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The Complete First Season
Running Time: 560 minutes
Starring: Ron Livingston, Malik Yoba, Andrew Airlie, Paula Garces, Florentine Lahme, Karen LeBlanc, Ty Olsson, Zahf Paroo, Eyal Podell, Maxim Roy, Dylan Taylor, Peter Howitt with Christina Cox and Laura Harris
Retail Price: $49.99
Features: Mission Accomplished — A Look at Defying Gravity, Photo Galleries, Deleted Scenes
Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, French Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Chapter Stops (12 per episode), Four-Disc Set
Released: January 19th, 2010
The first season of "Defying Gravity" is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. Despite a little softness at times, the season features some really sharp transfers. Color saturation is excellent: the crew's expeditions on other planets often feature rich colors, while the dark skies of space are constrasted well with the pure whites of parts of the spaceship. There's a full-bodiness and vibrancy to the colors here, and nothing smears. Detail is also superb, while fleshtones are accurate and black levels are solid. There are edge halos and some noise to be had, but they're not too distracting. Great visuals here, overall.
"Defying Gravity" features English Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. These are pretty enveloping tracks, though they are more on the subtle side. The show's focus is relatioships, and thus there is a lot of talking. This means the space motif does not get as much mileage as some might be expecting. Still, the dialogue is clear and firm, and when there are more action-oriented moments, the rears are used well. Other sounds such as the blips and beeps of the space computers, the background humming and even mass of people at mission control go a lot in adding to the ambiance. The same can be said of the soft musical score.
Subtitles in English, French and Spanish are included, plus English closed captions through your TV.
Not too much, and everything is on the fourth (and final) disc. Mission Accomplished — A Look at Defying Gravity is a 10 minute look at the series, which plays out like a Cliff's Notes version of the show. All the main actors discuss their characters, their relationships with other characters and motivations. This in turn leads to plotlines in the series and more or less gives a good overview of what's happening.
There are five Photo Galleries, all automated slide shows. They are worth looking at, at least once. The categories are: Spacecraft Design, Set Design, Costume and Prop Design, Production Graphics and Promotional Photography.
Finally, there are 20 minutes worth of Deleted Scenes. No context is given about these cuts, but fans of the show should be pleased to know there is deleted material from every episode. You can watch all the deleted scenes together, or watch them on a per episode basis.
"Defying Gravity" was a Canadian show picked up by ABC as a summer series, which unfortunately, didn't even get to finish its run of 13 episodes. For those who tuned in, the appeal of this DVD set is to finish out the season and see what they missed with the 5 episodes that didn't air. Otherwise, fans of science fiction and personal drama may like what they find here, and may want to rent. The DVD set sports a solid presentation for the episode, and decent extras.