By John Latchem | Posted: 05 Feb 2009
The long-awaited “Battlestar Galactica” prequel series “Caprica” will debut its first episode on DVD April 21 (prebook March 3), months before the show airs on Sci Fi Channel.
“We are thrilled to take the groundbreaking step of offering the world-premiere of the Caprica feature-length extended pilot episode on DVD prior to the new series’ television debut,” said Hilary Hoffman, SVP of brand and digital marketing for Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
The $26.98 DVD will include an unrated extended cut of the movie, plus commentary, deleted scenes and video blogs. The film also will be available as a download through select online destinations.
With “Battlestar Galactica” wrapping up (the final episode airs March 20), Caprica was developed as a TV movie that could serve as a backdoor pilot for a spinoff series. Many fans had expected the movie to air in December 2008, but Sci Fi Channel greenlit a full season of episodes and pushed the TV premiere to 2010.
Mark Stern, EVP of original programming for Sci Fi Channel, praised the move as a chance for fans to not only experience new “Battlestar Galactica” content while the show is still fresh in their memories, but to provide feedback to the creative team before production begins on the series this summer.
The show takes its name from a colony world that suffers a holocaust on “Battlestar Galactica.” Set 50 years earlier, Caprica tells the story of how humanity first created the robotic Cylons, who would eventually plot to destroy their creators. The cast includes Eric Stoltz (Mask, Pulp Fiction), Esai Morales (“Jericho”), Paula Malcomson (“Deadwood”) and Polly Walker (“Rome”).
“If ‘Battlestar Galactica’ offered us a way to shatter the conventions of space opera, ‘Caprica’ will be a show which will challenge the conventions of science-fiction storytelling as a whole,” said executive producer Ronald D. Moore.
This would not be the first time Universal used DVD to promote “Battlestar Galactica.” The studio kicked off the show’s fourth season with the direct-to-video movie Razor in November 2007. A second movie, The Plan, is expected in June, though DVD and TV broadcast plans have yet to be announced.