Unrated Adventure Set During First Cylon War Hits Hi-Def Home Video...
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The modern Battlestar Galactica TV series is arguably the best sci-fi action drama to ever be produced for television. Staring engaging characters brought to life by a talented cast, an impressive array of special effects, brilliant and emotional writing and a story featuring plenty of social commentary, Battlestar Galactica is no doubt one of the finest pieces of television in recent history.
Now, the drama and action continues in Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome. Previously conceived as a web series which was later edited to be the pilot to a possible on-going series (which was sadly passed over), Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome features everything that makes Battlestar Galatica great: interesting characters played by a talented cast, engaging action, impressive special effects and a story and setting that makes for great watching.
A prelude to the modern series, this 94 minute feature is set during the first Cylon War. Boot Lieutenant William "Husker" Adama, fresh from the Academy, is given his first assignment...and it's nothing less than flying a secret mission which will shape forever the way Adama understands the war with the machines. Traitors within the human contingent, robots with feelings and emotions, and frightening new organic and machine constructs which foreshadow the future series, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome shows an interesting look back at a time before the modern series, at a time when a population of people were filled with hope and battle fervor, unaware that the war yet to be fought won't end for decades at the cost of millions of lives.
Staring Luke Pasqualino (The Borgias) as Lt. William Adama, Ben Cotton as Lieutenant Coker Fasjovik and Lili Bordán (Casino) as Dr. Beka Kelly, the film feature solid acting from an experience cast. With luck, we'll see more of the web episodes should the popularity of this home video release and the airing of the show gain popularity.
As for the film itself, both video and audio are impressive with a 1080p picture that keeps lines sharp, colors accurate and sharp. Kept in the film's 1.78:1 aspect ratio, there's no doubt this is beautiful to watch. Likewise, the audio too is impressive; DTS-HD 5.1 or Dolby Digital 5.1 with a home theater or Dolby Digital 2.0 for those with a regular TV. Audio effects fill the sound stage and ensures explosions, lasers, and the breaking, ripping and shredding of metal is everywhere.
As for special features, the disc includes a good amount of delete scenes (around 30 minutes) as well as a 20+ minute featurette, "Blood & Chrome: Visual Effects," which features producers and visual effects crew talking about the concept of the show as well as the show's impressive effects. Fans of the film will enjoy these as they expand the already insightful feature even more and provide some additional character building.
While not nearly as cerebral and thought-provoking as the modern series, there's no doubt Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome is engaging, visually impressive and fun. Hopefully, should the home video release do well, we'll see more of these characters in the future.
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome is available now on DVD and Blu-ray wherever fine home video is sold.
Be sure to check out a sneak peek at the Deleted Scenes and Bonus Features, below!
- Jess C. Horsley