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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: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar. 2004
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001M1JFM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,825 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Both parts of the 2003 mini-series pilot that re-imagines the 1970s sci-fi saga. The Cylons, who were created generations before as robot workers for humans, but who then turned on them in rebellion, have been absent for over 40 years since their last brush with humanity. But now they have returned with a vengeance, and are on a mission to wipe out their creators. Using their new technology, they set to work disabling human ships, killing their pilots and laying waste to the Twelve Colonies of Man. The attack forces Commander Adama (Edward James Olmos) to bring his old battlestar, the Galactica, into use again, and the crew begins to collect survivors. But the Cylons fight back with the beautiful and deadly 'Number Six' (Tricia Helfer), a Cylon in the form of a gorgeous blonde with a seemingly insatiable appetite for sex, enabling them to mess with scientist Dr Baltar (James Callis)'s brain and threaten the future of humankind.

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Despite voluminous protest and nitpicking criticism from loyal fans of the original TV series (1978-80), the 2003 version of Battlestar Galactica turned out surprisingly well for viewers with a tolerance for change. Originally broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel in December 2003 and conceived by Star Trek: The Next Generation alumnus Ronald D Moore as the pilot episode for a "reimagined" TV series, this four-hour mini series reprises the basic premise of the original show while giving a major overhaul to several characters and plot elements. Gone are the flowing robes, disco-era hairstyles, and mock-Egyptian fighter helmets, and thankfully there's not a fluffy "Daggit" in sight... at least, not yet. Also missing are the "chrome toaster" Cylons, replaced by new, more formidable varieties of the invading Cylon enemy, including "Number Six" in hot red skirts and ample cleavage, who tricks the human genius Baltar! into a scenario that nearly annihilates the human inhabitants of 12 colonial worlds.

Thus begins the epic battle and eventual retreat of a "ragtag fleet" of humans, searching for the mythical planet Earth under the military command of Adama (Edward James Olmos) and the political leadership of Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell), a former secretary of education, 43rd in line of succession and rising to the occasion of her unexpected Presidency. As directed by Michael Rymer (Queen of the Damned), Moore's ambitious teleplay also includes newfangled CGI space battles (featuring "handheld" camera moves and subdued sound effects for "enhanced realism"), a dysfunctional Col. Tigh (Michael Hogan) who's provoked into action by the insubordinate Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff), and a father-son reunion steeped in familial tragedy. To fans of the original BG series, many of these changes are blasphemous, but for the most part they work--including an ominous cliffhanger ending. The remade Galactica is brimming with smart, well-drawn characters ripe with dramati! c potential, and it readily qualifies as serious-minded science fiction, even as it gives BG loyalists ample fuel for lively debate. --Jeff Shannon

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Nov. 2006
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When writer/producer Ronald D. Moore recently won an award in Los Angeles for his work on the 'reimagined' Battlestar Galactica, host and noted science fiction critic Harlan Ellison congratulated him for taking the 'worst SF TV show' of all time and turning it into the best. Perhaps hyperbolic - there's far worse shows out there than the 1978 iteration of Battlestar Galactica - but an increasingly common sentiment that has seen publications such as Time Magazine, Rolling Stone and the New Yorker declare the new BSG to be the best thing on television, in any genre.

Most of these comments stem from the excellent second and third season. Rolling back to the mini-series, it is a surprise to see how fully-formed this show leapt onto the screen. Ususally there is a long 'breaking-in' period that has to elapse before writers and actors really start to feel comfortable on their show. Here, however, the characters appear fully fleshed-out from the start, with Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell turning in sterling performances from the start, with James Callis also particularly worthy of mention. The plot is straightforward: the Twelve Colonies of Mankind are destroyed in a nuclear holocaust unleashed by the Cylons, killing machines humanity created forty years earlier which rebelled and disappeared into deep space. 50,000 survivors flee to reach the safety offered by the last major warship to survive the attack, the Battlestar Galactica, along the way generating plenty of conflict between the democratic, civilian viewpoint (espoused by McDonnell's President Roslin) and the military, pragmatic one (personified by Olmos' Commander Adama). A feeling of paranoia creeps in once it is confirmed that some Cylons now resemble humans and have infiltrated the colonists for their own ends.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Mueller on 15 Mar. 2009
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If you have bought season one and haven't a clue what's going on it's because you haven't got the miniseries that preceeded it. Suddenly, all makes sense!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. F. T. Mathers on 2 Dec. 2005
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What is so good about the new Battlestar Galatica? It is definitely influenced by that which has gone before it,namely SG-1 and Joss Weadon's Firefly. The joy of this show is that it attempts to show, not a fantasy vessel loaded with super-technology as in star trek, but something which could be regarded as much more realistic. Thats the key, the realism - especially when this word is applied to a sci-fi show. The characters are believable, the plot lines are convincing, and it shows a real core of human emotion - and thats not always a good thing. People making exceptionally hard but necessary choices, leading to hundreds of deaths. Everything in this show is based on a real inspiration, with the Galatica itself coming across as a hi-bred of aircraft carrier and submarine, with believable physics, just adds to the belief in this university. It we ever build a space warship, it'll work like that battlestar does.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. C. Darke on 22 Sept. 2007
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Originally envisioned by TV legend Glen A Larson. Battlestar Galactica was a product of its time. camp, action packed, optimistic and sometimes cliche. But in the 2003 it was reborn from the mind of Ronald D Moore and David Eick. (Ronald D Moore)being responsible for some of the darker moments in Star trek's history. This new Galactica is darker, more threatening with aqn impending sense of doom as the survivors of the twelve colonies of man escape in their rag tag fugitive fleet. Many thingsa have changed from the first battlestar to this current incarnation. Cylons are no longer dumb chrome plated robots, but agile killing machines intent on killing their creators and it seems that only Adama can save humanity with a little help from his his eqiually rag tag allies. Tigh an alcoholic XO, Apollo a son that despises him, President Laura Roslin a terminally ill junior minister who was the sole survivor of the human government, the duplicitious Dr Baltar who he himself isn't sure of his own sanity and finally Starbuck a dangerous Maverick, but deadliest pilot in the fleet. This is not hopeful sci-fi, this is not a heroic adventure. This is a battle to survive. If you think you know Battlestar open your eyes to this and never look at your toater the same way again
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kalah on 22 Jun. 2009
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A brilliant start to the new series, presenting the explanation of how the battlestar Galactica ended up heading the fleet escaping from the colonies attacked by the cylons, and the introduction of the major characters of the running show. This is where you have to start watching if you intend to see the rest of the series. The acting performances are great; the effects mind blowing; the story line more interesting than most science-fiction series out there.

This mini series plays as if it were a movie. Just put it in, hit play and the whole thing runs without pause; no breaks for credits or replaying of the intro - just 174 minutes and 11 seconds of scenes woven together as elegantly as nobody's business.

The bonus material, "the lowdown", starts out like a trailer, but carries on with commentaries from the makers and actors. For a little over 20 minutes, you get to hear about the challenges of remaking an old series with new technology and new ideas, as well as the actors' views on their characters and their relationships. This all mixed with clips from the actual film. Considered a must-have on new DVD releases, the bonus material is exactly what you expect it to be; a little extra taste of what is to come, but nothing exceptional.
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