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The Starlost - The Complete Series (1973)

Keir Dullea , Gay Rowan , Joseph L Scanlon , Ed Richardson  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Keir Dullea, Gay Rowan, Robin Ward, William Osler
  • Directors: Joseph L Scanlon, Ed Richardson, Harvey Hart, George McCowan, Leo Orenstein
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 800 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DW2BG0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,081 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Starlost - The Complete Series" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

After an Earth-destroying threat endangers the planet, Mankind builds a gigantic Earthship Ark spacecraft to save the last of humanity. After an accident takes place and kills the crew, the airlocks connecting the ship's domes are sealed. Cut off from the outside world, many communities simply forgot that they were on a spacecraft. As the centuries pass, each culture evolves in an enclosed society, each a world unto itself that is fifty miles in diameter. Unbeknownst to the ARK s inhabitants, they are drifting through deep space on a collision course with a sun. In 2790 A.D., a young man named Devon (Keir Dullea from 2001: A Space Odyssey ), a resident of a biosphere called Cypress Corners, discovers that his world is much larger than he was taught to believe and uncovers the Ark s fate. Devon and friends Rachel (Gay Rowan) and Garth (Robin Ward) must learn all they can about the Ark if they are to save it and the colonists aboard. The Starlost was a Canadian-produced science fiction television series that broadcasted in 1973 on CTV in Canada and on NBC in the United States. Now for the first time all 16 episodes are available in this collection. Some of these episodes have not been seen since their original airdates. Bonus Features: Scene Selection, Trailers Product Specs: 4-DVD9s; Dolby Digital; 800 min.; Color; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA NR; Year 1976; SRP - $49.99

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, I Own The DVD Set And Watched It!!!! November 7, 2008
Format:DVD
Unlike most all the previous reviews, I have received my copy of The Starlost and am very impressed with the quality of the dvd. It's a 4 dvd set and contains all the 16 episodes that were filmed and finished. They have been remastered and have a good quality to them. If you've been used to watching these episodes on a grainy youtube video you will be pleasantly surprised on the quality. No, it's not like today's sci fi quality but for the early 70's it's fantastic. There are scenes I have watched on youtube but on dvd it's much clearer and you see everything. It's funny, this is the first time I have seen a clear picture of the show in color. In 1973 I was a kid and we didn't own a color tv then. If you are a fan it's a must have. Bless you VCI. If you'd like to know more about The Starlost check out this fan site at [...]
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A personal cult object August 9, 2008
Format:DVD
I watched this show when it was originally produced, and was absolutely enthralled by it - for me it sat alongside Star Trek, Space 1999, UFO, &c. As the years went on I forgot about it, until about 15 years ago when I recalled the show (which nobody else seemed to remember), started a search and found the series, quite truncated, on VHS. While it's true that the acting is stiff and the series is not-so-special-effected (though not always, and generally fueled with good ideas) for me it held up and still contained a lot of the wonder from my original watching. With Walter Koenig, John Colicos, and Barry Morse appearing in various episodes it certainly holds its place as classic 70s sci-fi. I just pre-ordered, and I'm thrilled at the prospect of finally seeing the complete series!
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79 of 87 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
At long last this forgotten cult scifi classic comes to dvd! Many who remember this show have panned it for being stiff, with wooden acting and cheap sfx. Most of the sfx was done with the croma key effect. You have to remember that this show was made in the early 70s, on a very tight budget. The show was also abandoned by it's creator. While the show has it's flaws, as most shows do, it also has a charm the can only be found in an early low budget tv production. Fans of Doctor Who will appreciate the low budget effects and storylines.
All in all, this dvd release has been a long time coming and I cannot wait for my set.
Have an open mind, and give the show a chance before bowing to the critics who will pan the show, you may be pleasantly surprised!
My rating is on the content which hopefully will be matched by a superb quality dvd release!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
On the whole, 1970s television isn't known for its timelessness in most genres. Bushy mustaches and sideburns, funky guitar licks, and clothing that was generally on the unflattering side usually lowered the bar before subjects such as bad scripting, poor acting and limited effects budgets even enter the equation.

Science fiction of course is one genre that usually succeeds or falls on the believability of its effects if not the actors' abilities to make believable that which is under-whelming visually. That said the original Star Trek is a prime example of extremely limited effects being more than offset by a cast dynamic that integrated a level of believability beyond the rubber masks and wigs. The flip side of this, arguably, can be witnessed in later efforts like Buck Rogers and Galactica 1980; in which effects actually outshone the premise and acting.

So what does any of this have to do with the Starlost you ask? Simply this: Broadcast initially in 1973 in Canada and syndicated to local networks in the United States at the same time, SL finds itself cemented firmly in between the titles mentioned above. So even going in it's safe to expect limited effects abilities, wonky outfits and a whole lot of facial hair but it's the negativity surrounding this short-lived series that seems to be its notoriety first and foremost.

In the event that you have no clue as to the drama surrounding this space drama, allow me to briefly recap. The series began back in early 1973 when a 20th Century Fox television producer approached speculative fiction writer Harlan Ellison to develop an idea for a science fiction TV series to essentially fill in the void left by Star Trek's disappearance from airwaves.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So Bad It's Wierdly Good August 16, 2008
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This series should be used as a teaching aid for prospective screenwriters to show them what happens when the "suits" get involved in the creative process.

Originally, this series had the involvement of SF great Harlan Ellison, but after everyone from studio execs to apparently the photocopier repair guy got to have their "input", the series was so gutted and emasculated that Mr. Ellison removed his name from the production completely and substituted his WGA alias (Cordwainer Bird) as allowed when someone is completely disgusted with what has been done to the screenplay.

There are faint glimmers of genius still left in the twitching corpse the stories became and some intruiging plot lines that never got resolved (There appears to be evidence that there may have been a mutiny as well as other problems among the crew running the generation ship..many critical log entries have been erased....)

Some of the plots are hokey to the point of beggaring belief: Giant bees (badly back projected) threaten our heroes in one area, in another, they must make repairs to a circuit board by being shrunk down to the size of transistors...apparently the ship lacks magnifying glasses, tweezers and soldering irons.

If you've never seen the show, rent it first. Some of us will buy it simply because of what it could have been.

Either way, pick up Phoenix Without Ashes to see what Ellison really intended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun watch
The special effects are okay for 73 and from time to time some hammy extras, but otherwise a fun watch if your into classic sci-fi.
Published 22 days ago by lxx22
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring!
I remember this series when I was younger but don't remember it being so drawn out with lack of continuity (one episode has them wearing their farm clothes and the next episode has... Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. King
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated
It's a show I remembered from long long ago and wanted to just see now that so many years had past. It was definitely sci-fi from the period, cheesy scripting, poor acting but the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thomas M. Humphryes
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun bit of Sci Fi TV from the past
These are fun to watch and enjoy as much as I have the Space 1999 series.... The idea is great and the dvd's are of course working great too... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jack Gahan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good entertainment
I used to watch this show with my dad in the early 70's. We are both big Sci Fi fans. It was a well written show and we used to have fun watching it and discussing the episodes.
Published 8 months ago by Pico Rivera
5.0 out of 5 stars For Diehard Science Fiction Fans
I have not seen this since it first came out and I missed many an episode of this series. The video quality is very good as is the sound quality. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Richard W.
5.0 out of 5 stars tv
even though this tv sci fi series was canadian the star keir deleir was great in it,it wa a big ark in space and every week it would be about a different community on board where... Read more
Published 9 months ago by sharona
5.0 out of 5 stars Worst Sci-Fi Television Program Of All Time My Favorite
This is one of those television programs that was so badly put together I couldn't help but love it. Some of the stories were good but all of them were horribly produced. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jim Woodland
5.0 out of 5 stars RARE AND COOL
Not well accepted in its time but was a great social exam of mankind and its flaws, dreams, and aspirations. Heady and fun.
Published 9 months ago by Joseph J. Desantis
3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Known Science Fiction Show...
....that honestly didn't do all that much to distinguish itself.

I'd stumbled across this show by accident when pondering a purchase of 2010. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Steven Woodcock
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