Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome is finally available!

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome is finally available!

Posted by Steve

The creation of Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome wasn’t a really easy path and its final fate might augur of a new relationship between production , distribution & public. More about it later on. For now, let begins with a little bit of history about the Battlestar Galactica franchise after the jump…

Battlestar Galactica 2004

Battlestar Galactica

All began with the highly acclaimed remake of 80’s “Battlestar Galactica” by SyFy. This four season TV show was a re-imagination by Ronald D. Moore of the original show and was a immediate cult TV show. It was nominated to numerous Emmy and won two awards for visual effects and sound editing. The show was completed by two movies: Razor & The Plan.


Soon after the ending of the last episode, the creators looked forward to the next show in the Battlestar Galactica’s universe. (or franchise if you prefer to call it that way)


Caprica’s launch poster

The ill-fate spin-off Caprica was born as a prequel to Battlestar Galactica and showed how humanity first created the robotic Cylons who would later plot to destroy humans in retaliation for their enslavement. Caprica was broadcasted by Syfy in the US, Space in Canada & Sky1 in the UK.. Sadly, the show didn’t meet the expectations of the broadcasters and was cancelled very early in its life. While Space did broadcast all the episodes produced, Syfy removed the five last episodes from its schedule and publish them instead in two DVD sets.

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome

Luke Pasqualino as young William Adama

This new TV show was supposed to be a prequel to 2004’s Battlestar Galactica. Set in the tenth year of the First Cylon War, the story follows William Adama, a young pilot just graduated from the Academy, assigned to the newest battlestar in the Colonial fleet: Galactica. SyFy greenlit a 2-hour pilot in 2010 and the show was shot on green screen with the original Battlestar Galactica sets reconstructed in 3D based on their scan before they were dismantled at the end of the original show.

After some leaked shots at 2011 San Diego’s Comic Con, it was clear that SyFy wasn’t sure what to do with the pilot and how to release it. At 2012 Comic Con, it was finally announced that the TV show won’t see the light of day but the current pilot will be released in a very unconventional way: first on the internet with 10 12-min mini-episodes, then be broadcasted on SyFy to finally be followed a week later by a release on Blu-ray & DVD. A first for any TV show! A trailer was introduced the same day.

The online series was released on November 9, 2012 on Machinima Prime YouTube channel. They published two episodes every Friday for five weeks.

After its broadcast on February 10 on Syfy, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome is finally available as an unrated movie on DVD & Blu-ray!

If you prefer, you can also get it (or even rent it) in rated & unrated versions on iTunes.

What next for the franchise?

Bryan Singer is supposed to be working on a feature movie for theaters and if we can trust officials word from SyFy, the movie is still on track.

Catching up?

If you want to discover or re-discover this fantastic TV show, you can get the complete series Blu-ray set in a stunning set box or in a more traditional set box on Amazon.
The shows are also available on iTunes and are on sale to celebrate Blood & Chrome: the mini-serie, season 1, season 2, season 3 & season 4.

The Plan, RazorCaprica & the original TV show are also available.

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