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  • Actors: Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Herbert Jefferson Jr., John Colicos
  • Directors: Alan J. Levi, Richard A. Colla
  • Writers: Glen A. Larson
  • Producers: Glen A. Larson, John Dykstra, Leslie Stevens, Michael Sloan, Winrich Kolbe
  • Language: German
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Universal
  • VHS Release Date: 27 Sept. 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RNML
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,850 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Battlestar Galactica was one of the first off the starting blocks in the rush to repeat the Box Office business of Star Wars. The original pilot episode was adapted for both cinema and television viewing, and this DVD features the more self-contained theatrical release, which eliminates certain plot threads (such as John Colicos's treacherous character Baltar). Mixing Egyptian, Greek and made-up mythologies and designs, the premise was almost too sprawling for a two-hour presentation. In the series, we'd go on to learn why there were only a handful of humans left floating around, and what their relationship with the eagerly sought planet Earth was. Here it's all about set up, with Apollo (Richard Hatch) and Starbuck (Dirk Benedict) stealing the show as the fighter pilots with all the charm and the best lines. Lorne Greene adds a classy element to the large-scale acting ensemble, as does an uncredited Patrick Macnee as narrator and voice of the villainous Cylon Leader. Producer/writer Glen A Larson debuted Buck Rogers in the 25th Century at almost the same time (again for both TV and cinema), but something about this has always made it the most fondly remembered Star Wars wannabe. It's a shame that the soundtrack, and Stu Phillips's cracking music in particular, is only presented in mono, but a clean digital transfer at least means that Daggits, Centons and all the other felgercarb look its best. Extras on the DVD include cast and filmmakers' biographies, production notes and Web links. --Paul Tonks

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ARNOLD HURON on 17 Feb. 2001
Format: DVD
After STAR WARS, Glen Larson started production on a Sci Fi show on US television. This movie was released in Canada & Europe before the USA got to see it. Stellar performances from the late Lorne Greene & John Colicos. It was the most expensive TV show in US history. The DVD transfer is excellent. I rated this four stars. Due to the 2.0 sound track. I would have liked DTS or Dolby 5.1, but to no avail. There is no commentary from the Director Richard Colla or Glen Larson. Not even a Theatrical Trailer. I only got this DVD because my video is old & has worn out. I just wish that Universal studios would put more effort into this Classic Series. At this time this is the only DVD available on the Galactica TV series. I hope that any future releases will be better, especially the sound.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 27 Dec. 2005
Format: DVD
'There are those who believe
that life here began out there...'
Thus begins the tale of Battlestar Galactica, full of meaning and hope and mystical importance.
Okay, enough theology for the moment.
Or, maybe not. This movie (actually a cut-up version of the pilot for the television series) definitely has theological undercurrents. It is the fight between good and evil. It is a wandering in the desert (of space) looking for the promised land. It is about hope and humanity, sensitivity and courage.
And, as a 12 year old (when I first saw it) I of course understood none of this. I merely loved the special effects in my own home (as opposed to the Star Wars which required payment at the movie theatre), the characters and the technology. I was amazed that every computer on the bridge set of the Galactica actually worked.
Today I'm amazed that the computer on which I'm typing this review has more power than all those computers combined!
The story is basic. Ambush in space, a quickly-organised escape from the evil mechanical Cylons (who both symbolise the terrors of technology as well as of autocratic rule--remember the Cold War?), a daring journey, and finally a hope. Unfortunately the series became a wandering in the desert with little hope for reaching the promised land, and in television-series timelines and lifelines, this just wasn't acceptable.
In addition to this film, there are about a dozen videos available with episodes from the rest of the television series. It is frustrating that not all of them are available, so to watch them in sequence leaves some gaps. There are enough dedicated fans who would purchase these videos should they be made available (as is evidenced by the amount of BG 'junk' being auctioned at ebay and other such places).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 8 July 2004
Format: VHS Tape
"Star Trek" was described as "Wagon Train to the Stars" but that particular concept reduction certainly applies more to "Battlestar Galactica," since the series has the remnants of humanity travelling in a ragtag fleet from their neck of the galaxy to the fabled 13th colony known as Earth. However, the pilot episode from 1978 makes it clear that despite Lorne Greene playing Commander Adama and inspiring all sorts of "Bonanza" jokes, the idea here is to invoke the special effects style (and hopefully the success) of "Star Wars." Special effects guru John Dykstra received most of the money and most of the publicity for this series, so it is not surprising that the spacecraft models are the best part of the pilot.
The premise for the series is that just as the humans are about to make peace with the Cylon Empire, the Cylons attack the fleet and the colonies and destroy pretty much everything except the Galactica, the last remaining battlestar. This happens as a result of the naiveté of President Adar (Lew Ayres) and the tainted advice of the traitor Count Baltar (John Colicos). The military catastrophe is rather forced, requiring stupidity on the part of pretty much everybody in the government and military with the exception of Adama. Putting all your Battlestars in one quadrant and providing two sentry ships for the entire fleet pretty much insures a Pearl Harbor type disaster.
But once you get past the neat models you are pretty much dealing with a standard space opera where the main theme is to remind people of "Star Wars" as often as possible (although the Vipers are not as cool as the X-Wing fighters). Lt.
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As I had been waiting for this to appear in DVD form (as opposed to Video) for sometime I was glad to receive it.
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