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Babylon 5 Lost Tales

Bruce Boxleitner , Tracy Scoggins , J. Michael Straczynski , Sara Barnes    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine First Episode -- More Please! Aug. 2 2007
Format:DVD
I got my copy delivered from Amazon Canada today, and I've already watched the 72-minute episode.

The Single-Sentence Verdict?

If you're a fan of Babylon 5 -- whether hardcore, or simply someone who enjoyed the series-long story arc while it was on -- I think you'll enjoy this if you pick it up.

To Elaborate:

I loved B5 for its series-long story arc, and for the breadth and depth of its storytelling (the new Battlestar Galactica wasn't first in that regard), but I don't own the DVDs and I haven't watched an episode in years. It didn't matter. This disc gives you enough right off the top to remind you of what you should know, and to get you back in the groove.

If you're completely unfamiliar with B5, you should consider buying the boxed DVD sets, and then pick this up. :-)

The Good

It's essentially two stories in seventy-two minutes and it shows as a labor of creative love.

Babylon 5 Creator/Writer/Director Straczynski's trademark sharp writing (and humor) are in full evidence. The acting is solid, even from lesser players. Boxleitner (Sheridan) has improved as an actor with age, in my opinion. He's subtler in many ways; less "showy".

The visual effects are beyond what I expected for this sort of Direct-To-DvD project. Very nice, and well-used. Since there are no commercial breaks (hooray!), shifts in the story are most often signalled by a quick cut to an exterior shot.

The visual effects detail is markedly better than on the original show.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This new DVD release of 'Babylon 5-The Lost Tales' is a welcome return to a show that many consider one of the best Sci Fi shows ever to have graced television.
The "Lost Tales' of the title consists of two vignettes,if you will,that are held together by a thread of the narrative/plot.The first concerns the demonic posession of a crew member which Capt.Lochley(Tracy Scoggins) with the help of a priest(Alan Scarfe,lately of Andromeda) has to contend with.This segment raises many philosophical questions about religion and the future of it and our place in it in the future.
The second segment concerns President Sheridans' return to B-5 to attend the 10th anniversary of the alliance.Along the way our/his pesky technomage Galen(Peter Woodward)returns with a view of what could be Earths' future demise.Sheridan is(delightful to watch!) peeved off at his return and tells him to get lost,but to no avail.It seems the "message" is too important and Sheridan must take steps to do something before it occurs.The technomage recommends a path but,as usual,Sheridan takes his own,much to his(the technomages')chagrin.Will it be enough,will it work?
The roughly 70 minute show ends as we all ponder his decision and he walks toward the anniversary celebrations on B-5.It leaves us with alot of unanswered questions and possibilities for the future of the B-5 universe and it leaves it wide open for more future B-5 movies(or another series?).
I have seen an interview recently at AOL with Mr.Straczynski in which he states that the bottom line as to whether or not anything further develops from this is dependant solely on its' sales and the response it garners.
Well I for one was left salivating for more after the 70 minutes of this movie came to its' very(seemingly) swift conclusion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriuging, but too short and a little low end. Jan. 5 2010
Format:DVD
JMS provides two pretty solid stories to the viewer with the budget that he had been given to make this DVD. It's a shame that this didn't restart some of the series since with some more money per show I think these could have reached the quality of the main series. There are moments where the Lost Tales does reach B5's level but unfortunately the lack of characters and the short length of the film at only 75 minutes stop it from being anything more then o.k. Still it was great to see the B5 universe for what now looks like the last time and JMS certainly has written the script well I just wish he had more support from the executives.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I want more B5, but I want... more content Aug. 1 2007
By Bruno Desjardins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
If you are not a fan of Babylon 5, you're probably not looking at this page right now, so I'll write the review a B5 universe crack would want to read. Did I enjoy taking to my home 2 brand new B5 stories? Yes, sure. But each story is 35 minutes long, or rather, 35 minutes short... At the conclusion of each episode there is a wrap up - do I need a wrap up? Too short...

Are the stories any good? Well, the first one stars Stacy Scoggins as B5's CO. It's a story about heaven and hell and the existence of God... There are less than 10 actors in this episode and we mainly see 3 in two sets... Lots of dialogue and almost no action. Talk, talk, and talk. Some of it very well written with philosophical overtones... Some of it very bad... But the story is weak. In a weekly series, such so-so episodes are to be expected. But not when you waited 8 years for it. A priest is called in from Earth, but since the series we know B5 is a place where priests are based. Apparently Stracynzski forgot about that. The camera is interesting, the lighting is weird but excellent. Why weird? Because the backgrounds are CGI, the light on the actors does not fit the lighting of the background, but sometimes it gives the picture a surrealistic and artistic colour... Surround FX are great. There are some great CGI and the station never looked better... It's still less realistic looking than Battlestar Galactica, but I imagine they wanted to stay close to the original look and feel of B5 so they did quite well then. But, sadly, the story is just not interesting and could have been written for something other than B5...

The second episode is much better because its star, Bruce Boxleitner, gets into President Sheridan's skin as if the series never ended. Visually, the episode is also very good.
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