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Space Patrol: Volume 9 [VHS] [1963]

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  • Actors: Murray Kash, Ronnie Stevens, Dick Vosburgh, Libby Morris, Ysanne Churchman
  • Writers: Roberta Leigh
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Network
  • VHS Release Date: 10 May 2001
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R7E1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410,565 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Five episodes from the second season of the classic animated puppet sci-fi series, created by Roberta Leigh. In 'The Grass of Saturn', Saturn's new leader, Riga, orders the launch of deadly rockets against Earth. 'Forcefield X' sees the inhabitants of Neptune attempting to bring Earth to its knees by raising the heat to an unbearable level. In 'The Water Bomb', Dart and the Galasphere are hijacked by escaped criminal Marlog en route to Mars. 'Destruction by Sound' sees Raeburn attempting to prevent a computer superbrain from taking over the planet Delta, while in 'The Shrinking Gas of Jupiter' Slim shrinks in size after falling into the swamps of Jupiter.

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The adventures of Captain Larry Dart of Galasphere 347, with his crew the Martian Husky and Venusian Slim. Often confused with Gerry Anderson's 'Fireball XL5', Roberta Leigh's 'Space Patrol' offers a quirky and light-hearted slant on the SF genre. Primarily a children's show with educational and moral aspirations mixed into its stories this 'Best Of' DVD features six episodes from this rarely seen classic.
Because the only prints available were 16mm that had been stored (allegedly) in a garage for some 30 years, the video releases had transfers of very variable quality. Here, we are treated to crystal clear transfers - 2 from newly found 35mm prints - that make viewing a joy. The versatility of DVD gives you a chance to view the futuristic model of Space Headquarters in all its glory.
'The Swamps of Jupiter' is the pilot episode and discerning viewers may notice scenes of varying quality with slightly different puppets. For trivia fans, as Roberta Leigh reveals in her interview on the DVD, all the scenes on one set were short for the entire series in one go, then edited together. Nowhere is this more apparent than here where a notably different Husky and Slim discuss the merits of a cake in suspended animation. I kid you not.
'The Wandering Asteroid' is an early take on the story writ large in films like 'Deep Impact' and 'Armageddon'. Only the effects are better there, as the plot is so identical it's a wonder Roberta Leigh didn't sue!
'The Robot Revolution' is an undoubted classic of the series, here seen in the glory of a 35mm film transfer, with the automatons of an undersea farm marching on Space Headquarters.
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This is a groundbreaking series made in 1962. Don't let the tight budget put you off and the fact and that its also in black and white, as this stands up with any Gerry Anderson classic puppet series like Stingray, Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet.
Roberta Leigh writes superior Science Fiction with some brilliant
ideas for plots and characters.
Star Trek must have been influenced by this as Roberta brought the idea of near instantanious transport by breaking down peoples molecular structure and reassembling them again miles away. The opening soundtrack has sounds that Star Trek must have been inspired to use as similar sounds are on the control deck of the Enterprise.
The original episode of Star Trek 'The Cage' is similar to the Plutonians in Space Patrol with their large baldheads and robes and not wanting to work and hypnotising people to come do their will. (And I realy love Star Trek by the way.)
Space Patrol never gets stuck in a rut story wise and has constant variety.
But there is a tounge in cheek element in all of the Sci Fi of the 1950's and 60's and this has loads of too.
The highlight of every episode for me was when the crew of the Galasphere 347 switch on 'Robot Control' which consists of two wobbily zig zag doors opening to reveal a Robot who takes over flying the ship by walking up and down the flight deck doing a John Cleese 'Minister Of Silly Walk's' type thing. You can't help but laugh at it!
This is great TV but then on top of that you get great extras including interviews but best of all are the other Roberta Leigh's pilots of programes she made which are very good and some of them in full colour too.
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I thought that I was alone in fondly remembering this sixties puppet series... and then I find the super fan site and this wonderful DVD. If you have any interest in the various Sci-fi puppet seies of the 60s / 70s then this is a must for your collection. Captain Larry Dart, Husky & Slim are just as I remember them but what really suprises is the atmosphere created. At times genuinely spooky and evocative, the series works on many levels. I can reveal that the gun in episode 1 is the neck of a laboratory quickfit washbottle with two rubber bungs attached... but don't let that put you off, the mist shrouded surface (!!) of Jupiter is superb - far mor alien than the polystyrene rocks used in Star Trek and the like. The music is subdued and moody and predates Tonto's Expanding Headband by 10 years or so. How hip is that!!?
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By A Customer on 28 Jun. 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
One of the few memeories I have from youth were the sci-fi series like Fireball XL5 and Space Patrol. The DVD that Amazon
sells is the Best of Space Patrol.
I enjoyed the DVD although my memory of this program was not a clear as the later Thunderbirds series where complete plot lines were retained from my frist viewings as a child.
I think it is a great shame that more has not been made of the creative minds of people like Roberta Leigh and Gerry Anderson.
The only warning must be is double check the price of this DVD. Type space patrol DVD into Google and see the true steet price.
I was ripped off.
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On the 7th of April 1963 I was given an early eight birthday present with the first broadcast of the new ITV puppet series "Space Patrol". Gosh, I was pleased! There had been rumours that this series was going to be something special. I remember being told that it was by the same people who made "Four Feather Falls", which was an old favourite of mine. Of course, being (nearly) eight, I didn't really appreciate the niceties of who the producer and director was. But the show was brilliant, and became an immediate favourite.
It's a long time ago but I can still vividly remember being mesmerised by the weird, unearthly opening tune (eat you heart out Ron Grainger!). Then there was the opening shot of a boiling, blazing sun (complete with solar flares), quickly giving way to the whirling, mysterious Galasphere wending its way through the Solar system.
Though the show relied on relatively few sets, the ones they used were superb - especially for the time. The signature shot of the view downwards as a Galasphere takes off from United Galactic Organisation HQ, was still fresh in my mind when watching the videos nearly three decades later.
Roberta Leigh, who created, wrote and directed the show, was keen to be as scientifically accurate as possible. To that end she consulted with Colin Ronan, who was then Vice President of the British Astronomical Society. This made the shows seem wonderfully authoritative to me at the time. I was For example, rather than just taking off and arriving "moments" later, the space travellers went into suspended animation to make their journeys. As a dedicated reader of "Look and Learn", I was well impressed with this accuracy. Of course, they didn't get everything right, as episode titles such as "The Swamps of Jupiter" suggest.
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