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The second soundtrack album is called "Babylon 5: Messages from Earth," and was released January 29, 1997. See the Sonic Images Web page about the soundtrack for details and audio clips. There is a fan-produced index of this CD as well.
A series of unabridged episode soundtracks is available from Sonic Images, containing the music from various episodes exactly as heard on the show. Each CD runs approximately 30 minutes. Episodes currently available include "Severed Dreams," "A Late Delivery from Avalon," "Walkabout," "Shadow Dancing," and "Z'ha'dum."
Sonic Images also publishes a "Crusade" soundtrack featuring music by Evan H. Chen.
All of these CDs can be ordered direct from Sonic Images; details can be found on their Web site.
Some of the CDs are available for online listening at broadcast.com.
Some articles about the game are available on various sites:
The game was first shown publicly on May 29, 1998 at the E3 conference in Atlanta, GA.
The first CD (created by Babylonian Productions) is the reference guide. This has gobs of specs and information on ships, weapons, governments, people, and places to go on the ship. One of the most impressive things, is the incredible amount of video clips and still images taken from the show. This is a very special CD due to its unique design and depth of information.
The second CD (created by Sonic Images and Sierra) is "The Best of Babylon 5". This is an enhanced music CD that has 15 tracks taken from Christopher Franke's 7 existing Babylon 5 CDs (Vol.1, Vol.2, and the 5 Episodic CDs), plus 2 tracks created for Sierra's upcoming game. Play the music just like any music CD, or put it in a PC or MAC and choose to see any of the 8 interviews, a Bio, or a trailer for Sierra's upcoming game.
As an added bonus, there will be an exclusive trading card.
Comments from JMS:
RE: the guides...in the informational CD rom, you arrive by shuttle at the station, and at customs you can choose from three different guides: the official station tour guide (rather stuffy, formal, only encourages you to go to the nice places), a rather shady character who knows all the best (worst) places, and a Gaim. The commentaries on the places you go vary from guide to guide.
PC Magazine has a review of the CD.
Oh...speaking of eye-popping, I've gotten a copy of the B5 Screen Saver/Limited Edition Entertainment CD Rom, and it's nifty. I suggest it to everyone, with a caveat: if you're not a computer neep-neep kind of person, have someone help you install the thing. It took me several passes to figure everything out. And once you DO install it, even though it says "do you want all the images?" and you say yes, it doesn't put them all on. Once you've finished -- and I'm putting this here because as far as I can tell this isn't documented *anywhere* -- go to the setup menu, and hit install. Make sure your CDrom is in the drive. Go to the Images subdirectory on the CDrom, and you'll suddenly see 150 or so images that were *not* installed. Highlight all of them, copy them over to the pdesk/images subdirectory on your hard disk, then add them, and select them. Most neeps out there could probably figure this out, but I couldn't, so I pass this along for those who are as computerchip challenged as I am. Once it's all *there*, and actually even before that, it's gorgeous...the images are crisp and brilliant, the full-motion video stuff is terrific, there's music and sounds and other stuff...I can't commend it highly enough.
Three action figures (Lennier, Marcus, and Vir) are available from Diamond Comics.
The finished model just came in this week, with full shrink wrap, box, pieces, everything...very nice. There were some delays that came from our side, as we worked to make it more authentic and more in keeping with how they look on screen. Revell was happy to cooperate, even if it delayed things a bit...with the result that it's a better product. (Among the things we asked for: to reposition the forward guns, alter the tilt of the engines, texture under the wings as well as on top, that sort of thing.)
Basically, I'd rather have it *right* than have it Tuesday.
The Starfury model comes with decals to make it look like Ivanova's Starfury, the Black Omega squadron, a Presidential escort, or the "Sea Witch."
Sets 5 and 6 are packaged as part of the Space Collection, which includes 24 3-vehicle packs per box: 22 Star Wars and Star Trek packs, and both B5 packs. Galoob apparently no longer has the license to make additional B5 sets, but the initial six should still be out there.
Videotapes of season two and beyond (and possibly season one as well) will be released in 1998 by Warner Home Video. Here's the announcement from JMS:
Victories come in all sizes; in some ways, this is a small one, in other ways this is a big one.
For four years, we bugged Warner Bros. Home Video about releasing B5 on videocassette in retail outlets. But WB has never released a series before on tape, it's not something they *do*, not sufficiently prestige when compared with their big movies. Eventually they were persuaded to let Columbia House try it for mail-order, for the first season.
And CH was *swamped* with orders. Phones rang off the hook, and tapes were back-ordered to try and fill the demand.
And Warner Bros...noticed.
And this month, they made a big announcement about the coming release of Babylon 5 on video through retail outlets all over the country. I've seen the cover designs for the first batch, and they're extremely good looking montages, each specifically designed for that tape. They're putting a lot of thought and effort and time into this, and a big campaign. I believe the first batch hits the stands in July or August, somewhere in there.
This is a big victory for us. On a grand scale, it may seem minor, but it's the most direct statement of "you were right" we've ever had from WB, and they were sufficiently mensches to say so, and act on it.
If these go well, they're also talking laserdisks and DVDs down the road, and should THAT happen, I'm going to push like hell to have them release the widescreen versions.
But that's the next campaign. For now, this is a big victory for us, and we're mighty pleased.
JMS warns of pirate videos and asks for help tracking down the source:
A number of folks have been spammed by a series of notes from a group called VulcanEntr@aol.com offering tapes of B5 bloopers and rarities. Under any circumstances, NO ONE has been licensed or authorized to sell ANY B5 bloopers, extracts, excerpts or interviews, anywhere on the planet. (And this goes for the B5 electronic press kit, which is specifically denoted as freeware and it's illegal to sell them.) If you see these tapes for sale ANYwhere, be advised that you are dealing with stolen goods.
Back to VulcanEntr...it was brought to their attention by a fan that they did not have the rights to sell these tapes...they replied to the fan that they DID have the rights, and had verified this with the B5 production office; even had a convention organizer send a similar note, both threatening the fan slander suits for such statements (that they were bootleggers). The convention organizer, Jon Bernam, of JD Productions, said that he had received a copy of a letter from B5 to Vulcan Entr. giving them the rights to sell this material.
All this was forwarded on to me...and I then contacted them and in very short order, VulcanEntr said that they never, ever at any time had any B5 tapes, that a couple of part-time employees had misused their account to put out these notes offering these items for sale...although Bernam stated that these tapes had been on a table at his convention....
VulcanEntr said they never had any knowledge of any of this, so how then did Bernam get a copy of a letter supposedly authorizing this?
I think the operative phrase here is, "duck and cover." You'd think they would at least get their stories straight.
So consider this a fact-finding and weasel-hunting expedition. If you ordered a tape from VulcanEntr, and that check has been cashed, then if Vulcan Entr. is correct and these tapes never existed...that's mail fraud. If you DID get a copy of these tapes, it's piracy and in the purview of the FBI.
Obviously, I would prefer to continue going straight to the source for my answers here, but overnight BOTH parties canceled their AOL accounts and have vanished from sight.
Suffice to say that any information on this situation will be very much appreciated. So that we can arrive at all the facts. Meanwhile, the moral is to stay clear of video pirates and bootleggers.
The Internet Music Shop in the UK has the videos available for purchase over the net. (The UK videos are in PAL format, which won't play back on most US video equipment; keep that in mind if you decide to order.)
For more information on the European videos:
Some packs of the second set of cards contain posters; for some reason, the posters aren't listed in the card checklist. They are:
A special-edition card series was released on June 25, 1997. Fleer had the following to say about it.
FLEER/SKYBOX will release a new line of BABYLON 5 Special Edition trading cards this June. The common cards in the set include a 72-card retrospective of the show's pilot episode, as well as cards themed after Ships of the Earth Alliance, Ships of the Shadow War, and BABYLON 5 Perspectives. The boxes will also feature numerous rare cards in certain packs, including 36 B5 trivia cards (1 in every 1 pack), 18 costume cards (1:2), 8 Worlds of B5 (1:6), 4 faces of Delenn (1:12), 1 Hugo Award card (1:36), one B5 sculpted hologram card (1:180), and one Mira Furlann (Delenn) autographed card (1:720). The B5 cards come in packs of 8, for a suggested $1.49.
In January 1998, Fleer will release a third regular set, covering season four, with the following cards:
JMS had the following to say about the season-four cards on January 25, 1998:
Just a general FYI...the Fleer S4 card set has just come in, and should be appearing soon at stores. They're gorgeous cards, with not only the pictures on one side, but also on the same side, a line of dialogue associated with that character that can only be seen if you tilt the card; plus some nice (but not excessive in number) chase cards...real nice.
Jay Morris runs a trading post for people who want to trade cards.