|I recorded these telemovie (telefilms)where they first aired in 1981. I put only 1 telemovie (telefilm) on a single DVD to avoided any compression. This set is extremely very rare and I know that it would be impossible to find thesame quality of this set that I'm selling, that is if anyone has all 12 telefilms, IT HAS NEVER BEEN OFFICIALLY RELEASED, and all the telefilms are 1st generation except for one and I'm the one that recorded the 11 telemovies (Telefilm when the networks started televising these telemovie (Telefilm) back in 1981. I bought my first VCR in 1979, which is why I recorded them personally, to me Battlestar Galactica (1978) is the best TV series ever made. For some reason they didn't televised the Greetings From Earth, which if they were not going to televised a telemovie (Telefilm), I'm glad it was the Greetings From Earth telemovie (Telefilm), because it the only telefilm that doesn't have any additional footage or dialog like all the other 11 telemovies have, only the beginning of the Greetings From Earth telefilm has a different notwithstanding beginning opening credits that is only a slight variations in main title sequence, like all of the multi-part episodes that originally aired, those episodes they didn't have Battlestar Galactica at the beginning like they did for the telemovie (Telefilm) where they used 1 hr. episodes to make a movie. The title for the telemovie (Telefilm) of Greetings From Earth, it's virtually identical to the original broadcast version in 1979.
I did find a trader in 2001 and I sent him the best VHS video tape ever made, it was a Fuji Broadcast Grade tape, seeing that he told me that his copy was a multi generation had poor quality and his copy of the telemovie (Telefilm) only listed the first 3 regular actors, Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict and Lorne Greene, that's all, they didn't listed the, Also Starring, which were the other regular actors that were in the series and they also didn't even list the Guest Stars for Greetings From Earth, it was the only telemovie that didn't have those additional opening credits that were in it telemovie (Telefilm), the remaining 11 telemovies (Telefilm) and the Extended version of The Living Legend all had them in there telemovie (Telefilm) and the Guest star for each movie and they started the Greetings From Earth (Telefilm) where several minutes would of been missing, but don't worry about that, I edited in all the missing footage that was edit out and made sure it had the complete ending credit, which they used the original 1979 telecast credits and not all of the ending credits were used in the traders recorded copies. I guess there was only one trader that was offerring this telemovie (Telefilm), because I found another trader in 2015 and traded for copy of his copy and it was a DVD trade and it turn out to be the exact same broadcast from the same city and state from the video trade I did in 2001 and they lived in different states, the 2 were exactly the same, but the one I got in 2001 which was a video trade had the best quality and was the one I used to put on DVD. I recorded all the other 11 telemovies (Telefilm) myself (1st generation) of the multi part episode myself and when they televised those episodes, they only had 3 commercial breaks when it aired in a 2 hr. timeslot, they had a break every 30 min., they all are 1st generation recordings, except for Greetings From Earth, which has poor quality, but than again it the only telemovie (Telefilm) that didn't have any extra scenes in it according to Kobol.com, because it was the only one originally televised as a 2-hour presentation, the only addition footage would of been in the title of the movie at the beginning, it starts out like all of the other multi-part episodes and they didn't have the Battlestar Galactica at the beginning, they only put that in on the telemovie where they used 1 hr. episodes, except for Experiment in Terra, I guess they didn't use it in the telemovie, because it had new footage in it and footage from the series Galactica 1980 The Return of Starbuck footage in it. The telemovies (Telefilm) with the title of the movie, Greetings From Earth, you never see Battlestar Galactica at the start of any of the telemovies, except for the 2 and one half hour long with ads of the pilot telemovie, which is the only other version were Baltar lives. The Living Legend Telemovie (Telefilm) Extended Version which is the only other movie that I didn't record, but had the trader record it on the best ever Master Quality Super VHS videotape ever made when I learned he could record in SVHS and it's the only SVHS videotape that had double coating which will avoid another generation also being recorded in SVHS at the SP speed, so with that addition movie it a 13 telemovies set and I know it's impossible to find all of the 12 telemovies and even the Starlogs magazine didn’t mention the The Living Legend Extended version telemovie (Telefilm) in the episode guide edition. I put only 1 telemovie on each DVD and recorded them at the variable speed, which was just 1 min. over the total running time of the movie. Take Space Prison, which was the longest running time telemovie, I recorded that movie a 1:39:00 speed, a little faster than the SP (2 hr.) speed, which is the normal speed for a DVD where there will not have any compression, the second longest telemovie after I edit back in the missing footage was Greetings From Earth, 1:36:10. There is zero compression on any of the other Battlstar Galactica telemovie (Telefilm).
The Greetings From Earth (Telefilm), once I got my first computer in 2000 and discovered the alt.tape-trading news group, I was always posting a want ad for that Greetings From Earth telemovie (Telefilm) and found 2 trader that had it, and both copies I got from them were from the exact same telecast, except one of them had 1 less generation on it, which was the one I used. So I have been trying to find someone less who has the movie without any luck for the last 15 years, that why I said, it's impossible to find the multi part episodes.
Disc 13th is the Extended Version of The Living Legend and all of the , running Time 1:45:31
Disc 14th is the Extended version of The Hand of God, which is less than a minute in total running time of additional footage, 48:59 no trailers in it and the 2nd half of the DVD is an episode of Siography: Battlestar Galactica (1978-1979) series, 1-hour.
After Galactica's demise on television, Universal cut the entire first season into twelve "telemovies", to be sold to television stations for syndication. The pilot episode is an edited variant of the home video version , and is 2h30 in length with commercials. The remainder of the telemovies are each two hours in length.
The four two-part episodes, Lost Planet of the Gods, Gun on Ice Planet Zero , The Living Legend, and War of the Gods, each feature about five minutes of new scenes, which were originally filmed for the episodes, but never made it in the original broadcast version. The only episode to be originally aired as a two-hour block, Greetings from Earth , notwithstanding slight variations in main title sequence, is virtually identical to the original broadcast version. Although this telemovie has no new scenes, it is an improvement on the syndicated version, which is lacking several minutes of material, due to the splitting of the episode into two parts.
The remainder of the series (11 one-hour episodes), are presented as two-hour blocks. In each of these telemovies, the individual episodes were edited so that the end result was a two-hour narrative, instead of two distinct episodes. Sometimes these episodes were pieced together with the inclusion of over-dubbed dialog, and bridge sequences (from stock footage). "Experiment in Terra" is the only one of these latter telemovies which actually features new footage.
It begins with an astronaut finding Commander Adama's log book in space, and a short pre-Carillon synopsis of the pilot, with narrations by Patrick Macnee and Lorne Greene (reciting from the log book.) This is followed by more stock footage from the pilot episode, and a special edited version of "The Return of Starbuck". This version of the Galactica 1980 episode has had all the scenes and references to Angela and her star child removed, and is made to appear as if Starbuck took the part-Cylon part-Galactican escape craft back to the Battlestar Galactica. This sequence is then followed by a slightly longer version of the episode "Experiment in Terra".
TELEMOVIE ORIGINAL EPISODES
1. Battlestar Galactica
Disc 1 2-hr version of 3-hr premiere
Televised in a 2 and a Half Hour Timeslot
150 min., with only 4 ad breaks.
2. Lost Planet of Gods
Disc 2 "Lost Planet of the Gods" (expanded)
3. Gun on Ice Planet Zero
Disc 3 "Gun on Ice Planet Zero" (expanded)
4. The Living Legend "The Living Legend" (expanded)
5. The Phantom in Space "The Lost Warriors" "The Hand of God"
6. Curse of the Cylons "Fire in Space" "The Magnificent Warriors"
7. War of the Gods "War of the Gods" (expanded)
8. Murder in Space "Murder on the Rising Star" "The Young Lords"
9. Greetings from Earth "Greetings from Earth"
10. Space Casanova "Take the Celestra" "The Long Patrol"
11. Space Prison "The Man with Nine Lives" "Baltar's Escape"
12. Experiment in Terra "The Return of Starbuck" (edited) "Experiment in Terra" (expanded)
The rest of the telemovies (Telefilm), there was only 3 ad breaks, every 30 min during the telecast in a 2 hour timeslot.
13. The Extended Version of The Living Legend
14. The Extended Version of The Hand of God & Siography: Battlestar Galactica (1978-1979) series
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA TELEMOVIE - Battlestar Galactica
The British telefilm set release is a 96 minutes version of the "Saga of a Star World" pilot, which would be right for a 2 hour slot. The original first syndication run played the first time in a 2 and a half hour time slot, with a very similar edit to the 125 minutes theatrical version, except of course they don't kill Baltar.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA TELEMOVIE - Lost Planet of the Gods
Released as two part version in the UK Telefilm set. Even the eventual commercial release in the 90's in the US on VHS was of the original two-part version. The telefilm version has a number of additional or extended scenes to the double "Lost Planet of the Gods" episode.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA TELEMOVIE - The Phantom in Space
Episodes "The Lost Warrior" and "The Hand of God" which contain extra scenes and revised continuity. Actually a "The Hand of God" sandwich with "The Lost Warrior" in the middle. The planet Equellus is mentioned more.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA TELEMOVIE - The Space Casanova
Episodes "The Long Patrol" and "Take The Celestra" which contain extra scenes and revised continuity.Again, "Take The Celestra" is done in two halves around "The Long Patrol". Starbuck juggles three women and a female computer.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA TELEMOVIE - The Gun on Ice Planet Zero
The telefilm for syndication play consists of the double "The Gun on Ice Planet Zero" episode with extra scenes, longer scenes and revised scene order.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA TELEMOVIE - Curse of the Cylons
Episodes "The Magnificent Warriors" and "Fire in Space" which contains extra scenes and revised continuity. Works best as a combo because they aired close together and little continuity had to be modified.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA TELEMOVIE - Murder in Space
Episodes "Murder on the Rising Star" and "The Young Lords" which contain extra scenes and revised continuity. Instead of giving up in the launch tube Starbuck launches, pursued by Boomer. He decides to go back and face the charges when the Cylons attack, forcing him to crash on the planet Attilla. Once rescued the trial continues, though completely without Baltar, a key participant in the episodic version . This is the most revised continuity of the telefilms.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA TELEMOVIE - The Living Legend
The telefilm version has the original two part episode of "The Living Legend" combined with "Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack" (a theatrical release with a partial "Fire in Space" and revised ending).
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA TELEMOVIE - The Living Legend Extended
The Extended edition is the original "The Living Legend" story continuity with extra effects scenes from the theatrical "Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack" which had a different ending. An extra 15 minutes.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA TELEMOVIE - War of the Gods
The true telefilm consists of the "War of the Gods" episode with scenes added or lengthened and some lines added.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA TELEMOVIE - Space Prison
Episodes "The Man With Nine Lives" And "Baltar's Escape" which is the natural combination of the two Noman stories. More additional voiceovers in this one than most. And a complete sequence of Baltar surrendering (from "War of the Gods") so film could stand alone.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA TELEMOVIE - Greetings From Earth
This was the only two hour story to play as such during the original run of "Greetings From Earth" so as such had fewest changes. The British release is of the syndicated two part version. The Epic set features the original two hour play.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA TELEMOVIE - Experiment in Terra
Universal says it doesn't exist, the oddest of all because they only had one episode to work with (same title), so they retell the origin story, add some new footage and concept paintings seen nowhere else and throw in half of "The Return of Starbuck" from Galactica 1980 with a revised ending before we get to "Experiment in Terra" with some extended scenes.
Semi-Regular Cast and Special Guest Stars
Serina (Jane Seymour) - Newswoman, Boxey's mother, Apollo's wife (dead)
Adar (Lew Ayres) - President of the Council of the Twelve (dead)
Zac (Rick Springfield) - Younger son of Adama and Ila (dead)
Deitra (Sheila De Windt) - Lt., Shuttle and Viper pilot
Brie (Janet Louise Johnson) - Sergeant, Shuttle and Viper pilot
Giles (Larry Manetti) - Blue Squadron warrior
Komma (Jeff MacKay) - Galactica Computer technician, also firefighter
Carmichael (Olan Soulé) - Chief planter on fleet agroship
Cain (Lloyd Bridges) - Commander of the Battlestar Pegasus
Bojay (Jack Stauffer) - Captain, Silver Spar Squadron leader
Tolen (Ron Haase) - Flight officer aboard the Battlestar Pegasus
Chameleon (Fred Astaire) - Professional con man, Starbuck's father
Zed (Frank Parker) - IFB newscaster, sports commentator
Zara (Patricia Stitch) - IFB newswoman/interviewer
Reese (Ron Kelly) - Council security officer
Kronus (Paul Fix) - Commander of the Celestra (dead)