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10 June 2002 @ 02:51 pm
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I don't remember who cares and who doesn't, so I'll just make the information available for everybody. This comes direct from The Digital Bits:

Good news today for you Babylon 5 fans. News that the series was in production for DVD leaked via the rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated newsgroup group, so creator/executive producer J. Michael Straczynski this weekend confirmed that Warner and company are working on the first season of the TV series for DVD release this fall. Here's a quote:

"Season One will be out in a boxed set this Fall, and they're going to be including at minimum two commentaries from me, probably on Signs and Portents and Chrysalis (it's a matter of how much time and energy I can give to it given that there's no fees involved and I'm in the midst of Jeremiah), and if possible, Babylon Squared, maybe Sky Full of Stars. They'd also like to film an on-camera intro by me (but I guess folks will buy it anyway, even with that particular horror included). They're pulling together a lot of stuff on this release so that there are plenty of extras this time around, now that the value of the DVDs has been shown by the first release."

Should be very cool indeed. We'll have to wait for Warner's official announcement for the complete details. I might not have cared for Harry Potter, but I have to give Warner a LOT of credit - they've got some great stuff in the works these days. Thanks to Bits reader Geruk G. for the heads up.
Kurt Onstadspeedball on June 10th, 2002 02:58 pm (UTC)
"Plenty of extras this time around."
That's good. Because the first Babylon 5 DVD they put out was completely bare bones. It was a double sided DVD, with the pilot on one side, and a movie that takes place chronologically before the pilot, but was filmed around 3rd or 4th season. Absolutely nothing that separated it from buying the two items on tape...

Idtechnomonkey on June 10th, 2002 03:02 pm (UTC)
Nuthin' separating this DVD from the VHS
They didn't do anything to the video or audio quality?

Or the fact that you can pause without stretching a DVD, and play this back years from now with (theoretically) no degredation?

I'm no big fan of barebones discs, but I do own a few - because sometimes the things I just mentioned are enough.
Kurt Onstadspeedball on June 10th, 2002 03:07 pm (UTC)
Fair enough...
I still prefer to buy DVDs that have extra features on them, because I don't often watch movies often enough on their own to make the purchase worthwhile without something extra that's not available elsewhere. But, in this case, I was willing to make an exception because 1) Babylon 5 was a great show, and I want to watch it in order, and 2) I needed to send a message to Warner that it was worth putting out the season box sets so that #1 could be fulfilled.

Idtechnomonkey on June 10th, 2002 03:09 pm (UTC)
And hey!
Looks like your message (#2) got through! Woohoo!
Kurt Onstadspeedball on June 10th, 2002 03:21 pm (UTC)
And thankfully, they didn't say, "Well, people bought the bare bones disc we put out of these two movies together. Looks like we can just put out the seasons out and people will buy those without any extra stuff..."

And you can see how little they did for that release...

Fuzzybear: head shotfuzzybearca on June 10th, 2002 05:29 pm (UTC)
Yay! I don't know if I'll have the money to buy it but it's nice to know that it's coming out. Babylon 5 is one of those shows where catching every episode really pays off.

Oh yeah be sure to check out the eclipse today!