What attracted my attention was the guy from the TV Series Castle was on the cover, and also the DVD was in the bargain bin for $5 so I bought it.
I mentioned buying the DVD the next day to a workmate and he suggested I watch the TV series before watching the movie based on the TV series called Serenity, which I did.
What a great series!
I really enjoyed it, and was disappointed when I got to the end... sort of like the same disappointment you get when you finish a good book knowing there is no sequel.
For those not familiar the TV series is set in the distant future where humanity has expanded to the stars, where terraforming has been perfected so almost any rock can be turned into a rough approximation of Earth of today. It has a US cowboy theme with new frontier type cliches and old hand guns... but it actually works IMHO.
The amusing thing is that the main bad influence is "The Alliance" which controls the main planets and tries to control the outer planets too and hints like parties with the upper "class" feeling very English, while the border planets feeling very American western but with an interesting mix of other cultures thrown in... all of the characters seem to be able to speak Mandarin yet only seem to use it for swearing to get by the censors.
I also like the characters... the captain, played by the guy from Castle, is no goody two shoes and will do nasty things when needed to protect his ship and his crew. The theme is to do business, not save everyone with a problem.
The movie, which is set after the TV series answers a few questions, but there are still a few threads left untied as the TV series was cancelled.
For those familiar with US TV programmes there is a guy from the TV series Chuck, and the girl terminator from the terminator TV series that I recognised.
Anyway if you get the chance the TV series is called Firefly, and the Movie that is set after the TV series is called Serenity.
I recommend both.