Yesterday marked the release of the direct-to-DVD Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, directed by Edward James Olmos. Remember when the Cylons had a plan? Now you can see the events of BSG (especially seasons one and two), from the Cylon point of view. Here’s what the reviewers are saying:
Wired says not to put too much hope in this mediocre coda, which would more aptly be titled A Tale of Two Cavils.
Geeks of Doom loves the inner struggles among the Cylons, but feels that the flow is a bit off. However, they totally agree with Olmos’ proclamation that after seeing “The Plan”, you’ll want to re-watch BSG again to see how it all fits in. They also have a giveaway contest for “The Plan” DVDs.
Alan Sepinwall of the NJ Star-Ledger likes Dean Stockwell’s and Grace Park’s performances, but overall says, “As one small bit of bonus material tied to a classic series, it’s fun, but it doesn’t really stand on its own.”
FilmThreat calls it “a mess” that ends up with epic fail, but also closure for Boxy.
The Salt Lake Tribune gives it a brief C+, saying that diehard fans will enjoy it, and that’s about it.
Hyping “The Plan”, PopStar gets a few questions with Dean Stockwell about playing against himself and his views on a Quantum Leap reunion. UGO has a contest where you can win dinner with Admiral Adama, Edward James Olmos.
Overall, most reviews feel like “The Plan” is more like a series of deleted scenes than a coherent story.
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan is released today on DVD and Blu-Ray. Several reviewers note that it is unrated and contains sex and nudity, which will most likely be cut for the Syfy broadcast of it next year.
I’m not generally an early adopter when it comes to this sort of technology, so the recent focus on Blu-Ray has kind of thrown me for a loop. DVDs were certainly a vast improvement over VHS, but what’s so wonderful about Blu-Ray? (My TV is okay, but mere DVDs still look fantastic on my parent’s giant flat-screen.) And while I prefer to watch TV from my couch, I can’t deny that I’ll head to the internet if it has the shows I really want to see. (Though only if I really want them… I still haven’t watched any classic Star Trek.) So I was wondering about you guys… What are your preferred formats? Vote for as many that apply on the sidebar or beneath the cut. (more…)
See, while StarWars.com and the various bookseller sites are telling me The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars won’t be out until fall, Diamond has it listed for Wednesday (twice: both versions?) under merchandise which means, presumably, coming to a comic store near you (if they ordered it.) Just for Comic-Con? Perhaps…
Bryan Young has the specs – and cover – on the set from Lucasfilm and Warner Home Video. Bonus features include seven Director’s Cut Episodes, featurettes for each episode (though that sounds like the ones we’ve already seen on StarWars.com,) and a 64-page production journal. The Blu-Ray version will also come with The Jedi Temple Archives, “An extensive database exploring test footage, early concept art, 3-D character and object turnarounds and early animation.”
The suggested retail price is $44.98 for DVD and $59.99 for Blu-ray.
The Clone Wars’ second DVD will be titled “Clone Commandos” and include the episodes “Rookies,” “Storm Over Ryloth,” “Innocents of Ryloth,” and “Liberty of Ryloth,” according to DVDActive. (They also give a release date of September 15.)
The Ryloth trilogy seems an odd choice considering they were among S1′s last aired episodes, but TFN’s reasoning seems sound enough.
And speaking of Sci-Fi/SyFy, the Caprica pilot is being released tomorrow on DVD and as a digital download. Why aren’t they milking the Battlestar Galactica spinoff/prequel that’s already been greenlit as a series for all it’s worth again?