Battlestar Galactica Season 4.0 – incomplete DVD?

January 6, 2009

Fun, Technology

Amazon Selling Incomplete Season (as Whole!)

How do Amazon get away with selling “Season 4.0” of Battlestar Gallactica with only half the episodes on it.

bsg40_partAccording to IMDB and the Wikipedia entry, there will be 20 episodes in total when Season 4 is complete.  I realise that Season 4 was carved up due to the Writers Strike, but this shouldn’t afford Amazon a free pass.

Seriously, how do Amazon (or more correctly the producers of the DVD, get away with advertising half a season as a whole season?!  And how will they market the actual complete Season 4 – “Season 4 Ultimate”?

Update: Amazon replies “after researching the item “Battlestar Galactica – Season 4.0 (2004)”, I see that this item is complete of 20 episodes onto the DVD.” So, since when has Amazon started selling DVDs of seasons in advance of their completed broadcasts?  According to all sources, only 10 episodes have been aired, and yet, the DVD information  lists “Run time:755 minutes” – and the arithmetic comes out about right: 755mins/38min episodes = 19.8 (let say 20!) episodes.

Mmmm: That’s all good [as I hover over the Buy Now button] but then I find these two comments on the Wikipedia article:

The first set (sometimes referred to as season 4.0) consisted of 10 episodes …


“The second half of season 4 (frequently referred to as season 4.5), consisting of 10 episodes, is scheduled to begin airing on January 16, 2009 …”

The question stands: Is Amazon selling half of Season 4 as “Season 4.0” or all of it (ie., Season 4.0+ Season 4.5)?  In fact, looking at the Wikipedia article closer, I see the first half of Season 2 was sold as “2.0”

The definitive answer: Universal Studios says: “They’ve traveled millions of miles and defied relentless attackers, but nothing will prepare the human race for what lies ahead as Battlestar Galactica 4.0 arrives on DVD! In ten gripping episodes, relive each pivotal moment as the civil war amongst the Cylons escalates and the quest for Earth continues. Loaded with riveting bonus features, this 4-disc set includes the unrated, extended version of Battlestar Galactica: Razor that never aired on television. Presented uninterrupted and in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, it’s the epic phenomenon that critics call “a truly great show!”

Dubious arithmetic, but I am glad that’s over!

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An information and engineering technologist. Unabashedly opinionated, open-minded and an oft overthinker. Born Sydney Australia, home of the 'Southerly Buster'

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One Response to “Battlestar Galactica Season 4.0 – incomplete DVD?”

  1. Natasha Says:

    Stay tuned for Season 4.1, shortly followed by the Season 4.2 update.

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