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October 23, 2003

Battlestar Galactica's Silver Anniversary Extravaganza at Universal City

A last-minute press release was just issued by the Galacticon Staff: "Press Release Source: Galacticon 2003. Battlestar Galactica's Silver Anniversary Extravaganza at Universal City. Thursday October 23, 12:00 pm ET. UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Battlestar Galactica's Apollo, actor Richard Hatch and a group of dedicated Galactica fans have come together to create Galacticon 2003: The Fans' 25th Anniversary Salute to the Cast, Producers and Crew of Battlestar Galactica. This momentous event will be held at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, California from October 24 - 26, 2003 (www.galacticonevents.com). According to Hatch, 'Our goal is to bring together the largest gathering of Battlestar Galactica actors, producers, writers and crew members that have ever been assembled. This event will honor and celebrate the science fiction classic that has touched the hearts of so many fans around the world.' Convention highlights will include a full weekend of exciting and fun panel sessions, autograph signings, dance parties, video and costume contests, and many outrageously entertaining late night events with Glen Larson (creator, writer), Richard Hatch (Apollo), Dirk Benedict (Starbuck), Anne Lockhart (Sheba), Noah Hathaway (Boxey), Jack Stauffer (Bojay), Patrick Macnee (Count Iblis), Terry Carter (Colonel Tigh), Sarah Rush (Rigel), Jane Seymour (Serina), Stu Phillips (Composer), and dozens of additional cast members, guest stars, production staffers, writers, book authors and crew members. The weekend kicks off on Thursday, October 23 with a pre-event special feature: a midnight screening of the original Battlestar Galactica motion picture at the IMAX theatre at CityWalk. This special screening is open to the Hollywood community and will be hosted by Hatch and other attending Celebrity Guests. Friday night features presentations of SciFi's new Battlestar Galactica series by Executive Producer Ron Moore and a 25-Year Galactica Retrospective by Battlestar Galactica's creator Glen Larson. Additional presentations by the Directors of Universal Studios new Battlestar Galactica DVD Special Edition Set and Vivendi Universal Games Battlestar Galactica PlayStation2 and Xbox game creator and cast are also featured. Among the special Saturday evening events is the 'Galacticon Live!' dinner show and celebrity roast featuring satirical skits, musical performances, video clips, a special tribute to creator Glen Larson, and a heart felt testimonial and memorial to the late John Colicos (Baltar), Lorne Greene (Adama), Lloyd Bridges (Cain) and Fred Astaire (Chameleon). 'This once-in-a-lifetime event is of interest to anyone who loves and cherishes Battlestar Galactica, and won't want to miss this introspective, humorous and profoundly moving event,' adds Hatch. A Charity Auction to benefit the Ride-On Therapeutic Riding Center (www.rideon.org ), assisting children and adults with disabilities, will also be hosted during the weekend of events. A complete schedule of events and weekend admission rates and packages are available at http://www.galacticonevents.com. The Sheraton Universal City can be reached at (818) 980-1212; special weekend rates are still available for Galacticon 2003 attendees."

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/031023/dath039_1.html

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October 23, 2003

Battlestar Galactica: The Lowdown

The Sci-Fi Channel has posted a preview page for Battlestar Galactica: The Lowdown. The behind-the-scenes special will broadcast on November 26th at 10 PM ET. The special will focus on the mini-series, and is described as: "Go behind the scenes of the ragtag fugitive fleet with this exclusive new special and learn the secrets of the story, stars and special effects of SCI FI's new Battlestar Galactica miniseries event! Screenwriter Ron Moore, director Michael Rymer and stars Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell and others are your guides through never-before-seen footage as they give you the lowdown on this reimagined classic."

http://www.scifi.com/battlestar/lowdown

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October 23, 2003

Galacticon Update

BattlestarGalactica.com webmaster Darrell Lawrence posted a new announcement at Colonial Fleets: "The final schedule of events has been posted to www.galacticonevents.com. Also: As of 7:30 pm PST, the Memberships section is no longer linked to PayPal. Disclaimers are in place, directing people to obtain Memberships in-person at the event." For the latest information on Galacticon 2003, be sure to visit GalacticonEvents.com!

http://www.galacticonevents.com

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October 23, 2003

Battlestar Galactica on IMAX Thursday!

ColonialFleets.com administrator conundrum7g posted a new announcement regarding Galacticon: "Battlestar Galactica will be showing on a big HUGE IMAX screen Thursday night around midnight! This will be so completely awesome. Atlantia will blow up BIGGER than it ever had before! (well... I guess I will forget about drive-in theaters). News is coming real fast. It's a last minute thing. So keep your eyes and ears tuned!". Many thanks to conundrum7g for posting the announcement at Colonial Fleets!

http://www.colonialfleets.com/forums...&threadid=4692

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October 23, 2003

The Return of Starbuck: Revisited

New report from ColonialFleets.com owner Titon: "Hello all. For the last few days I've been playing with the 'Goodtimes' video release of the Return of Starbuck. It isn't exactly the best quality but good enough to see the only episode from Galactica 1980 that a person could stomach. My first intention was to basically capture the video and clean it up the best I could, then burn it to DVD for archiving. Well let's just say the initial transfer was less than stellar. So instead I made a small QuickTime avi of a 'revamped opening' if you will. It's nothing stellar, I just filled in a few holes and basically played around with an idea. It's far from complete but it's a beginning. With that here's the zipped QuickTime file. It's about 4 minutes 22 seconds long. 320x240 format. The file itself is a little over 7 MB. In order to at least keep some quality in it I had to keep the file size up a bit. So if your interested in seeing something different, take a look. If not, oh well. Again, nothing spectacular and I only played with it for a few hours. Not looking to corner the market on video editing. Just playing around. Have fun. Download at your own risk."

http://titon.3dfrontier.com/ROS.zip

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October 23, 2003

UK Battlestar Galactica DVD Release Date Delayed

Ian Cullen of SciFiPulse.net posted a new report at Colonial Fleets: "Am sorry to be the bearer of bad news to fans in the UK. But I checked in with both Amazon.co.uk and Play.com and have found out that the UK release of the Battlestar Galactica DVD Box Set has been changed. As opposed to it coming out in November like it was originally meant to be, it has been put back to January 12, 2004."

http://www.colonialfleets.com/forums...&threadid=4681

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October 23, 2003

Exclusive Battlestar Galactica Online Game Launched

The Sci-Fi Channel has published a Battlestar Galactica online game at SciFi.com. The online game is powered by Macromedia Shockwave. To view or play the game, check out the following link at SciFi.com.

http://www.scifi.com/battlestar/game

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October 23, 2003

2 New Cut Scenes

BattlestarGalactica.com webmaster Darrell Lawrence posted a new announcement at Colonial Fleets: "Kind of late for them to have sent these (they just arrived today), but at any rate, two new cut scenes are up: One from Lost Planet of the Gods, the other from Gun on Ice Planet Zero." For the 2 new cut scenes that are also available in the brand-new Battlestar Galactica DVD Box Set, be sure to visit BattlestarGalactica.com!

http://www.battlestargalactica.com

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October 23, 2003

Sound & Vision Battlestar Galactica DVD Ad

New report from Muffit at Colonial Fleets: "Wow, just got my new copy of Sound & Vision (a popular audio/video enthusiast magazine) and guess what I saw? A full page, full color ad for Battlestar Galactica The Original Epic Series DVD Box Set! Excellent Uni [Universal]! With a large readership of willing DVD buyers either looking for or upgrading their home theatre systems (and continually on the hunt for good DVDs to show them off), that's some well placed advertising. Interestingly, 98% of the ad is for the DVDs, with a little corner advertising the mini. Sounds like somebody at Uni is in tune with what the likely money-winner will be. I wonder, will there be more people to pay $80+ for the original than will tune in to the mini for free? Certainly, by the look of how the ad real estate is laid out, somebody at Uni thinks so. Yes, there are tons of us who remember and will gladly pay to see it again! Thank you Uni for acknowledging the fandom of this beloved show. We have more $'s for ya! Any takers for a big screen continuation?" Thanks to Muffit for the report!

http://www.colonialfleets.com/forums...&threadid=4662

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