Babylon 5 Remastered

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    ‘Babylon 5 Remastered’ now available to buy, or stream on HBO Max





    Nearly thirty years after its first broadcast and close to twenty since its troubled DVD release, Babylon 5 is finally getting a polish. From today, Warner Bros. is launching Babylon 5 Remastered both as a digital download (from iTunes and Amazon where available globally) and on HBO Max. It might not be the perfect version of the show that its creators had intended, but it’s likely the best we’re gonna get.

    A Warner Bros. spokesperson told Engadget that Babylon 5 Remastered has been scanned from the original camera negative. The film sequences were scanned in 4K and then “finished,” or downscaled, back to HD, with a dirt and scratch clean-up, as well as color correction. The show’s CGI and composite sequences, meanwhile, have been digitally upscaled to HD with only some minor tweaks where absolutely necessary.

    In order to maintain visual quality and fidelity between the show’s filmed and effects-heavy sequences, the new version is only available in 4:3. That’s the same format that the show was originally broadcast in, rather than the widescreen DVD releases. But it does avoid the issue of image inconsistency that have plagued those DVD releases when they launched.

    Engadget has extensively covered the interesting, and tortured, journey that Babylon 5 took to reach home video. Rather than repeat ourselves here, we’d recommend you read this report from 2018 explaining the story in-depth. I’ve also reported on the visual differences between the widescreen DVD releases and watching the show digitally in its original 4:3 resolution.

    The package that’s available to buy from today includes all five seasons of the show, all newly restored. In addition, the show’s pilot movie, The Gathering, has been thrown in as a bonus extra, without any remastering. Specifically, this is the 1998 re-edited and re-scored version that aired to promote the show’s move from PTEN to TNT, rather than the 1993 original.

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    Not a remastered scene but...

     
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    That's a substantial improvement. :Thumbsup:
     
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    It’s too bad someone hasn’t remastered a DVD set. I wouldn’t mind having a hard copy of discs to watch whenever I wanted to.
     
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    I have the DVD collection and all the movies, bought the set on eBay a couple years ago...

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    Walter Koenig is 84 now.

    Garibaldi (Jerry Doyle) passed away a few years ago. He was a most notable character of the show. IMHO
     
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    I think it's great they remastered the show, but I won't be subscribing or purchasing. I have the entire series, plus the movies and some spinoffs in MKV format, and that's good enough for me.
     
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    I never purchase or subscribe to any show or channel.
    Not since the early 1980s.
    If it isn't free, I just will not watch it.
    I have better things to spend my money on.
     
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    I think I'll be rewatching this original series sometime soon, just the series and save the movies for another time...

     
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