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If you are hesitating from investing in this DVD because you are not sure it will be any good believe me it is fabulous.
A fantastic reimagining of the original but much more adult, much more thought provoking and much more enjoyable.

I bought mine for one penny to replace my lost copy and I intend to watch the whole saga once again.

So a word of warning.
If you get this mini series you will be hooked and end up buying the whole fabulous saga.

At times my support actually wavered from humanity to the Cylons and back and forth.
It keeps you guessing throughout as themes are explored and I never saw THAT ending coming for once.

And believe me, I really envy your ride through this top rate series.
Enjoy.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 18 February 2010
It is more than 40 years since the first Cylon war ended with an armistice and the Cylons left to find their own world.

The last of the great Battlestars from those wars, the Galactica, is about to be taken out of service and turned into a floating museum and tourist attraction, and its commanding officer about to retire.

Every year, on a given date, on a designated satellite station, representatives from both species were to meet; except the Cylon's never turned up - until now. This date coincides with the ceremony for the mothballing of the Galactica.

Now, humanities children are returning home.

I avoided this programme as remakes, particularly of well loved programmes, do have a tendency not to live up to the memory of their predecessors. This one, however, was different in more ways than one.

It does not try to remake the original series (something which I wasn't a fan of) though it does contain characters with similar names. We still have Commander Adama - except now he is William Adama (Edward James Olmos), and he no longer has the glowing father-son relationship of the first series with his son Apollo (now Lee Adama - Jamie Bamber). In fact relationship between father and son is strained.

There is still "Starbuck", except now he is female Lieutenant Kara Thrace (Katee Sackhoff) - this appears to have caused a great deal of debate amongst fans. However, this is not the only character which has suffered a gender alteration - Boomer is now Lieutenant Sharon Valerii (Grace Park) - but this change seems to have caused less controversy.

Returning with this series is Baltar, now scientist Gaius Baltar (James Callis). Gone is the robotic dog (which is no loss from the little I can remember of it).

New characters include President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell), number six (Tracia Helfer) and Leoben Conoy (Callum Keith Rennie); as well as the return of some lesser remembered characters.

Unlike the previous series this version sticks too familiar military (mainly naval aircraft carrier) terminology, and the characters contained within are flawed rather than the perfect members of the human race as in the 1970s/80s versions.

I enjoyed watching the inserted acknowledgements of the older programme - for example, at the beginning of this pilot film one character is looking at the sketches of the old Cylon models as featured in the old TV show, the type that is referred to as a metallic toaster.

There are extras on the disc:

"The Lowdown"- which is a 20 minute featurette - this appears to be a number of interviews with the main characters justifying the changes that the makers have made, especially with the character of Starbuck. Interviews included were on London Bridge, in busy traffic (Jamie Bamber), in a park (Edward James Olmos) and while driving a car in traffic (Katee Sackhoff) - my question is why interview the stars of the show in such difficult places, did someone in production not realise that at times it is very difficult to hear what is being said.

English subtitles are also available on this disc.

Overall, and to my surprise, I found this escapism thoroughly enjoyable.
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I've not seen any Battlestar Galactica since the original series! and do not/will not ever have sky tv! So saw this and fancied a go! Glad I did because I thought it was brilliant personally. The production is great, cracking visually and spot on special effects too. Good characters and sound storyline. Shocked that Starbuck was a girl but thought it worked well! The cylon upgrade girl is uber sexy as well! Really enjoyed it and would recommend this as a movie in it's own right to any sci-fi fan. The few extras were rather interesting too.
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on 24 June 2017
Wanted the wholr collection so i bought it
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on 16 April 2017
Enjoyed.
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on 5 August 2017
 Given as a gift. Came cellophane wrapped. However when opened it contains a Jimmy Carr DVD?
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on 18 May 2017
Excellent series. Great one off movie episode to get you started.
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on 21 March 2017
This cost me a penny and it worked.

There's really nothing wrong with that.
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on 25 May 2017
A great series and a great cast. Perfect prequel to war with the cylons.
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on 30 August 2017
I love Battlestar Galactica :D
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