Joss Whedon- the Oscar®- and Emmy-nominated writer/director responsible for the worldwide television phenomena of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel-now applies his trademark compassion and wit to a small band of galactic outcasts 500 years in the future in his feature film directorial debut, Serenity.
The film centers around Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a hardened veteran (on the losing side) of a galactic civil war, who now ekes out a living pulling off small crimes and transport-for-hire aboard his ship, Serenity. He leads a small, eclectic crew who are the closest thing he has left to family - squabbling, insubordinate and undyingly loyal.
When Mal takes on two new passengers-a young doctor and his unstable, telepathic sister-he gets much more than he bargained for. The pair are fugitives from the coalition dominating the universe, who will stop at nothing to reclaim the girl. The crew that was once used to skimming the outskirts of the galaxy unnoticed find themselves caught between the unstoppable military force of the Universal Alliance and the horrific, cannibalistic fury of the Reavers, savages who roam the very edge of space. Hunted by vastly different enemies, they begin to discover that the greatest danger to them may be on board Serenity herself.
Here's an interesting question: In this harsh economy, would you rather give any extra money you may or may not have to B movie actor Nathan Fillion so that he can make new episodes of the long-dead Fox series Firefly, or give that money to a family in Christchurch who has suffered great loss after the recent earthquake, or use your lawn mowing cash to help the hobos in New Orleans that still haven't recovered from Hurricane Katrina? There are a million causes out there that desperately need your help. But if the Browncoats have their way, they're going to put all their efforts behind earning $300 million so that Nathan Fillion, who recently made an off-the-cuff statement, can create a web series based on a show that lasted for one short season, and then spun-off into a feature film that was mediocre at best.
Here's the rub. Firefly was an hourlong sci-fi series created by The Avengers director Joss Whedon. It ran for eleven episodes (fourteen were produced in all) between September of 2002 and the summer of 2003 on Fox before being canceled. In that time, it had amassed a huge cult following, the individuals of which call themselves the Browncoats. They're basically Trekkies or Trekkers (I'm not sure which), and their efforts to save the show back in the day were unprecedented. They raised money to place an ad in Variety and organized a postcard writing campaign hoping UPN would pick-up and continue the series. Their continued efforts to revive the already cremated show were enough to convince Universal Pictures to make and release the theatrical feature Serenity, which was a continuation of Joss Whedon's imposed storyline. It turned out to be strictly for the fans, alienating most moviegoers who didn't know any better. Basically, these fans and their tactics are persuasive and honorable. We need to have them doing something better with their time.Read More
You can catch one of Joss Whedon's cult-classic films in 1080P at the end of the year. Serenity will be released on Blu-ray on December 30. The BD disc will be priced at $29.98 SRP and will be equipped with BD Live features. The film stars Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau and Ron Glass.
Joss Whedon, the Oscar and Emmy-nominated writer/director responsible for the worldwide television phenomena of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel now applies his trademark compassion and wit to a small band of galactic outcasts 500 years in the future in his feature film directorial debut, Serenity.Read More
Movie PictureSerenity, the action-packed event that delivers thrilling non-stop adventure, incredible battles in dangerous worlds and spectacular visual effects, will be available in a Special Collector's Edition containing all-new bonus content and never-seen-before footage. With over 60 minutes of all-new special features and special collectible packaging, the Serenity Special Edition is a must-own for all true Sci-Fi and fans of Joss Whedon, the director of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly.
A passenger with a deadly secret. Six rebels on the run. An assassin in pursuit. When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in an action-packed battle between the relentless military might of a totalitarian regime who will destroy anything -- or anyone -- to get the girl back and the bloodthirsty creatures who roam the uncharted areas of space. But, the greatest danger of all may be on their ship.Read More
Futuristic action-adventure Serenity is the first in the progressive rollout of flagship titles available in the new format. Doom and Apollo 13 are slated to follow on April 25, 2006, with Cinderella Man, Jarhead and Assault on Precinct 13 hitting shelves on May 9, 2006. A fourth wave of releases on May 23, 2006 includes The Chronicles of Riddick, Van Helsing, U-571 and The Bourne Supremacy. Each of the ten releases is priced at $34.98 SRP. Looking ahead, Universal will continue its rolling introduction of HD DVD titles on a monthly basis.
Street Date: April 18, 2006Read More