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The prequel to Battlestar Galactica.

By Jarrod Sarafin     February 06, 2009
Source: Universal Pictures Press Release

Caprica is heading into production for the SCI FI Channel for 2010.
© SCI FI Channel

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced that "Caprica" will premiere on DVD April 21st. The highly anticipated prequel to "Battlestar Galactica," will enjoy its world premiere exclusively on DVD on April 21, 2009 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. In a groundbreaking move sure to delight fans of the long-running television phenomenon, the feature-length prequel will be available on DVD as a limited-edition uncut and unrated version before the series' broadcast premiere on the SCI FI Channel in 2010. "Caprica" is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick ("Battlestar Galactica") and Remi Aubuchon ("24"). Exclusive bonus features that take viewers behind the scenes of the creation of Caprica make this DVD a landmark event for any fan of "Battlestar Galactica." The film will also be available at selected online destinations for digital download transactions.

As "Battlestar Galactica" wraps its gripping final season on SCI FI on March 20, 2009, "Caprica" begins a brand new epic saga that continues the franchise's commitment to thought-provoking storytelling and extraordinary characters. Set over 50 years before the events of "Battlestar Galactica," "Caprica" is a world at the peak of its power, grappling with new science and technologies and the issues they create. The series will star Golden Globe nominee Eric Stoltz ("Mask," "Pulp Fiction"), Esai Morales ("Jericho," "NYPD Blue"), Paula Malcomson ("Deadwood," "ER") and Golden Globe® nominee Polly Walker ("Cane," "Rome") in a story laced with passion, intrigue and family conflict.

"We are thrilled to take the groundbreaking step of offering the world-premiere of the 'Caprica' feature-length extended pilot episode on DVD prior to the new series' television debut," said Hilary Hoffman, Senior Vice President, Brand and Digital Marketing for Universal Studios Home Entertainment. "This innovative distribution model will serve to satisfy 'Battlestar Galactica' fans' appetites for a new content while building excitement for the franchise's next great adventure."

"Ever since fans first caught wind of the 'Battlestar Galactica' prequel 'Caprica,' they have been eagerly following its development," said Mark Stern, Executive Vice President, Original Programming for SCI FI & Co-Head Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. "We wanted to give them a chance to see the pilot in its original form and experience the prequel to the BSG story while that series' finale was still ringing in their ears. It also affords the creative team an unprecedented chance to get viewers feedback before production on the 'Caprica' series begins this summer."

"If 'Battlestar Galactica' offered us a way to shatter the conventions of space opera, 'Caprica' will be a show which will challenge the conventions of science fiction storytelling as a whole," said Ronald D. Moore, Executive Producer/Writer.

"Part sweeping soap, part meditation on the dangerous moral ramifications of artificial intelligence, this is a truly unique opportunity to continue telling stories which will be as daring and shocking as the best of 'Galactica' -- and yet will be altogether different from 'Galactica,'" said David Eick, Executive Producer.

Universal Cable Productions will begin production on the "Caprica" series in the summer of 2009 in Vancouver for a 2010 television premiere on the SCI FI Channel. The DVD of "Caprica" is priced at $26.98 S.R.P. Preorder close is March 3, 2009.


Feature Commentary with Director Jeffrey Reiner and Executive Producer/Writer Ronald D. Moore and Executive Producer David Eick
Deleted Scenes
Video Blogs
What the Frak is Caprica?
The Director's Process
The V Club
The Birth of a Cylon


Set 50 years before "Battlestar Galactica," "Caprica" follows two rival families and their patriarchs - Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz) and Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) - as they compete and thrive in the vibrant world of the 12 Colonies, a society recognizably close to our own. Enmeshed in the burgeoning technology of artificial intelligence and robotics that will eventually lead to the creation of the Cylons, the two houses go toe-to-toe blending action with corporate conspiracy and sexual politics.


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ChrisBeveridge 2/6/2009 2:06:48 PM

Still nothing from them on Blu-ray for the BSG franchise? C'mon guys.. I watch the show in HD, I won't buy it in SD!

hanso 2/6/2009 5:50:32 PM


Hey the season ain't even over how they gonna announce a release date on Blu Ray?  I did read a while back that a complete set was supposed to be released once the series is over.

As far as this goes, terrible choice.  You know everyone gonna pirate it watch it and the skip it on TV.

mckracken 2/7/2009 12:43:34 AM

terrible choice? really hanso you want to wait for 2010?

didnt think so. Why pirate it? it'll only cost $19.95.. sure some people will pirate it because some people pirate everything, but really why? i mean those that wont plunk down the $20 probably arent real BSG fans anyway.

as for skipping it on TV, didnt Razor debut in theaters and DVD then on sci/fi also? not sure, but i think it did... at least it's DVD was damn near the 1st TV broadcast. there are plenty of people willing to buy it and then watch it on TV when it airs in 2010.

Hobbs 2/7/2009 7:42:48 AM

Am I the only one that has a problem with this?  SCI-FI is trying to get every penny out of us that they can the greedy bastards.  They split the season in two then release HALF the season on DVD and sell it to you for 40 bucks now this crap.

I guess I'm not a real BSG fan than mckracken because I agree with hanso 100%.  I'll be downloading it and flipping sci-fi the middle finger the whole way.   Razor came out on TV before they released it on DVD..nothing wrong with that but telling us that either buy the DVD or wait till 2010 to watch Caprica.  That's bull shit.

hanso 2/7/2009 9:51:46 AM

True dat Hobbs!  I ain't a real fan either cause I'm not going to pay for that DVD.  I might rent it through Netflix but more than likely I'll download it.  I'm glad they are showing sooner rather than later but I ain't paying for it.

24: Redemption aired on Fox then hit DVD like the week after.  That's what SciFi should've done.

gimpythewonder 2/7/2009 7:54:27 PM

netflix for sure.  i'm not really super-stoked for this series anyway.  I love me some BSG but previous desriptions of this just make me think its a primetime soap.  i'll give it a chance but 20 bones can be better spent elsewhere

shadow1701 2/13/2009 5:47:48 AM

Here's my silly question: Why do we need a prequel in any case? Seriously, I could give a damn about how it all started. How it all started isn't relevant to how it's happening and how it'll end.
I look at the Star Wars movies as a blueprint to disaster. Granted, I liked the newest 3, but they weren't necessary. We all knew Darth Vador was evil, but since everybody in the world wanted to see an "origin" story, a great meany people ended up pissed at how Lucas made it.
OK, so here we are here. We saw the end of a civilization, they even tied in the original series a little bit in the miniseries. Why in the world do the studio heads feel we need to see how the colonies were BEFORE the action started? The only way it would be worth anything, to me, is to run the series into the first cylon war. But then again, they'll end up changing the canon multiple times in doing that. Look at Enterprise for that.
Well, that's my 2 cents worth on this. I Love the reinvented BSG, even the weak episodes, and look forward to how it ends. Wonder if they'll pull a Steven King at the end of the Dark Tower series for the end of the show. Remember, the biggest theme was: "it's all heppend before, and will all happen again."

Wiseguy 2/16/2009 2:16:27 PM

I'm looking forward to the dvd and the new series. Just going over the choices that'll be made in the series and the moral questions, although not new, is going to make for a great series.

I think it's funny that people complain about a co. trying to make money. HELLO, that's their purpose, if not they wouldn't be able to afford to make the shows you watch.

karas1 3/3/2009 4:11:37 AM

I'm with shadow1701.  BSG has so not been crying out for a prequel.  Especially one about a family of lawyers.  I come from a family of lawyers and trust me, it's not that exciting.

I won't buy the DVD.  I won't pirate the movie either.  When it's broadcast for free on the Scifi Channel I might watch it.  Or I might not, depends on what else is on.

todd890 3/6/2009 7:39:32 AM

Razer was first on DVD then it was tv not the other way around. I should know, I bought it when it came out.

Cylons are in this prequel, they'll make it interesting.

From Star Gate to Battlestar, I prefer to buy or rent the things I love. I will watch other shows on TV it's just the constint interrupts of comercails gets me frustrated.

Capria will be good in it's own way.



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