Space: 1999 - 30th Anniversary Edition Megaset (17-DVD)

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DVD Features:

    Original Release Date: September 5, 1975 Format: Box set, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Number of Discs: 17
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 41 hours, 36 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1975
  • Label: A&E Home Video
  • 17-Disc Set
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: 3 Complete Remastered Episodes Featuring In-Depth Behind The Scenes Running Audio Commentary
    • Alternate Sequences from Key Episodes
    • Bonus Film - Rare Blackpool "SPACE CITY" Exhibit Film
    • Featurette:
      1. Behind The Scenes
      2. BBC Behind The Scenes
      3. Special Effects Featurette with Brian Johnson
      4. World Premiere Of the Fan-Produced Series Ending "MESSAGE FROM MOONBASE ALPHA
    • Interviews:
      1. Cast & Crew
      2. Vintage Interview with Year Two Set Designer Keith Wilson
    • Trailers:
      1. Season One Trailer Gallery
      2. Original Theatrical Trailers for Two Re-Worked SPACE: 1999 Films - DESTINATION ALPHA and ALIEN ATTACK
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Photo Galleries
    • Gallery of Preproduction - Artwork
    • Production Stills

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , , , &
Directed by , , &

Description by OLDIES.com:

When it was first broadcast in 1975, there had never been a more lavishly produced science fiction TV series than Space: 1999, a British production whose budget for the first of its two seasons ran an astounding £3.25 million. 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 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.

The Space: 1999 30th Anniversary Mega Set collects all 48 episodes broadcast over the show's two seasons, contained on 17 DVDs that include vintage interviews, production stills, TV promotional spots, and interactive menus, and some material that was not seen in the original U.S. broadcasts has been restored. The episodes do not use the 2005 high-def remasters, so this is essentially the same as the 2002 Mega Set, but at a fraction of the shelf space (the Thinpak packaging is nicely compact) and a fraction of the price. --Jim Gay

Product Description:

16 DVD's contain this classic cult series in an amazing package, packed full of extras including fully uncut episodes, some containing up to 12 minutes of additional footage. All 48 episodes are featured, painstakingly restored from the original 35mm prints. Produced by Jerry Anderson (THUNDERBIRDS), this series is well-loved for it's intelligent scripts, innovative sets, original special-effects, and detailed sets. The moon is sent spinning out of orbit in the year 1999, and hundreds of citizens from the Moonbase Alpha lunar base are thrown into perilous danger. Join Oscar winner Martin Landau and Emmy winner Barbara Bain on their journey through space, encountering strange beings and mysterious phenomena along the way.

Plot Keywords:

Science Fiction | Science-Fiction | Series | Vintage TV

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  • EAN: 0733961773378
  • UPC: 733961773378
  • Shipping Weight: 2.06/lbs (approx)
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