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Jason of Star Command - The Complete Series (1979)

Craig Littler , Sid Haig  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Craig Littler, Sid Haig, Charlie Dell, Susan Pratt, James Doohan
  • Writers: Arthur H. Nadel
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2007
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NDI3OY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,401 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jason of Star Command - The Complete Series" on IMDb

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Working from within a secret section of Space Academy a daring soldier of fortune named Jason joins with his friends to combat the sinister forces that conspire to dominate the stars. Jason is aided on his missions by Commanders Carnavin and Stone computer expert Nicole strong alien Samantha eccentric scientist Dr. E.J. Parsafoot and 2 robots Peepo and the portable W1K1. Together they face the evil machinations of Dragos - the self-proclaimed Master of the Cosmos - and his ali9en minions aboard the Dragonship. Extras include new documentary commentaries special effects demo reel interview with villain Sid Haig photo galleries bookletFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: TELEVISION/SERIES & SEQUELS UPC: 787364724499

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond The Stars... Jason Of Star Command! February 18, 2007
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"The time: the distant future. Man has reached the farther stars, but has also uncovered dark, mysterious galaxies. And, as Star Command heads into the unknown, danger lies in wait."

Originally broadcast in the wake of the "Star Wars" phenomenon as a 15-minute live action segment of CBS's "Tarzan and the Super 7" show during the 1978-1979 season, "Jason of Command" had proved to be so popular (and the most expensive Filmation series) it became a separate half-hour Saturday morning show a season later.

Set in the 22nd century, the "Space Academy" spinoff (utilizing the sets, costumes and props) featured Craig Littler as Jason, the Han Solo-esque space explorer vital to Star Command's defense against the Dragonship attacks of deliciously evil "Master of the Cosmos" Dragos played by Sid Haig. Star Command itself was actually a special ops division of the Space Academy.

The supporting cast includes Susan O'Hanlon ("All My Children") as computer expert Capt. Nicole Davidoff; James Doohan (TV's "Star Trek") as Season One Commander Canarvin; Charlie Dell as inventor Professor E.J. Parsafoot; Tamara Dobson ("Cleopatra Jones") as Season Two super-strong alien telepath Samantha (replacing Nicole); and John Russell ("Pale Rider") as Season Two blue-skinned Commander Stone (replacing Canarvin); plus outer space-ready pocket droid "Wiki" (W1K1), and Peepo the robot.

Though obviously inspired by Star Wars and Ray Harryhausen model animated epics, Jason of Star Command most closely resembled the sci-fi serials of the 1930s and 40s, with a single-storied overall first season told in 16 chapters. Unlike previous Filmation shows, the stories focused more on action (non-violent, of course) than education.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saturday Morning Star Wars May 23, 2007
Jason of Star Command is the reason I used to jump excitedly out of bed on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons with the anticipation that the Jason of Star Command live-action 15-minute segment of Tarzan and the Super 7 would be the crescendo of my weekly Saturday morning ritual. Building upon the first season of Filmation's highly successful live-action series Space Academy, it was revamped to appeal to kids who were still dazzled by seeing Star Wars, and the similarities to which are glaringly obvious. Craig Littler stars as Jason, the heroic soldier of fortune who is nothing less than Han Solo-lite right down to his 70's-looking vest and carries a pocket-sized droid on his belt named W1K1 (sounds like Buck Roger's Twiki) and Susan O'Hanlon who plays Captain Nicole Davidoff who bares more than a passing resemblance to Ralph McQuarrie's conceptual art designs for Princess Leia. Charlie Dell from Murphy Brown played the goofy Professor E.J. Parsafoot and Sid Haig (whom I vividly remember from Roger Corman's Galaxy of Terror and had guest starred with Batman's Julie Newmar on Buck Rogers) plays the evil space pirate Dragos with his over-the-top diabolical laughter and menacing helmet with laser-shooting eye crystal. James Doohan beamed over from the Enterprise to take command of the special secret-section of Space Academy (a space-station built upon a derelict asteroid) as Commander Canarvin but would be replaced in the second season by the hard-nosed blue-skinned Commander Stone played by John Russell when Doohan had to leave the show to go make Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Tamara Dobson would replace Nicole as the mysterious telepathic alien gypsy Samantha. Read more ›
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THANK YOU BRENTWOOD VIDEO FOR SAVING THESE OLD SHOWS April 26, 2007
Brentwood Video has been releaseing these old filmation shows(Space Acadamy, Ark II, and the Groove Ghoulies) and saving a part of all of us 70's children's history. These shows were great then and they look good now. These are classics from a time when Saturday mornings were an event looked foward to all week. Keep them coming Brentwood, PLEASE!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jason of Star Command-5 stars of cheesy goodness June 8, 2007
I was thrilled when I heard that Jason of Star Command, and other Filmation live-action and animated shows were being released. Admittedly, most of these programs were probably cheesy then, and certainly haven't aged well. That said, I was going on 8 when Jason debuted, and I probably also watched the 1980 repeats when I was nearly 10. Jason may not have been Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, or even Buck Rogers, but it was a fun part of those sorely missed Saturday morning tv lineups. I won't weigh you down with the synopsis of every episode, the characters, etc. I'll focus more on the quality, and what you're getting for your money. It's been a month or so since I've watched the set, but I recall the video quality being pretty decent. There were at least two commentaries, as well as new interviews with Lou Scheimer, Jason Littler, and Sid Haig. Also some effects reels, and still photos. It's nice when a distributor puts so much into the special features for a little show like Jason, or Space Academy. Hell, you don't always get that sort of thing with other successful, mainstream releases. So far, I've only purchased JoSC, Space Academy, and Star Trek: The Animated Series. I highly recommend all of them. I will definately be picking up the Flash Gordon animated series, Ark II, Isis, Isis and Freedom Force, and Blackstar.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good price and quality dvd's.
Brings me back to my younger days. Excellent color,sound, and menu's that are easy to navigate. Worth your time and money.
Published 21 months ago by david vandever
5.0 out of 5 stars Silly grown ups, Jason's for kids.
This show was made for kids. Those of us who watched it when it first aired have grown into adulthood - sadly, the show has not. It's still for kids. Read more
Published on February 22, 2010 by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Jason of Star Command
This is the complete copy of the TV series of the sane name. A good print of a good series and just as I remembered it.
Thanks for the timely delivery.
Published on September 15, 2009 by Sir Squirrel
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality series and DVD production
There's already several helpful reviews on the shows' actual subject matter so I just wanted to emphasize the great production of the DVD set itself. Read more
Published on December 23, 2008 by D. Ross
3.0 out of 5 stars Remember the red wooly men?
The first disc or season 1 was excellent. Perfect pacing. Engaging plots and passable acting.

The second disc changed the format of the show from a half hour thingy to a... Read more
Published on November 26, 2008 by T. Sim
2.0 out of 5 stars It's good for kids.....
.....but I'm not a kid. From an adult viewpoint, there are far better shows to watch if you enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, or space opera. Read more
Published on September 1, 2008 by Troy
3.0 out of 5 stars Season One Was Fun
The 28 episodes of the Saturday morning sci-fi series "Jason of Star Command" were originally broadcast on CBS from 1978-1980. Read more
Published on April 30, 2008 by Only-A-Child
5.0 out of 5 stars Jason of Star Command - The Complete Series
WOW memories flood back when this one was aired in Australia in the late 70's, This series make me into the sci-fi addict I am happily am today, Poor effects, sloppy acting and... Read more
Published on September 30, 2007 by Orionappollo
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great SiFi series from the 70's
This was a great SiFi series from the 70's. I would definitely recommend it to SiFi lovers.
Published on August 22, 2007 by Joanne A. Vega
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT 70'S SATURDAY MORNING DVD
JASON OF STAR COMMAND IS ONE THE CLASSIC 70'S SATURDAY MORNING SHOW THAT YOU MUST HAVE IN YOUR DVD COLLECTION!!!!!
Published on June 12, 2007 by Michael Terry
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