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Great series marred by tatty source transfer
on 29 April 2010
'Lost In Space' returned for a third series with new opening titles, and with Dr Zachary Smith (Jonathan Harris) seemingly granted a licence to do his passive/aggressive bleating routine at every opportunity, which grates when episodes are viewed in succession. Notwithstanding, LIS Season 3 has some of LIS's most memorable episodes - and also some of its silliest. By this point LIS transformed from early-evening family viewing to what as basically juvenile fare. Plot points and scenarios recur throughout the series, and despite the humour LIS is capable of mustering-up some quite scarey moments. The cast play with conviction, though there is negligable character development. Aficionados will probably need no urging to buy, but for anyone unfamiliar with LIS, I'd recommend starting with Season 2. Partly, this is due to the much-mentioned issue of the picture quality of this DVD issue. It is definitely awry - just compare it to the excellent quality evident in Season 2, as well as the fact that similar complaints have been raised for the LIS Season 3 Region 1 release on Amazon.com.
A bad telecine transfer has been suggested, but I don't think that this is the cause of the faultiness. It looks like the DVDs have been cut from retrograde video copies of each episode, rather than mastered afresh from the original 35mm film copies. Curiously, I recall LIS fans voicing similar observations about picture quality when the complete LIS was broadcast on Channel 4 TV in the late 1980s: the difference in clarity and colour between the last episode of Season 2 and the first of Season 3 the following week, was marked. Presumably there's no question that the original films still exist; just 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment being too cheap to fund new transfers, or too unprofessional to bother. Another vintage classic poorly served by its DVD publishers? That, unhappily, does compute.