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"Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

An all-new chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga, Blood & Chrome takes place in the midst of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a young, talented fighter pilot, William Adama (Pasqualino), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Though Adama quickly finds himself at odds with his co-pilot, the battle-weary officer Coker, the two men must set their differences aside when a routine escort mission with an enigmatic passenger turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal one for the desperate fleet.

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2013, PG, 1 Hour 4 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Luke Pasqualino, Ben Cotton, Lili Bordan
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes, but PG
  • Language: No

Commentary

Though I greatly enjoyed the original series, this “episode” left me wanting. At no time was I able to envision Pasqualino as the young Adama. He did not have the mannerisms or the pock marked face needed to convince me that he would grow up to command the Galactica. Also, in the very beginning, Adama was supposed to die from radiation exposure because he blew his protective canopy on his Viper. The count down clock just stops…and all is well. Huh? Adama's friend, Coker gets shot up and you think he is dead, but there he is walking around in the final scene. Anyway, the bulk of this flick is shot digitally with CGI backdrops, which is good and bad…but I’ll get into that in a bit. I’d recommend this for fans of the show only, but it is not as good as Razor.

Technical

So what about the CGI? Colors and contrasts are strong and stable, but the “digital grain” added to the picture was a bit too heavy at times. I understand that adding grit makes the movie, well, grittier, but who needs grit on a snow planet? Also, the “flare effect” was overly used to the point where faces actually showed flare. Even JJ Abrams would have said it was a bit much! The CGI was also not up to snuff compared to the original series. The ice planet did not look natural or convincing to me. I just felt that the entire movie was shot with a blue screen backdrop. Not my cup of tea.

Sound was exemplary, with lots of deep bass explosions, whirling wind driven snow and electronic sounds all around the control room. The opening battle scene was quite lively and rivaled anything you’d hear in the re-mastered Star Wars series.

Extras

Extras are spare parts: Visual effects and deleted scenes. It's enough to make a Cylon cry.