I feel ripped off…I really do. I had all the old American releases on DVD (which I will be selling to a local merchant because they deal in used DVDs) to recoup some of the cost I spent on this set. THIS IS NOT THE NETWORK DVD/UK EDITION REMASTERS FOR REGION 1…let’s make that VERY clear.
If you have a multi-region/format player, go over to Amazon UK and order the First Season from Network…it is *spectacular*. You can also pre-order the Second Season from Network there as well (release date is Sept 10). The Network DVDs have phenomenal video AND audio, crisp and clear 5.1 audio in fact that gives your sub-woofer a workout. Needless to say, I pre-ordered mine from across the pond the day I got this.
Why 3 stars? Overall story and series would have gotten a 5. Minus four stars for the remaster rip-off, plus a star for slimmer packaging/better price, plus a star for *some* improvement in the audio (now 2.0 stereo as opposed to mono) and a bit of an improvement on Season Two eps video.
If you have this…save your cash, even though the old discs might take up more shelf-space. If you don’t and only have a standard Region One player, then by all means get it. If you have a multi region/format player…RUN to Amazon UK and purchase the Network Season One and Two Versions.
There is no comparison…the Network DVDs are spectacular!
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As soon as we got this in, we opened a set and checked it out…
This so-called digitally remastered 30th Anniversary edition is NO DIFFERENT than the older Mega Set…just slimmer packaging. You still see all the spots, smudges, hairs, graininess. The only reason to buy this is if you have not already gotten the older set and want to save some money. Sad, really, that we did not get the better UK remastered product.
Having the original MegaSet of Space: 1999, I was hoping to have ‘extras’ on the 30th Anniversary MegaSet DVD’s. The DVD containers have been changed and condensed, but otherwise the offerings are the same as the original MegaSet — the addded ‘Bonus Disc’ is the same that has been available at all the Space: 1999 Conventions since 2005. The ‘Special Features’ throughout the MegaSet are the same as on the original MegaSet. It would have been “special” if the Anniversary MegaSet had ‘bloopers’, ‘behind the scenes’ that weren’t on the original MegaSet DVD’s, et al. A purchase of this MegaSet is more for nostalgia and to support the continuing life (after cancellation) of Space: 1999.