Directed By: Joss Whedon Starring: Nathan Fillion Gina Torres

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But if you want more than a pretty picture, you better be a sci fi fan because this one is lumped in with Zena and Hercules. Well maybe not that bad but at least Battlestar Gallactica.

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Can't stop the signal...

by Robert on 12/16/2006

"Serenity" is currently the last chapter in the "Firefly" saga. Those who have enjoyed the TV series will love revisiting the characters that they know and love, while those who haven't won't feel like they're missing out. The crew of a pirate space ship are trying to find work away from Alliance control, a task that becomes ever harder as time goes on. But when they discover an Alliance secret, they must decide whether to run, or fight. If you want the full story you have to start with the first season of Firefly, though with a fan base crazier about Joss Whedon than Star Wars lovers were about George Lucas, you probably want the full story.

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Serenity + HD DVD = Perfect!

by Eddie on 3/12/2007

I'm no critic and I'm assuming that if you're looking into buying this that you probably now something of the firefly universe and have already seen the movie. All I can say is that seeing it on HD DVD only makes it better, enjoy!

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


Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 202521660
UPC 025192784927
UPC 14 00025192784927
Format HD DVD
Release Date 8/8/2006
Rating NR
Psychic Forces
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.
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
Joss Whedon
Nathan Fillion
Gina Torres
Cast & Crew
Alan Tudyk - Star
Jewel Staite - Star
Summer Glau - Star
Chjwetel Ejiofor - Star
Morena Baccarin - Star
Sarah Paulson - Star
Adam Baldwin - Star
Nathan Fillion - Star
David Krumholtz - Star
Ron Glass - Star
Michael Hitchcock - Star
Gina Torres - Star
Sean Maher - Star
Jack N. Green - Director of Photography
Joss Whedon - Screenwriter
Lisa Lassek - Editor
David Newman - Composer
Ruth E. Carter - Costume Designer
Barry Chusid - Production Designer
Joss Whedon - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 27849
UPC 00025192784927
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 119 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
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 Serenity 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 Joss Whedon's unassuming science-fiction adventure is superior in almost every respect to George Lucas's aggressively more ambitious screen entertainments.
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