Farscape, Vol. 1
Containing the episodes "Premiere" and "I, E.T., plus a variety of extras, the first volume of the Farscape DVD series provides a solid introduction to the series. Each of the two episodes includes un-aired footage and has a commentary by producers and actors. 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 and 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 first commentary track features Ben Browder, Rockne S. O'Bannon, and executive producer Brian Henson, while the second features Claudia Black and Anthony Simcoe. Both commentary tracks are lively, informative, and entertaining, with few gaps and lots of fast talking. Other extras include a "video profile" of the Crichton character, an image gallery, a conceptual drawings gallery, and a making-of documentary that gives a little bit of background beyond the usual promotional puff -- though it's certainly a puff piece.