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Space Precinct [DVD] [1995] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Ted Shackelford, Rob Youngblood
  • Format: Box set, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Nov. 2010
  • Run Time: 1063 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00404ME2E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,466 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Space Precinct is one of the oddest science-fiction shows ever. Launched at the same time as Babylon 5, and looking like a cross between that series and Blade Runner (1982), it is like B5 about a group of interplanetary peacekeepers on a space station around an alien planet. Except that, rather than any extrapolated SF future, an entire New York police unit has been transferred into space, lock, stock and two smoking raygun barrels. Produced by Gerry Anderson, the result seems too adult for children, too juvenile for adults. "Double Duty", the first episode, for example, involves our cop heroes hunting the alien monster that is slaughtering Demiter City's drug dealers, and the copious blood and one particular sexual reference suggest an adult show at odds with the nice children, cute aliens, comic relief robot and simplistic scenario.

On the plus side, the special effects are especially lavish by TV standards, and the "Making of" documentary offers an interesting if brief introduction to modern SFX. Human actors wearing complex animatronic alien heads suggest aspects of Anderson's puppet shows (Stingray, Thunderbirds) meeting his live action series (UFO, Space 1999). Technically accomplished, Space Precinct is a genuine curiosity in search of a cult-audience. --Gary S. Dalkin

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Woodhouse on 9 July 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I remember watching this on BBC2 when I was 9 or 10 and enjoying it.
It's just as good as I remember, ok so the script is a little corny in places and the acting can be a bit wooden but it's got plenty of action and explosions.
It was a series I felt had so much potential (I would add Eerie Indiana and Wonderfalls to this category), maybe some better script writers might have helped but it deserved a second series.
Box set is simple, 5 discs in a double width DVD case, no subtitles, dolby 2.0 sound and reasonable picture quality.
##IMPORTANT##, this has literally been ripped from the US TV feed, it breaks every 10 minutes for adverts so we get a small animation and 1 second black gap before the animation again, in total about 5/6 seconds, not a deal breaker but it gets annoying if you watch several episodes in a row.
As there doesn't seem to be a UK release of this you have to accept it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fr8 on 6 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'll admit it, I'm an Anderson Fan. No surprise then that I enjoyed seeing this again.

It's better than I remember, but is really a cop show set in an unusual precinct, with some characters made up as aliens. So what is wrong with that - nothing I say and a very enjoyable romp through these discs I have had.

I'm surprised by the accusation of racism levied by the one star reviewer here. Did he get past episode 1 I wonder as that is the only episode that shows an alien with unsavory habits. You can't even levy the accusation that it is always the aliens who are the bad guys, there is an even spread amongst them and the humans.

Gerry Anderson as well, is well known for breaking down racist barriers and showing Black characters in prominent roles over the years, so even if the aliens are an allegory, then this must be subliminally promoting race relations.

Back to the series, the stories are imaginative (a number of the themes explored have surfaced in Babylon 5 and Trek universes), the prosthetics rival anything in say Babylon 5 (there is even a character who could be the fore-runner (in make up terms) of the Soul Hunter).

I'd recommend this if you are an Anderson Fan, but check out the prices on Amazon.com (and exchange rate) as if under £18 it does not attract import duty.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By nabnut@eircom.net on 20 Aug. 2001
Format: DVD
This Volume 11 & 12 set contains both of the two-part episodes, "The Fire Within" and "Deathwatch". As with nearly every episode in this classic series, they are both excellent, and could teach the best fantasy/sci-fi of today (Buffy, Star Trek) quite a bit about plot structure and direction. If Space Precinct had a failing, it was the lack of continuous plot - there wasn't much carried on from one episode to the next in terms of relationships and character interaction. "Deathwatch" addresses this, and brings the whole thing to a very satisfactory end, even though its two episodes are probably the series' worst. It's great that Space Precinct is finally being properly released (after an abortive VHS attempt in 1995), and any true sci-fi fan will snatch it up!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Sept. 2000
Format: DVD
Gerry Anderson's first spate of DVD Videos starts with Space Precinct and what a start! Originally shown on Sky in 1995, the programme was a great success yet only made the one season. A mixture of Gerry's traditional models and live-action sequences make the story lines great - and as always, huge explosions in true Gerry Anderson style. A must see for any Sci-Fi fan! And there's more to come... there are plans to make a second season next year!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Sept. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This tape has the two best episodes of 'Space Precinct'. Both are lightweight fun and are suitable for all ages. In the 1st episode 'Two Against the Rock' Jack Haldane and Jane Castle are trapped in a prison where the inmates are taken over, they have to evade the prisoners and take back control while fighting their attraction to each other. In the second episode 'Takeover', Brogan is accused of murder and when Castle and then Haldane give damning evidence against him, he has to find out who has framed him and how they have turned his trusted collegues against him. Cosy sci-fi.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By robert51912 on 7 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
I bought this box set for three reasons: 1. Simone Bendix, irrestistible in or out of uniform 2. Gerry Anderson was the series creator and producer 3. I like science-fiction shows in general. I would have purchased it in Region 2 format but it doesn't seem to exist as such, apart from in wildly expensive single episodes; I don't have a multi-region DVD player but it's not hard to find out on the Internet how to 'dezone' your machine using the remote control so that it will play discs from anywhere in the world. The purchase price was frankly ridiculous compared to many new DVDs that appear on the market and delivery to Europe from the USA is quite fast.

Although a Gerry Anderson 'fan' of both puppet and live action shows (Thunderbirds, Space 1999, Captain Scarlet, UFO etc) I had not previously seen 'Space Precinct' (I live in France - well, somebody has to) and I'm not sure it has ever been on TV here. I didn't really know what to expect as some older sci-fi programmes can show their age and some reviews of this show were mitigated. However, I must say that having almost come to the end, I am really enjoying it. The 'human' actors do not take themselves too seriously and the programme contains quite a little humour. The masks that the 'alien' creatures wear are superb in my view - each is different and allows for eye movement and facial expressions that almost make you forget you are watching 'a man (or woman) in a suit' and the characters have a distinct personality.

Some say the story lines are a little corny, perhaps so but they are entertaining and allow for the car chases and explosions and superb models (such as the robot Slomo) that we associate with other Anderson productions. There is even a little suspense - will Officer Haldane finally get the girl (Officer Castle)?
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