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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing Blu-ray box set for Battlestar, though the packaging choice is a bit odd..., 9 Oct 2009
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This review is from: Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
There are so many views on the actual show, I'll leave those for other reviewers. In my opinion, it's a rare, epic piece of TV that combines some sweeping and grand themes of politics, religion, war and culture. But anyway, I'll focus here on what my position was, i.e. someone who had the DVDs (and gave them to a friend before getting this set, lucky him, huh?) and wanted to upgrade to the Blu-ray to have one of my favourite TV series in high definition for all time (or as long as the packaging lasts, but I'll get that). Is it worth the upgrade? In spite of the odd packaging choice, I'd say yes. I've watched all the material before upscaled to 1080p, and even with the specific production choices for Battlestar, there's still a clear picture quality improvement and a real increased sense of immersion. There are too many scenes with digital noise (and I don't feel they are essential to capture the gritty feeling, but anyway) but still it's a solid, noticeable upgrade. I felt closer to the action and some of the stylistic subtleties (like the quick pull focus on characters to increase the documentary feel) finally paid-off, as I'd missed something so slight via the fuzziness of DVD. Now to the audio, it's Master Audio and it's very, very good. The dialogue clarity has always been a bit of a problem with Battlestar, but here it's better than the DVD. Everyone is talking in low voices and quietly most of the time though, so you may find yourself listening at high volumes then suddenly having ringing ears as the thundering (and extremely well done, especially for a TV show) SFX kick in all around the surround sound field. The instrumentation in the music, drawn from world instruments (which you see in the later extras) are even more impressive and engaging here than on the DVD, where they had to compete somewhat, I felt, with the dialogue. The supplements are vast in number, and all I managed to have time to watch/listen to so far are some of the video blogs and the commentary on 33 (which was interesting). Also, in answer to another reviewer, yes it has Razor (both the broadcast and unrated editions). Lastly, to the niggling issue of the box. First, it's big - bigger than it needed to be. The tin is about one Blu-ray case high, about one-and-a-half wide, then about 10 or so deep. It's currently poking off a shelf. Luckily my tin did not arrive damaged (as others sadly did, it seems), and the foam inside should protect the discs. I do quite like the fact that the discs are in red plastic as it enhances the whole Cylon feel, but they are indeed very tightly squeezed into paper/cardboard cases that I'm pretty sure will break eventually. I'm careful and have small fingers so it's not the end of the world, but given the size of the tin, I'm sure there were other ways to have packed the discs. Overall though, you get around 20 Blu-ray discs, tons of Battlestar goodness, upgraded picture quality over the DVDs, seriously improved audio over the DVDs, more supplementary features than many of us have time to watch in a (busy) lifetime, and a tin big enough to be a conversation starter to anyone who visits! To close then, even with the packaging problems, this is too good an overall experience to mark down a star for that. Very highly recommended to those upgrading from the DVDs, or those who love the series and want to have it in the best format it'll ever see!
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Initial post: 10 May 2010 11:19:47 BDT
Matt Polley says:
I am looking to upgrade my favourite show to blu ray. Could you tell me if this set includes the mini series (before season 1) and all seasons(as I saw a DVD set that claimed to be complete, but was missing the final season). Also if razor and the plan are present.

Posted on 13 Oct 2010 01:26:13 BDT
James Kiely says:
Where is the Extended version of Razor on this box set?.. It's not on season 4 Disk one like the booklet says

Posted on 22 Apr 2011 09:36:42 BDT
Would love to know if this blu-ray set is the FULL set. Don't like spoilers so hard to find out on the internet. :P
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