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Farscape - The Definitive Collection + The Peacekeeper Wars [DVD]

Ben Browder , Claudia Black    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Lani John Tupu, Gigi Edgley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 32
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Nov 2010
  • Run Time: 87 hours
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Y3VWGQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,971 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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126 of 131 people found the following review helpful
So Farscape finally makes its way to Blu-ray, but it definitely comes with a 'buyer beware'. I say this because, as you may already be aware, the 35mm negatives and prints used to create this landmark cult series have gone on an Australian 'walkabout'... they're nowhere to be found. This led A&E to source the highest quality versions of the episodes in existence, which happened to be PAL 720x576i master videotapes, and employing the use of state of the art upscaling algorithms and other digital trickery, they have created an upscaled 1080p 'HD' transfer. As a result, while you should not expect anything like a series of similar age sourced from original film negatives, the results are still impressive. There is a subtle overall increase in sharpness and detail in comparison to the DVD's, and a definite increase in quality as regards compression... or rather lack of it compared to the previous DVD sets. Contrast and colour have also been tweaked to show the details that were already there in a far better light. What you end up with is a 'psedudo HD', for want of a better description. Of course I'd have preferred real 1080p from 35mm film, but I absolutely love the set all the same. If you don't feel confident of purchasing the set based on what I have to say, seek out the interview online with New Video's Dan Kenny, and the accompanying before and after screenshot comparisons. You will see that the increase in detail is subtle to say the least, but it is there, and there is an overall sharper look to the characters features. Of course it still has a certain softness to it, but I guess that really couldn't be helped given what they had to work with.

This is for all the "it should have come in widescreen" brigade:
The first 3 seasons were SHOT in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio.
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93 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely superb sci-fi show! 3 Sep 2010
Farscape is often overlooked in favour of the more mainstream and popular Star Trek and Stargate series where many people have either never heard of Farscape, or been put off by "Muppets". Well that was their mistake because unlike the previously mentioned series Farscape is a truly imaginative science-fiction show that blends great drama, terrific storytelling, wonderful three-dimensional characters that grow and change as the show develops and a healthy dose of comedy.

Also unlike other contemporary sci-fi rivals Farscape endeavours to bring aliens that actually look alien, rather than just facial prosthetics which is the norm. Okay some may not have worked but the Henson's team created a wonderfully diverse and imaginative universe for the stories to take place in.

Farscape features some wonderfully rich characters and none more so than the shows hero John Crichton played by Ben Browder. Crichton a human stranded far from Earth after being shot through a wormhole while testing a scientific theory. He is then brought aboard a ship, a living ship, filled with strange alien life-forms, prisoners escaped from the peacekeepers... I won't say any more as I don't want to spoil you but needless to say the exploits of John Crichton and the crew aboard Moya is a fantastically fun and rewarding experience. Adventures and mystery aplenty, sometimes strange and wacky fun, romance and laughs plus of course a few tear-jerking moments tugging on your heart strings.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great series, poor discs 2 Dec 2010
By bradlet
It is fantastic that farscape is now back on boxset.

However, I have found that many of the discs in my set, while they look fine, vibrate terribly in my dvd player. I don't know if the discs are unbalanced, or what else could cause this. I have tried them in two other dvd players with the same result.

This is a pity because it detracts from a great series.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
If you know the show, you know what you're getting so no reviews about that.

This set includes most of everything released previously in a single box except for a few features that remain limited to the Starburst series. Those may never again see the light of day if the rights were never acquired by AETN which produces this set now.

What you get are the four seasons on separate doublewide amaray cases - each housing 6 discs with 2 on front and back and 2 on a flapper. Bad point number one here, you can't remove certain discs without removing the other since they are 'stacked' in the case so some minus points there already.

An extra doublewide amaray case holds 6 DVDs of bonus materials with the following content
Disc 1 - includes "The Farscape Effect - BTS of a cutting edge scifi show", "In the beginning - a look back with Brian Henson", "The Flax Director's Cut" and "Through the Looking Glass Director's Cut"
Disc 2 - includes "Union - bonus episode", S2 bloopers, Director's cut of selected episodes (unlisted on content ... haven't viewed it yet)
Disc 3 - Deleted scenes, TV promos, BTS season 3
Disc 4 - Deleted scenes, Save Farscape Featurette, Inside Farscape Villians Featurette, Farscape visual effects
Disc 5 - Farscape Undressed, Music featurette and "Listening in with composer Guy Gross"
Disc 6 - BTS with the cast, Video profiles and Zhaan forever

The final single amaray houses a 2-DVD set of Peacekeeper Wars.

Video quality is great for a show that was produced in standard definition ... don't get your hopes up on a bluray release (don't think it can improve that much anyway looking at the source material).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A great series at last on a great format
A great series at last on a great format, like others i only received the complete collection (minus 1 star for trading standards breach!! Read more
Published 14 days ago by AndyC
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as described thanx
Published 1 month ago by P. M. Porzi
4.0 out of 5 stars Scifi muppets
I can't abide the theme music so that stays muted! For me the content is usually thought-provoking and well executed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. G. Boden
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody awesome! Me and my GF watched it every night ...
Bloody awesome!
Me and my GF watched it every night we came back from work, back to back almost. Very pleased with this series. Sci-fi drama with strong comic elements.
Published 2 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars its sci-fi
this was purchased for my husband, he says excellent picture quality and is enjoying watching this again far better than the recoding he had from tv
Published 6 months ago by lynhur
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Massive sci fi nerd and followed this series when it was on tv. Package came in good time, good condition, could have asked for little more.
Published 7 months ago by Sam Trodd
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good.
I gave it to my husband last Christmas and he loved it! The image quality is very good and also the sound. The box is simple with nothing special, but it is totally worth it.
Published 7 months ago by Marta I.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant series, decent Blu Ray, SHOP AROUND for best price.
Seeing as the original 35mm film was 'lost' AE have done a pretty decent job with the material they had to create an HD version. Read more
Published 7 months ago by TWS
5.0 out of 5 stars What the Freck!
Excellent collection of the Farscape series, nice to purge on modern Sci-Fi Drama.
If you remember it originally, it's better than you think. Read more
Published 9 months ago by carl antony tonks
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I didn't really get into this series on TV, but watching it all now I discovered a fantastic series. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sus
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Why these (and other) DVDs vibrate ... 3 11 Dec 2012
Where's it gone! 5 19 Dec 2011
Oh, well, subtitles 28 4 Dec 2011
Scratched DVD 0 25 Aug 2011
differences between the two box sets 14 24 Jul 2011
Widescreen?? 2 17 Dec 2010
New release of the Peacekeeper Wars to follow? 5 16 Nov 2010
Great !!! Why didnt they do it earlier ! 8 16 Nov 2010
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