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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Gem, 1 May 2006
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This review is from: UFO - Volumes 1-4 Collector's Edition [1970] [DVD] (DVD)
It's great to see what some of the fellow British reviewers have said about this show. UFO, in my opinion, does rank as the best British sci-fi televsion series to date. These earlier episodes are sometimes a little slower than the later ones but in no account to they suffer for it as they do tend to study more character driven plotlines with a nice balance to some great action set pieces. This especially applies to Commander Straker in episodes such as 'A Question of Priorities' which is compelling viewing. The imagination here is also stunning. Much has been written about the purple wigs and who cares why they have them; they look awesome as do the girls that wear them but that's another story! The design work on the show including it's vehicles and special effects is also of the same high standard including SID, the talking satellite with a cool, polished voice.

In reading some of the american reviews I was stunned to see some people attacking this show for it so so-called 'low budget special effects' or 'Thunderbirds-style special effects'. The show was indeed produced by the very same team that produced Thunderbirds and the effects are stunning. Even when Thunderbirds and Stingray were made in the mid 60's let alone UFO, the effects the shows demonstrated were way ahead of their time, especially considering they were made often made on a low budget and for television.

One other factor I must agree on is the standard of re-mastering. All 26 episodes in both box sets are stunning both on the visuals and the audio and are a real credit to the team at Carlton Visual Entertainment.

To finish with, I highly recommend this set. Its great television on most fronts and is a worthy rival to some of the best of Star Trek.
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Initial post: 8 Oct 2010 09:56:01 BDT
Branko Vekic says:
I have to admit prefering this series to any Star Trek incarnation.

Posted on 2 Oct 2011 15:12:02 BDT
EJ JACKSON says:
I remember this when it first aired! In fact, I was a member of the Ed Bishop fan club until the lady who ran it was very tragically killed in a road accident. It was responsible for many friendships and was probably one of my very first 'fandoms'... I discovered that it was avaliable on DVD only today by a rather circuititous route: watching the 1994 series of 'Cadfael', my husband remarked that he hadn't seen Sean Pertwee in anything lately; I looked him up on Wikipedia and found a link to 'UFO - the movie', due for release in 2013 apparently. This was exciting news indeed, and got me wondering if the original might be available... expecting only to find VHS tapes available (which would be a problem as we don't have a working VCR anymore) I was amazed to find that the whole series is available on DVD and has very good reviews! So I'm about to order them and will enjoy a trip down memory lane with my sister when they are delivered. There doesn't seem to be much information online about the new movie yet but the official website is suitably dark (literally!) so I'm hoping it will be a worthy remake... will probably post my review once I've viewed but in the meantime thanks for this. I might have been dubious but it sounds as if it has been lovingly transferred and I look forward to revisiting it very soon...

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2013 20:04:35 GMT
Same here.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Dec 2013 16:11:41 GMT
stargazer says:
I know you wrote this over two years ago but I have just watched one of the episodes, this was & still is one of my favourite programmes. You mentioned a movie, did this ever happen & is it out there to watch, thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Dec 2013 18:46:36 GMT
EJ JACKSON says:
Sadly the UFO movie hasn't happened yet... seems to have been stuck in development hell! It was rumored to begin shooting earlier this year... there's an interesting website, something to keep an eye on perhaps?! http://www.ufo-themovie.com/shado/
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