The sci fi genre has had its up and downs and its share of not only legendary films and television shows but also a slew of low budget crap and rip offs. I am sure when Battlestar Galactica premiered in 1978 many people thought it might be another carbon copy of the popular Star Trek series or the blockbuster film Star Wars the year before. Sci fi was huge and everybody was making something in the genre. But instead audiences were treated to a thoughtful and thoroughly entertaining series that stood on its own merit and it became an iconic sci fi series in its own right spawning a spin off series as well as reboot series decades later that would also become one of the most beloved sci fi projects ever. And now Universal is rewarding fans with Battlestar Galactica: The Definitive Collection on Blu-ray for the first time.
In the future, humans inhabit twelve colonies in the galaxy but are constantly threatened by an alien force known as The Cylons. On the eve of a ceremony to sign a peace treaty with the Cylons, an attack on all the human colonies leaves the human race in shambles. The remaining Colonial ships led by the Battlestar Galactica under the command of Adama (Lorne Greene) head into deep space to seek out a lost 13th colony also known as Earth.
Battlestar Galactica only lasted one season and 21 episodes but left an indelible mark on the sci fi genre. Although not regarded as a first tier ‘classic’ like Star Wars or Star Trek, it nonetheless made legions of fans with its story of deep space war between the humans and the Cylons. And oh those Cylons. Among the very coolest of sci fi villains ever, their black and chrome outfits and scanning red eye made them a genre favorite. Add to all of this the charismatic cast including Richard Hatch as Apollo, Dirk Benedict as the rogue Starbuck and TV legend Lorne Greene as Adama and you had an imaginative show that also showcased excellent space battles between the humans Viper fighters and the Cylon Raiders that capitalized on the newfound excitement created by Star Wars.
Also included in this collection is the entire series Galactica 1980 which finds Adama (again portrayed by Lorne Greene) and his crew finally arriving to Earth and protecting it from the Cylons. There’s new characters this time around but the fun factor is still there. While slightly less serious than the original series, Galactica 1980 is still lots of fun with cool effects. This one only lasted 10 episodes but is a nice addition to the set.
In this new Definitive Collection not only do you get both series in their original full frame format, but you get both complete series remastered in widescreen for the first time ever and the results are spectacular! The remastering is excellent with a nice clear picture and effects that look better than ever. Even the original Battlestar Galactica theatrical movie is included for completest. In addition there are tons of great new special features including over 3 hours of deleted scenes (!), a new 45 minute documentary, commentaries and much more. You can also get a more basic set, The Remastered Collection, which just includes the two series in widescreen. This set definitely lives up to its Definitive title and is highly recommended.