Farscape: The Complete Series [15th Anniversary Edition]

Farscape 15th anniversary

For a Full Review + screenshots - Farscape - Complete Series (15th Anniversary Edition)

 

Release date [US, Canada] November 5, 2013

 

It was only two years ago when A&E released the complete series of Farscape on Blu-Ray for the first time. Then it was disappointing to find out the discs were upcoverted to 1080p, there was no real HD transfer involved. Another disappointment was the fact that The Peacekeeper Wars was not on it.

 

Now almost two years later not A&E but Cinedigm re-releases the complete set because of Farscape's 15th anniversary. When this release was announced, fans immediatly began speculating about the HD transfer for the set and if it would be a real one this time. They also where wondering if the concluding mini series, The Peacekeeper Wars, would finally be on the new set. Well prepared to be disappointed again because it's virtually the same release as the one two years ago except for some extra special features which weren't on the A&E release. Also of course the packaging is different, but that's it. What are the extra features you ask, well I can tell you:

 

  • A bonus Farscape comic book
  • An extra Interview with Brian Henson
  • The packaging

 

So that's it, that's the difference, for the rest it's the same release with the same content. For all the special features you can scroll down and look it up on the A&E release.

 

Extra information regarding the Blu Ray release:

 

  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • Twenty-disc set (20 BDs)
  • Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • Video resolution: 1080p (upconverted)
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1, 1.33:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1, 1.33:1
  • English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Subtitles : English SDH
  • Region Code : Region A (B not confirmed yet but excpectedly also region B)
  • Packaging : Carton with 4 keepcases

Farscape - The Peacekeeper Wars

Farscape Blu-Ray Peacekeeper Wars

For a Full Review (In German) - Farscape The Peacekeeper Wars

 

Release date [GER] June 16, 2011

 

The image transfer is successful for a television series. Although the image can not compete with today's top titles, but all in all good Farscape looks pleasant, brings the atmosphere of the film with a largely balanced view, though some visible flaws. The image of the Blu-ray is certainly much better than the DVD.

 

Technically, this image shows a solid release, and clearly better than any DVD version. Although the picture has some shortcomings and is not state-of-the-art, but "Farscape" has never looked as good as the series does on this disc. Particularly striking that the image seems largely homogeneous and the flair of the series is transported very well. From the acoustic side, the German audio, despite HD, does not really convince. That being said, the German audio sounds good and shows powerful and dynamic mixed, and also has a pleasant balance. The English 5.1 track is a bit better. In terms of extras, the disc disappoints, because there are simply no extra material.

 

The 3-hour miniseries concludes Farscape, it got what many other tv series never got, closure of some kind. There have been some attempts to bring Farscape back since then in some form of life, like a webseries, but it never happened and probably never will.

 

 

Extra information regarding the Blu Ray release:

 

  • Blu-ray Disc
  • Single disc (1 BD)
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • Resolution: 1080i
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • German: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
  • Subtitles : German
  • Region Code:  B (A, C untested)
  • Packaging : Standard Amaray Blu Ray Case

 

Special Features:

  • None!

Farscape - The Complete Series

Farscape - Complete Series Blu-Ray

For a full review + screenshots: Blu-Ray.com/Farscape-The Complete Series

 

Release date [US] November 15, 2011

Release date [UK] November 14, 2011

 

When it was first mentioned that Farscape was going to get a Blu-Ray release, everybody was surprised and happy. When we heard however it was not a true HD release but an upscaled release, we sci-fi and Farscape fans, were disappointed. There a number of fans who refuse to buy this release and they hope it will be re-released some day op blu in true HD. The series' creators however, are insisting that the 35mm prints are nowhere to be found, plus the visual effects were created in SD (meaning they'd have to be recreated for a true HD master), so this is an upconversion which unfortunately does not look great a lot of the time.

 

So this means it does look better than the DVD set, even the one which was released in 2009, but all in all it's a bit disappointing. Farscape is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of A&E with AVC encoded 1080p transfers in 1.33:1 for the series' first three seasons and 1.78:1 for the last season. As I said, it looks and sounds better than the DVD sets but it's no true HD. This set though is loaded with special features, you can see below. In the US the seasons are also sold seperately.

 

Extra information regarding the Blu Ray release:

 

  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • Twenty-disc set (20 BDs)
  • Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • Video resolution: 1080p (upconverted)
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1, 1.33:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1, 1.33:1
  • English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Subtitles : English SDH
  • Region Code : Region A, B 
  • Packaging : Sturdy Carton Slip with 4 big BD cases

 

 

 

Special Features:

 

Farscape: The Complete Series boasts one of the most impressive and lengthy collections of supplements in recent memory (just detailing all of these took me the better part of two days). I frankly did not have time to listen to each and every commentary, but I spot checked several from each season, and they're fun and conversational as well as getting into some of the nuts and bolts of characterizations and more technical aspects like the visual effects. Special kudos need to be given to whoever greenlit the idea to let composer Guy Gross have so much time describing how a weekly series is scored, and his segments are among the most interesting, at least to those musically inclined like myself. Most of the Deleted Scenes come with textual prologues giving context. I have organized these supplements by category, but recognize that they are actually split fairly willy-nilly over the discs of each season without any clear organizing principal. Selecting individual episode titles lets you know whether there are commentary tracks.

Season One

  • Audio Commentaries:
    Premiere: Rockne S. O'Bannon, Brian Henson and Ben BrowderI, E.T.: Claudia Black and Anthony Simcoe
    Exodus from Genesis: Brian Henson and Virginia Hey
    Throne for a Loss: Ben Browder and Claudia Black
    Back and Back and Back to the Future: Ben Browder and Rowan Woods
    Thank God It's Friday. . .Again: Rockne S. O'Bannon and Anthony Simcoe
    DNA Mad Scientist: a) Ben Browder and Claudia Black; b) Rockne S. O'Bannon and David Kemper
    Jeremiah Crichton: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Rockne S. O'Bannon and David Kemper (this commentary bears the humorous subtitle "When Bad Things Happen to Good Shows")
    A Human Reaction: Ben Browder and Claudia Black
    Nerve: Ben Browder and Claudia Black
    Born to be Wild: Anthony Simcoe
    Family Ties: a) Ben Browder and Claudia Black; b) Rockne S. O'Bannon and David Kemper
  • Making of a Space Opera (SD; 22:26) is a good making of featurette providing a decent generalized overview of what the creative team was aiming for with the series and how they went about achieving those aims.
  • In the Beginning: A Look Back with Brian Henson (SD; 38:10) is a 2004 interview with Henson where he recounts what sparked the idea for Farscape and how Henson Studios really wanted to push the envelope with the series. Henson talks about bringing O'Bannon into the project and how it finally (ahem) took off.
  • Farscape in the Raw: Director's Cut Scenes for "The Flax" and "Through the Looking Glass" (SD; 42:00). This is a really interesting comparison of broadcast version scenes from these two episodes with those from an early director's cut of those same two episodes. The source element for the director's version is a VHS tape with a timecode caption, so the video quality isn't great.

Season Two

  • Audio Commentaries
    Crackers Don't Matter: Claudia Black and Ian Watson
    The Way We Weren't: Ben Browder and Claudia Black
    Won't Get Fooled Again: Rowan Woods and Richard Manning
    The Locket: Ben Browder and Claudia Black
    Die Me, Dichotomy: Ben Browder, Claudia Black and David Kemper
  • Deleted Scenes for Mind the Baby (SD; 3:19)
  • Deleted Scenes for Taking the Stone (SD; 00:37)
  • Deleted Scenes for Crackers Don't Matter (SD; 00:45)
  • Deleted Scenes for Dream a Little Dream (SD: 3:59)
  • Deleted Scenes for Look at the Princess Part I: A Kiss is But a Kiss (SD; 1:40)
  • Deleted Scenes for Look at the Princess Part III: The Maltese Crichton (SD; 1:30)
  • Deleted Scenes for The Locket (SD; 00:57)
  • Deleted Scenes for Liars, Guns and Money Part II: With Friends Like These (SD; 1:34)
  • Listening In With Composer Guy Gross: The Way We Weren't (SD; 9:20) is a neat little featurette showing Gross writing and playing the score for the show. He also talks about composing for the series, with this episode being his first foray into writing for the show.
  • Listening In With Composer Guy Gross: My Three Crichtons (SD; 11:28) is another interesting piece with Gross ruminating on creating a score. He talkis about utilizing multi-keyboards for budgetary reasons and how working within electronics is both a hindrance and a challenge.
  • Listening In With Composer Guy Gross: The Locket (SD; 9:50). In this outing Gross discusses writing a very romantic score for this episode.
  • Listening In With Composer Guy Gross: Die Me, Dichotomy (SD; 10:49). Gross wrapped up his first season on the show with this score.
  • Season 2 Bloopers (SD; 6:38)
  • Farscape In the Raw: Director's Cut Scenes offers additional and alternate moments for Re:Union (SD; 9:02), Mind the Baby (SD; 7:42), Vitas Mortis (SD; 10:23) and Taking the Stone (SD; 7:29). As with Season One, these are sourced from VHS and have a timecode caption.
  • Re:Union (SD; 44:13). This is a complete alternate Season Two premiere episode that was recut and aired in a different version later in the season.
  • Farscape Undressed (SD; 44:02) was a special hosted by Ben Browder which sought to bring audiences up to date between the second and third seasons.
  • Behind the Scenes Interview: Wayne Pygram (Scorpius) (SD; 22:07)
  • Behind the Scenes Interview: David Franklin (Braca) (SD; 16:56)

Season Three

  •  
  • Audio Commentaries
    Self Inflicted Wounds Part II: Wait for the Wheel: Claudia Black
    Eat Me: Guy Gross
    Green Eyed Monster: Ben Browder and Tony Tilse
    Relativity: Lani Tupu and Peter Andrikidis
    The Choice: a) Claudia Black; b) Rowan Woods and Justin Monjo
    Into the Lion's Den Part II: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Rockne S. O'Bannon and David Kemper
    Dog With Two Bones: Ben Browder and Claudia Black
  •  
  • Deleted Scenes for Season of Death (SD; 2:25)
  • Deleted Scenes for Thanks for Sharing (SD; 00:27)
  • Deleted Scenes for Losing Time (SD; 2:52)
  • Deleted Scenes for Incubator (SD; 1:20)
  • Deleted Scenes for Scratch 'n Sniff (SD; 1:50)
  • Deleted Scenes for Revenging Angel (SD; 00:35)
  • Deleted Scenes for The Choice (SD; 00:51)
  • Deleted Scenes for Fractures (SD; 4:17)
  • Deleted Scenes for Into the Lion's Den Part I: Lambs to the Slaughter (SD; 00:43)
  • Deleted Scenes for Into the Lion's Den Part II: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (SD; 7:44) Note that this seems to actually include scenes from Part I of this episode.
  • Deleted Scenes for Dog With Two Bones (SD; 7:10)
  • TV Promos for Season of Death (SD; 00:17)
  • TV Promos for Suns and Lovers (SD; 00:32)
  • TV Promos for Incubator (SD; 00:33)
  • TV Promos for Meltdown (SD; 00:13)
  • TV Promos for Scratch 'n Sniff (SD; 00:33)
  • TV Promos for Infinite Possibilities Part I: Daedalus Demands (SD; 00:33)
  • TV Promos for Infinite Possibilities Part II: Icarus Abides (SD; 00:18)
  • TV Promos for Revenging Angel (SD; 00:18)
  • TV Promos for The Choice (SD; 00:18)
  • TV Promos for Fractures (SD; 00:18)
  • TV Promos for Into the Lion's Den Part I: Lambs to the Slaughter (SD; 00:33)
  • TV Promos for Into the Lion's Den Part II: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (SD; 00:33)
  • TV Promos for Dog With Two Bones (SD; 00:32)
  • Listening In With Composer Guy Gross: Eat Me (SD; 10:33). Since Gross also contributes a commentary to this episode, this featurette seems like a bit of overkill.
  • Listening In With Composer Guy Gross: Revenging Angel (SD; 8:20). Gross talks about working in a Looney Tunes Carl Stalling sort of way for this partially animated episode (one of the series' best). Gross is evidently the child of animation professionals, which he claims didn't help him in the slightest.
  • Listening In With Composer Guy Gross: The Choice (SD; 11:14). Gross' approach here was more languid and orchestral to evoke the emotions being felt by Black's character.
  • Listening In With Composer Guy Gross: Into the Lion's Den Part II: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (SD; 9:00). Gross goes for a darker palette here, working with a 20 piece male choir.
  • From the Archives: Composer Guy Gross Discusses the Season 3 Theme (SD; 4:38). Remember whenevery show had a theme, and they even changed them sometimes for subsequent seasons (compare John Williams' two themes for Lost in Space for a great example).
  • Behind the Scenes Interview: Claudia Black (Aeryn) (SD; 35:28)
  • Behind the Scenes Interview: Anthony Simcoe (D'Argo) (SD; 27:12)
  • Behind the Scenes Interview: Ben Browder (Crichton) (SD; 5:24)
  • Behind the Scenes Interview: Wayne Pygram (Scorpius) (SD; 24:20)
  • Behind the Scenes Interview: Gigi Edgley (Chiana) (SD; 17:56)
  • Behind the Scenes Interview: Rebecca Riggs (Commandant Grayza) (SD; 29:15)
  • Behind the Scenes Interview: Paul Goddard (Stark) (SD; 4:22)
  • Season 3: A Look Back (SD; 44:37) is another retrospective letting viewers get up to speed for the series' fourth and final(ish) season.
  • "Zhaan Forever" with Virginia Hey (SD; 30:16) is an overview of Hey's character hosted by Hey, who contributes quite a bit of interview commentary. Hey is quite a sight to see outside of her Zhaan makeup.

Season Four

  • Audio Commentaries
    John Quixote: Ben Browder and Claudia Black
    Kansas: Ben Browder, Claudia Black and David Kemper
    Bad Timing: Ben Browder, Claudia Black and David Kemper
  • Deleted Scenes for Crichton Kicks (SD; 3:11)
  • Deleted Scenes for What Was Lost Part I: Sacrifice (SD; 1:59)
  • Deleted Scenes for Promises (SD; 3:04)
  • Deleted Scenes for Natural Election (SD; 2:16)
  • Deleted Scenes for A Prefect Murder (SD; 2:19)
  • Deleted Scenes for Kansas (SD; 2:28)
  • Deleted Scenes for Terra Firma (SD; 4:28)
  • Deleted Scenes for Twice Shy (SD; 1:55)
  • Deleted Scenes for Mental as Anything (SD; 00:27)
  • Deleted Scenes for Bringing Home the Beacon (SD; 00:53)
  • Deleted Scenes for A Constellation of Doubt (SD; 16:49)
  • Deleted Scenes for We're So Screwed Part II: Hot to Katratizi (SD; 1:19)
  • Deleted Scenes for Bad Timing (SD; 2:48)
  • Listening In With Composer Guy Gross: Crichton Kicks (SD; 7:08). Gross uses a kind of retro Moog sound throughout this episode.
  • Listening In With Composer Guy Gross: John Quixote (SD; 8:06). Gross found this episode extremely difficult to score as it is a kind of Tron environment which takes place in a game.
  • Listening In With Composer Guy Gross: Terra Firma (SD; 9:23). Gross goes for a quieter, almost chamber like ambience in this episode which takes the characters back to Earth.
  • Listening In With Composer Guy Gross: Bad Timing (SD; 9:12). Gross talks a lot about the episode's complex opening sequence and how he had to write for such a glut of information being imparted.
  • Memories of Moya (1080i; 36:51) is a sort of series ending overview of the entire story arc and what the series' creative team was attempting to create with the show.
  • Farscape: The Story So Far (SD; 26:32) is another retrospective of the story up through the end of the fourth season.
  • From the Archives: On the Last Day - Farscape Wrap Speech from David Kemper (SD; 3:37)
  • Inside Farscape: Save Farscape (SD; 30:44) is a testament to the fans' attempts to save the series.
  • Inside Farscape: Villains (SD; 15:09) takes a look back at some of the series' bad guys, some of whom aren't completely bad.
  • Inside Farscape: Season 4 Visual Effects (SD; 9:36)
  • Video Profile: Creator/Executive Producer/Writer Rockne S. O'Bannon (SD; 19:37)
  • Video Profile: Executive Producer/Writer David Kemper (SD; 12:07)
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