Serenity

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This is the best sci-fi/western/comedy I have ever seen. The cast is perfect together. I found out afterward that it was based on the tv show Firefly, which is even better because they have more time to get into the characters and story. Nathan Fillion is awesome. If they don't make a sequel I will be profoundly disappointed and it would be a crime against good cinema. Sit back and be entertained. It really has it all.

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I've watched the Firefly TV series three times now. I loved the series when it started, but by the time I get to the last disc I have a hard time watching it. It slowly goes from a good comedy to a torture-filled disturbing series. Unfortunately, the movie is like the end of the TV series and NOT the start. I liked it... until the started killing off main characters. If you want to see a great show before the Firefly universe turned dark and ugly, then watch the first two discs in the Firefly TV series. If you don't like the main characters and want to see some of them get killed, then watch the movie.

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This movie was unbelievable.

by martin.donohue@firstmanthelifeofneilarmstrong.com on 7/11/2006

This is the best sci-fi/western/comedy I have ever seen. The cast is perfect together. I found out afterward that it was based on the tv show Firefly, which is even better because they have more time to get into the characters and story. Nathan Fillion is awesome. If they don't make a sequel I will be profoundly disappointed and it would be a crime against good cinema. Sit back and be entertained. It really has it all. Read More

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Must see for Firefly fans

by Savdog on 4/19/2007

Wonderful movie that picks up where the television series (firefly) left off. I also recommend listening to the director commentary, because Joss Whedon explains some of his storyline decisions. A must see for any sci-fi fan as well. Read More

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Product Overview

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 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) comes a new edge-of-your-seat adventure loaded with explosive battles, gripping special effects and fantastic new worlds!

Specifications

Studio Universal
SKU 202070586
UPC 025192632723
UPC 14 00025192632723
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 704
Keywords
Heroines
Mercenaries
Psychic Forces
Science-Fiction
Space
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Beloved television cult director Joss Whedon (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL) makes a spectacular first foray onto the big screen with SERENITY, the cinematic adaptation of his wildly popular but short-lived sci-fi series, FIREFLY. A mix of space western, comedy, and drama, SERENITY follows captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and his ragtag crew as they trade their way around the edges of civilized society. Of particular interest are two passengers they take on, Simon and River Tam (Sean Maher, Summer Glau), a brother and his telepathic sister on the run from the corrupt governing Alliance. As notorious former members of the anti-Alliance opposition, Mal and his crew make it difficult for Simon and River to stay hidden. Everything goes completely awry when a government assassin is sent to retrieve River. As Mal is forced to choose between his close-knit crew and the brother and sister newcomers, it becomes apparent that River harbors both a dangerous secret and astounding fighting powers, and Mal decides that discovering the truth about what she knows might just be worth his time.^Many of the film's action sequences revolve around Summer Glau's martial arts skills in her portrayal of River. Glau prepared for her role with Hong Kong stuntwoman Ming Lu, as well as stunt coordinators Chad Stahelski and Hiro Koda, and as a resulted performed nearly all the stuntwork herself. In addition to the stellar stunts, realistic graphics, and an often haunting score, the film's actors display a rare chemistry that brings viewers both into their lives and into a possible version of humanity's future.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "[A] TV season's worth of roller-coastering drama, most of it balanced on the capable shoulders of Fillion, a natural leading man." -- Grade: B 10/07/2005 p.51
Sight and Sound "Many of the film's pleasures are down to small-screen values...and the good-humoured playing of an experienced, non-starry ensemble cast." 11/01/2005 p.78
New York Times "Scene for scene, SERENITY is more engaging and certainly better written and acted than any of Mr. Lucas's recent screen entertainments." 10/28/2005 p.E29
Premiere "Sci-fi connoisseurs will find this esoteric universe quite refreshing; the effects and action are wisely underplayed to keep the focus on its crackling, character-driven story..." 03/01/2006 p.111-112
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "This fantastically funny, inventive triumph defied all the doubters, proving both a smash with sci-fi nerds and a joy for skeptics..." 04/01/2006 p.142
Widescreen Review "Some scenes have a surreal blown-out and hazy appearance that evoke a dreamy mood....The visual effects are effectively incorporated with the live action." 06/01/2006 p.64
Directors
Joss Whedon
Actors
Nathan Fillion
Gina Torres
Cast & Crew
Alan Tudyk - Actor
Barry Chusid - Production Designer
Barry Mendel - Producer
Christopher Buchanan, et. al. - Executive Producer
David Newman, et. al. - Original Music By
Gina Torres - Actor
Jack N. Green - Cinematographer
Joss Whedon - Director
Joss Whedon - Writer
Lisa Lassek - Editor
Morena Baccarin - Actor
Nathan Fillion - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 26327
UPC 00025192632723
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 119 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
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. The space-ships are not sleek and streamlined - they're hunks of junk being held together by paperclips and masking tape. The characters talk like they learned English in the 19th century Old West (with occasional Chinese curses thrown in for good measure). And guns fire bullets, not laser blasts. This is one of the key elements that separates the Star Trek camp from the (new) Battlestar Galactica one. Serenity falls in the latter, "retro" category.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
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
ReviewSource ReelViews
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
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1); Dolby Surround Sound, Deleted Scenes, Outtakes, Commentary, Featurettes, English, Spanish, French Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Fillion,Nathan
Label Mca Home Video
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Mark S. Allen, UPN-TV/Premiere Radio Networks Not since the Matrix has a movie rocked so relentlessly!
John Procaccino, CBS-TV An absolute blast.
Tom Long, The Detroit News Slamming Action Sequences.
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.
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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