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  • Actors: Lorne Greene, Kent McCord, Barry Van Dyke
  • Directors: Vince Edwards Sidney Hayers
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Run Time: 480 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0042TIC3C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,971 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Battlestar Galactica 1980 (3 Dvd)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mg Reynolds on 31 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
While it is splendid to see Lorne Green & Herbert Jefferson JR back in action - along with Dirk Benedict at the series premature ending one does miss the other characters . It was cancelled during the production of an episode involving Cleopatra escaping & Glen A Larson planned another called Wall Of Fire which sounds excellent . So it is a shame that Larson was not given the chance to make things better - budget cuts & the desire to make it childish sealed its doom . There were never any reasons for the absence of Athena , Baltar , Apollo or Cassie and the lack of fighting between the fleeing humans and the cylons is a bore . It shows all the hallmarks of some of the episodes that came later in the original Battlestar Galactica ( i.e. camp , cheesy and divorced utterly from the whole dark premise of survivors fleeing a holacaust with the ghastly 1970's hair dos being far more scary than the villians who replaced the cylons ) . With the best will in the world Richard Lynch is just not John Collicos - but Barry Van Dyke does play his part very well . The last episode is very poignant indeed & if the broadcasters had backed Glen A Larson and more ones of this quality had followed we might have been toasting Galactica 1980 as being better as it went on . It is depressing the way they labour the theme of people being left behind & not being seen again without saying what happened . Lorne Greene is very good indeed & he makes this series at least bearable . As with Carry On Emmannuelle it is something that is the part of a series that few perhaps understandably remember . It is just a footnote in the history of TV sci-fi and that is why it has taken so long to come out on DVD . Only watch if you want to see how not to do a spin off . It was a good idea but could have been better developed .
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234 of 239 people found the following review helpful
*** The Return of Starbuck! *** 13 Oct. 2007
By J. McDonald - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Basically, you should buy this entire box-set for a single episode. "The Return of Starbuck". Your original Battlestar Galactica collection isn't truly complete without it. No matter what is said of this series as a whole, this one episode truly captures the feel of the original series.

What about the other episodes? Well, let's just say that on many occasions, critics have selected Galactica 1980 as the worst sci-fi tv series of all time. How could it turn out so horrid? The budget was slashed to just a fraction of the amount spent on the original series. Also, many of the episodes were aired in an early time slot (I believe it was 7:00pm) which placed restrictions on the content of the series (writers had to avoid writing too many action scenes or even the most innocent adult themes). Galactica 1980 was basically a rushed effort, pushed forward and then severely hindered (by various network executives) on a mission to recoup from their mistake of canceling the original series.

This series may have been a train wreck, but the final episode (The Return of Starbuck) is a bittersweet tribute to the original series. A must have!

P.S.

This is being sold as "The Original Battlestar Galactica's Final Season". It must be noted that the original series was cancelled after the first season. While Galactica 1980 can indeed be considered a continuation of the first season, it is in fact a seperate TV series. Most fans of the original series pretend that Galactica 1980 never happened :)

JM
58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
Not that bad, and actually pretty good! 26 Dec. 2007
By Matthew C. Dempsey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've read many poor reviews of Galactica 1980 over the years, so I was expecting a pretty cruddy show. To my surprise, I actually enjoyed it! Sure, it's more like "Galactica on Earth" than a space show, but that doesn't mean I enjoyed it any less.

It's great to see Adama and Boomer again, and the last episode is really good too. Also, the pilot episode was excellent, as well. Are there some campy moments? Sure. But the original BSG had them too. I found many BSG episodes slow and hard to get through, surprisingly, I got through G:1980 rather quickly.

I say pick it up and add it to your collection!
31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Worth the one episode...and those silly bikes! 8 Mar. 2008
By A. Kazimierczak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Ever since I bought the Battlestar Galactica complete series I'd been thinking, "What happened to that episode with Starbuck stranded on a planet?? And what about those flying motorcycles on Earth??" I'd almost convinced myself that I'd imagined them, since I did own the "complete series." Well, here they are. I was 6 years old when this series came around and it didn't enjoy the reruns of the original Battlestar Galactica, so my memories of Troy and Dillon (the new Starbuck and Apollo) were sparse at best (it's like when Dukes of Hazzard had those other cousins show up or Airwolf had a whole new cast suddenly show up....crazy 80's TV clones).

Overall the episodes are pure low budget 80's sci-fi trash-- vaguely reminiscent of Star Trek IV in its disturbing blend of heavy handed environmentalism (the "Super Scouts" episodes) and high school theater quality time travel (the pilot episodes with a generic Nazi Germany romp).

It's worth the Starbuck episode though-- he's the best!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Entertainly Bad 29 Nov. 2011
By John P. Dorsey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Being a huge fan of the original show, I was glad to see Galactica 1980 released on DVD mostly for its wonderful final episode "The Return of Starbuck", an episode that is just as good as any from the original series. This is a must-see for any Galactica fan.

As for the rest of the series, it is worth watching just to see how amazingly bad a show can be. Galactica 1980 had three fatal flaws. The first was a premise that changed kept changing (first it was about upgrading Earth's technology, then it was about time travel, and then it was about children with super powers). The second was that none of the premises worked. And the third was that it aired during Sunday at 7pm which at the time was designated a children's hour timeslot. Very little violence was allowed, which killed any real chance of drama. Even worse, a certain number of "educational beat" were required to appear throughout every episode. It's amazing to watch the story come to a grinding halt while a character says something educational. During a car chase: "I perceive that this vehicle is powered by an internal combustion engine, and an internal combustion engine, primitive though it is..." Okay, that isn't the exact dialogue, but you get the point. In the episode Space Croppers, we get lectures on Chicano history, how to grow plants called legumes, and how rainful is produced! You have to see it to believe it.

If I were a writing instructor, I would use Galactica 1980 as an example of how NOT to write drama. In any story, it's important to create powerful villains and put the heroes in situations that are difficult to deal with. But all of the villains in Galactica 1980 are weak. The Colonials have so many advantages over the people of Earth - spaceships, super powers, invisibility fields - that they are essentially invincible, thus robbing the series of any possible drama. In Galactica 1980, there are no worthy villains. The bumbling cops and incompetent military personnel never have a prayer of apprehending Troy and Dillon, so there's no suspense. And it's certainly not funny to watch Earthlings constantly being confounded by extra-terrestrials. Yet that is what we get time and time again throughout the series.

Also, conventional storytelling says that when you have a character trying to solve a mystery, you want the audience to move along at the same pace as the character. If the audience knows more than the character does, they find themselves simply waiting for the character to catch up, which is boring. Unfortunately, Galactica 1980 violates this basic rule of storytelling as we're forced to endure the U.S. military's investigation of the "aliens". We know everything, they know nothing, and thus there is nothing even remotely interesting about it.

In the end, Galactica 1980 is worth watching just to see a spectacular trainwreck.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
For Completists Only 31 Mar. 2012
By Davidp. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was a teen when this series aired in 1980, and old enough to know how bad it was even back then. I had watched the original '78 series and although I liked it, I realized it was not the best written or produced show. This sequel series, on the other hand, was an ill-conceived and hastily thrown together mess which really tarnished the reputation of it's predecessor.

So why did I buy it? I only really got this series to replace an old EP VHS copy of "The Return Of Starbuck" I bought back in the late '80s. As other reviewers have said, this episode is really the only reason to get this series, and it was worth the price I paid for it ( less than $6.00 ). I will say that rewatching the whole series has been fun in a "Plan Nine From Outer Space" kind of way. The plot holes and implausibilies are so numerous that there should be a drinking game based on the show. I promise you...anyone who tried it would end up in an alcoholic coma.

The quality of the DVDs themselves are 'okay'. Typical for DVD releases of many older Universal television series, the prints are not perfect nor do they appear to be digitally remastered or enhanced in any way. Honestly, this series does not really merit any extensive remastering effort, so the picture quality is fine as it is.

Bottom line; If you're a "Battlestar Galactica" completist, or enjoy watching television shows that are train wrecks, then by all means buy this set ( just don't pay more than $10.00 for it ).
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