Amazon.com has recently added a pair of pre-order listings
showing there are Space: 1999 - Season 1
and Space: 1999 - Season 2
releases set for May 7th
, both at $29.98 SRP. At the time of this writing, Amazon's entries show the first season set as a DVD, and the second season as a Blu-ray Disc. A&E's new distributor, Lionsgate, hasn't officially announced the titles yet, but we're convinced that Amazon is simply wrong about the format of the second season, though, and that BOTH of these are going to be in the DVD format.
In 2001 and 2002, A&E first released the classic U.K. Science Fiction created by Gerry Anderson on DVD format in North America, but only in 2-disc configurations such as "Set #1: Volumes 1 & 2
." Then, in late 2002, the studio slid all 8 of those releases into a slipcover and sold it as the "Space: 1999 - Mega Set
," with a 17th bonus DVD (which also was made available separately to fans via A&E's online store). Five years later, in 2007, the studio repackaged those 17 discs into a slimmer box, and called it the "30th Anniversary Edition
"; that's been the most recent Region 1 release on DVD format up until now. There's never previously been season-set releases on DVD format in the USA and Canada...only the 2010 Blu-ray Disc release for Season 1
So now it makes sense for A&E (and their new distributor, Lionsgate) to go back and finally put out Space: 1999
in Season 1
and Season 2
configurations, and at the rather nice price of $29.98 SRP each. The package art, number of discs, and bonus content info aren't available yet, and they will have to wait until Lionsgate officially announces this product. So stay tuned.
"What about the Season 2
Blu-ray Discs...when can fans buy that?" If you recall the most recent update
last September, there are issues with the second season episodes' audio tracks, that are slowing down the remastering of the sound into new 5.1 mixes for the BD format release. According to that last update from our friends at The Digital Bits, the earliest we'll see that Blu Season 2
is "late 2013 or early 2014," and we're not quite there yet. So stay tuned for updates on that too, as further development occurs.
We'll be back on these new DVDs, though, when Lionsgate makes it official. Our thanks to the MANY readers who e-mailed us over the weekend to make sure we knew about these entries!