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|UFO Set 2|
Actors: Ed Bishop, Mel Oxley, Dolores Mantez, Michael Billington, George Sewell
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
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Michael C. (Chase) from WILMETTE, IL
Reviewed on 6/24/2011...
I saw this on real TV, when it was released. I wont say how old I was, but I loved it then, and I still love it. OK, so its dated, and I love some of the crazy futuristic assumptions of what life would be like in the 1980s. Being a systems analyst, I gotta laugh that computer tape drives and teletype are so prominently featured. But the stories are well done, mostly, and its a real kick to see it again. Im only a couple of DVDs into it, but Its still got it! Makes me want to watch space 1999!
Superb Quality - Again!
Marc Martin | Seattle, WA United States | 01/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Like the first A&E UFO DVD set, this set features 13 digitally remastered episodes from Gerry & Sylvia Anderson's British science fiction series "UFO". And again, the video & audio quality is superb throughout, looking as good (or better!) than most current television shows! The episodes here are the last half of the series. In my opinion, these episodes are better than the ones in the first half, as the plots move faster and the acting is better. The last few episodes are rather bizarre, but these are also my favorite episodes! This set features 3 commentary tracks. Ed Bishop does a solo commentary on SUB-SMASH. Unfortunately, he doesn't have a lot to say, and there are long gaps of silence between his remarks. Also unfortunate is that the recording is slowed down, because it was taken from a recording for the British DVDs which run 4% fast (due to the PAL video format). So the pitch of his voice is lower than natural, and his speech sounds unusually slow.Fortunately the other 2 commentary tracks were recorded specifically for the A&E releases, and are running at the correct speed.The 2nd commentary track is for KILL STRAKER, and features director Alan Perry and actor Mike Billington. Each of them tries to be clever/funny, and it works! I laughed out loud several times during this commentary. There is also a lots of good information, and not many gaps of silence.The 3rd commentary track is my favorite -- Sylvia Anderson and Wanda Ventham on TIMELASH. They remember all sorts of details about the filming, and seemingly have nice things to say about everyone and everything. Sylvia explains what her day-to-day duties were on UFO, and Wanda tells of how she got into acting and got the part for UFO. The chemistry between the two is wonderful, and there are virtually no gaps of silence.In addition to the commentary tracks, there are some interesting "video/audio outtakes", including original stage audio during the filming of KILL STRAKER (featuring Mike Billington, Ed Bishop, and George Sewell), outtakes of the SID satellite singing "Home on the range" (!), and a demonstration of how the night scenes in TIMELASH were filmed in broad daylight. Plus a few more.The "photo gallery" is a disappointment -- these are simply frame captures from the episodes, which is a shame, since the British UFO DVDs had hundreds of interesting behind-the-scenes photos.The packaging & DVD menus in the same style as the first UFO set --- that is, cheap but functional. There are 6 chapter stops per episode, which makes it easier to jump to your favorite part of each episode."
Thank you A&E
Alastair G. Stell | Cave Creek, AZ United States | 09/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"UFO was ahead of its time; the real-life counterpart to Captain Scarlet in terms of sophistication of plot and technical excellence. Considering how long ago this series was made the models and special effects were truly superb. I often wonder what might have been if Gerry Anderson and Gene Rodenberry had gotten together.Where UFO set 1 started a little awkwardly with the characters finding their feet, UFO 2 represents more sophisticated plot lines and characterisations. The series kinda ran out of steam in no small part because the entire premise was a little too far fetched to stand the light of scientific scrutiny, but it's still better than most of the drivel produced today. The Aliens are really a vehicle for stories that revealed human strengths, weaknesses and falibilities.One point. This series was made in an era when smoking was 'cool'. Hard bitten professionals always smoked because they were "Real Men". So you'll need to look beyond this glaring example of Political Incorrectness.UFO deserves to be reborn but I don't know where they'd find the script writers to do a decent job. Overall this DVD collection is a must-have for sci-fi buffs and I will always feel grateful to Gerry Andersen for his vision, energy and immense talent."
BEST HALF OF A BRILLIANT SERIES
Adrian Sherlock | Australia | 01/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Once upon a time I was so into this show that I would have called all the episodes great on their own level. In fact, truth be told there are only a few really brilliant episodes in the first half of the series, the rest vary between good and rather dull and ordinary. However...THIS is the second and best half of the series where the whole production team really do seem to hit their stride in a big way.
Great episodes follow in rapid succession in this half of UFO, Subsmash, Mindbender, Cat With Ten Lives, Destruction, Reflections in the Water, Psychobombs, Long Sleep and the startlingly good Timelash. They also achieve a unique style and favour of TV Science Fiction, reminiscent of both Thunderbirds and Patrick McGoohan's cult series The Prisoner, but focused on a very serious and very human hero, Straker, played to perfection by the charismatic and energetic Ed Bishop. Its an edgey, surrealistic series, reminiscent of Twilight Zone or The Invaders, at times, with its possessed humans and mind-bending, time-twisting plots.
UFO is perhaps one of the ultimate cult series, and a precursor to the underrated but more famous Space:1999. It belongs in the DVD collection of any true SF fan. Highly recommended!"