Farscape 1.1 [DVD] [1999]

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An international co-production of Jim Henson's Creature Shop, Australia's Channel 9 and Hallmark Entertainment, Farscape is genre television at its most ambitious, inspired both by the cult appeal of ..read more

An international co-production of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, Australia’s Channel 9 and Hallmark Entertainment, Farscape is genre television at its most ambitious, inspired both by the cult appeal of Babylon 5 and the continuing success of the Star Trek franchise,
Making extensive use of CGI, prosthetics and state-of-the-art puppetry, Farscape takes a visual leap beyond previous shows,
Admittedly, the basic premise may be borrowed from Buck Rogers (American astronaut catapulted to far-flung galaxy populated by strange aliens), while the crew have something of Blake’s 7 about them (a motley bunch of escaped convicts pursued by a relentless foe), and ideas like the living ship are borrowed from Babylon 5, but the Farscape concept has a freshness that makes it look and feel completely original,
The production design is all bio-mechanical curves and the script never takes itself too seriously (fart jokes and double-entendres pop up when you least expect them),
It must have been expensive to make, but it certainly looks (and sounds–in Dolby Digital 5,
1) like every penny made it to the screen,

In this handsome box set, two discs contain the first four episodes of the first season, completely uncut,
In “Premiere”, astronaut John Crichton is inadvertently catapulted into a parallel universe where he is taken on board the bio-mechanical ship Moya and meets the inhabitants : D’Argo, a seven-foot-tall Luxan warrior, Zhaan, a blue-skinned Delvian priestess, and the diminutive slug-like Rygel, the Henson Creature Shop’s proudest creation,
Another humanoid (and potential love interest), formidable-yet-sexy Peacekeeper Aeryn Sun, joins soon after,
In true Buck Rogers style, Ben Browder plays Crichton as an all-American astronaut, although with a more believable sense of bewilderment; the supporting cast is a mixture of Australian and British actors, mostly disguised under heavy make-up,
In episode 2, “Throne for a Loss”, Rygel’s devious side is developed further as he gets the crew into trouble when he “borrows” a crystal crucial to the operation of the ship and is kidnapped by some unpleasant characters,
Disc Two opens with the wittily titled “Back and Back and Back to the Future”, the obligatory time-travel episode, followed by “I, E,
T,
“, in which Crichton feels the force of his earlier comment : “Boy did Spielberg get it wrong,
Close Encounters, my ass,

On the DVD : Disc One includes a “making of” documentary, with comments from the cast, Brian Henson and producer Rockne S,
O’Bannon (the man also responsible for Alien Nation and SeaQuest), plus a profile of principal character John Crichton,
Disc Two profiles Aeryn Sun and has the original trailer and DVD-ROM extras (screensaver and weblinks),
Mark Walker

  • Actor:Ben Browder
  • Actor:Claudia Black
  • Actor:Anthony Simcoe
  • Actor:Lani John Tupu
  • Actor:Jonathan Hardy
  • AspectRatio:4:3 – 1.33:1
  • AudienceRating:Suitable for 12 years and over
  • Binding:DVD
  • Creator:Ben Browder
  • Creator:Claudia Black
  • Creator:Andrew Prowse
  • Creator:David Willis
  • Creator:Emily Skopov
  • Creator:Justin Monjo
  • Creator:Rockne S. O’Bannon
  • Director:Geoff Bennett
  • Director:Ian Watson
  • Director:Tony Tilse
  • EAN:5030305810016
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  • Format:PAL
  • Label:Contender
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  • Manufacturer:Contender
  • NumberOfDiscs:2
  • NumberOfItems:2
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  • ProductGroup:DVD
  • ProductTypeName:ABIS_DVD
  • Publisher:Contender
  • RegionCode:2
  • ReleaseDate:2000-02-28
  • RunningTime:50
  • SKU:U5030305810016
  • Studio:Contender
  • Title:Farscape 1.1 [DVD] [1999]
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