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Sliders

American science fiction and fantasy television series (1995-2000)

For other uses, see Slider.

Sliders is an American science fiction and fantasytelevision series created by Robert K. Weiss and Tracy Tormé. It was broadcast for five seasons between 1995 and 2000. The series follows a group of travelers as they use a wormhole to "slide" between different parallel universes. Tormé, Weiss, Leslie Belzberg, John Landis, David Peckinpah, Bill Dial and Alan Barnette served as executive producers at different times of the production. For its first two seasons it was produced in Vancouver, British Columbia. It was filmed primarily in Los Angeles, California in the last three seasons.

Since its debut on March 22, 1995, the first three seasons were broadcast by the Fox network. After being canceled by Fox, the series moved to Sci Fi Channel for its final two seasons. The last new episode first aired on December 29, 1999 in the United Kingdom, and was broadcast on the Sci Fi Channel on February 4.

Plot[edit]

The show's titular characters are a group of people who travel ("slide") between different Earths in parallel universes via a vortex-like wormhole, activated by a handheld timer device. While the slide technology was intended to return them to their home universe, their premature use of the timer to escape a dangerous situation has caused the timer to lose track of the coordinates for their home universe.

Now, they are forced to slide between universes, spending anywhere from minutes to months there, waiting for the timer to count down to the next time they can open a vortex to a new universe, hoping it is their original one. Failing to use the vortex to slide at that point would mean they would be stuck in that universe for nearly three decades until they can open the vortex again.

While waiting for the timer countdown, the Sliders frequently explore the nature of the alternate universe and often become caught up in events of that world. Some of these universes are based on alternate timelines in which certain historical events happened differently from the history they know, such as one in which penicillin was never discovered or a world on which America had lost the Revolutionary War, while other worlds have entirely novel histories, such as one where time flowed in reverse, or where dinosaurs never became extinct.

The main initial cast included Quinn Mallory (Jerry O'Connell), who created the Sliding technology, Professor Maximillian Arturo (John Rhys-Davies), Quinn's mentor; Wade Welles (Sabrina Lloyd), Quinn's friend; and Rembrandt "Cryin' Man" Brown (Cleavant Derricks), a professional singer who is accidentally caught in the first major test of the vortex. Over the course of the show, cast members departed and were replaced by others: Captain Maggie Beckett (Kari Wuhrer), an officer from one doomed alternate Earth; Colin Mallory (Charlie O'Connell), Quinn's lost brother; a second Quinn Mallory (Robert Floyd) that resulted from the original Quinn inadvertently merging with the Quinn of a world they slid into, and Dr. Diana Davis (Tembi Locke), a scientist who attempts to help them reverse the process.

Production[edit]

Michio Kaku explains in the appendix of his book, The Future of the Mind, that the Sliders series began "when a young boy read a book. That book is actually my book Hyperspace, but I take no responsibility for the physics behind that series."[1]

While filming the episode "Desert Storm", actor Ken Steadman (Cutter) was killed. In an accident that occurred between takes, Steadman moved a dune buggy to the next shooting location. While he was moving the vehicle, the dune buggy overturned and crushed him, killing him instantly. According to Steadman's parents, his death was preventable.[2]

Entering into the fifth season, the production team knew the series was not being renewed and had saved money from the budget of each season five episode for use in a climactic battle for the season finale. The money was instead used for the penultimate episode, "Eye of the Storm", while the last episode ended with an unresolved cliffhanger. Insiders have various theories as to why this happened. The producers were concerned the Sci Fi Channel had lost interest in the show (even though it was their highest-rated program at the time) after they ceased supplying corrective notes for the episodes, and it was believed they did not even bother reading the scripts.[3]

One strict rule the Sci Fi Channel had was that a gun couldn't be pointed at a person's head. To test this rule, executive producer Bill Dial presented a script featuring a character getting his head shot completely off—which was ignored. Dial then presented the script for the final episode cliffhanger, which was also ignored. Some claim this was done to encourage fans to push for a sixth season, but members of the production team claim that the decision was personal.[4]

Iranian-American director Reza Badiyi is credited with directing a number of the episodes in the fifth season, and his daughter, Mina Badiyi, makes a guest appearance in Episode 3, "Common Ground".

Changing cast and crew[edit]

The main cast by the final season. From left to right: Maggie Beckett (Kari Wuhrer), Rembrandt Brown (Derricks), Dr. Diana Davis (Tembi Locke), and Mallory (Robert Floyd).

Sliders had a turbulent history due to changes in the cast and crew through its run. Cleavant Derricks is the only cast member to stay with the series throughout its entire run. Derricks and Linda Henning (Mrs. Mallory) are the only actors to appear in both the first and last episodes of the series. Derricks' identical twin, Clinton Derricks-Carroll, appeared in the episodes "The King Is Back", "Greatfellas", and "The Prince of Slides", when there was a need for Rembrandt and his double to interact.

Third season transitions[edit]

Jerry O'Connell felt the first two seasons went smoothly, but then there was a significant shift in creative direction of the series with the third season, with the Fox network desiring it to be a more action-oriented show than thought-provoking.[5] John Rhys-Davies was the first star of the series to leave. Rhys-Davies stated in a 2016 interview that he had been critical of how the show was written, calling the concept what "could've been the best show on television", but most of the scripts he had been given were "incomprehensible gibberish" and missed the potential of the concept. He cited that Fox had exerted too much control on the scripts as part of the reason for his departure.[6]

In a 2014 interview at the Toulouse Game Show, Rhys-Davies stated that the inability to get writers that had read science fiction in the first place led to the show's downfall, and their inexperience in the area led to the show often repurposing ideas from other works. He said, "We did an episode like Tremors, one like Twister, one like The Night of the Living Dead and even one like Doctor Moreau's Island, using the film's original masks!" He found the writers were just "looting" these ideas rather than using these as a tribute, pointing to one episode where Quinn needed to cross an invisible bridge and on approaching the writer about it, discovered he had never seen Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade which Rhys-Davies had starred in and simply used the idea instead of toying with the meta nature of the scene.[7]

For Rhys-Davies, "the breaking point for me was when I walked in and saw the writers sitting around looking at a DVD of Species which had just been released and saying: 'Look, we could take a bit of that scene there and a bit of that scene there.'"[8]

The series co-creator, Tracy Tormé, has often been critical of the direction the series took in the third season.[9] Tormé called the third season two-parter "Exodus" "one of the worst pieces of television ever produced, and the low point of the entire series".[10]David Peckinpah was brought onto the series in the third season (around the time when Tormé started to criticize the show). The last episode to be written by Tormé was K1803, "The Guardian", and the first to be written by Peckinpah was K1815, "Murder Most Foul". Some argue Peckinpah's involvement in the series (and by extension Fox's more hands-on involvement) caused the show to "jump the shark",[11] despite new executive producer Marc Scott Zicree's decision to restore Tracy Tormé's original "alternate history" premise for the series in season 4.[citation needed] Tormé, along with co-creators Robert K. Weiss and John Landis, all departed the show during the third season.[5]

Part of Fox's involvement in the third season was to shift production from Vancouver to Los Angeles to reduce filming costs. The recurring characters were dropped due to the expense of flying them from Vancouver to Los Angeles for filming. Bartender Elston Diggs was brought in as a recurring character for six episodes, but Peckinpah eventually rejected the concept. Logan St. Clair was created to be a recurring character, which is evident in the episode's dialogue, but only appeared once. Fox did not believe she was "sexy" enough and requested she not appear again.[12]

Cancellation by Fox and pickup by Sci-Fi[edit]

Fox cancelled the show after the 3rd season, but it was later picked up by the Sci-Fi network. Jerry O'Connell felt that Sci-Fi was looking to maintain the action-based show with more emphasis on darker sci-fi elements.[5] Lloyd decided not to return to the series when it was revived, according to her agency. A source[13] came forward claiming Lloyd was fired because she was jealous of Kari Wuhrer. Universal and Lloyd's agent both refused to comment and the rumour spread.[13]

Much later it was revealed that Lloyd and Wuhrer did not get along, primarily due to some snide comments Wuhrer had made about Lloyd's engagement to a crew member. As Peckinpah wanted to return to the 3 male/1 female dynamic of the first two seasons, it was decided Lloyd was no longer required after she asked for a raise.[13] Her character's fate—to be trapped in a Kromagg breeding camp—was allegedly Peckinpah's idea, and one that was pushed through by him alone.[13]

As a result of public pressure to elaborate on what happened to Wade after she disappeared, the producers asked Lloyd to guest star in one season five episode that was to focus entirely on Wade (without the rest of the cast).[14] Lloyd requested $40,000 to appear, the same per-episode salary Derricks was receiving and $20,000 more than Wuhrer, and the idea was scrapped.[13] However, the episode she was to appear in, "Requiem", was "fine tuned" to answer this question without her.[14] Lloyd ultimately provided voiceovers for the episode, and a stand-in was used.

By the end of the fourth season, Jerry and Charlie O'Connell left the series to pursue film careers. Jerry O'Connell felt that without Lloyd, Rhys-Davies, and Torme, that much of the show's original premise was gone, and opted to leave.[5] The brothers leaving the show upset many fans and Tracy Tormé was asked what could be done to win them back. This resulted in an unsuccessful effort to bring back some popular previously recurring characters.[12]

The producers negotiated with John Novak (Ross J. Kelly, the ambulance-chasing lawyer), Alex Bruhanski (Pavel Kurlienko, the taxi driver) and Lester Barrie (Elston Diggs the waiter at the Chandler Hotel) for their return in season five. Zoe McLellan (Logan St. Clair) was scheduled to appear again and Jason Gaffney (Conrad Bennish, Jr) from season one was confirmed for four episodes including the season finale.[12] However, none of these guest stars appeared.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main article: List of Sliders characters

Main[edit]

* While Sabrina Lloyd returned as a guest, she provided only the voice for her character, played by a barely-visible body-double.

Recurring[edit]

  • Angus Rickman (first portrayed by Roger Daltrey for 2 episodes and then by Neil Dickson for 4 episodes): A colonel and Maggie's superior officer.
  • Elston Diggs (portrayed by Lester Barrie): A bartender.
  • Oberon Geiger (portrayed by Peter Jurasik): Diana's boss.
  • Mrs. Mallory (portrayed by Linda Henning): Quinn's adoptive mother on Earth Prime
  • Michael Mallory (portrayed by John Walcutt): Quinn's father whose Earth Prime version died when Quinn was young.
  • Gomez Calhoun (portrayed by Will Sasso)
  • Pavel Kurlienko (portrayed by Alex Bruhanski): A taxi driver.

Broadcast history[edit]

Main article: List of Sliders episodes

Season 1[edit]

Quinn, eager to demonstrate his vortex technology to Prof. Arturo and Wade, inadvertently opens a large wormhole that draws Rembrandt with them to a hostile ice-covered Earth. Quinn is forced to activate the vortex prematurely to save them, and they find themselves unable to return to their Earth. So not to be stranded on any alternate Earth for over 20 years, the group continues to slide between worlds, many of them involving alternate histories, such as if the British had won the Revolutionary War, or if antibiotics had never been discovered.[15]

Season 2[edit]

The group continues to slide between alternate Earths, exploring further alternate timelines and more fantastical variations from the Earth they know. On one slide, they encounter the Kromaggs, an alien species that have perfected sliding and use it to strip resources from alternate earths, and become aggressively curious about Quinn's technology.

Season 3[edit]

As they continue to slide, hoping to return to their prime dimension, the Sliders land on an Earth that is doomed by a passing pulsar, they provide a means to evacuate a small portion of its population to a safe dimension, however, the exodus is betrayed by Colonel Rickman; to protect the group, Prof. Arturo sacrifices himself. After the relocation, the group, now joined by Captain Maggie Beckett, pursue Rickman to acquire his sliding technology that can return them to Earth prime. While Wade and Rembrandt make it back, Quinn and Maggie end up stuck on another alternate Earth.

Season 4[edit]

Quinn and Maggie find a way to return to Earth Prime, but find it taken over by the Kromaggs; they are able to rescue Rembrandt but not Wade. Quinn's mother tells him he is actually adopted, born from parents that knew of sliding technology and used it to hide him from the Kromaggs, and where to find his brother, Colin, who then joins the Sliders. The group continue to slide, hoping to find a means to deal with the Kromaggs on Earth Prime and in other dimensions.

Season 5[edit]

In what at first appears to be a freak sliding accident, Quinn merges with the Quinn of the dimension they have slid into, merging them into "Mallory", while Colin is lost to the vortex, as explained to them by Dr. Diana Davis, a scientist studying transdimensional travel. She later slides with Mallory, Maggie, and Rembrandt as they continue to search for a way to stop the Kromaggs. Ultimately, they discover a contagious virus, deadly to Kromaggs. After the timer is destroyed, they find they can send one slider back to Earth Prime. Rembrandt injects himself with the virus and jumps through, leaving the three unsure of his fate.

Broadcast order[edit]

The Fox Network aired certain episodes from seasons one and two in a different order than originally scripted to best capitalize on potential ratings-winning episodes, thus causing some continuity errors. For instance, the timer is first set to count down not in the pilot episode, but in "Summer of Love"—since Fox aired "Fever" right after the pilot episode, though, many viewers were left confused as to why the Sliders suddenly had to leave within a very specific period of time. Similarly, the cliffhanger at the end of "Summer of Love" leads directly into the opening of "Prince of Wails", which Fox had actually aired a week earlier.[16][17][18]

For season two, Fox did not want to resolve the cliffhanger at the end of "Luck of the Draw", preferring to focus instead on brand-new storylines. Thus, in "Time Again and World" (the first episode filmed for Season Two), Arturo makes a brief passing reference to the events of "Luck of the Draw." This missed cliffhanger was particularly significant as the episode had ended with Quinn being shot in the back. Tracy Tormé successfully petitioned for a chance to resolve the cliffhanger, though, which is briefly dealt with in the opening minutes of "Into the Mystic" (the third episode filmed, but the first to air that season) where the life-threatening wound is now merely a flesh wound in his shoulder, allowing for a quick recovery. "Time Again and World" ended up airing sixth in the rotation.[16]

"Double Cross" was filmed as the premiere for season three. In this episode, the audience learns why the Sliders will now be able to slide anywhere between San Francisco and L.A. Fox opted to air "Rules of the Game" first, since it was a more action-oriented episode.[16]

"The Last of Eden" was filmed before John Rhys-Davies left the show. Fox chose to air the episode for the first time on March 28, a full month after Arturo had been written off the show, requiring a new opening scene be added to frame the story as a flashback.[16]

When the show began airing in reruns on the Sci Fi Channel, Sci Fi restored the original filmed order for season one. When the DVDs were released, Universal used the aired order for all seasons.

Connection to other works[edit]

Doorways[edit]

The plotlines in Sliders are all set around the idea of a Multiverse, where the outcomes of non-deterministic quantum processes result in the splitting of reality into multiple universes, each existing in parallel. There has also been speculation that Sliders was inspired by George R.R. Martin's 1992 ABC pilot Doorways,[19] in which the main cast were fugitives fleeing through parallel worlds, while carrying a device that tells them where and when the next Doorway opens.[20]

Although scripts for six additional episodes after the pilot film were completed, Doorways never went to series, as ABC decided to launch Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman instead in the fall of 1993. At the time of Sliders' launch, Evelyn C. Leeper noted the similarities to Doorways,[21] and in response to rumors that Sliders creator Tracy Tormé applied for a writing position on the show, Martin clarified in a 1995 post on GEnie that it was Tormé's agent that inquired about the position,[22] and Tormé has denied any connection between the two.

Home media[edit]

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released all five seasons on DVD in Region 1, 2, and 4. The fifth and final season was released in Region 1 on January 17, 2012, almost 4 years after season 4.[23]

On December 2, 2014, Universal released Sliders- The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1.[24] This set contains all 88 episodes of the series on 22 single sided discs with a run time of 66 hours (3954 minutes).

On July 1, 2016, it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment had acquired the rights to the series in Region 1 and would re-release the complete series on DVD on October 4, 2016.[25] The 15-disc set contains all 5 seasons of the series in correct story order.

DVD Name Ep# Release dates
Region 1Region 2Region 4
The First and Second Seasons23August 3, 2004[26]December 27, 2004[27]May 2, 2005[28]
The Third Season25July 19, 2005[29]October 31, 2005[30]February 8, 2006[31]
The Fourth Season22March 25, 2008[32]May 19, 2008[33]June 4, 2008[34]
The Fifth and Final Season18January 17, 2012March 13, 2009 (Germany)[35]June 5, 2013[36]
The Complete Series88December 2, 2014N/ANovember 6, 2013

November 13, 2019 (Re-Release)

On August 23, 2007, Netflix Instant View started providing all five seasons of Sliders available for streaming. Two season 1 episodes ("Last Days", and "The Weaker Sex") are missing with a note in their place stating that the DVD is required to view the episode. The first episode, "Pilot", is available both as one combined episode, and as two separate parts, "Pilot Part 1" and "Pilot Part 2". All episodes of the remaining seasons (2-5) are available for streaming.

On March 12, 2008, Universal Studios added Sliders season one to their free online viewing service, Hulu. Season two was added on May 8, 2009, and season three was added on July 2, 2009.

In late 2008, season five and eventually all five seasons were made available through iTunes TV Shows store.

As of August 2020, all episodes are available with free version of Peacock TV streamer. Pilot episode is split into two approximately 45 minute segments. Note that series was originally listed as "Drama" rather than "Sci-Fi" (since corrected as of Sept 2020).

Reception[edit]

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Revival[edit]

Both Jerry O'Connell and John Rhys-Davies have spoken of a potential revival of the series as recently as 2019. According to Rhys-Davies, O'Connell had been in private talks with him over a possible revival, which Rhys-Davies said he would do if the series stayed focused on the thought-provoking aspects of the alternate worlds. The two have spoken to NBC about this, as the rights to distribute Sliders are believed to be held by NBCUniversal.[37] O'Connell has also said that Torme is interested in a revival as well.[5]

Sliders in other media[edit]

Sliders-branded works[edit]

  • The pilot episode of Sliders was novelized by science-fiction writer Brad Linaweaver, and was released in the spring of 1996, one year after the series originally premiered. Linaweaver's novelization incorporates several deleted scenes from the original pilot episode production script, along with Linaweaver's own additions to the plot.
  • Linaweaver also later compiled an episodic guide to the show, Sliders: The Classic Episodes, which contained information only on Seasons One through Three.
  • Dennis McCarthy produced a Sliderssoundtrack in 2007 with complete scores to both the episodes from the first season he scored, which included the pilot. As of late 2010, no other scoring from the series' other composers has been released.[38]
  • Sliders was also spun off into a 10 issue comic book series published by Acclaim Comics in 1996. This comics series had no direct input from series creators Tracy Tormé and Robert K. Weiss, but Tracy Tormé did pass along several notes detailing stories that went unproduced. Series star Jerry O'Connell also personally authored one special issue of this comic series. While advertised and solicited for advance order, the eleventh and final Sliders comic, titled Get a Life, never made it to store shelves; but artist Rags Morales completed art for 14 pages of the comic before production was stopped.[39]
  • Sliders trading cards were produced by Inkworks in 1997. The set consisted of 90 cards, including nine embossed cards, six foil cards combining to make a large portrait of the Kromagg homeworld, two lenticular cards, and one promotional card by the Official Sliders Fan Club.

References by others[edit]

  • After the changes of the DC Comics event mini-series Zero Hour, the artistic design of time travel was changed and first introduced in Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 3 number 74. During the issue, Superboy comments that this new artistic design of time travel is similar to the tunnel effect on Sliders.[40] This new artistic design for time travel has been used by DC Comics from the 1995 debut through to its last appearance in 2005 in the Teen Titans/Legion Special.
  • In the December 19, 1996 FoxTrot strip by Bill Amend, Frosty the Snowman condemns Paige for watching Sliders instead of his own Christmas television special.[41]
  • In 1997, the Desktop Images production company released a training video on the subject of Organic Modeling and Animation hosted by David Lombardi. This how-to video gave a special behind the scenes look at the special effects process used on the Sliders season three episodes Paradise Lost and Dinoslide.[42]
  • Marvel's Exiles features several Marvel characters who have been pulled from their own realities to fix problems in alternate ones. Series creator Judd Winick has stated that Sliders was part of the inspiration for the series.[43]
  • Released February, 2005, Marvel Knights 4 issue 15 features the Human Torch fondly remembering Sliders as the fantastic team prepares to embark on a time travel mission.[44]
  • The September 14, 2007 issue of online comic VG Cats (#243: Bizzaro!) features Leo mentioning Sliders, followed by a scene in a parallel universe into which the original line-up (Rembrandt, Arturo, Quinn and Wade) slide. The timer states they are there for three years.
  • Funny or Die featured an April Fool's sketch where O'Connell tried to crowdfund a Sliders movie.[45]
  • Jerry O'Connell appears as Lancelot in an episode of the series The Librarians which featured alternate Earths.
  • The Family Guy episode "Road to the Multiverse", which features Brian and Stewie traveling through various parallel universes, was originally going to be called Sliders.[46]

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Sliders: The Complete Series DVD

For five seasons (1995-2000), science fiction fans followed physics grad student Quinn Mallory (Jerry O'Connell) and his friends as they "slid" between Earths in parallel universes through a wormhole Mallory created. "Sliding" from one Earth to another, they encounter alternate versions of everything they once knew and loved as they try to make the one slide that will take them home. With Sabrina Lloyd, Cleavant Derricks, and John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings) as Quinn's mentor, Professor Maximilian Arturo. 88 episodes, 65 ½ hrs, 15 DVDs.

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Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 65 hours, 29minutes
Format: Full screen
Number of discs: 15
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Color or B&W: Color
CC: No
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Cast

Jerry O'Connell, Cleavant Derricks, Sabrina Lloyd, John Rhys-Davies, Kari Wuhrer, Charlie O'Connell, Robert Floyd, Tembi Locke

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SLIDERS: The Complete Series

Fullscreen. Journey to parallel Earths with the iconic sci-fi adventure series that thrilled fans for five gripping seasons. Jerry O'Connell, John Rhys-Davies, Sabrina Lloyd, and Cleavant Derricks are Sliders, inter-dimensional travelers on a grueling journey to find home. Collects all 87 mind-bending episodes. Over 65 hours on fifteen DVDs.

Format: DVD
Publisher: Mill Creek
Publishing status: Current
UPC: 0826831071732
Item #: 4691512

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Sliders: The Complete Series DVD

Overview
For five seasons (1995-2000), science fiction fans followed physics grad student Quinn Mallory (Jerry O'Connell) and his friends as they "slid" between Earths in parallel universes through a wormhole Mallory created. "Sliding" from one Earth to another, they encounter alternate versions of everything they once knew and loved as they try to make the one slide that will take them home. With Sabrina Lloyd, Cleavant Derricks, and John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings) as Quinn's mentor, Professor Maximilian Arturo. 88 episodes, 65 ½ hrs, 15 DVDs.

 

Details

Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 65 hours, 29minutes
Format: Full screen
Number of discs: 15
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Color or B&W: Color
CC: No
SDH: No
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Audio Format: Stereo
Rating: TV-PG

Jerry O'Connell, Cleavant Derricks, Sabrina Lloyd, John Rhys-Davies, Kari Wuhrer, Charlie O'Connell, Robert Floyd, Tembi Locke

Press

Smart - Common Sense Media

Awards

Primetime Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series (1996)

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, Saturn Award Nomination for Best Genre Cable/Syndicated Series (1999)

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, Saturn Award Nomination for Best Genre Network TV Series (1997)

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, Saturn Award Nomination for Best Genre Television Series (1996)

Environmental Media Awards, Turner Prize Winner (Jon Povill, 1995)

Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 65 hours, 29minutes
Format: Full screen
Number of discs: 15
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Color or B&W: Color
CC: No
SDH: No
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Audio Format: Stereo
Rating: TV-PG

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Complete series dvd sliders

The Complete Series Set (2016): This DVD edition was released in the correct episode production order and an episode guide is not necessary.

The Complete Series Set (2014): Please see at the right or below for a complete production order episode guide.


The Complete Series (2016)

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The Complete Series in episode continuity order is available on DVD in this 15 disc set.

Details:
– 15-Disc Set
– 87 Episode (The Complete Series)
– Single Sided DVDs
– Contains the Complete Series
– “Play All” Feature
– Runtime: 65hrs. 29mins.
– Full Frame: 1.33:1
– Language: Dolby Digital
– Presented in story continuity order

The Complete Series DVD Set Photos:
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The Complete Series Discs

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DVD Review: The Complete Series (Region 1)
Release Date: 10/11/16

This 2016 Complete Series set has been released via Mill Creek Entertainment. The DVD box features the classic Sliders font, a series synopsis on the back, and main character Quinn Mallory on the cover, with a total of 15 DVD discs. The FOX Network ran the tagline “A new dimension of adventure. Moments away… worlds apart.” in a print advertisement which is seen on the front cover.

In early 2016 we learned the budget home video company, Mill Creek Entertainment was releasing the Sliders the Complete Series set again and I implored them to place the episodes in continuity order. Thankfully they did. There’s no more need for a DVD guide for this particular release. Nevertheless there’s still numerous flaws with this set.

On the bright side, this is a compact DVD only about an inch wide. It utilizes a slip cover with 8 cardboard sleeves. The DVDs are packaged in each sleeve with one disc on each side. Now to be honest, I think I’d rather go back to the foam casing the 2004 Dual Dimension set sported, rather than placing them in these sleeves. They seem to be more prone in scratching the discs.

The video quality is clearly a downside on this Mill Creek Entertainment set. They compressed 87 episodes on 15 discs whereas the previous release in 2014 used 22 discs. There’s an obvious loss of detail and saturation. Just check out the examples in a link below. The left screenshot is from the Dual-Dimension Edition (2004) and at the right the most recent, The Complete Series (2016). Not only that they did crop more than Universal Studios and that can be a good or bad thing depending on how you perceive it.

Mill Creek vs Universal Studios: Video Comparison

This set does has something going for it and that’s the artwork, naming the title of each DVD disc, and the continuity order the episodes are placed in. What holds the set back, is the poor video compression, the cardboard sleeves, and the incessant advertising all over the discs and inside holder. Did I mention there are zero bonus features and no subtitles?

Overall if you’re new to Sliders or a casual fan who doesn’t have the Complete Series go ahead and pick it up. Simply for the incredible price and the episode continuity order. However if you’re a diehard Sliders fan and videophile, stick to the previous releases. You’ll have greater detail and a more vibrant color in the video. This Mill Creek Entertainment Sliders set offers a great opportunity to introduce this cult scifi series to family and friends at an affordable price.


The Complete Series (2014)

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Details:
– 22 Disc Set
– 87 Episodes (The Complete Series)
– Single Sided DVDs
– Episode Summaries (Seasons 1-3 only)
– Scene Selection (Seasons 1-3 only)
– “Play All” Feature”
– Runtime 3954 minutes
– English Dolby Digital 2.0
– Subtitles: English, Español, Français
– Full Frame 1.33:1
– Bonus Features

The Complete Series DVD Discography

Bonus Features:
S1 Disc 1: “Pilot” episode audio commentary with co-creators/writers Tracy Tormé and Robert K. Weiss.

S2 Disc 4: The Making of Sliders: A fourteen minute featurette with Jerry O’Connell, Cleavant Derricks, and co-creators/writers Tracy Tormé and Robert K. Weiss.

Photo Gallery: A one minute photo gallery show featuring 25 of the best Sliders photos.

S3 Disc 6 – Sliders Gag Reel: Runtime is approximately six minutes

The Complete Series DVD Set Photos:
The Complete Series Front Cover
The Complete Series Front Cover Alternate
The Complete Series Back Cover
The Complete Series Back Cover Alternate
The Complete Series Discs

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DVD Review: The Complete Series (Region 1)
Release Date: 12/2/14

This Complete Series set is packaged with five slim cases, one per season. The discs lay in a round plastic tray that fold within each DVD case. The outside white box contains embossed lettering of “Sliders Complete Series” and features a series synopsis on the back. The cases, specifically seasons one and two, are exact duplicates of the previous 2012 DVD releases.

The primary advantage of this Complete Series Set is season three. Originally it was packaged in a very sturdy yet aggravating orange plastic. The plastic would bend above the discs, making it a chore just to remove them. When this season was released in 2005 it was created with double-sided DVDs. However now, the discs are single sided making scratching and smearing less likely. The episode “This Slide of Paradise” is now grouped with other episodes instead of being on a disc by itself.

I did notice however the menu of season three sounds and looks slightly different compared to the 2005 release. I mean extremely slightly too. If you haven’t used the other previous releases heavily then it will be completely unnoticeable. The menu music has a slightly slower tone and the text appears sharper.

Finally, Universal Studios has released a “Sliders” DVD set that is acceptable. Discs being properly packaged can go a long way. However there are nitpicks that can’t and shouldn’t be overlooked. Primarily the episodes are still, yes still after three releases, placed on the DVDs by airdate not the episode production order. This can confuse newcomers to the show as well as casual viewers especially for the first season. A complete series set should have more extras than it does, including the season four “Making of Sliders” that has yet to be released in a Region 1 DVD.

Hopefully Universal Studios will eventually see the need to correct the episode order and even transfer these gems to blu rays. Overall this is the best “Sliders” set yet.

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