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Land of the Giants: The Full Series (The Giant Collection) (1968)

Gary Conway , Don Matheson , Harry Harris , Sobey Martin  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Gary Conway, Don Matheson, Stefan Arngrim, Don Marshall, Deanna Lund
  • Directors: Harry Harris, Sobey Martin
  • Writers: Bob Mitchell, Esther Mitchell, Irwin Allen, Sheldon Stark
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P5FH2Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,293 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Land of the Giants: The Full Series (The Giant Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The Series' Lasting Effects
  • The Influence of Gulliver's Travels on the Show
  • Fight Scene in the Cage
  • Humorous Moments
  • A Couple Memorable Episodes
  • Memories of Irwin
  • Acting and the Actors on the Show
  • Memories of Kurt Kasznar
  • Memories of Cast Members and the Director
  • Popularity of the Show in England
  • Presentation Reel
  • Special Effects Shots (no audio)
  • Meeting
  • Irwing Directing Actors in Interior Sets
  • Irwing Directing Actors in Exterior Sets
  • Rope Climbing
  • Escape Through the Tunnel
  • Glass Prison
  • Escape from the Giant Hand
  • Irwin Directing Forest Scene
  • Irwin's Direction
  • Dogs
  • The Mechanical Hand
  • Directors Harry Harris and Sobey Martin
  • The Popularity of the Show
  • The Tone of the Show
  • The Concept of the Show
  • The Second Season
  • The Stunts and Effects
  • The Ship's Name
  • Perparation for Irwin's Shows
  • What Attracted Him to the Show
  • Imagination
  • Climbing the Rope
  • The Dog
  • Saying the Dialogue
  • Her Appreciation of the Show
  • Acting on the Show
  • How She Got on the Show
  • Ballet in a Bird Cage
  • Her Friendship with Don Matheson
  • The High Cost of the Show
  • Where Did the Story Take Place?
  • Merchandise
  • Mad Magazine Parody
  • Publicity Photos
  • Episodic Photos
  • Deanna Lund Gallery

Editorial Reviews

Premiering on ABC in 1968 and lasting just 51 episodes before its cancellation in 1970, Irwin Allen's fantasy series Land of the Giants has built a sizable (if you'll pardon the pun) fan base in subsequent decades thanks to its mix of adventure, science fiction, and camp; now those dedicated fans can enjoy the entire series in an impressive set that features a wealth of extras. The template for Giants is remarkably similar to that of Allen's Lost in Space; here, the passengers and crew of the commercial spacecraft The Spindrift encounters a mysterious energy force en route to London and finds themselves on a planet which parallels Earth in every way save one – its inhabitants are twelve times the size of the marooned crew. The protagonists are less tightly knit than Space's astronaut family Robinson – in fact, pilots Gary Conway and Don Marshall regularly butt heads with architect Don Matheson and entertainer Deanna Lund – though all seem to agree that orphan Stefan Arngrim is cute as a button and Kurt Kasznar is as much a pain in the neck as Dr. Smith (amusingly, Jonathan Harris turns up in this set in the episode "Pay the Piper"). But The Spindrift castaways' adventures are less juvenile than those of the later Lost in Space episodes, and the special effects (which cost the network a record-setting $250,000 per episode) are impressive for the period. The nine-DVD set for Land of the Giantscontains the series' entire network run, as well as the unaired pilot, which offers a similar take on the debut episode, "The Crash," minus John Williams' jazzy theme and other elements. Most of the surviving cast members (Kasznar passed away in 1979, and Heather Young is not included) is featured in interviews about their experiences on the show, and there are several home videos of producer Allen directing the program and interacting with the over sized props and sets. Also featured on the discs are galleries of publicity shots, episodic photos, show merchandise and of the photogenic Ms. Lund, and the MAD Magazine parody. Meanwhile, buyers can also pursue a reproduction of the comic book adaptation and a booklet with more cast interviews and photos, and check out a set of trading cards, a Spindrift key chain and crew iron-on patch – all of which is contained in the set's clever carrying case, which reproduces a wooden cage that held the Giants' heroes in one episode. Though casual admirers may balk at the Giant Collection price tag, diehards will undoubtedly appreciate having the entire set and quality extras at their disposal. -- Paul Gaita

Product Description

After their sub-orbital space craft is drawn into a space warp, the passengers and crew of the Spindrift, crash into a planet where everything is 12 times its normal size!

Customer Reviews

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117 of 125 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Folks, It's a Limited Edition July 26, 2007
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I'm reading the reviews about people complaining about the price and I won't dissagree that it is too high. However the package is stamped as a limited edition which means that the series might be re-issued in individual packages like the other Irwin Allen shows after a while, but who knows. My guess is that a good part of the price is simply the packaging. The extra's are not a big deal, but this is the stuff you get with limited editions, so if you think it's to high you may want to wait it out and one of two things can happen. Either they re-issue it later at a lower price or not at all. It's anyone's guess.

I've checked some of the discs and I own the original Columbia House DVD's as well, and these look better than what Columbia released. The picture quality is excellent! That said there is a problem that another reviewer mentioned, and that is the first 3 episodes of the second season have the wrong theme music on them. 'The Mechanical Man' 'Six Hours to Live' and 'The Inside Rail' all have 2nd season intro's with the 1st season music. These episodes are available on the Columbia House versions and the intro's on those discs are correct.

Except for that, I've found that these discs play well and look good, but I've still to see the entire run. Except for the price, this is not a bad set and if you can get it cheap I recommend it.

Note: Land of the Giants is best enjoyed in production order rather than broadcast order. These discs as well as others always list the shows in broadcast order and often the network that originally aired the show (abc) screwed up the order terribly. I'm a long time Irwin Allen fan and I know he is not the best at character development or continuity, but what little there is is lost when the episodes are run out of order.
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A show this BIG deserves the full treatment! September 30, 2007
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The year was 1968 and producer Irwin Allen had already taken TV viewers on a "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea," gotten them "Lost in Space," and thrown them through "The Time Tunnel." He decided that it was time now to go a journey to a "Land of the Giants."

Fans and critics alike feel that Allen was influenced by the respective films "Dr. Cyclops" (1940) and "The Incredible Shrinking Man" (1957) and that is a fair assessment. The show deals with the crew and passengers of a suborbital flight in the year 1983 that is somehow transported to a realm where they are "six inch oddities" in a land of gargantuan proportions. The setting allowed the creative staff to place the seven principal cast members in all sorts of situations/dangers, making for possibly Allen's most visually striking and "serious" endeavor. Though geared toward a young audience, the show occasionally showcased more adult themes than either of the producer's other three television efforts. Such change may have been the result of the influence of NBC's "Star Trek" which was in the last season of its three-year run when "Land of the Giants" debuted.

It also appears that some aspects of the show were more innovative than it was then perceived. One is in the casting. Don Marshall, who played co-pilot "Dan Erickson," was one of the few black Americans on network television with a pivotal role. The character was sometimes allowed to be the decision maker and shared close quarters with white female co-stars Deanna Lund ("Valerie") and Heather Young ("Betty"), something that was revolutionary in the late sixties-early seventies. Allen may not have considered that in his hiring of Marshall but it does elevate the actor to "trailblazer status.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The LITTLE PEOPLE are here !! July 26, 2007
Picked up the LAND OF THE GIANTS collector's set at Best Buy on Tuesday. It was kind of steep, about $170 on sale, but I had birthday gift certificates so I guess somebody figures I'm worth it. The box is really cool, constructed of sturdy wood with a rope handle top and wire mesh door over a 3-D picture of the little people (looks like tin). The wire-mesh door slides up to reveal the contents: 5 DVD cases which fit nicely in slots cut in the wood, and the extras - A little packet containing a Spindrift keychain and LOTG crew patch, postcards with a weathered look (Deanna Lund's is a knockout), a little colector's book, a really cool miniature comic book, and a coupon for $ off on other Irwin Allen DVDs.
Yeah, it's pricey and the discs are double-sided as countless people have pointed out. But I'm not getting any younger and could get run over by a bus tomorrow, so I will enjoy watching my favorite show of all time for the remainder of my years.
In addition to the cast interviews, one of the extra features is the unaired pilot of "The Crash". It looked great to me, the colors are crisp and clear, bold and bright. You could see the beads of sweat on the Captain's and Co-Pilot's faces, and the 2 women never looked more beautiful. The differences I noticed in the unaired pilot were the music and some extra scenes. They used a lot of LOST IN SPACE music (I thought the GIANTS music/theme song featured in the aired pilot and series was better), and there was a lot of extra footage before the actual crash of the Spindrift. I guess these scenes were cut or shortened to get to the crash and the action quicker.
This is an outstanding set and collector's item. I only hope the same will be done for LOST IN SPACE someday, during my lifetime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 26 days ago by JUAN CARLOS GARCIA CRISTOBAL
5.0 out of 5 stars Great overlooked series
Irwin Allen at his very best lots of action and adventure something new every episode. The special effects are great for the era it was filmed in.
Published 4 months ago by Josh R.
4.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF MY FAVORITES
"Land Of The Giants" was one of my favorite shows when I was a kid growing up. Today, it still is. It's cheaper ordering it online than buying it at a store.
Published 5 months ago by KEVIN MONTGOMERY
5.0 out of 5 stars Going Back Down Memory Lane With One Of The Best 1960's Sitcom!
I Always Loved This Show As A Kid, And Now I Can Watch It As Much As I Want Without Commercial Interuption... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Albert Melendez
5.0 out of 5 stars worth the money
I loved this series as a kid, it comes in a great box for your collection, it just brings back so many great memories watching it
Published 11 months ago by Robert Carnes
5.0 out of 5 stars purchase of "land of the giants - the full series" is a fabulous...
awesome box set and the best video quality of any show ever!
one of the best shows from the magnificent sixties!
Published 12 months ago by matthew johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Land of the Giants DVD Collection
The Land of the Giants DVD was a superb choice that I made. I recommend anyone who grew up watching this awesome series by creative genius Irwin Allen. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Terence P. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
Esta edición contiene el doblaje original en español de 1968. La masteriozación digital es buenísima y la presentación en la cajita tipo jaula es... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Aurelio Collado Torres
3.0 out of 5 stars Super set, really bad dvd discs packaging
The set is a great idea, well thought of, except that the discs are all double-sided. Double-sided discs are thankfully now almost been relegated to history, but they were used... Read more
Published 21 months ago by rickshayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Land of the Giants - available at a less than giant price...?
Great series, excellent production values, it holds up well after forty years and is worthy of 5 stars - but I appreciate reviewers concerns about the high price, so I just had to... Read more
Published 22 months ago by steveacoustic
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