Babylon5: The Lost Tales Includes an Inside Look from J. Michael Straczynski into Making the Babylon5 Film
BURBANK, CA, April 24, 2007 - Created by J. Michael Straczynski in 1993, Babylon 5 became a Sci-Fi cult fan favorite and a top rated show. Now in 2007, Warner Home Video (WHV) and Warner Bros. Television (WBTV) will take you to 2271 A.D. for Babylon 5: The Lost Tales,a made-for-video movie featuring the original cast including Bruce Boxleitner ("President John Sheridan"), Tracy Scoggins ("Captain Elizabeth Lochley") and Peter Woodward ("Galen"). Babylon 5: The Lost Tales will be released on July 31, 2007 for $24.98, making it the first WHV made-for-video title for one of their popular TV franchises.
Written and directed by show creator J. Michael Straczynski, this made-for DVD movie is a spectacular vision of B5 and New York City in the 23rd century as it uses the most innovative filmmaking technology, which was unavailable during the original series.
On an immense space station built by the Earth Alliance, the crew of Babylon 5 is charged with maintaining the peace among the various alien races by providing a sanctuary where grievances and negotiations can be worked out among duly appointed ambassadors. Babylon 5: The Lost Tales picks up the dramatic series in 2271A.D, ten years after John Sheridan is appointed President of the Interstellar Alliance.
The Lost Tales follows Sheridan as he prepares for a fateful Babylon 5 reunion that could prevent Earth's impending doom. Unfortunately, he is also forced to compromise his own principals in doing so. At the same time, commander Lochley confronts an unexpected interloper on the way station - a being whose presence makes the B5 freeport the crossroads between heaven and hell.
Babylon 5 garnered countless honors including two Emmys, two Hugo Awards, the Ray Bradbury Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, the Saturn Award, five English Media 'Cult TV' Awards, the Sci-Fi Universe Reader Choice Award for Best TV Series and was the winner of the TV Guide Poll for Best Sci-Fi Show among others. The show also enjoyed 9 successful years in syndication, spawned five feature length TV movies, and now a made-for-video installment.
DVD special features include:
- Straczynski Diaries - a multi-part series of vignettes as filmed by J. Michael Straczynski as he documents every phase of pre-production, production and post-production for The Lost Tales. Viewers are given a first person, inside look at the creative process of making the Babylon5 film.
"Babylon 5: The Lost Tales has a richly imagined storyline and an extraordinary vision of the 23rd century created by the renowned J. Michael Straczynski. WHV is excited to release this made-for-video title that continues the storyline of Babylon 5, one of the most successful science fiction series of all time," said Jeff Brown, WHV, Senior Vice President and General Manager, TV, Animation and Family. "Although the show has been off the air for a few years, it continues to have a fervent fan base that is eager for this new installment."
Babylon 5: The Lost Tales will be supported by extensive national media campaign including TV and Online advertising. Marketing support will also include significant presence at the San Diego ComicCon. Online podcasts and a completely new redesigned website will also deliver significant awareness.
Street Date: July 31, 2007
Price: $24.98 SRP / No MAP
DVD catalog: #1129844
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