It annoys the hell out of me when you buy a big set like this and then they have the gall to put out a box with a bonus disc. Do they really think people are going to re-buy this box just for the disc?
The way I see it, I'd probably watch it once anyway. Still, I feel cheated.
A & E have a few options here.
1) They could reissue Set 8 as a 3-disc box to include the bonus disc and everyone who bought Set 8 can send their old
box in as proof of purchase and receive the reissued Box
8 containing the bonus disc and room for our already
purchased Vols. 15 & 16 to slide into the box. This way,
buyers of the former Set 8 would get the bonus disc for
free, except for the cost of mailing the original Set 8
2) They could release the bonus disc separately and offer it for free or for a lower price to anyone with proof of purchase of Set 8.
3) Combine it into a 2-disc set with a bonus UFO disc containing material not on the R1 UFO DVDs.
4) Combine it with another special Space: 1999 disc
containing excerpts from the movie versions with explanations for the discrepancies with the series, a Cosmic Princess trailer at present only available on the French DVD release, and parts 1 and 2 of the Space:
1999 Documentary originally promised, edited if necessary to reduce the strident anti-Year 2 slant of part
2. Plus a merchandise guide containing all the merchandise pictures on the R2 English and French DVDs. And any other extras that can be found.
As to what A & E eventually will do, it'll depend on how strongly people object to the bonus disc only coming with the Mega Set from one U.S.-only retailer.
I just got back from a store and guess what I found on the shelf, The Space: 1999 Megaset. I will be going back in a few to pick it up. --Edward.
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One interesting thing about the Movie-compilations Trailers like Cosmic Princess or Alien Attack is that the Trailer for Journey to the black Sun is available on the IMDB Site (search under the name of Space:1999) but not on any DVD. The French DVD has the Cosmic Princess trailer but not the English One.
Scott Michael Bosco now has a review of the Mega Set
and the bonus disc available at the link below. It
sounds awesome, but no word yet on when it'll be
released separately. And when it comes with the Mega
Set, it won't have its own keep case. http://www.geocities.com/ditcin4/space1999megaset.html
I highly doubt A&E will do anything except maybe sell that bonus disk to us they're only offering with the BestBuy megaset.
I'm a little pissed right now. Costco and Sam's Club with be selling the MegaSet for $100, without the bonus disc, and I don't know what to do at this point. Put them all on half.com now for $20? I might actually sell them all and break even.
I've got the disk and the Scott Bosco review pretty well summarizes it up.
The disk, by the way, is in a sleeze inside the box. It's not stuck to the outside like the Star Trek:TNG bonus disks were. It made me wonder if all the megasets would have the disk. I guess they could have two separate packages: one for Best Buy and one for the rest. Seems like quite the hassle though.
The remastered episodes, Death's Other Dominion , Dragon's Domain, and Testament of Arkadia had their problems corrected (image blur, too dark, and too orange, respectively). HOWEVER, the new transfers are not perfect..they are too blue. The snow and clouds of Death's Other Dominion are clearly blue, as are the many whites on the moonbase. You can see this in the screenshots at the above link.
It's not overwhelming, but the colors look like your watching them on an old, poorly adjusted TV.
Actually, Dragon's Domain isn't that bad, probably because they were focusing on color correction for its remastering.