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Babylon 5 on Blu Ray

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Re: Babylon 5 on Blu Ray

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Wow!
Just wow,
Thanks for the info, I would love to see this.

In the age of AI, it's not so difficult as it was to do with Star Trek TNG, and you can even make it look good where the original film and CGI models are all missing.

I was thinking about having another watch-through, even though it's only a year or two ago since I watched it.

I hear that Foundation has a second series out - it's an odd show, but quite interesting: like Expanse and Dune rolled into one.
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I'm rewatching B5 at the moment. It's a pity it's such a budget release - the show deserves better - but the picture quality is certainly a big step up from the DVDs.

Foundation is a weird show. I'm not impressed with it as an adaptation, but the original Empire stuff is pretty cool.
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I heard that the picture quality of this bluray is good - as good as it can get without them re-rendering the CGI with models that they no longer even have.
The zip disks and floppy disks that had the models for the Omega destroyer and others were lost in the chaos of Foundation Imaging.

Apparently, it is the same as the HD remaster that they did about a year ago for an online streaming service but made even better.

I'm not sure I feel like splashing £85 on it, right now though.


The Foundation series is certainly interesting but many of the main characters are hard to relate to, because they're all just equally unlikeable variations of michael burnham from star trek discovery.
I like the day emperor. He's really good. He just wants to destroy everything - very relatable.
Seldon/Harris is entertaining too, as he was in The Expanse.
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They could have re-rendered a significant chunk of the CGI for a pretty minimal cost. Some of the files were lost, but not all of them - see https://www.youtube.com/@tomsmith6107/videos (he used to have several more videos up). And they could have included both versions of The Gathering in 4:3 on the first disc, instead of a version cropped to 16:9 on a bonus disc that's inferior to the DVD. And not included commercial bumpers, and provided decent packaging. But the actual episodes look great, and five seasons for £85 is still a bargain.
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You're totally right. I would've preferred to have seen the CGI re-done.
I'd come across Tom's work a good while back but it seems to have come a long way since then, and it was already very impressive.

I suppose the problem is paying a CGI studio to have your own copyrighted version of the new exterior shots, rather than what has clearly been a colossal labour of love for this particular fan.

In any case, this is very good info about something that I was planning on buying anyway.
It looks like you can get it new for a lot less on ebay and on amazon as well.

It's so sad that we have nothing being made right now that compares that favourably against Babylon 5.
What amazes me as well is how true-to-life it is right now, with its weak, controlled puppet leaders and fake news ISN.


At the moment, I'm watching Space Precinct.
I used to love that show when I was little. The miniature shots are great and they give the show such a great atmosphere.
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Re: Babylon 5 on Blu Ray

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Tom is using the original files, though, not rebuilding from scratch. Give those same files to a professional studio (or better, just pay Tom!) and the cost would be pretty low, by the standards of such things. You could render those effects in realtime on a home PC these days!

There's nothing quite like B5, but I've been enjoying For All Mankind, and The Expanse was pretty cool (I'm still hoping they adapt the final books at some point).
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