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Babyon 5 Films

Discussion in 'TV Show Forum' started by Timh, Aug 13, 2004.

  1. Timh

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    I just noticed play are advertising a 3 film box set of B5 the films are...

    Third Space

    River of Souls

    Call to Arms

    Have these Films ever been on Terestrial tv? I can't remember ever seeing them.

    Thanks
     
  2. Garrett

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    Not 100% on it but I do not think so Tim, I saw them all on the Sci-Fi channel.
    There is also the TV movie B5:In The Beginning which tells of the Earth-Minbari war. Also I do not know if it is in the first box set but The Gathering was a TV Movie this was shown on terrestrial.
     
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    Just to let you know that the R1 version of the B5 film set contains all five of the above mentioned films and is released sometime in the next couple of weeks, I think - can't remember the exact date, sorry!

    I already have the R2 In The Beginning & The Gathering discs, but I'm trying to find out if these two have commentary tracks on the new R1 box set. If they do, I'll go for that set...best price I've found it for is £29.99 at Loaded 247, customs safe. Not bad as the best I can find the 3-disc R2 is £22.49 at Play.

    Anyone got any more info re the commentary tracks on the R1 set?
     
  4. Timh

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    Garrett... I own the films you mention on R1 but I have no memory of seeing the other three, but I do remember them being mentioned approx 5 years ago.

    I recently watched the first 3 seasons on dvd and enjoyed every episode once again :)
    Introduced it to my 13 year old son who is now hooked and can't wait to see season 4.
     
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    Hi,

    Important warning to purchasers of the B5 films series! :lesson:

    If you buy the R1 edition, you get:
    - Babylon 5: Pilot Episode ("The Gathering")
    - Thirdspace
    - River Of Souls
    - A Call To Arms

    However, if you buy the R2 edition, you DO NOT get the "Pilot" movie again. As far as I know, all other content details for this release are the same, regardless of which region you buy from.

    Oh, and none of the three films have aired on Terrestrial TV, (with the exception of the Pilot Movie, which C4 aired, at the end of the first run of Season 1, back in 1994), but the Sci-Fi channel has aired some of them, though I can't remember exactly which ones.

    Pooch!
     
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    PoochJD - you left one out!

    R1 set consists of...

    - Babylon 5: Pilot Episode ("The Gathering")
    - Thirdspace
    - River Of Souls
    - A Call To Arms
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    - In The Beginning

    R2 set consists of...

    - Thirdspace
    - River Of Souls
    - A Call To Arms


    Just had a look on Amazon.com and it seems the R1 set has commentary tracks for all 5 movies + intros from JMS. Looks like the R1 for me then.
     
  7. PoochJD

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    Hi CrazyHorse,

    :oops: Apologies for that blunder, folks!

    Pooch
     
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    Does anyone know where these three films fit in chronologically.
    Cheers,
    Chris.
     
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    Channel 4 have aired at least two of the Babylon 5 movies as I remember seeing 'In The Beginning' and 'Thirdspace' on TV on a Sunday afternoon.

    After doing a little searching around the net I found out that 'In The Beginning' has been shown twice, once on Sunday 30th January 2000 and then again on Wednesday 11th July 2001. 'Thirdspace' has also been shown twice, once on Sunday 23rd July 2000 and again on Thursday 12th July 2001.
     
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    Chronological is as follows:

    In the Beginning
    The Gathering
    S1
    S2
    S3
    S4
    Third space falls between the first and second scene of S4 episode Atonement
    S5
    River of Souls
    Legend of the Rangers
    A Call to Arms
    Crusade

    It is best to watch In the beginning after S4 and the others can be watched individually as they do not relate to the series it self proper. A Call to Arms should be seen before Crusade.
     
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    I feel "In the begining" should be watched before "War without end 1 & 2" as it pre shadows Sheiridans imprisonment by Londo.
     
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    Shouldn't 'The Gathering' be the first one on the list ? In the Beginning is a bit of an odd one as it spans a few different time periods, set before, during and maybe after (I think ?) the series.

    I love 'In The Beginning', I think it's a pretty good piece of science fiction even to the non-babylon 5 fan. I just wish they did a dolby digital version instead of the current dolby surround offering.
     
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    It is a bit of a strange one as it is told by Lando after Crusade but the majority of the story takes place before the pilot episode but as it tells the story of the Earth-Minbar war I would put it at the top.
     
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    Yes, I'd agree with that - but if someone was going to watch the series for the first time I wouldn't recommend that they watch 'In The Beginning' first, as it contains spoilers in the series, like the reason for the gap in Sinclair's memory and the reason for outcome of the Earth / Minbar war.
     
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    True, if you were a first time watcher I would watch them in the order they were released, all 5 seasons, then the TV movies then Crusade but if you wanted to put them in Chronological order then I think 'In The Beginning' should be at the start.
     
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    Yep that’s my bad I missed the Gathering, but chronologically In the Beginning should come first however like I put in my post it should be watched after S4 when it was originally aired in the US, all the big surprises are out of the way by then.

    The B5 movie boxset has In the Beginning with a new 5.1 sound mix.
     
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    All the films have been shown by Channel 4 at various times, normally nothing to do with the B5 series being shown and at 2am in the morning.
     
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    Yep all Babylon 5 TV movies have been shown on Channel 4, usually placed on Sunday afternoons.

    Do we have any confirmation that in the beginning does actually have a 5.1 soundtrack from official sources?

    For those new to Babylon 5 I would watch series 1 through 4 before watching any of the TV movies(at the earliest) with the exception of the gathering(the pilot ep) which should be watched First. Although it's probably best to watch the TV movies after season five.

    Crusade follows neatly on behind a call to arms.

    While I think in the beginning is a fantastic Babylon 5 TV movie I prefer Third Space or a call to arms with a River Of Souls languishing a long way behind.
     
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    According to the nice folk at HTF it has
     
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    The R2 release of "The Gathering" had a few minutes of footage not in the original R1 single disc release.

    Does anyone know if the version in the new R1 box set is extended / uncut or not?
     
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    Never heard of a different cur before, there is the original pilot and then there is the re-edit also known as the special edition, but as far as I am aware the UK and US cuts are the same.
     
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    Just checked this here.

    Not only additional scenes, but a new score too.
     
  23. zantarous

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    That website is wrong, brief B5 history lesson:

    The pilot that originally aired was given a special edition treatment in 98 (I think that is the year) where the music was re-scored to fit with the rest of the series; the original had some funky rock music. 14 minutes of footage was replaced with new footage which JMS said helped the pilot flow better and some other changes were made.

    When it came time to author the DVD WB mastered the original pilot not the SE one, on the insistence of JMS WB before release redid the DVDs with the SE. Now I don’t know about the US packing but in the UK the Gathering is incorrectly stated as being the original cut and the original composer is credited but it is actually the new Special edition. Both are the same version.
     
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    what or where is HTF? :confused:
     
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    Hi,

    Anyone noticed that Seasons 1 through 3 are being reissued with the new Season 4-style ultra thin-DVD cases, and have redesigned the boxes, so that they are all now the same size and thickness?!

    That's gotta ****-off those of you who went out and bought the sets when they originally came out! I know it would hack me off!

    Why can't Warner's ever get their packaging right?! :mad:

    I think I will wait until WB release a complete B5 boxed set, with all 5 seasons, and the movies as well, plus both the original and remastered version of "The Gathering"!

    Pooch
     
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    I wouldn't hang on for the original and remastered version of "the gathering" because there is probably more chance that the original version of Star Wars is released First!
     
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    I doubt we will ever get a remastered version of the original pilot, the special edition is much better as it flows better and has a music score that is comparable to the series as apposed to the rock music the original had. I also believe that JMS was very unhappy with the final edit of the original as he always regretted not editing it himself.
     

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