|Four episodes released on VHS in 1990 by J2 Communications|
|Entire series released on laserdisc from J2, early 1990s.|
|Columbia House VHS “Collector’s Edition,” 1990|
|A& E “Megaset,” Entire Series, 2002.|
|The complete series on DVD, 2007.|
|Year 1 Blu Ray, 2010|
Space: 1999 (1975 – 1977) didn’t run for long originally: just two seasons, 48 episodes. Yet it has survived and experienced quite the afterlife, at least from a certain standpoint.
In particular, episodes of Space:1999 have been released on VHS twice, on laserdisc, on DVD (in two editions) and finally Blu Ray over the decades, an honor bestowed upon few science fiction TV series other than Star Trek, X-Files and Dr. Who, I think.
Across the years — to my wife’s dismay — I’ve purchased every single 1999 episode set, from the Columbia House “Collector’s Edition” VHS to the 2010 Blu Ray of Year One. That either makes me a sucker, or just a very big fan of the program. Or possibly both.
I can tell you with great fondness that I purchased my first laserdisc player — a Pioneer model — so I could play all 24 episode “volumes” of the Gerry and Sylvia Anderson series back in the 1990s. That laserdisc player, my last one, finally gave up the ghost a few weeks ago, leaving me a vast laserdisc collection without a player. Still, I’ve used and abused that laserdisc player since Christmas of 1993, so it lasted almost seventeen years. R.I.P.
I’ve recently begun watching Space:1999 again on Blu Ray while I write the next officially licensed novel of the new Powys series — Space:1999 – The Whispering Sea — and if anyone is holding off I can only say this: get the Blu-Ray now.
I have never seen the series look so crisp, so well-lit, so abundantly and magnificently detailed. I feel almost as though I am watching the series again for the first time, and that’s a pretty nifty trick given how many times I’ve seen these shows. So far, I’ve watched “Guardian of Piri,” “The Infernal Machine” and “The Metamorph” (the bonus Year 2 episode on the set), and I’m very, very impressed. It isn’t an exaggeration to state that the picture quality is absolutely stunning.