Sunday, May 29, 2016

Battlestar Galactica (1978)

Director: Richard A. Colla

Writer: Glen A. Larson

Composer: Stu Phillips

Starring: Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene, Herbert Jefferson Jr., Maren Jensen, Tony Swartz, Noah Hathaway, Terry Carter, Lew Ayres, Wilfrid Hyde-White, John Colicos, Laurette Spang, Jane Seymour, John Fink, Ray Milland, Ed Begley Jr., Rick Springfield, Patrick Mcnee

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The super-reality of SENSURROUND takes you into an intergalactic war...Experience the sensation of laser beams, space explosions and battlestar attacks...all in Academy Award winning SENSURROUND.

Plot: After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet in a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

I watched the show religiously when it first aired.  It was my weekly outer space fix until I could see another STAR WARS movie in the theaters.  It satisfied me then but I could see the difference in quality.  But these were the days before home video and that's how you took it.  The Ronald Moore reboot is utterly amazing.  It's one of the best shows front to back that's ever been.  Now I'm starting to go back to the original to see how it holds up.  As a show, it's still fun and I can appreciate it as an adult.  As a movie, it's obvious that this is a compilation of the first few episodes as there's a complete story shift halfway through.  It's because of this that it doesn't work as well as one that would've been written to last two hours long with one sustained plot.  This would work a lot better divided.  The Universal DVD presents the film in non-anamorphic widescreen.  It's a flipper disc so the extras are on the other side.  All you get is a behind the scenes look at the making of the video game, a sneak preview into the reboot mini series and three trailers for stuff you won't care about.  Really?  They put that crap on one side and omitted anything that has anything to do with the movie you bought?  Boneheads.

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