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SPACE: 1999 Blu-Rays In The U.K. Are Cooler Than The U.S. Blu-Rays!!

Merrick here...
A few weeks ago, I giddily announced that SPACE: 1999 would be coming to Blu-Ray later this year. We now have a few more details to share about the forthcoming Season 1 (Series 1) set. There's been a little bit of confusion regarding whether these Blu-Rays would feature a new HD transfer, or if they'd somehow utilize the very handsome remasters we enjoyed when this series hit DVD a few years back. The answer is...yes...to both. Before the release of the SPACE: 1999 DVDs that are currently on the market, a new HD transfer of the entire series was undertaken. This HD transfer was then down converted for the show's standard DVD release. These new Blu-Rays will utilize the full extent of the same HD transfer (i.e. the one that was downconverted) - but this'll be the first time we've seen the series in actual HD, and I'm told it looks fantastic. Network DVD, which is releasing the SPACE: 1999 Blus in the UK on October 11, has posted more information about extras to be included in the Season 1 set on its website. Not all of the extras seen on the UK release will make it onto A&E's issuance of the title here in the U.S. So, if you're Geeking for a particular feature you see on the list below, you might consider importing the Blu-Ray from U.K. - which also means you'll need a region free device to play it. Nonetheless, here's a list that at least gives us a hint at what'll be contained on the U.K. set (even though, annoyingly and illogically, the U.S. set will have less of it).
• Digitally restored, High Definition transfers • Dolby 5.1 tracks • Original 'as broadcast' mono track • Music-only tracks on all episodes except Breakaway and Dragon’s Domain • Anderson commentary on Breakaway and Dragon’s Domain • Extensive HD image galleries of rare and previously unseen stills • HD image galleries of gum and cigarette cards • HD restored, textless titles • HD, digitally restored version of series two episode The Metamorph • "These Episodes" featurettes (selected individual episode analysis – expanded version from that seen on the DVD) • "Memories of Space” featurette • Sylvia Anderson interview • Series One textless generic titles • "Horizon" behind the scenes footage • "Concept and Creation" featurette • Special effects and design featurette • Text episode commentaries on The Last Sunset and Space Brain’ • "Clapperboard" two-part special on the work of Gerry Anderson from 1975 • "Guardian of Piri Remembered" • Barry Gray's theme demo • Alternative opening and closing titles • Martin Landau and Barbara Bain US Premier intro and outro • SFX plates and deleted SFX scenes - with music track • Alien Attack - trailers • Journey Through the Black Sun – trailer • ad bumpers • Lyons Maid ice Lolly advert • Script PDFs • Annual PDFs • Commemorative booklet
SPACE: 1999's UK packaging appears below. The U.S. release is currently up for pre-order HERE - it hits November 2. Season 1 arrives in the U.K. a few weeks earlier, on October 11, and can be pre-ordered HERE. Crap. Looks like I'm gonna be needing a multi-region Blu-Ray player. Cost is a consideration - any recommendations? Stay tuned...more to come.
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  • Aug. 19, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST

    one of my favorite opening themes....

    by Damned if I can login

    is the 1st series of this show. The wah-wah guitar rules...

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Why *do* they do that?

    by BenBraddock

    Most annoying

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Theme from the 1st season was great

    by Abominable Snowcone

    2nd season theme music was your typical disco-naunced bombastic garbage. I also like the sets and costumes from the first season better. By 2nd season they wanted to mainstream it, make it more "actiony." My fave stuff from second season is Maya (Catherine Schnell) and the two-part episode Bringers of Wonder.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    I like the music, too.

    by cyberskunk

    I started reading the article and the music popped into my head.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    I like the spaceships in this show. They actually look far more functional and practical than most sci-fi creations.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    British Show

    by bod33

    So i suppose they give us a little extra.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Region free... maybe?

    by BikerScout

    Don't forget, not all Blu-ray titles are region locked, which is why I imported the US release of Blade Runner: Final Cut.<b> That said, I'm not sure of Network DVD's stance on locking their releases.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    As a British viewer...

    by badblokebob

    After a decade of getting shafted when UK releases skip extras that are on the US DVD -- and it still happens with Blu-ray sometimes -- it's difficult to feel sympathy on the very rare occasion it happens in the other direction.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Crazy to think

    by kwisatzhaderach

    that 1999 was 11 years ago...

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    I vaguely remember hippie vegetable people

    by Gojira_X

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Problem is, if they ever made it back home....

    by Damned if I can login

    I don't think they'd find the Earth in the same state they left it, since the moon is responsible for the stable rotation of the Earth. The poles would be rolling over kinda like a bowling ball. Total devastation of civilization as we know it, if not the Human race entirely.<p>Ah, suspension of belief is a great thing...

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    1st season theme sounded too familiar to 70's porn

    by Stalkeye

    i'll take UFO's overexagerrated organesque theme over the funky "wah,wah,wah" anyday.<p>just sayin.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    So, in UFO....

    by Damned if I can login

    where did the aliens come from? I have the boxed set and I've watched all the eps, but still can't figure that one out.<p>But y'know...I could really give a flyin' frig. That show (at least the early eps) have Gabrielle Drake, and she was nothing short of spec*TAC*ular. Do a quick Google image search for her...it does not disappoint! Highly recommended.<p>And before anyone says "eewwww, she must be near 100", I'll shoot back with Al Bundy's classic answer to that statement:<p> "But she's on FILM son. If your mother was on film I'd still be havin' sex with her..."

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Stalkeye, I don't get your point....

    by Damned if I can login

    I mean, back in the 70's any porn we could get was pretty much awesome. No internet to ring up unending pages bangity-bang like today. Yeah, the bushes did need a bit of a trim back then...but hey, a bush in the hand is worth two in the...in the, uh...OK, I kinda lost it on that one.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Advice for Merrick...

    by ATARI

    Buy the UK version, then rip the episodes to a PC and remove all that DMA crap. You can then watch it on a PC, or stream it to another device (like XBOX 360).

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Huh?

    by DadTimesTwo

    ...here's a list that at least gives us a hint at what'll be contained on the ***U.S.*** set (even though, annoyingly and illogically, the ***U.S.*** set will have less of it).

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    not SPACED, I don't care

    by Bob C. Cock

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Damned if I ... The return

    by The StarWolf

    I seem to recall an episode where they did contact Earth and learned they'd skipped ahead centuries and the planet had been devastated by the moon's departure. . Otherwise, yes, terrific model work (mostly (*)), but generally pretty poor plots. I mean ... going through a black hole only to have 'God' guide them through safely?! . (*) How did the Eagles slow before landing when they were always shown coming in nose down/forward ... and their main thrusters were at the rear?! Yes, they had landing thrusters underneath, but only maneuvering ones pointing forward.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    I doubt if anyone could sit thru an entire episode...

    by Rameses

    let alone series , without wanting to gnaw their own legs off with boredom.The stories moved at a snails pace and the leads were all old age pensioners.Fx were great mind you, but it totally lacked the sexy 70's vibe of UFO

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    The Design Work Was Good

    by thorin01

    The Eagles were some of the coolest spaceships ever. The design looked practical. There were a lot of little details that were cool. I loved the personal communicators. They were used to open the automatic doors. That alwasy made so much more sense than most SF shows 'the door opens when somebody walks near, unless it doesn't' approach.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Can we at least get a comparison, Merrick?

    by Monroville

    If you're going to say that the A&E set is lacking extras, it would be nice to know what those are. Anyways, is the Network set going to have the 16x9 version played in ITV4 a few years ago?

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Lordflight

    by Longtime Lurker

    There is a group called Space 2099 that is doing just that, although they are also changing the reference dates to put the show once again in the "future". They have a website if you care to Google. I am in no way connected with them. I just happen to have seen it. You might find it interesting.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    c'mon someone, remake this as space 2099

    by ahdvd

    It's the kinda remake that might actually be decent

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Um Yeah see...There IS a Space 2099, sort of :)

    by Longtime Lurker

    That is what I was saying. There is some group on the net called "Space 2099" that is tweaking the effects a bit, although no making huge changes, and re-editing dialogue to reflect a date of 2099. it's not yet complete, but they do have a few samples as "proof of concept."

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Region Free ...?

    by acamp

    Most BD discs are not region locked. Just so's you know.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    No, remake as Space: 1999

    by acamp

    Retro future all the way!

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    RE:Time Space 1999 had an SFX makeover!...

    by Rameses

    Check out this website to get an idea of how the Eagle transporter etc would look given the full blown ,cgi approach.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Space 1999 was never cool

    by RPLocke

    The show was awful.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Old HD transfers, as this one is, generally suck

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    Look at the recent Gladiator debacle for example.</p><p>However, I have seen 2 episodes of Space: 1999 in HD and they both looked pretty good. They were aired several years ago on a weekend test of a UK HD channel. Those episodes, unlike this BD set I'm sure, were rematted into 16:9. I thought it worked pretty well, but I'm sure it would piss a lot of people off. Regardless, I'm buying this set.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Merrick...

    by Grandpa Bunche

    ...This is the all-regions player you want: http://www.amazon.com/Philips-DVP5990-F7-Player-Upconversion/dp/B001VICORW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=tv&qid=1277234193&sr=1-3 I have sworn by Philips for nearly ten years and recently upgraded the model I'd had for the past six years to this sweet, sweet machine. Inexpensive, plus it play's Divx files with zero problem.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Grandpa Bunche

    by MacTard420

    I think Merrick was asking for a region-free Blu-Ray player, not a DVD player.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 2 p.m. CST

    Plots

    by Con Shonnery

    Space 1999 only had two basic plots. Plot one-someone went mad and there were lots of explosions and plot two - there were lots of explosions and someone went mad.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    RE:Time Space 1999 had an SFX makeover!...

    by Rameses

    Doh!!! Heres the site...http://www.scifi airshow.com/index.html

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    A&E sets always disappoint me

    by mrgray

    My Python and Kids in the Hall megasets are both very lacking in extras.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    When I got a DVD set of this show it reminded me

    by RPLocke

    if Star Trek The Motion Picture had turned into a TV series it would look a lot like this. It's a very dated show.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST

    UFO Women with purple hair

    by horvak

    Just the sexiest thing I ever saw on TV as a kid,..still fancy em to this day.. but the old bags with purple rinses

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST

    The best episode of Space 1999

    by Ingeld

    was when they went through the graveyard of spaceships that were caught by a spider/tentacled like monster that would appear in the ships. Scared me as a kid.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Fuck you Merrick

    by vadakinX

    This article pisses me off. It's all well and good calling the US release illogical in terms of the lack of goodies but until you're up in arms about the UK releases of Battlestar Galactica or other American shows, please shut up and don't complain. <p> More often than not the Blu Ray releases of American TV shows here (k I'm in Ireland but it's the same region) are lucky to contain half of what you get in the States and most of the time they contain poorly transferred episodes and the only extras are from web and tv promos. Fuck that. <p> Also, I don't really mean the fuck you part, it just makes you more likely to read this. I'm a propaganda god.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST

    I've got a PS3, so am I SOL or not on getting this set?

    by PennsyDeux

    ?

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Ingeld, that was Dragon's Domain. Scariest TV episode ever.

    by PennsyDeux

    By far.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Re:Plots...

    by Rameses

    Didn't they also have one , where they picked up an alien , who seemed good, but turned out to be evil...and went mad , causing explosions

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Three episodes I can't erase from my memory

    by RogueWarrior65

    There were three episodes that I just can't shake from my memory. The one cool one featured a battle between two alien races using the moon as their battle ground. The models and effects were really nice. The other two still creep me out to this day. One where a somewhat evil Earth character gets a chance to hop an alien flight headed in that direction but he wakes up just out of reach yet trapped in a clear box forever. The other was about a deep space probe that had this tentacle monster in it that would grab its victims and burn them alive in its maw and spit out the smoldering remains. *shudder*

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    The laser looks like half a 70's vintage exerciser

    by RogueWarrior65

    Those things always reminded me of the goofy exercise thing with four springs and two handles.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST

    UFO in HD

    by Kenny8

    Watched an ep of UFO last night in HD. It was a flashback to Straker's marriage failure. Glad I fired up the projector for that one! Have some 1999 in HD too. Mostly dull stuff

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Dragon's Domain was a standout episode

    by gun_will_travel

    The image of people being sucked helplessly into the monster's maw and then spit out as charred husks left quite an impression on me as a kid!

  • Aug. 20, 2010, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Underrated

    by Jonatwork

    The flaws in this show are obvious--science isn't just ignored, it's taken out back and shot, for one--but the good stuff is very good. This is a space show about adults, not fly-off-the-handle adventurers but people who are a lot more believable than guys who fly around nailing green chicks. The precedent for this show wasn't Forbidden Planet but 2001. Anderson obviously wasn't up to the task of bringing us 2001 every week, but the inspiration is pretty clear. Space isn't fun in this, it's a cold, scary place, and each week they're trying to survive, not bring Earth morality to alien civilizations that don't give a damn for human ways. Another posted mentioned the episode "Black Sun" (the howlers begin in the title of this one) as an example of how bad the show is, but I've read the cast regard this as their favorite, and I do, too, because it's crucial to the arc of the series--all of this craziness happened because a space consciousness we perceive as "god" is guiding the moon through space. This was touched on again in another good one, where an alien wants the moon to collide with her planet--the scene where Koenig meets the old lady (in a ship that looks like it could have been made on Earth back in the 70's...oy...) is my favorite of the whole series. I find this flawed series more interesting than some successful SF. It's very 70's, but I like that about it. Season 2 is a different story, where they aim at a younger audience and try to make it an adventure story, instead of a straight SF show. Maya was super hot if you were 11 at the time, but there's not much else there. (Loved the opening theme, though it wasn't as good as season 1.) Not as fun as Trek, not as cohesive as Galactica, but I outgrew the first years ago, was bored by the last season of the second, and yet I still think about this one all these years later.

  • Aug. 20, 2010, 3:43 a.m. CST

    DD

    by Jonatwork

    People I know who aren't even SF fans are freaked out to this day about seeing Dragon's Domain when they were kids. It was the tentacled beastie that grabbed its victims and sucked 'em in, but it was also that the thing then spat out the remains--a smoking, charred skeleton that less than a minute ago was your friend or lover.

  • Aug. 20, 2010, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Weakest of all Anderson's work?

    by MikeCSVU

    I have to say that Space 1999 was, for me, the weakest of Anderson's work, or at least the one I was least taken by. I can only hope that UFO might one day get the same treatment, Still, would be nice to see the Clapperboard feature. A staple of my tv viewing childhood. Anyone remember Michael Rodd?

  • Aug. 20, 2010, 4:43 a.m. CST

    Lyons Maid lolly advert!! Boy, I'm old.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Aug. 20, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Re: Problem is, if they every made it back home

    by MakNeil

    <p>There was an episode of Space: 1999 where they made it back to earth. It was called 'Journey to Where' during Year Two.</p> <p>Though some new transporter device in New Texas they were able to contact the moonbase. When they attempted to transport a few Alphans to the city, an earthquake–due to instabilities in the earth caused by the moon leaving orbit–transported them instead to the Battle of Bannockburn.</p> <p>Definitely one of the better Year Two episodes.</p>

  • Aug. 21, 2010, 2:43 a.m. CST

    Show premise stretched astrophysics, but...

    by njscribe44

    I still love the idea of the moon taking off (at warp speed) to visit all these other solar systems.

  • Aug. 21, 2010, 8:28 a.m. CST

    I was six years old when this made its way to

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    US syndication, long after the show was cancelled in the UK. I remember not fully understanding it, but understood there was something great and unique about it.

  • Aug. 21, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    If they do SPACE:2099 keep the eagles.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Don't change the design at all. They weren't meant to be The Enterprise, or TIE fighters. They were meant to be practical, functional ships.

  • Aug. 21, 2010, 8:35 a.m. CST

    First season intro was pure genius.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    The fact the music was great aside in a matter of a minute they were able to give an awesome teaser trailer of the episode, and at the end of each remind you how much deep trouble these people were in with a recap of the moon leaving Earth.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST

    SPACE:2099

    by dacheeze

    You may want to look at this... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space:2099_(private_project)