The short-lived sci-fi tv series, from Joss Whedon, "FIREFLY" didn't do well enough in ratings to last more than 1 season, but it was critically acclaimed enough for UNIVERSAL to take a shot making a terrific feature film inspired by it, "SERENITY." Now, fans of that film, unfamiliar with the series, get the chance to see it in high-def, courtesy of FOX, on blu-ray.
Blending aspects of "INDIANA JONES" and "STAR WARS," it's actually more original than it might sound, and it's easy for first-time viewers to become hooked and invested in the characters of the series, due mostly to the consistently terrific writing.
Set in the year 2517, "FIREFLY" follows the crew made up of smugglers and mercenaries aboard a starship, as they encounter regular trials and mysteries, in a universe that's ruled by a corporation, known as the "Alliance," a less than benevolent entity, made up of American and Chinese government officials.
The characters are well fleshed out and it's to the series' credit that various complex running themes laid out within the series seem fresh. Unfortunately, with the series made up of only 14 episodes, many questions are left unanswered after the final episode. AARGH!
FOX has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray release. Largely due to the series limited budget, most of the special effects scenes fare the weakest in this transfer, due to an overriding softness. However, the majority of the series, made up of non-special effects scenes, offer impressive detail, with vibrant colors and "genuinely" deep blacks for detail in even darkest of scenes. While imperfect, the depth is notably better than its dvd counterpart. It's just a shame that the series doesn't look as fantastic as some of the other tv series releases offered by FOX(PRISON BREAK).
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. It's an aggressive mix, with surrounds, bass and discrete effects creating a consistently immersive experience for the audience. There were a few instances wherein dialogue was a bit murky, but these were few and far between. Dynamic range is notably better than its dvd counterpart, and ranks it up there with the best tv mixes available.
FOX has carried over all of the extras from the dvd release, and a new commentary as well as a retrospective visit. Unfortunately, all of these are only in standard resolution.