Release date [UK] June 24, 2013
Apparently Gene Roddenberry had more sci-fi in his thoughts than Star Trek! After his passing two more sci-fi series were created: Earth: Final Conflict and Andromeda. Andromeda started in 2000, although it's from the mind of Star Trek, there are big differences, luckily. In this series there is much more conflict, especially among the crew itself, the Common Wealth (in Star Trek The Federation) is fallen and the crew of the Andromeda does not really want to be where they are, they don't want to restore the Common Wealth, they have their own agenda's. Although in later seasons this changes...some.
Last year I watched Andromeda for the first time from episode 1 till the last one. Before that I only saw the first two seasons. I purchased the German DVD set which HAS English soundtrack and English subtitles. I have to say I liked most of it, except season 5, never thought it to be outstanding. Season 1 is, I think, one of the better seasons, the Common Wealth is gone, the universe is in chaos and Dylan Hunt and his crew are trying to create some order.
Regarding the Blu-Ray edition, I have to say, I haven't seen the blu-ray myself, mainly because I purchased the complete set on DVD last year. Therefore I have been searching online for a review of the first season on Blu-Ray. I found plenty but not one is saying much about the PQ. I did however found a review from a customer on Amazon.co.uk who actually purchased the first season:
"Granted, I have only had the chance to see Disc 1 and part of Disc 2 in the Blu-ray edition, but I do not think it is really worth the upgrade to be honest, especially at the price being asked for. It looks like it's probably an upscaled DVD at best. There appears minimal difference in video & audio quality with the DVD set. The average running bitrate per episode is in the mid teens and at times can dip under 10. Standard DVD bitrate average is much lower around 4 or 5 Mbps. Those figures say the image therefore must be alot better, but to the naked eye it's only slight in my opinion.
On Disc one I found the image to judder at times when there was camera movement. Disc 2 seemed better and to date have not noticed the judder, but had problems with the first episode chaptering which cut out and repeated a previous segment. Whether this is an authoring problem or just my particular set, I can't tell.
The image is quite clear but soft on the Blu-ray. Skin textures can look somewhat waxy and undefined at times. It may have had a DNR scrub. The SFX shows its age and looks quite flat & poor at times. Aliasing is especially rampant in the SFX shots. There's no appreciable difference in the audio to the DVD. There are no subtitles english or otherwise.
Those who have the standard definition DVDs are not missing out on anything by not having this set.
Unlike the original Star Trek TNG DVD sets which were quite poor in video and sound and therefore its Blu-ray release was a marked improvement, the original Andromeda DVD sets were of a very good quality to begin with. The transfer to Blu-ray is merely just upscaled DVD and nothing like what has gone into the remastered TREK sets. My guess is these are just upscaled PAL masters.
It is definitely NOT worth the premium price they seem to be charging. No particular extra effort seems to have gone into producing this set and even at a lower price, it's not worth the purchase if you already own the DVD set."
Of course it is an opinion but every review is! It does not seem to be a true HD transfer and that is a pity. I did found one review which mostly is about the story and one sentence, about the quality of the blu-ray, in which is said, the HD transfer is as sharp a blade, in other words, really good. It's all in the eye of the beholder it seems!
Also the lack of any kind of subtitles, again, is outragious. When do they learn! And then there is of course the price, which has been lowered since it's release but still failrly high for what looks like and upscaled blu-ray set. So if you already own the complete series on DVD, you need to really consider if this will be a good upgrade. Of course it's certainly possible the other seasons will be better (PQ wise) because, while creating the series they probably used all new technologies which were available at that time.
Regarding the special features, this is also a bit disappointing. On the cover it says "loaded with special features" but in reality this is what you get: deleted scenes, bloopers and alternative takes.
The set has been tested to be available also for region B as well as A. Region C has not yet been tested.
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