Battlestar's return dated

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For Battlestar Galactica fans, the wait for information related to the fourth and final season of the acclaimed Sci-Fi Channel show has been nothing less than excruciating. Finally, the wait is over. Nerds and geeks looking over their shoulders for the final disguised Cylon can now mark their calendars because an official premiere date was just announced by Sci-Fi.

Season four of Battlestar Galactica will premiere on April 4, just over one year after season three concluded. (The second part of the season-three finale aired on March 25, 2007.)

Currently, the Sci-Fi Channel has announced only a release date; the looming question of whether or not the show will split its 20-episode final season into two parts--and whether or not that second part would air in 2008--is still up in the air.

Earlier this week, Universal Home Entertainment also announced the release date and details for the show's third season on DVD. The Battlestar Galactica Season Three DVD will be in stores on March 25 and carry a suggested retail price tag of $59.98.

All 20 episodes and 15 hours of special features will be contained on six discs and presented in Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Among the special features included are the standard deleted scenes and audio commentary for several episodes, as well as video blogs from executive producer David Eick and podcast commentary from creator Ronald D. Moore. But the real Battlestar Galactica fans will go ga-ga over the extended version of the episode "Unfinished Business," which includes 25 minutes of extra footage.

Universal has not announced any information on a possible high-definition version of the DVD, but given that the season one was released on HD-DVD, it's likely that season three will follow suit in some HD format.

Battlestar Galactica, based on the 1970s show of the same name, premiered in 2003 and won a Peabody Award in 2005 and an Emmy in 2006. For more information on the show, read's previous coverage.

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