Space 1999 was a series that was full of excitement, adventure, action, and special effects. This release is absolutely excellent. Network has given great attention to detail and quality. The whole thing has been remastered and restored including superb picture quality and the new digital 5.1 soundtrack restoration mix. The whole thing is amazing.
All 24 episodes from the first series are here. The series was made in 1975 but looks better now than it did back then with its digital restoration. There are some good extras also. It is a lavish presentation.
There are some very original ideas within the stories and it is well written.
Space 1999 was conceived as a sort of British Star Trek by puppet expert Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. The basic premise is that the crew of Moonbase Alpha find themselves stranded in space. On September 13th 1999 a nuclear waste dump on the far side of the moon explodes and the blast causes the moon to be thrust into deepest space. As the moon passes through the galaxy the alphans try to find a new home before their supplies run out. The series starred Martin Landau and Barbara Bain (previously in Mission Impossible). The series had special effects that drew on the experience of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and their days on previous series such as Thunderbirds and was their second series to blend real actors with models for space craft etc.
The music score is very good and sounds better than ever. The whole series is pure escapism. It is very far fetched and the acting is not the best in the world, (although Martin Landau and Barbara Bain are very good) but it is just great fun if you don't take it too seriously. It is also pure nostalgia for those who remember it the first time round. And if you are new to it, it still stands up as a good fun science fiction series that could have been made now. The only thing that dates it is the obvious fact that it has long past the year 1999 and that the clothes are a bit seventies with flared trousers. However this is a good series and looks fantastic with the wonderful restoration work.
Just to update on my review, the series has been released before and this is the new re packaged version which is very good. There is a card box, which is nicely presented, and inside that there are two plastic DVD boxes containing the DVDs. Box one has two discs and box two has four discs. Inside those they each have a booklet. One is about the production notes and the other is about the episode guide. There are some good pictures and it is nicely presented. There are still seven discs just the same as the original issue but this issue is Greatly recommended