Farscape, Vol. 4: Pk Tech Girl/That Old Black Magic

Farscape, Vol. 4: Pk Tech Girl/That Old Black Magic

Director: Brendan Maher, Tony Tilse

Cast: Ben Browder, Claudia Black

     
 

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Containing the episodes "PK Tech Girl" and "That Old Black Magic, plus a variety of extras, the third volume of the Farscape DVD series is not quite as complete and nice a package as the first three. Each of the two episodes includes un-aired footage. The DVD transfers are sourced from pristine materials, and look quite good throughout, with strong

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Containing the episodes "PK Tech Girl" and "That Old Black Magic, plus a variety of extras, the third volume of the Farscape DVD series is not quite as complete and nice a package as the first three. Each of the two episodes includes un-aired footage. The DVD transfers are sourced from pristine materials, and look quite good throughout, with strong colors and good blacks. The disc itself is single-sided, dual-layered, and ADV makes full use of the available space to keep the bitrate up, so that compression artifacts are absent. The show is certainly handsome and benefits, for the most part, from DVD presentation, though a few of the CGI effects show up from time to time. Audio is presented in Dolby 5.1 and Dolby Surround versions. The 5.1 mix is good, with solid directional effects and excellent bass. The Surround mix is somewhat more brash, with some harshness to it. The extras include a "video profile" of Anthony Simcoe, an image gallery, a design gallery, and trailers for other ADV releases.

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Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Great alien makeup and puppet technology from the Jim Henson Company combine to create a colorful alien population in Farscape, the successful Sci-Fi Channel series created by Rockne S. O'Bannon (Alien Nation) and co-produced by Brian Henson. The series' lost-in-space premise features John Crichton (Ben Browder), a handsome astronaut hero from our own not-too-distant future who's been shot through a wormhole to unknown galactic reaches, where he searches for a way back home with a ragtag group of alien fugitives. This fourth collection of episodes from the first season includes two favorites. In "PK Tech Girl," our heroes come across a derelict Peacekeeper battleship, and Crichton's flirtation with the ship's attractive blonde survivor is interrupted by a fire-belching race of scavengers. Some impressive sets set a grand stage here, and the attraction between Crichton and outcast Peacekeeper Aeryn (Claudia Black) continues to simmer. Meanwhile, deposed emperor Rygel (the voice of Jonathan Hardy) is haunted by memories of past torture aboard that very same ship, and the warrior D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe) offers up some impressive bursts of martial rage. In the second episode, "That Old Black Magic," an evil sorcerer stages a life-or-death battle between a captured Crichton and his nemesis, renegade Peacekeeper Crais (Lani Tupu). Crichton's attempts to reason with Crais are highlights here, but even more stimulating is the dilemma confronting the priestess Zhaan (Virginia Hey), who must unleash her own dark side in order save Crichton, a feat that she accomplishes by torturing cute little chirping alien creatures. It all makes for some hyperkinetic sci-fi television -- here, without commercial interruption.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2001
UPC:
0702727009921
Rating:
NR
Source:
Section 23
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:50:00

Special Features

Previously unbroadcast footage; Anthony Simcoe: actor profile; Image gallery; Conceptual drawings; 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Surround audio; ADV previews

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections: Pk Tech Girl
1. The Zelbinion [11:03]
2. Show Of Strength [:01]
3. A Close Working Relationship [:01]
4. Spitfire [:07]
0. Scene Selections: That Old Black Magic
1. Bizarre Bazaar [2:04]
2. Burning With Rage [:01]
3. Bring On The Pain [:01]
4. Time To Feed [:02]

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