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Firefly: The Complete Series
Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 82 (Mar 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Akan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldmin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau & Ron Glass

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Audio commentaries are found on episodes One (with creator Joss Whedon and actor Nathan Fillion), Two (with executive producers Whedon and Tim Minear), Four (with writer Jane Espenson, actress Morena Baccarin, and costume designer Shawna Trpcic), Eight (with Minear and episode director David Solomon), and Ten (with actors Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk). Disc Four offers three episodes that were never aired (two of which offer optional commentaries), as well as a 29-minute Here

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): NA
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $49.98
(DVD Type): Four DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 653
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001/2002
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 12/09/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Joss Whedon, Tim Minear, Thomas J. Wright, Vern Gillum, Michael Grossman, Vondie Curtis Hall, Marita Grabiak David Solomon, Allan Kroeker & James Contner
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Joss Whedon-created ("Buffy The Vampire Slayer") series "Firefly" takes the past and the future, combining it into the present. With horses and spaceships, this science fiction western finds an eclectic group of people aboard the spacecraft Serenity, some of whom are wanted fugitives, others who are stowaways. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVDs offer this short-lived television series with generally pleasing image quality. Colors can be nicely rendered, but there are times when saturation is not at its fullest. Fleshtones can appear somewhat hot. Images can exhibit nice sharpness and detail, though many scenes are softly focused or somewhat smeared. Contrast sometimes seems a bit low, limiting detail. The visual effects seem out-of-place when combined with live action shots, appearing blurry or lacking adequate resolution. There are some problems with pixel breakup throughout the set, but edge enhancement is minor. (Suzanne Hodges)

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