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2.0 out of 5 stars Series 1 - A For Andromeda - Was WIPED! Buyer Beware!!!!, 9 May 2009
This review is from: The Andromeda Anthology: A for Andromeda / The Andromeda Breakthrough [DVD] (DVD)
Nowhere on the box or on the disk itself for 'A For Andromeda', does it make it clear that ALL THE ORIGINAL BROADCAST EPISODES OF THIS SERIES WERE DESTROYED in the late 60's or early 70's - so viewers settling down for 'series 1' will be confronted by STILL photos and CAPTIONS to make up for the ENTIRE series - apart from, oddly enough, one episode which was never broadcast! Although this is probably the only way the BBC could think of to release the 'trilogy' it is strange that the lack of footage for series 1 is not made more clear to the potential buyer/viewer.

Like many will, I quickly grew tired of photos-and-captions covering all SEVEN episodes, and went straight to series 2 - 'The Andromeda Breakthrough'.

Surely, rather than a "menu" for disk 1, a statement of what happened and what had been done to 'recap' the first series should have been presented at the START of viewing? In fact, what was the point of offering a disk with 'A For Andromeda' supposedly on it? Would it not have been fairer to explain what happened to the original tapes and provide a series recap at the start of the second season, 'The Andromeda Breakthrough'?

So fans of Julie Christie - the original Andromeda - are in for a disappointment, it is still pics all the way. Susan Hampshire took over the role in series 2.

I will update this review once I have watched what remains, but feel the BBC are being a little 'economical with the truth' when it comes to the packaging of this product.
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Initial post: 10 Aug 2014 08:03:02 BDT
Zawiah Saki says:
"I will update this review once I have watched what remains, but feel the BBC are being a little 'economical with the truth' when it comes to the packaging of this product." They always have been. George Orwell took them for the model of 'The Ministry of Truth'. They rewrite history. Nineteen Eighty-Four was contemporary satire.
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