If Battlestar Galactica asked the question “How would humanity survive a holocaust led by our most advanced technology?”, Caprica asks “At what point does our need for progress supplant our humanity?” Even though it’s set a mere 58 years before the events of the Galactica series, Caprica has a startlingly different tone. It makes sense, I suppose, since there are no Cylons hunting humans down to extinction (yet). Instead, Caprica gives us a look at a society on the brink of civilization-changing technological discoveries—with all of the hubris that follows unchecked progress.
For those confused by the release of Caprica, the DVD and digital download being released today is actually an uncut version of the 90-minute pilot. The series proper won’t start airing until early 2010, at which point we’ll also see a more tame version of the pilot aired as well. I’m not sure about the logic in waiting so long to premiere the series—Sci-Fi is aching for new content and BSG is the closest thing they’ve had to a hit in some time. It would make more sense to try and get this on the air by Fall 2009. Then again, this is the same network that spread the release of the fourth Galactica across 2008 and 2009 for no good reason. Read More »
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Just when you thought Battlestar Galactica was over, the Sci-Fi Channel has released seven clips from the prequel movie/series Caprica.
An astonishing breakthrough is taking shape on the planet Caprica. The rapidly evolving spheres of human and mechanical engineering have collided, along with the fates of two families. Joined by tragedy in an explosive instant of terror, two rival clans led by powerful patriarchs, Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) and Daniel Greystone (Eric Stoltz) duel in an era of questionable ethics, corporate machinations and unbridled personal ambition as the final war for humanity looms. The latest phenomenon from the executive producers of Battlestar Galactica (Ronald D. Moore and David Eick), set in a time over 50 years earlier, Caprica is entirely its own world – provocative, thrilling and startling relevant to our own.
So far, I’m not impressed. It seems like the typical cliched family drama set in the world of BSG, but set on an earth-like planet instead of a spaceship. It should be noted that I wasn’t immediately sucked in by the initial BSG miniseries, but went on to devour the first few seasons over the course of just a few days. You can watch the seven clips after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below. Read More »
IGN is reporting a rumor that Universal Pictures is planning to turn the old Battlestar Galactica television series (1978-80) into a feature film. Series creator Glen A. Larson will be working on the script and is also expected the produce.
I’m not sure I understand the concept of making a Battlestar movie based on the old television shows as the recent Sci-Fi channel series is basically an updated version of the original series. I could understand releasing a movie about the original Cylon war, or some kind of prequel, but I just don’t understand what an old school Battlestar movie would bring to the table. Will Starbuck be played by a man again?
Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 by David Chen
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After a torturous wait, Battlestar Galactica is back with the first of its final ten episodes. If you’re not caught up, or not watching the show for whatever reason, I suggest you get on it. Seriously folks, television isn’t supposed to be this good.
Find my SPOILER FILLED review after the jump. Read More »
This Week in DVD is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fry’s.
Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the DVDs at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.
PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Unrated Edition) One of my top ten favorite movies of ’08, Pineapple Express manages to effortlessly combine old school action and Apatow-style comedy to hilarious effect. The excellent acting and directing make sure of this, with Seth Rogen and James Franco narrowing the gap on Cheech and Chong for the best stoner duo, and acclaimed indie director David Gordon Green maintaining a gritty intimacy that helps anchor the film to reality. This is definitely one I’ll be watching again and again. Blu-ray? Yes. Notable Extras: The single-disc includes a cast/filmmaker audio commentary, deleted and extended scenes, and a gag reel. The two-disc includes everything on the single-disc, along with rehearsal footage, the first table read, featurettes (Joe Lo Truglio’s Art of the Social Butterfly, Jonah Hill on Set, Stuntmaster Ken Jeong, Injury Report, Red and Stormy’s Guide to Marriage), and raw footage.
*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (including Amazon).
THE WACKNESS The Wackness is probably the best film of 2008 that nobody saw, offering an extremely well-crafted and engaging coming-of-age tale about a drug-dealing New York City teen’s last summer before college. It also doubles as a love note to the ’90s. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend that you do. Blu-ray? Yes. Notable Extras: Audio commentary with writer/director Jonathan Levine and actor Josh Peck, featurettes (Keeping it Real: A Day in the Life of Writer/Director Jonathan Levine, Time in a Bottle: Behind the Scenes of The Wackness), The Luke Shapiro Show Episode 1, and deleted scenes.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SEASON 4.0) I’m listing this in the “Buy It” section more out of obligation than genuine interest. While I haven’t seen enough of the show to give a firm stance on how good it is, what I have seen didn’t exactly encourage me to keep watching. And yet, constant protesting from the show’s hardcore fanbase has convinced me to give it another chance. According to those individuals, this is without a doubt the greatest piece of sci-fi television ever produced. If that’s really the case, I’m sure they’re willing to overlook the fact that this DVD contains only the first 10 episodes of Season 4, forcing them to pay out the ass if they have any intention of completing the season with the next DVD release. Blu-ray? No. Notable Extras: Original and extended versions of Razor, audio commentaries, deleted scenes, featurettes (The Look of Battlestar Galactica, The Journey, Cylons: The Twelve, The Music of Battlestar Galactica, Season 4.5: The Untold Story – Untold), David Eicks Video Blogs, and Ronald Moore’s Podcast Commentaries.
EXCLUSIVE DEAL: What? Exclusive packaging includes dog tags and book ($39.99). Where? Best Buy.
FRISKY DINGO (SEASON 2) While not as good as Venture Bros. or Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Frisky Dingo is still one of the best shows Adult Swim has to offer. It’s also the only show I know of that has a continuing storyline despite its 10-minute episode format. This actually acts as a benefit though, as it allows the creators to pack in as many ridiculous plot developments and off-the-wall jokes as possible without any issues of viewers growing bored. Season 2 of the show once again follows the ongoing battle between superhero Awesome X and supervillain Killface, this time as they vie for the presidency of the United States. The DVD contains 12 episodes. Blu-ray? No. Notable Extras: A clip from the spin-off Xtacles series.
RIGHTEOUS KILL Like many others, I was incredibly excited when I heard Al Pacino and Robert De Niro would be teaming up again for the first time since Heat. Then I found out the film they’d be starring in was from the same director as 88 Minutes, and my expectations plummeted. Apparently my fears were warranted too, as I’ve heard nothing but negative things about the movie since its release. I’m still interested in seeing it though, if only to witness two acting greats sharing the screen once again. Blu-ray? Yes. Notable Extras: Audio commentary, making of featurette, and behind the scenes footage.
BABYLON A.D. (Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Edition) I feel bad for director Mathieu Kassovitz. It looked like there could’ve been a somewhat enjoyable film to be found with Babylon A.D., but then the studios had to tear it apart. Is it really any surprise that the reviews for this are terrible? Blu-ray? Yes. Notable Extras: The single-disc includes theatrical and unrated cuts of the film and 2 featurettes (Babylon Babies, Arctic Escape). The 2-disc includes everything on the single-disc, along with 2 additional featurettes (Fit For The Screen, Flight of the Hummers), a graphic novel prequel to Babylon A.D, and a digital copy of the film.
*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (and $23.99 at Amazon).
BANGKOK DANGEROUS (Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Edition) Not even shitty enough to reach so-bad-it’s-good status, Bangkok Dangerous is so utterly mundane and lacking in anything resembling entertainment, I’m still amazed I managed to survive the whole thing. How The Pang Brothers managed to butcher their own remake to such a degree is beyond me. Blu-ray? Yes. Notable Extras: The 2-disc includes 2 featurettes (From Hong Kong to Bangkok – A Cinematic Movement, Bangkok Dangerous: The Execution of the Film), an alternate ending, and a digital copy of the film.
*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $ at each of the listed stores (and $23.99 at Amazon).
DISASTER MOVIE This movie represents so much of what’s wrong with comedy, the teenage demographic and American society that I feel it’s my moral obligation to not even credit it with purchasing info or a DVD cover image.
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The first in a series of 10 new Battlestar Galactica webisodes hit the web tonight, and if anything it’s proven that January 16 (the beginning of the new BSG season) cannot get here soon enough. While only four minutes long, the familiar sights and sounds of Galactica are easily enough to get my fanboy juices flowing. The series of webisodes is titled “The Face of the Enemy”, and will see a staggered release until January 12.
This is the third series of BSG webisodes (after the Resistance and Razor webisodes), and while they haven’t always been entirely successful as a fulfilling narrative, they’ve generally done a great job at getting me excited for the return of the series.
The episode is set shortly after the big reveal from last season’s finale, and focuses on Lt. Gaeta, who is forced by Col. Tigh to get some rest on a nearby ship—all he needs to do is take a shuttle to get there. Nothing can go wrong with this plan.
There are some interesting firsts in this episode’s short run time (we see Gaeta post-op, and the poor guy finally gets some action), but ultimately it’s just set up for the rest of the webisodes. My only complaint is that Sci-Fi really needs to offer these episodes in a better platform. Why are they streaming them in low-quality when they can offer the episodes in 480p (or better) via Hulu? Why can’t we embed the video? And do they really need to lock out international viewers? These webisodes are built to go viral, but restrictions such as these will prevent that from ever happening.
Update: Scratch part of that rant above, as Isaac and Mario have pointed out below, it’s on Hulu now. My argument against region locking still stands though, but as some mentioned, international viewers might have some luck on Youtube…