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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST SEE for boys of any age!
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...
Published on 21 Jan 2003 by Owen Arthur Laprath

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1.0 out of 5 stars How memory deceives one....
Quality of remastering etc all fine. Content? Really disappointing... sadly. I remembered UFO as a slick, modern story....but I was 13 or 14 at the time. Sadly it doesn't stand up to the test of time (apart from Michael Billington still being very attractive!). My teenage impressions were clearly very, very undiscerning as the script is so woeful that it is not even funny...
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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST SEE for boys of any age!, 21 Jan 2003
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Owen Arthur Laprath "The Artistic Scientist" (Tacoma, WA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: UFO - Volumes 5-8 Collector's Edition [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
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. Over the course of the series some of the characters develop more flavor and with some of the backgrounds revealed, some of their behaviors become much clearer to understand, but UFO never slides into SOAP territory like later entirely too many new Star Trek episodes did. All this without taking over the plot, now try to get that from any modern production in any medium. The theme stays on focus, which would appear to be humans vs. progress and dehumanization. I know, it's supposedly alien abduction that is being fought by the SHADO people, but look at it for real, and there is constant pondering of technological progress issues and the price we pay. While roughed by some for being too serious, I especially like that the series is not another want-to-be comedy, but instead a hard hitting and appropriately serious action adventure series, that nevertheless blends in the right amount of fun, humor, and irony, to create and develop the human elements of its characters. Life is no party, and neither is UFO, but its professional environment is one I would prefer any day over the one I have in my office at my American phone company.
Finally - all the serious analysis aside - just watch the bloody thing and have some damned cheering fun in you armchair while you turn into your favorite character or buddy up to the one that runs the show (Ed Bishop Cdr Straker) gives em a good bashing (Michael Billington as Col Foster) drives the guys nuts with brains and bodies (maybe Gabrielle Drake as Lt. Ellis, or Dolores Mantez as LT. Nina Barry) runs the aliens through a smart computer treatment (I especially like the slightly spooky Dr Jackson played by Vladek Sheybal) oh heck, I like all of them...
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE DVD COLLECTION, 21 July 2002
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Martin Anderson (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: UFO - Volumes 5-8 Collector's Edition [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
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), 6.00pm (Bravo, early 90s), and 2pm Saturday (BBC2 late '90s), and NEVER showing all the episodes or getting them in the right order (I've seen three episodes in this collection that I can never remember having seen), then this DVD collection is your answer - don't wait until it's discontinued and you're consigned to the online auctions. This is a must have.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why are there less extras than the US version ???, 23 May 2004
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Daniela Roemer (Wuerzburg, Germany) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: UFO - Volumes 5-8 Collector's Edition [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Gem, 1 May 2006
This review is from: UFO - Volumes 5-8 Collector's Edition [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Gerry Anderson One Of All continued?, 20 Aug 2007
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This is the second and final set of episodes of this wonderful series, beautifully mastered for DVD.

The episodes that followed "Sub-Smash" in production order were even more adventurous than the earlier batch and it was a tragic shame that after episode 26, no more were made. I may be in the minority, but I find "Space 1999" very inferior and dated, despite the magnificent sets used...

This series raised many unanswered questions, leaving it to the viewer to complete the picture. I'm not sure this kind of story telling could be done today, as everything would have to be spoon fed to the masses out there, who don't seem to want to *think* that much, possibly because life is intense enough, without a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series making it worse...

I strongly urge anyone to buy these two sets of UFO and somehow hope that the ideas could be resurrected carefully in the future, as Battlestar Galactica seems to have done, keeping the premise simple and telling a really good yarn.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic string-vested and purple-wigged wonderfulness!, 11 Feb 2008
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Mr. C. J. Iredale "juxtapose" (London Town) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: UFO - Volumes 5-8 Collector's Edition [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
This is just great. No, really. If you love a bit of classy t.v. history, this is well worth every penny. My only winge is that the packaging is cardboard...I expect packaging that is likely to still be with me in ten years time. This still gets 5 stars, as I'm reviewing the DVD, not the box it comes in.
The effects are very good (especially when one considers the shoddy effects the BBC were producing in Dr. Who at the time) and although the fashions are laughable (and clearly reflect the premise that everyone in the 60's and 70's thought future clothes would all be silver, with pointy breasts) they fit the show well (but not all the actors!)
Especially worth watching with a can of beer is the episode 'Mindbender', which was not shown in some of the more stuffy regional television centres in England as it was thought to be a reference to L.S.D. Granted, it is a bit whizzy and whacky, but in those days pop records would be banned if they had the word 'bed' in them. Due to this fact, this dvd comes with a 12 certificate. The idea of an 11 year old in 2002 being disturbed by ufo volume 5 to 8 is so laughable, I cherish it for days when I'm feeling a bit low. I seem to have strayed from my original point somewhat. Sorry. Ufo...a must have for the lover of fab t.v., even if it has purple wigs and string vests.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much like the first review!, 11 Jun 2002
This review is from: UFO - Volumes 5-8 Collector's Edition [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
This really feels like I should just repeat my review of Series 1! The picture/sound quality remain excelent, and graphically the packaging is wonderful.
However, as before, the 'extras' are nothing to get excited about (production stills and photos of memorabilia.) The commentary for this second set comes not from Gerry Anderson, but from Ed Bishop - Mr Bishop's commentary is certainly the more interesting of the two! Ed's memory has clearly not failed him, and his natural good humour is evident: his voice, however, has aged somewhat.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anderson's best., 25 Sep 2005
This review is from: UFO - Volumes 5-8 Collector's Edition [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
Flimsy cardboard packaging aside (you would expect more for the price) this is an excellent release with a lot of care and attention taken in restoring the episodes.
It looks great and the menu's are superbly designed.
There could have been more extra features, but the series itself is enough to justify the purchase of this box set.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I could give it 10 stars I would..., 10 Nov 2007
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Ms. J. Mann (Cheltenham - England) - See all my reviews
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This brought back so many memories, Gery Anderson was so far ahead in the genre of Tv and film Sci - Fi,that people who may laugh today at it should remember there was nothing like this at all before Star Wars and the rest.This was the pathfinder and today the remastered collection shows how well it stands the test of time.Being eight and allowed to watch this was a major treat at the time and I just loved the purple wigs on the Moonbase. Being able to get the whole set at a bargin price is even better news..Thanks Amazon.....
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoyed UFO, then buy this!, 7 Dec 2002
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Mr. N. Morgan "Green Knight" (High Wycombe, UK) - See all my reviews
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The technical quality of the transcription to DVD is very good - both sound and vision are clear - remarkably so considering UFO's age. Unfortunately the sound is only in mono but then UFO was was first broadcast in September 1970!! Colour TV had only been going for 3 years! Notice how in contrast to all other films, when a TV monitor is shown on film, both it and the film shutter are in sync (no flickering dark bar) such was the attention to detail by Century 21 & co.
In addition to episodes 14-26, you get an episode narrated by Ed Bishop and numerous other goodies thrown in (stills, deleted scenes etc). Oh, and five postcards as well!
Both this set and Volumes 1-4 are definitely worth buying if you enjoyed UFO as I did when I was a child of the 60s. As with all Gerry Anderson's programmes, this comes recommended!
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