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Firefly: The Complete Series (2002)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: "Serenity" -- Director/writer/executive producer Joss Whedon and actor Nathan Fillion Rating:7.7/10 (32 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Drood on November 25th, 2005:Find all reviews by Drood
Nathan Whedon needs his own show... Oh wait, he had one, and Fox asshats cancelled it.

Joss and Nathan work well together on this track. The humor factor is high, with both Joss and Nathan being laugh out loud funny at times.
Reviewed by aph86 on January 7th, 2007:Find all reviews by aph86
One of the greatest commentaries ever recorded. Joss and Nathan are like brothers on this track. They talk a lot about how the pilot of the show was made. They are also two of the most funniest people in the world, you will have to pause the commentary just so you can stop laughing. Highly recommended!!!
Commentary 2: "The Train Job" -- Director/writer/executive producer Joss Whedon and writer/executive producer Tim Minear Rating:7.6/10 (27 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by aph86 on January 7th, 2007:Find all reviews by aph86
They talk about how the episode was made and what everything on screen explain something about the show or characters, because the first pilot didnít air first. But it would have to be the weakest commentary on the set. Still recommended.
Commentary 3: "Shindig" -- Writer Jane Espenson, actress Morena Baccarin, and costume designer Shawna Trpcic Rating:7.1/10 (23 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by ZachsMind on September 1st, 2006:Find all reviews by ZachsMind
This one's like eavesdropping on a conversation at a diner with three girls, two of which are a little preoccupied with clothing and a third who's a bit of a bookworm. At the risk of sounding chauvinistic, this one's very estrogen-laden. Still, it's informative, fast-paced, light fare as commentaries go. For those who don't like a commentator who forgets to talk about the screen, this one's definitely for you, as the threesome are predominantly letting the visuals prompt every sentence that comes out of their mouths, from how the costumer used her own wedding dress for part of Inara's wardrobe, to how a propmaster's inability to find the right fruit forced Jane to change a valued line of dialogue. What you see is what you hear. That is after all how commentaries should go. With notable exceptions, if a commentator wants to talk about something other than the film, they really shouldn't do it during a DVD commentary. These ladies get it right, and it shows.
Reviewed by aph86 on January 7th, 2007:Find all reviews by aph86
This commentary is 3 women talking and having a good time. Not a lot of real info given here, but thats o.k. They talk like they are old friends catching up. They are all very passionate about this show and it shows. Highly recommended.
Commentary 4: "Out of Gas" -- Writer/executive producerTim Minear and director David Solomon Rating:7.8/10 (24 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by ZachsMind on August 31st, 2006:Find all reviews by ZachsMind
This is essentially two guys, who worked together on this episode, reminiscing, and along the way, inadvertently offer insights on how to dissect a story from four acts and a teaser into its principal elements and then move the pieces around like dominoes on a table until you get something that surprises even yourselves. From the discussions of how to film different scenes to depict the multiple timelines weaved through the episode, to almost dismissive references to important trivia for diehard fans (for example this was filmed the week Gina Torres married Laurence Fishburne and these two refer to that haphazardly as if it's no big deal), listening to this commentary is like getting a bird's eye view on what the set was like that week, and how the tale went from script to screen. This was such an incredible show. Why'd it get cancelled? *ducking*
Reviewed by aph86 on March 22nd, 2007:Find all reviews by aph86
Very informal commentary. They talk about how the episode was made and....Why am I even reviewing this for, ZachsMind covered everything there was to cover with he review. Read his. Highly recommended (the commentary, not the review).
Commentary 5: "War Stories" -- Actors Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk Rating:7.8/10 (25 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by ZachsMind on August 31st, 2006:Find all reviews by ZachsMind
Perhaps one of the best compliments one can give a commentary is that it is like watching an entirely different show when it's on. You've perhaps seen the episode at least once before, then you put this thing on, and what was a serious action adventure with a twisted love triangle, and dire consequences for the principal characters, becomes a situation comedy with reality show overtones. Can two consummate actors share the same mike without driving one another crazy? Tudyk & Fillion, two great comedic talents that talk great together. Quite the odd couple.
Reviewed by aph86 on January 7th, 2007:Find all reviews by aph86
Two friends and very funny people talking about the episode and the show in general. Highly recommended.
Commentary 6: "The Message" -- Actors Alan Tudyk and Jewel Staite Rating:7.3/10 (24 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Ace_of_Sevens on August 18th, 2004:Find all reviews by Ace_of_Sevens
Like most of the commentaries, in this set, this one's a lot of fun. Not as informative, though. This was the last episode shot and much of the time is spent the discussing the crazy stuff they got away with.

There're also some thoughts on the show and Alan points out a few errors, but mostly it's a lot of joking with some behind-the-scenes anecdotes thrown in for good measure.
Reviewed by aph86 on January 7th, 2007:Find all reviews by aph86
After the Serenity commentary(by Joss and Nathan), this is my favorite commentary on the set just for the fact that the very lovely Jewel Statie is on it. Not a lot of info, but very funny. Highly recommended!!!
Commentary 7: "Objects in Space" -- Director/writer/executive producer Joss Whedon Rating:8.0/10 (36 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by ZachsMind on August 31st, 2006:Find all reviews by ZachsMind
This one isn't for the shallow end. It's not your usual fare, and if you take yourself too seriously, or not seriously enough, you might should steer clear. Joss Whedon winds up the DVD commentaries on his Firefly DVD series with a provacative, theological approach to the medium, in his solo commentary for Objects In Space. Rather than merely discussing whatever is on the screen, Whedon takes the listener as far back as his own childhood, and one is invited into the thought processes of this gifted storyteller. With perhaps equal parts narcisism and humility, Joss Whedon goes from Nietsche to a strange security guard with no name, and after several replays, I still find something new to contemplate. It's funny, witty, creepy, downright thought provoking, and if you're not careful when you listen to it, you might learn something. That's the risk you have to take. Oh yeah, and Joss still keeps pointing out Summer's feet, just in case you missed them the first time.
Reviewed by aph86 on April 1st, 2007:Find all reviews by aph86
Not a typically Joss Whedon commentary. Joss gets very deep here and really makes you think.
Reviewed by terrycitizen on January 7th, 2008:Find all reviews by terrycitizen
I adore this commentary. So deep and insightful. A discussion of existentialism that made me go out and buy some Sartre. I'm a huge fan of Joss Whedon as a screenwriter, director and creative genius. How he discusses how the ideas of existentialism informs his writing in this episode and how it has impacted his life is fascinating.