Joss Whedon’s Firefly launches onto Blu-ray
By Patrick Luce Aug 19, 2008, 22:14 GMT
Joss Whedon’s Emmy award-winning sci-fi series shows it still has legs in the home market with the 20th Century Fox announcement that Firefly: The Complete Series will arrive on Blu-ray on Nov. 11th for the suggested retail price of $89.98.
The futuristic western set will include all 14 episodes in Blu-ray’s stunning high-def format, and will have the all-new BD exclusive content - including “Firefly” Reunion in HD.
From a Fox press release:
Experience the journey into the wild western space frontier in stunning high-definition with the return of the popular sci-fi fan-favorite “Firefly” - The Complete Series, blasting off for the first time onto Blu-ray Disc on November 11th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
From fantasy mastermind writer/producer Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), the adventurous space-age series has accumulated a devoted fan-base since its 2003 premiere on DVD and garnered an Emmy Award that same year.
The ensemble cast includes nine members of a renegade crew of the spaceship “Serenity,” led by Nathan Fillion (Waitress) who won the Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award in 2003 for his role.
Along with standout performances by Gina Torres (“Standoff”), Alan Tudyk (3:10 to Yuma), Morena Baccarin (“Stargate SG-1”), Adam Baldwin (“Chuck”), Jewel Staite (“Stargate: Atlantis”), Sean Maher (“Party of Five”), Summer Glau (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) and Emmy Award nominee Ron Glass (“Barney Miller”), “Firefly” combines a natural and futuristic setting with traditional Western elements.
Set in the year, 2517, the series explores the aftermath of a civil war and the pioneer culture that exists on the fringes of their star system.
Featuring exciting new BD exclusive content, the “Firefly” – The Complete Series three-disc set includes all 14 episodes in HD format and is highlighted by an all-new “Firefly Reunion” roundtable discussion about the series plus a brand new episode commentary with Whedon and select cast members.
Set 500 years into the future, in the wake of a universal civil war, “Firefly” centers on the crew of Serenity, a small transport spaceship that does not have a planet to call home. Captain Malcom “Mal” Reynolds, a defeated soldier who opposed the unification of the planets by the totalitarian governed Alliance, will undertake any job – legal or not – to stay afloat and keep his crew fed.
The “Firefly” – The Complete Series Blu-ray Disc is authored in BD-J on three dual-layer 50GB discs presented in widescreen format (1.78:1 aspect ratio) with English 5.1 DTS HD Master Lossless Audio, Spanish and French Dolby Surround and German 5.1 DTS, plus English, Spanish and Dutch subtitles. Individual disc content as follows:
Serenity (Part 1 & 2) - Commentary by executive producer Joss Whedon and actor Nathan Fillion
The Train Job - Commentary by executive producers Joss Whedon and Tim Minear
Shindig - Commentary by writer Jane Espenson, actress Morena Baccarin and costume designer Shawna Trpcic
Here’s How It Was: The Making of “Firefly” featurette
Our Mrs. Reynolds - BD Exclusive - Commentary by executive producer Joss Whedon and actors Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk and Ron Glass
Out of Gas - Commentary by executive producer Tim Minear and director David Solomon
BD Exclusive – “Firefly” Reunion: Lunch with Joss, Nathan, Alan and Ron featurette (HD)
War Stories - Commentary by actors Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk
The Message - Commentary by actor Alan Tudyk and actress Jewel Staite
Heart of Gold
Objects in Space - Commentary by executive producer Joss Whedon
Serenity: The 10th Character
Joss Sings the “Firefly” Theme featurette
Joss Tours the Set featurette
Alan Tudyk’s Audition