It's been a couple of months now since our most recent report
about A&E Home Video's upcoming high-def Blu-ray Disc release of Space: 1999 - Season 1
. That's longer than we would have preferred, of course, but we wanted to take our time with this update because, frankly, there's been some incorrect information floating around in some places on the 'net (because of routine changes to the release configuration, as plans for the title developed). And so we wanted to wait, be patient, and be absolutely certain of the details that we passed along to our readers! Today the studio provided us with finalized information about this set, beginning with this finalized list of the bonus material on the release:
- To accompany the Digitally Restored, High Definition video transfers, fans will have the option of choosing either the new English Dolby 5.1 audio tracks, or the original "as broadcast" English mono audio tracks
- Gerry Anderson Audio Commentaries on "Breakaway" and "Dragon's Domain"
- Music-Only Tracks on All Episodes Except "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
- "These Episodes" Featurettes
- "Memories of Space" Featurette
- Sylvia Anderson Interview
- Season 1 Textless Generic Titles
- "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 U.S. Premiere Intro and Outro
- SFX Plates and Deleted SFX Scenes with Music Track
A few fans might possibly recognize that the above list does not include some extras coming out in the U.K. soon, which A&E's North American release is based on. The studio tells us that they are including all bonus material which they were able to clear from a legal standpoint; the few supplements which were unable to be cleared had to be excluded.
In our previous reports we told you to expect Space: 1999 - Season 1
on 6 discs, and have shown off cover art that indicated in the lower right that the set is "6 BD" package. The original configuration has changed since then, however (both in the U.K. and on this side of the Atlantic). The release will come as a 7-disc set, with the package including 5 Blu-ray Discs full of the episodes and such bonus material as belongs with the episodes (such as commentaries and music-only audio tracks). All remaining extras will be on Discs 6 and 7, a pair of bonus discs which will not be BDs, but rather standard DVD discs (just as was the case with Disc 5 of The Prisoner
We were also informed today that due to the time and care necessary with getting this release produced with the highest possible quality, the previously-reported street date in November will end up slipping a little. The studio told us "If all goes as planned, we should be able to release before the holidays, but most likely not until December
." We're keeping a sharp eye on that for you, though, so stay tuned and we'll update you further when we have that finalized street date. Or if anything else changes!
We already knew the package art would be due for an update, to reflect the correct count of discs. Now we've got a new high-res, 3D look at the packaging for you, with a shiny new "7" in the lower right corner. Don't make the mistake of thinking that all 7 discs are BDs, though, just because that number is in front of the Blu-ray Disc logo: it will indeed be a 5-BD-and-2-DVD set. We just want to make sure the record has been set straight where that's concerned, so there's no confusion.