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Bad News: Farscape DVD's Placed on Moratorium?


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#1 of 17 OFFLINE   Mark Talmadge

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Posted May 08 2007 - 09:00 AM

This is a very sad day! After checking out ADV Films website for Season 1 DVD's for the Farscape series I noticed that none of the Season 1 DVD's are are available anymore.

This is eerie news. Could it be that ADV Films is taking the series and placing it on moratorium? Neither the regular DVD's nor the Starburst DVD's are available. The only DVD's available through their website are the Season 2 through Season 4 DVD's.

Could distribution for the series be moving to another company/distributor? Or are they planning a complete series set for this release like they did with Andromeda Slipstream Collection?

Check out the listing here: http://www.advfilms.....es.asp?ID=2039

#2 of 17 OFFLINE   Brandon Gantt

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Posted May 08 2007 - 10:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Mark Talmadge
This is a very sad day! After checking out ADV Films website for Season 1 DVD's for the Farscape series I noticed that none of the Season 1 DVD's are are available anymore.

This is eerie news. Could it be that ADV Films is taking the series and placing it on moratorium? Neither the regular DVD's nor the Starburst DVD's are available. The only DVD's available through their website are the Season 2 through Season 4 DVD's.

Could distribution for the series be moving to another company/distributor? Or are they planning a complete series set for this release like they did with Andromeda Slipstream Collection?

Check out the listing here: http://www.advfilms.....es.asp?ID=2039

According to a threads over at WatchFarscape and TerraFirma, distribution will be switching to Sony.

#3 of 17 OFFLINE   Mark Talmadge

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Posted May 08 2007 - 02:05 PM

So, I wonder how long they're allowed to distribute the DVD's for and when, and if ever, Sony will release them on DVD? At least we'll see cheaper prices for the series and in Thinpack Season sets for around $40-50 at discount retailers such as Best Buy.

#4 of 17 OFFLINE   Scott-S

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Posted May 09 2007 - 01:08 AM

I have been holding off buying Farscape on DVD because it is so confusing. There are so many versions etc.

The news of Sony taking over might actually be good for me. If they finally get around to releasing a nice full series set, I'll definitely buy it (as long as it isn't Star Trek Priced). I mean I am not willing to pay $700 for the series.
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#5 of 17 OFFLINE   Bonnie*F

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Posted May 09 2007 - 08:03 AM

I agree.
I started buying Farscape when it was only a couple of episodes per disc - the reason why I have 11 discs for season 1. I was holding off on season 2 hoping for season sets but the $150 when it originally came out made it prohibitively expense for me. Now that the price is beginning to go down - seen it at about 75-80 - I was actually thinking about getting another season or two. Or maybe even all three that I'm missing.
Now, I'll likely put it off again in the hopes that Sony puts it out in Thin-paks and at a reasonable cost. We'll see.

#6 of 17 OFFLINE   TheLongshot

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Posted May 09 2007 - 08:59 AM

Just as a note, ADV has clearnace sales on their DVDs every once in a while. Lately, the Starburst Editions have been starting to appear in those sales.

To be honest, there is so much Farscape on the secondary market, you can probably get them all for pretty cheap nowadays.

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#7 of 17 OFFLINE   Joseph Bolus

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Posted May 09 2007 - 09:52 AM

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I agree.
I started buying Farscape when it was only a couple of episodes per disc - the reason why I have 11 discs for season 1. I was holding off on season 2 hoping for season sets but the $150 when it originally came out made it prohibitively expense for me.

I ended-up purchasing the four seasons via the 12 "Starburst Editions".

Each "Starburst Edition" contained 7-8 episodes and a bonus disc of supplements. They typically "streeted" for $19.95 each. So ... in essence you ended up paying about $60 for a season which I thought was a pretty good deal.
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#8 of 17 OFFLINE   Mark Talmadge

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Posted May 09 2007 - 11:59 AM

Yeah but maybe Sony will release them without being on so many single DVD cases and without this horrid double sided format.

#9 of 17 OFFLINE   Will_B

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Posted May 09 2007 - 03:32 PM

ADV got rid of the double sided format when it repressed the Starburst editions. The Starburst editions, assuming you got the single sided versions, were excellent in most every way. They collected nearly every commentary track from both US and UK editions, and had loads of special features too.

The only technical fault with the Starburst editions was that the final season's picture quality was terrible (all of season four, not just 4.1 and 4.2 as my screen cap from the time indicated):

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I don't know what Sony could do that would be better, aside from remastering the final season.
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#10 of 17 OFFLINE   Jason_V

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Posted May 10 2007 - 02:04 AM

I heard this rumor a couple weeks back. I can't imagine why Sony of all companies would be getting the rights. Is it something with Hanson? Do I even dare to suggest some kind of new Farscape property they're hoping to cross-promote?

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Posted May 10 2007 - 03:35 AM

Sony and Henson have always had pretty close ties - Lisa Henson (Jim's daughter) was an executive there for a while. Or it could just be that when ADV's contract was reaching the end, Sony had the highest bid o the new rights.
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#12 of 17 OFFLINE   Mark Talmadge

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Posted November 01 2007 - 06:23 AM

I wonder what's going on and when Sony is going to start going forward and start releasing the series ...

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Posted June 10 2008 - 04:54 AM

seasons two through four are still out there, but season 1 is pretty much impossible to find at a reasonable price. this is so odd, its just like E:FC, the best season isn't available =/

#14 of 17 OFFLINE   Mark Talmadge

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Posted August 30 2008 - 09:45 PM

There's even more bad news as Sony has expressed no interest at releasing the series at the current time.

#15 of 17 OFFLINE   Will_B

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Posted August 31 2008 - 06:23 AM

Why'd Sony buy it then? I'd get this on BluRay. Maybe they're waiting for BluRay production costs to drop a bit first? I guess that's ok for now.
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Posted August 31 2008 - 04:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Scott-S
I have been holding off buying Farscape on DVD because it is so confusing. There are so many versions etc.
That has always had me scratching my head, too.

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Originally Posted by Mark Talmadge
Yeah but maybe Sony will release them without being on so many single DVD cases and without this horrid double sided format.
We can always hope.

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Originally Posted by Will_B
ADV got rid of the double sided format when it repressed the Starburst editions. The Starburst editions, assuming you got the single sided versions, were excellent in most every way. They collected nearly every commentary track from both US and UK editions, and had loads of special features too.

The only technical fault with the Starburst editions was that the final season's picture quality was terrible (all of season four, not just 4.1 and 4.2 as my screen cap from the time indicated):
After buying the first season edition of double sided disasters, I wasn't sure I would buy any more Farscape. Then, the second season edition (and probably the first, I haven't looked) of single side enjoyment came out and I was happy again.
I didn't make it to the fourth season. (TVonDVD GLUT),(Hey, had to make choices, ya know?) Kinda glad I didn't with that bit of picture quality info.

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I heard this rumor a couple weeks back. I can't imagine why Sony of all companies would be getting the rights. Is it something with Hanson? Do I even dare to suggest some kind of new Farscape property they're hoping to cross-promote?
That would be fantastic as the show is very entertaining from a sci-fi lovers perspective. Even though I haven't made it to the fourth season yet. I'm sorry.

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Why'd Sony buy it then? I'd get this on BluRay. Maybe they're waiting for BluRay production costs to drop a bit first? I guess that's ok for now.
This would be a guarantee, no doubt about it whatsoever BluRay buy. First day, no questions asked. Regardless of price. I love this show. Even though I haven't made it to the fourth season yet. I'm so sorry. I do however own the Peacekeeper show wrap up, story tie up.... whatever. Just waiting to see all the eps before the end. ya know? I can't read the last page when I'm only in the middle. Bring the BluRay.

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Posted September 01 2008 - 09:05 AM

Wasn't Farscape shot on SD PAL tape? That would render any attempt to remaster it for HD nigh impossible.


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