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Battlestar Galactica 1980 - Complete [DVD]

Lorne Greene , James Patrick Stuart    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Lorne Greene, James Patrick Stuart, Kent McCord, Barry Van Dyke
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Feb 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YGHC0G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,014 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

All ten episodes from, in effect, the second series of the space drama about the adventures of the Battlestar Galactica. Decimated by a Cylon attack, the last surviving members of the human race escape their ruined planet and head for sanctuary on the planet Earth. But when the Battlestar Galactica finally arrives at the planet Earth, they find they must subtly raise its tech level and protect it from the Cylons. Episodes comprise: 'Galactica Discovers Earth: Part 1', 'Galactica Discovers Earth: Part 2', 'Galactica Discovers Earth: Part 3', 'The Super Scouts: Part 1', 'The Super Scouts: Part 2', 'Spaceball', 'The Night the Cylons Landed: Part 1', 'The Night the Cylons Landed: Part 2', 'Space Croppers' and 'The Return of Starbuck'

Synopsis

After its initial cancellation, fan outcry led to Battlestar Galactica being restored to TV screens--albeit in revamped form. Set 30 years after the original series, Battlestar Galactica 1980 finds the star cruiser of the title finally reaching the glimmering oasis of Earth. Unfortunately, they've also led their dreaded enemies, the robotic Cyclons, to the planet. In order to prepare 1980s-era earthlings for intergalactic battle and save the human race from destruction, Captain Troy (Kent McCord) and Lieutenant Dillon (Barry Van Dyke) are sent down to meet with the planet's scientists and jump-start their primitive technology. Along the way, they get in some interesting culture clashes with bikers, police, and an intrepid TV anchor (Robyn Douglass). Though the premise is altered, the series is still full of the laser battles and deep-space sequences that made the original so popular with legions of fans. Features the complete first series.


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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars one redeeming feature 16 Feb 2008
Format:DVD
Battlestar galactica was cancelled in 1979..the ratings were solid but because the show cost over a million dollars per episode ( a massively high budget in 1978/9) the continuation of the show couldnt be justified unless it was in the top 3 rated shows at the time, which it wasnt, but did comfortably sit in the top 10 shows all season, thus NBC/universal pulled the plug but then came up with a way to continue the show but with a fraction of the budget..makes sense they thought? Unfortunately not for the viewer though!! Galactica 80 is pretty lame stuff..gone are apollo,starbuck and dazzling space battles..what we get here is troy and vance ( troy being the grown up boxy from the first show!!) on stupid flying motorbikes and not much else. The galactica has made it to earth but arrive in 1980 and obviously we are hundred's of years technologically behind and a decision is made by an even older Adama to study earth and stop the cylons who have arrived before them. Great to see Lorne Greene again (with beard this time!) and Boomer crops up in the old colonel Tigh role (we never find out what happened to Tigh btw). The show was canned after half a season and its easy to see why..a bad idea from start to finish.

There is however one saving grace. The final episode "THE RETURN OF STARBUCK" Dirk Benedict reprises his old role in the show most reminiscent of the old Galactica. Adama recounts the tale of what happened to starbuck and its a cracking tale..very sad at the end but won't give away the ending.

Worth getting for the semi-decent opening story and the starbuck ep.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "We have at last reached Earth." 3 Mar 2008
By TK-1308 VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Galactica 1980 is one of those curious anomalies in the Battlestar universe in that nearly all fans choose to completely ignore it from the continuity and it has not been included in any of the comics, graphic novels or books published since the 70's. That said, it's really not as bad as people make it out to be and there are some genuinely good moments in the series.
The main arc of the story is set 20 years after the end of the original Battlestar Galactica series. Adama has finally led the Galactica and her fleet to Earth with the help of Doctor Zee, a child with a highly developed mind and consciousness who was born of a colonial warrior and a seraph (see episode 10) and sent to them years ago.
However, their discovery heralds a darker problem - Doctor Zee warns Adama that they cannot land on Earth. Arriving in the year 1980, Earth and it's people are in no fit state to help the Galactica or to defend themselves from the Cylon empire. With the Cylons closing in on the Galactica, the fleet will have to leave and draw their enemy away from the 13th tribe.
They send down covert teams to explore Earth and to make contact with the inhabitants, with the intention of slowly helping Earth's scientists with present day problems. There are those among the council who believe that they should change Earth by whatever means necessary and seek to employ drastic methods to alter technology and history.
One of the teams sent to North America is Troy, a grown up Boxey, and Dillon. They have problems on their first assignment, especially with blending in, understanding humans and trying to remain inconspicuous, often with humorous results. Their missions are further complicated by the actions of renegade council member Xavier.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Battlestar Galactica 1980 4 Mar 2008
Format:DVD
This series is ultimately for those who watched the series when they were in there childhood and want to re-live that memory. It is also for those who want a complete collection of the orginal Battlestar franchise. It is not for those who think they are going to get a repeat of the first series as it lacks pretty much everything the first series made it famous for. There are very few battles with the cylons and when there are they are not great. This is because of the interfering studio bosses who cut the budget and tried to make it 'educational'. When they were told Dirk Benedict was apparently unavailable at the time, and Richard Hatch didn't want to be connected with the series they should have cancelled the show full stop because they are the cast who the fans wanted to see back. But after a quick, cheap re-think it was decided the series would take place twenty years after the end of the original series rather than five, and that Boxey would take Apollo's role, while "Lt. Dillon" would take over the Starbuck part. President Baltar was written out entirely, and Xavier was created to take up his role as resident bad guy. However, the series was still watched by many and it was going somewhere until they cancelled it. Even the last episode with Dirk Benedict is poor. This is previous footage which was shot for the orginal series but never made it for the final cut so why would it be acceptable for the failing series? Neither orginal actors wanted anything to do with this new series as it had gone away from what the orginal was about. So overall, buy it if your an old fan like me or not at all because to be honest, it's not that great.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars GALACTICA 80 ON DVD AT LAST. 11 Jan 2008
By NEO
Format:DVD
Though not billed as such this is the very short lived 'Galactica 80' spin-off series. This only lasted around 10 episodes and concentrated on the Galactica reaching Earth. Of the original series cast only Lorne Greene stayed on with one guest episode with 'Starbuck' played by Dirk Bennidict. So instead of Starbuck and Apollo we have Troy and Vance who land there Vipers on Earth during the early 1980's. But all we get is lot's of havoc and running around and no Cylons so it's all a bit dull. Adama is also being advised by an alien Boy named Dr Zee on how to beat the Cylon attacks and make contact with the 13th tribe (Earth). The Starbuck episode is by far the best of the lot as his ship has crash landed. And a malfunctioning Cylon as his only company which was a complete turn around. The planet itself is a clone of the old Earth wild west and none of the inhabitants have ever seen a Cylon. It's still a great buy for the completest of the classis series but it's flawed in many ways.
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Published 12 days ago by Donald R Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good thanks
Published 16 days ago by bobbydog2011
2.0 out of 5 stars Its bad
I managed to get through the first episode before I gave up. I've been watching a lot of the new series recently and loving it. On that basis I went back to the original. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alaric Pether
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
As a lover mant of the old time TV shows from the 70s - 80s, this is a great addition to the collection
Published 1 month ago by stew
5.0 out of 5 stars Battlestar Galactica 1980 TV series DVD
Arrived quickly, in excellent condition, this is the follow up series to the original Galactica series, which was originally cancelled by the network, a protest followed with the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Derek A. Mcinally
2.0 out of 5 stars Avoid at all Costs
Watch the original series or the more recent reboots but do not be tempted to buy Galactica 1980 for "completeness". It should never have happened.
Published 3 months ago by Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars Shouldn't have ended this series...
For anyone ( like me), that's got the 1978 series, this is a must have. Of course most of the main characters are gone, but it's nice to know what happened afterwards! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elia Regina Cortes Fernandes
5.0 out of 5 stars fun
so much better when the ads are removed but worth watching, very different from the original watched in my youth
Published 3 months ago by Ms. G. Hadley
5.0 out of 5 stars finish of your galactica collection
finish of your original battlestar galactica collection with this spin off mini series just as good as the original series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dvd.
Classic TV you can not beat it. They just do not make TV like they used too! I definately recommend this.
Published 4 months ago by Devonian.
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