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Serenity (2005)

Director: Joss Whedon     Starring: Nathan Fillion Gina Torres
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Format: HD DVD
Sku: 202521660
UPC: 025192784927
UPC 14: 00025192784927
Rating: NR
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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!

"Not since the Matrix has a movie rocked so relentlessly!  Mark S. Allen, UPN-TV/Premiere Radio Networks
"An absolute blast.  John Procaccino, CBS-TV
"Slamming Action Sequences.  Tom Long, The Detroit News
"The funny, adventurous Serenity proves there is life after cancellation.  Christian Toto, Washington Times
"Serenity flies with sass and spirit, qualities that have been in palpably short supply in that Star Wars series since, well, Star Wars.  Jan Stuart, Newsday
"Joss Whedon's unassuming science-fiction adventure is superior in almost every respect to George Lucas's aggressively more ambitious screen entertainments.  Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Editor's 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.

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/8/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 119 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 27849
Video UPC UPC: 00025192784927
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Serenity - DVD Review
By: Chris Barsanti filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 8/10/2007 9:26 PM
Somehow, in the wake of Lucas’ CGI evisceration of his own work and overblown space operas like The Chronicles of Riddick, somebody still knows how to put together an outer-space romp that trades just as heavily on quips and character as it does on conflict and explosions. All the better, there’s barely a movie star in sight. The film in question is Serenity, the by-product of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Joss Whedon’s sci-fi series Firefly. Somehow, Whedon convinced Universal to pony up about $45 million to make and show Serenity to multiplex audiences, 95 percent of whom will have never seen the original series, which lasted on Fox for only 11 episodes back in 2002....read the full review
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Alan Tudyk
Video Cast Info Jewel Staite
Video Cast Info Summer Glau
Video Cast Info Chjwetel Ejiofor
Video Cast Info Morena Baccarin
Video Cast Info Sarah Paulson
Video Cast Info Adam Baldwin
Video Cast Info Nathan Fillion
Video Cast Info David Krumholtz
Video Cast Info Ron Glass
Video Cast Info Michael Hitchcock
Video Cast Info Gina Torres
Video Cast Info Sean Maher
Video Cast Info Jack N. Green - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Joss Whedon - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Lisa Lassek - Editor
Video Cast Info David Newman - Composer
Video Cast Info Ruth E. Carter - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Barry Chusid - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Joss Whedon - Director

Professional 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

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