In January 2021 Warner Bros. released a new HD remaster of the ’90s TV sci-fi show Babylon 5 on the HBO Max platform, as well as making it available for HD digital purchase in places like iTunes/Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft Store/Xbox, Google Play Store/YouTube and Vudu (at least in the US, Canada, UK, France and Australia).
(There have been rumors of a potential European Blu-ray release (with a place-holder listing here) but nothing has been officially confirmed.)
This remaster is a huge improvement in picture quality and for the most part means the show now looks the best it ever has – for more on the detail of this see here.
There are however a few errors in the release, for which this site aims to collate and raise the visibility.
The most significant error is two sections of footage have been (apparently accidentally) removed from two episodes.
UPDATE Feb 7th 2021: the missing scenes have been restored on HBO Max. UPDATE Mar 6th 2021: and on iTunes. They’re still missing on other platforms, but hopefully this is just a matter of time.
As well as this, there are some other, more cosmetic, issues which would also improve the release if fixed. This list is a work-in-progress, please take a look and get in touch to help verify the issues on different platforms. Many thanks for the submissions so far – special mention to the sterling work of Redditor bfrazer1.
Anyone with an HBO Max subscription, or who has purchased these episodes on another platform, is encouraged to raise these issues with their platform provider so they can be addressed.
With luck in time these errors will be fixed and this site will gratefully disappear in a puff of smoke!
While you’re here please check out this other Babylon 5 blog: Sometimes the universe requires a change of perspective – which proposes an alternative viewing order for Season One, aiming to strengthen some of the character arcs running through the season.