The Catacombs The Merchandise Guide
Blu-ray: USA
Compiled by Martin Willey


Blu-ray (Shout! Factory)

The Complete Series (Blu-ray): SKU 826663202045 16 July 2019 $109.95

The Complete Series (DVD): SKU 826663199888 16 July 2019 $59.95

Blu-ray cover

Shout! Factory is a Los Angeles based media company founded in 2002, known for re-releasing classic music, TV series and film on DVD and streaming platforms. In 2013 it agreed a deal with ITV to distribute ITC content to the US market, including Gerry Anderson series. In 2015 they released most of the puppet series on DVD, and Thunderbirds was available on Blu-ray. In March 2018 Shout! Factory and ITV agreed a new multi-year deal. On 30 September 2018 they ran a 34-hour marathon of Thunderbirds on the social video service Twitch. Space: 1999 has been available on their video-on-demand service (here) since 2018, using the 2005 high-definition masters released in the UK by Network (apparently geo-blocked in Europe).

In April 2019 Shout! Factory announced the release of Space: 1999 on blu-ray and DVD. This is a re-release of the A&E Complete Season One set from 2010, and the first US release of series 2.

There are 13 discs, the same number as the Network complete series (5 * year 1 episodes, 5 * year 2 episodes, 3 * extras). The episodes are identical to Network.

Packaging

Extras

The extras are mostly the same as Network. They dropped some extras (as the previous A&E release did, losing the BBC Horizon clip and the Lyons Maid advert, because they did not have US distribution rights). They added the old commentaries from the A&E 2003 Bonus Disc, some new commentaries, and new original interviews.

The sound is available as the DTS 5.1 mix, and the original mono track. The music/effects tracks are not included.

All 13 discs are Blu-ray, including the extras disc (the two extras discs on the Network year 1 set were DVDs, not Blu-ray). However, most of the extras material is standard definition (DVD quality).

The main new features are video interviews with Barbara Bain, Nick Tate and director Kevin Connor, a video guide to merchandise by John Muir (who wrote the 1997 book Exploring Space: 1999), and three new audio commentaries, two by Anthony Taylor and one of Scott Michael Bosco. All the new video extras are High Definition. The episodes selected for audio commentaries are a little odd- Ring Around The Moon isn't the strongest episode, and Dragon's Domain already has a Gerry Anderson commentary.

Anthony Taylor is a film writer with a particular interest in Gerry Anderson and special effects, and wrote the 2006 book The Future was FAB, the Art of Mike Trim.

Bosco previously recorded a commentary on the 2002 A&E Megaset bonus disc (not included here). He worked behind the scenes as a consultant to previous releases of the series in the US, back to the 1991 Image Laserdiscs. Many of the sleeve photos and gallery photos on previous releases were supplied by him (they are not included in this release). He worked as a video reviewer, and on commentaries and extras for DVD releases.

Discs

Disc Episodes Extras
Year 1 Disc 1
Breakaway
Matter Of Life And Death
Black Sun
Ring Around The Moon
Gerry Anderson commentary on Breakaway
Scott Michael Bosco commentary on Ring Around The Moon
HD photo gallery: Breakaway (80 photos)
HD photo gallery: Matter Of Life And Death (76 photos)
HD photo gallery: Black Sun (57 photos)
HD photo gallery: Ring Around The Moon (71 photos)
Year 1 Disc 2
Earthbound
Another Time, Another Place
Missing Link
Guardian Of Piri
HD photo gallery: Earthbound (70 photos)
HD photo gallery: Another Time, Another Place (61 photos)
HD photo gallery: Missing Link (28 photos)
HD photo gallery: Guardian Of Piri (78 photos)
Year 1 Disc 3
Force Of Life
Alpha Child
The Last Sunset
Voyager's Return
HD photo gallery: Force Of Life (19 photos)
HD photo gallery: Alpha Child (63 photos)
HD photo gallery: The Last Sunset (49 photos)
HD photo gallery: Voyager's Return (20 photos)
Year 1 Disc 4
Collision Course
Death's Other Dominion
The Full Circle
End Of Eternity
HD photo gallery: Collision Course (58 photos)
HD photo gallery: Death's Other Dominion (87 photos)
HD photo gallery: The Full Circle (58 photos)
HD photo gallery: End Of Eternity (59 photos)
Year 1 Disc 5
War Games
The Last Enemy
The Troubled Spirit
Space Brain
HD photo gallery: War Games (68 photos)
HD photo gallery: The Last Enemy (52 photos)
HD photo gallery: The Troubled Spirit (35 photos)
HD photo gallery: Space Brain (15 photos)
Year 1 Disc 6
The Infernal Machine
Mission Of The Darians
Dragon's Domain
The Testament Of Arkadia
HD photo gallery: The Infernal Machine (42 photos)
HD photo gallery: Mission Of The Darians (64 photos)
HD photo gallery: Dragon's Domain (47 photos)
HD photo gallery: Testament Of Arkadia (35 photos)
Gerry Anderson commentary on Dragon's Domain
Anthony Taylor commentary on Dragon's Domain
Year 2 Disc 1 The Metamorph
The Exiles
One Moment of Humanity
All That Glisters
Anthony Taylor commentary on The Metamorph
HD photo gallery: Metamorph (61 photos)
HD photo gallery: Exiles (46 photos)
HD photo gallery: One Moment of Humanity (33 photos)
HD photo gallery: All That Glisters (75 photos)
Year 2 Disc 2 Journey To Where
The Taybor
The Rules Of Luton
The Mark Of Archanon
HD photo gallery: Journey To Where (47 photos)
HD photo gallery: The Taybor (15 photos)
HD photo gallery: The Rules Of Luton (62 photos)
HD photo gallery: The Mark Of Archanon (42 photos)
Year 2 Disc 3 Brian The Brain
New Adam, New Eve
Catacombs Of The Moon
The A B Chrysalis
HD photo gallery: Brian The Brain (19 photos)
HD photo gallery: New Adam, New Eve (45 photos)
HD photo gallery: Catacombs Of The Moon (52 photos)
HD photo gallery: The A B Chrysalis (55 photos)
Year 2 Disc 4 Seed Of Destruction
The Beta Cloud
Space Warp
A Matter Of Balance
HD photo gallery: Seed Of Destruction (17 photos)
HD photo gallery: The Beta Cloud (82 photos)
HD photo gallery: Space Warp (46 photos)
HD photo gallery: A Matter Of Balance (75 photos)
Year 2 Disc 5 The Bringers Of Wonder part 1
The Bringers Of Wonder part 2
The Lambda Factor
The Seance Spectre
HD photo gallery: The Bringers Of Wonder (76 photos)
HD photo gallery: The Lambda Factor (32 photos)
HD photo gallery: The Seance Spectre (36 photos)
Year 2 Disc 6
Dorzak
Devil's Planet
The Immunity Syndrome
The Dorcons
HD photo gallery: Dorzak (29 photos)
HD photo gallery: Devil's Planet (75 photos)
HD photo gallery: The Immunity Syndrome (33 photos)
HD photo gallery: The Dorcons (21 photos)
Extras Disc

Missing Extras

The following extras appeared on Network or A&E, but are missing from this set, probably due to rights issues.


Copyright Martin Willey.