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


ITC/ POLYGRAM

UK 1992-1996, £10.99 each (1996: £11.99 each)

A series of tapes, each containing two episodes. Part of a large release schedule of "classic" ITC fantasy and adventure television series including "Sapphire And Steel", "Supercar", "Fireball XL5", "The Protectors" and "The Champions", all previewed on these tapes. 10,000 copies of each tape were produced and sold exceptionally well.

Sleeve design was bright and attractive, featuring photographs of the leads against a dramatic space-scape. The back covers featured descriptions of the episodes and credits. The notes on the back were headlined "From The Creator Of Thunderbirds, Supercar and Fireball XL5". For the first series the back covers displayed a single small photo (occasionally from the enclosed episodes) and a larger shot of an Eagle flying by domes from "The Bringers Of Wonder". For the second series, the back covers featured four small photos from the episodes and a larger shot of the waste area 2 from "Breakaway". Purists might be irritated by the mixing of Year Two shots with Year One episodes and vice versa, and the frequency that photos were shown reversed left for right. On the first few volumes the picture quality was rather grainy due to the use of 16mm prints.

The rather strange episode order (for the first series virtually the reverse of the production order) was the "official ITC order" (although this order had never appeared before). The rights to the episodes compiled into the Channel 5/Polygram movies was not available until 1995, so those 8 episodes were not included (however, in 1995 Polygram acquired ITC Ltd).

Most were released two volumes at a time, at three month intervals. The last four tapes were delayed: originally due in February and May 1994, they were released individually from March onwards, with the volume 20 being delayed until February 1995.

The last 4 volumes were released by Polygram (not ITC) with a slightly different sleeve design (the main photo was in a crystal).

Volumes 15 and 16 had an offer for a T shirt from Network Distribution (no relationship to the company that released DVD/Blu-rays from 2005).

Vol 1

Matter Of Life And Death,
The Infernal Machine

ITC 8160. Released 10th March 1992. Rated U

Cover: reversed Year 1 publicity shot of Koenig & Helena

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Vol 2

Dragon's Domain,
The Testament Of Arkadia

ITC 8161. Released 10th March 1992. Rated PG

Cover: reversed Year 2 publicity shot of Koenig & Helena cowering in fear

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Note: tape had a sound fault muting the music. A corrected version available from May 1992

Vol 3

The Last Enemy,
Mission Of The Darians

ITC 8162. Released 13th April 1992. Rated PG

Cover: somewhat blurred shot of front of rescue Eagle

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Vol 4

The Troubled Spirit,
Space Brain

ITC 8163. Released 13th April 1992. Rated PG

Cover: Year 1 publicity shot of Koenig & Helena

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Note: credits state that "The Troubled Spirit" guest stars Anthony Nicholls & Sandra Benes

Vol 5

End Of Eternity,
The Full Circle

ITC 8164. Released 13th July 1992. Rated PG

Cover: Helena, Koenig (same photo as Vol 1), Alan.

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Vol 6

Death's Other Dominion,
Voyager's Return

ITC 8165. Released 13th July 1992. Rated PG

Cover: Koenig (large), Helena, Koenig in spacesuit from Bringers Of Wonder

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Vol 7

Alpha Child,
The Last Sunset

ITC 8166. Released 12th October 1992. Rated PG

Cover: Helena, with Eagle (as vol 3) & smaller Koenig (as vol 1)

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Vol 8

Force Of Life,
Guardian Of Piri

ITC 8167. Released 12th October 1992. Rated PG

Cover: large blue half face of Koenig, Eagle (as vol 3)

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Vol 9

Missing Link,
Another Time, Another Place

ITC 8168. Released 18th January 1993. Rated PG

Cover: Koenig in spacesuit helmet, Raan, breakaway explosion

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Vol 9

WHSmith Exclusive Video: Missing Link
Another Time, Another Place
Supercar "Flight Of Fancy"

ITC 8157. Released 18th January 1993. Rated PG

Cover: As ITC 8168, with Supercar picture over explosion

Vol 10

Earthbound,
Ring Around The Moon

ITC 8169. Released 18th January 1993. Rated U

Cover: Large blue profile of Helena; small Eagle on pad; large Zantor

Vol 10

WHSmith Exclusive Video: Earthbound
Ring Around The Moon
Supercar "Hostage"

ITC 8158. Released 18th January 1993. Rated U

Cover: As ITC 8169, slightly rearranged (the planet top right is different), with Supercar picture

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Vol 11

The Exiles,
Journey To Where

ITC 8170. Released 13th April 1993. Rated U

Cover: Maya (head/shoulders), Cantar & Zova

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Vol 12

One Moment Of Humanity,
All That Glisters

ITC 8171. Released 13th April 1993. Rated PG

Cover: Dave Reilly, a small Eagle, Alan, Koenig & Reilly cowering

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Vol 13

The Mark Of Archanon,
The Taybor

ITC 8211. Released 26th July 1993. Rated PG

Cover: Taybor's head, Pasc strangling Alan, smaller Helena (Ring Around the Moon)

Vol 14

Brian The Brain,
The Rules Of Luton

ITC 8212. Released 26th July 1993. Rated PG

Cover: Koenig in silver spacesuit shining torch; small Alan, Tony & Helena; small Hawk

Vol 15

New Adam, New Eve,
Seed Of Destruction

ITC 8213. Released 8th November 1993. Rated PG

Cover: Magus in the foreground, Koenig, small Eagle and explosion Includes offer for T-shirt (Network Ltd)

Vol 16

The A B Chrysalis,
Catacombs Of The Moon

ITC 8214. Released 8th November 1993. Rated PG

Cover: Osgood & flames in the foreground, Tony with sleeping Michelle Includes offer for T-shirt (Network Ltd)

Vol 17

A Matter Of Balance,
The Beta Cloud

ITC 8215. Released 21st March 1994. Rated PG

Cover: Vindrus with hands to his temples, Beta creature, smaller Tony & Maya

Note: credits state The Beta Cloud stars "Dave Browse".

Vol 18

The Lambda Factor,
The Seance Spectre

ITC 8216. Released 23rd May 1994. Rated PG

Cover: large Koenig, Maya at desk, smaller Sam & Tessa

Vol 19

Dorzak,
Devil's Planet

ITC 8217. Released 25th July 1994. Rated PG

Cover: large Elizia, Sahala, prisoners

Vol 20

The Immunity Syndrome,
The Dorcons

ITC 8218. Released 20th February 1995. Rated PG

Cover: Mad Tony holding up laser, skeleton Zoran, Koenig & Helena h/s

Vol 21

Breakaway
War Games

636 992-3. Released August 1996. Rated PG

Cover: Astronaut

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Vol 22

Collision Course
Black Sun

636 994-3. Released August 1996. Rated PG

Cover: Aged Koenig

Vol 23

The Metamorph
Space Warp

636 996-3. Released August 1996. Rated PG

Cover: Mentor (back cover credits Barry Morse)

Vol 24

The Bringers Of Wonder parts 1 and 2

636 998-3. Released August 1996. Rated PG

Cover: Koenig & Alan fighting (back cover credits Barry Morse)

Video sleeves, thanks to Gordon Moriguchi

Sleeve interiors listed other titles from ITC Video

The T shirt offer


SPACE: 1999 WOOD BOX SET (ITC)

ITC publicity showing the box set

UK 4th October 1993; £89.99

All ten first series volumes in a 25 x 23 x 13 cm rosewood case with embossed logo on ends and a diamond design "Special Collectors Edition".



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