Serenity (Blu Ray)

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Back from the dead, for a moment at least.

by Rob on 9/24/2015

A great and badly treated TV series rises from the ashes in this highly entertaining and well done movie. The cast and crew of Firefly reunite to tie up some loose ends left dangling after evil brain dead TV executives cancelled the show after a very brief and scrambled showing. This is a terrific movie that answers some questions and leaves the door open for more, if we are lucky and the stars align just right.

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A passenger with a deadly secret. Six rebels on the run. An assassin in pursuit. When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in an action-packed battle between the relentless military might of a totalitarian regime who will destroy anything - or anyone - to get the girl back and the bloodthirsty creatures who roam the uncharted areas of space. But, the greatest danger of all may be on their ship. From the mind of Joss Whedon (TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) comes a new edge-of-your-seat adventure loaded with explosive battles, gripping special effects and fantastic new worlds!

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Studio Universal
SKU 210239560
UPC 025195055796
UPC 14 00025195055796
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 12/30/2008
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Widescreen  2.35:1
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Review Serenity is a fast-paced, engaging science fiction adventure tale. The emphasis should be on "adventure;" the "science fiction" just gives Whedon (making his directorial debut) an interesting canvas to paint upon. In many ways, the film is old-fashioned...There are plenty of special effects, including an impressive space battle that, while not on the same level as the one that started off Revenge of the Sith, is nice enough in its own right. But Serenity isn't about effects. It's about narrative and characters, and it does a solid job in both areas. Whedon propels the story along at a breakneck pace, but keeps it smooth enough that we never get lost, and occasionally pauses to allow for character interaction. There are plenty of "fan moments," but they don't interfere with the overall viewing experience...The film leaves open the possibility of future adventures - whether they materialize remains to be seen. Whedon went all-out for the fans with Serenity...For the average movie-goer, the movie may not have the same emotional resonance it achieves for Firefly aficionados, but those who enjoy science fiction adventure will find plenty to appreciate. It's self-contained and entertaining - arguably the two things most necessary for Serenity to soar.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Science fiction fans will recognize the plot line and most of the characters from a short-lived Fox series named "Firefly," which (I learn in a letter from Stephen McNeil of Sydney, Nova Scotia), was canceled in mid-season, but not before the episodes were carelessly shown out of proper order. What a crock, especially considering that Joss Whedon, the TV series author (and writer-director of "Serenity") earlier created "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer," and so deserved the benefit of the doubt..."Serenity" is made of dubious but energetic special effects, breathless velocity, much imagination, some sly verbal wit and a little political satire...Like Brave New World and 1984, the movie plays like a critique of contemporary society, with the Alliance as Big Brother, enemy of discontent...Some of the dialogue sounds futuristic, some sounds 19th-century, and some sounds deliberately kooky. (Captain Mal: "Do you want to run this ship?" Discontented crew member: "Yes." Mal: "Well, you can't"). There are also unanticipated scenes of real impact, including a planet where -- but see for yourself. I'm not sure the movie would have much appeal for non-sci-fi fans, but it has the rough edges and brawny energy of a good yarn, and it was made by and for people who can't get enough of this stuff. You know who you are.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
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Christian Toto, Washington Times The funny, adventurous Serenity proves there is life after cancellation.
Jan Stuart, NewsDay ...flies with sass and spirit, qualities that have been in palpably short supply in that Star Wars series since, well, Star Wars.
John Procaccino, CBS-TV An absolute blast.
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times ...superior in almost every respect to George Lucas's aggressively more ambitious screen entertainments.
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle A triumph! A thrillingly original science fiction creation.

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