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3.0 out of 5 stars
Great show, but another poor DVD release from Universal Playback, 23 July 2006
The second season of Ron Moore's re-imagined Battlestar Galactica is a superlative TV drama, far superior to the mass-consumed Lost. 5 out of 5 for another great year with only one or two sub-par episodes.
However, Universal Playback has again fallen well short of the mark with another inexplicably inadequate DVD release. As with the first season release (which lacked the mini-series and most of the commentary tracks which were included on the Region 1 version), this package does not live up to the fantastic series it contains. The positive point is that it is the complete second season -- all 20 episodes together as opposed to the US release which was split in half -- but the negative points have the greater weight:
1. Although the extended "90 minute" version of the mid-season cliffhanger 'Pegasus' is included, the originally aired version is missing (the Region 1 edition contains both).
2. The wonderful book-like packaging of the first season is replaced by the ineligant, impracticale, and cumbersome style of having three separate Amaray cases lined up in a row.
3. Only 8 out of 19 podcast audio commentaries are included. Tracks for episodes 'Pegasus' through 'Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 2' are missing.
4. Deleted scenes from the episodes "Black Market", "Scar", "The Captain's Hand", "Downloaded", and "Lay Down Your Burdens" are omitted.
5. Producer David Eick's video blog anthology is also absent.
6. The "Pl>yback" logo is plastered all over the place to spoil every inch of the artwork, both the outer sleeve and the individual cases within.
In short, you'll buy this if you have no other way of viewing or preserving the episodes, but it falls a long way short of being the ideal way to collect and archive the season. With any luck, Universal Playback will change their ways for Season 3 and release a complete season set with decent packaging and full bonus features that are the same across all region formats. They'll have to if they want to compete with rival DVD distributors who actually respect their customers.