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Battlestar Galactica: Season One (HD-DVD)

Battlestar Galactica

On DVD: 
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, July 28, 2009

In an amazing sign of things to come, Universal has unleashed the popular yet underutilized sci fi rehash Battlestar Galactica on a massive 6-disc HD set.  After the first-run of the original show went in such a cheesy route that never captured the magic of the movie, the announcement of comeback from the always-cheesy original programming of Sci Fi Channel, the hopes weren’t high for this show, leading to initial low ratings that slowly built and peeked just before it’s untimely demise.  Now, those that never had the chance to watch it in it’s original run or those that just want to watch it all over again finally have the chance to catch it all in glorious high definition.

Astounding.  Sci Fi Channel is just now starting to get into the high def game on cable stations across the country (Comcast will be adding it to my lineup at the beginning of the year) so for BSG to make it’s way onto HD-DVD so quickly in the format’s life is a welcome surprise.  The picture is flawless and the sound is absolutely rattling, if your settings are correct of course which does have to be slightly different than blu-ray if you are switching back and forth.

Commentaries, deleted scenes, art sketches, featurettes and a few other things don’t amount to the greatest of special features and the packaging, which looks cool at first, isn’t the most accessible with the hard to manage plastic and the nearly glued-in  DVDs as opposed to the normal plastic holders to keep it safe.

Peter Oberth
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