- 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
- Format: PAL
- Language: English, French
- Subtitles: English, German, French, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, Finnish, Czech, Greek, Bulgarian
- Dubbed: German, Italian, Spanish
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Columbia Tristar
- DVD Release Date: 26 Mar. 2001
- Run Time: 124 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000053W53
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,182 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Battlestar Galactica [DVD] 
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American sci-fi feature following the adventures of the Battlestar Galactica. Decimated by a Cylon attack, the last surviving members of the human race escape their ruined planet and head for sanctuary on the lost planet Earth. Travelling through space on their fleet's last remaining ship, the Battlestar Galactica, the survivors make a detour to the planet Carillon to stock up on supplies. But Carillon, like much of the rest of the universe, is in the grip of the evil Cylon aggressors, leaving the crew to hatch a plan for a daring secret mission. The cast includes Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict.
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
Top Customer Reviews
The US tagline read as follows:
Apollo and Starbuck discover a spacecraft floating in space and bring it aboard the Galactica. After determining the Galactica atmosphere is dangerous to the inhabitants, Adama orders the spacecraft returned to its original programmed mission. 2 hrs. Guests: LLoyd Bochner, Ray Bolger and Randolph Mantooth
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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What's not to like 70's classic Battlestar and all in its glossy glory unlike the fuzzy version I used to see on tv! Effects on the film are really cool for its age! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Katkins
yes it did and i have watch it and it is ok. i look forward doing more orders with you soon ok.Published 12 months ago by jason hall
Get it, the robot dog was a suit worn by a chimp called Evie. Would you Adam and Eve it.Published on 3 Jan. 2014 by Carlibobs
As I had been waiting for this to appear in DVD form (as opposed to Video) for sometime I was glad to receive it.Published on 18 July 2013 by Ms. J. J. Mckay