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Space: 1999: Season 1 [Blu-ray]

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In the year 1999, a spectacular explosion at a lunar nuclear waste dump sends the moon out of Earth’s orbit. In this seminal sci-fi series from producer Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, UFO), the men and women of Moonbase Alpha are suddenly propelled on a treacherous journey across the universe in search of extraordinary new worlds. Left with no way home, the Earthling citizens are forced to embark upon the greatest adventure of their lives, encountering bizarre life forms and strange phenomena as they struggle to survive among the awe-inspiring wonders of outer space.

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


When it was first broadcast in 1975, there had never been a more lavishly produced science fiction TV series than Thunderbirds creators Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's Space: 1999, a British production whose budget for the first of its two seasons ran an astounding 3.25 million pounds. What keeps us fans enthralled after all these years has only partly to due with the first-rate production values, the plausibly constructed spaceship models, and expert special effects. The tone of the show is one of scientific dispassion, setting it apart from its TV sci-fi predecessors such as Star Trek, whose mood was more convivial. Our heroes here are in dire circumstances that require cool heads as a survival trait. Those circumstances: the 311 crew members of Moonbase Alpha--including Commander John Koenig (Martin Landau), Chief Medical Officer Dr. Helena Russell (Landau's Mission: Impossible costar and then-wife Barbara Bain), and Professor Victor Bergman (Barry Morse, who relentlessly pursued David Janssen on The Fugitive)--experience a cataclysm that causes the moon to break away from Earth's orbit and travel endlessly through space, turning our heroes into unintentional explorers. No TV series has created a more palpable feel of hard science fiction than this.

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

Special Features

5.1 surround sound audio for each episode, along with the original mono
Audio commentaries
Music-only tracks
Behind-the-scenes featurettes
Episodic image galleries for all episodes
Textless titles
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

Product Details

  • Actors: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Nick Tate, Barry Morse, Catherine Schell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 1248 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ES5JDI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,137 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Space: 1999: Season 1 [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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By Kevin Pepper VINE VOICE on December 9, 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
One of the fond memories of my childhood is that of me sneaking around and trying to watch Space 1999 late on Sunday nights. This was after the original run of the series on prime time, and it had gone into syndication. My mother did not allow me to stay up that late on a school night to watch the show, so I had to conceive of MANY creative ways in which to thwart my mother's attempts to keep me from watching this show. While she was able to catch me many times and send me back to bed, there were enough instances where I did get to see enough episodes to fall in love with the series.

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!!!!!
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I have the first season BD box set in hand and have just finished watching "Breakaway". You can actually see the grain in the fabric of their uniforms. Color has been restored, especially in the opening sequence. No more blurry back grounds. Main Mission looks fantastic. Wait until you see the restored detail of the Eagles!! Looking at the pilots through the cockpit window and the orange from the rocket motors is excellent. Sometimes, restoring a classic special effect show can bring out the flaws in the effects or production. Not so with this release. The audio, while it says 5.1 Dolby, actual decodes for me to DTS 5.1. I have only heard audio from the Left/Center/Right speakers. Maybe other episodes will provide surround rear audio. The audio is crisp and not compressed or distorted as are some of the episodes in the "Mega" set. While this an expensive set, it's totally worth it!
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They did a great job remastering this series for Blu_ray! From the first sting of the new surround sound title music, you can tell you are in for something special.

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.
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Who knew bell bottoms would still be in fashion in 1999?

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.
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