52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2009
If you're a child of the 60s and 70s this collection is a must - man had not landed on the moon when this series was made but the idea of travelling to other worlds was still an interesting prospect. This is a Sci-Fi take on the "Swiss Family Robinson" except instead of being marooned on a desert island the "Space Family Robinson" (Yes that IS the family's name!) are "Lost in Space". The first series was in black & white while series 2 & 3 are colour. The set includes an interesting unaired pilot for the show and, for me anyway, it is a great nostalgia trip to the days of my childhood....
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2011
A great show, with many lovable and comic moments. Jonathan Harris and Billy Mumy are, of course, the winners of this show along with the Robot. The flamboyancy of the show is suited to the times, along with similar shows such as "Land of the Giants", "Man from U.N.C.L.E.", "The Time Tunnel", "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea", and even animated shows such as "Thunderbirds" - if you like those sort of things.
It is interesting that in the UK "Doctor Who" had begun 3 years earlier, and would be into Patrick Troughton's era come "Lost in Space" final season. And 3 years after "Lost in Space" we get the first of "Star Trek" from the US, with a whole new direction in space-based sci-fi. Same old backlit, sandy sets, but with the added bonus of planet-hopping and a more adult theme. "Lost in Space" fits comfortable between the two shows, and never comes across as "American" - it's a show that appeals strongly to British mentality. The distinct lack of political correctness, scientific accuracy, and combination of adult and childish wit gives "Lost in Space" a pleasant theme.
It has been recognised, by viewers and the cast, that season 1 is the more serious of the 3 - the scenarios are more based on peril and the full-cast, whilst seasons 2 and 3 slip into more fantastical, less sci-fi slapstick comedy based mainly around Doctor Smith, Will Robinson and their Robot, who is totally changed from season 1. Some of the latter 2 seasons can be a little embarrassing to watch - dragons and knights in outer space, for example. Irwin Allen has also been recognised for his ability to create a good show, with high expenditure from the outset, but then reuse props and costumes so heavily, they become cliché - every alien has the same spaceship, just rigged a little differently on set; every weapon or gizmo has been used multiple times as a different device. Most annoying is the "explosion" effect when things appear or disappear in the form of an "alien teleport".
The episodes are clear, nice quality sound - not certain if they're been remastered, I think not. The box (open front version) lacks any printed material, though episode lists are printed on each case. There are a few extras - radio interviews (J.Harris' is great), the unaired pilot (which was broken up and reused for the first few aired episodes), and a marketing pitch, which is canny enough. Interesting also, the pilot did not include Smith or the Robot, the ship was called "Gemini 12" instead of "Jupiter 2", and the plot is a little different - there are not nearly as many visual changes between the pilot and the first shows, as "Star Trek"s pilot and shows underwent, however. Smith was a wise addition, the Robot also added strength, although the shows would have done better to maintain the seriousness of being "lost in space" element that was less apparent come season 2. Guy Williams (John Robinson) is well known to have disliked the "campy" direction the show took, and the resulting focus on only 3 characters, most shows. I particular like, however, the space-based episodes between each new planet. The special effects are quite good, for the 60s, as the show had a decent budget. The planets do all look much the same, though, as do most "Star Trek" planets filmed in studios with polystyrene rocks and plastic plants re-assorted each week around raked sand and a still picture landscape backdrop. A good imagination goes a long way, and the show is none the less enjoyable despite its weaknesses.
So why was the set ruined by Fox? Okay - firstly, each DVD menu lacks a "Play All" option - you have to select each episode (4 per disc) then click "Play Episode", followed by "Main Menu" and repeat the process to view the next. A little annoying if you want to watch a full disc in one sitting. Secondly, on season 2 discs, once you play each episode you have to sit through a "Copyright" for EVERY episode - which usually come ONCE at the END of a disc, not the beginning. Finally, on season 3, EVERY disc has that bloody awful and evasive "You wouldn't steal a..." crap (the people who designed it want burning alive!) followed by a further "FA©T" piracy warning, then the "20th Century Fox" intro (though that's typically on every disc) before the menu is available. I'm one of those people who takes great personal offence at having to sit through several copyright/piracy warnings when I've bought the product and it's on my time for greedy studios to insult the integrity of the buyer, when they tend to screw up the product more by not giving us more extras in place of their bombastic warning messages. By now you'd think they'd realise that most pirates REMOVE them, and so it's only genuine buyers who suffer the insult. In short: They "foxed" it up!
As a result of an abundance of product-evasive warnings it loses 1-star, and modern-day Fox can go to Hell. The show itself, however, was produced in the mid-60s by an energetic cast - just a few years after man had first ventured into orbit - but pre-moon landings are deserving of thumbs up for their efforts, at least on an entertainment level. It doesn't quite take us "where no man has gone before", but it will certainly take you where no space family has gone before.
Wish it had gone on for a couple more years!
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2011
I discover this vintage show, very rare on the french TV (I missed it when only aired 20 years ago). I first thought this belongs to the late 50's, not the mid-60's. It's so naive and somewhat clumsy with this all-American family way of life and cheap SFX... Fortunately, there are the Robot and a funny/strange vilain (did someone point out how Johnathan Harris looks like Clifton Webb ?!). Some episodes are something weird like "Star Trek meets The Wizard of Oz". Don't expect high philosophical or scientific considerations and let your childish brain work.
Transfer is good except for some dye-washed in-color episodes.
No foreign subtitles but the "english for hearing impaired" lines may help.
Fine extras but too short and they have to be search for (no mention on back sleeves except for season one). So I tell you where and what :
season 1 disc 8 :
- Unaired Pilot Episode "No Place To Hide" (a mix of the first four aired-to-be episodes, but without Dr Smith & the Robot. Overture theme and incidental music came from previous Bernard Herrmann movie scores : "The Day the Earth Stood Still", "Beneath the 12-Mile Reef", "Garden of Evil" and "Journey to the Center of the Earth".)
- CBS Pitch Featurette
season 2 disc 8 :
- Original 1966 Lost In Space Interviews (audio only with a slide show) : Guy Williams & June Lockhart Interview, Jonathan Harris Interview
season 3 disc 4 :
- 3d Season Network Bumpers & Tags (x4)
- Program Interstitials (x20)
season 3 disc 7 :
- Target Earth Act Break
- Interstitial Blooper (from Mumy, Harris & Robot in 1995)
- 1995 Bill Mumy Interview Clips (x3)
- 1995 Jonathan Harris Interview Clips (x3)
Season 1 & 2 episodes are introduced by a "Last week on this program" summary and Season 3 ones end with a "Next on Lost In Space" teaser (with the ultimate showing a never-aired episode which, alas, featured the come-back of the great Robbie the Robot).
Note that I received a slightly different box set (an open box with another sleeve and without the booklet I've heard to be in some editions).
50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on 28 August 2008
Lost in Space along with Land of the Giants and The Time Tunnel was one of the great American TV series from the 1960's. And it has aged very well. Concerning the Robinson family, lost in space, with an unwilling passenger, Dr Zachery Smith, it provides family entertainment with action, excitement, thrills, spills, romance and ridiculous inter-galactic monsters. It starts off in black and white, and quite serious, then turns more humorous as it breaks into colour in Series 2. Yes it can be downright silly at times and Dr Smith definitely was a bit of a Broadway thespian but it's undemanding fun. My favourite episode was one of the early b&w ones with Warren Oates playing a space cowboy and least favourite a later one in Series 3 where vegetables can feel pain. The whole family were great - big tough reliable Dad, caring Mom, brave little Will, the two sisters, and snappy Major West. Get the box set and you have everything.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2010
These series bring me not only very good memories, but they showed me that old series are much better than many of the actual ones. I'm watching them and I'm really enjoying them,. And, come on, the price is a real bargain. The box, the Dvds presentation and the image quality is excelent, with a lot of extra material. If you want to enjoy and remember again great moments, what are you waiting? Buy this box collection now!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2013
To All USA Lost In Space Fans:
If you want to see this series done RIGHT, and given the proper respect that it deserves, BUY THIS SET, NOT THE USA VERSIONS. As far as I know, the Complete Series Boxed set isn't a buying option here in the states, and unlike the USA Versions, These episodes have been lovingly restored and the prints have been cleaned. This set also has many more extras than the US sets do, and the DVD art on the discs is much better as well. Well worth the few dollars more than the US LIS DVD discs are.
However, read the fine print: You must have a working Multi - Reigon DVD player for these to work outside the UK. But if you do, it's well worth the effort, and the slightly higher price to have a NEAR PERFECT LIS DVD COLLECTION!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Lost in Space is a fun science fiction series from the 1960s. It is not something you can take too seriously. In fact it's just a lot of nonsense really. But it is just simply fun.
The show was produced by Irwin Allen around the time that he was producing his other show "voyage to the bottom of the sea".
The series is set in the year 1997 and as the world is over populated the Robinson Family are sent on a five-year mission to a planet in the Alpha Centauri system to plan for colonisation. The whole family are suspended in deep sleep for their journey. But Dr Zachary Smith, who is a foreign agent, sabotages the spaceship. He interferes with the "Robot" who is controlling the spaceship. The ship takes off before Smith can escape, forcing Smith to wake the family to rectify the situation and ultimately save himself.
The Family are father John Robinson, an astrophysicist, his wife Maureen who is a biochemist, children Judy, Penny and Will. Also on board is pilot Don West.
Thanks to Smith the spaceship is not on its correct journey so the crew become lost in space. This first series has the travellers crash on a planet and stories revolve around them trying to repair the Jupiter II. Each episode has an alien that always puts the crew in danger. And Dr Zachary Smith who is always looking for a way back home even at the expense of the safety of the Robinson family always treacherously assists the aliens. He is lazy, delicate and critical of others unless it's to his advantage to be nice to them. He often enlists the help of Will Robinson and the Robot in his schemes.
The original idea of the programme was meant to be pure science fiction and a pilot episode was made that did not include the character smith. Programme controllers rejected this pilot and so the pilot episode was remade now with Dr Zachary Smith. Jonathan Harris who played Smith was only supposed to be in the first six episodes but the character quickly became the best focus and Harris became the main star of the show. The result has elements of adventure, fun and comedy. Harris plays Smith in a Theatrical and camp way and its always light hearted. The whole show is wacky and fun.
This first series is in black and white but the picture and sound are excellent and there are some reasonable extra features that include the original version of the pilot episode. Each episode has a cliffhanger ending to prepare you for the next episode and the last episode has a cliffhanger in colour ready for season two.
"Warning! Warning, Danger, Danger!" shouts the robot. "You bubble headed booby" and "the pain, the pain!" says Dr Zachary Smith.
Season two of Lost in space continues its fun factor as the colour, characters and stories become far less serious and much more like a camp pantomime. But that is what makes this series so great. It is light entertaining fun.
In series two we see the crew escape from the planet and have some inter space adventures and then become stranded on another planet. The comedy element provided by Jonathan Harris as Smith has become the focal point and it might just as well have been the Dr Zachary Smith show. The plots are more predictable with the arrogant Smith bringing trouble to the accommodating and forgiving family Robinson. His closest friend is Will Robinson who is a wholesome nine-year-old electronics whiz kid. Will helps Smith but often upsets Smith by being more loyal to his family. Meanwhile his Sister, Judy, spends most of her time romantically entwined with good-looking Don West.
The Robot often suffers scathing comments from Smith who treats him as just a machine.
Smith, Will and the Robot are a sort of comedy trio in this second series that has colourful and larger than life characters. The show was used to compete against rival show Batman in America and there are similarities in strong colour, wacky, camp, predictable but always-entertaining fun.
This second series is in colour and the picture and sound are excellent and there are some reasonable extra features. Season two is probably the best season of all. It is in colour and the comedy antics of Smith give the show originality and fun. Season one had been a bit more serious and series three is just more of season two.
After two seasons of Lost in Space the crew of the Jupiter II are back for one last season. This series is really just more of the same of season two. There are no real new developments. So the stories are even more predictable, far-fetched and wacky. There is even an element of revisiting ideas from previous seasons. However as usual this is still great fun.
Series two and now series three concentrates more on the antics of its main character Dr Zachary Smith played brilliantly by Jonathan Harris. He has created a unique character that is rich in texture. He is devious but still likeable. He is farcical in an exaggerated Pantomime style.
The whole show is fun and cannot be taken seriously. It is not meant to be. Instead we get an entertaining show that can appeal to any generation.
As with all the seasons the aliens are generally not very convincing. And the special effects are not up to modern standards but it doesn't matter. What we get is fantasy and a place to unwind from the normal stresses of the real world.
Like other shows such as Batman from the same era, it is deliberately daft nonsense that is just pure escapism with light hearted colourful characters.
The entire cast is great. Jonathan Harris is genius as Smith. Guy Williams (John Robinson) has previously starred as swashbuckling hero Zorro and Angela Cartwright (Penny Robinson) has been one of the Von Trapp children in the Sound of Music. Billy Mumy (Will Robinson) was a child actor who is still a successful actor.
The show became an iconic cult show and a feature film remake was made in 1997 starring William Hurt as John Robinson, Gary Oldman as Smith and Matt LeBlanc as Don West.
Producer Irwin Allen also created three other slightly more straight science fiction series during the sixties. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Land of the Giants and the Time Tunnel.
This third series of Lost in Space is in colour and the picture and sound are excellent and there are some reasonable extra features. It was the last of the seasons and I think it would not have been a good idea to do anymore. Season two was probably the best of the three but season two just continues the format and gets as much out of it as it can.
The entire collection is a great package and there are many hours of entertainment here.
This is a very good box set of a classic fun science fiction series, which is neatly presented.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2013
i absolutely love these classic box sets from Irwin Allen,
I highly recommend buying this as it will give you many hours of great enjoyment and this is so much better than watching reality tv rubbish or celebrity this and that, go on treat yourself to some classic tv
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2014
I watched this series on TV and wanted the box set, I have given 4 stars and would have given 5 - But in the first 8 discts. I had a problem with freezing. Also the menu could be better. I tip here - After an episode it place you on the one you have just watched - Click on home to navigate the episode map.
The series just as good as ever - Dr Smith, we worse of a rogue than I can remember - the Major just as beligerant.
Money well spent.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2010
when i saw this was available for region 2 i jumped at it, there are 23 discs in all the first two seasons are in black and white, this is a real trip back to my childhood, i must say i don`t remember some of the first seasons episodes and i forgot what a detestable character dr smith could be at times, irwin allen produced some of my childhoods most favorite programmes and this is one of them along with voyage to the bottom of the sea and time tunnel and not forgetting land of the giants , well worth the money , the sound is excellent, picture quailty is`nt to bad but at times is a bit grainy but don`t firget this is from the mid to late sixtys, the second and third seasons are in colour and look really good after the black and white first season its quite a shock to see them all in "color"and the various monsters are just how i remember them men in dodgy rubber suits flailing their arms about, and i love the robot and annoyed mrs b and made the dog bark by going round the kitchen waving my arms about calling out " danger will robinson danger !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" love every minute of this