Babylon 5 enthusiasts are set for a treat as the entire series makes its way to Blu-ray. The release comes just a few months after the announcement of an upcoming animated feature film. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Blu-ray edition will include all five seasons, totaling 110 episodes, as well as the initial pilot movie, The Gathering. J. Michael Straczynski, the show’s creator, couldn’t hide his excitement, tweeting to the fans, “YOU WANTED IT, YOU ASKED FOR IT, AND IT’S FINALLY HAPPENED!”
The series, crafted by Straczynski, takes the audience to a 23rd-century Earth Alliance space station tasked with maintaining peace among five dominant empires. The initial production quality wasn’t stellar, with a stark contrast between the live-action scenes and somewhat blurry CGI. However, in 2021, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment rectified this with the release of Babylon 5 Remastered on HBO Max, along with digital downloads on iTunes and Amazon. The remastered version, created by scanning the original camera negatives in 4K and subsequently downscaled to HD, came with a crisp clean-up and color correction. The CGI sequences were also upscaled to HD, allowing fans to enjoy the series in its original 4:3 format.
The upcoming Blu-ray edition will be “fully remastered in HD”, though it is unclear if this refers to the 2021 update or a more recent remastering. The Blu-ray version of Babylon 5 is now up for pre-order at $100 and is set to hit the shelves in the US and Canada on December 5th.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Babylon 5 Blu-ray Release
When is the Blu-ray release of Babylon 5 scheduled?
The Blu-ray version of Babylon 5 is set to be released in the US and Canada on December 5th.
What does the Babylon 5 Blu-ray edition include?
The 30th-anniversary Blu-ray edition will include all five seasons, totaling 110 episodes, as well as the pilot movie, The Gathering.
Is the Babylon 5 Blu-ray edition remastered?
Yes, the upcoming Blu-ray edition of Babylon 5 will be “fully remastered in HD”.
How much does the Babylon 5 Blu-ray edition cost?
The Babylon 5 Blu-ray edition is available for pre-order at a price of $100.
Where can I pre-order the Babylon 5 Blu-ray edition?
The Blu-ray version of Babylon 5 is now up for pre-order. However, specific retailers have not been mentioned in the provided text.
Was Babylon 5 previously remastered?
Yes, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released Babylon 5 Remastered in 2021, which was available on HBO Max, iTunes, and Amazon for streaming and digital download.
What is Babylon 5 about?
Babylon 5 is a series that follows the inhabitants of a 23rd-century Earth Alliance space station established to mediate peace among five powerful empires.