Back in the day I was a big fan of the original Battlestar Galactica show. I had the action figures, I wanted to be Starbuck, and I loved the Vipers. Although I heard the new show was great, I haven’t had the opportunity to watch it yet. But I thought I could start by checking out the stand alone movie, Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome on Blu-ray.
Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome is the story of William Adama (Luke Pasqualino), future captain of the Galactica. Adama is a hotshot young pilot straight out of training and has been assigned to the Galactica. His first assignment has him making a routine transport delivery with his co-pilot Coker (Ben Cotton), but once on their way, their passenger Dr. Kelly (Lili Bordán) informs them they must divert and take on a secret mission to get her to a remote base within Cylon territory. Adama is happy to take the job, craving excitement, but Coker has seen his share of battles and just wants to go home. Together they must brave hostile space in a quest to deliver Kelly to her destination and perhaps change the tides of the Cylon war.
Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome was originally supposed to be a TV series, then it became a series of internet webisodes. Here it is presented as a feature film on Blu-ray and DVD. I have to admit, I was very surprised by Blood and Chrome. It was a compelling and intimate story of the young adventures of the future Galactica captain and makes a great case for a major event in his life that was integral in shaping his future outlook. The action is spectacular and there was much more of it than I thought there would be. The space battles are on a huge scale and look impressive. If people thought J.J. Abrams liked lens flares, they should watch this; I have never seen so many in my life. But I am a fan of the dramatic, so I kinda dug it. The acting all around is solid and the story was very engaging. Blood and Chrome has definitely made me want to check out the entire Battlestar Galactica series now, so that speaks volumes about how much I liked this entry.
The Blu-ray from Universal is very nice looking, especially considering it is essentially a TV series. Much of the production design is very high quality lending itself more to a moderate budget film than a TV production. Detail and clarity is very nice, colors are bold and the soundtrack is pretty immersive. Overall the quality of this transfer really impressed me as did the film itself. Recommended for sure.
Available February 19, 2013 on Blu-ray and DVD.