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Space: 1999: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
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All 24 first season episodes of this acclaimed space adventure have been restored in stunning high definition and presented with newly-created 5.1 surround soundtracks, and hours of brand-new bonus features.
With its progressive plotlines, an outstanding cast, and astonishing special effects from Oscar® winner Brian Johnson (Alien, The Empire Strikes Back), SPACE: 1999 has secured its place as one of the most thought-provoking series of the 20th century—and beyond.
DISC 1: Breakaway / Matter of Life and Death / Black Sun / Ring Around the Moon / Earthbound
DISC 2: Another Time, Another Place / Missing Link / Guardian of Piri / Force of Life / Alpha Child
DISC 3: The Last Sunset / Voyager’s Return / Collision Course / Death’s Other Dominion / The Full Circle
DISC 4: End Of Eternity / War Games / The Last Enemy / The Troubled Spirit / Space Brain
DISC 5: The Infernal Machine / Mission Of The Darians / Dragon’s Domain / Testament Of Arkadia
DISC 6: Bonus Features
Of course the show is not without its detractors; it has been soundly lambasted for its many scientific errors. No less august a figure than Isaac Asimov criticized the show for its premise in the opening episode, "Breakaway," which had nuclear explosions on the "dark side of the moon" somehow propelling it out of Earth's orbit and flying through space without regard to any physical laws. In "Earthbound," aliens traveling to Earth state it will take them 75 years to reach their destination, making one wonder why it didn't take the moon that long to encounter the aliens. While these are serious complaints, fans tend to remember the scientific seriousness of the series and the sense of awe created by the many strange creatures and phenomena that the crew members encounter on their journey through the galaxy. --Jim Gay
Episodic image galleries for all episodes
Barry Gray’s theme music demo
Alternate opening/closing titles
Martin Landau and Barbara Bain US premier intro and outro
SFX plates and deleted SFX scenes with music track
Top Customer Reviews
Previously, I have owned some DVD copies of the series, but was always a little let down and how underwhelming the series was when compared to modern shows. The colors were always washed out, and the sound was very tinny, as it was never meant to be played with a surround system. If you're a fan of the show, and you currently own any of the previous DVD versions of this series, you will want to toss them after seeing 1999 on Blu-ray. I was not prepared for the crisp colorful images that began to flow across my screen after playing the pilot episode. The picture is truly stunning, and I would say that it even rivals that of the remastering of the Star Trek Original Series. On the old DVD's the interior of Moonbase Alpha always seemed so bland and monochromatic. While there are still a lot of creams and whites around, you will now notice splashes of color all over the place in computer displays and flashing instrument panels.
In addition to a major improvement in picture quality, the sound remix is AMAZING!!!!!Read more ›
Every Blu-Ray producer should take note of this example of how it should be done. It makes the price higher than DVD, but it's worth it, very worthy of HD. It helped that ITC recorded all these shows on 35mm film in the first place, but when you see the quality of the picture it becomes clear they went right back to the original film stock as the source for mastering the hi-def picture. The image looks like it could have been was shot yesterday. There is only an occasional slight jitter in some shots which stabilizes again in the next shot. It highlights the origins on film, but also shows how much trouble they took to make the 35-year-old film picture as rock steady as possible throughout for Blu-ray. Some of the effects have been cleaned-up too, but done very sympathetically with the original effects to bring them up to HD quality and not obtrusive at all. The disc extras are good for a series made before the era of DVD (or VCR).
Space:1999 itself is science fiction in the style of the original series of Star Trek. It has a crew, facing a situation-of-the-week, traveling through space, but this time on a moon implausibly but spectacularly jettisoned from Earth's orbit. The fact that they don't control their path through space is the main driver of tension in the plots. The crew seem mostly helpless in the clutches of more powerful foes. Many stories left some questions unanswered, which gives the whole show a more metaphysical feel. But, this was by no means the best sci-fi show ever. There was some dodgy science in it. The characters were a bit two-dimensional.Read more ›
The Blu-ray edition of the first season of "Space:1999" looks marvelous revealing details that were only hinted at on the DVD's released in the U.S. (which were pulled from 16mm prints)in these digitally restored and cleaned up episodes pulled from the original 35mm negatives. The show looks marvelous very much comparable to the marked improvement that we saw with "Star Trek" when it was remastered for Blu-ray and the last round of DVDs (although both shows because they were shot in different decades look different).
FYI, I did note a glitch on the second episode of the series towards the conclusion where there's a digital "skip"--I'm not sure if it was just on my edition or if it is a problem with the entire set due to some sort of manufacturing or encoding error. Strange though it may seem A&E elected not to include SDH captions. I would think they would realize that the audience for the show is skewed older than others and it might be useful to have these. Let's hope that A&E realizes the error of their ways and corrects this by adding closed captioning because i for one would appreciate it.
A&E's release uses the same digital masters for this set and while this set doesn't include all of the original special features from the UK network release of the series, it does have the bulk of the special features carried over and but does contain two new commentary tracks on "Breakaway" and "Dragon's Domain".
The only things missing from this set compared to the UK set are the 19 script pdf files.
The premise--As the Earth plans its first major intergalatic flight to the planet Meta, there are strange things occurring on Moonbase Alpha.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as good as I remember, but still interesting. More campy these days and funny for what it is - a nice journey down memory lane.Published 15 days ago by Moab
The series still holds up today. Despite some basic scientific errors needed to advance the plot, the set design and acting are believable.Published 1 month ago by Jason Hawman
Talk about boring! Goodness! Season two they introduced humor and smiling. I've watched every one, but can't remember one that I didn't fall asleep watching.Published 2 months ago by Kodos43
I had fond memories of watching this as a kid. I always loved the ship design. I didn't realize how truly cheesy this was until I started watching it again. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cory
A bit outdated, I grew up on this show in 70's. Thank you A&E Home Video for releasing this, although the price seemed stunningly high. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lonewolf
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