If you're planning to pick up the Battlestar Galactica Season 4.0 DVD when it hits stores today, you might want to get it at your nearest Best Buy... Or maybe wait until next year altogether. The LJ Battlestar Blog has noticed that Best Buy will be offering an exclusive "Limited Edition Gift Set" of the DVD, complete with new packaging, dog tags, and book for $39.99.
Like the regular DVD set, this will also include the following extras (courtesy of The Spin Sheet:
...([N]early) all of Ron Moore's podcast commentaries (originally available for download from the show's Sci-Fi website), along with newly recorded commentaries for episodes that never received podcast treatment (specifically, Guess What's Coming to Dinner and Sine Qua Non). There's one exception: Fans will recall that Moore's original podcast for the episode Faith was "technically challenged" to the point of being unlistenable, so that was cast aside and a completely new track was recorded with Moore and producers Bradley Thompson and David Weddle. The result is that all 10 episodes now have commentary. (The only thing that's missing are the four Razor story meeting recordings - maybe they'll make the Blu-ray.) There are deleted scenes for every episode (4x3 letterbox), including some really great character moments - a little over an hour's worth in all. I won't spoil them, as they're fun to discover on your own. Next up are ten of David Eick's Video Blogs (3-4 mins each, 4x3 letterbox), totaling about 40 minutes of material. Some are better than others, but all of them offer an interesting look at behind-the- scenes life on the set. Then you get four new featurettes, two of which in particular are excellent. The first is The Journey (16x9) which runs 21 minutes and features each of the various cast members talking about the evolution of their characters over the course of the series. The other fun piece is The Music of Battlestar Galactica... or rather, Inside the Secrets of the Behind the Making of the Music of Battlestar Galactica Revealed. This runs another 23 minutes (also 16x9), and offers an obviously lighthearted look at composer Bear McCreary's score work for the series. It's pretty funny stuff. Again, I don't want to spoil it for you. The other two featurettes are Cylons: The Twelve (16 mins, 16x9), which looks at each of the Cylon models known so far, and Season 4.5: The Untold Story - Untold (2 mins, 16x9) which is cute, but truly leaves nothing whatsoever told. (It does, however, show a few interesting glimpses of the filming of the upcoming episodes.) Finally, the 2-minute preview for the Caprica pilot film is here, and Disc Two also includes (as the last of the trailers that open the disc prior to the main menu) the preview for the Season 4.5.
But if you're wanting more than just that, you may want to wait until the entire series is over, because Galactica Sitrep is reporting that Universal is planning a BluRay release for the entire series, once it's finished its run on SciFi that will include several brand-new commentaries in addition to other extras.
It just may be rather hard to stay away from Best Buy in the meantime.