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Gerry & Sylvia Anderson's SUPREME Science Fiction Odyssey - NOW ON BLU RAY,
This review is from: Space 1999 - The Complete First Series [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This is absolutely 1st class. The picture and sound quality will astonish you! The work that Network have done in terms of restoration and remastering (both on this and on the previous DVD release) is amazing!
SPACE:1999 remains one of the most controversial science fiction/fantasy series ever created... & I love it!
I can only hope that Network decide to release Year 2 and take the same amount of care over the restoration process that they have with Year 1 (you never know, we might even get to own "Message From Moonbase Alpha" - the definitive ending to the Alphan's long journey - & very moving it is too).
Buy this set, the presentation is lavish and the series itself contains some of the most beautiful, thought provoking & out and out horrific episodes of the series. Highlights include: "Breakaway" (surely the most involving, stunning TV Series pilot ever filmed?), "Another Time, Another Place", "The Guardian of Piri", "Collision Cource", "End of Eternity" (memorable for Peter Bowles of "To The Manor Born" playing a psychotic, immortal who delights in "the exquisite forces of pain and suffering!" and the sequence where Mike Baxter "kills" John Koenig by bludgeoning him to death with a metal bi-plane - not for the faint hearted!) "War Games" and the mind bogglingly scary and atmospheric "Dragon's Domain".
Even today, this is ground-breaking television on every level as the writers and actors go against every expectation and break every rule to create a series that truly stands on it's own.
SPECIAL FEATURES OF NOTE: Several but the massively expanded "These Episodes" Documentary is worth the price of the Blu Ray set alone.
SPACE: 1999 remains Gerry & Sylvia Anderson's supreme Science Fiction Odyssey.
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Initial post: 2 Apr 2012 11:30:12 BDT
Christopher Nash says:
Nice review, Steven, I agree completely. You know what, though? I reckon that Mysterious Unknown Force has prevented the inferior Year 2 from getting the special edition treatment........
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