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Galactica Redux … Redux

4 Feb, 2010 By: John Latchem

Now that Battlestar Galactica: The Plan has officially capped off the reimagined “Battlestar Galactica” series, Universal Studios Home Entertainment is taking the opportunity to re-release a complete series of the show.

You may remember that a complete-series DVD and Blu-ray collector’s set was released last July, a few months after the series finale. But since The Plan hit disc in October, that first “complete” set didn’t have it.

April 6, Universal will release a new configuration of the complete series, this time with The Plan, and at a lower cost than the first boxed set. The 26-DVD version ($199.98) and 21-disc Blu-ray version ($299.98) won’t be as elaborate as the limited-edition collector’s set, and won’t include the Cylon action figure.

Early details from Universal suggest the set will probably consist of the same slimcases the season sets came with, packed inside a larger outer box, which is how the studio usually configures its complete-series sets (“Knight Rider,” “Incredible Hulk,” “Northern Exposure,” “Miami Vice,” to name a few).

If this is the case, it would correct one of the few flaws of the first boxed set, which didn’t include an episode guide and housed the discs in flimsy cardboard slots (less of a problem for the scratch-resistant Blu-ray version, but problematic for scratch-prone DVDs). Our friends at TVShowsOnDVD.com bring news of a trade-in program for those who own the old boxed set and want the new packaging, though it seems as though you have to tear off a portion of the set to mail in to get the new packaging.

Unfortunately, the new set still will not include the “Face of the Enemy” webisodes that were first released during the fourth season, and a studio rep indicated there were no plans to release them on disc any time soon. The webisodes are readily available online.

The April 6 release date coincides with the debut of the standalone Blu-ray version of Battlestar Galactica: Season Two.

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