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Babylon 5 Seasons 1-5 DVD (used) @ CEX for £15.00 delivered

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Was looking to rewatch Babylon 5 after seeing all the PR about Star Trek 50 and Deep Space Nine, and saw the boxset was £50. But you can buy the original individual season boxsets for £12.50 + £2.50 d… Read More
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Was looking to rewatch Babylon 5 after seeing all the PR about Star Trek 50 and Deep Space Nine, and saw the boxset was £50. But you can buy the original individual season boxsets for £12.50 + £2.50 delivery from CEX. Bargain!

I know the big boxset includes a load of TV movies and that spin off series, but those aren't great so I just stuck to the core seasons.

Hope this is of some use to someone!
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2 Likes #1
What a show :)
#2
Heat for the price OP. Big sci-fi fan, but I just couldn't get into Babylon 5 at all. The special effects were pants for the time. Wonder how they've fared with age.
#3
That's £15 for all 5, not per series, which is what I originally thought!
1 Like #4
Great series (apart from the 5th for all kinds of reason's). JMS's writing was master class on how to do good SF arc's, only spoiled in places by the half assed meddling of the network...
5 Likes #5
majestic2012
Heat for the price OP. Big sci-fi fan, but I just couldn't get into Babylon 5 at all. The special effects were pants for the time. Wonder how they've fared with age.

Babylon 5 was one of the very first TV shows to use entirely computer generated visuals, ground breaking in its day but a bog standard thing these days. So you remember how old it is the original visuals were done with Newtek Lightwave 3D on Commodore Amigas no less....:D
#6
roycom
majestic2012
Heat for the price OP. Big sci-fi fan, but I just couldn't get into Babylon 5 at all. The special effects were pants for the time. Wonder how they've fared with age.
Babylon 5 was one of the very first TV shows to use entirely computer generated visuals, ground breaking in its day but a bog standard thing these days. So you remember how old it is the original visuals were done with Newtek Lightwave 3D on Commodore Amigas no less....:D
I still love my Amiga. This is the same back and forth I had with my Babylon 5 loving friends 20 years ago X)
1 Like #7
Great price for a brilliant, ground breaking SCI FI show, I feel like watching it all over again, still disappointed at the way the first commander left after season 1 although it was explained in one of the films.
#8
great show
3 Likes #9
Agent004
Great price for a brilliant, ground breaking SCI FI show, I feel like watching it all over again, still disappointed at the way the first commander left after season 1 although it was explained in one of the films.

the real reason he left is heartbreaking
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwyAo_YjtdM
1 Like #10
majestic2012
Heat for the price OP. Big sci-fi fan, but I just couldn't get into Babylon 5 at all. The special effects were pants for the time. Wonder how they've fared with age.

Can't comment on that, but if you watch one episode, make it Shattered Dreams!
#11
steve1221
Great series (apart from the 5th for all kinds of reason's). JMS's writing was master class on how to do good SF arc's, only spoiled in places by the half assed meddling of the network...

4th series was a bit rushed too! A shame really as they never explained some visions because of this like the raven I think. I liked series 1-3 myself. There were some awful moments though - boom shaka laka - 3 bags full! :)
#12
AMO
majestic2012
Heat for the price OP. Big sci-fi fan, but I just couldn't get into Babylon 5 at all. The special effects were pants for the time. Wonder how they've fared with age.
Can't comment on that, but if you watch one episode, make it Shattered Dreams!

You mean 'Severed Dreams'
#13
Ahhh...thanks for that link. Always wondered about that change. Mind you casting Tron as commander turned out to be a great move. I need to rewatch B5 right now. What time does CeX open? :)
#14
rooha
Agent004
Great price for a brilliant, ground breaking SCI FI show, I feel like watching it all over again, still disappointed at the way the first commander left after season 1 although it was explained in one of the films.

the real reason he left is heartbreaking
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwyAo_YjtdM




Thanks rooha, I've just watched the link, that's so tragic
#15
AMO
steve1221
Great series (apart from the 5th for all kinds of reason's). JMS's writing was master class on how to do good SF arc's, only spoiled in places by the half assed meddling of the network...
4th series was a bit rushed too! A shame really as they never explained some visions because of this like the raven I think. I liked series 1-3 myself. There were some awful moments though - boom shaka laka - 3 bags full! :)

Series 4 was rushed because the network refused to commit to series 5, if fact it looked like they'd cancel the series at the end of season 4. JMS didn't want to leave it hanging (like so many series do when the network pulls the plug), so chose to end it at the end of season 4. Then a few weeks later the network renews for series 5!
1 Like #16
steve1221
AMO
steve1221
Great series (apart from the 5th for all kinds of reason's). JMS's writing was master class on how to do good SF arc's, only spoiled in places by the half assed meddling of the network...
4th series was a bit rushed too! A shame really as they never explained some visions because of this like the raven I think. I liked series 1-3 myself. There were some awful moments though - boom shaka laka - 3 bags full! :)
Series 4 was rushed because the network refused to commit to series 5, if fact it looked like they'd cancel the series at the end of season 4. JMS didn't want to leave it hanging (like so many series do when the network pulls the plug), so chose to end it at the end of season 4. Then a few weeks later the network renews for series 5!

Which led to the most awesome run of shows without any dull filler episodes of the time.

Although the end of the Shadow Wars was a bitter disappointment. One can only wonder what it would have been like if it was allowed to develop over all of Season 4, instead of having to be cut short.

Ah, sweet memories. Londo, G'Kar, Bester ... three superb characters.
2 Likes #17
If you go to Z'ha'dum, you will die...
#18
Only show I've watched in it's entirety more than one. Wish more sci-fi was written this tightly.

rooha
Agent004
Great price for a brilliant, ground breaking SCI FI show, I feel like watching it all over again, still disappointed at the way the first commander left after season 1 although it was explained in one of the films.
the real reason he left is heartbreaking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwyAo_YjtdM

Wow I had no idea, holy crap.
#19
Never liked it, but great price for those that do.
#20
One of the best shows EVER.
http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/babylon5/images/1/18/TaLon01.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20080429192748
#21
I'm a huge DS9 fan but never got into Babylon. I've heard it's quite good though.
#22
roycom
majestic2012
Heat for the price OP. Big sci-fi fan, but I just couldn't get into Babylon 5 at all. The special effects were pants for the time. Wonder how they've fared with age.

Babylon 5 was one of the very first TV shows to use entirely computer generated visuals, ground breaking in its day but a bog standard thing these days. So you remember how old it is the original visuals were done with Newtek Lightwave 3D on Commodore Amigas no less....:D


Amiga 1200 + 4000 were used to encode all the Cgi. i wonder if i can get the babylon 5 *.l3d files anywhere.
#23
the best thing to happen to it was them getting rid of the incidental music between scenes. watched it through a few years ago. great series.
#24
Fab series have it on VHS and DVD
#25
This show was one of my all-time sci-fi faves, but they tarnished it with a pointless 5th season (the story arc had well and truly been buried by the end of the 4th season). And, for the time, the special effects most certainly weren't "pants". And, yes, I have this box set, but I paid a lot more for it (many years ago).
#26
Doesn't have any of the TV movies or the spin off Crusade that are all in the box set though
#27
rooha
Agent004
Great price for a brilliant, ground breaking SCI FI show, I feel like watching it all over again, still disappointed at the way the first commander left after season 1 although it was explained in one of the films.
the real reason he left is heartbreaking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwyAo_YjtdM

My word, i didnt know any of that...and I loved Babylon 5 back in the day.

Another link about Michael O Hare
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_O%27Hare
#28
Lot of Amiga chatter so can I recommend: http://www.frombedroomstobillions.com/amiga

Just watched this over the weekend and they have one of the Lightwave team in it talking about Babylon 5, not much more than what is posted here but if you're an Amiga fan its worth a watch.

Also, I'll be buying this as unfortunately B5 won't be on Blu Ray anytime soon due to the original CGI needing to be completely re-rendered. The live action stuff was actually filmed on 35mm so could be HD but it'd be a bit jarring having HD live scenes and SD CGI!
#29
WiggyDiggyPoo
Lot of Amiga chatter so can I recommend: http://www.frombedroomstobillions.com/amiga
Just watched this over the weekend and they have one of the Lightwave team in it talking about Babylon 5, not much more than what is posted here but if you're an Amiga fan its worth a watch.
Also, I'll be buying this as unfortunately B5 won't be on Blu Ray anytime soon due to the original CGI needing to be completely re-rendered. The live action stuff was actually filmed on 35mm so could be HD but it'd be a bit jarring having HD live scenes and SD CGI!

It already IS jarring on the DVD's.

Outside scenes it's fine, but when you have internal scenes with actors it's VERY easy to see where they have had to zoom a 4:3 into a 16:9 image. Can't remember the episode title, but there is one with a Psi-Corp advert and the 'subliminal message' is cut off top and bottom of the screen! Various shots suddenly go from very wide to very close and fuzzy.

On the 4:3 video releases you can't tell because the scenes are the same size, but with the 16:9 version, they only have the 4:3 version to use with the cgi elements in :(
#30
WiggyDiggyPoo
Lot of Amiga chatter so can I recommend: http://www.frombedroomstobillions.com/amiga
Just watched this over the weekend and they have one of the Lightwave team in it talking about Babylon 5, not much more than what is posted here but if you're an Amiga fan its worth a watch.
Also, I'll be buying this as unfortunately B5 won't be on Blu Ray anytime soon due to the original CGI needing to be completely re-rendered. The live action stuff was actually filmed on 35mm so could be HD but it'd be a bit jarring having HD live scenes and SD CGI!
I think I remember the original CGI was rendered at a very high resolution for the time, something like 3000x2500 and took 45-60 minutes to render each frame. It was then recorded to tape, now they don't have the original renders to put on HD and only the crappy low resolution tape. :(
#31
roycom
I think I remember the original CGI was rendered at a very high resolution for the time, something like 3000x2500 and took 45-60 minutes to render each frame. It was then recorded to tape, now they don't have the original renders to put on HD and only the crappy low resolution tape. :(

I saw JMS speak some years ago and I think he said Warner Bros had insisted that all of the CGI data was handed over without any copies being retained by anyone else. They dutifully packaged it all up very carefully on to discs so that someone could easily re-use the material in future. Then WB lost the whole lot.
#32
daz73
roycom
I think I remember the original CGI was rendered at a very high resolution for the time, something like 3000x2500 and took 45-60 minutes to render each frame. It was then recorded to tape, now they don't have the original renders to put on HD and only the crappy low resolution tape. :(
I saw JMS speak some years ago and I think he said Warner Bros had insisted that all of the CGI data was handed over without any copies being retained by anyone else. They dutifully packaged it all up very carefully on to discs so that someone could easily re-use the material in future. Then WB lost the whole lot.
Probably be found at a yard sale or in someone's basement about 20 years from now. :D

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