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4.0 out of 5 stars A Lost Television Classic, 28 July 2008
This review is from: Space Patrol : The Complete Series (6 Disc Set) (DVD)
This series aired in America as PLANET PATROL (because we had a live-action sci-fi show here in the 50's called Space Patrol, although curiously enough, when that was shown in later syndicated markets it sometimes used the title "Satellite Police"). It left a major impression on me at ages 8-10, much more so than its rival series, Fireball XL5 (although that did have a cool theme song and great visuals in its own right). And then SPACE PATROL/PLANET PATROL vanished, and over the decades seemed almost like something I had dreamt rather than seen. It was because of DVD releases like this that I got an all-region player (one of the best investments I ever made), and I bought this set when it first came out and was prepared for a less-than-optimum viewing experience, based on the stories about 16mm prints and the fact that, at one point, not all of the episodes could even be found in any form. But it's been transferred surprisingly well, and doubly so given that no one in 1963 ever expected anyone to be looking at these shows in high-resolution digital video 40 years after the fact.
It's all here, and even in the worst-looking of the shows there's enough to savor and appreciate anew (and there were episodes that I missed, I realize now). The visuals are fine -- not state-of-the-art but easy to enjoy -- and the sound is better than I'd hoped for. And the extras . . . I only wish that this set were out as a Region 1 release, so I could buy it for friends of mine here in the USA as gifts. But if you've a mind to get it, you won't be disappointed -- and I would love to loop that end-credit audio into an hour or two on continuous sound (I think it's always been playing somewhere in my head anyway, since age 8, along with those visuals).
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Initial post: 8 Apr 2010 21:32:24 BDT
Jenson says:
Hi Bruce,
According to the Product Description, the set is Region 0 so it will play in the States.

Posted on 18 Sep 2013 20:51:46 BDT
A. Holliday says:
Agree re the end credit audio!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2013 21:05:06 BDT
Bruce Eder says:
But I think it is PAL, which means it can't be viewed on American DVD players -- Region 0/PAL only means you don't have to switch regions on your computer to view it that way; but the PAL formatting is still an impediment in the USA, Canada, and Japan.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2013 21:05:35 BDT
Bruce Eder says:
Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2016 14:06:17 GMT
L Humphrey says:
Hi Bruce,
I was about your age when I saw this in England in '63. Like you it always stayed somewhere in the back of my mind--I think it was the fact that the galaspheres were so different, and that there was an unusual realism about them taking weeks to arrive at the other planets. And for some reason I never forgot it was Galasphere '347', even using that as the combination on my briefcase! Now I have the DVD, and I'm pleased to say that it's still one of my very favourites.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2016 14:40:58 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Feb 2016 14:42:43 GMT
Bruce Eder says:
It's a pleasure to hear from a fellow fan. I still love watching the series. It's different from -- and in most ways better than -- FIREBALL XL5, with which some people compare it (and confuse it). I only wish it were as well preserved as the latter series, but I'm grateful for what we do have of it. We actually got a bit of British television in America in those years, mostly syndicated (that is, not carried on the three major networks but distributed station by station), and a lot of it stood out: DANGER MAN (the 1/2 hour version, later retitled SECRET AGENT here in its 1-hour incarnation), THE INVISIBLE MAN, WILLIAM TELL (though we had a different theme song -- derived from a different part of the Rossini piece, with the words "Marching with William Tell, we rebel/for a cause that is just" -- over here), SUPERCAR, THE SAINT (the black-and-white episodes) etc. Even the black-and-white Diana Rigg episodes of THE AVENGERS (which were my favorites) were originally distributed by AIP in the US before the ABC network here made a direct deal with the producers. And I later came to love MAN IN A SUITCASE. But SPACE PATROL aka PLANET PATROL stood out among the kids shows, and it was a strong influence on my writing when I started to write science fiction as a kid (before I turned to journalism). Anyway, thanks for writing.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Feb 2016 15:21:31 GMT
L Humphrey says:
Hi again Bruce,
Thanks for your reply. I find it odd that not many folk recall Space Patrol; I'm only aware of two of my friends that do. However, you and I seem to share quite a few favourite programmes from our childhood; I used to avidly watch EVERY ONE of those you mentioned! Strangely, I spoke online only last week to a fan of William Tell, who'd become good friends with Conrad Phillips (who sadly passed away last month, aged 90). Yes, I'd heard that the U.S. had the different theme.

I have the DVDs to most of the above, plus many others, much to my wife's amusement (though she happily watches with me all of 'The Avengers', 'Tell' and 'The Saint', episodes, which she also saw in her formative years. I'm also a great fan of the '50s/'60s Westerns, such as 'Cheyenne', 'Bronco', 'Boots and Saddles' etc. My thoughts and memories of all of these are too numerous to mention here, but if you're at all interested in chatting about them, drop me an email on: lynhumphrey@hotmail.co.uk
Best wishes,
Lyn (I've not misspelt it--it's a Welsh name).

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2016 11:23:56 BDT
I have only met one person who recalls this....and then only vaguely.....even my brother who watched it with me didn't remember it all......but maybe its because I was so into space travel and SF......

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2016 16:10:04 BDT
L Humphrey says:
Yes, it's strange that more folk don't seem to recall it, because it was a great little programme, and still enjoyable to watch today.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2016 21:12:20 BDT
Not at these prices!!
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