Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

Featured In Issue 145, December 2009

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Based on the Battlestar Galactica Series developed by Ronald D. Moore, Battlestar Galatica: The Plan is an uncensored reimaginging of the original 1978 series. In this exploration, the story reveals that the Cylons began as humanity robot servants. They rebelled and evolved and now they look like us. Their plan is simple: destroy the race that enslaved them. But when their devastating attack leaves human survivors, the Cylons have to improvise. The story revolves around two powerful Cylon leaders, working separately, and their determination to finish the task. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director/Star Edward James Olmos and Executive Producer/Writer Jane Espenson; seven deleted scenes (SD 13:57); the featurettes From Admiral To Director: Edward James Olmos & The Plan (HD 06:48), The Cylons (HD 06:51), The Cylon Attack (HD 04:03), and Visual Effects: The Magic Behind The Plan (HD 19:03); BD-Live functionality; and D-BOX Motion Code™.

The 1.78:1 1080p VC-1 picture exhibits a stylized character, with some scenes appearing natural and others surreal. Contrast is generally good, with deep blacks, and shadow delineation that is revealing of depth and detail. Fleshtones generally appear natural. Resolution is excellent, especially with respect to facial features and object textures displayed in the numerous instruments, gadgets, spaceships, and mechanicals. The look is definitely sci-fi and futuristic. This is an engaging picture that delivers dynamic imagery, which is sure to please fans of the original series. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is nicely produced, except that dialogue sounds very chesty and close-miked, with occasional ADR that is wanting in spatial integration. At times the dialogue is very forward-sounding, with an unnatural presence. The music score is wide and deep with, at times, a deep percussionist character. The music extends into the surrounds, to enhance the holosonic® envelopment. Atmospheric sound effects and other sound effects are directionalized throughout the soundfield, and at times, aggressively so in the surrounds. Deep bass extension to below 25 Hz is, at times, prevalent in the .1 LFE channel, which enhances the dramatic elements. This is a sonically varied soundtrack that nicely complements the storytelling. (Gary Reber)