Bat­tlestar Galac­tica

The rag- tag fleet ar­rives in high- def

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orig­i­nal Galac­tica hav­ing only seen the gritty noughties re­make, you’re in for quite a sur­prise. BSG ’ 70s- style is a much more fam­ily- ori­en­tated show. Space opera of­ten slides into soap opera and there’s lit­tle sense that th­ese peo­ple are trau­ma­tised holo­caust sur­vivors.

But the se­ries still stands up sur­pris­ingly well, es­pe­cially multi- parters like the open­ing “Saga Of A Star World”; “The Liv­ing Legend”, in which Galac­tica meets another Bat­tlestar; and “War Of The Gods”, guest- star­ring The Avengers’ Pa­trick Mac­nee as a mes­meric alien who turns out to be Satan. In­deed, the fact that BSG ’ 70s has aliens – some won­der­fully out­landish – is one of its great strengths. John Coli­cos’s de­li­ciously high camp por­trayal of the treach­er­ous Bal­tar is another. 1978- 1980 | PG | Blu- ray Cre­ator: Glen A Lar­son Cast: Richard Hatch, Dirk Bene­dict, Lorne Greene, John Coli­cos

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Un­for­tu­nately Galac­tica 1980 – also in­cluded here – brings down the av­er­age. Set 30 years later, after Earth’s been found, this silly, short- lived spin- off fea­tures fly­ing mo­tor­bikes, in­vis­i­bil­ity bracelets and kids who ( thanks to Earth’s lower grav­ity) can leap into trees. It’s a guilty plea­sure for a while, but the cheesy lu­nacy and corny hu­mour soon feel down­right em­bar­rass­ing.

Ex­tras: Dis­ap­point­ingly, noth­ing new – all stem from the 2004 DVD. Still, they’re good. Richard Hatch, Dirk Bene­dict and Herb Jefferson Jr talk over the open­ing three- parter. An ex­cel­lent 45- minute doc fea­tures price­less out- takes in­clud­ing the chimp inside ro­bot dog Muf­fit chat­ter­ing away, and Hatch and Bene­dict re­ceiv­ing wed­gies. There are also in­ter­views with cre­ator Glen A Lar­son and com­poser Stu Phillips ( 11 min­utes), fea­turettes on the Cy­lons and Muf­fit ( 10 min­utes), and deleted scenes. Pic­ture qual­ity dips no­tice­ably dur­ing ef­fects se­quences, but is gen­er­ally sharp. Ian Berriman Noah Hath­away, then six, re­calls be­ing given beer one lunchtime, and for­get­ting his lines in the af­ter­noon…

Hu­man skin was much more glossy in the ’ 70s.

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