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Microsoft sponsored free screenings in theaters in New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Dallas and Seattle. Although fans were thrilled at the prospect of the screenings being free, they were dismayed when halfway through the program stopped for a series of Xbox commercials. These were unanimously met with booing by the audiences.
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When Nico Cortez, who plays the younger version of Bill Adama, arrived in Vancouver for the shoot, he was given seasons 1 and 2 of the series. Cortez holed himself up in his hotel room for the entire weekend, marathoning the series and studying Edward James Olmos' performance so that he would be able to do a convincing younger version of him.
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When the Cylon Raider is gunning for the Raptor, the constellations of Orion and the Big Dipper are visible in the background. This means that the battle is taking place within 40 light-years of Earth.
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Prior to airing on TV, Razor was screened in theaters in selected cities to pre-registered fans. However, a full theatrical release was not possible, for legal reasons: although Universal Studios owns the television rights to the Galactica franchise, movie rights are owned by Glen A. Larson, who created the original 1970's movie/show. Despite a Consulting Producer credit (and salary), Larson had no input for the new series whatsoever. Any theatrical release, however, would require Larson's approval.
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Battlestar Galactica: Razor (2007) was conceived as a standalone bridge between the third and final seasons of Battlestar Galactica (2004). Universal's home video division approached the show's executive producer Ronald D. Moore about making a film that would be sold on DVD immediately after its broadcast. Moore was interested in the proposition, mainly because Universal offered to subsidize part of the production costs.
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Fans were able to vote for the cover of the DVD, which had a street date shortly after the TV-premiere. On the official site three different covers were on-line to vote on. After voting fans got an exclusive look in special clips from "Razor".
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The character of Kendra Shaw was created specially for this one-off.
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Prior to the movie's television debut, the featurette series Battlestar Galactica: Razor Flashbacks (2007) was made available on the web. Most (but not all) of the content of the webisodes are integrated into the movie. The webisodes are also available for separate viewing as a bonus on the Razor DVD.
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Although this acts as a bridge between Seasons 3 and 4, it is actually set in the past.
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One early script idea featured a flashback revealing the character of Sam Anders, who does not appear in the finished film, as a professional Pyramid player. This was later omitted due to budget and time constraints.
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The colonial viper pilot costumes were designed to be "reminiscent" of the uniforms worn on the original Battlestar Galactica (1978). Specifically, the outfit includes a quilted, v-shaped tunic cover, and the helmet has a falcon insignia above the face (although this is small and dark, as opposed to the original large, gold bird on an Egyptian-style helmet).
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Actor Vincent Gale plays a character named Peter Laird. An Artist by the name of Peter Laird is one of the creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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At around the 1hr 18m mark (in the uncut version) Starbuck comments "Ain't it grand when a plan comes together." - this is most likely a nod to The A-Team (1983) and the oft-quoted line from George Peppard's Hannibal Smith; "I love it when a plan comes together." The A-Team featured Dirk Benedict as Templeton "Face Man" Peck, Benedict played Starbuck in the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica (1978).
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One of the most noteworthy features of this movie is the inclusion of "classic" Cylon Centurions and Raiders (almost identical to those from the 1978 series). One scene late in the movie shows the interior of a Cylon Raider, complete with two silver Cylons and one gold commander; just as in the original series, they communicate by speaking, even using the iconic "By your command" phrase. Per the Razor DVD commentary, the FX crew tracked down the owner of the *original* vocoder used to "cylonize" the voices for the classic series, thus these Cylons really sound identical to the originals.
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Ronald D. Moore and David Eick initially hesitated to reveal the lesbian affair between Gina and Admiral Cain, feeling that portraying the first high-profile gay relationship in the Galactica universe between two villainous characters might be taken as a homophobic statement. They decided to proceed when they ultimately felt that the relationship would be portrayed in a positive light, with Gina unable to kill Cain at an opportune moment, and Cain's heartbreak leading to her descent into madness.
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During the flashback scene when William "Husker" Adama engages the Cylons, a brief playing of the Colonial Anthem (the theme from Battlestar Galactica (1978)) can be heard.
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When the Cylon aboard Pegasus reveals her name as Gina Inviere to newly arrived Kendra Shaw, she immediately responds: "Inviere. That's Old Gemanese for 'resurrection,' isn't it?" It's quite revealing (in retrospect to Season 2) considering the subject "resurrection" - a direct link to the "resurrection ship" (between Season 2 Episodes 10-12).
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