Babylon 5: season 2 news

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  1. Rob T

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    from the r.a.s.t.b.m. newsgroup
    >Indications are that Warner Home Video is happy enough with the sales of
    >S1 that beginning with S2 they won't be waiting for sales reports on
    >each set before starting work on the next.
    I don't know that they've committed to that extent, but they are very happy
    with the sales, and are accellerating things.
    Interviews for year 2's DVD have been set, or already conducted, with Stephen
    Furst, Andrea Thompson, John Iacovelli, Anne Bruice-Ailing, Jerry, Claudia,
    Bruce, me, John Copeland, Doug Netter and others.
    In addition, I'll be doing commentaries on "The Coming of Shadows" and "The
    Fall of Night," and there will be a bonus group commentary by Bruce, Claudia
    and Jerry on "The Long, Twilight Struggle."
    There's talk about a special musical sequence for the season 3 DVD, with Chris
    re-scoring 2-3 episodes end to end with non-stop music, future segments on "The
    Future According to Babylon 5" with NASA and JPL guys (btw, James over at a
    certain House subcommittee, if you're reading this and could drop me a note,
    that'd be great). I'd like to see the final bonus section on year 5 be about
    the fans of the show.
    Point being...they're putting a LOT of energy and work into this to make each
    set better than the one before.
    (And yes, still writing my brains out here this weekend, except for a brief
    Bejeweled break where I finally broke 400,000 points.)
    jms

    This'll be a very nice set. [​IMG]
     
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    I take it jms from the signature of the post is series creator J. Michael Straczynski?
     
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    Yep its the creator of b5.
     
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    wow this is great news as I have just ordered season 1 and cannot wait to see this for the first time.
    Oscar
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  5. John Berggren

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    I am being begged to get season 1 on DVD and watch the show, but the budget isn't ready for the expense on a maybe quite yet. Soon though, soon.
     
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    Any chance they'll reframe the CGI outer-space shots in 4:3 format, to minimize "upconversion" artifacts? That is, we watch the live-action in 16:9, but outerspace shots will be shown 4:3?
    Ok, it's not likely, but one can hope. [​IMG]
     
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    OK, I realize that some of the effects shots are rather cramped and the quality of the video is sometimes a little shaky... but the ultimate strength of B5 is the story and the characters. I am very glad to see that Warner Bros is continuing onward with the releases.

    Ric
     
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    The only thing that I don't like is a re-scoring by Christopher Franke news.
    a commentary track by him on an episode or 2 would be nice, but a brand new score for some episodes?
    I don't think so.
    The rest sounds like good stuff though. [​IMG]
     
  9. Joe McKeown

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    Great news from Warner! (Now, discontinue all the snappers, and I'll even show respect)
     
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    Excellent news! I just finished the S1 set and can barely wait for the next one. I had almost forgot how good this show is.
    I said almost. [​IMG]
     
  11. Kai Zas

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    I don't know why they have to tinker with the aspect ratio at all. Do they think the show won't sell if it's not widescreen anamorphic?

    I've got the box here in front of me ($30 over at Amazon.de, still can't believe it), but I'm waiting for "The Gathering" to arrive. I've bought this show sight unseen, I've watched a little when it aired back in the days, so it's mostly new to me. Reading the review over at tvshowsondvd has me worried a tad about the quality.
     
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    I guess great minds really do think alike. [​IMG]
    Regards,
    Joe
     
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    I've heard that S2 is possibly set for April 2003, with 3 set for November 2003. Dunno if that still stands, however.
     
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    JMS mentioned the tentative April and November dates in a usenet post a couple of months before the S1 set went on sale. A purported 2003 Warner Home Video release list for the U.K. is currently circulating on the 'net. It gives release dates for the next two seasons as May 2003 and September 2003. (That's what I was referring to in the usenet posts that is quoted in the JMS reply above.) Since the U.K. release of the S1 set was about 10 days in advance of the R1 release, I'm guessing these dates would be approximately accurate for both sides of the Atlantic. However, as far as I know this list has not been confirmed as really being from Warner Bros. It may be, it may not. The Digital Bits go hold of a copy and all they said is that they are aware that some of the titles on it on the schedule for an R1 release next year.
    Today's Bits Rumor Mill contains a number of TV releases for 2003, through June, but it doesn't show any B5 sets at all.
    Regards,
    Joe
     
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    from the man himself from usenet via jmsnews.com
     
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