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Watch the First 9 Minutes of Serenity

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the nothing-else-to-do-on-a-friday-afternoon dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "As reported on FireflyFans.net, Universal is attempting further promotion of the sci-fi action film Serenity by making the first 9 minutes of the movie available online. The clip contains the opening backstory that sets an Alliance assassin on the trail of the ship's crew; it's an effective hook. On Yahoo movies, Serenity is ranked as the number 1 film currently in theaters and is hanging in a top-ten spot in the highest rated movies of all time. Slashdot has previously covered Orson Scott Card's review, the film's opening, an interview with Joss Whedon, and much more. It's all out of love..."

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Awesome (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743561)

Okay now I'm gonna go see this.

The beginning is good (2, Informative)

temojen (678985) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743602)

It gave enough backstory for my girlfriend (who never saw the series) to know what was going on, and even covered some stuff I missed in the series (like the setting being one big solar system, not interstellar).

Re:The beginning is good (1)

clarkcox3 (194009) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743659)

Just because they went to "another solar system" after leaving Earth doesn't mean that they stayed there. In the show, they're pretty explicit that it is interstellar.

Re:The beginning is good (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743760)

In the show, they're pretty explicit that it is interstellar.

Uh, no they are not. Read the Serenity Visual Companion for more information about the solar system.

Re:The beginning is good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743686)

Umm...what? I didn't think the movie said it was supposed to be one giant solar system...maybe I missed it, but that's an awful lot of habitable planets for one solar system.

Re:The beginning is good (1)

jatencio (536080) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743904)

Most of those "planets" are moons.

Re:The beginning is good (2, Informative)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743865)

I missed in the series (like the setting being one big solar system, not interstellar).

You didn't miss it, they just didn't mention it.
It was the subject of much debate amongst fans before the movie, in fact. I thought they had more than one solar system, since it was implied in the way they talked about systems and whatnot, but, seems not.

Obligatory (0, Offtopic)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743570)

Serenity NOW!!!!!!!!! [stanthecaddy.com]

(OK, someone had to do it)

Re:Obligatory (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743741)

OK, someone had to do it

No, you could just have kept your fucking unfanny shit for yourself.

Now, obviously those guys paid Taco the big Buco to get their bullshit hyped by this "news"-site, so I would be happy if everyone of you fags would go to Amazon.com and buy 10 DVDs so those fags make enough money as to not needing to wast my precious time again.

Thank you very much.

STOP FREE ADVERTISING (0, Troll)

glowworm (880177) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743752)

A day in the world of /. & your handy guide to being "+5 Informative"

  • Microsoft suxxors
  • Linux Rules
  • Abolish Patents
  • OSS is the bomb
  • Fuck the **AA
  • Soviet Russia# chown -R ./ us

And here comes yet another bloody Serenity post. Stop the free advertising already.
Not all "Nerds" want to hear about Manga or Serenity every other day for the last month
Get rid of that poll too, it's tired and doesn't have a "Serenity, WTF is that?" option!

Proceed to MOD me down! My views don't agree with /. groupspeak on this one!

Re:STOP FREE ADVERTISING (4, Insightful)

Skye16 (685048) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743880)

Not all nerds want to hear about MS, Linux, New Case Mods, Ham Radio Operators, New Space Probes, Creating Life Out of Amino Acids, Monkeys Learning How To Fly, Reconstructing the 1918 Influenza, etc, etc. But a lot do, or would, if it were to happen. Guess what? Slashdot tries to cater to them all, at least to some extent. Is every single nerd going to be thrilled with every single story? No. Oh well. Are there going to be a slew of nerds out there getting pissed because they're hearing too much about any of the above, including Serenity? Yes. But guess what? Bitching about it won't change a fucking thing. I'm not sure what to tell you if you really don't like it other than a: do it yourself, b: go somewhere else; or c: create a firefox plugin to strip out stories that contain whatever-words-you-don't-want-to-hear-about.

I'm not saying you can't bitch, I'm just saying you're wasting your time, and unless you get some sort of thrill out of playing the down-modded martyr, in the end, it's not going to be worth it.

But, hey, do what you want.

Aftermath? (3, Insightful)

Sorthum (123064) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743571)

I have to wonder, if this works to boost revenue for Serenity, what will the MPAA's response be? It only took them, what, ten years to realize the internet can help them?

Aftermath?-Control (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743653)

"I have to wonder, if this works to boost revenue for Serenity"

That was the pirates argument. Not the MPAAs

"what will the MPAA's response be?"

Play by our rules, and everyone benefits.

"It only took them, what, ten years to realize the internet can help them?"

When "The Internet" played by it's rules, it didn't. When "The Internet " plays by the MPAA rules, then it does.

Re:Aftermath? (4, Insightful)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743727)

Why would they react any differently than they have been? They've known that the internet is a great advertising medium, and this is just another way of advertising. They're still going to be against the distribution of the whole movie, though.

I don't see their position changing at all.

Re:Aftermath? (1)

shark72 (702619) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743920)

"I have to wonder, if this works to boost revenue for Serenity, what will the MPAA's response be? It only took them, what, ten years to realize the internet can help them?"

What an interesting thing to say. I remember that Strange Days [imdb.com] had a rather kick-ass web site for its time... and that was in 1995. Since then, I've lost count of the number of well-executed Internet ad campaigns I've seen for films. I know that many Slashdotters may have only been on the Internet for a few years so this sort of thing may be new to them, but it's an old, old medium to lots of us.

Either way, ad campaigns are put together by studios, not the MPAA. The MPAA is a trade group that represents studios.

High Score. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743574)

" On Yahoo movies, Serenity is ranked as the number 1 film currently in theaters and is hanging in a top-ten spot in the highest rated movies of all time."

What's it's ranking on P2P?

Site doesn't like Linux/Mozilla (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743578)

I went to the video site with Mozilla under Linux and got this message:

Unfortunately, the Operating System you are currently using is unsupported.

Anybody got a way around this under Linux?

Re:Site doesn't like Linux/Mozilla (5, Informative)

The Fanta Menace (607612) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743646)

Here's the direct link to the video file, although I still don't know of a Linux player that can handle it:

http://video.vividas.com/CDN1/3929_Serenity/viv/39 29_Serenity_720.viv [vividas.com]

Re:Site doesn't like Linux/Mozilla (2, Insightful)

black hole sun (850775) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743768)

.viv? Sounds like a renamed .mpg file. I'm postitive they didn't create a new file format just for this trailer.

The nice thing about linux is that most distros come with the `file` utility. Just run it on the ".viv";

file /path/to/serenity.viv

And it will tell you what kind of file you've got. Just change the extension...you know what, and I'm not in Linux right now to test, but most Linux movie players aren't dominated by file extention, unlike their Windows counterparts. If I were a betting man, I'd say you could probably double click and open with mplayer and it'd likely Just Work(TM)...

Re:Site doesn't like Linux/Mozilla (3, Informative)

The Fanta Menace (607612) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743807)

The nice thing about linux is that most distros come with the `file` utility. Just run it on the ".viv"; file /path/to/serenity.viv

Already tried it; it just says 'data', so file doesn't know about it. I've tried it with a number of players so far (xine, mplayer, realplayer, even Windows Media Player running under Codeweavers' crossover) and none of them can read it.

My guess is that it's an mpeg wrapped up in some sort of drm that requires their encryption key to play it.

Re:Site doesn't like Linux/Mozilla (2, Informative)

BJH (11355) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743890)

The format comes from Vividas [vividas.com] , and while this page [vividas.com] says they support Linux, they seem to mean it in the sense that you might be able to run their Java player under Linux if you're lucky.

Re:Site doesn't like Linux/Mozilla (4, Informative)

Dlugar (124619) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743853)

Here's the direct link to the video file, although I still don't know of a Linux player that can handle it
I've done some digging around and unfortunately it looks like:

1) The .viv file is some sort of propriety format
2) There's a Java archive (jar) on the page that is automatically selected for Windows or OS X that has a file extension of .jpeg[1]
3) Inside the Java archive is a Java applet, PlayerApplet.class, that apparently does nothing but act as a proxy for another file inside the class, a DLL file in the Windows version, probably something similar in the Linux version

Looks like we're out of luck.

Dlugar

[1] There are actually four files which you can find here:
http://video.vividas.com/CDN1/3929_Serenity/web/pl ayer/vivid_ocx.jpeg [vividas.com]
http://video.vividas.com/CDN1/3929_Serenity/web/pl ayer/vivid_jni_ms.jpeg [vividas.com]
http://video.vividas.com/CDN1/3929_Serenity/web/pl ayer/vivid_jni_osx.jpeg [vividas.com]
http://video.vividas.com/CDN1/3929_Serenity/web/pl ayer/vivid_jni_sun.jpeg [vividas.com]

They're each JAR files (which are basically just zip files) so the more enterprising can download them and figure out exactly what they do.

Re:Site doesn't like Linux/Mozilla (0, Flamebait)

nuclearpenguins (907128) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743791)

Too bad. I have no sympathy for those who use OS's that maybe 400 other people use and complain when it doesn't work with what's mainstream.

Enjoy mediocrity fanboys.

UNSUPPORTED? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743581)

All I get is:Unfortunately, the Operating System you are currently using is unsupported.

Any advice?

Re:UNSUPPORTED? (2, Interesting)

temojen (678985) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743645)

Never use their site again, and tell your friends to do likewise.

They're using "video/vividas" type files, which appear to require their own applet to run, presumably for DRM purposes. DRM on marketing videos?? why??

Re:UNSUPPORTED? (5, Funny)

EvilMagnus (32878) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743738)

Because you might steal that free promotional download and show it to other people, that's why! Then how would Universal make money on that free promotional download or the movie that the free promotional download is promoting?

I mean, come on, it's not that hard! You must tightly control the distribution of free promotional downloads, otherwise filesharers will destroy your company! :)

Re:UNSUPPORTED? (2, Informative)

gronofer (838299) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743776)

I was thinking of downloading it, hacking it up a bit in a video editor and releasing a new movie of my own, much better than the original. This would have cost them millions, since nobody would have bothered with the inferior version after that.

Unfortunately, my operating system is unsupported, so they are safe this time.

Joss Whedon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743583)

Is just the bestest thing since sliced bread and soft butter...... Wait, or is that Wil Wheaton I always get those two mixed up.

The Firefly TV episodes matter more (4, Informative)

Nonesuch (90847) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743594)

I saw Serenity the week it had come out, and if SciFi hadn't just a few weeks back shown the first two episodes of the series again, I don't think I would have understood what happened in the movie.

The movie depends quite a bit on the overall backstory from the one season of the television show. If you haven't seen the show, it doesn't make a heck of a lot of sense.

Luckily "Firefly - The Complete Series" is available on DVD.

Re:The Firefly TV episodes matter more (1)

temojen (678985) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743668)

My girlfriend didn't have that problem.

Re:The Firefly TV episodes matter more (5, Interesting)

RatBastard (949) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743683)

That's odd. I saw Serenity last weekend with friends who had never seen Firefly and they had not trouble keeping up with what was going on. Yes, they lost some of the richness of the story, but they did a fine job of filling in the blanks for most reasonably observant people.

Re:The Firefly TV episodes matter more (5, Informative)

Supurcell (834022) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743689)

I, and the people I was with, thought Serenity stood well on its own. Going in, I didn't know who the characters were, but on the way out I felt very attached to them. I never felt lost. I assume there were probably some jokes that I didn't get, because I didn't watch Firefly, but the movie was exciting and funny enough on its own.

Re:The Firefly TV episodes matter more (2, Informative)

Dionysus (12737) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743903)

Have to agree with the other people who responded to you. I saw it with a friend who had never seen Firefly, and he didn't have any problems.

What the Heck (4, Informative)

dduardo (592868) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743597)

"Unfortunately, the Operating System you are currently using is unsupported."

They've got it backwards (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743633)

What I said when I got to their website was "Unfortunately, the web site you are using is undesired." And then I left, never to return. Bye asshats. I don't care if you close the gate in your fence to me. There are lots of other playgrounds for me to play in.

Oh, PS, think I'll skip the movie now, too.

This phenomenon you are experiencing has a name. It is denominated as "Whoops. We backfired."

Re:They've got it backwards (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743765)

This, folks, is a mad linux fanboy.

Angry, that his favorite operating system isn't supported by every god damn thing in the world, (Yeah, because companies are going to double their development and support costs to satisfy 5% of the computers (which might not even be part of their target market), trying to justify that to anyone trying to "sell" anything will get you a stern look or a big laugh, depending on the person.) the angry linux fanboy becomes a fountain of whiny, I-didn't-get-mine rage.

Look, how he says he'll "skip the movie" now, as if its Joss Whedon's fault himself that Linux isn't so popular!

"Mommy! Make the bad man support my operating system!" he moans, after he whipes the cheeto crumbs off of his 'got root' shirt, of which he has 10 just like.

Re:What the Heck (2, Funny)

Kortec (449574) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743670)

Obviously only communists and n3wbcakes use operating "systems" that don't come from redford.

On a more useful note, can someone mirror this or set up a tracker for us pinko-commie types?

Re:What the Heck (1)

temojen (678985) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743692)

No use... the player is a closed source java applet that aborts if run on Linux (Assuming you haven't made your applet player think it's on windows).

Re:What the Heck (2, Funny)

Hott of the World (537284) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743798)

Bob Redford's got an operating system?

Old school!

Re:What the Heck (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743672)

But... the player is Java-based. This is un-possible.

Re:What the Heck (5, Funny)

pymike (918985) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743702)

It's as if millions of penguins cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced.

Me included though :\

SCIFI alienating Linux users? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743599)

Not a good sign :(

Unfortunately, the Operating System you are currently using is unsupported.

No Linux support for this? (3, Interesting)

SaidinUnleashed (797936) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743605)

Evidently it only works for people with the "right operating systems".

Is it so hard to use a standard media type?

Why do companies feel like it's right to mave stuff like this that's actually MORE trouble to make incompatible with non-MS/Mac systems?

Seriously. I just do not get this mindset.

Re:No Linux support for this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743625)

Because you chose to be different. If it's so hard for you, you could complay and everything will be ok.

Re:No Linux support for this? (1)

billn (5184) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743688)

Chances are.. as a Linux user.. you've already own the series on DVD, and have seen the movie. Twice.

Relax. You'll probably see it again this weekend anyway. Send the link to your Windows using friends.

Re:No Linux support for this? (1)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743778)

Chances are with me that as I've seen like two episodes of the series, one not making sense, and I'm oversaturated with "Serenity" hype (which for the first several days I had no clue what it was in general). I'm already not going to go out of my way to see this.

If I could trivially preview it, sure. I'm also not going out of my way to see the first nine minutes of it.

Re:No Linux support for this? (1)

Durandal64 (658649) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743873)

Doesn't even work on my OS X box. Video plays, but there's no sound.

Re:No Linux support for this? (1)

topham (32406) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743876)


Worked fine on my G5. (1.6Ghz)
Anything unusual about your sound?

Unfortunately, the Operating System you are (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743606)

currently using is unsupported.

Gee, thanks guys.

As long as they're making Serenity available... (2, Insightful)

joelparker (586428) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743619)

...how about improving downloads by using a better format, such as XVID or Quicktime?

Statistics, Internet fans and damn statistics (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743620)

Come on now, it's obvious to me that Serenity's fans are boosting the review averages all over the place. Nothing wrong about that, but keep that in mind. Best film of all time?? Let's get serious here, it's a good 2 hours of entertainment, nothing earth shattering here.

It's not working on my Firefox (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743626)

Thanks for using a proprietary video format.

Good movie, but #10 all time movie? (5, Insightful)

ObiWonKanblomi (320618) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743630)

On Yahoo movies, Serenity is ranked as the number 1 film currently in theaters and is hanging in a top-ten spot in the highest rated movies of all time.

As with the majority of slashdot posters on here, I am a total sci-fi junkie, but does Serenity really qualify to be within the top 10 movies of all time? Granted, this is a yahoo poll and probably was saturated by people so desperate for anything with a futuristic theme they're willing to hump a movie which was written by a guy who make a witch turn lesbian in another show with declining ratings.

I seriously cannot understand what is so great and original about this movie. Sci-fi meets cowboy theme has already been stretched in 26 episodes (plus a movie) of Cowboy Bebop.

I don't even see Bladerunner on this Yahoo top 10 of all time list. Dune? Seriously, are you going to tell me Serenity is better than Bladerunner?

Re:Good movie, but #10 all time movie? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743658)

I seriously cannot understand what is so great and original about this movie. Sci-fi meets cowboy theme has already been stretched in 26 episodes (plus a movie) of Cowboy Bebop.

Who cares what the setting is? Good movies are about ideas, not pretty scenery and CG.

Lots of the bad reviews I've read about Serenity point out and then dismiss upon its superficial qualities.

Re:Good movie, but #10 all time movie? (1)

Digitus1337 (671442) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743681)

Less than 26 episodes, and as for "is it better than blade runner?". Yes.

Re:Good movie, but #10 all time movie? (1)

BewireNomali (618969) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743937)

Dude, this is better than BLADE RUNNER?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

I think your argument is an emotional one. I'd love to hear your points outlining why you think Serenity is better than Blade Runner.

Re:Good movie, but #10 all time movie? (4, Funny)

CrystalArchangel (627622) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743695)

Seriously, are you going to tell me Serenity is better than Bladerunner?

Yep.

Re:Good movie, but #10 all time movie? (1)

mu_wtfo (224511) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743713)

I second the Yep and raise you a Hell Yeah.

Re:Originality is a horrible comparison (3, Interesting)

technoextreme (885694) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743825)

I seriously cannot understand what is so great and original about this movie. Sci-fi meets cowboy theme has already been stretched in 26 episodes (plus a movie) of Cowboy Bebop.
Orgiinaility is a horrible way to compare the greatness of works. I think it was Orson Scott Card that wrote if you worry about duplicating a specific story you will never get anything done. Ironically, after searching throuwh wikipedia for Flash Gordon I noticed that George Lucas used that as his inspiration for Star Wars. Remember it's the quality of the story that matters the most.

Re:Originality is a horrible comparison (1)

imsabbel (611519) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743888)

I would neither set flash gordon not any of the start wars films very high on the "originality" or "story" scale, so i dont think that example is _that_ convincing.

Re:Good movie, but #10 all time movie? (1)

RatBastard (949) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743925)

So, you have a problem with lesbians? When Willow turned lesbian it was a risky move, not the instant ratings builder it is now. And I never felt like they exploited the relationship for ratings. Hell, Willow only actually kissed Tera on screen in the episode where Tera gets killed. They spent most of the time with Willow and Tera exploring the problems people go through in relationships.

As for Cowboy Bebop, I can't say. I don't like Cowboy Bebop.

Best 10 movies of all time? Hardly. There are tons of better movies, non of them science fiction, that would rank in the top 10. Better than Bladerunner? Depends on what you like. I can see how some people would like it better than Bladerunner. I think Bladerunner is a better film, and will have a greater impact that Serenity will, I can see how some people wouldn't like it. Better than Dune? Hell yes. Dune is an impressive attempt to tuen an overrated book into a movie, but it's not a great movie.

Top 10 of all time? (0, Redundant)

DevilJeff (243585) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743637)

Serenity is a REALLY REALLY good movie...but to be in the top ten movies of all time?

meh (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743644)

I don't see the hype personally, sure it's an ok tv show but it's nothing special. Some nice looking girls, a few gags, some spaceships and that's about it. Better than most but not great.

Mod me as a troll if you like but I know there are a few people that think like this so *shrugs*

9 minutes? (1)

max born (739948) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743654)

I saw a few (600MB+) copies of this on gnutella [gnutelliums.com] recently. Probably the whole movie. Good luck.

Ommmmmmmmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743656)

>It's all out of love..." ...and increased page views...

Tried to watch some Firefly tonight on SciFi... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743666)

but man that *really* is some bad tv. You Firefly geeks have got to get out more (and not just to see Serenity).

i never understood the joss whedon cult (2, Insightful)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743671)

but i have my theory: with no new star trek and star wars fare in the pipe, desperate sci fi serial pulp fans are jumping ship and clinging to this piece of driftwood

yeah, serenty is ok, but it's no alien or blade runner

you may now mod me into oblivion for not blindly stating my allegiance to the high school clique and mindlessly jumping on the hype machine

so sorry, pfffffft

Mod parent up please. (1, Insightful)

ObiWonKanblomi (320618) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743698)

The parent is totally right. We are in a total drought of good sci fi. Action + Space/Future theme does not necessarily equate to sci-fi or anything a geek should watch. Please, guys, have some taste.

Re:Mod parent up please. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743878)

Are you implying that people who enjoy Serenity have bad taste?

That strikes me as rather biased of you.

I do hope that the lack of alternative space-based SF gives Serenity a boost, but it's a good, solid film in its own right as well. Best ever? Not even. But still a good film which deserves a sequel.

Re:Mod parent up please. (1)

RatBastard (949) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743938)

Someone who takes a Star Wars inspired username has no room to claim what is and what is not science fiction.

You don't like Joss Whedon. We got that with your last post.

Re:i never understood the joss whedon cult (1)

smoondog (85133) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743802)

I don't understand how the biggest blockbusters are fantasy (LOTR) and nonhorror sci-fi (star wars, star trek), but studios refuse to invest in new ideas in these genres. How stupid is that?

-Sean (OutdoorDB.org [outdoordb.org] - The Outdoor Wiki)

Re:i never understood the joss whedon cult (1)

imsabbel (611519) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743906)

Er.... Lord of the rings was more or less the ONLY fantasy blockbuster the last decade or two.
And all recent star trek movies more or less flopped (and star wars is a money machine by itself)
(compare that to the relativly big success of the alien movies, event horizon, pitch black, ect (the non-non-horror SF stories ))

I seriously think your statement isnt true

Re:i never understood the joss whedon cult (1)

Kizzle (555439) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743859)

And I've never understood why rudimentary grammar is so hard for some people.

Meanwhile, in Universal HQ... (5, Funny)

88NoSoup4U88 (721233) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743709)

Universal Exec : Ok guys, let's do something completely new : We will make the first nine minutes of Serenity available online !
Henchman : Ok, but how much do we charge them for it ?
Universal Exec : Nothing, we just let them see the first...
Henchman : Ok, popups ? Right, popups ?!
Universal Exec : No, we will just let them see...
Henchman : I got you : Ads, right ? Banners !
Universal Exec : No, we will JUST let them see the first nine...
Henchman : Ok, but we HAVE to annoy them somehow... How about some proprietary plugin instead of going for the normal formats ? Let's screw a littlebit with their minds before they get their free content.
Universal Exec : Fuckit, it's lunchtime.

Re:Meanwhile, in Universal HQ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743775)

That's fairly amusing, but shouldn't you flip the Universal Exec and Henchman titles? Universal is the company that sued Sony in the 1984 Betamax case. Universal is the company that sued 2600 Studios in the DeCSS case. Universal is the company that shut down BattleNet. Universal is the reason I won't be spending any money on this movie, regardless of how good it may be.

Re:Meanwhile, in Universal HQ... (0, Flamebait)

Geoffreyerffoeg (729040) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743792)

Alanis Morisette would've had a field day with a company named Universal providing video in a proprietary and plugin-specific format.

Re:Meanwhile, in Universal HQ... (0, Redundant)

orn (34773) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743842)

I'm not sure... her song doesn't really indicate that she understands the meaning of the word "ironic." Those things she mentions in the song are unfortunate (mostly), but not ironic.

Re:Meanwhile, in Universal HQ... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743897)

That's the fucking irony of the song, you fucking tool.

Now, 10 years later, can we stop pointing that out! I'm tired of it!

My Review (1, Interesting)

imstanny (722685) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743716)

On a scale of 1 - 10 I give it a 3, which means it's not worth seeing. I know that it's based on a sci-fi show 'firefly', so if you're a fan of that, i suppose it's justified.

The movie has a 'cheap' made-for-tv feel to it. The actual plot/conflict is absurdly pointless. Aside from the initial sequence, I never feel convinced that any of the effort by the 'good side' or the 'bad side' is significantly important to those characters. The plot is boring, the monologues are bad, and their attempt at humor is sub-par. It's not as bad as Chronicles of Riddick or Battlefield Earth, but I would stick to movies like "Proof" for the weekend.

Torrent link for full TELECINE here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743717)

Re:Torrent link for full TELECINE here (1)

PhotoBoy (684898) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743784)

Do not click, it goes to a goatse image.

Re:Torrent link for full TELECINE here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743804)

Universal = 0wn3d

They're so close ... just don't understand. (1)

watanabe (27967) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743720)

Fun first nine minutes. Very exciting. These people are idiots, though. The beginning was so awesome I definitely would have paid four or five bucks to watch it after watching the beginning. I'll go to the theater to see it, but I doubt they'll see four or five dollars of my money once the theater cut is out of the way.

Cluetrain coming? Someday soon.

Just finished watching (4, Informative)

colonslashslash (762464) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743728)

Serenity at the local cinema with several friends, one, like me, was a fan of the short-lived Firefly series, and the other 3 had never seen it before. Everyone enjoyed the movie, and although obviously it's something that is going to appeal more to fans of the series (mostly because these people are more attached to the characters), it does work as a stand alone movie very well. The brilliantly delivered dry humour, drama and all out action sequences are more than enough to satisfy almost everyone in the audience.

The only shame I feel about this movie is that it is a gem released during such a mundane (IMHO) year for theatrical releases, so although it stands out from the 2005 crowd, that in itself unfortunately isn't saying much at all. Still, I'd recommend it very highly to those who havn't seen it yet. And if you are even a more moderate fan of the series, then what the hell are you waiting for? Gogogo.

One thing that did dissapoint me was the lack of the theme tune, unless I missed it, but I didn't hear even a snippet during the whole movie :-(

Re:Just finished watching (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743759)

The theme music was played at the end of the credits.

Re:Just finished watching (2, Informative)

mackil (668039) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743767)

Actually they do play it at the very end of the credits... no lyrics, just the guitar. I guess that shows how big a geek I am... staying till the end of the credits...

Re:Just finished watching (1)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743902)

And if you are even a more moderate fan of the series, then what the hell are you waiting for? Gogogo.
So how does it compare to the series? Is it a proper movie, or just a really long episode? Is the movie different in other ways?

Honestly, I wasn't that impressed with the series, though it was decent TV fare.

Trailer Review (2, Insightful)

SteevR (612047) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743735)

Not really representative of the series or much of the rest of the movie. Although...

since its the first 9 minutes exactly as seen in the theatre, it doesn't give away any of the rest. Rest assured, there are many good bits to be given away!

I hope this becomes a more common practice in the future; I believe this is a far better hook than a trailer.

Installs spyware?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743749)

When I go to the slashdot link, some page is trying to install software on my computer I didn't ask for. wtf/??

This ad sounds like a cry of desperation, since the firefly movie has proven to be a huge bomb, taking in only ten million dollars for the entire week.

Impressive (2, Insightful)

franksp (570748) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743755)

I think that one of the most impressive things is that the video link survived the slashdot effect. Or am I too late?

WTF? (1)

qengho (54305) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743766)

"PLEASE AUTHORISE THE POP UP PROMPT TO PROCEED"

What if I'm using Safari with a popup blocker? What if reloading without blocking returns the exact same page? Why can't you can't provide a plugin-free experience like Google Video? Wankers.

Good thing I've already seen the movie and don't need enticing.

Re:WTF? (1)

qengho (54305) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743781)


Why can't you can't provide a plugin-free experience

Dammit, I actually previewed the damn comment. Honest!

Re:WTF? (2, Informative)

ceejayoz (567949) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743793)

Had you actually tried it, you'd have noticed that it's not a browser popup, it's a Java permissions popup, which is (correctly) not blocked by Safari.

Worked fine on my Safari with popup blocking. Hell, I actually had to use Safari because it wasn't working right on Firefox for Mac.

Special 16 year old girls (3, Interesting)

AutumnLeaf (50333) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743823)

Am I the only one distrubed by JW's obsession with them?

I haven't really seen this discussed anywhere. On the other hand, I haven't looked very hard.

Just curious.

Re:Special 16 year old girls (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13743930)

Summer Glau was 18 when filming began

Re:Special 16 year old girls (1)

Phillup (317168) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743935)

His 16 year old girls can kick your ass.

Maybe that is what you find disturbing...

Java delivery (1)

Chalex (71702) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743847)

The neat thing about this is their content delivery method. It's a Java app.

It worked perfectly on my WindowsXP machine AND my friend's OS X machine. How about Linux? Has anyone tried running it on their Java-enabled phone?

Hook? (1)

fullofangst (724732) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743851)

"it's an effective hook"

what? a DRM proprietary video streaming method and you're creaming your pants over it?

you goddamn hypocrite.

Correction - United Int'l Pictures, not Universal (4, Interesting)

LoadStar (532607) | more than 8 years ago | (#13743898)

Correction to the submission: this is being released by United International Pictures [uip.com] , the company responsible for international release of Serenity. Since UIP is partially owned by Universal, it might be seen as semantics, but UIP has a distinct marketing plan for the movie from that of Universal.

It's also important to note, because it might seem like odd timing for Universal to release new marketing materials for a movie already released - it might even seem a move of desperation to get "butts in seats" before it leaves theaters... but it makes more sense as new marketing released by UIP for a movie they are opening today or within the next few weeks.

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