4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2013
If like me you grew up with a weekly dose of Lost in Space on ITV then this film is something of a shock to the system. Whilst parts of it are great (the launch of the Jupiter 1 gets me nostalgic every time) whilst for the most part its pretty shoddy. The family for the most part are unlikeable, the kids being the "aren't we smart and cute" instantly forgettable cyphers that the originals were not. THe parents are just bland and not at all the All American Mom and Dad of the show (not that they need to be - but they needed to be SOMETHING other than bodies spouting lines)
Perhaps only Dr Smith gets any real attention here and he is so far removed from the loveable rogue he should be as to be a new character.
The transfer of the blu-ray is good but not brilliant and the extras are pretty forgettable too.
If you want lost in space buy the DVD of season one and see how it should be done.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2015
If you love this film then it is worth buying the Blu ray as the special effects stand out from the moment the film starts to the end of the film, I was really impressed how this film has been transferred to Blu Ray. The sound is crystal clear and loud. I though I would write about picture quality and sound as a lot of reviews spend too much time going on telling you the film when you already know what the film is about and not the important bits which what the picture quality and sound are like so that you can make your own mind up as to whether you should buy it or not.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 August 2014
I was very keen to get my hands on a copy of the 1998 Lost IN Space movie. Its starts of so well but unfortunately half way through, the plot line sinks into neigh oblivion - sorry. However, before the death of the main plot we get to enjoy the sumptuous performance of Matt Lablanc - core! Forget 'Joey' in the Friends sitcom; this is the best performance Matt has ever turn out! He plays 'Major West' and is just so rugged and handsome and dangerous and funny and delivers those monosylibilic 'side-of-beef' one liners with nonchalant fun and authority; easily the 'Tough-guy' of the year performance. Also the adorable lad who plays young Will, achieves the rare distinction of being charming big-screen child. And of course (before he's scrapped) the newly designed ROBOT is a great on screen presence and fills in the gaps and moves the story along nicely.
A good watch for the three positive above reasons alone - but could have been and should have been much better, leaving the door open for a couple of sequels. A good by and the deal was a steal from Amazon. ;0))
Now, when and who is going to do the all new remake of .......VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA!............
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2014
I am slowly replacing my old videos with DVDs. This film version of a beloved TV series when I was a child is a disappointment. Apart from a good in-character performance from the Dr, the whole is not that good. Whatever is the opposite of "the icing on the cake" "(the poo on my shoe"?), the DVD version is also of poor picture quality.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2009
I must confess to growing up with the original series so if like me you know the TV series you'll probably like this. Thankfully my myopic vision and failing memory means I am not wedded to one interpretation like some die-hard fans. This 1998 version is hammy and tongue in cheek but I really enjoyed it! There are lots of nice references to the original series for fans, including a cameo from June Lockhart who played Dr Maureen Robinson the first time around. The special effects are very good and it's fun and action packed throughout. Gary Oldman plays an interesting if rather darker version of Dr Smith but remains true to his manipulative original furthermore you get a bit of his back story. For Friends fans Matt Le Blanc does his hero bit whilst poking a bit of fun at himself. I think this one is a bargain and is cheaper than a rental if you look around. I am sure you'll go back and watch it again.
on 20 May 2015
With the Earth running short of natural energy resources, the Jupiter mission to colonise Alpha Prime seems to be the only chance of survival.
Professor John Robinson together with his family and fighter pilot Don West, lead a desperate attempt to create a Hyper-Gate around the planet Alpha Prime to enable the rescue of Earth to begin.
However, others have different reasons for reaching Alpha Prime and Dr. Smith sabotages the Jupiter 2, but fails to escape and becomes an unwelcome stowaway aboard the ship.
To escape the pull of the sun, the Hyper-Drive is fired and the Jupiter 2, after a trip through hyperspace, emerges into a completely unknown part of the galaxy.
A search reveals that they are completely lost in an uncharted sector of space but this is only the beginning of their problems...
Wasn't 1998 a terrible year for summer blockbusters? We had The Avengers (non-Marvel), Godzilla, Six Days and Seven Nights, and this, a resurgence of a long forgotten TV show, and a showcase for one of the cast of Friends, which were rife around this time.
But in order to deter the poor acting of Joey, Hopkins implemented to credibility of Hurt, Rogers, and Oldman to keep the viewer hooked, with very differing results.
Hurt is fine, as is Rogers, but it seems that Oldman has been given the bad guy book of sniping one-liners, because that is all his character delivers, and then some.
Seventeen years down the line, it's aged tremendously, and those effects that seemed pretty special on the big screen, are blooming awful now.
So the makers were hoping that the name would sell the film, and whilst there are sparks of genius in the set pieces, we have all learned since, that a set piece does not make a good movie.
It's an incoherent mess, the narrative plods from one slightly jarring scenarios to the next, and we are left with one huge anti-climax, the promise/threat of a sequel, and a title tune that Apollo 440 must be ashamed of.
It's not terrible by any means,summer blockbusters that fail always have something of interest to discover, but it's a chore to get through.
on 23 June 2015
You could have blown me over with a whisper at the time but this is OK they put a TV cast in a Big Movie and it works sort of
We all know the story so you like you don't like but it looks relay good ion fact there are movies made to day don't look this good
The cast are good mum and dad are a bit woody but every one else is OK in fact Mt is good (honest) why doesn't it work well its the plot
It starts OK but we never find out why or what the idea is of the evil side which i think is what gose wrong for some reason we get a time travel plot for the final third that is bad actually its shocking
because we don't do anything with the other plots with the love story, the bad guys on earth, the other ship with the only black charecter and the spiders/monkie we are left hanging to follow a boy with a strop on about daddy ignoring him terrible idea
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Anyone familiar with the original camp and colourful 60's Irwin Allen TV series will realise that this big-budget movie update is a million miles away from it!
The basic premise however is the same, essentially a sci-fi version of Swiss Family Robinson, where the 'Robinson' family set out into space on a scientific mission only to become, well, er...lost!
Directed by Stephen Hopkins who has helmed a variety of hits and misses over the years from the horror of Nightmare on Elm Street 5 and The Reaping to the action-fest of Predator 2 and thrillers Blown Away, The Ghost and The Darkness and the very under-rated Judgement Night as well as producing the critically acclaimed series 24.
There was quite a considerable amount of hype for the release of Lost in Space, particularly the big-name cast with Gary Oldman, William Hurt, Mimi Rogers, Heather Graham and Matt LeBlanc's first major film role. Gary Oldman has fun playing the over-the-top evil Dr. Smith, William Hurt is always reliable and LeBlanc makes a surprisingly good action star, even if he is still 'Joey'!
The production design and special effects in this movie are excellent and the action runs at break-neck speed. The opening space battle sequence is of particular note, but there's also an impressive crash sequence and the climactic high speed escape through a disintegrating planet is pretty awesome!
There are still a few nods to the original series though, there's a bit of campiness, thankfully not too much, and the robot from the series is reconstructed to resemble the original design and speaks with a similar voice, even uttering the famous line "Danger Will Robinson!" There's also a clever way of introducing the Jupiter 2 spaceship where a spaceship that resembles the original design in the series suddenly breaks apart, acting merely as a launching shell, to reveal an entirely new designed ship for the movie. Some of the original cast also have small cameos.
Of course there are obvious problems with the storyline especially the sugar-coated paradox-inducing ending which tries, rather ham-fistedly, to ram home messages of family and reconciling troubled relationships, in this case young Will Robinson and his father.
Since it was first released in 1998 I've had a bit of a soft spot for this film, I guess because it's harmless fun that has something for everyone, it's never going to win any Oscars, and it may offend the purist fans of the original TV series, but it's a decent slice of sci-fi entertainment that will pass a few hours.
As for this Blu-Ray disc the picture transfer isn't too bad, not that much improvement over DVD unfortunately, however the sound is much better. I've always thought that movies released on DVD on the 'Entertainment in Video' label always had very poor quality sound, Lost in Space being one of them. This is now much better on this Blu-Ray. The extras have been lifted from the DVD release (stills, trailers, deleted scenes, music video) but also include some featurettes about special effects, space travel and interviews with the original TV cast. There are also two new commentary tracks which are interesting but nothing to shout about.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Regarding the story and script of this big budget space opera, nobody expected it to be either deep or meaningful, and I'm sure nobody was disappointed. This is really just for fun, even though it does try to make a serious point or two about families and relationships. We're only here for the thrill ride, and we certainly get what we paid for. Plenty of action, some comedy, some drama, and lots and lots of explosions. The younger kids may be a bit let down over the cutesy merchandising opportunity, aka Blerp; the CGI creature is really far from cute, and the interaction with the human characters is pretty average in execution. But kids should love this film in other ways, since it has some of the best child roles in recent movies, and rarely strays too far from the action. Regarding the blu ray, I found this a pretty good transfer; it compares very favourably with my dvd copy. I watched it on a 32" Samsung HD tv, and it was clear, sharp, and bright. I noticed no problems at all. The sound was a bit less satisfying - to hear the dialogue I had to turn up the sound, which made the various blasts rather heavy on the ear. But there have been far worse films for that, and it did give the action scenes that bit more impact. I was not sorry to have upgraded, there was a very definite improvement in picture and sound quality. I'm also fairly sure there are a few extra bits of footage that were missing from my dvd copy, but I haven't done a side by side comparison to check, so I may just have forgotten some short sequences. The extras are good too - commentaries, deleted scenes, a couple of featurettes and the music video by Apollo 440 for the theme track. Worth investing in, I think.
on 2 December 2011
Lost in Space (1998) is based on the campy 1960's television series of the same name, it was directed by Australian Stephen Hopkins and stars William Hurt, Mimi Rogers, Heather Graham, Gary Oldman and Matt LeBlanc. The films story line has the Robinson family travelling in the Jupiter 2 space ship. The script at times is poorly written but it holds enough interest to get a secret pleasure out of this film.