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Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series
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Aug 14, 2009 By: Mathew Plale
Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series order
Director:
Various

Actors:
Edward James Olmos
Mary McDonnell
Jamie Bamber

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In this reimagining of the late-'70s science-fiction favorite, the crew of the Battlestar Galactica, after all but one of the Twelve Colonies have been destroyed by the Cylons, make their way to the fabled 13th colony...Earth. But are there Cylons onboard?
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
“The Cylons were created by Man…And then the day came when the Cylons decided to kill their masters…After a long and bloody struggle, an armistice was declared…No one has seen or heard from the Cylons in over forty years.”

And so begins Battlestar Galactica, a reimagining of the 1978-’79 series created by Glen A. Larson. Behind the reins in the 21st-century is Ronald D. Moore, whose hand and vision was felt in Star Trek reboots The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager.

A brief and laymanized rundown of the series: in the beginning, there are Twelve Colonies, all but one of which--Caprica--has been annihilated by the Cylons. Enter the Galactica, a battleship representation of the surviving planet, whose crew members set to retreat to the fabled 13th colony, Earth.

If you’ve never seen BSG (see? I’m hip), then this review so far has screamed “GEEK!” But fans wouldn’t have it any other way. They, like any science-fiction fanbase, are loyal. During the 2007-’08 Writers Guild of America strike, they picketed. At the San Diego Comic-Con, they invaded. With Trekkers, they have debated.

Do you need an underpaid web critic to tell you how stellar and respected BSG is? No. And you don’t need to know that it was selected as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Best TV Shows of All-Time, and one of TV Guide’s Top 30 Cult Shows Ever. You also don’t need to know that it, in its four-season run, has gone on to win Saturns, Emmys, and a Peadbody, with praise from the rotation of stingy TV critics (much credit going to Moore‘s focus on character over VFX), and approval from a global audience.

A piece of information that may be useful to skeptics (such as myself) is that the series creators and cast members (including Edward James Olmos, who plays Admiral William Adama, and Mary McDonnell, as President Laura Roslin) held a joint discussion with the United Nations on “human rights, terrorism, children and armed conflict, and reconciliation between civilization and faiths.”

How could a television show--let alone a show based entirely in outer space--partake in such an event? It, unlike Star Trek, is a truly cerebral program brimming with metaphors and allusions, many of which BSG helped popularize in modern television. Running down the list (and skipping dozens), BSG hits on 9/11, the Iraq War, and Al Qaeda, with intelligent ideas on terrorism, (civil) war, and theology.

So as it turns out, sci-fi television can be for non-fanboys. And besides, how many other shows have inspired a limited edition LED toaster?
THE EXTRAS
SEASON ONE:

Disc One:

Episodes: “Miniseries (Parts 1 and 2)” (Commentary with director Michael Rymer and executive producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore)

Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes (SD; 1:03:09), which collects over an hour of BTS material covering just about every aspect of the evolution of Battlestar Galactica. Segments: “From Miniseries to Series,” “Change is Good, Now They’re Babes,” “The Cylon Centurion,” “Future/Past Technology,” “The Doctor Is Out (of His Mind),” “Production,” “Visual Effects,” “Epilogue.”

12 Deleted Scenes (SD; 21:11)

Sketches and Art (SD; 4:12)

My Scenes, U-Control and BD-Live material is also included.

Disc Two:

Episodes: “33” (Commentary with Moore, Eick, and Rymer); “Water”; “Bastille Day” (Commentary with Moore and Eick); “Act of Contrition” (Commentary with Moore and Eick); “You Can’t Go Home Again” (Commentary with Moore and Eick)

Deleted Scenes (SD; 17:17) for “33,” “Water,” “Act of Contrition,” and “You Can’t Go Home Again.”

My Scenes; U-Control

Disc Three:

Episodes: “Litmus”; “Six Degrees of Separation”; “Flesh and Bone”; “Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down” (Commentary with Moore); “The Hand of God” (Commentary with Moore)

Deleted Scenes (SD; 11:33) for all episodes.

My Scenes; U-Control

Disc Four:

Episodes: “Colonial Day” (Commentary with Moore); “Kobal’s Last Gleaming, Part 1” (Commentary with Moore); “Kobal’s Last Gleaming, Part 2” (Commentary with Moore)

Deleted Scenes (SD; 17:20) for all episodes.

Are You a Cylon? Personality Quiz: Find out if you’re human or a Cylon in just six questions! My result: “No frakkin’ way you’re a Cylon!”

My Scenes; U-Control



SEASON TWO:

Disc One:

Episodes: “Scattered” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Valley of Darkness” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Fragged”; “Resistance” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “The Farm” (Podcast Commentary with Moore)

Deleted Scenes (SD; 41:00) for all episodes.

My Scenes, U-Control, and BD-Live material is also included.

Disc Two:

Episodes: “Home, Part 1” (Podcast Commentary with Moore and Eick); “Home, Part 2” (Podcast Commentary with Moore and Eick); “Final Cut” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Flight of the Phoenix”; “Pegasus”

Deleted Scenes (SD; 27:07) for “Home, Part 1,” “Home, Part 2,” “Final Cut,” and “Flight of the Phoenix.”

My Scenes, U-Control, and a Sneak Peek at Episode 11 are also included.

Disc Three:

Episodes: “Pegasus (Extended Episode)” (Commentary with Moore and Eick); “Resurrection Ship, Part 1” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Resurrection Ship, Part 2” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Epiphanies” (Podcast Commentary with Moore)

Deleted Scenes (SD; 2:12) for “Resurrection Ship, Part 1”

My Scenes; U-Control

Disc Four:

Episodes: “Black Market” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Scar” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Sacrifice” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “The Captain’s Hand” (Podcast Commentary with Moore)

Deleted Scenes (SD; 24:30) for all episodes.

My Scenes; U-Control

Disc Five:

Episodes: “Downloaded” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 1” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 2” (Podcast Commentary with Moore)

Deleted Scenes (SD; 14:14) for all episodes.

Battlestar Galactica Career Assignment Quiz: Interested in working aboard the Battlestar Galactica? Answer these six questions to find out what your position would be! My result: Viper Pilot.

David Eick’s Video Blogs (SD; 27:37): There are seven here, which can be viewed separately or as a bunch. They are: “Episode 205, Day Two,” “Episode 207, Day Four,” “On the Set of the ‘New’ Pegasus,” “The ‘Magic’ of BSG,” “Never Let the Inmates Run the Asylum,” “Scenes from the Video Blog Floor,” and “Sex, Lies, and a Video Blog.”

RND Logos (SD; 2:27) is a collection of very strange animated short films from the first two seasons of BSG.

My Scenes; U-Control



SEASON THREE:

Disc One:

Episodes: “Occupation” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Precipice” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Exodus, Part 1” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Exodus, Part 2” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Collaborators” (Podcast Commentary with Moore)

Deleted Scenes (SD; 12:06) on “Occupation,” “Precipice,” “Exodus, Part 2,” and “Collaborators.”

My Scenes, U-Control, and BD-Live material is also included.

Disc Two:

Episodes: “Torn” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “A Measure of Salvation” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Hero” (Podcast Commentary with Moore; Commentary with Eick); “Unfinished Business” (Podcast Commentary with Moore and actors Grace Park and Tahmoh Penikett)

Deleted Scenes (SD; 17:40) for “Torn.” “A Measure of Salvation,” and “Hero.”

Battlestar Galactica: The Resistance Webisodes (SD; 26:24): There are 10 here, unfortunately all in standard definition.

David Eick’s Video Blogs (SD; 15:37) are similar to what can be found on Disc Five of Season Two. There are five here, which can be viewed separately or as a bunch. They are: “Testimonials,” “Who Dies?,” “Prosthetics,” “Lucy and David,” and “Introducing Bulldog.”

My Scenes; U-Control

Disc Three:

Episodes: “Unfinished Business (Unaired, Extended Cut)” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “The Passage” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “The Eye of Jupiter” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Rapture” (Podcast Commentary with Moore)

Deleted Scenes (SD; 12:04) for “The Passage,” “The Eye of Jupiter,” and “Rapture.”

David Eick’s Video Blogs (SD; 20:52) is more of the same from the executive producer. The are six here, which can be viewed separately or as a bunch. They are: “Characters,” “Adama on Adam,” “Episode 6 Read Through,” “On the Road,” “Steve McNutt Gets a Video Blog,” and “The Soldier’s Code: Leave No Man Behind.”

My Scenes; U-Control

Disc Four:

Episodes: “Taking a Break from All Your Worries” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “The Woman King” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “A Day in the Life” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Dirty Hands” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Maelstrom” (Podcast Commentary with Moore)

Deleted Scenes (SD; 19:10) for all episodes.

My Scenes; U-Control

Disc Five:

Episodes: “The Son Also Rises” (Podcast Commentary with Moore; Bonus Podcast Commentary with actor Mark Sheppard and writer Michael Angeli); “Crossroads, Part 1” (Podcast Commentary with Moore; Bonus Podcast Commentary with Sheppard); “Crossroads, Part 2” (Podcast Commentary with Moore; Bonus Podcast Commentary with Sheppard)

Deleted Scenes (SD; 8:16) for all episodes.

Colonial Military Assessment Quiz: Answer ten questions to find out how much you’ve been paying attention! My result: Knuckledragger…Good thing you’re allowed to retake the test…

David Eick’s Video Blogs (SD; 39:42): There are eleven here, which can be viewed separately or as a bunch. They are: “Takin’ a Break from All Your Worries,” “On the Road: Part 2,” “Some Guy Named Colin,” “Building a Better Show,” “Katee’s Scrapbook,” “Shooting,” “Mr. Eddie If You Please…,” “Oceans in the Desert,” “David Who?,” “Out of Control,” and “Last Episode Blues.”

My Scenes; U-Control



SEASON FOUR

Razor:

Episodes: Razor, in either the Broadcast Version or Unrated Extended Version, both with a Feature Commentary with Moore and writer Michael Taylor

Deleted Scenes (SD; 3:37)

The Look of Battlestar Galactica (SD; 7:58): Moore sits down to discuss the design of the sets, costumes, and more of BSG.

My Favorite Episode So Far (SD; 10:26) gathers various cast and crew members to share their favorite episodes of BSG in this fun and personal piece.

Season 4 Sneak Peek, Trailer, and Minisodes are also here.

My Scenes, U-Control, and BD-Live material is also included.

Disc One:

Episodes: “He That Believeth in Me” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Six of One” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “The Ties That Bind” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Escape Velocity” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “The Road Less Traveled” (Podcast Commentary with Moore)

Deleted Scenes (SD; 46:56) for all episodes.

David Eick’s Video Blogs (SD; 40:05): There are ten here, all of which are in the same vein as the previous ones and can be viewed separately or as a bunch. They are: “Love in Space,” “Why Hath David Forsaken Us?,” “So, This Is It,” “What Next? What Now?,” “Digital Pressure,” “Space Cowboys,” “Lucy’s Breakdown,” “Are You Frakkin’ Kidding Me?,” “I’m a Frakkin’ Cylon,” and “Last Call.”

My Scenes; U-Control

Disc Two:

Episodes: “Faith” (Commentary with Moore and supervising producers Bradley Thompson and David Weddle); “Guess What’s Coming to Dinner” (Commentary with Moore and Angeli); “Sine Qua Non” (Commentary with Moore and Taylor)
; “The Hub” (Podcast Commentary with Moore, co-executive producer Janes Espenson, editor Michael O‘Halloran, and supervising editor Andrew Seklir); “Revelations” (Podcast Commentary with Moore, Weddle and Thompson, and editor Julius Ramsay)

Deleted Scenes (SD; 37:52) on all episodes.

The Journey (SD; 20:55) uses clips and interviews to trace how Battlestar Galactica has come this far and where it’s headed in the fourth season.

Cylons: The Twelve (SD; 15:56) is a very cool featurette that offers an analysis on the villainous machines of BSG, focusing on their motives, habits, and much more. Must-watch for fans.

The Music of Battlestar Galactica (SD; 22:35): Here, composer Bear McCreary offers a primarily “humorous” look at the score and himself…Note the quotes around “humorous.”

A Season 4.5 Promo and a Caprica Sneak Peek are also here.

My Scenes; U-Control



SEASON 4.5

Disc One:

Episodes: “Sometimes a Great Notion” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “A Disquiet Follows My Soul” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “A Disquiet Follows My Soul (Unaired Extended Episode)” (Commentary with Moore); “The Oath” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Blood on the Scales” (Podcast Commentary with Moore)

Deleted Scenes (SD; 15:48) for “Sometimes a Great Notion,” “The Oath,” and “Blood on the Scales.”

The Journey Ends: The Arrival (HD; 12:47) is an emotional piece that will appeal to die-hard fans of BSG, as they can see the cast/crew reflecting some of their thoughts on the series’ end.

Evolution of a Cue (SD; 23:14) is a much more involving and informative score-oriented piece than the one on the previous disc, with McCreary taking us through “the evolution of a cue from beginning to end.”

What the Frak is Going on with Battlestar Galactica? (SD; 8:18) is a very funny and fast-paced recap of BSG that not only offers a visual timeline of the series, but does so in a lighthearted tone.

My Scenes; U-Control; and BD-Live material is also included.

Disc Two:

Episodes: “No Exit” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Deadlock” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Someone to Watch Over Me” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Islanded in a Steam of Stars” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Islanded in a Stream of Stars (Unaired Extended Episode)” (Commentary with series star and episode director Edward James Olmos)

Deleted Scenes (SD; 21:33) for “No Exit,” “Deadlock,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

David Eick’s Video Blogs (SD; 44:47): There are eleven here, which can be viewed separately or as a bunch. They are: “No Retreat, No Surrender,” “The Hatch,” “The Fifth is Among Us,” “Action Please,” “Hanging in the Background,” “Some Guy Named Colin, Part II,” “A Cylon ‘Til the End,” “Inserts, Action & FX,” “Documenting Battlestar Galactica,” “Life on a Cylon Battleship,” and “Favorite Battlestar Galactica Moment.”

My Scenes; U-Control

Disc Three:

Episodes: “Daybreak, Part 1” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Daybreak, Parts 2 & 3” (Podcast Commentary with Moore); “Daybreak (Unaired Extended Episode” (Commentary with Rymer, Eick, and Moore)

Deleted Scenes (SD; 5:20) for all episodes.

A Look Back (HD; 37:05) is a six-chapter offers insight into many aspects of BSG, from the resurrection of the series, casting, characters, storylines/arcs, and much, much more. One of the best additions to the set.

…And They Have a Plan (HD; 4:27) offers a hype-filled look at the upcoming movie, The Plan. So cheer up, fanboys!

The Musicians Behind “Daybreak” (SD; 30:29) has McCreary (again) singing a love song for the music of BSG. A great companion piece to the featurette on Disc One.

My Scenes; U-Control
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Nearly 70 commentaries, over five hours of deleted scenes, four-and-a-half of featurettes, three of blogs, and a Cylon figure in an 8.5” x 7.5” x 7.5” box? Nevermind that this box set is missing a handful of features from previous releases (including a few featurettes and a set of webisodes)--BSG: The Complete Series is an essential to any Blu-ray enthusiast’s collection!
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