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5.0 out of 5 stars Land of the Giants
For the very first time this fantastic science fiction series comes to DVD in the UK. There were actually two seasons and this is just season one which contains 26 episodes. It comes in an excellent package. There are seven discs in a slim plastic tray container. Each Disc has the same "Land of the Giants" logo on it and there is a lovely booklet with 10 pages of...
Published on 26 Mar 2011 by Miss M. Potter
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1.0 out of 5 stars it doesn't work in Australia
I live in Australia and you sent me the wrong region. So it doesn't work and I am not happy
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Land of the Giants,
This review is from: Land Of The Giants - The Complete Series One [DVD]  (DVD)For the very first time this fantastic science fiction series comes to DVD in the UK. There were actually two seasons and this is just season one which contains 26 episodes. It comes in an excellent package. There are seven discs in a slim plastic tray container. Each Disc has the same "Land of the Giants" logo on it and there is a lovely booklet with 10 pages of interesting facts about the development of the series with some good pictures and artwork presentation. The Back of the booklet has a chart of the episode listing and original episode title, filming order, broadcast order and airdate. All of this comes in an attractive card sleeve container. There are some brief but welcome special features. The unaired version of the pilot episode doesn't differ much from the aired version but it's interesting to look at. The interviews with stars Gary Conway and Don Marshall are worth seeing and the presentation reel, special effects shots and broadcast information are also good additions.
On 12th June 1983 a sub orbital commercial flight from America to London hits a mysterious cloud storm and crash lands on a planet just like earth. The only thing is that the people on this earth are 12 times bigger in height. The series follows the space travellers attempts to repair their space craft the "spindrift" and return home while tackling giant insects and animals or fleeing from the giants who having discovered the existence of the little people want to catch them usually to experiment on them.
The crew are Captain Steve Burton, his co pilot Dan Erickson, and stewardess Betty Hamilton. The passengers are engineering executive Mark Wilson, wealthy heiress Valerie Scott, 12 year old Barry Lockbridge and his dog chipper. Finally there is the intriguing, unscrupulous Commander Fitzhugh who is wanted by the police and carries a briefcase with a lot of money in it. This character is similar to Dr Zackary Smith in "Lost in space" in so much that it is often his greed and stupidity that gets the rest of the crew into sticky situations with the giants. Also in this series is the Giants bad guy Inspector Kobrick who works for the SIB security service. He becomes set on hunting down the "little people".
The series was noted for its elaborate special effects with giant sized props. The series was created by producer Irwin Allen who also created The Time Tunnel, Voyage to the Bottom of the sea and lost in space.
It is pure escapist fun in these shows and is still entertaining over 40 years after its creation.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Land Of The Giants - Series One Episode guide.,
This review is from: Land Of The Giants - The Complete Series One [DVD]  (DVD)Season one,
Episode titles, and brief synopsis- 26 episodes.
The Crash - A London bound spacecraft passes through a mysterious cloud, and ends up on an Earth like world: but everything is 12 times bigger! (All is relative!)
Ghost Town - The "little people" find that even the children of this world can be very dangerous.
Framed - The "little people" try to clear a tramp of murder.
Underground - The "little people" help an underground leader destroy some incriminating papers.
Terror-go-round - A giant gypsy captures the travellers...to sell to a circus!.
Flight Plan - A miniaturised giant attempts to learn about Earth technology.
Manhunt - The travellers risk their lives trying to save a giant convict.
The Trap - Betty and Valerie are captured, the travellers must sacrifice some of their scarce fuel to save them.
The Creed - When young Barry gets appendicitis aid comes from an unexpected quarter.
Double-Cross - The travellers get involved with two giant thieves.
The Weird World - The Spindrift crew encounter a nearly-mad survivor of an earlier space mission.
The Golden Cage - The giants try and trick Mark into betrayal.
The Lost Ones - The travellers help four teenage boys from a space-wreck two years earlier.
Brainwash - Steve is brainwashed, but why?.
The Bounty Hunter - The giant authorities try and caputure the "Spindrift" crew by offering a big reward.
On A Clear Night You Can See Earth - Murtrah a mad giant scientist captures two of the "little people".
Deadly Lodestone - Spying on the giants two of the group hear the giants outlining a new method of finding them. (First appearance of Inspector Kobick.)
The Night Of Thrombeldinar - Fitzhugh is caught by two giant orphans.
Seven Little Indians - When four members of the group are caught the others plan a daring rescue.
Target Earth - The giants need Marks knowledge to perfect a guidance system.
Genius At Work - Fitzhugh becomes giant sized, this presents big problems for the others.
Return Of Inidu - The travellers must prove a giant magician is innocent of murder.
Rescue - Two giant children chase the travellers into a storm drain and become trapped, but only the "little people" can save them.
Sabotage - The "little people" are caught up in a struggle between a kind giant Senator and a power-mad chief of Police.
The Shell Game - The travellers build a hearing aid for a giant deaf boy.
The Chase - Insp. Kobick forces the travellers to help him trap some freedom fighters.
This was Irwin Allen's fourth TV series, and in my opinion his best.
At least season one anyway, unfortunately season two started to drift into Allens usual hack writer's world of silliness and "Pied Piper's", exemplified by episodes like "Pay The Piper".
One thing which has always puzzled me was, how come the giants never discovered the "Spindrift" more often, with those two big brightly pulsating orange lights on either side - why not switch them off? - but maybe the giants suffered from Nyctalopia.
I must admit the design of the "Spindrift" was amazing. It reminded me of an orange "Flying sub"- Mr Allen did have some good designers on his shows, pity about his stable of writers.
UK premiere 7 dec. 1968.
Season two - 25 episodes, coming soon.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 0ver 40 years on, but still highly watchable entertainment.,
This review is from: Land Of The Giants - The Complete Series One [DVD]  (DVD)OK - pick your faults? A bit hammy and hokey? No real character depth? Deliberate prat falls and a wayward dog 'Chipper come back' always getting our hero's into trouble? Actually - it was ALL levelled at the series even at the time! However, despite all of this, Irwin Allen really did present a good and colourful comic strip romp! Something that looks original, sytlish and good even today. In fact, far from the Giant's world set in the late 1960's making the series look dated, it kind've give's it a timeless quality now... And as I watched, instead of the Spindrift passengers and crew coming from the then future of 1983, you could easily say 2083 should anyone care to run a few CGI digital touch-up's of the Earthlings visual technology..? All in all though - please buy & enjoy these DVD's..!!! Aside from the odd early chromokey effect and giant mechanical hand failing in the special effects department, the rest of the visual's in the series truly is a wonder to behold considering it being over 40 years ago! With the camera angles, direction and giant props, the illusion of conflicting size pays off! You DO believe you're trapped on a Giant world! The only galling part is, that when Land Of The Giants first came out, I was younger than the 11 year old Barry character. But now of course I'm fast creeping up on the age of Fitzhugh! A character in the series either described as fat and/or old..??? Oh hum... How celluloid really does immortalise and preserve our images from the passage of time eh?
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another entertaining Irwin Allen TV series,
This review is from: Land Of The Giants - The Complete Series One [DVD]  (DVD)Following the success of Irwin Allen's "Lost In Space", the same man then presented us with another entertaining sci-fi/adventure series here.
First broadcast in 1968, the series opens in the year 1983, with the sub-orbital spacecraft "The Spindrift" on a journey from Los Angeles to London.
En route the craft, piloted by Captain Steve Burton, (Gary Conway) with it's crew and passengers, are pulled into a space storm which forces the craft into a crash landing on a mysterious planet.
Everything appears to be Earthlike except for one considerable difference: Everyone and everything is twelve times it's size on Earth. The Earthlings now face a continual battle for survival, while attempting to repair the spacecraft for a return to Earth.
The giants are now attempting to hunt them down, the giant animal population also poses a great threat, the "giant" countryside provides some cover for the shipwrecked party.
As with Dr Smith in "Lost In Space", the show features a resident rascal amongst the passengers - the shifty and cowardly Commander Fitzhugh, (played by Kurt Kazner).
The scenery and effects are very good, especially when considering the series was made over 40 years ago. For those like me with fond memories of when this series was first broadcast, this is a very enjoyable trip down memory lane, and good entertainment for all the family.
The 4:3 colour picture and sound quality are excellent. This complete first series of twenty-six, 50 minute episodes is spread over seven discs.
Here is a list of the special features:
*Unaired Version Of The Pilot Episode (The Crash).
*Gary Conway Interview.
*Don Marshall Interview.
*Special Effects Shots (No Audio).
*Original US Broadcast information.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Land of the Giants - The Complete Series One,
This review is from: Land Of The Giants - The Complete Series One [DVD]  (DVD)The best of the sixties sci-fi series. Even the special effects are good bearing in mind when it was made - and it was, at the time, the most expensive TV series ever made. Good actors, good stories, good effects. Absolutely brilliant. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Giant Memories,
This review is from: Land Of The Giants - The Complete Series One [DVD]  (DVD)It was 1970- I was 8 and I saw this new series listed in the Radio Times starting on BBC1 on Sunday afternoon (I think)-couldn't wait to see it & when it was on it was everything I hoped it would be- a sci-fi classic- a space craft is travelling from the US to London when it passes thru an electrical storm & enters a world identical to the world it left but populated by giants. The crew & passengers spend the next 50 episodes being terrorized by giant cats , insects & nasty human giants. At $250,000 per episode it was the most expensive TV show in the world at the time and the huge cost was the reason it only lasted 2 seasons.Young kids will love it-45+ year olds will reminisce-the effects still hold up-classic colour show from another age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Journey into the past.,
This review is from: Land Of The Giants - The Complete Series One [DVD]  (DVD)Here it comes. The centrepiece of this year's sixties televison rerun, after waiting around patiently for the past year. Following the slight disappointment of "The Time Tunnel" dvd re-issue and its butchered endings, i was wondering if this next Irwin Allen series would have some kind of similar problem. No such worries. It is hard to see how this could be any better, apart from including a miniature model of the Spindrift! The picture quality is magnificent and there are some decent bonuses.
I was about ten years old when this first screened on UK television, rushing home from primary school for the latest episode. It is truly fascinating to revisit "LOTG" over forty years later. Some of its aspects are still marvellous. Others are, inevitably, very dated. Overall, it remains very solid entertainment. Even for grown-up children. I can now appreciate Deanna Lund for the right little hotty she was. One rather sexy, foxy woman, beside Heather Young's more chaste and peripheral character. Kurt Kasznar starts off as a treacherous, slimy presence, before gravitating into a more nuanced type of subversiveness. Stefan Arngrim does well as the child in the equation, but his pesky dog causes everybody a ridiculous amount of trouble. Kevin Hagen is a good villain, as Inspector Kobick of the SID, when he starts to appear.
Each forty-nine minute episode features an amazing volume of action. The visuals are still really impressive, although they do sometimes show their age. The cast come up against all kinds of "giant wildlife" and have to work with some wonderful props. There's also the celebrated safety-pin grappling hook, which is unbelievably effective, and an odd home-made hatchet. Many episodes have some genuinely inventive music scores, to add to the interest, whilst others are let down by much schmaltzier work. The giants' planet is a very bizarre version of sixties America, with a rather McCarthyish, totalitarian air to it, whose inhabitants' names are of an odd nature. This adds to the overall strangeness.
The general quality is very high, with some memorable episodes. Personal favourites were "The Crash", "Framed", "On A Clear Night...", "Ghost Town", "Brainwash", "Terror-Go-Round", "Genius At Work" and "The Chase". However, be prepared for some relative duds. "The Shell Game" with its schmaltzy music. The fantastical "Return Of Inidu" and "Night Of Thrombeldinar" are both a little silly. "Manhunt", in which the giant speaks only in the last very few minutes of the episode, in spite of all which has befallen him. "The Glass Cage" is also rather cheesy, but Celeste Yarnall is a pleasant distraction.
I would suggest that purchasers do the episodes in production order, as there is no particular story arc at all. They somehow seem to flow better. ("The Weird World" was supposed to be the original second episode, for example, and it rather feels that way.) There's also a costume change, for the two actresses, from "Brainwash" onwards. In the bonus features, it is well worth comparing the unaired pilot episode with "The Crash, which has far superior music and several subtle differences. There are numerous sixties tv stars on view, to add to the fun. One or two faces who would subsequently make it big. The downsides would be the occasional bit of cheesiness, but that's typical of the era. The scale of the props is also somewhat out of kilter, on many occasions. Forget, similarly, how the castaways managed to stay so well-groomed from one week to the next. However, those aspects should not detract from the hours of enjoyment this series will provide.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Land of the Giants Series 1 dvd,
This review is from: Land Of The Giants - The Complete Series One [DVD]  (DVD)I remember watching this series when my children were young. We loved it! Very pleased it is now on dvd. A bit dated but fun to watch and well acted.
5.0 out of 5 stars brill,
This review is from: Land Of The Giants - The Complete Series One [DVD]  (DVD)brill loved it when was a kid its nice to see it again and bring back happy mems. thank you.
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic,
This review is from: Land Of The Giants - The Complete Series One [DVD]  (DVD)I was a fan of this show when it was aired in the sixties, and love watching it all over again.under rated in its day but it seems to have grown to cult status now, shame no networks are willing to buy the series and air it in the UK. But thanks to DVD that is now possible. Only a total of 51 episodes were produced and when ends you can't help feel they intended to go on but did'nt.Irwin allen went swiftly on to his next project (The Time Tunnel) which did'nt fear as well! All of the episodes on this series are well crafted and well acted if cgi had been around it would have been brillant, however reval in the sixties fashions, times and props.The box set does have extras including a alternate version of the pilot episode "The Crash". Also interviews with most of the surviving cast.A sheer delight from start to finish.
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