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Space 1999 was a series that was full of excitement, adventure, action, and special effects. This release is absolutely excellent. Network has given great attention to detail and quality. The whole thing has been remastered and restored including superb picture quality and the new digital 5.1 soundtrack restoration mix. The whole thing is amazing.

All 24 episodes from the first series are here. The series was made in 1975 but looks better now than it did back then with its digital restoration. There are some good extras also. It is a lavish presentation.

There are some very original ideas within the stories and it is well written.

Space 1999 was conceived as a sort of British Star Trek by puppet expert Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. The basic premise is that the crew of Moonbase Alpha find themselves stranded in space. On September 13th 1999 a nuclear waste dump on the far side of the moon explodes and the blast causes the moon to be thrust into deepest space. As the moon passes through the galaxy the alphans try to find a new home before their supplies run out. The series starred Martin Landau and Barbara Bain (previously in Mission Impossible).
The series had special effects that drew on the experience of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and their days on previous series such as Thunderbirds and was their second series to blend real actors with models for space craft etc.

The music score is very good and sounds better than ever.
The whole series is pure escapism. It is very far fetched and the acting is not the best in the world, (although Martin Landau and Barbara Bain are very good) but it is just great fun if you don't take it too seriously. It is also pure nostalgia for those who remember it the first time round. And if you are new to it, it still stands up as a good fun science fiction series that could have been made now.
The only thing that dates it is the obvious fact that it has long past the year 1999 and that the clothes are a bit seventies with flared trousers.
However this is a good series and looks fantastic with the wonderful restoration work.

Just to update on my review, the series has been released before and this is the new re packaged version which is very good.
There is a card box, which is nicely presented, and inside that there are two plastic DVD boxes containing the DVDs. Box one has two discs and box two has four discs. Inside those they each have a booklet. One is about the production notes and the other is about the episode guide. There are some good pictures and it is nicely presented. There are still seven discs just the same as the original issue but this issue is Greatly recommended
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on 22 November 2005
Network took on the task of restoring and remastering Space: 1999 Series One and exceeded my lofty expectations. In terms of video quality the picture quality is far more consistent within individual episodes and between the 24 episodes themselves. Colour, clarity, gamma and brightness levels are noticeably improved and flesh tones are superb for a 30 year old show.
Effects shots have been cleaned up nicely and the quality of this classic sci-fi tv series shines through.
The most pleasant surprise however has to be the sound quality. A brand-new 5.1 Dolby Digital sound mix has been prepared from the original magnetic tracks and the difference is a distinct improvement over the original mono. The sound is clear and has a nice spatial quality in many scenes. In certain episodes like The Last Enemy the bass is downright punchy with alien missles launching in room shaking fashion.
Overall this is hands-down the best-ever release for my favourite sci-fi show. It reveals the quality of production that went into Space: 1999 Series One like never before and the bonus footage which includes This Episode featurettes for many episodes as well as never before seen sfx shots AND the original broadcast Intro and Entro for the premiere episode Breakaway as shown on tv in San Francisco in 1975 is priceless footage that any fan can appreciate and enjoy.
It is a tribute to see the show presented in such a glorious release on its 30th Anniversary and it reveals that Space: 1999 Series One was not just a weekly sci-fi tv series but more of a big screen production whose presentation is akin to 24 mini-movies that should impress even the most jaded observer.
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on 2 December 2009
When I heard that Network had released a new remastered version of "Space: 1999" Season One, I had to have it. The fact that these are Region 2 DVDs and I live in the United States didn't stop me. I bought myself a multi-region DVD player. The picture quality was perfect, nice and clean with no scratches or artifacts. What I really wanted it for was the new remastered soundtrack. The new Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack verses the old mono soundtrack is like night and day. The mixers did a good job of moving the sound around the 5 channels to match the action on the screen. The mix on some episodes are better than others. One problem is that they did not fully utilize the subwoofer channel. A good mix will make you feel it when explosions on the screen go off. Unfortunately, you can hear more than feel the rumble. Its absence was noticeable on the pilot episode "Breakaway." When the nuclear pile explodes, you can hear the sound around you but you can't feel it. Very disappointing. That's what kept me from giving this DVD set a full 5 star rating. It is still worth owning.
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on 19 July 2010
i now own the Space 1999 series one special edition and i'm glad i've got it. i had the carlton release and the network release is far superior. i watched the first 2 discs so far am on disc 3. you could swear watching one of the episodes that it was filmed a few years ago but the dead give away is the fashions but i don't watch Space 1999 to comment on the fashions i watch it for the stories. Network have done a brilliant job on the episodes and the special features are really good. i would give this set 10/10. also i have found out Network have deleted this set pending repackaging.
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on 29 January 2011
Space: 1999 - The Complete First Series [DVD] [1975] i brought this for my partner for a valentines present as he told me he used to watch this series as a kid . he was very happy to get this he carnt get over how clear the picture is and how much they have cleaned it up . i have never seen this series before untill now and it great it sound clear too . i would reconmend this to any space 1999 fan . it something you can watch over and over again with out being bored of it . the price was very good to not too expenive for a box set .
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on 23 November 2005
Network took on the task of restoring and remastering Space: 1999 Series One and exceeded my lofty expectations. In terms of video quality the picture quality is far more consistent within individual episodes and between the 24 episodes themselves. Colour, clarity, gamma and brightness levels are noticeably improved and flesh tones are superb for a 30 year old show.
Effects shots have been cleaned up nicely and the quality of this classic sci-fi tv series shines through.
The most pleasant surprise however has to be the sound quality. A brand-new 5.1 Dolby Digital sound mix has been prepared from the original magnetic tracks and the difference is a distinct improvement over the original mono. The sound is clear and has a nice spatial quality in many scenes. In certain episodes like The Last Enemy the bass is downright punchy with alien missles launching in room shaking fashion.
Overall this is hands-down the best release ever for my favourite sci-fi show. It reveals the quality of production that went into Space: 1999 Series One like never before and the bonus footage which includes This Episode featurettes for many episodes as well as never before seen sfx shots AND the original broadcast Intro and Entro for the premiere episode Breakaway as shown on tv in San Francisco in 1975 is priceless footage that any fan can appreciate and enjoy.
It is a tribute to see the show presented in such a glorious release on its 30th Anniversary and it reveals that Space: 1999 Series One was not just a weekly sci-fi tv series but more of a big screen production whose presentation is akin to 24 mini-movies that will impress even the most jaded observer. Even if you are a casual fan of the series or already purchased the earlier Carlton Region 2 release this new set from Network is a keeper.
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on 12 January 2015
Anyone who is lucky enough to remember the exploits of the myriad of characters created by Gerry Anderson, must most certainly rank this series as one of his best. Marking another adventure of live action scenarios this series was primarily made to appeal to audiences in The United States, hence the casting of two well known actors, notably from the Mission Impossible series. This is Season 1, which sets out the broader aspects of the base line story in spectacular style. In the days before CGI the special effects and model making are second to none, and a high degree of realism is achieved. Each episode describes the exploits of the crew of Moonbase Alpha on its journey through deep space, after being blasted out of Earth orbit by an explosion caused by an accident on one of its Nuclear waste dumps. Even today, the scenes on the base and the outer space depictions are good, standing the test of time well. Most notable are its iconic space ships the Eagle Transporters whose realistic designs became immensely popular. All in all this series is hugely enjoyable and will appeal to audiences both young and old.
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Having left their days working with puppets behind them, Thunderbirds creators Gerry and Sylvia Anderson were now producing shows with real actors. Space: 1999 was to be a show that would be remembered. A hugely expensive [for the time] science fiction series with an all star international cast. Set in almost a quarter of a century in the future, back when we imagined that would see people living on the moon in a special base, an explosion of nuclear waste stored there would send the moon hurtling off into space. Leaving the crew of the moonbase fighting to survive and find a planet where they could settle and make a new home.

With cool spaceships, action and explosions and drama every episode, great thing were expected on both sides of the Atlantic.

But it never quite delivered.

The first season tried hard to be good solid science fiction and depict a cold and hard and scientifically accurate setting. With precious little humour. The lead actors were criticised for allegedly wooden performances. The show was messed around in the schedules.

And come the second year, a revamp was required.

But that's another story, since this is just about season one.

All twenty four fifty minute long episodes are presented here, spread across six discs. With a seventh disc that contains a fair few extras.

There are no subtitles.

And the only language option is english.

Once described as being 'one third good, one third bad, and one third awful,' the first season does live up to that description. There are excellent episodes which really use the potential of the show to the full. There are capable episodes. And there are the occasional ones that are dull, silly, and don't really quite come off.

Martin Landau as base commander John Koenig was criticised for one of the allegedly aforementioned wooden performances. But viewed in hindsight, he does quite well at portraying a man under the pressure of an almost impossible job. Barbara Bain as chief medical officer Dr. Helena Russell was also criticised in the same way. And her performance really is as wooden as they say.

The rest of the supporting cast do offer capable support, Nick Tate as pilot Alan Carter and Barry Morse as thoughtful british scientist Dr. Victor Bergmann being the best of them.

If you've not seen the show since the 1970's then be prepared to find that the memory cheats. But also be prepared to find the occasional decent bit of science fiction amongst the episodes.

And a classic theme tune from veteran composer Barry Gray.

This box set comes complete with two booklets. The first is an episode guide and the second contains the story of the production of the show. Both are very detailed and very good.

There are text only commentaries on two episodes.

And a verbal one from Gerry Anderson on another.

The scripts of thirteen episodes [two of them being slightly different from the broadcast versions] can be found as PDF files on disc seven, and they can be accessed by putting the disc into a computer.

There's a ten minute feature on the creation of the show. And a fifteen minute one on it's design. Both are taken from a longer fan produced documentary on the series. They are pretty good although being segments of something that was originally longer means they end a bit abruptly.

There's a seventy minute long feature called 'these episodes' which has members of cast and crew looking back at certain episodes and the making of them. Offering some excellent insights and ancedotes, this is really good and well worth watching.

Guardian of Piri remembered: Actress Catherine Schell appeared in this episode. She went on to play another character in a recurring role in season two. But here she talks about her time on the season one episode. With two anecdotes that are quite intereating. But the whole thing only runs for a minute.

Clapperboard: this presents two editions of the itv children's documentary series about film and tv making that many may remember from the mid 70's, and in them the presenter interviews Gerry Anderson and then one of his production staff about their work. More interview than clips and quite dry in it's presenting style, and neither edition still exists in it's entirety so a lot of this is edited highlights with weak picture quality. But it's decent nostalgia. You can jump to the second part by pressing the next button on the dvd remote, since the two are run together on the disc.

There are short trailer for Alien Attack and Journey through the black sun. These were two compliations movies that were made for foreign sale by editing two of the episodes into one long film version.

There are the titles for the first season without any text on them.

Alternate opening and closing titles.

A recording of the first performance of the theme tune.

A couple of short clips of Martin Landau and Barbara Bain introducing episodes of the show. These were made specifically for broadcast on american tv stations.

And ten minutes worth of visual effects images from the season, along with music from it.

There has been a more recent edition of this on dvd which has remastered pictures.

But all in all this is a fine box set for a fine piece of tv nostalgia.
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on 24 December 2009
Great quality restoration. I live in the US and bought a universal DVD player just to see this. A sci-fi-fan must have!!
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on 24 August 2008
This was one of the best science fiction series ever made!!! Here science fiction is at its best which means that is not just an action show of some heroic humans fighting hostile alliens (as is the case with many other sci-fi shows). This series follows in the wake of 2001: Space odyssey both in the visual effects and in the exploration of metaphysical questions about humanity! Here space exploration is really an exploration oh humanity as science fiction is meant to be. Unfortunatelly in season 2 the producers changed radically the show. Some of the actors left the series (including professor bergman) they changed the opening music, they rejected the deep meanings of the first season's episodes, the wrighting became bad with some romance added some cheap humor and a lot of simplistic plots (and ofcourse all the alliens became suddently hostile!). They almost ruined the series! I'm not interested in a dvd release of the second season but this one is really great! don't miss it!!
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