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Ron Moore's Virtuality heading to DVD in May

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 29th 2010 2:02PM
virtuality dvdBattlestar Galactica creator Ron Moore's doomed Fox sci-fi pilot Virtuality is finally getting a DVD release. The pilot, billed as a TV movie when it premiered last year, is heading to DVD on May 4.

Fox showed little faith in the intriguing drama that followed a crew of astronauts haunted by a malfunctioning VR system and a bit of space madness. After ordering several changes to the show in order to make it more "mainstream," the network scrapped plans for a full series and dumped the premiere on a random Friday night last June with little promotion.

Needless to say, nobody watched.

It's a shame, since the two-hour pilot showed a lot of promise. The story and tone echoed some of the better moody and intelligent sci-fi flicks to hit theaters recently, like Moon, Steven Soderbergh's Solaris and Danny Boyle's Sunshine.

Judging by the premiere, Virtuality was primed to explore some truly intriguing and complex ideas and themes. It also promised to deliver a compelling mystery, decent thrills, and some biting media satire. (Thankfully, some of those concepts are still alive on Moore's Caprica.)

The cast (including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Clea DuVall, Joy Bryant, and Sienna Gullory) was superb. And director Peter Berg offered a sleek and haunting cinematic visual style that perfectly matched the show's surreal tone.

I'm looking forward screening it on DVD, even though I know that cliffhanger ending is gonna drive me nuts again.

We don't have a list of special features for the DVD yet, and we've heard nothing about a Blu-ray version. But you can check out the box cover art below, courtesy of Movieweb:

fox virtuality dvd art

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Although I was upset by the reality TV stuff when I first watched it, upon second viewing of my VHS copy, I "got" it. This pilot was actually better in many ways than Caprica because the dialogue had more texture.

I really wish this show had been greenlighted. As it is, I haven't watched Fox with any regularity since The X-Files and Millennium.

I hope the DVD has plenty of special features, including an audio commentary. Otherwise, I might wait for the price to drop.

I also agree that Ron Moore should save us from the commercial, soulless desecration of Star Trek by that idiot J.J. Abrams!

March 16 2010 at 2:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow amazing that's been on the shelves for atleast 5 months by now as it was out just a little after it aired. Want to say mid July to early August 09 release.

January 30 2010 at 1:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's already available on DVD at Best Buy.

January 29 2010 at 3:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Erica's comment

It looks like its only available for pre-order.

January 29 2010 at 3:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I watched it.

To be honest, I was underwhelmed. Yeah, it was a little gritty, but at the end there was no "so what." The "cliffhanger" hook re: the captain just wasn't all that intriguing. (And I'm a true BSG fan who actually quite liked the finale -- most people just didn't get it.)

January 29 2010 at 2:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dear Ron Moore,

Please save Star Trek from the grasp of JJ Abrams.

Boston Star Trek Fan

January 29 2010 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Edward's comment

Dear J.J. Abrams,

Please make a Star Trek TV series with Ron D. Moore writing.

Another Boston Star Trek Fan

January 29 2010 at 3:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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