Space - 1999: Series 2 [DVD] 
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DVD Special Features:
Original Year 2 Trailers New Character Biographies
Deleted Scene Page and Pictures
Year 2 Novel Write-Ups
Cast & Crew Interviews
Production Designer Keith Wilson Interview
Landau & Bain Trailers from UK & USA
Brian Johnson SFX Commentary & Interview
Many fans don't rate the second series of Space: 1999 as highly as the first. Responding to audience feedback, as well as the separation of producers Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, the programme makers drafted in new producer Fred Freiberger, the man responsible for the third and weakest season of the original Star Trek. Under his guidance the storylines drifted away from the hard sci-fi of the first season in favour of more action and a faster pace. The theme music, sets and costumes all changed, as did some key personnel. Out went professorial (and very dull) Barry Morse, in came dashing Tony Anholt as security officer Tony Verdeschi, while the glamour quotient was upped considerably by Catherine Schell as the shape-shifting Maya (a much-needed change, since the frosty Barbara Bain had reduced the show's sex appeal to nil in Series 1). Series 2 also introduced lots and lots more aliens kitted out in badly fitting costumes and dodgy glam-rock era makeup. Responding to yet more feedback from American TV executives the protagonists now had to encounter more highly unconvincing monsters than even Dr Who ever dared imagine: "The Beta Cloud", for example, is a classic rampaging-bloke-in-a-suit scenario. That said, this second season has more emphasis on characters other than the headline stars, as various stranded Alphans are allowed to come to the fore instead of just blankly following Commander Koenig's orders. It's all good fun in a silly, nostalgic sort of way, and fans of the more vintage Season 1 will find it hard to resist this second season as well.
On the DVD: There aren't many extras here, although sundry interviews with principal cast and crew are scattered across the six discs in this complete box set. There's also a commentary on some episodes with special effects man Brian Johnson, a couple of deleted scenes, production stills and some text features. Each disc has a small booklet that gives some useful background information on the episodes. The remastered 4:3 ratio picture and mono sound are fine. --Mark WalkerSee all Product description
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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 bought the first season on Bluray which is a tour-de-force in how to remaster a TV series that others should follow - were looking at you Warner Brothers!
After enjoying the first series I decided to get the second on bluray. Season two is quite a different entity. Whilst IMHO the stories are not as strong as the first season, and with some unexplained changes - certain characters disappeared and Moonbase alpha had a makeover (Main Mission became Command Center, they got ground based laser batteries, costumes got a makeover, etc), its nonetheless quite fun. And there are some good stories with faster paced action etc.
As with the first season Network have done a superb job of remastering the footage and its superb.
Overall then, the stories are less cerebral and more action based than Series One, the special fx aren't quite as good either (but still very good for the time and quite acceptable) but if you're a Space 1999 fan, a fan of faster paced sci-fi with a bit more action, then this is a must buy.
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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