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4.0 out of 5 stars A Lost Television Classic, 28 July 2008
This review is from: Space Patrol : The Complete Series (6 Disc Set) (DVD)
This series aired in America as PLANET PATROL (because we had a live-action sci-fi show here in the 50's called Space Patrol, although curiously enough, when that was shown in later syndicated markets it sometimes used the title "Satellite Police"). It left a major impression on me at ages 8-10, much more so than its rival series, Fireball XL5 (although that did have a cool theme song and great visuals in its own right). And then SPACE PATROL/PLANET PATROL vanished, and over the decades seemed almost like something I had dreamt rather than seen. It was because of DVD releases like this that I got an all-region player (one of the best investments I ever made), and I bought this set when it first came out and was prepared for a less-than-optimum viewing experience, based on the stories about 16mm prints and the fact that, at one point, not all of the episodes could even be found in any form. But it's been transferred surprisingly well, and doubly so given that no one in 1963 ever expected anyone to be looking at these shows in high-resolution digital video 40 years after the fact.
It's all here, even in the worst-looking of the shows enough to savor and appreciate anew (and there were episodes that I missed, I realize now). The visuals are fine -- not state-of-the-art but easy to enjoy -- and the sound is better than I'd hoped for. And the extras . . . I only wish that this set were out as a Region 1 release, so I could buy it for friends of mine here in the USA as gifts. But if you've a mind to get it, you won't be disappointed -- and I would love to loop that end-credit audio into an hour or two on continuous sound (I think it's always been playing somewhere in my head anyway, since age 8, along with those visuals).
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Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 8 Apr 2010 21:32:24 BDT
Jenson says:
Hi Bruce,
According to the Product Description, the set is Region 0 so it will play in the States.

Posted on 18 Sep 2013 20:51:46 BDT
A. Holliday says:
Agree re the end credit audio!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2013 21:05:06 BDT
Bruce Eder says:
But I think it is PAL, which means it can't be viewed on American DVD players -- Region 0/PAL only means you don't have to switch regions on your computer to view it that way; but the PAL formatting is still an impediment in the USA, Canada, and Japan.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2013 21:05:35 BDT
Bruce Eder says:
Thanks!
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