Space 1999

Space 1999 - Season 1

Space 1999 - Blu-Ray

For a full review + screenshots : Blu-Ray.com/Space 1999 Season 1

 

Release date [US] November 2010, 2010

Release date [UK] September 28, 2009

Release date [GER] Nov 2011, 2010 [VOL 1]

Release date [GER] Februari 27, 2012 [VOL 2]

 

In the 1970's there were quite a few sci-fi shows, UFO, The Starlost, Buck Rogers, Battlestar Galactica and others. Like UFO and Thunderbirds, Space 1999 was also an Anderson production. Martin Landau as the main lead. It ran for two seasons, of which, according to many, the first season is the superior. The second season has not yet been released in the US and UK but apparently in May 2012 the first part of season two, volume 3 - episodes 25-36, has been released in Germany.

 

So this is good news, it seems finally the second season is on blu in at least one country. Till now only the first half. Regarding the season 1, picture quality is almost perfect, really unbelievable. Audio quality is also very good and this release is loaded with special features. The US release is region A only, UK release is only region B. German release is region B but not tested if it's also playable in ragion A & C. The UK release does have English subs, the US release however does not! About the German release, I do not know, if there is anybody who does...

 

Extra information regarding the Blu Ray release:

 

  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • Seven-disc set (5 BDs, 2 DVDs)
  • Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • English: DTS 5.1
  • English: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Packaging US : Slipcover in original pressing
  • Packaging UK : Thick Blu-Ray case w/o Slip
  • Packaging Ger : Unknown
  • Region Code UK/GER : Region B
  • Region Code US : Region A

 

This 7 disc set contains 5 BDs and 2 SD-DVDs, and extras are included on all the discs. For organization's sake, I've broken down the extras into the different formats:

BDs

  • Image Galleries (in HD) on each and every episode.
  • Original Mono Tracks (in Dolby) on all episodes.
  • Music Only Tracks (in Dolby) on all episodes save for "Breakaway" and "Dragon's Domain"
  • HD Restored, Textless Titles
  • Gerry Anderson Commentaries on "Breakaway" and "Dragon's Domain"

 

The bulk of the supplements are contained on the two supplemental SD-DVDs:

 

  • These Episodes (1:35:18) contain featurettes on selected episodes, with cast and crew interviews.
  • Memories of Space (7:16) has more behind the scenes footage and good interviews with production crew.
  • Sylvia Anderson Interview (16:13). Me-ow. If you watch no other supplement on this set, take a little over 15 minutes to bask in the warm glow of Anderson's fond remembrances of Landau and Bain. Not. Hilarious and acerbic, this was easily my favorite extra on this set.
  • Textless Generic Titles (1:44)
  • Concept and Creation (12:38) gives us more background information on the show's production history.
  • Special Effects and Design (16:52) has some really interesting information about how the FX shots were created.
  • Clapper Board (38:59) is a "reconstructed" vintage television documentary from 1975 which features some great archival footage of Supermarionation series.
  • Guardian of Piri Remembered (1:36) is a brief interview with guest star Catherine Schell.
  • Barry Gray's Original Theme Demo (1:23), which proves there's nothing like disco science fiction music.
  • Alternate Opening and Closing Titles (2:58)
  • Landau and Bain US Premier Intro and Outro (1:54) is a short snippet which ran on some U.S. Channel 4 when the show premiered. This has pretty spotty video quality.
  • SFX Plates and Deleted SFX Scenes With Music Track (11:41)
  • Two Sets of Trailers for recut episodes which appeared as telefilms, "Alien Attack" (3:36) and "Journey through the Black Sun" (1:53).
  • Ad Bumpers (00:38)

 

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