Serenity [WS] [DVD] [2005]

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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (417 out of 432)

Special Features


  • Over 20 minutes of deleted scenes and outtakes
  • Joss Whedon introduction
  • Re-lighting The Firefly: the story of how a television show gained enough of a cult following to become a major feature film
  • Feature commentary with writer/director Joss Whedon
  • And much more!

Synopsis


Serenity
A band of renegades on the run in outer space get in more hot water than they anticipated in this sci-fi action-adventure adapted from the television series Firefly. In the 26th century, the galaxy has been colonized by a military force known as the Alliance, but its leadership has not gone unquestioned. The Alliance was once challenged by a league of rebels known as the Independents, but the Alliance emerged victorious after a brutal civil war, with the surviving Independents scattering around the galaxy. Also wandering the edges of the galaxy are the Reavers, who have won few allies due to their violent behavior and habit of ripping apart their enemies and eating them before they're dead. Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), who fought as an Independent in the galactic war, is the head of Serenity, a rogue frieghter ship whose crew includes Mal's first mate, Zoe (Gina Torres), who fought alongside him in the war, her husband, hotshot pilot Wash (Alan Tudyk), sunny but dependable mechanic Kaylee (Jewel Staite), and hard-nosed gunman Jayne (Adam Baldwin). The crew of Serenity wander the galaxy, taking on whatever work they can get, from criminal activities like smuggling and stealing to legitimately offering transport to travelers. Passengers aboard Serenity include professional "companion" Inara (Morena Baccarin) and holy man Shepherd Book (Ron Glass), but the real trouble aboard the ship comes with the arrival of Simon (Sean Maher) and his teenage sister, River Tam (Summer Glau). In time, the crew discovers that River has remarkable psychic powers and was being held captive by Alliance forces until Simon came to her rescue. Now the Alliance is hot on the heels of Serenity and its passengers, with The Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a sinister Alliance tracker, leading the chase. Serenity was written and directed by Joss Whedon (in his directorial debut), creator of Firefly, which only lasted 11 weeks on the air but gained a powerful cult following who rallied to get the show released on DVD after its cancellation, leading to impressive home-video sales and and an eventual motion picture deal. A couple of months prior to Serenity's theatrical release, reruns of Firefly were picked up by the Sci-Fi channel, adding even more fans to its cult following. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Nathan Fillion
    Nathan Fillion - Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds
  • Gina Torres
    Gina Torres - Zoe
  • Alan Tudyk
    Alan Tudyk - Wash
  • Morena Baccarin
    Morena Baccarin - Inara
  • Adam Baldwin
    Adam Baldwin - Jayne



Overall customer rating

4.7
97%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Serenity - Looking it's Best in 4K

    Posted
    SeanC
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Serenity continues the magic of the original Firefly series, helping to bring some closure to a great series that ended way too soon. Joss Whedon had a very special show, taking an everyday man and his eclectric crew, just trying to make a living on the frontier of space, while the corporate elite try to consume and control everything. No social commentary here. Presented in 4K, Serenity has never looked better. This is an upscale from a 2K master according to sources, which had me originally wonder if it would be worth re-buying. At it's current price (around $18) it is. A definite must for fans of the original series. There's a nice increase in detail and clarity while maintaining some grain and the look of film. The lettering and detail on the Serenity pops, textures on clothes are clearer, along with facial details. Colors look stronger too. I tried the included 1080p blu ray afterwards (which always looked strong), to compare, and it looks lighter and more washed out. A few of the special effects suffer slightly from the increase in resolution (the scene where the Serenity lands in an open field or the Rever ship chasing it looks more fake), and in one or two scenes faces looked a little shinier than normal, but that might be me nitpicking. This is a great buy at this price, and Serenity won't look any better unless they ever do a full 4K or higher scan from the original 35mm prints. Watching this again made me want more Firefly and wonder why this amazing series had such a short run. Serenity in 4K is the way to go!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    4K release review.

    Posted
    Electron
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I rate the movie a solid 5 stars. The series Firefly I would give 6 out of 5 stars if possible. The new 2017 4K release with DVD and Digital Copy falls short because it is NOT U/V UltraViolet Digital. More and more recent releases are going away from the U/V licensing due to cost savings. Sadly this release is one of them. If you want the freedom to use digital on many providers, as U/V has provided, buy an older release with U/V. With this release I could only choose between Fandango or iTunes. I picked Fandango needing to create a new account. Linked my U/V account to it. Then verified the 4K Serenity release shows a Digital licence that is NOT UltraViolet so I can only watch it through Fandango. I really do not want to install and configure yet another stupid streaming app on all my devices just for one movie, even for one that is as GREAT as Serenity, so I doubt I will ever watch this movie on any streaming device unless I buy an older release again that has an UltraViolet license.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A New Classic For Sci Fi

    Posted
    TheSpartan117

    The show the film is based on was unfortunately cancelled after not being given a real chance. The shows were aired as they were produced rather than in order, the production schedule demanded for the show left Joss Whedon little time to create elaborate environments, which only appear in a handful of the only season made. The show was often preempted for sporting events and left with no real conclusion when it was cancelled. This film stands on its own right and is fairly easy to follow, however, you get a much different perspective if you watch the show as well. The film is well done and is an awesome sci fi film. The production and adventure is on a much grander scale so it doesn't disappoint. Some sci fi movies based on a show end up being just long episodes, with some reruns of a tv show with greater worth than the film. This movie allows for an incredible conclusion to the story, or if you see this first, an incredible start. That's how i got into it. I saw the film, i got hooked, and i bought the series, also available here. Check it out, its a good buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    'Lil Albatross

    Posted
    fortunzfavor

    Operative:"That girl will rain destruction down on you and your ship. She is an albatross, Captain." Mal:"Way I remember it, albatross was a ship's good luck, until some idiot killed it. Yes, I've read a poem. Try not to faint." Humanity has made it's way to another solar system, escaping the troubles of the old. They terraformed a massive number of planets and moons, and the massive and sterile Alliance government has brought civilization to all. Captain Mal Reynolds of the Firefly class freighter Serenity is not a fan. His ragtag crew keep the ship running long enough to get into all manner of trouble with the Alliance, and he harbors a teenage girl that is the Alliance's most wanted, simply because she knows their secrets. She's the albatross, and for reasons even he doesn't always understand, Mal is determined to keep her safe as the Operative of the Alliance remains true to his word; raining destruction and death all around them. Easily the best Science Fiction feature ever. Definitely the most under-rated. This film has no weak points, no regrets. It's an all around hit that never got it's due.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A cinematic Sci-Fi treat, full of orinality!

    Posted
    Travman

    The Film "Serenity" serves as a cliffhanger-ending to the Cult-Hit TV Series "Firefly". "Firefly" aired on the FOX network between the years 2002 and 2003. FOX aired the episodes out of order (Wich caused the series to recieve poor ratings.) and doomed the phenominal series right out the gate. Regardless, I was a dedicated viewer all through its run. Then FOX released the Series in a DVD boxed set, and BAM! it brought in a lot of revenue. Universal stepped in and treated the fans (and listened to thier pleading) to something spectacular. "Serenity" works just fine as a stand-alone Sci-Fi film. It's got a great Story, wonderful characters, and is full of action. For fans of the show, "Serenity" is something more, an experience. "Serenity" is our last outing with the wonderful crew, and boy does it deliver.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bset SciFi movie

    Posted
    wrpnwft

    I grew up with the idea that in the future space travel was going to be warp drives, worm holes, aliens and perfectly uniformed crews. This film is a departure from what we have come to expect from SciFi movies. Set about 500 years in the future, the story is about a young girl who's mind has been used in experiments by the Alliance (a Big Brother type government) before being rescued by her brother. They become passengers aboard Serenity, and as a result have placed the crew in danger as the Alliance wants this girl back at any cost. When the dark secret is revealed as to what the Alliance has been up to and why, the crew of this tiny ship takes on a mission to put a stop to their plans. The acting is superb, lots of action, great one liners, and plenty of humor thrown in to keep it from being too dark. This is a movie I could watch time and again. Joss Wheden has created a gem that will endure as one of the best written, directed and acted SciFi films of all time. Buy this for yourself and your friends, and who knows...there could be a sequel!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Serenity is Top-Notch Sci-Fi Fun!

    Posted
    Travman

    As mentioned in the reviews above, "Serenity" is a film that serves as a cliffhanger-ending to the Cult-Hit TV Series "Firefly". "Firefly" was on the FOX network, hence the cancellation (FOX cancelles everything good they every air, just because the ratings aren't fantastic). FOX aired the episodes out of order (Hmm... I wonder why the ratings were down.) and doomed the phenominal series right out the gate. Regardless, I was a dedicated viewer all through its run. Then FOX released the Series in a DVD boxed set, and BAM! it brought in a lot of revenue. Universal stepped in and treated the fans (and listened to thier pleading) to something spectacular. "Serenity" works just fine as a stand-alone Sci-Fi film. It's got a great Story, wonderful characters, and is full of action. For fans of the show, "Serenity" is something more, an experience. "Serenity" is our last outing with the wonderful crew, and boy does it deliver.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Firefly Finale

    Posted
    Mewisemagic
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    What you have here is a really good film that completes the story set in motion in the series Firefly (boxed set available and reviewed seperately). We get more backstory on the character River, who is both psychic and a trained assassin. She is being hunted along with her brother by an agent know only as The Operative, sent by the Alliance. They end up aboard the Serenity and from there, the mayhem of the series continues. The film has lots of action, and a great conclusion showing us the fate of the characters from the all too short-lived series.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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