelf as part of a DVD collection.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Babylon 5 : The Complete Universe 21 April 2007
Fantastic collection. Simply fantastic. I was a bit afraid that it wouldn't be as good as the German boxset which comes in a tin, but it's even better really. If you don't need the useless merchandise that comes with it. Babylon 5 is all about the movies & series' anyway and this boxset even comes with Crusade.

What surprised me was the redone CGI. Even though it's clearly more modern now and looks like it's more at the same par with the series 5 CGI, it's still not good. They should have put more effort into it or just leave it as it was. The original CGI was always poor (in the first series'), so replacing that with equally poor (modern wise) isn't really that great of an idea.

That doesn't however make me drop a whole star. The story is still there with the original characters and everything, and that's what makes Babylon 5 the series we all love. The boxsets inside the large one also look very nice with all series DVDs containing 4 episodes and all of the DVDs are in their own small covers. Haven't got in the movies yet (watching those after I'm through with the series), so I can't comment on those just yet.

What does bother me about the boxset is the amount of plastic wrapping. It's just a wasteful use of resources. I'm not a tree hugging hippie, but even I dislike the amount of wrapping used.

However as a whole I have to give it five stars. 4.5 might be more closer as it's not perfect. But giving half stars isn't a choice here at Amazon. Nothing is perfect anyway. It's a philosophical impossibility to create or have something which is seen as perfect by all.
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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the Babylon 5 in one place 7 Nov 2005
Fantastic, at last the complete Babylon 5 collection in one box set.
This includes all 5 series of Babylon 5, all the movies, plus crusade for a total of 41 discs of sci-fi goodness.
(This box set totals in excess of 90 hours of playtime (excluding commentaries and special features)
Many people couldn't get into the series as it had so many long storylines (sometimes stretching across several series) unlike more stand-alone episode series like Star Trek. Watching the occasional episode left them confused as to what was going on. But the more you watch the better it gets.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
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I was likened (by the girls in the office) to a 13 year old boy for indulging myself this Christmas to Babylon 5 the Universe (B5). Being of babyboomer generation (ie in my prime!) my hub & I had watched B 5 at the awkward timeslot it had many years ago and had enjoyed the series but had missed bits. What a treat to watch it again. It is great tea time viewing with our 11 year old son and the best threat "no homework-no B5", ever discovered!

The series has not dated, is so cleverly plotted and loops and re-loops allowing you to appreciate the brilliance of J Michael Stryziniski who created it.

The characters are 3 dimensional, humorous, and have shades of grey so you feel for Londo, admire G'kar and adore Vir who is Londo's Jimminy cricket! The politics, the religious fervour, the skilful manipulations have parallels today as well as the racing adventure, special effects, high action and moral values that shine through, ALL without the need for bad language, guts and gore.

The need for tolerance and acceptance of other races and creeds and cultures is shown, as is the damage that mistrust and prejudice creates. Above all it shows what can be achieved by working together, and how even the tiniest cog is important in the working of the big machine. Best of all it has drawn us closer together as a nice family thing to enjoy together and discuss.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars babylon 5 the complete universe
Found that the boxed set is incomplete with two discs duplicated and two discs missing which as it was sold as a complete set is disapointing.
Published 2 months ago by GORDON V SMITH
5.0 out of 5 stars epic
There is not a lot else I could add as all the other reviews just about sum it all up. Babylon 5 is an all time classic and has never aged and never will.
Published 3 months ago by David John Singleton
4.0 out of 5 stars Ongoing viewing
Loved seeing these episodes produced again. Did not realise films had been made. This will be enjoyed by 2 sci-fi enthusiasts over the winter time. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Morag Pacey
5.0 out of 5 stars great series
its good to see the whole series without the week break and the adds and missing the odd episode i just need the time to watch it
Published 15 months ago by leslie king
5.0 out of 5 stars The full story
Wow, can't believe this set is 250 now - we bought in 2007 for well under 100 and it was brilliant value at that price. Read more
Published 15 months ago by John Beresford
5.0 out of 5 stars The best sci-fi tv show ever made
This version of a dark future where politics is still the force on earth that makes is rotate is so very much more believable than that other long running tv series where everybody... Read more
Published on 10 May 2011 by Prospero
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sci-fi
In my humble opinion one of the best sci-fi shows ever made, in a great universe with some great characters too, plus good space ship combat. Enjoy. Read more
Published on 11 July 2009 by Top Tec
5.0 out of 5 stars Best SciFi of all time
Everything concerning B5 has been said here somewhere. However, for me it is without doubt the best SciFi series of all time despite some other excellent competition. Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2008 by Dr. GRAHAM G. PEARSON
3.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious and infuriating... usually at the same time.
Babylon 5, the greatest sci-fi show (as many reviewers on here would have you believe) ever?

Nope, that title's claimed by Kirk era Startrek and Farscape, with Firefly... Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2007 by Grev
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant series, brilliant value
I purchased this boxset a few weeks ago and completely immersed myself in the B5 universe, I'd forgotten how good it was and now watching all 5 seasons & associated TV movies one... Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2007 by P. Potter
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