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


Precision Video/ Channel 5 Video/ Polygram Video

UK

The 4 ITC "movies" were released originally by Precision Video (with fold out sleeve 30 x 19 cm, illustrated with b/w photos) in VHS, Beta and, for 1 title, Video 2000, formats.

The video was based on existing 1 inch videotape transfers from 35mm film. The quality of Destination Moonbase Alpha and Alien Attack was excellent. Both Cosmic Princess and Journey Through the Black Sun were converted from the NTSC (US standard) video transfers to PAL (UK standard), with an obvious degradation in quality.

The titles were re-released by Channel 5 Video in VHS format only. Both companies used the ITC film posters for cover art. Polygram took over Channel 5 in 1991, and began reissuing titles in new packaging in 1992. This packaging featured the series logo ("Space 1999", despite the 2100 date given in the narration) and a single photograph, with a coloured background with vague designs of the Moon and an atom symbol. The reverse featured a larger atom symbol with two small photos.

Destination Moonbase Alpha

Precision: Sept 1980-1986 96 mins VHS: VITC 2019;

Beta BITC 2019

- £39.95

£29.95

Channel 5: August 1986 96 mins (rated PG) VHS: CFV 03072 £7.99
Polygram: August 1992 96 mins (rated PG) VHS: 085 344 3 £10.99

Alien Attack

Precision: Nov 1980-1986 122 mins VHS: VITC 3024; Beta BITC 3024; £39.95
Channel 5: Apr 1987 104 mins (rated PG) VHS: CFV 02962 £7.99
Polygram: August 1992 104 mins (rated PG) VHS: 085 346 3 £10.99

Cosmic Princess

Precision: Dec 1982-1986 95 mins VHS: VITC 2130;

Beta BITC 2130;

Video 2000 CRTIC 2130;

£40.99
Channel 5: Dec 1987 105 mins (rated PG) VHS: CFV 06972 £7.99
Polygram: August 1992 105 mins (rated PG) VHS: 085 354 3 £10.99

Journey Through the Black Sun

Precision: 1983?-1986 95 mins. Stereo compatible. VHS: VITC 2???; Beta BITC 2???; £40.99
Channel 5: June 1989 96 mins (rated U) VHS: CFV 03362 £7.99
Polygram: August 1992 96 mins (rated U) VHS: 085 342 3 £10.99

Below: Precision Video covers and interiors, thanks to David Hirsch.

Original Precision and Channel 5 packaging
Above: Precision and Channel 5 packaging.
Below: Polygram packaging

Alien Attack Destination Moonbase Alpha

Journey Through The Black Sun Cosmic Princess

Below: Channel 5 packaging

Cosmic Princess Journey Through The Black Sun Journey Through The Black Sun

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