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Battlestar Galactica [Blu-ray] [2004] [US Import]


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  • Actors: Edward James Olmos, Jamie Bamber
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 6 April 2010
  • Run Time: 963 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00344EAFK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,338 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Synopsis

This updated and re-imagined version of the classic 1970s sci-fi television show Battlestar Galactica combines elements of Star Trek, Star Wars, and The Terminator. Human beings built the android Cylons to work as servants for them, only to have the robots rebel and disappear into space. A generation later, however, the Cylons returned to destroy their former masters, and succeeded in eliminating the 12 worlds that mankind inhabited. Luckily, one group of people has managed to escape the genocide, led by Commander William Adama (Edward James Olmos), on board the massive space ship called Battlestar Galactica. But the struggle isn't over, as the ruthless Cylons continue to pursue the ship and the last surviving members of the human race. This vision of Battlestar Galactica features a darker tone and CGI special effects, and shares with other science fiction sagas a warning about the misuse of advanced technology.

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181 of 186 people found the following review helpful By M. Moore on 10 Feb 2007
Format: DVD
Just so people here know, this version of season 2 is the only one available with the entirety of season 2 on it (apart from the season 1+2 bundle).

The Season 2.0 and Season 2.5 boxsets were only released in the US and contain the first (episodes 1-10) and second (episodes 11-20) halves of the season respectively. Also, season 2.5 contained an extended cut (an extra 10 minutes) of episode 10 which was not televised or included on the Season 2.0 DVDs. These 2 sets also contain deleted scenes from many episodes.

The Season 2 DVD boxset on this page is the UK release and contains all episodes (episodes 1-20) from season 2 except for the original cut of episode 10; we have the extended cut instead, which is a good thing in my book. I've heard that not all of the deleted scenes on the US DVDs are present on the UK one, but the box of the UK version tells me there are just over 6 hours of extras which is more than enough for me.

Now, the only difference between the combined US versions (Season 2.0 and Season 2.5) and the single UK version we have here is that we don't have the original cut of episode 10; only the extended cut, and may not have as many deleted scenes. Other than that, we get the series in one boxset whereas in the US they had to pay for two sets.

I recommend not buying the US DVDs unless you're a serious collector. I also seriously doubt they will release either of the US versions in PAL Region 2 format. So if anyone is waiting for that to happen, do yourself a favour and buy this.

I hope that dispelled any myths the reviewers below me have been spreading.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. P. J. A. Wicks VINE VOICE on 10 Sep 2006
Format: DVD
We needed a hero. We needed a saviour. For the past few years we've been sitting in the cinemas waiting for the next big thing that our kids will remember fondly when they're grown up... The Matrix Trilogy wasn't it. The Star Wars prequels weren't it. Turns out we were looking in the wrong place! Hollywood has forgotten how to make characters matter to us in a short space of time, and so instead TV has triumped, lead by a vanguard of shows like The Sopranos, The Shield, and Prison Break. Spurred on by the success of serious, intelligent shows for grownups, the Sci-Fi channel has bravely launched the "reboot" of Battlestar Galactica, and I'm relieved to tell you it's bloody fantastic.

Being a remake of the original series, I had thought that it was going to be like the short-lived Space: Above and Beyond. Namely a series that got too excited about special effects and dogfights, but left us with hollow stereotypes for character development. BG has none of these failings, and in this series there are some great revelations which will definitely make a fan out of anyone with vaguely Sci-Fi tendencies.

This series we see that the Cylons are far more complex than we had first thought. They aren't simply mindless automotons, they each have their own indpendent views, relationships, hopes, and fears. We see more of how the rest of the fleet is coping with the exodus from the colonies. Series one focussed primarily on the battlestar itself and turned a blind eye to the other 48,000 people in this "rag-tag" fleet. Even better, the plot developments that happen are quite feasible and realistic. For instance in the context of extreme rationing, a black market was bound to open up for everything from medicines to prostitution.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bentley on 8 Sep 2006
Format: DVD
How far the series has come from the original days of Lorne Green, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict! Season 2 of this seminal Sci-Fi series continues in the same vein, high production values, focus on the 'human' interest and wearing the science fiction like a suit to go about its business of telling the story of the last surviving humans from the twelve colonies.

The cast is numerous, talented and cohesive producing without question one of the most consistently successful sci-fi sagas to date. The DVD package is a fine addition to anyone's collection, but I must echo another reviewer in my disappoint at the extras - so much more could have been done, and if Sky Interactive could offer this through digital satellite, surely the R2 DVD producers could have gone one better?

As another reviewer has said, the ideal relief from reality TV, and unlike most shows, each re-viewing often offers yet another something new.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Carr on 23 April 2007
Format: DVD
A fine addition to anyone wanting to add to their collection. Complete season with a disc of deleted scenes

My main gripe is with the commentary, these are in actual fact podcasts and are only on the first two discs and even then are incomplete in one of the two discs.

Aside from that is perhaps one of the cheapest and most annoying interactive menu screens i have come across
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Sep 2006
Format: DVD
"Battlestar Galactica" is second only to "Firefly" as an SF series.

I am halfway through Season 2 and I am delighted to report that it's as good as the first. The tension rises, passions flare, and the unique opportunities of the Cylons-that-look-human are being fully exploited by the writers.

Buy it, but you really need to watch the mini-series and Season 1 first. It's definitely not the sort of show you can just dip into.

It remains a mystery to me why things like "Lost" find a prime-time mass audience, while far better and more compelling series drama like BG languish on minority channels and end up being seen by more people on DVD than broadcast. Wake up, TV executives!
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