Babylon 5: Complete First Season

Babylon 5: Complete First Season

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Director: Bruce Seth Green, Janet Greek, Jim Johnston, John C. Flinn III

Cast: Bruce Seth Green, Janet Greek, Jim Johnston, John C. Flinn III

     
 
This six-disc set contains all 22 episodes from the first season of the cult science-fiction series Babylon 5. The episodes are titled "Midnight on the Firing Line, "Soul Hunter, "Born to the Purple, "Infection, "The Parliament of Dreams, "Mind War, "The War Prayer, "And the Sky Full of Stars,

Overview

This six-disc set contains all 22 episodes from the first season of the cult science-fiction series Babylon 5. The episodes are titled "Midnight on the Firing Line, "Soul Hunter, "Born to the Purple, "Infection, "The Parliament of Dreams, "Mind War, "The War Prayer, "And the Sky Full of Stars, "Deathwalker, "Survivors, "By Any Means Necessary, "Signs and Portents, "TKO, "Grail, "Eyes, "Legacies, "A Voice in the Wilderness Part 1, "A Voice in the Wilderness Part 2, "Babylon Squared, "The Quality of Mercy, and "Chrysalis." Each is presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include audio commentary from series creator J. Michael Straczynski on two of the episodes, a smattering of making-of featurettes, and background information on the world of Babylon 5. This is an outstanding set for fans of the series and genre enthusiasts.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Inspired by, but in no way derivative of, the long-running Star Trek, this early-'90s sci-fi series acquired a devoted and sizable fan following, making its issuance on DVD not only welcome but inevitable. Creator J. Michael Straczynski designed his series with a master plan, intending each episode to be part of a unified story that would stretch across five seasons. This narrative cohesiveness gave Babylon 5 a little something extra, making it more aesthetically satisfying than open-ended TV series. Straczynski's saga was set in the 23rd century, following a long and destructive series of conflicts that had left humans and aliens distrustful of each other. Babylon 5 is an outer-space weigh station, a port-of-call for diplomats, entrepreneurs, and scalawags of all species. Commander Jeffrey Sinclair (Michael O'Hare) -- aided by chief security officer Michael Garibaldi (Jerry Doyle), Lt. Commander Susan Ivanova (Claudia Christian), and resident telepath Talia Winters (Andrea Thompson) -- tries to keep apprised of all the intrigues swirling around his little corner of the galaxy, but things invariably spiral out of control. Memorable first-season episodes include "Parliament of Dreams," in which an interstellar summit faces disruption, thanks to an assassin's threats; "Signs and Portents," which initially revolves around the recovery of a valuable artifact entrusted to a Centauri nobleman for return to his home planet; and "Babylon Squared," a suspenseful time-travel story that offers tantalizing clues to the fate of the long-lost Babylon 4. Consistently fine writing, inventive production design, and above-average acting made Babylon 5 extremely popular with fans of the genre, and its arrival on DVD will remind viewers just how good this show was.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2002
UPC:
0085392285525
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
15:56:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Introduction and Audio Commentary on two key episodes by series creator J. Michael Straczynski; The Making of Babylon 5; Back to Babylon 5; The World of Babylon 5; Interactive Menus; Scene access; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Episodes 1-4
1. Ragesh 5 Attacked [4:30]
2. Our Turn Now [7:11]
3. Bloodlust [12:49]
4. Shifting Alliances [6:37]
5. On Better Terms [10:34]
6. Duck and Recover [2:08]
1. Collision Course [3:37]
2. Soul Hunter [5:47]
3. Escape [15:06]
4. The Soul He Seeks [7:54]
5. Right About Him [8:50]
6. Delenn's Decision [2:34]
1. Perfection's Pursuit [4:36]
2. Dirt of an Empire [7:43]
3. Stolen Secrets [12:57]
4. Friends in Low Places [7:01]
5. Devious Thoughts [8:27]
6. Free Woman [3:05]
1. Cargo to Die For [5:00]
2. Organic Technology [6:03]
3. Protocol [10:22]
4. No One is Pure [8:18]
5. Becoming the Enemy [12:06]
6. Why the Stars [1:56]
Side #2 -- Episodes 5-8
1. The Threat [5:09]
2. Val-Too! [9:44]
3. The Renewal [9:31]
4. Getting Too Close [7:09]
5. Paingivers [10:01]
6. Demonstration of Faith [2:14]
1. What Could Go Wrong? [3:03]
2. Psychic Shakedown [8:50]
3. The Experiment [7:59]
4. Becoming Everything [9:49]
5. Mind Over Energy [10:25]
6. The Unexplained [3:35]
1. The Warning [3:57]
2. Tradition and Suspicion [9:18]
3. Hate Crimes [10:10]
4. Tight Shoes [10:43]
5. Loyalty Test [7:25]
6. More Human [2:05]
1. The Target [3:26]
2. Lies and Bad Dreams [9:51]
3. Shadow Play [9:10]
4. Hole in His Mnd [11:56]
5. Delusional [6:07]
6. Forbidden Memory [3:19]
Side #3 -- Episodes 9-12
1. Face From the Past [3:46]
2. Jha 'Dur [8:07]
3. Justice or Immortality [9:05]
4. Advisory Council [11:16]
5. You Will Become Us [8:25]
6. Mysterious Ways [2:56]
1. Simple Procedure [4:59]
2. Matter of Faith [8:50]
3. Petitions [5:51]
4. Pontius Pilate [8:24]
5. Great Journey [11:35]
6. What Makes Us Human [4:11]
1. Whole Damn Luau [3:22]
2. Saboteur? [7:26]
3. Odd Man Out [8:32]
4. Enlightened Self-Interest [7:27]
5. Home Guard Style [13:22]
6. Survivors [3:29]
1. Fire in the Bay [3:35]
2. Blame Game [7:20]
3. Strike: The G'Quan Eth [7:28]
4. Zento: Nennegotiable [11:44]
5. The Rush Act [7:37]
6. New Enemies [5:51]
Side #4 -- Episodes 13-16
1. Distress Call [3:24]
2. What Do You Want? [9:58]
3. Personal Stakes [10:04]
4. Predators Strike [7:20]
5. Out of the Box [10:11]
6. Possible Future [2:41]
1. Old Friends [5:00]
2. Goals and Meddlings [10:30]
3. Mutai Challenge [5:17]
4. Family and Sports History [8:42]
5. Reclamations [10:37]
6. Shaloms and Salutes [3:34]
1. The Message [4:32]
2. Seekers: The Curse [4:57]
3. Nakaleen Feeder [7:43]
4. Jinxo's Tight Spot [14:33]
5. Search Over [8:56]
6. Boom [2:56]
1. Assembly Required [3:24]
2. True Identity [9:58]
4. Of Differing Minds [7:20]
3. Releived of Command [10:04]
5. Something in Common [10:11]
6. Back to Normal [2:41]
Side #5 -- Episodes 17-20
1. War Drums [4:04]
2. The Shai Alit [11:03]
3. Exploring Options [8:28]
4. Getting the Picture [7:06]
5. Final Wishes [9:23]
6. Chrysalis [3:31]
1. Power Burst [3:49]
2. Reactions and Reunions [8:39]
3. Going to the Sea [10:16]
4. Not So Bad [7:15]
5. Brave New World [11:17]
6. Help Me or Die [2:22]
1. Part I Recap [3:26]
2. Shows of Force [7:14]
3. Standoff [9:38]
4. The Third Principle [9:16]
5. Enlightened Self-Interest [9:19]
6. No Regrets [4:45]
1. Sector 14 [4:14]
2. B4 [5:45]
3. Summoned [7:39]
4. Unstuck: Zathras [10:10]
5. Personal Callings [12:20]
6. Signs and Portents [3:31]
Side #6 -- Episodes 21-22/Bonus Materials
1. Trust Me [3:09]
2. Option 3: Competition [11:37]
3. Stripping Identities [10:11]
4. Last Chances [8:03]
5. The Necessary Thing [6:44]
6. Lease on Life [3:52]
1. Hostile Attacks [3:09]
2. Proposals [11:37]
3. Crossroads [10:11]
4. Cataclysm Near Lo. [8:03]
5. And So it Begins [6:44]
6. No Going Back [3:52]

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Babylon 5: Complete First Season 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a remarkable series. It has something that everyone can relate to. A must have for the serious collector.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unlike other TV science fiction shows, Babylon 5 has a five year story arc. Characters and events in the first episode are still important in the last. The alien makeup is unmatched, as are the spacecraft design and battle scenes. This show touches on many myths in western culture, including Tolkien and Arthurian legend. It is also very well written and acted, and fascinating throughout. Since no show is perfect, I give it **** out of *****, which is my highest recommendation. Do not miss this chance to get Babylon 5 on DVD, and send a message to the studio that we want the whole series!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some of the best writing in sci-fi. Babylon 5 is believable and probably the most well thought out TV series ever. Though some of the acting and special effects did not start off well you can see it mature with help from maybe a larger budget and better talent later in the series. Each episode stands on its own while still being a portion of a larger picture. The larger picture, a nice bonus of a ''future history'' that runs through so many seasons. Very entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not the one to buy really expensive DVD sets. I mean, i'd love to have X-Files, or The Next Generation. But B5 is one of the finest stories ever written for the small screen. I remember when I was younger and I first saw it on TV. I've watched nearly every episode since. When I found out it was on DVD, i was amazed! If you buy any DVD sci-fi show set, B5 is worth it becuase you will constantly re-watch to get all the small plot twists, jokes, inuendo's and forshadowing. Amazingly crafted, and entertianing. I'm just waiting for season 2.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I planned my week around Babylon 5 when it was on television. The plot lines were strong. The charactors were made believable by the actors and the scripting. CGI came into its own on BAB 5. One thought that those were real ships moving about and that the space station BABYLON 5 actually existed. Those who are just being introduced to this great show will quickly become addicted to it. It was sad when the show ended and I mourned for the loss.....at least until I got my hands on the DVD set!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One day when watching TV, I happened upon B5, and I was hooked ever since. The underlying story lines were great, as were the special effects. Its suprising how much detail the physics of the space vehicles have. The characters had growth that matured over the seasons. It was really a fun series to watch. If you are a Sci-Fi fan, check this one out, you'll probably like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Babylon 5 does to completion what all other Sci-Fi shows try to do: a series story line arc. 5 years over 5 seasons, Jan 1st to Dec 31st each season, and with the same stories growing ever more deeper and intense. Forshadowing in the 1st season is key, as by the time you see them again the plot will blow you away. Make sure to also watch ''Babyon 5: The Gathering/In the Beginning''
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was hooked when I first saw it on TV. I've always heard that Babylon 5 was filmed in Widescreen, and this is what DVDs are about. Pick this up if you are a fan of the show. With the story line, special effects (The best for a SCI-FI TV series) and Widescreen....this is a must have. Bring on Season 2 Box Set!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Babylon5 season 1 is a must have for most every sci-fi fan, to add to thier ever growing collection. This series, is well written, well produced, and has decent acting, unlike many sci-fi tv shows. Additionally the special effects are ddecent, for the time frame during which this was produced. Generally speaking, these attributes would not garner a 5-star rating from me, however the series builds upon this first season, and gets better as time goes by, as evidenced by the cgi (take for example the scenes in the central lift season 1 vs. season 3 onwards. There is quite a difference.) I look forward to when season 2 comes out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For years now, the 'Lurkers' among us have lamented the ending of the Babylon five-year story arc, and the lack of a quality, commercial reproduction of the series for our collection. But no more! The DVD set just released has met or exceeded all my expectations. I've read the previous reviews. Perhaps it's just because I'm not a stereophile, but I've had no problems with the sound at all. Or the video. Both my wife and I have found the presentation to be crisp and clear. Images are sharp, and all dialog comes through just fine. All in all, a great collection of some of the finest drama ever to hit television. And great drama it is. The cast is rife with Shakespearian talent, bringing to life a story that does not depend upon techno-babble for its coherance. With very few exceptions, all the characters come across as real people (or real Narns, or Drazi, or whatever!). The true strength of the series is in following the metamorphosis of the major characters- Lando's reluctant but inexorable slide into darkness, G'kar's equal but opposite move towards enlightenment, Vir's tenacious innocence, and all the others as well. Babylon 5 is about how individuals shape, and are shaped by, the Universe. I am especially appreciative of how the series portrays spiritual devotion in a very positive light, unlike Roddenberry's continual denigration of all matters of faith. Scene selection is broken down at the original commercial breaks, which works just fine. The packaging is very good, and includes a synopsis of each episode, for those of us who don't have the whole thing commited to memory as yet! I found the 'Extra Features' to be interesting, but a bit on the 'Babylon Lite' side. very little I did not already know. But for newcomers to the series, it's all good stuff. My thanks to JMS, the 'Great Maker', and to Warner Brothers for producing the set. It's a sure thing that I'll be buying the other four seasons as they become available (that's a hint, guys-keep cranking them out!). I leave you now, with an old Egyptian blessing: 'May God stand between you and harm, in all the empty places where you must walk.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can I say about the best sci-fi show on the planet?Or who can outdo a story arch as this one was?Star Trek repeated quite a bit of their story lines past,but not B5.It was on the occasion,but the plots were solid and so were the characters..well-rounded.Finding their place in the universe,and at the place called 'last hope for peace'.I can't wait until Season 2 comes out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The three stars of my review are a bit deceptive. Babylon 5 is one of my favorite TV series ever. When it came out it was the only alternative to Star Trek on television. (Not that I dislike Star Trek, exactly. But one series does not a genre make, and Star Trek’s dominance was not an unmixed blessing, because it prevented many other worthwhile SF series from finding a niche.) The reason for the three stars is that while the series as a whole was well crafted, innovative in its well-plotted-out, five year story ark, and one of the more intelligently written shows on TV, it didn't quite hit its stride right away. Hence the good but not great three star review. Don't get me wrong—the first season is better than three quarters of what you find on TV. But if the series consisted only of the first season, I could not recommend it unconditionally. If you are going to spend a lot of money on a complete series collection, it has to be truly excellent. While the later episodes in the season are better, many episodes—especially the early ones—suffer from clumsy editing, awkward performances, and clunky dialogue, which detract from the ambitious story-telling. Also, it is sometimes hard to ignore the crudity of the primitive CG effects. Now for the good news: the series as a whole was far better than the first season alone, and even in the first season, most of the episodes, while not perfect, are eminently watchable. I can recommend buying the first season, not so much on its own merits as on its being the first chapters in a superior whole. By the second half of the season, the performances and production values are beginning to be worthy the series’ scope and vision. The actors are getting a handle on their characters, the writing is smoother, and the special effects, if still rather artificial, seem less jarring—if only because the better craftsmanship as a whole aids the viewer’s suspension of disbelief. Of particular interest is the 13th episode, “Signs and Portents”. In it you get your first glimpses of the work of genius the series eventually becomes; fitting, since it also introduces the first real meat of the five year story arc. The episode could have been simply open-ended and confusing: instead Janet Greek’s assured direction provides a clear sense of foreshadowing while making the episode dramatic and entertaining throughout (Greek is sensibly entrusted with the helm on several other key episodes—“And The Sky Is Full Of Stars,” “A Voice In The Wilderness Parts I and II,” and “Chrysalis” in this season—and acquits herself well on each occasion). The performances provide welcome depth to the characters, particularly Peter Jurasik’s Lando, whose temptation, fall, and redemption are so key and thus must be convincingly explained. Most of all, the writing by Straczynski give us our first glimpse of his acute sense of epic and myth, most especially in the significant open ended question “What do you want?”
Guest More than 1 year ago
Babylon 5 Season 1 is the beginning of something special. Season 1 sets the stage for galaxy spanning changes. Conflicted alien characters introduce themselves to equally conflicted humans. Nobody on B5 is what they seem to be. Deeply rooted sub-plot threads are woven. Something's afoot among the stars as the command staff of the B5 space station are put in harm's way. The old magic of the original Star Trek series can't be found on the new Trek shows. Instead it jumped ship and was reborn in the mind of writer J.Michael Straczynski. The result is a 5 year novel-for-television. Season 1 of Babylon 5 is essentially book 1 of a grand saga. Fans of Lord Of The Rings will find Babylon 5 a joy. The parallels are fun. If only JRR Tolkien were alive. I bet he would have liked Babylon 5.
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