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Space Patrol: Volume 6 [VHS] [1963]

Murray Kash , Ronnie Stevens    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Murray Kash, Ronnie Stevens, Dick Vosburgh, Libby Morris, Ysanne Churchman
  • Writers: Roberta Leigh
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Network
  • VHS Release Date: 10 May 2001
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R7DW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,808 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Five more episodes from the classic animated puppet sci-fi series, created by Roberta Leigh. In 'The Miracle Tree of Saturn', Dart is sent to get some more supplies from Saturn's sacred tree in order to save the crops from a poisonous fungus. In 'The Cloud of Death', Tyro, the Neptunian leader, threatens to freeze Earth unless Raeburn sends human slaves to work for him. In 'The Planet of Thought', Tyro uses his hypnotic powers to lure Maria back to Neptune, where he plans to make her his princess. In 'Explosion on the Sun', Dr Duncan causes the temperature to rise on Earth and Venus by firing beryllium into the sun. He then threatens to do so again unless weapons are sent to Ganymede. Whilst in 'Volcanoes of Venus', Venus is being paralysed by a virus, caused by a powder released by Gallia, to help him seize power.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Space Patrol - Ready To Lift on DVD? 22 Feb 2002
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The adventures of Captain Larry Dart of Galasphere 347, with his crew the Martian Husky and Venusian Slim. Often confused with Gerry Anderson's 'Fireball XL5', Roberta Leigh's 'Space Patrol' offers a quirky and light-hearted slant on the SF genre. Primarily a children's show with educational and moral aspirations mixed into its stories this 'Best Of' DVD features six episodes from this rarely seen classic.
Because the only prints available were 16mm that had been stored (allegedly) in a garage for some 30 years, the video releases had transfers of very variable quality. Here, we are treated to crystal clear transfers - 2 from newly found 35mm prints - that make viewing a joy. The versatility of DVD gives you a chance to view the futuristic model of Space Headquarters in all its glory.
'The Swamps of Jupiter' is the pilot episode and discerning viewers may notice scenes of varying quality with slightly different puppets. For trivia fans, as Roberta Leigh reveals in her interview on the DVD, all the scenes on one set were short for the entire series in one go, then edited together. Nowhere is this more apparent than here where a notably different Husky and Slim discuss the merits of a cake in suspended animation. I kid you not.
'The Wandering Asteroid' is an early take on the story writ large in films like 'Deep Impact' and 'Armageddon'. Only the effects are better there, as the plot is so identical it's a wonder Roberta Leigh didn't sue!
'The Robot Revolution' is an undoubted classic of the series, here seen in the glory of a 35mm film transfer, with the automatons of an undersea farm marching on Space Headquarters.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior Sci Fi. 7 April 2005
This is a groundbreaking series made in 1962. Don't let the tight budget put you off and the fact and that its also in black and white, as this stands up with any Gerry Anderson classic puppet series like Stingray, Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet.
Roberta Leigh writes superior Science Fiction with some brilliant
ideas for plots and characters.
Star Trek must have been influenced by this as Roberta brought the idea of near instantanious transport by breaking down peoples molecular structure and reassembling them again miles away. The opening soundtrack has sounds that Star Trek must have been inspired to use as similar sounds are on the control deck of the Enterprise.
The original episode of Star Trek 'The Cage' is similar to the Plutonians in Space Patrol with their large baldheads and robes and not wanting to work and hypnotising people to come do their will. (And I realy love Star Trek by the way.)
Space Patrol never gets stuck in a rut story wise and has constant variety.
But there is a tounge in cheek element in all of the Sci Fi of the 1950's and 60's and this has loads of too.
The highlight of every episode for me was when the crew of the Galasphere 347 switch on 'Robot Control' which consists of two wobbily zig zag doors opening to reveal a Robot who takes over flying the ship by walking up and down the flight deck doing a John Cleese 'Minister Of Silly Walk's' type thing. You can't help but laugh at it!
This is great TV but then on top of that you get great extras including interviews but best of all are the other Roberta Leigh's pilots of programes she made which are very good and some of them in full colour too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 3 Jan 2004
By nezfan
I thought that I was alone in fondly remembering this sixties puppet series... and then I find the super fan site and this wonderful DVD. If you have any interest in the various Sci-fi puppet seies of the 60s / 70s then this is a must for your collection. Captain Larry Dart, Husky & Slim are just as I remember them but what really suprises is the atmosphere created. At times genuinely spooky and evocative, the series works on many levels. I can reveal that the gun in episode 1 is the neck of a laboratory quickfit washbottle with two rubber bungs attached... but don't let that put you off, the mist shrouded surface (!!) of Jupiter is superb - far mor alien than the polystyrene rocks used in Star Trek and the like. The music is subdued and moody and predates Tonto's Expanding Headband by 10 years or so. How hip is that!!?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engage Yobba Rays! 5 Dec 2000
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On the 7th of April 1963 I was given an early eight birthday present with the first broadcast of the new ITV puppet series "Space Patrol". Gosh, I was pleased! There had been rumours that this series was going to be something special. I remember being told that it was by the same people who made "Four Feather Falls", which was an old favourite of mine. Of course, being (nearly) eight, I didn't really appreciate the niceties of who the producer and director was. But the show was brilliant, and became an immediate favourite.
It's a long time ago but I can still vividly remember being mesmerised by the weird, unearthly opening tune (eat you heart out Ron Grainger!). Then there was the opening shot of a boiling, blazing sun (complete with solar flares), quickly giving way to the whirling, mysterious Galasphere wending its way through the Solar system.
Though the show relied on relatively few sets, the ones they used were superb - especially for the time. The signature shot of the view downwards as a Galasphere takes off from United Galactic Organisation HQ, was still fresh in my mind when watching the videos nearly three decades later.
Roberta Leigh, who created, wrote and directed the show, was keen to be as scientifically accurate as possible. To that end she consulted with Colin Ronan, who was then Vice President of the British Astronomical Society. This made the shows seem wonderfully authoritative to me at the time. I was For example, rather than just taking off and arriving "moments" later, the space travellers went into suspended animation to make their journeys. As a dedicated reader of "Look and Learn", I was well impressed with this accuracy. Of course, they didn't get everything right, as episode titles such as "The Swamps of Jupiter" suggest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Space Patrol a trip back to childhood adventures
Lovely to get this video - brought back so many memories
the robots the music how stories can be so simple and acceptable
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There are very few people alive today who remember this programme, or so it seems. I used to love this show as a child and was absolutely delighted to get a copy of it a few years... Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2011 by dangerous dave
3.0 out of 5 stars Rediscovered after all these years!
I thought I was the only person alive to have a vaque memory of a non Gerry Anderson puppet show in the early sixties but after discussions with friends I realised I was... Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2007 by C. S. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Space Patrol - The best of
One of the few memeories I have from youth were the sci-fi series like Fireball XL5 and Space Patrol. The DVD that Amazon
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Published on 28 Jun 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars 1960s classic not just for the kids!
From the sixties when the space program was breaking new ground,I remember space patrol as a child was compelling viewing every Thursday night, despite being terified by... Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh those Yobba Rays....
Space Patrol stands utterly alone in the great canon of Gerry Anderson dominated puppet series of the 50's, 60's and 70's. Read more
Published on 28 May 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Space Patrol - Quirky & Offbeat
The adventures of Captain Larry Dart of Galasphere 347, with his crew the Martian Husky and Venusian Slim. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Space Patrol - A variable end to the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Space Patrol - a SF Kids Show for Ideas
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