- Actors: Morgan Weisser, R. Lee Ermey, Kirsten Cloke, Rodney Rowland, Lanei Chapman
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 6
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 30 April 2012
- Run Time: 1041 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B007CXRFCY
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,364 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Space - Above and Beyond - Collector's Edition [DVD] (Includes Pilot Episode)
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In this cult fan favourite, it's the year 2063 and after 150 years of deep space exploration, the people of Earth feel certain they are alone in the universe. Then word comes that two Earth outposts, light-years away from home have been brutally attacked by an advanced alien civilization. Now the new young recruits of the United States Marine Corps Space Aviator Calvary head for the front lines of space in the toughest battle the world has ever faced.
'Brand New' Making of Documentary (45 mins)
Original Publicity Interviews with Cast
Audio Commentaries with Cast and Crew
VFX hammerhead test footage
Concept Stills Gallery
Storyboard Stills Gallery
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A group of new Space Marine recruits is hurried through training to be ready to defend Earth from the aliens - known as "Chigs" from a faint resemblance to the chigger bug. The first half of the movie is similar to old war movies where a group of young recruits is beaten into shape. The history of each of the five main cadets is quickly covered, and they're all likeable people. The high stakes in the conflict give you the feeling of WW II in space.
The special effects are very well done. Fox spent roughly US$2 million per episode and the production values show it. The space combat scenes are exciting and visually gripping. The writing was excellent and inventive. Some episodes have a classic war movie feel and others are more like thrillers. One episode is a very dramatic mix of near silent operation on an enemy-held planet by a lone marine on an assassination mission interspersed with eerie flashbacks to his Orwellian conditioning as a newly "born" in vitro human. Two of the best writers from "The X-Files" created the show, and David Duchovny shows up in a very memorable episode. There are hints running through the show of a corporate conspiracy in the war that probably would have been explored if the show had been renewed for another season.Read more ›
The story does get a little disjointed through the season, which is perhaps where it fell down. With the story thats being told here it needed a more linear style of story telling. But it does get better towards the end, the only problem is the cliff hanger ending, which opened up a whole new realm of possibility, was never continued.
The special effects are good for television and the music gives it a true military feel.
So far its only available on region 1 and I dont think there will be enough demand to warrant a region 2 release, so its a pretty safe bet buying it. Despite its flaws, this is quality stuff, if you liked Starship Troopers you will like this.
From the writers of the X Files (it even has David Duchovny as a Silicate) it was only allowed one series but directly led to the Battlestar Galactica Reboot
Well I've been waiting for this for at least a decade and finally Space: Above and Beyond makes it to Region 2. The CGI does look pretty dated (It was originally created back in '95) but the plots, writing and acting are as sharp as I remembered.
Don't bother with the 'Pilot Episode' DVD as this set contains it. The box set contains 6 discs and a multitude of extras.
Take a Chance (To quote the Silicates)
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If you like something a little different and original, purchase this, it will be well worth the money you spend!
Setting the scene, in 1994 The X Files was a juggernaut of thelevision and two of it's best writeers were James Wong and Glen Morgan. In 195 theywere given a chance to create a series they had been writing for years. It was extraordinarily expensive, and frightfull difficult to produce, but (at the time) the fledgling Fox network 'took a chance'.
Very often described as Top Gun in Space, the analogy is a correct one. They created a mythology and world around the concept of war with an alien species called the Chigs. SPOILERS - Aerotech, the mysterious company with sights on extending the war, The Chigs claiming that we began the war by landing on theri territory - SPOILER ENDS - all the mythology gave depth to a series of characters that in the pilot are two dinemsional, but by the end of the series are fully fledged characters that not only do we care about, but actively root for. SPOILER - Considering the finale, even more so - SPOILER ENDS
Stand out episodes: 'Ray Butts' the story of a marine commander who lost all his squad in battle, bringsd the 58th squadron on one final mission to bury the dead. 'The Angriest Angel' - Colonel TC McQueen's obession with bringing down Chiggy Von Richtoven. 'Hostile Visit' - chig technology lands in the hand of the Marines and they use it to, well practice a hostile visit. The second part puts the 58th as prisoners of war.Read more ›
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A lesser known series of space action, but I love it to death.Published 5 months ago by PCDATALINCS