Thanks very much for the update and all your work. Lots to look forward to. I’m planning to use your version as the basis for my own fan edit of ROTS.
2. The intro is strangely in letterboxed 16:9.
The intro was always letterboxed, even on the original broadcast. It’s actually slightly wider 2.35:1 AR intended to give it cinematic scope. I’ll let jms explain:
We’ve decided, in order to emphasize the cinematic aspects of our show, that it’s taking more of a movie approach to TV SF…to do the main titles in letterbox format.
And it looks really, really cool.
WOW. Even more reason to be excited for this release…
Just a heads up for anybody looking for the laserdiscs: just got an email and apparently JMS is selling a bunch of items from his personal collection that includes laserdiscs. They’ll be for sale on http://www.thejoestore.com/ which goes online about an hour from when I’m posting this. Here’s the full text of the email:
J. Michael Straczynski–creator of Babylon 5 and Sense8, writer for such movies as Clint Eastwood’s Changeling and over a dozen comic book titles from The Amazing Spider-Man and Silver Surfer Requiem to Thor, Rising Stars to Dream Police–has teamed with Jason Davis–of HarlanEllisonBooks.com and long-time editor at B5Books.com–to offer hitherto unimagined treasures from his own private vault via TheJoeStore.com.
“For years I’ve had all these near-mint-condition artifacts from Babylon 5 and elsewhere under wraps,” Straczynski said, "thinking I might eventually donate them to a museum, but after thirty years of thought - I’m very deliberate that way - it seems to me that the best destination would be the hands of fellow fans who could appreciate them. This is particularly important since Amazon and Comet have brought along a lot of new fans who never had the chance to buy any of these now-unavailable treats. That these fans weren’t around In The Beginning shouldn’t preclude them from owning the cool stuff that was created for viewers at the height of the show’s original run.
"However, as a fan myself, I didn’t want to go through eBay or other high-priced auction sites because the whole point is to get these items, many of which have been unavailable for years, into the hands of fans in a way that’s affordable. So Jason came along with this solution.
“All of these items are from my own private collection, from TV series and other projects I’ve done, preserved as I first got them. Most of these items can’t be found at all online, or would be in poor condition. These are mostly mint, still in the box mementos, paraphernalia, collectibles, toys, books and other rarities. In most cases there are only a few of each item, so when they’re gone, they’re gone, and the final chance to get these long-lost treasures will come to an end.”
The online shop goes live at 11am Pacific Time on 9 October 2018 offering virtual shelves stocked with artifacts from the last 30 years of Straczynski’s career: Joe’s short stories (including the paperback adaptations of his Twilight Zone episodes and the elusive, highly-sought-after but never-reprinted B5 tales from Amazing Stories), novels (Demon Night and OtherSyde), and some of his best known comics, most of which are now sold out (Rising Stars, The Book of Lost Souls, Ten Grand, Sidekick, Dream Police and more–as well as convention exclusives, individual copies and entire 12 issue runs bundled together).
TheJoeStore.com has Babylon 5 DVDs, CDs, magazines, novels, bookmarks, and even the long-forgotten promotional buttons, T-shirts and pamphlets that Joe personally commissioned to promote “our last, best hope for peace” in the days before the pilot was filmed and broadcast. (B5 adjacent, there are T-shirts from Joe’s tenure as host of LA’s sf radio show, Hour 25, designed by the late Peter Ledger, who also created the earliest concept art for B5.)
Don’t see what you’re after? Feel free to inquire. We have very limited supplies–often just one or two–of Babylon 5 standees, Laserdiscs, and various action figures and games that we haven’t yet put online, but we’ll brave a journey to the Rim in an effort to fulfill your requests.
Best of all, Joe will sign selected items for a nominal fee.
Every order will be packed with a Joe’s Comics bookmark or sticker, and a photocopy of Joe’s “Sleeping in Light” teleplay will be packed with every order over $100 until our stock of those bonus items has been depleted.
The Joe Store opens at 11am Pacific Time, 9 October 2018. Remember, many items are in (very) short supply, so don’t be late.
Items range in price from $5-100.
Holy wow. I can’t believe this finally surfaced. Can’t wait to see it. Thanks Adywan!
Thought there might be some interest here: I captured a VHS recording of a making of TNT special “The Guide to Babylon 5” that aired in December 1997, right before the premiere of season 5. I left the commercials in because that’s part of the charm of this for me, but I can do a version without if anyone wants 😉
Sending a quick donation your way, definitely interested in this!
Rendering an opening preview of my single pass color grade of ROTS. I based it roughly on those 35mm trailers posted above but brighter and a little bit more fitting with the looks of TFA and TLJ.
I’ll post a copy on youtube and provide a higher quality download in x265 4k.
Looking forward to it, thanks for your work.