Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (Beyond Home Ent) (2004)

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Released 8-Jun-2010

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Science Fiction Main Menu Audio
Interviews-Cast & Crew
Deleted Scenes
Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 175:52
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Brian Henson
Studio
Distributor
Hallmark Entertain
Beyond Home Entertainment
Starring Ben Browder
Claudia Black
Anthony Simcoe
Gigi Edgley
Wayne Pygram
Raelee Hill
Melissa Jaffer
Paul Goddard
Tammy McIntosh
David Franklin
Rebecca Riggs
Duncan Young
Francesca Buller
Case ?
RPI ? Music Guy Gross


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/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 None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Farscape is a well loved Sci-fi television series, made in Australia in the late 1990s, early 2000s. The original four seasons of the show were released on DVD before by Universal back in 2005. This specific mini-series was previously released by Magna Pacific and more recently by Beyond as a stand alone two disc set. The whole series is now being re-released by Beyond Home Entertainment both as individual seasons and as a box set including all four seasons plus the mini-series, The Peacekeeper Wars.

     This set seems to be the same as the previously released two-disc Beyond set except that it is physically packaged with the 3-disc Farscape Archives set which will be reviewed in the near future.

     The show was cancelled after Season 4, however after fan pressure, a mini-series, The Peacekeeper Wars, was made to round out the series. This set contains the two approximately 90 minute parts of the mini-series across 2 discs. The show's plot involves a great war for the Universe between The Peacekeepers and the Scarrans. There are lots of great special effects including space battles and more.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is very good. The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.

     The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout. The shadow detail was quite good. There is some mild grain at times and occasional minor MPEG artefacts. The colour is very good with no major issues to report. There was some edge enhancement from time to time but it was not overly distracting.

     There are no subtitles which is disappointing.

     The layer changes are fairly obvious.

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Audio

     The audio quality is very good. This DVD set contains an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack which if anything is a little too obvious in the surrounds. There is lots of front separation as well. Dialogue was generally clear and easy to hear although subtitles would have been useful from time to time.

     The score by Guy Gross is suitably dramatic.

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Extras

     Many of the extras on this edition were also included on the Universal release.

Menu

     The menu was functional but unexciting including music.

Disc 1

Cast & Crew Interviews (3:38, 3:56, 3:33, 3:30, 3:43, 3:50, 3:54)

     Light interviews with Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Gigi Edgley, Brian Henson, David Kemper, Andrew Prowse. Topics include the story, characters and the mini-series.

Disc 2

Deleted Scenes (13:51)

     Interesting scenes but the video quality is significantly worse. Some are deleted, others extended.

Trailer (2:00)

     Decent trailer.

R4 vs R1

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

    This seems to be the best stand alone release available globally of this mini-series.

Summary

    The mini-series which rounds out Farscape.

     The video quality is very good. The audio quality is very good but maybe slightly overdoes the surround effects. The extras are decent.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, March 18, 2011
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplayLG Scarlet 42LG61YD 106cm Full HD LCD. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into BD player. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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