Babylon 5-Thirdspace (1998)

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Released 2-Mar-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Science Fiction Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio
Introduction-J. Michael Straczynski And Various Cast And Crew
Audio Commentary-Director And Cast
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1998
Running Time 90:20
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4,5 Directed By Jesķs Salvador TreviŮo
Studio
Distributor
TNT
Warner Home Video
Starring Bruce Boxleitner
Claudia Christian
Mira Furlan
Richard Biggs
Jeff Conaway
Stephen Furst
Patricia Tallman
Clyde Kusatsu
Shari Belafonte
William Sanderson
Kip King
Floyd Levine
Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter
Case ?
RPI ? Music Christopher Franke


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
German
French
Dutch
Finnish
Swedish
Czech
Greek
Turkish
Arabic
Croatian
Slovenian
Portuguese
English for the Hearing Impaired
German for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

One mistake of so many...

††† At the end of the final series of Babylon 5, now retitled in its entirety as The Wheel Of Fire, creator J. Michael Straczynski found that he still had several stories to tell in the Babylon 5 universe, particularly as a means of bridging this series with his newly conceived follow-on series Crusade.

††† The first of this trilogy is the film, Thirdspace. Set between the third season, Point Of No Return, and the fourth season, No Surrender, No Retreat, Thirdspace revolves around an alien artefact that a group of B5 Star-Furies finds in deep hyperspace and bring back to the station.

††† Thirdspace really gives the chance for the ensemble cast to display some fine work, and I really like this particular TV movie. It has a lot going for it, even if it is a largely stand-alone episode. Patricia Tallman also gets to play a really good role as a telepath going out of her mind, which is great fun to watch.

††† While certainly nothing special in terms of its addition to the saga, Thirdspace is a lot of fun, and makes for great late-night science fiction. A worthy addition to the Babylon 5 magnum opus.

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Transfer Quality

Video

††† Transferred in its original 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced aspect ratio, this is a very nice transfer.

††† There is considerably less grain and less film artefacts in this transfer than there are in the earlier movies. There is good definition at work here, and the colour saturation is better, although still not perfect in my opinion.

††† There is still a bit of aliasing and moire at work here, but nothing too bad. There are no MPEG artefacts.

††† There is not much dirt at play here by comparison to the previous movies, but itís still noticeable if you go looking for it.

††† There are, however, plenty of subtitles at work here in white with a black border. They are clear and easy to read, and follow the dialogue pretty closely.

††† There is apparently a dual-layer pause here, but I canít find it on my new set up. If anyone comes across it, let me know.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

††† There is a fantastic 5.1 Dolby digital soundtrack at play here, as well as an accompanying German soundtrack in 5.1 Dolby Digital and French in 2.0 Dolby Surround.

††† The English track has excellent dialogue reproduction, no audio sync problems that I saw, and a great and dynamic range.

††† There is plenty of surround information here as you would expect of a 5.1 Dolby Digital track, but still not the kind of cinematic scores that we have become used to.

††† The subwoofer gets a good pounding in this one, with some impressive rumble thatís not just due to my new set up.

††† The foreign language soundtracks are noticeably thinner but adequate.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

Menus

††† All menus are presented in 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced, with the score in 2.0 Dolby Surround.

Introduction (4:04)

††† Presented in 1.33:1, Full Frame, 2.0 Dolby Surround, this is an introduction to the movie with the cast and crew, predominantly Straczynski.

Audio Commentary

††† Presented in 2.0 Dolby Surround, this commentary is by Jesus Salvador Trevino, Bruce Boxleitner, Jeff Conway, Stephen Furst and Patricia Tallman. This is a great commentary and the cast are clearly having a lot of fun doing it. There is rarely a quiet moment, and I was overall entertained.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

††† The R1 release of this movie in this set looks to be identical to the R4 release, barring NTSC coding and region coding. Without a copy I cannot give you an exact comparison.

Summary

††† Thirdspace is a great fun standalone movie addition to the Babylon 5 saga. Well worth watching, as it makes an effective little horror story.

††† Video is good, but still limited by its source.

††† The sound is only available in a great 5.1 Dolby Digital remix that really adds to the enjoyment of the movie.

††† The extras are brief but good.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Edward McKenzie (I am Jack's raging bio...)
Sunday, May 08, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-676A, SACD & DVD-A, using S-Video output
DisplayBeko 28" (16x9). Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.
AmplificationMarantz SR7000
SpeakersDigital Accoustics Emerald 703G - Centre, Front Left & Right, Rear Left & Right Satellites, Subwoofer

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