Babylon 5: In the Beginning
In the Beginning tells the story of how the Earth-Minbari war started and finally ended and how it resulted in the creation of the Babylon space stations that would bring a haven for diplomacy between the different races that inhabit the Babylon5 TV-series’ universe.
Sound and Vision:
The image is a lot better than what we got to see with the release of The Gathering but it’s still not perfect. Some shots lack the necessary detail and compression errors – although a lot less – are still present.
The soundtrack is a 2.0 track while the series themselves contain a Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. The track does what it needs to do but nothing more unfortunately enough. Why Warner didn’t give this dvd the same treatment as the series is beyond my comprehension.
Babylon5: In the Beginning has Londo Mollari of the Centauri empire telling about how the war between Earth and the Minbari started, how peace was achieved, how the Centauri (and himself) almost managed to make sure peace would never be achieved between both races and the human species would have seize to exist, and how finally peace was found and the idea for the Babylon stations came to exist. The timeframe in which he tells about this is nicely placed and gives a good background for the rest of the series. Fans will most definately appreciate this TV movie that has now been released on DVD.
As a standalone product, it misses a bit a lead character as several of the main cast do appear but never have a leading role seeing that the story itself is the main lead. Warner didn’t care much it seems about how these Tv-movies would be brought to DVD. Hardly anything has been done other than just put the movie on the disc and add a menu and some subtitles. Fortunately, we don’t have to see the awful 1.33:1 image that was present on The Gathering but why no 5.1 track is present like with the rest of the series beats me.