Friday, November 14, 2008

Firefly: The Complete Series Blu-ray Review

Firefly: The Complete Series Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonVideo
The Firefly series comes to Blu-ray with 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentations. I wasn't sure what to expect, having never seen an episode of the show. Overall I felt it was mediocre, but not bad. There are actually quite a few impressive scenes per episodes, but also quite a few not so attractive scenes. The special effects looked quite bad at times, very soft and very blurry at times as well. Detail was quite strong on any close-up, and well-lit outdoor scenes also tended to be a bit more impressive, with vibrant colors. Fans of the series should be pleased, but those looking for demo-material television will be disappointed. 6/10.

Disc 1:
1. Serenity (Part 1 & 2) (Available with commentary by executive producer Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion)
2. The Train Job (Available with commentary by Joss Whedon and Tim Minear)
3. Bushwhacked
4. Shindig (Available with commentary by writer Jane Espenson, Morena Baccarin and costume designer Shawna Trpcic)

Disc 2:
5. Safe
6. Our Mrs. Reynolds (Available with commentary by executive producers Joss Whedon and actors Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk and Ron Glass)
7. Jaynestown
8. Out Of Gas (Available with commentary by executive producer Tim Minear and director David Solomon)
9. Airel

Disc 3:
10. War Stories (Available with commentary by Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk)
11. Trash
12. The Message (Available with commentary by Alan Tudyk and Jewel Staite)
13. Heart Of Gold
14. Objects In Space (Available with commentary by executive producer Joss Whedon)

Audio
Each episode features a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. I was quite impressed with the audio presentation, and it really started off with a bang. The first episode starts off with a battle scene that really impressed. It sounded great for a television series, and it was more dynamic than I thought it would be. Dialogue was nice and clear, and special effects sounded quite good as well. I was very pleased with the audio track, making it the highlight of the release. 8/10.

Extras
Disc 1:
Here's How It Was: The Making Of Firefly (28:39) (SD)
Trailers:
Dollhouse (2:29) (SD)
Buffy And Angel Promo (:18) (SD)

Disc 2:
Firefly Reunion: Lunch With Joss, Nathan, Alan and Ron (24:03) (HD)

Disc 3:
Deleted Scenes:
Serenity - Scene 1 (1:37) (SD)
Serenity - Scene 74 & 75 (4:36) (SD)
Our Mrs. Reynolds - Scene 18 (3:41) (SD)
Objects In Space - Scene 6 (2:11) (SD)

Featurettes:
Serenity: The 10th Character (9:45) (SD)
Alan Tudyk's Audition (1:04) (SD)
Joss Sings The Firefly Theme (1:15) (SD)
Joss Tours The Set (1:23) (SD)
Gag Reel (2;40) (SD)

Blu-news Summary
I have to admit, I just didn't get into Firefly. I felt the story was a bit too slow. I have talked to many people about the series, and the majority have enjoyed it. I would say I'm one of the few people that disliked it. The opening theme song alone was enough to give me headache, but that's just my opinion. The Blu-ray release is quite strong, with decent video, and a quite impressive audio track. Extras include audio commentaries, as well as a high-def reunion which fans should enjoy. Overall Firefly on Blu-ray is 'For Fans Only'.


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