BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - COMPLETE SERIES, INCL GALACTICA 80

Battlestar Galactica complete series

For a full review

 

Release date [Germany] December 6, 2013

 

A few months back I was browsing on the German Amazon website when I stumbled on this release! Completely surprised that the original series was released a month before in Germany. I'm not sure but the Original Battlestar Galactica could very well be my first brush with sci-fi. Around that time there were more sci-fi series on TV like Logan's Run, Buck Rogers, Doctor Who, Star Trek and a bit later also V. I immediately wanted to purchase this set, it was high priced but I wasn't sure if it was the real deal! I mean, if it was a true HD transfer.

 

Around that time in January 2014, website The Digital Bits did a piece about series which should be released on Blu-Ray, also included the original Battlestar Galactica. After I tipped them it was already released a month earlier in Germany, they purchased it and reviewed the set. They were very positive about it, and they said it was a true transfer to HD. That was reason enough for me to also purchase it, even though the price was a bit high.

 

Extra Information regarding this Blu Ray Release:

 

  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • 10 discs (9 BD & 1 DVD)
  • Video Resolution: 1080p
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Audio: German DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
  • Subtitles: English and German
  • Packaging: Digipack
  • Region Code: Region B

 

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - PILOT

Battlestar Galactica 1978 Blu-ray

For a full review + screenshots: Blu-Ray.com/Battlestar Galactica

 

Release date [US/Canada] May 14, 2013

Release date [UK] October 7, 2013

Release date [Germany] September 5, 2013

 

Somewhat of a surprise release, the original Battlestar Galactica. Totally different from Ronald D Moore's reboot but still very entertaining. Universal has released the pilot on Blu-Ray because of it's 35th anniversary this year. The 1978 pilot ran 148 minutes and was designed for a three-hour timeslot. For me my interest in sci-fi started with this tv series, with also Buck Rogers and Star Trek, till this day the original Battlestar Galactica is one of my favorite sci-fi series out there. We can only hope Universal decides to release the complete series on blu-ray.

 

Universal's 1080p, VC-1/encoded Blu-ray of Battlestar Galactica is an interesting effort. The source material is in excellent shape, and the image is clean, detailed and as sharp as the many optical effects will allow.  At the very least, the work has been expertly done, so that there is no apparent loss of detail, no motion artifacts and none of the ghosting or waxiness that betrays the heavy use of artificial sharpening or noise reduction software. Black levels appear to be accurate, and the colors reflect the subdued hues that were common for Seventies filmed TV. Galactica did push the limits of NTSC video in one respect, which was the wash of red light over the entire frame whenever the giant ship went to battle stations. On broadcast, these scenes often crackled with noise, but on Blu-ray they are rock steady.

 

Galactica was filmed for broadcast at 1.33:1, and every so often the cropping required to achieve a 1.85:1 projected image becomes obvious (usually when a terminal readout is shown in closeup). In general, though, the framing is acceptable, and the altered aspect ratio should not distract the viewer.

 

According to the Blu-ray cover, the main audio track is "2.1 with Sensurround" in lossless DTS-HD MA. In fact, the track is formatted as regular 5.1, but three of the channels are not used. The original mono track is routed equally to the front left and right mains, with additional support at key moments from the LFE channel.

 

Unfortunately there are no special features, except for a trailer for Blood & Chrome but still, it is highly recommended to watch this pilot in HD and hopefully the sales are good enough for Universal to consider releasing the whole series on blu-ray. The price cannot be a reason not to because it's a fair price.

 

Extra Information regarding this Blu Ray Release:

 

  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • Single disc (1 BD)
  • Video Codec: VC-1 (31.37 Mbps)
  • Video Resolution: 1080p
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono Sensurround 2.1
  • French: DTS Mono
  • Subtitles North America: English SDH, Spanish 
  • Subtitles UK: English SDH, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Dutch, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Korean, LA Spanish, Norwegian, Polish, Portugese, Russian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Traditional Mandarin, Brazialian Portugese
  • Region: A & B
  • Packaging: Standard BD case

 

Special Features:

 

No extras are included. At startup the disc plays a trailer for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, which can be skipped with the chapter forward button and is not otherwise available once the disc loads.


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