I've just received the Carlton R2 Season 2 boxed set of Space: 1999 and have sampled all episodes. If A & E uses the exact same transfers, these discs will far outshine the first season discs. All episodes are rich in color and detail and look absolutely pristine, and the episodes that came out unsatisfactorily on laserdisc are some of the most impressive in this set. "The Beta Cloud" is quite possibly the best DVD presentation I've seen yet. Color and contrast are outstanding. "The Metamorph" and "All That Glisters", dark and washed out on laserdisc, are among the most unblemished of color in the set. And the two-part "Bringers of Wonder", never before on disc, looks excellent as well. And these are on my player's NTSC conversions from PAL. Assuming A & E doesn't dilute these transfers, they have reference quality TV-to-DVD product for next year- that is if R1 DVDs will be coming. Having said that, I may opt to just stick to the R2 DVDs because of the animated menus and extra features alone- not to mention the subtitles! Space: 1999 with subtitles is a wonder to behold. And I look also toward buying the R2 Season 1 set if its quality is comparable. One question though. Is there a layer change in "A Matter of Balance" as alien Vindrus is identifying himself and his planet of origin to Shermeen? My player freezes for a second at this point. A minor quibble, though. These are the best transfers to DVD of TV product I've ever seen, and if they come on A & E of the same quality, collectors won't be disappointed!