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  • Space Precinct: Volume 1 - Double Duty/Protect And Survive [DVD] [1995]
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Space Precinct: Volume 1 - Double Duty/Protect And Survive [DVD] [1995]

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  • Actors: Ted Shackelford, Rob Youngblood, Simone Bendix, Jerome Willis, Nick Klein
  • Writers: Gerry Anderson
  • Producers: Jeffrey Brunner, John Needham, Richard Grove, Roger Lefkon, Tom Gutteridge
  • Format: Full Screen, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Digital
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Sept. 2002
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004U8MT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,208 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Opening two episodes of Gerry 'Thunderbirds' Anderson's live action sci-fi series. In 'Double Duty', a killer is loose in Demeter City, and it is up to police officer Patrick Brogan to track him down before he claims any further victims. 'Protect and Survive' sees Brogan and his partner Haldene attempting to protect slimy business executive Armand Loyster - the only witness to the murder of a police informant - from murderous smuggler Tylan Greshom.


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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Sept. 2000
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Joseph Murphy on 13 Oct. 2006
Space Precinct was only ever on when i was too young to understand it but recently i remembered it and decided to get one on dvd. I was not dissapointed! The show is just as good as i remember. The special effects are also very good for a t.v. show, especially in 1995.

Double Duty is a very dark episode in which Brogan and Haldane go after an assasin killing drug dealers in Demeter city. *****

Protect and Survive is lighter and more fun. Brogan and Haldane must protect a witness to a murder, who is the only person capable of putting a dangerous criminal behind bars. ****

Although it does not have many special feature, this dvd is definitely worth it.
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