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Battlestar Galactica: Season 1 [DVD]

Edward James Olmos , Mary McDonnell    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar 2005
  • Run Time: 545 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007L6SA8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,881 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Battlestar Galactica's Edward James Olmos wasn't kidding when he said "the series is even better than the miniseries." As developed by sci-fi TV veteran Ronald D. Moore, the "reimagined" BG is exactly what it claims to be: a drama for grown-ups in a science-fiction setting. The mature intelligence of the series is its greatest asset, from the tenuous respect between Galactica's militarily principled commander Adama (Olmos) and politically astute, cancer-stricken colonial President Roslin (Mary McDonnell) to the barely suppressed passion between ace Viper pilot "Apollo" (a.k.a. Adama's son Lee, played by Jamie Bamber) and the brashly insubordinate Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff), whose multifaceted character is just one of many first-season highlights. Picking up where the miniseries ended, season 1 opens with the riveting, Hugo Award-winning episode "33," in which Galactica and the "ragtag fleet" of colonial survivors begin their quest for the legendary 13th colony planet Earth, while being pursued with clockwork regularity by the Cylons, who've now occupied the colonial planet of Caprica. The fleet's hard-fought survival forms (1) the primary side of the series' three-part structure, shared with (2) the apparent psychosis of Dr. Gaius Baltar (James Callis) whose every thought and move are monitored by various incarnations Number Six (Tricia Helfer), the seemingly omniscient Cylon ultravixen who follows a master plan somehow connected to (3) the Caprican survival ordeal of crash-landed pilots "Helo" (Tahmoh Penikett) and soon-to-be-pregnant "Boomer" (Grace Park), whose simultaneous presence on Galactica is further evidence that 12 multicopied models of Cylons, in human form, are gathering their forces.

With remarkably consistent quality, each of these 13 episodes deepens the dynamics of these fascinating characters and suspenseful situations. While BG relies on finely nuanced performances, solid direction, and satisfying personal and political drama to build its strong emotional foundation, the action/adventure elements are equally impressive, especially in "The Hand of God," a pivotal episode in which the show's dazzling visual effects get a particularly impressive showcase. Original BG series star Richard Hatch appears in two politically charged episodes (he's a better actor now, too), and with the threat of civil war among the fleet, season 1 ends with an exceptional cliffhanger that's totally unexpected while connecting the plot threads of all preceding episodes. To the credit of everyone involved, this is really good television.

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Edgier and racier than its predecessor, Battlestar Galactica 2004 is a complete re-imagining of the 1970s series - upping the ante on the action, adventure and drama that made the original so popular. The groundbreaking story of man versus machine remains, but this time, the Cylon robot is no longer a recognisable enemy... it can move among man. With the 12 colonies of man virtually destroyed in the climax of a hundred-year war with the Cylon empire, President Roslin (Mary McDonnell) and Commander Adama (Edward James Olmos) gather up the few humans left on the twelve worlds and embark on a journey to find the mythical planet Earth, the supposed thirteenth colony of mankind. Battlestar Galactica 2004 gives new life to the stories and ideas that were at the heart of the original series, with a compelling plot, breathtaking special effects and riveting, action-packed adventure, speaking to both long-time fans and a new generation of admirers!

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series, not just for sci-fi fans 9 May 2007
By Neil Goodacre VINE VOICE
Yes, this is one of the best science fiction series created to date. It is also, more significantly, one of the best TV series created to date. Ignoring the star-filled backdrop, this series could be set anywhere and with the same writers and cast it would be just as good. The all-action space scenes just add that extra something for sci-fi fans. I strongly recommend this expertly written, compelling series.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing series 5 Jan 2006
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
Having grown up on the old Battlestar Galactica and similar science fiction, I wasn't sure how I would react to this new series.
In this series, with a few nods to the original ideas, there are still humans on twelve planets who have an advanced civilisation, but an aging military fleet. They've been at peace for twenty years, since the Cylons (here the humans' own creation) departed, having never signed a formal peace treaty. There is no peace conference here - rather, the aging battlestar Galactica is about to be decommissioned, when an unexpected attack by dramatically more advanced Cylons takes place, incorporating not only direct military strikes but also computer internet/network hijacking, facilitated by the mentally unbalanced but ingenious Dr. Baltar. Adama takes the Galactica to a safe location while the rest of the colonies fall quickly to the Cylons; various ships in the interstellar routes survive, including one with a cabinet minister elevated to the presidency due to the emergency, Laura Roslin. The ragtag fleet assembles at a forgotten supply depot, and does a sort of light-speed jump to safety after fighting (and essentially losing) against a new Cylon death star.
There are small nods to the old series - on the Galactica preparing for decommissioning, a museum has been set up, which has models of old Cylon death stars (these are models from the original series). The specifications for Cylons show the old metallic storm-trooper, but we are also informed that no one has seen a Cylon in twenty years (they've outgrown their shiny metal armour). In one scene, the museum chatter about the history of the Galactica mentions a Commander Hatch as its first commander, an obvious nod to Richard Hatch, the star of the original series.
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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Throw away your preconceptions... 26 Sep 2005
By M. Dale
...because Battlestar Galactica is like no other show you've seen.
If you're like me and always rather sceptical of sci-fi, I know what you're thinking. You think it's all speciall effects, photon torpedos, people wearing daft spandex uniforms, hammy acting, awful plots that are resolved by the end of the episode, and poorly disguised humans in silly costumes trying to look alien.
Forget that. All of it. This is not Star Trek. It's not even close.
This is sci-fi for adults - people who want an intelligent, wide reaching plot; people who realise that in real life, issues don't get wrapped up nicely by the end of the episode. You'll need to engage your brain to get the most out of this series, but if you're willing give it that chance you'll be experiencing something that may go down in history as one of the best shows of it's genre.
The plot outline is this:
Set in the future, humanity is spread over 12 colonies - planets in close proximity. Sometime in the recent past, intelligent robots, called cylons, were designed to help the humans, and basicly do the dirty work. This 'race' of robots rebelled, and there was a war (Matrix fans please note: this plot PREDATES The Matrix by several decades, as the original version of Galactica aired in the 70's and 80's).
Eventually, the cylons left and humanity was free to recover.
Then, out of the blue, the Cylons return. If that isn't bad enough, they have managed to produce a small number of new models - who look, feel and live exactly like humans. A surprise attack is launched, nuking the colonies and wiping out the fleet of military ships that protect them - except for one - the Battlestar class ship Galactica, an old ship past it's service life and about to be retired.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FACKIN INSANE! 19 April 2008
By K. Lord
Format:HD DVD
Right well I can start by saying that Season 1 is probably one of the best seasons (despite being half the length of season 2, 3 and 4)!

Surprisingly to me, this comes with the miniseries (which was never actually part of the first season). The quality is not as good as the rest of the discs but something for nothing, should never be griped about! Especially when the seasons opener 33 feels like episode 2 to begin with!

Although I do have some great HD-DVD's in my collection for quality (Transformers and Bourne anyone) I've never really been convinced of the "look and sound of perfection" slogan that mags and others brag about!(This is despite have a big HD telly).

Having the original season 1 box set on ordinary DVD, it is very noticeable the quality improvement!

The producers of the HD have added little tweaks (the menus, title soundtrack and other effects)! I'm sure this is to make the HD.... well more HD!

The special features are to really get excited over, regarding us Battlestar Fans! You get an original commentary and a popular HD feature; picture in picture, amongst an array of deleted scenes! You get facts through the encyclopaedia (another picture on picture and database of knowledge about the show)! I could go on and on about them but I'll just simply say....

... if you are a fan of the show (really you should be) and if you have the ability to watch hd then you must buy this box set!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars must buy sci fi classic
Will go down as a fantastic classic sci-fi series that surpassed the original in every way
Published 12 days ago by Mr. craiders
1.0 out of 5 stars gave up after episode three
well I love sci fi but gave up on this after three episodes. It does not start at the beginning so yo have to buy something else? Read more
Published 29 days ago by The Reluctant Hermit
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 4 months ago by Ms. G. Hadley
2.0 out of 5 stars Just Awful
This has to be the worst sci-fi series ever.......very little sci-fi too much about silly relationships.and precious little real storyline. Read more
Published 4 months ago by polecat
5.0 out of 5 stars changed my life
Bought this episode by accident and it taught me the true value of activating the parental controls for purchasing videos on prime instant video. 1.89 well spent.
Published 4 months ago by ego
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series!
This blue ray edition is noticeably far superior than original, which makes the series new again for me! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Vallyanne
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
Brilliantly written, intense and very believable. This is like no other sci fi out there, It feels like it all could really be happening. Read more
Published 5 months ago by adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic -- make sure you get the mini series that precedes this too!
I really enjoyed this series. It has some really original ideas about humans and machines and even faith and belief. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Graeme
5.0 out of 5 stars Best series I have ever seen
This is without a doubt the best TV series I have ever seen - far, far superior to the original series. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Scoopster
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth re-watching - an enjoyable ride
brilliant season and great value for money. watched off air at the time, a treat to see them now on blu-ray.
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