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'Tis A Glorious Moment For Geekdom!! SPACE: 1999 Coming To Blu-Ray Soon!!

Published at: July 26, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST by merrick

Merrick here...
In the midst of Comic-Con madness last week, we learned that SPACE: 1999 will soon be available on Blu-Ray for the first time. Gauging from past posts on this series, there are quite a few folks out there who still don't know what this show is. But if you do remember it from back in the day, chances are you'll meet this release with great interest - and might even be astonished that it would appear on the format at all. In short, SPACE: 1999 is a science fiction adventure drama from Gerry Anderson, who also brought us shows like THUNDERBIRDS and UFO. It's about a base on the moon...more like a self-sustaining, fully functional city...called "Moonbase Alpha." Calamity ensues, the moon is blasted out of Earth orbit, and Alpha and its occupants are sent on a cosmic pinball ride which throws a new adventure at them every week.
The first season of 1999 was dark, somber, and probably as close in vibe to 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY as television will ever get. The second season, retooled by incoming producer Fred Freiberger, lacked the tonal and conceptual distinctiveness that made the first season so special; the series did not return for a third year. The dramatic shift in approach between the two seasons should've been (and probably was) predictable - Freiberger had previously wrangled the third (weakest, and final) season of the original STAR TREK series. For the moment, the news here is that...amazingly and improbably enough...SPACE: 1999 is on its way to Blu-Ray. We'll definitely follow up this piece with more details in the coming months, but for now Season 1 is already up for pre-order HERE. For all of its imperfections and inconsistencies, 'tis a strangely affecting show - featuring moments and ideas that are just plain cool even by today's standards. It impacted me quite profoundly as a child (it ran between 1975-1977), heavily influencing my interest in astronomy, the space program, and science fiction in general. I never really got into G.I. Joes, but I played with my Eagle Transport every day.
It carried me and it's fragile little occupants to worlds farther than Joe could ever visit - and I miss that toy to this day. The big question here is: how does the series hold up when looking back on it from a modern vantage point? Are all the warm, fuzzy memories some of carry for it predominantly fueled by the excitement many of us experienced collecting SPACE: 1999 trading cards, or eating sandwiches out of of our shiny John Koenig lunch boxes? Certainly nostalgia plays a significant role in our affection here - there's no denying or escaping that. But I watched both seasons again a few years back, all the way through. You know what? The series still has something to say - most particularly its first season. When it hit the air, we'd never seen a show like this before, and it's probably a very safe bet that we'll never see anything remotely like it again. They'll be far more discussion about SPACE: 1999 as the Blu-Ray release approaches later this year. Until then, consider taking a look at it - whether you pick up the Blu-Rays, borrow them from Netflix, or...whatever. This said, if you've any interest whatsoever, I'd reccomend holding out for the Blu-Rays - they aren;'t too far away now (if past patterns are any indication, Netflix should have the BRs available as well as standard DVDs). 1999's production design is pretty thick, it's photography rather interesting, and I imagine it'll look pretty grand in HD. More to come...
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  • July 26, 2010, noon CST

    Bout fricken time.

    by KillaKane

    Love those Eagles!

  • July 26, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Remember when we had a space program?

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    Me either, I think it was before my time.

  • July 26, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Maybe we'll return to the moon by 2725

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    And have a moonbase by 3924

  • July 26, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Best. TV. Sci-Fi. Theme. EVER.

    by Rendell

    You know it to be true!

  • July 26, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Got the first three eps on a DVD

    by Kentucky Colonel

    I could use a little more. But when oh when is ST:TNG coming to blu ray? Then and only then will I make the switch. And can they please get rid of the annoying blue-haze on the left hand side of the screen?

  • July 26, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    wonderful

    by Arch Nemesis

    Yeah, I watched it weekly as a kid when it came out in Ellensburg, WA. Ah, memories. And I had that toy, too, for a small kid that think was huge, Millenium Falcon sized! I also receommend this, btw, I rewatched on old crusty VHS a few years back and it help up. My only beef is releasing them as separate seasons - just release the whole series in one boxset, c'mon.

  • July 26, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Merchandising as a kid......

    by sam jacksons wig

    ... I remember a space 1999 iced lolly. It was watery green with a burgundy tip in the shape of a rocket, and inside it had a gooey substance not that far in consistency of snot. Tasted better than it looked......

  • July 26, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    This show is indeed boring...

    by Rameses

    I love most of Andersons stuff , but Space 1999 is tedious at best .Unlike ufo , which was slow moving , but engrossing and had a sexy 60's/70's vibe .Space suffers from a cast of old age pensioners in the leads and no thrills.Agreed the theme rocked though.

  • July 26, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST

    For a second

    by thesinofthesky

    I confused this with Space: Above and Beyond. Not interested.

  • July 26, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    A lot of it was really horrifically cheesy.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • July 26, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    It gave me SERIOUS nightmares as a child

    by JohnRyder

    the episode with the space monster and burnt skeletons was probably the scariest thing I saw as a child.

  • July 26, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    I remember the shape-changing alien girl...

    by BiggusDickus

    She gave me the serious horn.

  • July 26, 2010, 12:29 p.m. CST

    HELD up

    by Arch Nemesis

    Check out this second season alternate credits music. If I remember correctly they only played it for the second season's end credits, not opening. Really cool tv show themes, nobody writes memorable themes like this for tv shows these days. <p> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqdMmH7UE_s

  • July 26, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    The episode Dragon's Domain is the scariest thing in sci-fi

    by Jugs

    ....evah! Gave me the creeps for years.

  • July 26, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Holy shit, I didn't even know that Eagle spaceship existed!

    by LordPorkington

    I only ever had the little die-cast version with the detachable drop-pod. Also, Maya transformed into a monster once and scared the living shit out of me. I'll never forgive Gerry Anderson for that.

  • July 26, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Spaceships were cool

    by 2LeggedFreak

    Which you'd expect from Anderson.<P> <P> The big problem was that it was all so po-faced.<P> <P> I used to get a headache watching this programme which had no joy in it at all---a soulless monstrosity.

  • July 26, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Oh, so THAT is what that damn ship is from.

    by Squashua

    As a child in the '70s, I'd seen that spaceship design, but I never knew what it was from. Now I know and a mystery I hadn't thought of for decades is finally resolved.

  • July 26, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Guess it's time to get a Blu-Ray

    by DadTimesTwo

    I would beg my parents to let me watch this every Saturday during its original run. I also had the Eagle in the picture above. I remember being confused and disappointed when the second season premiered. It will be interesting to see if the first season at least lives up to my very fond childhood memories of it.

  • July 26, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST

    HOLY SHIT, those costumes look familiar!!

    by Stifler's Mom

    Never watched the show, but look at the space suits on the packaging from that toy. I'm guessing George Lucas was a fan.

  • July 26, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    This Episode

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    Is like taking acid! Well, not really, but our opening will sure try to convince you of that!<p> I had that big Eagle ship as a kid, but I never really watched the show. I used it as an "expanded universe" vehicle for both Star Wars and Micronauts.<p> Speaking of, where the fuck is my Micronauts movie?

  • July 26, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    ditto on Dragon's Domain

    by letsfightinglove

    saw it as a wee lad and it haunted me for years...

  • July 26, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Meh, UFO was so much better

    by Stalkeye

    The premise was somewhat ahead of it's time.Obviously since it pre-dated X-Files and not to mention compelling storylines, character development and mind fucking scenarios.Oh, and of course cool vehicles and hot purple wigged chicks.Space 1999 lacks the gravitas IMO. Kinda liked the shape shifting chick, Myra..is it?

  • July 26, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Merrick didnt care for GI Joes?

    by Stalkeye

    Pussy!

  • July 26, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Dragon's Domain got a lot of us

    by Hervoyel

    I think you had to be a certain age and have an imagination that was just a bit too active to really carry the full "scar" from that one. I watched a couple of years ago and laughed at it. I was excited to see it again though. Back in the day though I wouldn't sleep with the lights off for a few days after seeing it.

  • July 26, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Made an impression at age 7...

    by Sumatran_Rat_Monkey

    This show and Star Trek re-runs helped define my love for science fiction when I was a kid. And that gorgon space monster episode gave me nightmares for weeks!

  • July 26, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Wake me when Wizards and Warriors

    by Dingbatty

    is put on disc (officially, not fuzzy bootlegs). Oh, and all the other cheesy yet entertaining 80's genre shows (Manimal, Automan, Misfits of Science, The Phoenix, The Master, Outlaws (time travelling old west cowboys), Masquerade, et al.

  • July 26, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Here here! Where in the fuck is micronaut's?

    by UltraTron

    No movie yet? Only the coolest toys ever made next to starwars'. Never read the comics so I have no idea what was going on with them but they all had names with purpose. At least Gilliam put one of the coolest vehicles in time bandits. To this day there are people who don't realize everything in the climactic scene is one of the kid's toys seen in his room at the beginning including the Lego castle.

  • July 26, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    sooooooo no quality control for Blurays these days?

    by lostboytexas

    Space:1999 HD.... no!

  • July 26, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Catherine Schnell

    by Abominable Snowcone

    totally bateworthy, even for this then-six year old.

  • July 26, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Biggus Dickus

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Maya. From the planet Psychon. As played by Schnell, whom I regrettably still haven't slept with

  • July 26, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    The theme

    by Abominable Snowcone

    from the FIRST season rock (the one with the psychedelic guitar). They inexplicably changed it for the 2nd-thereafter to some disco shit. Don't know why.

  • July 26, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    DwarfSidious,

    by DrRumpledink

    Wrong, man. One of the main reasons to check it out if nothing else is if you are an effects geek.

  • July 26, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Thanks Snowy - Catherine Schell! I remember!

    by BiggusDickus

    I just Googled her. Apparently, she's descended from German Royalty! Her father was a Baron who was cleaned out by the Nazis and fled to the US.<p>I still choose to see her as shape-shifting alien totty though, because I am a very shallow little man...

  • July 26, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Stifler's Mom, the suit design

    by DrRumpledink

    I thought lucas's based his xwing pilots on the 2001 space suit and I've a feeling the egale toy came out after star wars (space 1999 finished in 1977) and was in fact cashing in with that box art. I could be wrong, but I don't think they were worn in the show.

  • July 26, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Great! Bad special effects

    by Powerring

    in high def! Joy! Space: $19.99 is back.

  • July 26, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Eagle Transport Toy

    by Edited_Out

    One of the best, most accurate and detailed spaceship toys ever. Wish I still had mine, too!

  • July 26, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Stifler's Mom, ok I take that back

    by DrRumpledink

    they are wearing them in the clip above hehe. forget everything I just said

  • July 26, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    I had Space: 1999 Viewmaster discs

    by mr.underwater

    And even those were pretty boring. Which is odd, because they were all 3D and shit.

  • July 26, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Best TV model work ever.

    by palimpsest

    http://www.space1999.net/eagle/ - muck geek schematics joy here...

  • July 26, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    "Much", not "muck"

    by palimpsest

    Edit function...?

  • July 26, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    the original, millenium falcon design....

    by Righteous Brother

    looked too similar to the eagle craft, so they had to change its design, to the hamburger shape we know and love today. I caught some hi-def Space: 1999 last year, overlook the fashions, and sometimes dodgy acting, and fight choreography, and there's some real sci-fi there.

  • July 26, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Watch a show in Blu-Ray that could have been filmed in my garage

    by Rhinosaur

    Point?

  • July 26, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    l had the laser pistol

    by freerangecelt

    which shot out discs and an Eagle that was on wheels so you could sent it flying across the kitchen floor. Ah, memories. I was 9 when the series first aired.

  • July 26, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    I've still got a couple of the transport toys

    by Lone Fox

    One with a box 'shuttle' undercarriage, and one with magnetic canisters. Landautastic!

  • July 26, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    This will be bullshit

    by white_vader

    if they pull the same re-cropping shit they did on the Thunderbirds Blu-rays. Fuck them. I'm going to wait and see on this - and then wait and see if they go back and do Thunderbirds the RIGHT way. OAR all the way.

  • July 26, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Space: 1999 vs UFO

    by Mazzer

    I saw Space: 1999 during its first run in England, and I have to agree with some of you guys... I lost interest after the first few episodes, despite being a HUGE sci-fi fan. I distinctly remember Landau and Bain acting as if they were sleepwalking through the episodes; showing no signs of normal human emotions, but expressing awe at the weird stuff going on around them.<p> Now UFO, on the other hand, THIS is the Anderson live-action show that I'd like to see on Blu-ray (assuming they shot everything on 35mm.) The acting was great, the human stories were for grown-ups, yet it encapsulated that fabulous 60s/70s groovy view of the future that was so deliciously cheesy. Bring it on!

  • July 26, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    white_vader

    by Mazzer

    I read that they produced both 4:3 and 16:9 HD transfers for Space: 1999, but I don't know which they'll use on the Blu-ray. Personally, I'm more concerned how well the framing/composition holds up on shows rather than the rigid OAR of broadcast argument. Space 1999 remastering has apparently opened up more horizontal areas of the frame than were shown on TV, so thwey may go 16:9.

  • July 26, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    I saw this show.... It was sheeeet!

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

  • July 26, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST

    that theme tune is the BALLS

    by savagedave

  • July 26, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    That show was funny

    by RPLocke

    Has anyone actually seen it? OMG, it's got good visuals, but the plots are Lost in Space silly.

  • July 26, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    On Amazon.com...

    by Mazzer

    ...they say November 2 release, and in 4x3 ratio (but they've been wrong before :-)

  • July 26, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Maya

    by GAWK_THE_PUBES

    Was the first TV chick I ever jacked to. I remember that fuck Tony always trying to get in her pants and it pissed me off. My parents used to go out to dinner on Saturday nights when they were trying to save their marriage and I would be left alone in the dark watching this. The monsters scared the shit out of me, especially since we lived way out in the country and if you screamed for help no one would hear you.

  • July 26, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    For a sec I thought...

    by blackwood

    This was about SPACE: ABOVE AND BEYOND. Which I really liked when I was young.

  • July 26, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    I'm sure glad we got the moon back a few years ago!

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    "September 13, 1999" ... how quaint.

  • July 26, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Kentucky Colonel

    by RPLocke

    TNG will never be on Blue Ray because the effects were shot on videotape and would have to be redone.

  • July 26, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Space 1999 season 1 is still awesome

    by laguna_loire

    And its easy to tell the difference between seasons 1 and 2 - 1 had the cool theme and great plots, 2 had a shite theme, a stupid woman that changed into animals, and token "monster" of the week!! And who the fuck thought "the rules of Luton" was a great title for an episode?

  • July 26, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Best thing I ever heard said about this was...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ..."Gerry Anderson, known for his series starring puppets, such as Thunderbirds, produces a show starring actual people who act and move like puppets." Still, I cut my sci-fi eye teeth on this show as a wee tyke, so I still have a soft spot in my heart for it. When you're six, you just accept that in 1999, everyone uses nookyoolar power (apparently to fuel their CD players so as to listen to all their Smash Mouth and Chumbawamba albums, but I digress) and store all their leftover nookyoolar waste on the Moon. One day, all that waste blows up and WHAM(!) the Moon is a spaceship! Worked for me back then just as it worked for my Dad as a kid that Superman could just stand on his head and move the Earth. Anyway, I doubt I'll buy the Blu-Ray set, Space:1999 is better in my hazy childhood memories than it could ever be watching it again after so long and is best left right there in my memories where it belongs. One last thing, loved how the Moonbase apparently had an entire staff of architects, interior designers and fashion designers, as well as legions of construction workers and seamstresses in order to totally redesign all the base's exteriors, interiors and uniforms while everyone was still stranded in interstellar space between seasons 1 and 2.

  • July 26, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST

    1st season=good, 2nd season=suck

    by Meta

    But I already have the A&E DVD box set. So what is going to be better about it on blue ray than a 1080p upconvert?

  • July 26, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Gawke-awesome story!

    by leo54304

    All of us have stories to tell and am glad we can do so here. My horror was watching In Search of and they were doing the amityville horror. Had a semidark stairway and you could a rocking noise coming from one the upstairs rooms. Camera climbed stairs to room where a baby doll was in the rocking chair making the noise. Camera zoomed to dolls face with eyes closed which then slowly opened revealing glowing red pupils. Scared the shit out of me for a week.

  • July 26, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Remeber Barbara Bain in opening credits

    by leo54304

    Walking rapidly thru empty halls. Always thought it was because she had to go the bathroom.

  • July 26, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    John Bryne did some art on the 1999 comic

    by leo54304

    One of his first assignments. Had one of them. Even back then you knew he had talent.

  • July 26, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Maya in the opening credit shown stretched

    by leo54304

    like a cat with a come thither look. Gave Julie Newmar a run for her money with that pose at the time for me.

  • July 26, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Dragons Domain! Hell, yeah!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    The"Dragon's Domain" episode scared the Hell out of me with that Lovecraftian thing sucking in people and spitting out their bones! I welcome a revisiting of "Space: 1999" which was a much more cerebral sci-fi show than "Star Trek" as I remember it. I never expect this stuff to competely hold up for today's audiences. I'm sure kids today would be bored silly by it. Those kids are also making Justin Beiber a kizillionaire, so screw 'em.

  • July 26, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Dragon's Domain

    by I am not a number

    I was wondering how long it would take for someone to mention this episode. Seems to be the one episode everyone remembers, and it was certainly my favorite. I thought it was cool the way the monster would just chuck out the smoking remains of its victims. I recall the majority of the episodes being really tedious and having a lot of bad science. I think there was an episode where they found Jesus or something as well. Weird. I also recall one where the captain and Maya are put on trial by a bunch of plants because they ate some berries, and having to fight off three monsters; and one episode that had them being attacked by soap suds that were supposed to be so dense that they crushed people. Granted, it has been about 25 years since I saw these episodes, so I'm probably mixing things up.

  • July 26, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Filmed in 1.33:1 ratio

    by palimpsest

    Using a mix of 16mm (studio work) and 35mm (model photography). There's been some HD remaster trials with cropping to 16:9 shown on TV in the UK. Details and screenshots here: http://bit.ly/cu5x94

  • July 26, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    GOTTA LOVE INTROS WITH 1970 PORN MUSIC

    by J-Dizzle

    Boin chicka boin boin boin chicka boin boin boin chicka boin boin boin

  • July 26, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Whoa! I used to have that toy!

    by impossibledreamers

  • July 26, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    I never had the Eagle-1 but it was cool.

    by ToMonicker

    I used to see the Eagle-1, out of the box at the local AAFES because the kids would remove them so much from the packages. I also remember seeing the UFO Interceptor, and thinking it was from the same show or something, since I never saw those shows back then. I didn't see SPACE:1999 until I was an adult, and frankly, I never impressed me enough to seek it out beyond what I'd seen.

  • July 26, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST

    DRAGON'S DOMAIN on YouTube

    by Sir Loin

    Here ya go, let the nightmares return: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tbXhu09m5s<P>MAN that one freaked me out as a kid like many of you!

  • July 26, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Dragon's Domain ...

    by ganda1f

    Holy crap, that was a huge turning point in television for me. It was the first time I saw something that struck me as both awesome and terrifying. <br><br>My young mind soaked up that episode like booze - it hurt going down, but left me feeling a bit giddy and excited afterwards.<br><br>Dragons Domain and a Dr. Who episode where people were fed to a wood chipper were the point at which I began recognising scary could also be great.

  • July 26, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Soap Suds

    by GAWK_THE_PUBES

    My friend used to get some Science Digest type of thing in the mail every month and they had a page in it that showed a still from an upcoming S:1999 and it was the soap sud scene, with people falling over each other to get out of the way, hahaha. I thought it was funny that a science type monthly would even cover a show like S:1999. Wow, I even had a S:1999 laser pistol, it wrapped around the front of your hand and shot water out. This article has opened my brain and forced me to remember what it was like to be 10 years old again, now I'm 45 with gray pubes.

  • July 26, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Those costumes...

    by AmbroseChaseWillRise

    are from Star Trek the motion picture. Or did 1999 come out first? Hmmmmmmm.

  • July 26, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST

    I have this on DVD...

    by banditmania

    ...Blu-Ray isn't going to help, except to see the wires the space ships hang on. Very Boring, needs naked Moon Maidens.

  • July 26, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Feh...

    by Grandpa Bunche

    I'll grant you "Dragon's Domain," but other than the Derrick Meddings miniatures and the overall design of it, this show was a solid bore, and I grew up as a Gerry Anderson fan but still couldn't stand this.

  • July 26, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Banditmania

    by AmbroseChaseWillRise

    Don't forget the stuntmen.

  • July 26, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    surprised it hasnt been remade as 2099

    by ahdvd

    Considering all the other re-made/re-envisioned shows out there, and to be honest, it's the kind of show that a re-make might actually be good.

  • July 26, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Aint it 1970s news

    by RPLocke

    We're up to date on your Space 1999 and ESB news.

  • July 26, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Great sets; Horrid plots

    by jbs9200

    I loved Space 1999.<p> That said, the show made not one F'ing bit of sense. First of all the moon traveling though space at FTL speed was a non-starter. Secondly, every plot was some 70s drug influenced "mind expanding" BS, about how we were just about to go beyond the human condition. <p> All that said, the sets and FX were fantastic and looked like space should look, with that gleaming plastic white 70s aesthetic. The same white building materials we saw in various states in "2001", "THX", and "Star Wars". Simply put, Moon Base Alpha was the type of moon base you wanted to live in. Plus Martin Landau kicks ass.<p> However, I see absolutely no reason to have this on BluRay. For a show filmed in the 70s DVD resolution is closer to the original.

  • July 26, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Still disappointed SciFi didn't run this in 1999

    by jbs9200

    I am still disappointed SciFi missed an obvious opportunity and didn't run this show in a one day marathon (or at any time) back on Dec 31st, 1999.

  • July 26, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Dragon´s Domain

    by conbarba

    My Ultimate Childhood Nightmare. I am still scared by it. Messed my whole life. Awesome!

  • July 26, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Yay! We'll get to see the puppet strings in HD!

    by tangcameo

    hehe Actually I loved it as a little kid in the 70s. And after the show aired, whenever there was a full moon, I would look up and stare at it for a while, making sure it wasn't drifting away.

  • July 26, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    How about the Sweeney on Bluray...

    by Kontarsky

    nt

  • July 26, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    www.space2099.com may interest you

    by dacheeze

    www.space2099.com may interest you if you love the original

  • July 26, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    I had a metal Eagle Transport once ...

    by ReportAbuse

    About 6" long or so. Made by Corgi, the UK toy company that made all kinds of cool and authentic looking movie and tv stuff.

  • July 26, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    A moonbase first appeared in "UFO" ...

    by ReportAbuse

    It was staffed by those hot purple-haired chicks. You can see a direct carryover from that to the moonbase in Space 1999. Did the aliens of "UFO" ever appear in Space 1999? That would've been neat. They could've referenced their earlier appearance by mentioning that back in the '80s (of the Anderson universe) there was a secret organization set up to deal with them and it was part of the reason for establishing Moonbase Alpha, but then the aliens stopped showing up after a while and nobody knew what happened to them ... then have our heroes encounter their home world and find out more about their origins, what happened to them, etc. Woulda been a cool episode.

  • July 26, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Fun, but terrible.....but enjoyable!

    by ZodNotGod

    This show was good for some awesome eye candy if nothing else because they damn sure were never interested in characterizations. The effects were great for the time and today look great; far better than anything The Next Generation shit out, even though I like TNG.

  • July 26, 2010, 6:36 p.m. CST

    UFO however was fucking cunt.

    by ZodNotGod

    Awful. Right down to the bitch with the stupid purple hair.

  • July 26, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    DVD release

    by pk68

    Well their have been two companies that have released the Space 1999 DVDs. I ran across a site once that had a comparison of the two. One was much better looking than the other. Question is which one will be out on Blu Ray?

  • July 26, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    John Byrne...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...He did do some of those old Space:1999 comics adaptations, didn't he? I think Charlton put those out. Yeah, Byrne's stuff really rocked, especially in the 80's, early 90's. But the dude is a real brittle, curmudgeon type. I remember if you posted on his old blog (this was back before they were even called "blogs", but I don't know what else to call it) that he took exception to, he'd fuckin' eviscerate you. On the positive side, I still prefer his version of Superman's origin.

  • July 26, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Funny thing about Space:1999...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...in the 70's they thought the 90's would look like the the old sci-fi version of "the future". So it's ironic that the 90's in real life actually ended up looking like a slightely updated version of the 70's!

  • July 26, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Space 1999 Vs. UFO...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...Yeah, I do wish the female staff of Moonbase Alpha had worn those silver lamé minidresses like the staff of the moonbase in UFO. First season it was all unisex jumpsuits, then in the second the women dressed like Delta Airlines flight attendants, both equally fail.

  • July 26, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST

    I LIKE HOW THE THEME IS FUNKY 70S RIFFS + ORCHESTRAL SCORE

    by BringingSexyBack

    The ship looks like a lizard.

  • July 26, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST

    I had the Eagle One and it was badass!

    by boba_rob

    I remember playing with that alot and it fit right in with my Star Wars toys. The coolest part was that you could remove the rear thrusters and the front cockpit and make a smaller shuttle. In fact, I still have one or two of those thruster cones laying in boxes of toys in my Fathers attic.

  • July 26, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    thought this was about to spaceD

    by strykebr

    the standard def. would be the same as the blu with it being so old 2 me

  • July 26, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Who cares, where's my 'Space Precinct'?

    by SmokingRobot

    I had such a crush on officer Castle.

  • July 26, 2010, 8:10 p.m. CST

    If galactica can be updated can 1999?

    by leo54304

    Don't know if anyone posted this idea, if so sorry. Wouldn't want to use 1999 as title but the concept is still a good one and with the right creative team would make a good sci-fi series.

  • July 26, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    The Eagle!

    by CaptainWalker

    If you liked Sci-Fi from that era, this will give you freakin GEEK_GASMS. This is some very good photoshop work.http://www.scifiairshow.com/

  • July 26, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Harry should play "Dragons Domain" at BNATron!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Wouldn't the "Dragons Domain" episode of "Space:1999" make a cool theater experience between features at BNAT 12? I'm just going to call it Butt-Numb-A-Tron this year cuz you know "Tron: Legacy" is going to be a sure thing.

  • July 26, 2010, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Dragon's Domain is good...

    by Gislef_crow

    ...but there are a few other 1st season gems. The show really lived or died by its guest stars. Earthbound has Christopher Lee and Roy Dotrice and a nice TZ ending. Kevin Stoney in The Last Enemy. Leo McKern in The Infernal Machine. And even Peter Cushing in The Missing Link. When they stuck to "hard" science, it wasn't too bad, either. The Infernal Machine, Earthbound, The Last Enemy, War Games, and Voyager's Return. It's the hippy-dippy stuff like Black Sun (ooh, a female God), Matter of Life and Death, Another Time Another Place, Ring Around the Moon, and more are the ones that drag the show down.

  • July 26, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Sci fi airshow

    by ReportAbuse

    Wow, that rocks! I know they're probably just plywood and balsa, but man that must've taken a frak load of work to build all those mock-ups. I will definitely be going there soon to see some of those things.

  • July 26, 2010, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Space: 1999 Eagle replicas - still floating around

    by justmyluck

    A UK company called "Product Enterprise" produced a line of die-cast replicas of the Transporter/Medical-Rescue/Cargo/Lab/VIP Eagles from 12-to-24 inches in size; starting back in 2004. These were physically manufactured in China and also imported through a company called Aoshima in Japan (fully legit, with the 24-inch replicas being endorsed by Gerry Anderson). These replicas were a little too heavy/expensive to be considered 'toys' but are sturdy and impressive, with all the outer framework and carriage detail. They were about $80-100 each at the time, and are about as damn fine a replica you could find without building a resin & brass kit yourself. The UK company seems to have turned into "Sixteen 12" collectibles and re-issued the Eagles again in a limited run (which seems to be sold out). Check on eBay for 'Product Enterprise Eagle' if you're wanting an Eagle to display...they're very accurate, even at the 12-inch size. http://shop.ebay.com/?_nkw=Product+Enterprise+Eagle http://www.sixteen12.com/s1999_eagle.html http://www.hlj.com/product/AOS09095

  • July 26, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST

    I also had that ship

    by awardgiver

    kicked serious ass. Especially when you took the front and the rockets to make that small shuttle. The books and records were nice too, from Power records. A review coming soon on http://assmints.com/blog/

  • July 26, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Technical stuff from the BBC

    by s0l

    Case Study from the BBC's Post Production team that Re-Mastered the footage for conversion to HD. Interesting read: http://bit.ly/cWabSH

  • Scared the crap out of me. The eagle, by the way is still the best sci-fi (and I mean sci-fi, not fantasy) ship ever made.

  • July 26, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST

    You knew when you heard the theme song...

    by GeneralKael

    ...that people are going to die in droves. I remember when I was a kid thinking that if there were lyrics for the theme, it would be something like "Doomed! Doomed! Soooo Doomed...Doomed! We're...all gonna die! We are so Doomed!!" Just insert doomed where the high brass notes hit. Really, has there ever been a show where the heroes were so totally screwed? Even with Galactica they could navigate. And man, even the NICE aliens were creepy bastards who didn't help very much. I haven't seen it in a while but it seemed to me like EVERYONE was out to get them. Seriously, the only episode I remember that gave me a good feeling at the end was the one where they go to the extinct planet and the Aliens(ghosts of them or something?) convince two of the Alphans to stay and do the Adam and Eve thing. Does anyone remember any other episode that had a happy ending? Dragon's Domain gave me nightmares as well. I still think it's one of the scariest things I've ever seen.

  • July 26, 2010, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Why isn't the show on SyFy...

    by crankyoldguy

    ...instead of those crappy, truly bad monster flicks they run. ugh.

  • July 26, 2010, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Space: 2099

    by The Merk

    They've been working on re-editing, correcting continuity/effects errors and pacing. It's an interesting project, but there are issues that just can't fixed, but it does show that the show could be re-imagined and updated. While I love the show, it's more for the concept and production design than the actual storytelling.

  • July 26, 2010, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Thanks Mazza and Palimp

    by white_vader

    Yes, but there's a difference between the usual shooting "safe" in 4:3 where you shoot wide to account for old-fashioned overscan and there's a text-safe inner border, or shooting wide to allow for other aspect ratios. It happened with film-to-tv where you'd compose for 1.85 (American) or 1.66 to 1 but leave the header and footer on a 35mm frame clear so you wouldn't lose info on telly (still disrupts the composition but at least it's better than pan & scan) hence the occasional boom mike dip, but it generally never went the other way around. <p> So I will wait & see. Like I say, what they did with Thunderbirds sucked. I'll check that link though. Thanks guys.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:01 a.m. CST

    My penis had a mad crush on Catherine Schell / Maya...

    by DickBallsworth

    Eyebrows and all.

  • July 27, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Woah

    by board shitlez

    Your penis has eyebrows?

  • July 27, 2010, 4:29 a.m. CST

    The Eagle Transporter.

    by Gabba-UK

    The most plausible and realistic spaceship design in Sci-fi history ever. Fact.

  • July 27, 2010, 5:25 a.m. CST

    UFO THE MOVIE?

    by colonel foster

    I love Space 1999. It was around 1975 and I was very excited to be sitting down ready to watch this weeks UFO [the show was being repeated after being away for 4 years... I was 5 when I first watched it...TERRIFYING!!!] and some bloody show called Space 1999 was on.. WHAT!!! I sat down, very dissapointed and was carried away by Breakaway. I wanted to be Alan Carter and fly Eagles..I also began to realise that this show was from the same stable as UFO... I was totally hooked. Having said that UFO is my total favorite series...EVER! Does anyone know anymore about the film that New Deal/pacific Transmedia and Matthew Gratzner are putting together? Apparently filming starts in November with Joshua Jackson and locations include England and Costa Rica?? Any news much appreciated by all the members of FANDERSON!! Cheers.

  • July 27, 2010, 6:20 a.m. CST

    SPACE: 1999 vs UFO

    by The StarWolf

    Uh, SPACE $19.99 was what happened when the planned second season of UFO (a far superior series in my opinion) fell through due to CBS pulling out of the deal. They'd already designed new sets and figured "let's come up with a series to use them on." 1999 had terrific model work, yes, but a lot of the stories were pretty pathetic. Not to mention the basic premise simply doesn't hold up. In the pilot they clearly state the acceleration the moon is hit with, and the duration of that acceleration. Given this, we can easily calculate that the moon would still be trying to get out of our solar system by the end of the first season. And don't get me started on those silly laser pistols which looked like staple guns. If you're a fan, though, look up SPACE: 2261 where fans took the 1999 opening format, but used scenes from BABYLON 5 instead. It's a hoot.

  • July 27, 2010, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Space 1999 = Awesome

    by Madmarek

    It's one of the most atmospheric and dark sci-fi shows ever made. Plus the Eagles are my all time favourite space ship design!

  • July 27, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    You know, not everything from the past is good

    by corplhicks

    Some shows were good like that guy who steals the ship to fly home but ends up awake alone screaming as his ship flies tiwards earth as he will die before he gets there As the cryo unit didn't work for him. Some were good but However most episodes sucked.

  • July 27, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Eagle was lame compared to Ski Diver 1

    by Stalkeye

    A submaring that launches a jet fighter from below was one of the best vehicles from UFO (Next to the gulf wing cars)but The Eagle, looked like a bloated Lego contruction. As far as I can remember, the fucking thing didnt have any weapon systems.<p>Like I said, Lame!

  • July 27, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Rules of Luton

    by Abominable Snowcone

    That's the one where Koenig and Maya have to fight the three monsters on the survival planet. I'd have been like, "Yeah, whatever" and had sex with Maya all day and night

  • July 27, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Recently rewatched both seasons...

    by ushaped

    Grew up with the show, here in Canada it ran in 1974 and 1977. I also had the Eagle 1 toy (loved playing with that, made lots of the other ships from Lego) Season 1 has some good SF stories, lots of weirdness (a good thing!) but it is very slow storytelling. Season 2, not as good theme song, Catherine Schell's Maya (a plus), Tony (a minus), more mundane "adventure" stories and even more reliance on alien races with funny haircuts, makeup and stuff stuck to their faces. Still enjoyed it but it was not possible to do more than 2 at a time.

  • July 27, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Also had the SHADO tank from UFO

    by ushaped

    Loved how the back flipped over to reveal the gun. Thunderbirds toys too. Gerry Anderson was a big part of growing up in early '70s Canada. http://www.theoldtoyguide.com/diecast/dinky/dinky-ufo-shado-2-mobile-353.html

  • July 27, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Brian Johnson

    by ushaped

    Worked on the effects for 1999 also was effects supervisor for Empire Strikes Back. Eagles were good, Millenium Falcon = best

  • July 27, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Captain Scarlett(FTW!!) had cool vehicles too.

    by Stalkeye

    From those fighter planes piloted by Female Spectre Agents (Rhapsody,Harmony and Destiny)to the tank like car.Now that was a great series and very violent for a children's show.The CGI series was even better. (Too bad it's no longer available on the cable networks.)<p>never cared for Terrahawks or 1999 but that's just my tatses.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Costumes in TRON

    by Abominable Snowcone

    I'm concerned with how they're able to take a shit.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Brian Johnson from AC/DC worked on "Space;1999"?

    by The Reluctant Austinite

  • July 27, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Best Themes, Worst Scripts

    by Jonesy

    Wish Gerry Anderson had got as much talent writing his scripts as he did for the Model makers and Theme tune writers. He stop developing writing talent them after Four Feather Falls

  • July 27, 2010, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Weaponless Eagles?

    by The StarWolf

    Stalkeyes - It is true the Eagle transports had no weapons in the first season, but they were transports, they weren't supposed to be armed. Look at the Hercules or the Galaxy transports the army uses. They're usually unarmed. In $19.99 fighting was left to specialized craft such as the Mk IX Hawks. But, by the second season, they had retrofitted a nose-mounted heavy laser on some Eagles.

  • July 27, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Loved the show!

    by poopville

    This was the biggest landmark in my sci-fi nerd childhood, between Trek and Wars. Loved how the ships and hardware looked believable, like logical extentions of the machinery NASA was using at the time. It seemed so exciting to my young mind that I might have the chance to live or work in space. 1999 wasn't that far off after all. Well the future didn't quite turn out the way these shows predicted but I remember well the excitement they used to bring me every week. Watching them now, the nostalgia is still there but it makes me wonder... did people just not know much about science in the 70s? Was it aimed at children? Some of the moral questions the show raised are still interesting but the science is pretty silly at times. I'm guessing these Blu-Rays will allow us to see the strings on the Eagle's even more clearly than the DVDs did! Flaws in the effects aside, the set design, lighting and photography was and still is really striking. On season one at least.

  • July 27, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Dragon's Domain

    by poopville

    Just read back over these and saw I'm not the only one with stand-out memories of this episode. The main thing I remember is that my grandparents seemed to dislike the show and this happened to be the one that was on when I invited them to watch it with me and see why I liked it so much. I had no idea we were going to be watching this tentacle-monster eating people and spitting out burned corpses! I'd never seen ANYTHING like that before at my age. My grandparents were actually shielding their eyes. From then on, I was banished to watching Space: 1999 on a tiny black and white TV in the basement. It wasn't until the VHS tapes came out some years ago that I was able to finally see the show in color!

  • July 27, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST

    The whole family gathered around the TV

    by ObiBen

    to watch that show in '76 (we had to turn the dial first:click-click-click-click). I kept dreaming of a spacesuit, an Eagle and a Maya of my own! Good times.

  • July 27, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Dragon's Domain

    by ObiBen

    Made me fill my jammies. And the other one where (SPOILERS) the caveman instantaneously rots into a putrid skeleton at the end of the episode, and the one where Koenig gets his face mashed into bloody pulp with a metal toy biplane, and, of course, the one where the moonbase director asshole wakes up in his sealed hypersleep cabin just after liftoff for a century long trip. Thinking about it, there was a lot of scary and twisted shit going on in the first season!

  • July 27, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Season 1 the best

    by Dr_Willoway

    Season 1, the show was written for thinkers and it was awesome. It holds up well even though it is very much steeped in the memes of the 70' Season 2 pandered to a lower denominator. I would love to see a movie made from it by a fan of Season 1. I guess they would have to call it Moonbase Alpha though.

  • July 31, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Space:1999 The Best

    by Spacefan123

    Well worth seeing in Hi Def. Agree that the first season was the cerebral one, and Year 2 was made to be more like Star Trek, so it lost its originality. There is a web site of Canadian TV professionals working to update the show by enhancing the very good 70s effects with some additional CGI. They are renaming the show Space:2099. So far those who own the legal rights to Space:1999 haven't agreed to allow the show this updated life, but the Space:2099 web site shows examples of the improvements... There are lots of Space:1999 fans out there, and another convention dedicated to the show was held this year. I think it was the 17th or 18th Space:1999 convention held in the United States.

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