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August 04 2008

More Blu-Ray information for Firefly. A follow up from a previous post, this news story confirms the Firefly release date and also notes that Universal seems to have announced plans to bring Serenity to Blu-Ray.

One has to wonder if this will be a port from the HD-DVD release of Serenity, or perhaps a Blu-Ray version of the two-disc collector's edition... The cover art suggests the former.
We're also told to expect this release to include a preview and/or trailer that will promote Joss Whedon's upcoming TV series Dollhouse, so keep an eye out for that!

Oh, I do hope their sources turn out accurate. And I hope it's not just the same ol' trailer, but something beautiful and new a shiny. Oh, hope hope hope.
I'm a sucker for extras. In fact, I crave them. Does this mean i have to buy a Blu-Ray player? And does that mean I have to buy an HDTV? 'Cause I can definitely not afford the latter, and I'm not sure about the former.
Knuckleball, don't trust cover art to tell you anything. Cover art can be done/changed very late in the process. Just like you shouldn't assume that the Firefly BD release will have that cover art, 'cause it won't. :)
Excellent!

And while I love the old Firefly art, I'm itchin' for some new art, as well. So long as it doesn't involve a certain animal that shall remain a llama.
Had I not seen the HD version of Firefly recently on UHD, I'd have been happy with my upconverted DVD's, content that I was doing a service in not supporting the evil Blu-Ray conspiracy. But now...

Now I am bound as Ahab to his whale, and shall make it my life's effort to obtain these discs and a player!

:: Shakes tiny fist ::

Never forget, Joss Whedon: You did this! I name you forever! You are the Destroyer of My Bank Account!
:: Sigh! ::
I'm not really mad at you. Honest.
...Just please... If you can... make sure everything else you do gets released in Blu-Ray after I do this, 'kay? I can't afford these kind of changes all the time, y'know?
I can haz Blu-Ray nao? ...KTHXBAI.

Now I'm not quite up to speed on the new-tech, but wasn't Firefly shot in standard definition? How do you go about upgrading that to hi-def? If there's a noticeable difference from the DVD run I'll have to pick this up, but I still haven't wrapped my head around how it'll be any different than sticking the regular DVDs into a PS3.
'Now I'm not quite up to speed on the new-tech, but wasn't Firefly shot in standard definition? How do you go about upgrading that to hi-def? If there's a noticeable difference from the DVD run I'll have to pick this up, but I still haven't wrapped my head around how it'll be any different than sticking the regular DVDs into a PS3.'

Sorry, but you heard (mostly) wrong. Firefly was shot on 35mm film, which is considerably better than 1080p in terms of detail. However, the special effects sequences were rendered in 480p only, so they will most likely be upscaled to 1080p, with the non-SFX scenes being actual, derived-from-35mm 1080p. Plus, the audio will be lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, rather than the lossy 2.0 Dolby Digital that was on the DVDs. Trust me, the upgrade will be extreme, as long as you have the HDTV/sound system to take advantage of it.
What GreatMuppetyOdin said.
I'm not seeing much enthusiasm or interest for the Firefly Blu-ray product at various fan sites and forums. Have 20th Century Fox milked the cash cow dry?
We're in an "Economic Downturn" over here, Simon,
which is politician-speak for "Recession".
'I'm not seeing much enthusiasm or interest for the Firefly Blu-ray product at various fan sites and forums. Have 20th Century Fox milked the cash cow dry?'

I think part of it is just the fact that most fans don't have a Blu-ray player. So it's not going to have a huge countdown like the Collector's Edition of Serenity did. Besides, it's still several months away, so there's nothing to really get excited about yet.
I think part of it is just the fact that most fans don't have a Blu-ray player.


I seem to remember more interest in the Serenity HD-DVD but I guess there was a belief that sales of that could lead to a sequel.

We're in an "Economic Downturn" over here, Simon, which is politician-speak for "Recession".


Aye. I saw the Dark Horse Serenity ships in my local comic book shop the other day and I just thought I'd love to buy them but I can't justify it at the moment.
I reckon it's a combination of things, the looming recession, fairly low penetration of Blu-ray players etc. and possibly including the new extras not being seen as HUGE must haves (even though I, and probably most on here, must have them, HUGELY ;). And maybe a lot of people don't really think they'll notice much of a difference in quality ?

(and I saw the 'Serenity in Disguise' model at Forbidden Planet yesterday - first time i've really been tempted by any of the ornaments but, similarly, can't justify it)

Does this mean i have to buy a Blu-Ray player? And does that mean I have to buy an HDTV?

You don't need an HDTV to watch discs on a Blu-ray player BUT you won't see it in High Definition so there's very little benefit (I guess you'd get the new extras and if you have a nice sound setup you'd benefit from the revamped sound).
'I seem to remember more interest in the Serenity HD-DVD but I guess there was a belief that sales of that could lead to a sequel.'

True. Also, part of that might have been the fact that Serenity was Universal's very first HDM - quite an honour.
I wouldn't describe the recession as "looming". It is pretty much full force and has been for a while now.
Thanks Break_Atmo, that clears it up right good.
Haha, so that will make FOUR versions of the Serenity DVD that I will inevitably own. The first release, the re-release collector's edition, the HD DVD version, and the Bly-Ray version. Sheesh! I know I should sell a couple of them, but I just can't! I'm looking forward to getting Firefly in a high def format, it definitely deserves it!

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