TCFHE Press Release: Firefly The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    JOSS WHEDON’S EMMY® AWARD-WINNING SCI-FI SERIES VENTURES INTO HIGH DEFINITION

    FIREFLY

    THE COMPLETE SERIES

    Available November 11th On Blu-ray Disc From Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment,
    Futuristic Western Includes All 14 Episodes Presented in Stunning High-Def Format

    --Plus All-New BD Exclusive Content Including “Firefly” Reunion in HD
    Along With New Episode Commentary By Creator Joss Whedon And Select Cast Members—

    CENTURY CITY, Calif. – Experience the journey into the wild western space frontier in stunning high-definition with the return of the popular sci-fi fan-favorite “Firefly” - The Complete Series, blasting off for the first time onto Blu-ray Disc on November 11th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. From fantasy mastermind writer/producer Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), the adventurous space-age series has accumulated a devoted fan-base since its 2003 premiere on DVD and garnered an Emmy® Award* that same year. The ensemble cast includes nine members of a renegade crew of the spaceship “Serenity,” led by Nathan Fillion (Waitress) who won the Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award in 2003 for his role. Along with standout performances by Gina Torres (“Standoff”), Alan Tudyk (3:10 to Yuma), Morena Baccarin (“Stargate SG-1”), Adam Baldwin (“Chuck”), Jewel Staite (“Stargate: Atlantis”), Sean Maher (“Party of Five”), Summer Glau (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) and Emmy® Award nominee** Ron Glass (“Barney Miller”), “Firefly” combines a natural and futuristic setting with traditional Western elements. Set in the year, 2517, the series explores the aftermath of a civil war and the pioneer culture that exists on the fringes of their star system. Featuring exciting new BD exclusive content, the “Firefly” – The Complete Series three-disc set includes all 14 episodes in HD format and is highlighted by an all-new “Firefly Reunion” roundtable discussion about the series plus a brand new episode commentary with Whedon and select cast members. The “Firefly” – The Complete Series Blu-ray Disc will be available for the suggested retail price of $89.98 U.S. / $119.98 Canada.

    * Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series
    ** Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series, 1982

    Synopsis
    Set 500 years into the future, in the wake of a universal civil war, “Firefly” centers on the crew of Serenity, a small transport spaceship that does not have a planet to call home. Captain Malcom “Mal” Reynolds, a defeated soldier who opposed the unification of the planets by the totalitarian governed Alliance, will undertake any job – legal or not – to stay afloat and keep his crew fed.

    Blu-ray Content:
    The “Firefly” – The Complete Series Blu-ray Disc is authored in BD-J on three dual-layer 50GB discs presented in widescreen format (1.78:1 aspect ratio) with English 5.1 DTS HD Master Lossless Audio, Spanish and French Dolby Surround and German 5.1 DTS, plus English, Spanish and Dutch subtitles. Individual disc content as follows:

    DISC 1:
    ² Serenity (Part 1 & 2)
    ² Commentary by executive producer Joss Whedon and actor Nathan Fillion
    ² The Train Job
    ² Commentary by executive producers Joss Whedon and Tim Minear
    ² Bushwacked
    ² Shindig
    ² Commentary by writer Jane Espenson, actress Morena Baccarin and costume designer Shawna Trpcic
    ² Special Features:
    ² Here’s How It Was: The Making of “Firefly” featurette
    DISC 2:
    ² Safe
    ² Our Mrs. Reynolds
    ² BD Exclusive - Commentary by executive producer Joss Whedon and actors Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk and Ron Glass
    ² Jaynestown
    ² Out of Gas
    ² Commentary by executive producer Tim Minear and director David Solomon
    ² Ariel
    ² Special Features:
    ² BD Exclusive – “Firefly” Reunion: Lunch with Joss, Nathan, Alan and Ron featurette (HD)
    DISC 3:
    ² War Stories
    ² Commentary by actors Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk
    ² Trash
    ² The Message
    ² Commentary by actor Alan Tudyk and actress Jewel Staite
    ² Heart of Gold
    ² Objects in Space
    ² Commentary by executive producer Joss Whedon
    ² Special Features:
    ² Serenity: The 10th Character
    ² Joss Sings the “Firefly” Theme featurette
    ² Joss Tours the Set featurette
    ² Deleted Scenes
    ² Gag Reel
    ² Alan Tudyk’s Audition


    “FIREFLY” - THE COMPLETE SERIES Blu-ray Disc
    Street Date: November 11, 2008
    Prebook Date: October 15, 2008
    BD Price: $89.98 U.S. / $119.98 Canada
    Catalog #: 2253369
    Total Running Time: 658 minutes
    MPAA Rating: NR
    Closed Captioned: Yes
     
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    Must buy for me. I can delete the ones on my VR from Universal HD.
     
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    Pre-ordered and waiting anxiously. [​IMG]
     
  4. Bryan^H

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    Price point be Damned. I'm buying this[​IMG]

    Strange thing is, I could have sworn Jewel Staite said she was going to record some new stuff for this set. Why isn't she on it?
     
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    A must buy for me as well. Hopefully we get Serenity on Blu around the same time.
     
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    This show was one of the only 2 sd-dvds I have purchased since April 2006 and so.....Hell Yes I'm buying this even if it's rather expensive for 13 episodes. But it's Fox. [​IMG]
     
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    120 bucks in Canada? I would like to get this but I would have to have even bigger rocks in my head than Fox already has in theirs.
     
  8. Jason Seaver

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    Yeah, I don't know why companies haven't recognized that the exchange rate is hovering around 1:1 right now.

    I look at that $90 price and am glad it appears scheduled to come out during the DD November sale. That'll probably get it below $60.
     
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    Good call on the DD sale. I'd like to pay no more than $40 for this but, maybe a few dollars more than $40 would be ok.
     
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    I remember her saying the same thing. It could have been a scheduling conflict with "Stargate Atlantis".
     
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    I just hope Fox re-rendered the CG shots. The episodes aired on Universal HD had a lot of special effects shots that were SD upconverted.
     
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    Doubtful. An educated guess here is that it will be exactly what was broadcast on UHD.
     
  13. Paul Arnette

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    Agreed. In light of the FX issue, I have solidified my decision to wait for both reviews and either a sale or a price-drop on this before biting. I really enjoy this show, but I can only watch a even a half-season's worth of TV but so many times. Additionally, it is a common gripe, but when I can purchase Pushing Daisies and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles for $20 a piece, $60 plus for the same number of episodes is a bitter pill to swallow.
     
  14. Bryan^H

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    I just watched some select episodes from the SDVD.
    Now this is the first time I actually watched it on my LCD television in 480P. It was a nightmare. The dark scenes looked so doggone bad(excessive grain) that I had to stop watching. This is after tweaking the thing twelve ways to Sunday to try to get a passable viewing experience. No luck.

    I found this very strange, because on my CRT tv(Sony Vega) it was absolutely beautiful. To make sure I'm not crazy, I checked again on that tv, and it was once again beautiful.

    It will be interesting to see how it looks on Blu-Ray.
     

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