Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Blood and Chrome is out on DVD today

Blood and Chrome has been released on DVD and Blu-ray today. You can get it on Amazon.

Here are the specs and list of extras, from Sci Fi Mafia:

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes – Which like any movie are probably removed to keep the story tighter, but a lot of these are essential bits of storyline that would otherwise be missed. So interesting to watch, since they are all filmed, but not taken through CGI enhancements.
  • Blood & Chrome Visual Effects Featurette – This gives you the full scope of what was involved in the CGI production of every single shot. Amazing.

Program Information
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Rating: Not rated
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French Sound: 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio

Street Date: February 19, 2013
Layers: Dual Layer
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: Not rated
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

From IGN's Blu-ray review:
The extras are fairly minimal, though better than they appear at a glance. The only behind-the-scenes inclusion is a featurette focused on the visual FX, but it’s actually longer than you’d expect at 23 minutes, including interviews with Eick and other producers, along with the FX team. It delves into the conception of Blood & Chrome and spotlights all the work that went into the green screen production. While a commentary or more story-oriented discussion would have been great, this at least does get into the nitty gritty of production on the project.

The only other special feature are deleted scenes, but there are actually a ton of them, running the better part of a half hour. Some are inconsequential moments, but there are several – mostly taken out from the opening portion of the movie – that would have been highly appreciated if they’d been kept in, better building who Adama and Coker are before the action begins. The vast majority of the deleted scenes were never finished, so you can see the green screen surrounding the cast, making the difference between those scenes and the finished project more impressive and notable.

The Blu-ray is the "unrated" version. While essentially the same as what is airing on TV, it features a bit more footage, including, yep, one pair of bare breasts during a co-ed shower scene onboard Galactica and a bit more harsh language.
A couple of deleted scenes:

If you didn't catch it last week, check out Bear McCreary's post about scoring Blood and Chrome on his blog. Here is the video blog that came with it:

The Fulle Circle Podcast has a new interview with Bear. He talks about Caprica and BSG among other things:

And a round of recent Blood and Chrome interviews.

Lili Bordán talked to MovieWeb (full interview at the link):
Were there discussions about where your character and where the story would go if it was picked up? I imagine they had a far-reaching plan in place.

Lili Bordán: A bible was written for a possible series, but I haven't read that, so I'm not sure where the story goes. If you look at it, it's a pretty amazing time in the Battlestar Galactica-verse. It's the beginning of the Cylon War, and it's such a dark, bleak time, where we don't know where everything is going. Young Adama is really coming to terms with what he's really a part of, and the truth about war. It's a true coming of age story, becoming a man during war, and what's a woman's role in this war. My character is a widow of the war. She lost her husband to the war, which turned him into a hero. It's about all of these heroes and what lies behind the propaganda.

Is there anything on the special features you're looking forward to fans seeing?

Lili Bordán: There's going to be a lot of footage that was cut. A lot of the forums are saying that the characters aren't developed enough, which was strange to me because I remember working on the roles and developing the characters. I remember how clear we all were about our characters, and where we come from. A lot of that you'll be able to watch on the Blu-ray, and a lot of it will be with a green screen behind it, so you'll see the contrast between what we saw and what we experienced on set, and then see what these guys at Universal created in the 10 months after we spent three weeks filming.

What would you like to say to BSG fans out there about why they should pick up this Blu-ray and DVD next week?

Lili Bordán: I think what you're going to see is, even though it's in the Battlestar universe, it's set at the beginning of this war, and it will be familiar, but it will also be completely different. It's so much about survival, and choosing sides. We hope that you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed creating it.
Entertainment Weekly has a new interview with Ben Cotton:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When you had your brief part in Battlestar Galactica: Razor, did you ever think you’d have a bigger role in the Battlestar world?

BEN COTTON: No, not really. I kind of thought that would kill me for the series, but who would have known this was coming? Obviously, at the time, there was no idea that Blood and Chrome was coming. When it came up it was a pretty good thrill.

What did you do to prepare to play Coker?

I kind of did an experiment with Coker. I would write a letter to his wife every night when I was going to bed about his struggle. It was mostly focused on the struggle and what was going on during Blood and Chrome. There’s a scene where I’m cleaning up the remains of my pilot, and so I wrote letters and talked about him right up until that battle. I’m not really a method kind of actor or anything like that, but I just thought the more that I could imagine Coker’s world thoroughly, that that would help me. Who knows if it did anything or not? I don’t know. But it made me feel more comfortable in him. It made me feel like Coker.
Yahoo! Voices has an interview with him and Luke Pasqualino:
Why do you think that a show like "Galactica" continues to get resurrected? It was on for four seasons and then it was gone. "Caprica" comes along for two seasons and then it's gone. It's like a franchise that nobody can kill. It just keeps coming back. Why do you think that is?

Ben Cotton: It's a great show. I think the writing has always been really good and people love it. It's fans are the best fans you're going to find. They'll stick with you. I think people want to embrace this story. People are excited.

Luke Pasqualino: People like to see action. People like to see relationships. People like to see real life stories. People like to see drama. They like to see comedy. They like to be humored. They like all these different things and "Battlestar" can offer that. The only difference between "Battlestar" and any other show is that it's set in space. I think we're dealing with real life situations here; whether it's love or hate...

Ben Cotton: It's humanity.

Luke Pasqualino: And "Battlestar" is set in space. It just looks cool. People like what the "Battlestar Galactica" franchise does for them.
So does The Advocate:
The Advocate: Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome was initially released as mini webisodes online. As actors, how did you feel about the movie being released in this unique manner?

Ben Cotton: I had never heard of anybody doing it like this before, but I think it’s great.

Luke Pasqualino: I agree. So many people are are using the Internet now to watch movies and TV shows online. As I heard a guy say a few weeks ago, “the Internet is the new TV,” so I think people being able to watch it online first is fantastic. Especially for people over on my side of the pond in England because we don't have the Syfy channel over in the UK.

Caprica set a new standard for the way sexuality is depicted in a high-profile sci-fi series, but the reimagined Battlestar Galactica‘s underlining theme of accepting diversity was something that resonated with LGBT fans as well. Was that something you were aware of when you joined the cast of Blood and Chrome?

Cotton: I’ll be honest, I hadn’t thought of that at all. But why not? The show deals with humanity and human issues, so I don’t see why any group would be excluded from that or should be.
And NBC Bay Area has an interview with David Eick:
You mentioned that you'd love to do something like this again. Are you in a take-a-breather mode, or are there some things percolating right now with the future of ‘Battlestar Galactica?’ What's the state of the behind the scenes universe right now?

We're kicking the tires of continuing the ‘Blood & Chrome’ franchise as either a literal continuation, or maybe another chapter in the ‘Battlestar’ mythos. But we're very early into those talks. There's nothing to report yet.

Is there a sequence, either through the story telling or what you were able to accomplish with the visual effects that stands out for you is something that you got especially excited about or proud of once you pulled it off?

This dovetails maybe into the question about Easter eggs, but another nod to people from ‘Galactica’ fanville that also asks some interesting questions is the fact that the Raptor – which is the name of the space craft that our heroes are on for most of the movie – has a tail gun rig so that a co‑pilot can get behind the gun and counter fire. And for fans of ‘Battlestar’ who are watching raptors for five years, they know that there were no guns on raptors, and suddenly, we have this revelation that there used to be, you know. It's a really bitchin’ gun. It's really cool and fun to look at. Anyway, if you’re asking the geek side of me, yes, that's one of my nice moments.

And a few featurettes. io9.com has one, EW has another. Neither of them can be embedded, so hit the links. Syfy released the last one on YouTube:

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