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Babylon 5 DVD Season 1 Box Set


I got an email from a friend who is fairly much in the know about release dates for DVDs. It seems that the release for the DVD box set will by the end of this year. We can only hope!

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I got an email from a friend who is fairly much in the know about release dates for DVDs. It seems that the release for the DVD box set will by the end of this year. We can only hope!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Just in time for the holidays perhaps? Can't wait to hear more ...

*starts earmarking some of her salary for the DVDs*

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Back on January 25th, The Digital Bits reported that the first season would be released this fall. No word on features, or how frequently WHV will be releasing the sets. (Fox does an X-Files every six months, but Paramount is planning to release a Star Trek: TNG set every other month.) The Bits is a pretty reliable source; even when they're wrong, they're right.

For instance, in the late summer of 1999 they reported that Warner Bros. would be releasing B5 on DVD. Obviously the discs never arrived, but they were planned at the time. Warner Bros. just changed their minds later. That isn't likely to happen this time, because conditions have totally changed.

WB was originally planning a B5 release similar to Paramount's Trek: TOS discs - single disc releases every few months, two episodes per disc, $20 MSRP, essentially no extras. And, in WB's case, 4:3 TV ratio only, since no suitable widescreen masters existed, and they weren't about to pay for them.

But then several things happened. Paramount's TOS discs sold more slowly than expected, Fox scored big with an X-Files boxed set, and WB began to hear from fans insisting on a widescreen release. Then the VHS tape sales dropped. The studio was convinced that if B5 could be sold on DVD at all (and they were dubious) it would have to be in widescreen and in boxed sets. But that was too expensive, so they just shelved their plans.

Almost three years later there are new hi-def widescreen masters that they didn't have to pay for, their first test disc sold (to their surprise) well enough to justify continuing with the episodes and almost the entire industy has been forced to see the virtues of the full-season set. (Even WB itself recently announced, "Friends: The Complete First Season" after failing with their "Best of Friends" sets.)

So I'm very confident that the current report is true, and that we'll have at least season one by the end of the year. Now the question is, "Will there be any extras, and what will they be?"

If you have any thoughts on that subject, allow me to suggest that you write a nice letter to this fellow (who ultimately decides this sort of thing at Warner Home Video):

Mr. Douglas Wadleigh
Vice President, Marketing & Special Features
Warner Home Video
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522



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What bearing would this have on the UK market? Not that I'm personally bothered since I'd get a US format one if it comes quicker, but would WB hold back on a UK release even if a company was interested in doing it?

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