Farscape-The Archives (1999)
Main Menu Introduction
Interviews-Cast & Crew
Alternative Version-Season 2 Premiere
|Year Of Production||1999|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Multi Disc Set (3)
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||None Given|
Beyond Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (448Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||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. 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. Also included in the box set is this three disc set consisting entirely of extras. There are copious extras on the various seasons but a whole raft of other stuff is included here. Some of what was included here was on previous releases of the various seasons.
Fans of this show will love this treasure trove.
The video quality is decent but not restored like the rest of the series.
The feature is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. The picture was fairly soft throughout, reminiscent of used VHS quality mostly. There is some mild grain at times and occasional minor MPEG artefacts. The colour is a bit dull. There was the usual collection of artefacts like colour bleeding, edge enhancement, etc., as you would expect from unrestored archival material.
There are no subtitles which is disappointing.
The layer changes are fairly obvious.
The audio quality is good.
This DVD set contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack which is nothing special but good enough for this sort of material. 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.
The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu was functional but unexciting including music.
A crash course in Farscape for the uninitiated. Was obviously a precursor to Season 3 being shown and features most of the cast. Really probably only of interest to big fans.
Featurettes for 12 specific episodes hosted by the composer. He discusses his music, styles used and his process. He talks about and shows specific scenes. Interesting but probably a little more than most will want as there is about 2 hours of content here.
Each of the main actors and actresses talk about their characters. John Crichton, Aeryn Sun, Ka D'Ago, Moya & Pilot & Zhaan.
Featurette on the three main villains of the show, Scorpius, Crais & Grayza. The actors discuss their characters and sample scenes are shown.
More natural interviews than the character profiles. They talk about their characters, the story, shooting issues, challenges and tell anecdotes. The interviews are with Anthony Simcoe (Ka D'Ago), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius), Jonathan Hardy (Voice of Rygel), Rebecca Riggs (Grayza), Lani John Tupu (Crais & Voice of Pilot), David Franklin (Capt Braca) & Paul Goddard (Stark). There is lots of material here, over two hours.
Profiles of creator Rockne S O'Bannon & Executive Producer/Director David Kemper. They discuss the show, it's development, complexity, the characters and other issues.
Featurette on the character Zhaan covering her motivations, sexuality, challenges and the various Director's views.
One of the best extras is the original planned premiere for season 2, which was later replaced by another episode and then this episode was recut and became the eight episode of Season 2, Dream a Little Dream. Great to have this original cut.
Comparison of the theatrical cut and director's cut of the above episode.
More natural interviews than the character profiles. The talk about their characters, the story, shooting issues, challenges and tell anecdotes. The interviews are with Claudia Black (Aeryn Sun), Anthony Simcoe (Ka D'Ago), Ben Browder (John Crichton), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius) & Gigi Edgley.
In 5.1 obviously, this is a clip of soundtrack music with scenes from the show.
Featurette about the Henson creature shop set up in Australia to support the show.
Screen tests of makeup for Ka D'Ago and Zhaan.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This seems to be the only release available globally of this material.
|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|