The Catacombs The Merchandise Guide
DVD: Italy
Compiled by Martin Willey


Corriere della Sera / La Gazzetta dello Sport

Italy 16 February 2016+
€1.99 - 5.99- 9.99 per volume; complete collection €227

Corriere della Sera is one of Italy's oldest and most popular newspapers; its sister paper is La Gazzetta dello Sport, an newspaper devoted entirely to sports, particularly football. Another Italian newspaper (and competitor to Corriere), La Repubblica, had previously released Space: 1999 DVDs as a promotion in 2007. In 2016, Corriere della Sera and La Gazzetta dello Sport added "Spazio 1999" to their other DVD promotions (other series include Poirot and the Walking Dead).

DVDs were released in weekly instalments. When you buy one of the two newspapers, you can buy the DVD of the week. The first DVD had a special price of €1.99 (€5.99 online), the second DVD is €5.99 and the other DVDs cost €9.99 each. The entire two series (24 DVDs) can be bought online with a slipcase for €227.

Cover of volume 1 Interior of cover DVD

The colourful covers have photo covers that don't reflect the episodes. The complete collection slip case has a lunar landscape (the set from Space Warp).

Title Menu Audio menu

The menu is a simple static image, with an Eagle over the moon (an MPC Eagle, possibly the Round 2 "Deluxe Edition", over an Apollo 8 picture of the Moon). The menu lists the two episodes and audio selection. The audio page offers Italian dub and original English with Italian subtitles. There are no extras on the discs.

Breakaway Breakaway Breakaway

The DVD picture is the original version (apparently identical to the 2003 Italian Pulp Video set), not the Network restored prints.

Booklet- cover Booklet p2-3 Booklet p4-5 Booklet p6-7 Booklet p8-9 Booklet p10-11

There is a 12 page booklet, generously illustrated, with an episode list, short series premise, description of the two episodes and some trivia (helmet visors opening, changing collars, the parrots calling "cut").

Corriere della Sera Sette magazine

The launch of the DVDs in February 2016 was accompanied by adverts in the newspapers and the Corriere della Sera Sette weekly magazine. The advertising slogan is "oltre il tempo, oltre l'infinito" ("Beyond time, beyond the infinite").

Corriere della Sera 16-02-2016 p1 Corriere della Sera 16-02-2016 p38

On the launch date, 16 February, the Corriere della Sera had two colour adverts on the front page and a full interior page devoted to the series (p38). "Gli eroi stellari di Spazio: 1999" ("Stellar heroes of Space: 1999") was a Martin Landau interview by Giovanna Grassi. The supporting article was "Spazio 1999, messaggi di integrazione galattica con la dottoressa Russell" ("Space 1999, galactic integration messages with Dr. Russell") was by Laura Zangarini. The Corriere della Sera website had a front page photo and link to online versions of the articles. A TV advert was also available on YouTube

Thanks to Andrea Gualco.

Disc Release Date Episodes Cover

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Collana Completa (Complete Collection). 24 discs.

Complete collection

1

16-Feb-2016

Separazione - Breakaway
Questione di vita o di morte - Matter Of Life And Death

Volume 1

2

23-Feb-2016

Sole nero -Black Sun
Gli occhi di Tritone -Ring Around The Moon

Volume 2

3

01-Mar-2016

Destinazione obbligata: Terra -Earthbound
Un altro tempo, un altro luogo - Another Time, Another Place

Volume 3

4

08-Mar-2016

Gli amanti dello spazio -Missing Link
Il pianeta incantato -Guardian Of Piri

Volume 4

5

15-Mar-2016

Forza vitale -Force Of Life
Fiocco azzurro su Alpha -Alpha Child

6

22-Mar-2016

L'ultimo tramonto -The Last Sunset
Il ritorno del Voyager -Voyager's Return

7

29-Mar-2016

Rotta di collisione -Collision Course
Il pianeta di ghiaccio -Death's Other Dominion

8

05-Apr-2016

Circolo chiuso -The Full Circle
Fine dell'immortalita - End Of Eternity

9

12-Apr-2016

Mondo proibito -War Games
Nemici invisibili -The Last Enemy

10

19-Apr-2016

Fantasma su Alpha -The Troubled Spirit
Il cervello spaziale -Space Brain

11

26-Apr-2016

La macchina infernale -The Infernal Machine
La missione dei Dariani-Mission Of The Darians

12

03-May-2016

Il dominio del drago -Dragon's Domain
Il testamento degli Arcardi -The Testament Of Arkadia

13

10-May-2016

Psycon -The Metamorph
Golos -The Exiles

14

17-May-2016

Vega -One Moment Of Humanity
La milgonite -All That Glisters

15

24-May-2016

Il ritorno - Journey To Where
Taybor - The Taybor

16

31-May-2016

Luton - The Rules Of Luton
Archanon - The Mark Of Archanon

17

07-June-2016

Il robot - Brian The Brain
Magus - New Adam, New Eve

18

14-June-2016

Tiranium - Catacombs Of The Moon
Le crisalidi - The A B Chrysalis

19

21-June-2016

Kalthon - Seed Of Destruction
La nuvola - The Beta Cloud

20

28-June-2016

I naufraghi - Space Warp
Vindrus - A Matter Of Balance

21

05-July-2016

Attenti ai terrestri - parte 1 - The Bringers Of Wonder part 1
Attenti ai terrestri - parte 2 - The Bringers Of Wonder part 2

22

12-July-2016

Onde lambda -The Lambda Factor
Tora - The Seance Spectre

23

19-July-2016

Dorzak
Il pianeta del Diavolo - Devil's Planet

24

26-July-2016

Il lampo che uccide - The Immunity Syndrome
I Dorconiani - The Dorcons


Copyright Martin Willey ; thanks to Andrea Gualco