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.