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UFO - Volumes 5-8 Collector's Edition [DVD] [1970]

Ed Bishop , Mel Oxley    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Ed Bishop, Mel Oxley, Dolores Mantez, Michael Billington, Ayshea Brough
  • Writers: Gerry Anderson, Sylvia Anderson
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jun 2002
  • Run Time: 615 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067A7B
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,453 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Episodes 14 to 26 from Gerry Anderson's sci-fi series. In 'Confetti Check A-O.K.' Straker remembers the early days of SHADO and the ways in which they effected his marriage. 'E.S.P.' sees John Croxley fall victim to alien mind control after a UFO crashes into his house. 'Kill Straker!' has Foster begin a campaign to undermine Straker's authority. 'Sub-Smash' finds Straker, Foster and Nina trapped at the bottom of the ocean in a damaged submarine. 'The Sound of Silence' sees Foster investigate a mysterious lake. 'The Cat With Ten Lives' has SHADO revise its theories about the aliens. In 'Destruction' the SHADO team become suspicious when the Navy tries to prevent any investigation into a mid-Atlantic confrontation with a UFO. 'The Man Who Came Back' has astronaut Craig Collins return to SHADO after being presumed dead. 'The Psychobombs' sees the aliens make specially-gifted super-villains out of three ordinary citizens. In 'Reflections in the Water' Straker uncovers a cunning alien plot to breach SHADO defences. 'Timelash' sees the SHADO personnel trapped in time. 'Mind Bender' has the astronaut Conroy discover a moon diamond with strange powers. Finally, 'The Long Sleep' finds Straker trying to unlock the secret hidden deep within Catherine Fraser's memory.


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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST SEE for boys of any age! 21 Jan 2003
I have the first half of the series in a US edition, and the second half (vol 5 to 8) in the UK edition. Bad idea, stick with either edition, as the US edition had to shuffle some episodes around, and I now have a mismatched set, with "The Responsibility Seat" missing. I have decided to get the UK edition for the first half to complete the UK set. The UK edition's sound would seem not as clear and worked over as the US editions and the menu takes an extra button to push for each episode, but there are more extras about collectibles and other background tidbids, and I prefer the box. I am used to having many books around, so the "cheesy" cardboard case is fine with me. The extra pictures, and post cards in a pocket are worth a gentle treatment, vs the "childproof" ugly American milk tint plastic box any day!
Looking back my first experience with the series was of course watching it as a kid. Back then the hardware was the thing to see for me, who cared about the story. UFO's wings and wheels were available in toystores and I drooled over them and over the space dreams UFO inspired. As an adult man of course I am more than ever impressed with the special effects, since the results of modern bilion dollar computer effects don't seem to do today's outlandish budgets any justice - a credit to the Anderson's quality of work. It is also refreshing to see some old fashioned sexism at work - no excuses, I love the miniskirts and tights, and people that were acting out their genders, sexualities, sensualities, and all the conflicts that come along with it. UFO was actually ahead of its time in addressing all of these these issues on a critical level in a few episodes and I dare say some of the comments stand to this day.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
First the positive about this set: For a show that was produced 30 years ago the picture is, due to being digitally remastered, absolutely brilliant ! The sound is good and the menues were designed apparently by an UFO fan, they are great (this is the point where the US version is lacking) ! But why i had to give just 4 out of 5 stars are the extras. How disappointing, only 1 audio commentary, the US set has 3 (!!!) for this second box set alone. Why is there just the Ed Bishop commentary and not the ones from Mike Billington and Sylvia Anderson ? For anyone who has a codefree player my recommendation is to get the US Megaset with all 8 DVD's. It not only has more bonus material but is also in comparison way cheaper than the 2 UK boxes. And it is the same in picture and sound quality (but without the lovingly designed menues).
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE DVD COLLECTION 21 July 2002
Verified Purchase
Some of the extras on this video are quite amazing. Where else can you find out about some of the commercial flops produced by Harlington-Straker Film Studios?...
"..in his cover as managing director of the Harlington-Straker organisation, Straker divides his time between his Shado duties and those as chief executive of one of the UK's major motion picture studios, albeit one with a string of disastrously expensive flops to its name: 'The Rebels of Santa Dominico' (1978), the musical 'Tutankhamun'(1979), 'Lock Up My Wife' (1979), 'Erebus Awakes' (1980), 'The Road to Nuremburg' (1980)and the 1982 remake of 'Citizen Kane'...."
(DVD disk 2 Extras - Straker Bio)
This is a DREAM collection, marred only, as mentioned elsewhere here, by the bizarre design of the packaging - not the graphic design, which is nice, but the fact that it seems PURPOSELY designed to fall to pieces as soon as you take it out of the box.
When first opening either of the two huge collections, Disk 1 of either pack will fall out, so be careful. Just snap it in place like the manufacturers should have when packing it, and it won't fall out again. Then marvel at why the gorgeous quadruple gatefold DVD holders are contained in a box with no bottom. Designed by aliens.
But these are petty quibbles - Carlton has atoned for many sins with this high-effort collection, and -again, as mentioned elsewhere here- the quality is absolutely astounding. Perhaps many TV series of the era wouldn't fare so well under the astonishing detail rendered in these DVDs, but the sky-high production values of UFO can stand it.
If you're just curious, buy one disk and see how you go. But if, like me, you were tortured for years by confused TV schedulers putting UFO on at 11.00pm (1970s), 6.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Gem 1 May 2006
It's great to see what some of the fellow British reviewers have said about this show. UFO, in my opinion, does rank as the best British sci-fi televsion series to date. These later episodes do tend to differ greatly from the earlier ones with slightly more plot and action pieces which of course is great. The earlier episodes, which are of just as higher standard, tend to be a little more character driven so it's great to see that the series overall demonstrates a nice blend of action and character driven storylines. The imagination here is also stunning. Much has been written about the purple wigs and who cares why they have them; they look awesome as do the girls that wear them but that's another story! The design work on the show including it's vehicles and special effects is also of the same high standard including SID, the talking satellite with a cool, polished voice.

In reading some of the american reviews I was stunned to see some people attacking this show for it so so-called 'low budget special effects' or 'Thunderbirds-style special effects'. The show was indeed produced by the very same team that produced Thunderbirds and the effects are stunning. Even when Thunderbirds and Stingray were made in the mid 60's let alone UFO, the effects the shows demonstrated were way ahead of their time, especially considering they were often made on a low budget and for television.

One other factor I must agree on is the standard of re-mastering. All 26 episodes in both box sets are stunning both on the visuals and the audio and are a real credit to the team at Carlton Visual Entertainment.

To finish with, I highly recommend this set. Its great television on most fronts and is a worthy rival to some of the best of Star Trek.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
not watched them yet ,seen when i was kid so ok
Published 18 days ago by micharl marston
5.0 out of 5 stars Still good 40 years on
Back to my childhood, and just as good as I remember it.
Published 20 days ago by Henderson R 166
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Good quality image and sound. Menu system by someone who wants to force you into looking at every possible menu instead of just getting on with it and play the disc from start to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by JMK
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood revisited part II
This is the second half of the full series. The only sad thing here is, they only made one series: WHY???? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Ian Arthur Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great memories
This show really has stood the test of time (except for the fashions). It was great to see it again after 40 years. Read more
Published 5 months ago by dutch
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as I remember
The first episodes started, shall we say "a bit wooden", but after a while the cast and crew got into their stride and the stories, acting and production became far... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Deryn Best
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent programme
Fantastic series that is a must have for any dvd collection. Very 1960's. Although set in (the then) future, still lot's of memorabilia to spot - love the car, love the phones on... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Royale
5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid blast from the past.
I remember seeing the series when it was original aired on the telly back in the 1970's and have caught many of the re-runs over the years. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mitchell Lundie
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia fest
Like all schoolkids of the time, I loved this series when first broadcast in 1970/1 and hoped my memory of it wasn't tainted by time and rose tinted glasses. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Blackie
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable sci-fi.
This is a very enjoyable and innovative series that may look a bit dated now but can be appreciated as a proper sci-fi experience. Read more
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