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Serenity [Blu-ray] [2005] [US Import]

Nathan Fillion , Gina Torres , Joss Whedon    Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (613 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin
  • Directors: Joss Whedon
  • Writers: Joss Whedon
  • Producers: Alisa Tager, Barry Mendel, Christopher Buchanan, David V. Lester
  • Format: Colour, Limited Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Mandarin Chinese
  • Dubbed: Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jun 2013
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (613 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C6BA4SE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,395 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From Amazon.co.uk

Serenity is a film that, by rights, shouldn’t have been made. For starters, it’s spun out of the short-lived and quickly-cancelled TV series Firefly, which has only itself got the full recognition it deserves on DVD. It then marries up two seemingly incompatible genres, the western and science fiction, has no major stars to speak of, and pretty much has ‘hard sell’ written all over it.

Perhaps that explains its modest box office performance back in 2005. What it fails to reflect, however, is that this is one of the most energetic, downright enjoyable sci-fi flicks in some time. Not for nothing did many rate it higher than the Star Wars movie that appeared in the same year.

It follows renegade captain Mal Reynolds and his quirkily assembled crew, as they work on the outskirts of space, trying to keep out of the way of the governing Alliance. That plan quickly changes when they take on a couple of passengers who have attracted the attention of said Alliance, and thus the scene is set for an action-packed, cleverly written movie that deserves many of the plaudits that have rightly been thrust in its direction.

What’s more, Serenity works whether you’ve seen the TV series that precedes it or not. Clearly fans of the Firefly show will be in their element, but even the casual viewer will find an immense amount to enjoy.

The only real problem is that given the film’s box office returns, further adventures of Reynolds and his crew look unlikely. Unless Serenity turns into a major hit on DVD, that is. It’s well worth playing your part in making that happen.--Simon Brew



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230 of 235 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge Surprise 1 Feb 2006
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I was advised by a relative to go and see this film last October. I'd seen the trailer for it on TV and I didn't think a great deal of it. A sort of comedy scifi flick. I'd hadn't heard of Firefly, just that Serenity was a film version of that show.
Only once before have I gone into a cinema expecting so little, only to come out wanting to go see it again. Infact I did, 2 more times that month.
I feel this film was wrongly promoted right from the off. Comedy SciFi flick it most certainly is not. Don't get me wrong, it does have some very funny moments plus some very poignant ones too. It certainly moves along at a fair pace, has a great deal of breath taking action scenes and very nice special effects for a film I understand was made on a modest budget. But most of all it's a very deep and thoughtful piece of film making.
Not long afterwards I purchased the Firefly DVD box set and what a great series this is. How this could have been cancelled is completely beyond me, it's nothing short of criminal. Needless to say, it completed quite a few of the links in Serenity which weren't covered.
I've read most of the reviews here and I heartily agree with almost all of them. There are some very shallow and overly negative reviews of Serenity here too, but the contradictions, vocabulary and difficulty in following the story speak volumes. This is not a film for children. This is grown up, intelligent and thought provoking science fiction that's right up there with the best of them.
If you're wanting vacuous, simplistic blasting action this is not your film.
If you want to see an engrossing, exciting, nail biting piece of cinema, which will shock you, make you laugh, bring a tear to your eye and even make you think you can't go far wrong with Serenity.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You cant take the sky from me! 13 Dec 2005
Format:DVD
Serenity is a continuation of the TV series Firefly, a Joss 'Buffy' Whedon show which was cancelled prematurely after only 1 season, but after massing a huge fan base and by public demand, it was decided to continue the series with movies.
Firefly was an excellent show and to be cancelled so early was ridiculous, (it was cancelled half way through the first season before filming was complete)so the pressure on Whedon to produce the goods must have been immense. Fortunately he has produced an excellent film that lived up to my expectations and beyond.
The film has a gritty reality to it, there are no crazy aliens and the characters are all believable. Its simple stuff but it works so well. The action is very well staged and takes a step up from the TV show, despite being an unarmed space ship the space scenes will leave you breathless.
The special effects are awesome, the big screen budget has moved the technology along leaps and bounds. The acting is good and all the Characters from Tv are here.
It isnt totally necessary to watch Firefly before this as this is good enough to be a stand alone film, but the story is a continuation of stories and ideas that were developing throughout the TV show, that were obviously never finished.
This is for anyone who enjoys quality science fiction, I really cant recommend it enough. Brilliant.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
"I'm not going to say it's the best science fiction movie, ever. Oh wait, yes I am". The words of Orson Scott Card himself, author of the award winning scifi novel "Ender's game", and many others.
Not only is this a very fine movie, made on a fraction of the budget of any other scifi film I can think of, it also captivates those who have previously had no interest in science fiction before. Which is far more than I can say about almost any SciFi movie I can think of, the only other being Ridley Scotts 80's classic Bladerunner.
Why is this you might wonder? Well, a director can throw about all the money they want to create dazzling special effects, huge space battles and the like, but if the characters don't feel real, if you don't feel any empathy for them, if the script is clunky, and the story somewhat tired and predictable, then what is the point in creating it?
Even if you've never seen Joss Whedon's critically acclaimed series "Firefly", less than a quater of the way through this movie you'll suddenly realise, I care about these people, I care about what happens to them, so rich are their characters. They have flaws & insecurities just like we all do.
You can do alot more in a 14 Episode TV series regarding character developement than you can in a 2 hr movie, so the focus here is mostly on 2 main characters. The captain of the cargo ship Serenity, 'Malcolm Reynolds', and 'River', the extremely intelligent but mentally traumatised teenage sister of Dr Simon Tam who Reynolds agreed to give sanctuary aboard his ship some eight months or so earlier. Having said that though, all the characters are here, and they all do a fine job. The script is very whitty, clever and often very powerful.
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221 of 230 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
If, like me, you aren't a great fan of TV sci-fi such as Buffy, StarTrek, Stargate and the like, you are in for a great surprise. Although this is a spin off from a TV show, this film absolutely kicks ass. It is the freshest, most exciting and memorable sci-fi flick in recent memory. I'd say that apart from the cracking effects, design, score, acting and costume, the most remarkable element is absolutely the script. Dialogue that really breathes life into the lovable characters and malice into the baddies. Punchy but never corny one-liners and a mixture of sarcastic and slip-on-banana style humour. I'm massively tired of Hollywood movies and although this film was made there, it has none of the formulaic schmaltz or predictability of a Hollywood movie. It has a truly dynamic and surprising plot that is always credible, always surprising and nothing is ever resolved by recalibrating the disconbobulator.
If you like this movie, go buy the TV series Firefly. It's 630 minutes of the same stuff. In your face Fox Television! This film ROCKS!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a really good film. I enjoyed it more than the series ...
This is a really good film. I enjoyed it more than the series and also more than any starwars film!
Published 2 days ago by Mike
1.0 out of 5 stars avoid these sellers, zoverstock
super film, spoilt by 30 minutes of unwatchable film, this was caused by rain intereference on the dish, which means it was taped off SKY, it didnt cost a fortune, and was out of... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Ex airy-fairy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film, sci-fi or adventure
Excellent film,sci-fi or adventure,works for both
Published 4 days ago by hombre65james
3.0 out of 5 stars The space cowboy in search of a plot
Star Wars and the bulk of science fiction writing gave us a future with the Empire, the rebels, the freaks and the unknown. Serenity uses the same cast. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Iain
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
better than I expected
Published 7 days ago by S. N. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie
Absolutely brilliant! One of the best science fiction movies I've ever watched and an excellent finale to the firefly. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Abdulrahman Al-Tayib
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this and finished off Firefly as the series got cancelled.
Published 11 days ago by Caprica
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it.
Published 15 days ago by Michael Manning
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great end to a great series
Published 21 days ago by wilko
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant film, such a shame we did not get further series of Firefly.
Published 24 days ago by Soup Dragon
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