- Actors: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Barry Morse, Catherine Schell, Nick Tate
- Directors: Charles Crichton, Ray Austin, Tom Clegg, David Tomblin, Val Guest
- Format: Closed-captioned, PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 12
- Studio: Network
- DVD Release Date: 16 Oct. 2017
- Run Time: 2400 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 174 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0742YTPWY
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,500 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Space: 1999: The Complete Series
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 Newly remixed 5.1 tracks
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IMHO Space 1999 didn't stand up well against the likes of Star Trek. The special effects were cool and there were some great guest stars - but the show was kinda bland and depressing (much like British weather). The show's characters weren't particularly likeable, lacked humour, took everything too seriously ... and with blatant over-acting by some of the extras. Martin Landau's character seemed lacking in charisma, whereas Barbara Bain's acting range just seemed limited to her standing around with a pained expression on her face. Still, Space 1999 had its moments and it remains a must-see for sci-fi buffs interested in the history of the genre. For me, UFO was the stronger of the Gerry Anderson live-action shows and is the one I enjoy more. That show had a funkier vibe - with characters that were more likeable, well-rounded, and clearly a product of their time (some of George Sewell's unashamedly non-PC dialog still cracks me up).
Nonetheless, I'm very happy with this Space 1999 set, combining both series delivered in crisp clear HD - and I feel the show looks as great as it possibly could. The effort that's gone into the sets and production design is clear to see. Admittedly, it's sometimes a little too clear as matt images in the background, and wires used to help the actors go flying around in the low-gravity lunar scenes are now much more visible to see. But knowing how it was done and appreciating the effort made to produce this show in a pre-CGI environment is half the fun.
Thank you to Network for making this available in bluray, and for repackaging both series into a single bluray set. It's great value given that the current price of this combined set is cheaper than the standalone versions of either series 1 or 2. Hopefully this makes it more accessible for sci-fi fans to enjoy. Although it seems that the disks in this version are crammed a little fuller than the standalone single-series versions (5 episodes per disk rather than 4), I couldn't see any obvious issues with the video quality in my viewing.
Kudos also to Amazon's delivery which reached Australia safely in around a week - much better than my other recent orders (sent using Asendia) that have typically been taking 4 weeks (or longer) ... and which never arrive by their promised due date. Amazon's recent poor delivery service, and the arrival of some poorly-packed items which had been crushed or otherwise damaged in transit was making me look at alternative options for future orders. But if my next orders arrive as quickly and in as good a shape as this one did then I can hopefully continue purchasing from Amazon.co.uk.
For the uninitiated, the show saw the moon blasted out of Earth orbit, and the residents of Moonbase Alpha, under the command of John Koenig [Martin Landau] facing a struggle to survive.
The first season tried hard to be a show with a sense of serious cosmic wonder. But behind the scenes activities forced changes for the second. In came a new producer, who tried to lighten the tone. The cast got new costumes. New sets. Regular characters Victor Bergman, Paul Morrow and Kano went, all killed off in between the end of the first season and the start of this one. Alan Carter almost went the same way, but survived when it was discovered how popular he was. In came new characters security chief Tony Verdeschi [Tony Anholt] and Maya. Alien humanoid played by Catherine Schell, who has the power to shape shift.
New titles and new music also appeared. And they tried to lighten the mood via character humour as well.
The first season has been described as one third brilliant, one third good, and one third awful. This season is mostly in the middle of that grouping. Nothing stands out as desperately bad. But very few episodes really hit the brilliant mark. What was an attempt at serious science fiction became more a science fiction action adventure series. And perhaps lost a little something in the process.
It remains perfectly watchable though. Especially for many viewers of british tv in the seventies as it wasn't shown in all regions, so if you didn't first encounter it on VHS in the nineties, now is your chance.
The dvd has the following language and subtitle options;
All the sound and pictures in each episode have been restored. They do look and sound very good indeed.
Extras are all nothing new, mostly stuff scraped together from existing material. But there are some good ones in there.
Every episode has a stills gallery, and a music only option.
On disc seven we also have:
Seed of destruction: season one version. Which takes one of the season two episodes and gives it season one style music and an opening in the same vein. It's an interesting experiment.
Unexposed: behind the scenes of season two. A twenty five minute long making of feature made by some film students back in the seventies. It is something of a product of it's times in the presentation, but the content as a whole is pretty good.
Stock footage archive: forty one minutes worth of various model and set shots.
Production audio: the original sound recordings from four episodes. Which run from twenty six to forty one minutes.
Cosmos 1999: a fan film shot by two candians, which uses toys and models to tell a space 1999 story. This runs for thirteen minutes and is an absolute gem. With so many delightfully knowing touches that will make you grin. A hugely entertaining watch.
Disc eight has:
Martin Landau interview. Recorded in 1994, this is almost forty five minutes of him talking about the show and the rest of his career. And very interesting talk it is. An excellent watch.
Archive interviews: all shot in 1976, these are interviews with cast members Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Catherine Schell, designer Keith Wilson, visual effects man Brian Johnson, producer Fred Freiberger, and show co creator Gerry Anderson himself. They run from three to six minutes. The interviewees are pretty good. The interviewer is almost inaudible.
Outtake: A short clip, only a few seconds long, of an outtake from one episode. Which is quite amusing.
Trailers and promos: ten minutes worth of trailers for the show. These get a bit repetitive as many are the same with slight variations depending on where they were to be shown.
Behind the scenes: model shop. Six minutes of film of the visual effects unit at work. A more modern commentary tells you what is going on. The film is interesting. The commentary is very good.
Also as PDF files there are scripts for the majority of the episodes, plus all the annuals released at the time.
Not quite a five star product, because the season wasn't quite one. But a very good box set for it indeed.
I have not found any problems with the audio so I assume network has sorted the problem some people have had
I was humming and harring about getting series 2 as as a kid in the 70's I was disappointed in the changes that were made to the series but after watching it after so long it is actually not that bad very few bad episode's still wish they had kept it in the same style as series 1 which you do get treated to on one episode which has been changed to series 1 style as a bonus special" you still get it as its a original style in the set also"
the only reason I give it 4 stars is the copy I got did not have the the slipcover as the photo advert shown this is amazon's and networks fault amazon for not stating in advert no slipcase provided and network for not providing slipcases for all.
I know people may think this is trivial but people like myself like to buy a product which if new should be provided with everything which it was released with I know company's stop producing slipcases after a while for financial reasons but it would be nice if they would provide a service where you could obtain a cover if you missed the cut off period just a idea NETWORK
sorry for going off subject back to series
outsanding episode's THE EXILES /BRINGERS OF WONDER1/2 / THE DORCONS.
the special features are no where near as good as series 1 interview with landau is very interesting.
There is no booklet with this set which is a great shame considering the excellent booklet given with series 1 SHAME ON NETWORK
series 2 is still really worth getting amazon's price at the moment is a bargain forget what you remember in the 70's WATCH IT NOW you wouldn't be disappointed.
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Now in HD they look even better.
Good extras with commentary
Great bit of nostelgia