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on 6 June 2011
The Good: It's a beautiful looking set that comes in a sturdy box with cover art as shown. Inside are two sturdy plastic cases with DVDs inside. One of the DVDs is an extras disc. Also contains chunky color booklets which go into great detail about each episode. As for the visuals on screen, the picture looks great, and sound quality is great as well mostly. Although maybe in some episodes, sound effects drown out dialogue. Which bring us to..
The Bad: No subtitles!!! What? How can you put this much care into restoration of the series and then leave out subtitles.. there were times when I'd have much appreciated being able to follow story points with my eyes as much as my ears, and I was sorely disappointed by this.
The Ugly: Technically this is a beautiful set. Even the box design is cool looking and much nicer than the A&E cover art. This was actually one of the deciding factors for me. One grand disadvantage to purchasing this set however is that while the price here is about the same as the A&E set, A&E contains season 1 AND season 2, and that's no little bargain even without being remastered. Especially when you consider that Network never followed up their Series 1 project (put out in 2005?) with a corresponding Series 2 set!!! Eh, what gives, Network? You kind of left the fans high and dry here...
As to the greatness of this series, I've only watched about a half dozen episodes of the 24 in total. Let me say first that while I loved it as a 7-year-old, I'm finding the episodes I've watched so far to be quite slow moving. I appreciate the occasional trippy moments, but am finding Barbara Bain and the gang a bit tedious. To tell you the truth, I've begun to wonder if the Space 1999 series that I watched as a child wasn't in fact from the second season. I could go for a little more cheese if they could just inject the plots with a little more action and interest. So far I haven't been greatly impressed with the "depth" of the show as some like claim Series 1 abounds in. I think on my next venture into this set I am going to jump in at a later episode in the season to see if things began to pick up a bit more in the future. Now I know why my mom let me watch this as a kid. She must have been expecting it to put me to sleep. Alas, in those tender years when there wasn't much else for me to compare it to, Space 1999 was serious stuff - I even had the lunch box. Now, more than a decade after the year 1999, and almost 40 years after the series was produced, I'm not sure how seriously we can be expected to take this show. It wouldn't be something I'd recommend to folks who hadn't lived through the era. But if you ever had a Space 1999 lunchbox, there'll be no stopping you, and this set is a pretty nice one all things considered. Just wish they'd included subtitles and had put out a SERIES 2 to follow this one.