Region One Season Two DVDs
first of ADV's second season of Farscape DVDs contains the first four episodes of Season Two. I
was especially anticipating this one for the commentary on Crackers Don't Matter by
Claudia Black and Ian Watson. It was an interesting commentary, but it really had nothing to do
with Crackers Don't Matter. It was more of a conversation between Claudia and Ian about
acting in general. I was quite disappointed because Crackers is one of my favorite eps and I was
looking forward to hearing what they had to say about it.
As far as the other extras go, the Actor Biography of Ben
Browder, Character Backstory of John Crichton, Alien Encounters and Farscape Dictionary: Alien
Slang would all be better in a book than on a DVD. They're interesting enough but are only still
screens that you read. The conceptual artwork screens are very interesting - I love this stuff -
but a couple of them are nearly impossible to see because they're so light.
There are some deleted scenes that are fun to watch. They don't
have any music and the ADR hasn't been done yet so you can hear the characters' footsteps
clomping around on Moya. There's a great one between Chiana and D'Argo that gives hints of their
Region Two Season Three DVDs
Contender has done a complete makeover in the format of the
Farscape DVDs for season three.
The first thing you see (once the initial credits for Contender, Hallmark etc. are finished) is
a great montage of scenes from each of the season three episodes that zips past to the new theme
music. It's like a great trivia game - what ep is this one from?
The DVDs come in sets of two and the first one
contains the first five episodes of season three. It's the extras that make the set well worth
the price. There's the entire Farscape Undressed special that the US SciFi Channel showed
just before Season of Death, the SciFi Channel trailer for each episode and a featurette
on Guy Gross, the composer of Farscape's music.
And if that's not enough, there's a section
called "Farscape Facts" which contains several screens for each ep with
behind-the-scenes information. For example, over a background picture of the Three Stooges, you
learn that: "Before deciding to use a clip of the Three Stooges, other options considered
by the production team for the 'message from earth' included I Love Lucy, Mr. Ed, and the
wait! There's more! There are two Info Pods, one of Zhaan with several screens of information
about the life of Zhaan and her as well as a gallery of stills from season three. The second
info pod features Aeryn Sun and contains info screens and a gallery of Aeryn images. In
addition, there's an interview with Claudia Black that looks like it was done during the filming
of Farscape Undressed.
Last but not least are the gallery images of
conceptual drawings, costume designs and makeup tests for several of the characters.
Region One Season One DVDs
I have no idea why - maybe it's only my
imagination - but this version of the DVD (as opposed to the UK version
reviewed below) seems to have even better picture quality. Everything is
extremely clear and the sound is phenomenal
Farscape Region One DVD Cover
Since I'm such a behind the scenes junkie, the
first things I watched were the commentary versions of Premier and I, ET.
Ben Browder, Rockne S. O'Bannon and Brian Henson speak for Premier, and
Claudia Black and Anthony Simcoe for I, E.T. Both sets are informative and
funny, and as I listened it became obvious that these people love what
they're doing and are very proud of Farscape. Claudia and Anthony recorded
the I, ET commentary a day or so after the Burbank convention last summer
and I imagine Premier was done about the same time. They make quite a few
references to the fans, especially the Farscape bulletin board at Scifi.com.
They point out things that I never before noticed, even though I've
watched both episodes countless times.
Brian Henson talks about Ben Browder
Ben Browder talks about Rygel
There are a couple of other excellent features
included on the DVD: a video profile of John Crichton and a making of
Farscape that I think were made early in season one, during the filming of
Exodus from Genesis. . Both of these were on the UK version and both are
outstanding. Several conceptual drawings and pictures of the main
characters are also on the disc but, as I said in my review of the UK
version, I'm not sure a DVD is the best place to view still drawings.
the company that makes the DVDs, in my opinion did an outstanding job. The
list price is $24.98, but you can find it much lower, depending on where
you buy it, you can pay for $15.99 at Buy.com
or $18.74 at Amazon.com.
They'll add shipping and handling (whatever that is) on top of that.
Farscape Fan Club Kit
Anthony teaching the fans how to
Ben explaining who's the million
Of all the Farscape merchandise that I've
reviewed, I think I've enjoyed the Creation fanclub video the most.
There's just so much cool stuff here - a poster, four 8" by 10"
photos, a membership certificate, a letter from Rockne S. O'Bannon, a
membership card, and a pretty nice box to keep it all in - but the coolest
of all is the video that's included. It's nearly an hour long and was
taken at the Farscape Convention in Burbank in August of 2000. This alone
is worth the $33.95 price tag. The footage is about evenly divided between
the on-stage appearances and backstage interviews with the cast and other
members of the creative staff. If you were there, the video brings back a
lot of wonderful memories and gives you a lot of new information from the
backstage interviews. If you didn't make it to Burbank, you'll get a good
idea of what it was all about.
Backstage with Claudia
Black and Gigi Edgley
Creation Entertainment, the producer of the video
and the people who run both the Farscape Fan Club and the Official
Farscape Conventions, has chosen some of the best bits from the convention
to put on the video. You can hear about Gigi Edgley's encounter with the
border patrol, learn how to speak Luxan, hear about Farscape's beginnings,
and watch Ben hug his fans (not me, unfortunately). Claudia talks about
her first meeting with Ben, and Virginia talks about why Zhaan is her
Another perk of the Fan Club is their monthly
e-mail newsletter. It contains interviews, news, reviews and more. If you
want to join, go to Creation
Entertainment's Official Fanclub web page and
sign up. The price is $33.95... In my opinion, money well-spent.
Music CD from the Original Soundtrack
This bit of Farscape
"stuff" is really worth the price. The music we hear every
episode is usually very much in the background, enhancing the story but
not overwhelming it. It's a delight to really listen to it. The first
thing you hear when you start the CD is the Farscape Theme without
Crichton's voice-over (or the advertising gabble the SciFi Channel drowns
it out with at the end of the episodes). Premier is next and you
can almost see Farscape One spinning through the wormhole while you
listen. Eight other Season One episodes are represented, each with its own
distinctive music by SubVision, who also composed the theme.
Inside Pages of CD
Season Two has music
from six different episodes with most having more than one selection, and
finishes with the Farscape Theme. I was glad to see that two of my musical
favorites, The Way We Weren't and Beware of Dog, are
There's a small blurb on
each of the music creators - the three Neals from Season One's SubVision
and Guy Gross from Season Two. There's also a short a paragraph on the
series itself. A little bit more would be welcome, but I suppose then it
would be a book and cost more. And they did leave plenty of music for the
second CD. It can't come out soon enough for me.
Region Two Season One DVDs
Inside Cover DVD 1
Extras Menu DVD 8
First of all, let me warn you that these DVDs are
region 2 and will not play on a region 1 DVD player. If you live
anywhere except Japan, Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East
(including Egypt), you’re pretty much out of luck for now. Although some
computer DVD players will allow you to switch among regions, they’ll
only allow you to do this 4 or 5 times before it becomes unchangeable. If
you want more information on this whole DVD region code business, check
out the DVD
FAQ. It will tell you more than you ever wanted
to know about DVDs. And don’t forget that the region 1 versions (USA and
Canada) will be out starting early next year.
Now, that being said, on to the review. These
DVDs come in sets of two, each disk having either 2 or 3 episodes on it
and at least one of the pair has some extra features. Each disk comes in
its own case, and two cases are packaged in a box. When the boxes are
lined up together on a shelf, the spines read “Farscape”.
The extras range from fantastic to so-so. The
first set has a great documentary called “Behind the Scenes of a Cutting
Edge Sci-fi Show”, video profiles of John Crichton and Aeryn Sun, the
original Henson trailer, and for PC DVD ROM only, a very cool Farscape
screen saver. Succeeding sets have character profiles of Zhaan, D'Argo,
Rygel, Moya and Pilot, the costumes and the Creature Shop. The first few
of these are interesting, but the later ones are pretty repetitive. A few
of the disks have galleries of artwork, featuring original conceptual
drawings for the series. These are interesting but I’m not sure a DVD is
the best place to view them because they’re just drawings, no motion or
Terry Ryan talks Costumes
- Producer Matt Carroll
- talks about Pilot and Moya
The episodes are, of course, wonderful. They each
have several extra minutes that weren’t broadcast in the US. Some bits
are just a couple of seconds at the beginning or end of scenes that were
shown here, but there are some whole scenes added. I hope when the region
1 versions come out, they’ll have the extra time in them, too. The sound
and picture qualities are typical of most DVDs – astounding audio,
astounding video. I heard and saw things in the DVDs that I never noticed
while watching the broadcasts or my videotapes of the episodes.
I was disappointed to find that there are no
commentaries during the episodes, although I’ve heard that the US
versions will have them. And there is no closed captioning either.
you live in the UK, you can purchase these directly from Contender
, but they won’t export to non region 2 areas. If you live outside of
region 2 and know that your player is compatible with region 2, try Black