September 13th 1999: A freak explosion on the moon sends Moonbase Alpha, Commander John Koenig (Landau), Dr. Helena Russell (Barbara Bain) and 309 men and women hurtling out of orbit into darkest deep space.
I am hard to impress, but, having viewed the discs, I am literally stunned. The prints are faultless, bursting with a vibrancy unseen since the original transmissions. Colours are solid and natural, and it is now time to burn those shoddy drop out ridden VHS copies that we all bought in the 90's! This is Space 1999 as it should be seen.
Not even the BBC's remastered prints can hold a candle to these newly refurbished copies - which could have been filmed last week, let alone over a quarter of a century ago!
Obvious love and attention has gone into all three volumes and whilst brief the extras are worth a look too. Be prepared for nifty animated menus and a fantastic "this disc" parody of the "this episode" title cards.
If I could I would give these discs - Carlton's best yet - six stars!Buy these discs immediately!
Some episodes may now seem a bit dated, but this does not render things less fascinating.
The second episode features the Alphans attending to a distress call from a giant ship adrift in space. What they find there is something far more horrifying than mutated survivors of a nuclear blast. Joan Collins guests as one of the Darians.
The third episode, arguably the series' finest hour, is Dragon's Domain. It tells the story of one of the Alphan crew and his earlier, horrifying encounter with a creature which killed the crew of his exploration ship. No-one ever believed him but now as the Moon drifts near a spaceship graveyard the question arises as to how much truth there is in his story.
The fourth episode, entitled Testament of Arkadia consolidates the idea that their is a higher purpose involved in the Moon's odyssey. Nearing a planet, the Moon is brought to an abrupt halt. As their power is being drained it looks as if their only option is to try and settle on the planet. Initially finding it barren, the Alphans all but give up on the planet only to discover that it hides a great secret.
Four of the finest episodes, great picture quality and sound quality, this DVD also includes the writer's guide for the series. However, there is one flaw which spoils the DVD - the colour for Dragon's Domain is wrong. Everything that is meant to look yellow is orange. Such a shame, since all the other Carlton DVDs are close to perfect.