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


DVDs (Carlton Video)

UK 2001. Individual volumes deleted September 2004. Box sets deleted 7th Feb 2005.

The Carlton DVDs were part of a broad release of many ITC titles, including Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds. The titles cost £15.99 individually; or in box sets. The first three volumes were released in a box set (with space for 3 more) for £44.99; after the rest of year 1 was released, the year 1 box set was revised to contain all six volumes for £76. The year 2 box set also contained six volumes. There were four episodes per disc. The DVDs were UK only (PAL region 2 coded).

The American A&E DVDs and the Carlton DVDs were released at approximately the same time. The picture quality was in most cases equal or superior to the A&E and Japanese discs. Unfortunately, there were some obvious flaws, including colour problems in Dragon's Domain (also seen on the A&E version) and sound problems in Testament Of Arkadia. The A&E Year 2 episodes are newer prints, and are generally superior to the Carlton versions.

Unlike the A&E, there are many more "extras" attached to the discs (although A&E caught up on later releases). There is an opening sequence animation (in CGI) showing an Eagle landing on Moonbase Alpha with the Barry Gray theme. The scene access menu is shown animated in a stylised communications post. Stills and text in the extras are framed in the Main Mission big screen; year 1 volumes have titles in the familiar "Countdown" font seen within Moonbase Alpha.

The covers feature the familiar sloping logo in silver chrome, an Eagle hit by lightning, and character shots. Like the A&E covers, fluorescent colours are featured. The second season covers are very similar in design, with the logo in yellow chrome and a ringed planet beyond. Although there are familiar Landau/Bain poses on volumes 1, 6 and 7, other covers feature supporting cast such as Zienia Merton (volume 3), Nick Tate (volume 4), and Prentis Hancock (volume 5). On the Year 1 box set insert, Roy Dotrice and Clifton Jones appear on the spines of volumes 5 and 6. Volumes 1-3 were released on April 30th 2001 (originally scheduled for April 11th); volumes 4-6 on June 11th; and volumes 7-12 on November 12th.

Carlton created an official Space 1999 website (now defunct) to accompany the release, as they did with Thunderbirds.

Set Release Date Episodes Extras
Box Set
3711501183
April 30th 2001
deleted 18th January 2002
Box set comprising volumes 1-3
plus space for volumes 4-6
Includes 6 postcards
Box Set
3711501683
25th June 2001
deleted 7th Feb 2005
Box set comprising volumes 1-6
Volume 1
3711501153
Volume 1
April 30th 2001
deleted 24th September 2004
Breakaway
Matter Of Life And Death
Black Sun
Ring Around The Moon
Original Publicity
Production Art
Character Biographies
Volume 2
3711501163
Volume 2
April 30th 2001
deleted 24th September 2004
Earthbound
Another Time, Another Place
Missing Link
Guardian Of Piri
Annuals
Charlton and Look-In comics
This Is Your Life photos
Moonbase Alpha overview
Volume 3
3711501173
Volume 3
April 30th 2001
deleted 24th September 2004
Force Of Life
Alpha Child
The Last Sunset
Voyager's Return
Paperbacks and E C Tubb interview
Eagle overview
Behind The Scenes Gallery

Volume 4
3711501273
June 11th 2001
deleted 24th September 2004
Collision Course
Death's Other Dominion
The Full Circle
End Of Eternity
Merchandise Gallery
Director biographies
Horizon behind the scenes footage (2 mins 30 secs)
Volume 5
3711501283
June 11th 2001
deleted 24th September 2004
War Games
The Last Enemy
The Troubled Spirit
Space Brain
Crew biographies
Alien Attack trailers
1977 Space City exhibition intro film
Lyons Maid ice lolly commercial
Volume 6
3711501293
June 11th 2001
deleted 24th September 2004
The Infernal Machine
Mission Of The Darians
Dragon's Domain
The Testament Of Arkadia
Original Series Writer's Guide
Visual effects storyboards

Year 2 Box Set
Year 2 Box Set
Nov 12th 2001
deleted 7th Feb 2005
Box set comprising Year 2 volumes 1-6
Volume 1
3711501763
Carlton DVD
Nov 12th 2001
deleted 24th September 2004
The Metamorph
The Exiles
One Moment Of Humanity
All That Glisters
Year 2 trailer 1
Stills gallery
Deleted script pages (Metamorph and Exiles)
Volume 2
3711501773
Carlton DVD
Nov 12th 2001
deleted 24th September 2004
Journey To Where
The Taybor
The Rules Of Luton
The Mark Of Archanon
Year 2 trailer 2
Stills gallery
New Character profiles (Maya and Tony)
Volume 3
3711501783
Carlton DVD
Nov 12th 2001
deleted 24th September 2004
Brian The Brain
New Adam, New Eve
Catacombs Of The Moon
The A B Chrysalis
Year 2 trailer 3
Stills gallery
Year 2 novels
Volume 4
3711501793
Carlton DVD
Nov 12th 2001
deleted 24th September 2004
Seed Of Destruction
The Beta Cloud
Space Warp
A Matter Of Balance
Destination Moonbase Alpha trailer (2 mins)
Stills gallery
Cast and crew interviews (29 mins)
Volume 5
3711501803
Carlton DVD
Nov 12th 2001
deleted 24th September 2004
The Bringers Of Wonder part 1
The Bringers Of Wonder part 2
The Lambda Factor
The Seance Spectre
Landau/Bain UK trailer
Stills gallery
Deleted script pages (Seance Spectre)
Volume 6
3711501813
Carlton DVD
Nov 12th 2001
deleted 24th September 2004
Dorzak
Devil's Planet
The Immunity Syndrome
The Dorcons
Landau/Bain USA trailers
Stills gallery
Brian Johnson interview and commentary (13mins, 40secs)
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Box Cover

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Leaflet text

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Menu screens, year 1 and 2

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Scene access

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Extras
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49cm x 34cm poster for Year 2 release

Year 2 promotional poster

Below: The cards released with the Year 1 boxset.

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Copyright Martin Willey ;
packaging and screen images copyright Carlton Video