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Firefly – The Complete Series (20th Century Fox Blu-ray)


Picture: B+     Sound: B+     Extras: B     Episodes: B+



Throughout my days (and long nights) as a TV on DVD/Blu-ray reviewer I have come across many great television series that were hastily cut down before their prime and even more series that have gone on longer than should have ever been allowed.  The forerunner in canceling great television series is FOX.  For every 20 “World’s Most Deadly Mall Fights” that FOX keeps on the air they cancel 1 great show.  From great series like Arrested Development that went off into obscurity to never be heard from again and series like Family Guy that rose from the dead to be more successful than ever; FOX has canceled them all.  The series that is under review here is Firefly; one of the most creative and imaginative Sci-Fi series to ever hit the airways…and just as quickly be swatted down.


The series was canceled after only 11 of its 14 produced episodes aired and fans across the board (chat rooms and otherwise) were crushed.  The series follows the renegade crew of the spaceship Serenity (who chose the wrong side of a Civil War) as they enter a new star system and attempt to make a living on the outskirts of society as a pioneer culture develops.  The series being described by the creators as a “stage coach series” where no one is quite sure where life or this new star system is taking them, making each day a new and unpredictable adventure.  It is a very American concept to be pioneers in a new and unknown world, which is perhaps why the series was so appealing.  I don’t want to reveal too much about the series, just know that every episode adds a new layer of wonderfully intriguing complexity.


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The technical features that surround Firefly: The Complete Series on Blu-ray are not as wonderful as fans would have hoped.  The picture is presented in a run of the mill 1080p/AVC- encoded 1.78 X 1 Widescreen that fails to impress as the series demonstrates a number of clarity and texture issues throughout.  The close up shots look amazing, but everything else is simply mediocre.  The special effects are weak and dated, as they project like a series that was just getting off the ground (oh wait it was).  To some degree the viewer can not expect much from the low budget special effects, but don’t expect the Blu-ray High Definition to heighten the experience either.   Other than clarity issues, however, the series has had a certain amount of visual upgrade.  The picture quality overall is clean with none of the artifacting or debris that was seen on the DVD release.  The flesh tones are realistic, the blacks are deep, and the colors are vibrant from beginning to end; making the series look better than it ever has.  The refined visuals will make fans happy, though they will be undoubtedly disappointed by the less than exhilarating special effects that can mainly be attributed to the original source material that was filmed in 35mm and standard definition formats.


The sound presentation is an excellent English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio that makes each sound ‘pop’ through the chaos that is Firefly.  The dialogue is crisp and clean throughout with only the rare occasion of muffled speech.  The series is full of explosive action and gun fire, but the series nicely projects the dialogue clearly through even the largest amount of anarchy.  The sound also demonstrates a fluid track as it pans across the speakers, giving the whole series a sound of solid and engaging directionality.


The Blu-ray of Firefly contains all the same extras that were included on the DVD release; including a Gag Reel, 4 Deleted Scenes, Audition Tapes, 3 Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes (Character Analysis, Set Tour, & Firefly Theme Song Feature), How It Was: Making of Firefly, and 7 Audio Commentary Tracks.  The Blu-ray also has two exclusive features including a Firefly Reunion (28 minutes) and an additional Audio Commentary on the episode “Our Mrs. Reynolds” which reunites Rob Glass, Alan Tudyk, Josh Whedon, and Nathan Fillion.  Both featurettes are done amazingly well and make it even sadder that the series was prematurely canceled.  The audio commentary and reunion hand out an array of interesting, insightful, and entertaining tid bits that you can not get anywhere else.


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-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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