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on 11 December 2017
These discs were mastered back in 2003 and originally released in early 2004. There appears to be only one version and this is it. Sadly, the picture quality is nothing short of terrible and critically, although the back of the box states that the aspect ratio is 1.78:1 (16x9) widescreen, this is not true. The menus are anamorphic widescreen but the episodes themselves are encoded 5:4 for 4:3 exhibition. There has been no remastering or reframing for modern televisions. The quality is extremely grainy, particularly within multi-element VFX shots. There has clearly been little or no effort made to provide a quality experience. This is nigh-on fifteen year old DVD encoding technology. A careful remaster with some grain-reduction wouldn't be too much to ask. If you simply must have these, you obviously have no choice but be prepared to be disappointed. The quality is nothing like the wonderful job that Paramount did on the original Star Trek which is even older than BSG.
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on 4 November 2017
This is where it all began. Innovative for the 1970's. A decent story arc but if did start to fade a bit half way through. Still interesting to watch and you can see the sources of the ideas that were better developed in the later reimagining. Unfortunately cut off in it's prime because it became too expensive it leaves you hanging and thinking that it could have been so much better if allowed to reach its potential. Special effects are laughable now but cutting edge for the time.
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on 23 July 2015
Nostalgia + !!!!! Cheesy dialogue in places, and the obligatory "cute kid" (Boxy and his annoying robot dog) notwithstanding, it is a lot of fun, and surprisingly sophisticated when compared to most TV scifi of the period. Imaginative, intelligent plots and great special effects, by the standards of the time. The appalling conditions endured by the refugees, contrasted with the luxury enjoyed by the elite (as portrayed by the great Ray Milland), show the creators wanted an adult show, like Star Trek, rather than a kiddies adventure. Like Star Trek, it feels as though they were fighting and making compromises with the network in this respect (hence Boxy). No wonder Richard Hatch (Apollo) and the show's creator, the late Glen Larson, who passed away recently, were so keen to re-make the series when the "Powers That Be" finally stopped patronising scifi audiences.
Only problem is a personal one - found myself drawing parallels with the 2000's version, e.g. I could not look at Boomer in quite the same way, or indeed Starbuck! SPOILER ALERT - Cylons origin is different (conforms to typical 70's sci-fi scenario) and a story of clones has "series" of "types" of clone, just as the modern BG has "series" of Cylon "skinjobs". This tended to distract me from the plot, as did the voice of one of my favourite actors Patrick McNee, which is inevitable, given that he died last month.
SUMMARY - a great series of its time, and worthy of the expensive re-launch. I love both, but thankful that Boxy did not re-appear in the latter!
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on 12 April 2015
I think people who did not watch this "first time round" in the 1980s may be disappointed. Those that did, will not for sure. Our nine year old has certainly enjoyed watching, and picking faults in the series too !

It is quiet entertaining, but riddled with errors be they in the "science", plots or special effects - unnoticed to a large degree in the 1980s thanks to being mesmerized by the show. On a 40 inch LCD screen, you can see the wires holding up the Galactica - something that would have been impossible on an old style 20 inch CRT television.

The majesty of the show remains the "special effects" - though dated and flawed by modern standards, seeing the Galactica grace the TV screen still stirs the emotion of hope like it did aeons ago. Throw is the stalwart Adama, the hapless Boltar and the moronic Cylons and magic returns to television.

5 stars on the basis of the amount of entertainment per pound sterling.
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on 3 June 2017
A great classic. It is shame that the series was cancelled, it had a lot of potential. The acting by Dirk Benedict is similar to the A-Team or it is the other way round.

Any now I own it on DVD now, another classic series to add to my collection.
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on 6 April 2017
Never a boring episode. I enjoyed the nostalgia and my son was just captivated.
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on 1 May 2013
Although the plot, and much of the episodes are very similar to the new one, this the Original one gives us a similar,but different vision to the story. The effects are, yes its from 1978- are not that bad,considering. Some of the costumes, like the athletic gear for the Pyramid game are hysterical. Some of the characters like Dr. Baltar are very different- here he is more the typical 'bad guy' of sci-fi from this era. It lacks the depth, and the social issues of the later version, but is still good fun.
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on 18 August 2013
This is the one that I liked above all. I disliked the new series and that's why I never bought it. The idea that the Cylons were made by man and rebelled is just too unbelieveable for words. The original was more plausible, and that's what good Science
fiction is all about. Science Fiction has to be believeable or it isn't sound. after Jules Vern was locked up in a mental home
because he forecast that Man would FLY (aeroplanes) travel under the water (Submarines) and go to the moon (Rockets).
I believe that Science Fiction now can be fact in the future. I won't hazard a guess as to how long, but maybe someday.
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on 22 February 2014
Missed most ir the series when it was on TV so thoroughly enjoyed interrupted viewing. Lorne Greene and Dirk Benedict make the series more enjoyable as the tough Commander Adams and the cheeky fighter pilot Starbuck. Some unexpected humour occasionally with the surprised exclamations of the robotic adversary called simply 'Centurions'. Story of possible 'ancestors of mankind' fleeing extintion from a race of 'super robots' and the race to find Earth
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I loved this show as a kid and decided to get this box set.
The 1st DVD is basically the movie all over again.
The remainder is the series I enjoyed back in the late 1970s.
Some of the ideas and plots are very dated but overall I was entertained by the space battles, the cylons and the interaction between the the main characters.
Lorne Greene is not as bad as I remember and there is a good flow in each episode.

This science fiction TV is far superior to modern day stuff such as Roswell.

I enjoyed it.
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