Lexx-Season 3 (1998)
|Year Of Production||1998|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Multi Disc Set (4)
|Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Version Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
Beyond Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.29:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.29:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Joining the crew some 4000-odd years after the conclusion of the second series, Xev (the fiery half cluster-lizard, half human love slave), Stan (the meek, sex-starved captain), Kai (the undead assassin) and 790 (the hopelessly in love robot-head) haven't changed much. Having chewed up the remaining fuel in the Lexx at the conclusion of its second series, the crew have been in stasis for thousands of years waiting for the ship to drift near a world where they can find food for it (the Lexx being a rather dim living organism itself). Their drifting ends in orbit around the twin planets Water and Fire.
Rather than the graceful awakening the crew had hoped for, they are awoken by Prince (Nigel Bennett), the mischievous ruler of the planet Fire. Prince, the recurring enemy for the season, wants to use the Lexx to end the age-old war between the two planets, and thus the main driver for the series is forged.
The planets Fire and Water are a thinly veiled metaphor for Heaven and Hell. The planet Fire is a harsh desert planet filled with crazies, enslaved masses and general no-goodnicks. The planet water is entirely covered with water and features a handful of floating cities, populated by happy, friendly folk who like to enjoy themselves and never want for everything. The population of Water are seem oblivious and relatively indifferent to the constant attacks by the people of Fire. Lexx is a show that thrives on questioning morals and pushing the boundaries of what is socially acceptable. Working in this grey moral space in such a black and white setting gives the writers plenty to work with and they work it very well - the net effect being the best series of Lexx yet.
The second series of Lexx (reviewed here) changed its formula considerably from the first (reviewed here). The third series shakes the formula again and it works out for the best. Each episode segues to the next forming a strong narrative flow throughout the episodes. The wider story arc has a stronger focus than in the previous season, which makes for a much more involving plot to each episode - if a particular episode story doesn't appeal, there is plenty of ongoing plot in each episode to keep viewers hooked in.
The special effects in this series are a definite improvement over previous seasons. This season makes good use of location shooting around Germany, Tunisia and Canada, supplemented by a heavy slate of digital effects to achieve a unique look.
The episodes in this series are as follows:
The film is presented in its original 1.29:1 aspect ratio and is not 16x9 enhanced (nor should it be).
The video quality is the best of any of the seasons of Lexx that have been released in Region 4.
The video is reasonably sharp. There is a mild degree of low level noise present, but it is never a distraction and will only really be noticeable on larger televisions. There is a decent amount of detail visible in shadows and darker areas.
The colour palette used is quite distinct for each of the main settings used in the series. The planet Fire setting uses a lot of oranges and reds. The planet Water setting uses deep blues and greens. The colours are well presented in the transfer.
The transfer is largely artefact-free, although there is a modest degree of pixelation visible in some of the digital backgrounds and heavily composited effects sequences. Mild posterization can be seen in a few dimly lit scenes, although the aesthetic of the scenes are such that this may have been a deliberate effect. A handful of film artefacts are visible in the transfer, but these are few and far between.
There is one noticeable tape tracking glitch in the transfer at 34:30 of the second episode, where the video and audio hang for about half a second. Nothing is lost or skipped by this error, but it is a rather sloppy artefact to have come through to a final product.
There are no subtitles on these discs.
The show is spread across four RSDL discs. The layer break occurs between scenes during an episode on each disc, but none of the changes were noticeable on my equipment.
There is one English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192 Kbps) track present for each episode. It is of a reasonable standard in terms of quality.
The dialogue is clear and well timed throughout.
The music is very distinctive and conveys the sentiment of the show well. The music sounds reasonably clean in the mix.
There is no noticeable surround usage. The subwoofer gets a small amount of use from the bottom end of the mix, though not a great deal.
|Surround Channel Use|
Three short interviews with members of the technical crew. Each discusses their role in the show, but there isn't much in the way of anecdotes (or much personality). The interviewees are: Stewart Dowds (Film Editor, 2:18), Peter Gaskin (Videomatics Director, 5:51) and Alex Busby (Visual Effects Designer, 5:04).
A fairly routine "Making Of" featurette that has been chopped into four separate chunks, one per disc. There are some interesting bits about how this season did a considerable amount of location shooting in Germany and Tunisia as well as the effects work, but it is mostly just chaff about how fun it is to make the show.
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The Region 1 and Region 4 versions are very similar. The Region 4 edition features one interview not contained on the Region 1 version, but misses out on Storyboards, Location photos, Trivia questions and Character and cast bios. None of the differences are really compelling and the Region 4 version is generally found a lot cheaper than its Region 1 counterpart.
The best season of Lexx yet. An adult sci-fi comedy recommended for any sci-fi fans.
The extras are modest. This video and audio are well presented.
|DVD||Sony Playstation 3, using HDMI output|
|Display||Samsung 116cm LA46M81BD. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL).|
|Audio Decoder||Pioneer VSX-D512. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||150W DTX front speakers, and a 100W centre and 2 surrounds, 12 inch PSB Image 6i powered sub|