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Space - 1999: Series 2 - Volume 5 - Bringers Of Wonder 1 & 2/... [DVD] [1975]


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  • Actors: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Nick Tate, Zienia Merton, Quentin Pierre
  • Writers: Gerry Anderson, Sylvia Anderson
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Carlton
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov 2001
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NFE2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,512 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

DVD Special Features:

Martin Landau & Barbara Bain UK trailers
Stills Gallery
Freddie Frieberger interview
Deleted script pages
Stills.

From Amazon.co.uk

For the time, there had never been a more lavishly produced science-fiction TV series than Space: 1999, which was British-made on a first-season budget of 3.25 million pounds--an astounding amount--and ran for two seasons from 1975 to 77. What keeps fans enthralled after all these years has only partly to do with the first-rate production values, the plausibly constructed spaceship models and expert special effects. The tone of the show is one of scientific dispassion, setting it apart from its TV SF predecessors such as Star Trek in which the mood is more generally convivial. Our heroes here are in dire circumstances that require cool heads as a survival trait. Those circumstances are: the moon and the 311 crew members of Moonbase Alpha experience a cataclysm that causes the moon to break away from its orbit and travel endlessly through space, making our heroes into unintentional explorers. No TV series has created a more palpable feel of hard science fiction than this. Of course the show is not without its detractors, having been soundly lambasted for its many scientific errors. No less august a figure than Isaac Asimov criticised the show for its premise in the opening episode "Breakaway", which had nuclear explosions on the "dark side of the moon" somehow propel it out of orbit and sent it flying through space without regard for any physical laws. In "Earthbound", aliens travelling to Earth state it will take them 75 years to reach their destination, making one wonder why it didn't take the moon that long to encounter the aliens. While these are serious complaints, fans tend to remember the scientific seriousness of the series and the sense of awe created by the many strange creatures and phenomena they encounter on their journey through the galaxy. --Jim Gay, Amazon.com

On this DVD: Presented in production order (not the sequence they were transmitted in), this first volume from Space: 1999's first year nonetheless begins with the all-important "Breakaway". Commander Koenig arrives at Moonbase Alpha as planet Meta is passing Earth. He's there to investigate why people are dying of what seems to be radiation poisoning and ensure the Meta Probe is launched in time. Everything is tied into what's wrong with their nuclear waste disposal. Then on September 13, 1999, the unthinkable happens, and the Moon with its 311 inhabitants is catapulted out of Earth's orbit. Some time later they pass planet Terra Nova which seems too good to be true. When Dr Russell's supposed dead husband (Richard Johnson) re-appears from the long-lost Astro 7 mission, it becomes a "Matter of Life and Death" in determining whether to settle on a Paradise populated by parrots! Another passing stellar body accidentally drags them towards a "Black Sun" in the next episode. Given three days to live, there's a graceful acceptance of fate by the team that is paid off by what seems to be some sort of guiding hand watching over them all. Finally an orange eye appears and emits a "Ring Around the Moon", a mysterious enveloping beam that exerts mind-control over various crew members. After a warning from the mythic planet Triton, Dr Russell is taken as their "conduit" (much like Ilia in Star Trek: The Motion Picture). Three publicity stills, 15 production drawings and eight character biographies may seem a little stingy as extra features. The neat CGI-animated menus make up for that a little though: an Eagle has never looked so agile. --Paul Tonks --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 April 2001
Format: DVD
This highly ambitious - if scientifically implausible -series has blasted onto DVD in three volumes - also collected as a box set - from Carlton video. Each disc carries four remastered episodes in production order.
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!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By davo on 13 Oct 2009
Format: DVD
Takes me back to Sundays, sure it was a Sunday, about midday when this used to be shown on mainstream telly.
Really enjoying it all over again !..lovin' the stun guns - they do look like staple guns from a D.I.Y. shop, and those Eagle spaceships..I remember I had a toy one as a kid :) Yeah, bring it on at..It's all at Moonbase Alpha.. Space 1999 for us oldies who want to be kids again..I always remember Barbara Bain as she spun round in the credits and her hair-that never moved ! and am really looking forward to seeing Maya again as the camera zooms into her eyes - YIKES !!what's she gonna be this time ? ! Courageous Commander Koenig and Barry Morse as the man with the frizzy professor like hair..all of them, the whole gang sticking together as the Moon travels the universe hoping to find it's way back home..ahhhh....
This is the mentality of all this and I'm laughing at what I've just written and yes, I'm guarding my newly arrived boxset, and no one can borrow it, it's mine !!! coz I've waited over 30 years for this to arrive in the post!!
I'm collecting DVD's of telly progs I watched when I was a kid and Gerry Anderson shows are top of my list. Watching Space 1999 back to back with 'Secret service'(another classic with a secret agent clergyman !), I must take my hat off to Mr Anderson and to his creative vision which made kids tv before teatime and on a Sunday so interesting and exciting during my childhood. Thanks again :) 10/10 Gerry
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Woodmore (xoanan77@hotmail.com) on 17 Nov 2001
Format: DVD
I remembered Space 1999 from when I was a kid, specifically the music to series 2. After the BBC screened the series in it's entirety a few years ago I was hooked. The quality of the DVD is excellent - no doubt helped by the fact the original series was recorded on film. Stories such as 'Breakaway' and 'Earthbound' are classic examples of TV Sci-Fi. If only I could find a model of those wonderful Eagle spacecraft !Highly recommended.
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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Luca Iaboni on 17 Sep 2001
Format: DVD
Ratings are always personal, but objectively Space 1999 has represented one of the greatest (and sadly enough, less imitated) science fiction series of all time.
Some episodes may now seem a bit dated, but this does not render things less fascinating.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 May 2001
Format: DVD
Carlton have done a terrific job of transfering Space 1999 to DVD. The quality of each of the twelve episodes in the box-set is quite simply exilent, far better than the previously released VHS versions from a few years ago. The opening menu and "This Disc" brought a smile to this fans face. The extras are informative but a behind-the-scenes feature would have been a welcome addition. I look forward to volumes 4,5&6 of season one. For me, Space 1999 was always better than any Star Trek series and far more exiting!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Mar 2002
Format: DVD
This is probably the best DVD of the 12, featuring 4 excellent episodes (all from the first season). The Infernal Machine features Leo McKern as both Companion and the voice of Gwent, the ship/computer which arrives on the Moon searching for supplies and more companions.
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.
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