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2.0 out of 5 stars Clear proof greedy capitalism works better than the BBC, 12 Nov 2006
This review is from: The Andromeda Anthology: A for Andromeda / The Andromeda Breakthrough [DVD] (DVD)
The original TV broadcast of "A for Andromeda" was in 1961. The BBC archived NONE of the footage. So finally, some kind collector provides ONE episode out of SEVEN, and they brilliantly come up with this montage of "telesnaps" and the one film episode they have, and expect it to be entertaining. So much for a "publicly funded" TV entity doing better than American networks. The quality of the writing and story may be better, but over here across the pond, one can acquire high-quality remastered entire SEASONS of shows from the 1950's, years before this wonderful classic was even a gleam in Sir Fred Hoyle's mind.

And, of course, should other episodes finally appear in some long-forgotten dustbin, collectors will have to pay for this whole thing all over again to see it as it should be seen.

Fie on the BBC!
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Initial post: 3 Mar 2009 16:23:02 GMT
horrace says:
You seem to be denigrating the BBC for being publicly funded.

I'm sure you'd also be the first to criticise the BBC for wasting public money by not re-using expensive tapes at a time when it was not legally viable to repeat the programs on these tapes anyway!

Nobody disagrees that in hindsight it was a bad decision to reuse these tapes - that's shown by the love and care taken over what has been retrieved !

This side of the pond we don't want to "acquire high-quality remastered entire SEASONS of (your) shows from the 1950's" quite simply for the reason that you state - that the quality of the writing and story is better here.

The BBC hasn't caused the current problems with the world economy and the associated hardship to people who were not responsible for it - that's purely down to your "greedy capitalism" !

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2009 11:16:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Aug 2009 11:18:53 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2009 18:06:09 GMT
horrace says:
I don't object to truths, I do object to woolly thinking.
The title of the review was ill-considered with no knowledge of the facts and was clearly an ill-concealed defence of the indefensible, because wherever it may have come from it's reached it's (worst) apotheosis in the American sub-prime fiasco.
I celebrate good telly from both sides of the Atlantic but that's not the point the reviewer was trying to convince us of !

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2010 14:04:55 BDT
Yes it is unfortunate that the BBC did wipes, unfortunate in retrospect. It is always easier to be a Monday morning commentator after the fact. Time to travel back in time a la Doctor Who and tell the BBC to save its shows because they will be able to put out DVDs of them in the future? Perhaps an American network will pick up this pilot. Couldn't be any worse than much of their prime time filler.

I am glad the BBC did what they did with this release. The Andromeda are historically important and it is nice to have them (not to mention the Doctor Whos) in whatever state they are in. Let's hope the other eps turn up at some point (keeping my fingers crossed for the Whos as well) and the BBC releases these. I also hope for a BBC release of the Miller Alice and the 1954 1984.

As to US TV, releases of restored and remastered versions of US TV shows are a rarity. For every I Love Lucy and Honeymooners there are tons of Waltons and Kung Fu's. Neither of these last have been restored as anyone who has seen these poor quality DVD transfers knows. Additionally, let me point out that the non-restored remaster of Holocaust has been cut by the geniuses at CBS. Could this be all about money (not wanting to spend the extra few bucks for another disc)?

Posted on 1 Dec 2010 12:16:24 GMT
I swear I can't decide if this is a cynical rip-off or an ingenious attempt to portray a largely lost classic serial. I really can't! Either way, neither of them are a patch on the wonderful Quatermass serials.

Posted on 23 Mar 2011 17:29:26 GMT
J. Stewart says:
The UK ITV companies were also wiping episodes of their series at least until the late 60s.
Oh, and they were capitalist businesses by the way.
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