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Old July 2 2009, 03:59 PM   #31
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Re: FARSCAPE returning to DVD!!!

Can't find squat in my neck of the woods so this is great news.
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Old July 2 2009, 06:17 PM   #32
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Oh, hell yes. I bought the very first Farscape DVD that came with the first two episodes, but then I stopped after that when I realized it would cost way too much to buy the whole series. Then I missed out on the Starburst Editions. Farscape is one of my favorite shows of all time, so this is a definite buy for me.
I'm in exactly the same boat, Skywalker, though I did pick up The Peacekeeper Wars used at Blockbuster once. I can't wait for this release - hope it's at least somewhat affordable!
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Old July 2 2009, 07:31 PM   #33
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*Starts the process of convincing the boyfriend we really need this series on DVD*
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Old July 2 2009, 07:41 PM   #34
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Re: FARSCAPE returning to DVD!!!

Is there any possibility of a Blu-Ray release? I know one hasn't been announced, but are there any technical obstacles to such a thing?
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Old July 2 2009, 07:59 PM   #35
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Depends what resolution the visual effects were originally rendered at.

I know the first three seasons were shot on 35mm in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio (full screen). The final season was shot in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio (widescreen). I believe it was still filmed in 35mm, not on High Definition Video, but I could be wrong. This doesn't really matter--35mm has many times the resolution of HD.

It's possible the first three seasons were protected for a widescreen frame, but I'm not sure if they were (and the visual effects probably weren't prepared for such a frame, and would have to either be cropped or redone if these seasons were made available in widescreen).

Ultimately, it is the visual effects that will mean if Farscape is ready for an easy transfer to HD or not.
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Old July 2 2009, 08:08 PM   #36
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I know that the announcement was about the DVD release. But my q is about A&E having the rights - does this mean that the A&E channel will start doing Farscape reruns?

It's been a while since I saw that.
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Old July 2 2009, 09:19 PM   #37
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they're on the dreaded double sided discs
Dreaded? Why?
Quality control problems. The double sided discs have skipping issues, and many shipped damaged. Although ADV is no saint of DVD releases, they're not the only ones who have run into trouble with double sided DVDs. I was somewhat lucky--only "DNA Mad Scientist" has any playback issues. The single sided DVDs have a far better track record.
I can relate. I had the same problem with any double sided disk that came from Universal. Curiously though, I have many double siders from Warner's and, with one minor exception, have never had a problem with those.
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Old July 2 2009, 09:30 PM   #38
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My double sided DVDs of The West Wing (season 1-3) from Warner Bros. have been less than perfect, especially over time. I had problems with the few HD-DVD/DVD combo discs I came across before that format sputtered out, too. I think it's just some sort of manufacturing problem with the double sided discs that hasn't been solved.
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Old July 2 2009, 11:46 PM   #39
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Oh thank goodness. I never thought that I'd get to see this show. I picked up the first few disks from Netflix and loved them, but the second half of season one was perpetually missing. Finally, FINALLY I'll be able to see this.
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Old July 2 2009, 11:51 PM   #40
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Oh thank goodness. I never thought that I'd get to see this show. I picked up the first few disks from Netflix and loved them, but the second half of season one was perpetually missing. Finally, FINALLY I'll be able to see this.
If you thought the first half of season one was great, just wait until seasons two and three. The show really started to come into its own in the latter half of S1, but S2-3 are amazing.
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Old July 2 2009, 11:54 PM   #41
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I already bought the 4 boxes myself, so I've got the series as well. Frell, this always happens. I finally break down and buy some series because it's about to go extinct on me and then once I do that some brand new rerelease comes out.
Same happened to me. I've been buying the used dvds as I haven't been able to find new editions & then this happens. Luckily, I do not have S.1 yet, and so will have to get that *new*
This is the only place on the internet that still has them that I've found.
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Old July 3 2009, 01:23 AM   #42
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I don't need to buy this, since I have all of ADV's original releases. But it's somehow comforting to know that one of my favorite series will be available again for new fans to purchase.

Also, I've never had any problems with my double sided discs, though I don't have that many. Maybe I've just gotten lucky.
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Old July 3 2009, 02:07 AM   #43
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This is great news.

I've never bought Farscape on DVD--even though I loved it--because the original release was done so half-assed. It'll be great to just buy the entire series in one fell swoop.

Thanks for the heads up.

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Old July 3 2009, 03:14 AM   #44
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I guess it depends on the packaging. The two complete series that my family has are both packaged very nicely (Friends and The Twilight Zone).
If it's the same Friends set I have, the 10 season sets in a nice box with the clear plastic door, then that's a fine way to do it.
Like I said, the SG1 set with all the discs in this accordion style thing, is a major pain.
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Old July 3 2009, 03:20 AM   #45
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No, that's the limited edition version. I have the later one.
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