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The Complete UFO Megaset (2003)

Gerry Anderson  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Directors: Gerry Anderson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2003
  • Run Time: 1352 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AZKJ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,855 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Complete UFO Megaset" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 26 episodes on eight discs
  • Commentaries by cocreators Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, director Alan Perry, and actors Mike Billington, Ed Bishop, and Wanda Ventham
  • Alternate video outtakes
  • Production stills galleries
  • Gerry Anderson biography/filmography

Editorial Reviews

UFO was Gerry Anderson's first live-action TV series after a decade of producing such children's animated classics as Stingray (1963) and Thunderbirds (1964). The premise of UFO, which ran for a single season of 26 episodes in 1970, was like a more serious version of Anderson's Captain Scarlet (1967): in the near future of 1980, a high-tech secret organization, SHADO, waged covert war against mysterious alien attackers. Ed Bishop played the American head of SHADO--he had been previously featured in Captain Scarlet and Anderson's Doppelganger (1969)--though in all other respects this was a thoroughly British production. As with all Anderson series, UFO evidenced remarkable technological inventiveness and groundbreaking production values, coupled with startling lapses in fundamental logic too numerous to list.

Much more adult in story and content than earlier Anderson productions, and surprisingly dark with its pragmatic view of human nature and downbeat endings, the show now seems like a forerunner of The X-Files and the equally short-lived Dark Skies (1996). Barry Gray's memorable theme and atmospheric music greatly enhanced the overall impact. Stylishly made, though terribly sexist by current standards and featuring eye-catching costumes more fitted for a campy dress party than the front line of a futuristic war, this cult classic eventually evolved into Space: 1999 (1975).

The UFO DVDs have been beautifully designed and produced. The mono sound is exceptionally strong, and the restored and remastered picture is almost unbelievably good for a 1970 TV show. With barely a flaw anywhere, the episodes look so clear, colorful, and detailed that they could have been filmed last week. This eight-disc megaset features all 26 episodes. --Gary S. Dalkin

Product Description

Michael Billington, Ed Bishop, George Sewell. SHADO defends Earth against aliens in all 26 episodes of the live-action series created by sci-fi geek Gerry Anderson. 8 DVDs. 1969/color/22 hrs., 32 min/NR/fullscreen.

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250 of 255 people found the following review helpful
By M. Hart
"UFO" was a short-lived sci-fi fantasy TV series created by Gerry & Sylvia Anderson. The premise of the show was that the governments of the nations of the Earth discover that a dying, extraterrestrial civilization has been paying clandestine visits to Earth with the sole purpose of kidnapping & killing humans to harvest their body parts. The United Nations authorizes and funds a highly secretive international organization nicknamed SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organiztion) to combat the alien threat.

Under the command of Colonel Ed Straker (played by Ed Bishop), SHADO creates several different means of protecting Earth from the aliens:

1. A sosphistaced underground computerized headquarters pretending to be a major film studio in the heart of London.

2. A manned base on the moon (called Moonbase) armed with three fighters to attack UFOs before they reach Earth.

3. A sophisticated control & radar tracking satellite called SID (Space Intruder Detector) orbiting the Earth to detect incoming UFOs.

4. A fleet of submarine fighter carriers (called Skydivers) called upon to attack UFOs in Earth's atmosphere should the Moonbase fighters fail to destroy UFOs in space. Each Skydiver is capable of launching a single fighter called Sky One (or using some other numbered designation).

5. A fleet of sophisticated armored personnel carriers called Mobiles to seek out and destroy UFOs that manage to land.

6. Other support craft like moon rovers, the Lunar Module (used to shuttle Moonbase personnel between the Earth & moon), and other support aircraft.

The 26 episodes of the series focus on several recurring themes:

1. SHADO's continual attempts to avert the alien's plans & attacks.

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136 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tackier Than I Remember, And That's Good! May 13, 2004
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"UFO" had one of the most dynamic title sequences in television history. A great theme song, with a jazzy organ and brass group playing the theme and some fantastic editing of the notable Gerry Anderson FX cut with a teletype machine giving you facts about the SHADO organisation (well, it is British!) and the faces of the lead characters, finishing with the interceptors destroying a UFO right on beat!
But beyond that, the show itself was an interesting one. It's funny seeing it now, since we're much farther away from the futuristic year of 1980 than the people who made it were at the time! Cars with gullwing doors, guys (and even doctors!) wearing Nehru suits. And, of course, an established base on the Moon, (complete with girls in Nancy Sinatra white go-go boots, silver lamé jumpsuits and pastel purple wigs!) to prevent evil aliens from invading.
It's clearly a late 60s view of the early 80s, and that makes this series fascinating enough and tacky enough to recommend on its own!
Beyond that, this DVD collection has a lot going for it. In addition to all of the episodes, carefully preserved by A&E, you get some bonus deleted scenes and/or other fx on each one of the eight disc collection. And the stories themselves are intriguing as they are improbable, so that's pretty entertaining!
It may not be Gerry Anderson's most famous work (cult kids classic, "The Thunderbirds" and "Space: 1999" are sure to be better known), but I think it's the best of the bunch!
Highly Recommended.
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking Back on the Future March 2, 2006
I was surprised at how well this show has held up over the years. The special effects are often spectacular even by today's standards (I'd much rather see good model work than poor computer animation any day). The scripts are inventive and moody. The drama is occasionally great, but sometimes is cliche and serves as a distraction from the plot unlike, say original trek where the drama was a natural extension of the plot. The outdated view of the future is actually part of the charm, but also, if one considers that the future they were attempting to project was only 12 years off, perhaps it isn't that outdated after all. I found no rascism or sexism in this series however, unlike some overly sensitive viewers here (the freedom for women to bare their bodies was considered part of their "liberation" in the late 60s). In fact, the show sports an attractive female colonel who is taken seriously by her colleagues.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good show--bad package fromi A&E Video May 4, 2010
While "UFO" is a bit campy, if you look past the over the top visuals and special effects, you will find that the shows themselves have excellent plots. Plus, you may find that you like the silly 'futuristic' look they created in 1970--their view of 1980 is hilarious but high on the cool factor.

So why, then, did I give this excellent series only a 3? Well, because the folks at A&E Video are apparently quite stupid. All the episodes are completely out of order--with no rhyme or reason for which shows are on particular disks. Occasionally this messes up viewing. For example, Colonel Foster was originally introduced in episode 2, but this is the fourth show on the disks--and so his appearing in the 2nd and 3rd show makes no sense. Sloppy and apparently the DVD producers could care less about the customers. This, by the way, ALSO is what A&E did with their releases of another Gerry Anderson series, "Space: 1999".
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5.0 out of 5 stars good stuff
one of my favorite shows as a kid
Published 3 hours ago by henricus
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 25 days ago by Alan Denman
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
fun and nostalgic series
Published 28 days ago by Steven A
5.0 out of 5 stars 70's Sci-Fi at it's Best
After Star Trek TOS and before Space 1999 there wasn't much in the way of TV Sci-Fi. Enter the TV series UFO. Great cast, really good models and a plausible storyline. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Sulaco Survivor
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully tacky. Mesh net uniforms
Wonderfully tacky. Mesh net uniforms, women in silver uniforms with purple hair, people smoking cigarettes in offices, etc. I had fun with it back then and I still do.
Published 1 month ago by KFG
5.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to see the whole thing.
I saw this series only in part as small kid. - Now I will finally get to see the whole thing.

I love Gerry Anderson - a man well ahead of his time. Real SF guy. Terry
Published 2 months ago by Terry K. Gong
4.0 out of 5 stars so I can't comment on the overall technical quality- so far so good....
Haven't viewed all the dvds, so I can't comment on the overall technical quality- so far so good.
For the content of the shows, that's a matter of personal taste that should... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carl K.
3.0 out of 5 stars better written than you'd expect.
Not dopey, but a bit short on action, and the few mechanical action scenes are repeated in every episode. The writing and characters aren't bad at all. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gregory M. Locock
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun and lovely to watch
Fun and lovely to watch, particularly the first five episodes or so, the action and effects offer solid entertainment, but the plot arc gets lost and wanders aimlessly without a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Paul Suszko
4.0 out of 5 stars a little hokey...
guys in liesure suits... gals with purple hair
space ships, flying saucers... secret agent
weird cars... all toys... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paul Marguette
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English Subtitles or Closed Captioning (CC)?
Sadly, these discs have neither. A&E Home Video, has been done away with both for several years now. They should have kept the captions if you ask me.
Jun 23, 2009 by Eric Pregosin |  See all 4 posts
It's not the number of episodes, it's the number of discs. The series was originally released in 2 separate sets of 4 discs each and the price of this set has always been better than the price of those 2 combined. The term has been used by A&E Home Video for many of their complete or semi... Read More
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