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B5 - the movies

Postby TerraFrost » Mon Jun 14, 2004 5:18 am

We brought you the announcement about Babylon 5: The Movies a few weeks ago: five B5 telefilms in a box set. Besides "The Gathering", "In the Beginning", "Thirdspace", "River of Souls", and "A Call to Arms", this package will be fleshed out with commentary tracks by by Creator J. Michael Straczynski, plus cast and crew, on all five features.

Folks who own Babylon 5 - The Gathering/In The Beginning may want to find new homes for them, because at this time the new release will be the only way to get the commentaries, the other 3 shows, plus other supplements such as intros for each by JMS, and a new featurette called "Creating the Future". This will be available to buy on Aug. 17th.

A sixth telefilm, "Legend of the Rangers", has been said by JMS to be left out of this set because it "will be a separate DVD since it's really not a part of what comprised the original B5 movies".
Here's a better shot of the box art for you. Enjoy!
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Postby TerraFrost » Fri Jun 18, 2004 9:18 am

more info:

mentioned the commentary tracks that were done for all five telefilms included in the set. But we didn't know until now who the participants were.

Now creator J. Michael Straczynski ("JMS") has made this post, which explains the commentary track situation:

On the movies DVDs, and what's inside: the main thing is that we've got commentaries on literally every one of them. Mike Vejar and I did a commentary on In the Beginning, I did one with John Iacovelli on The Gathering, and another with Janet Greek and Tracy Scoggins on River of Souls. I can't remember now if I solo'd on A Call to Arms or if Mike was there as well (it all blurs after a while...I've done something like fifteen of these things by now).

There's a separate cast commentary on Thirdspace with, I think, Pat, Jeff, Jesus Trevino, and one or two others.

Very good, but let's break JMS's notes down a bit:

Babylon 5: The Gathering (1993)

I did one with John Iacovelli (Production Design) on The Gathering

Babylon 5: In the Beginning (1998)

Mike Vejar (Director) and I did a commentary on In the Beginning

Babylon 5: Thirdspace (1998)

There's a separate cast commentary on Thirdspace with, I think, Pat (Patricia Tallman, "Lyta Alexander"), Jeff (Jeff Conaway, "Zack Allen"), Jesus Trevino (Director), and one or two others.

Babylon 5: The River of Souls (1998)

(I did) another with Janet Greek (Director) and Tracy Scoggins ("Captain Elizabeth Lochley") on River of Souls

Babylon 5: A Call to Arms (1999)

I can't remember now if I solo'd on A Call to Arms or if Mike (Vejar, Director) was there as well (it all blurs after a while...I've done something like fifteen of these things by now).

Sounds great! There's info about Crusade commentaries, too, which we're posting in a separate news item. Look for it there!

And here in JMS's original words... + a little on Crusade DVDs:


From: jmsatb5@aol.com (jms at b5)
Subject: re: various from jms
To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated
Date: 6/15/2004 5:58:58 AM



Okay, let's try this again. Best to break the ice by just sort of doing a
round-up of what's going on and what's coming and suchlike.

I'll try to address some of the questions that have come up about what's coming
up.

On the movies DVDs, and what's inside: the main thing is that we've got
commentaries on literally every one of them. Mike Vejar and I did a commentary
on In the Beginning, I did one with John Iacovelli on The Gathering, and
another with Janet Greek and Tracy Scoggins on River of Souls. I can't
remember now if I solo'd on A Call to Arms or if Mike was there as well (it all
blurs after a while...I've done something like fifteen of these things by now).

There's a separate cast commentary on Thirdspace with, I think, Pat, Jeff,
Jesus Trevino, and one or two others.

On the Crusade DVDs, there's one commentary I did on the original pilot (once
WB and I came to a meeting of minds, to wit, "I'm gonna say what happened to
the show, what *really* happened...you got a problem with that?"). There's a
second commentary track with Fiona, Janet, Peter Woodward and Carrie Dobro.

(We interrupt this message with a coded message for our friends in England and
Australia: keep your eyes on the horizon.)

One oddity...constant readers will remember a while back when I was asked what
TMoS was, and I provided a list of things it *wasn't*. The aforementioned
oddity is...one of those things has come up as an adjunct to TMoS.

Also, expect word fairly soon-ish about a new series of B5 novels.

Elsewhere on the prose front...Straczynski Unplugged is out now, and
Tribulations will be coming out in December.

I've turned in all three final Rising Stars scripts, and the first issue of the
last arc comes out in October, I hear.

Next week a new arc and a new artist starts on Amazing Spider-Man, and it's a
stinking cool issue. You can read a preview of the whole issue for free at:

http://www.milehighcomics.com/firstlook ... spidey509/

On other projects...I'm making sudden progress with the medieval play I've been
twiddling with for the last few years, and may have it done in the next couple
of months. Once that happens, my plan is to do a limited, small production for
two weeks or so here in LA, just to see how the text works with an audience,
then take it away for another few months, twiddle with it some more, then go
for a larger venue. I may do something similar in London, since I may be
spending a bit amount of time there fairly soon.

And for those who've asked, I won't be in attendence at San Diego Comic Con
this year due to a variety of commitments.

Oh...and I've been offered an EP position on a network series, and while I
don't usually do that on shows I don't create or develop, when I heard what
this project was, I had to get on board. We still have to negotiate a deal,
and work out how that will interface with the stuff that'll be going on later
in the year, but fortunately the start date for the series should work out, at
least at this point.


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