Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (Beyond Home Ent) (2004)
Main Menu Audio
Interviews-Cast & Crew
|Year Of Production||2004|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Brian Henson|
Beyond Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
Many of the extras on this edition were also included on the Universal release.
The menu was functional but unexciting including music.
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.
Interesting scenes but the video quality is significantly worse. Some are deleted, others extended.
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.
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.
|DVD||SONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output|
|Display||LG 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 Decoder||Built into BD player. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|