Space:1999 Blu-Ray giveaway!

By Phil Plait | December 8, 2010 10:22 am

[UPDATE: We have a winner! BABloggee Brendan Leber sent the 150th email, and that was the number chosen at random out of the 481 received. Congrats to Brendan, and thanks to everyone else who tried. And as always, more contests are coming, so stay tuned.]

Space1999blurayI know, I just gave away the Doctor Who Blu-Rays, but c’mon! Who doesn’t want more classic science fiction?

A&E Home Entertainment just came out with the first season of Space:1999 on Blu-Ray, and have agreed to give one away to a reader of my blog! This new box set looks pretty cool, I must say. If you’re a fan of the show then you want this (I am, and I do!). It costs about $100 retail (suggested), but here’s how you can score one for free.

Eagle 1, ready for liftoff:


0) This contest is free. Also, in case of error or such, I reserve the right to change the rules slightly as needed. IMPORTANT: The promotional company told me they can only ship to the continental US, so that means the 48 contiguous states (and DC). I apologize for this, but that’s the condition I was given. So no Hawaii or Alaska, and no other countries.

1) This contest is right here in this blog. Registering to win is a bit different than usual: you need to send an email to webmaster "at" discovermagazine.com. We get a lot of email to that address, so please use this exact subject line, "BA Space:1999 Blu-Ray Contest". It doesn’t matter what’s in the body of the email, but if you have a Twitter account, include your handle so it’s easier to contact you.

2) Only send one email, please. Violators will be fed to Tony Cellini’s monster (or worse, forced to drink Tony Verdeschi’s beer)*.

3) You have to use a valid return email address in the email, because that’s how I will contact you if you win. In other words, if the email to you bounces, I’ll wait 24 hours (as per rule 5 below) and then move on to the next potential winner.

space1999_eaglewarship4) The contest ends on Thursday, December 9, at 14:00 Mountain time (21:00 GMT).

5) At that time, the Hive Overmind Discover Magazine masters will tell me how many emails we received, and I will generate a random number to pick the winner. I’ll notify the winner via email (and/or Twitter), and they will have until Friday, December 10, 2010 at 14:00 MT to respond. If I don’t get a response then that person no longer wins; I’ll pick another random emailer as needed, who will have until Saturday at 14:00 MT to respond, and so on.

6) Once confirmed, the winner will send me their postal mailing address, and I will forward it to the company that will send them the Space:1999 Blu-Ray box set.

7) Again, continental US only! Also, as usual, please do not enter if you know me in real life. Otherwise I’ll send you to the nuclear waste dumps to test for magnetic anomalies, and we all know how that ended up.

That’s it! Moonbase Alpha out.



* For Tony Cellini joke: See "Dragon’s Domain" Season 1. For Tony Verdeschi: See any episode of Season 2.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: contest, SciFi, TV/Movies
MORE ABOUT: Blu-ray, Space:1999

Comments (47)

  1. Since I am in near the beginning I probably won’t get it.
    eta should have read the post.
    5km from the border so I can’t play.

  2. John Powell

    I’ve been trying to get email on my comlink all day!

    I’ll be wearing my Moonbase Alpha uniform until your email arrives. Since I waxed my arm, the zipper doesn’t bother me at all!

  3. Kevin

    I’ve fired up my Eagle, and am ready!

  4. AtomicTommy

    This would be really cool to win…I haven’t seen that TV show since I was a kid!

  5. We used to watch Star Trek on TV 38, then switch over to Channel 56 for Space: 1999 followed by another Trek. So we had three hours of sci-fi to enjoy. Year One of Space: 1999 was such an underappreciated show, and still is even now.

    I’ve gotta say, that monster BA mentioned scared me to pieces. I was seven, and had not been exposed to any real horror shows, just old movies on Channel 56’s Creature Double Feature. That was stuff like Drac and Frank. Sure, they were monsters, but you could deal with them.

    The one on the Ultra Probe, though, man, that was f-ing SCARY! Gave me nightmares, I tell ya. I woudn’t let anyone hug me for months, because it would make me think of the monster grabbing those screaming crewmen, spitting out their burning skeletons! And they couldn’t kill it! Couldn’t finish that episode. I swore off Space: 1999 because it was too scary, and it had that MONSTER!

    One Saturday, months later, I was flipping through the channels when Space: 1999 started! I was reaching up to change the channel, and had my hand on the knob when… I saw this bit in the opening credits, where there’s an Eagle spacecraft, spinning, falling to the lunar surface, and going KABOOM! in a big ball of sparks! I was like, “OOO! Hey, that was neat!” And I became a fan forever.

    When the episode with the MONSTER came around gain, I still couldn’t watch it. The next time, I was determined to see it through, since I already loved everything else they were doing on the show. I still had to leave the room during the monster attack, though. And then there’s another scene with the monster! It was scary, and the monster ate another crewman! But then Commander Koenig was able to kill it with a hatchet. The monster was dead, and from then on (to me, anyway), Comander Koenig became cooler than Captain Kirk! And Kirk was cool.

    “Dragon’s Domain” is one of my favorite episodes now that I can appreciate it properly. Sure, you can see a few wires holding up the monster’s arms, reversed footage to make it look like the monster is grabbing people, and stuff like that. Not really scary by today’s standards.

    But it’s made of awesome anyway.

  6. Sam H

    Dammit! I live in Canada…
    :(
    Never saw Space ’99, but I hear it’s good. The Eagle’s look reminds me lots of 2001.

  7. Keith J.

    This Canadian used to draw Space: 1999 shuttles all the time, back in those Olden Times ™.

  8. andrew

    I have never seen it; but if I win, I promise to watch. Plus, I used a semicolon.

  9. OtherRob

    When I was a kid I had a water gun version of their laser guns. :-)

  10. Eric

    I love watching this as a kid.

  11. Chris Winter

    “Violators will be fed to Tony Cellini’s monster…”

    Dragon’s Domain, eh? I remember it well, but never knew the title. It was indeed a scary episode. Nicely done.

    The Episode Guide has it as ep. 23:

    http://www.space1999.net/catacombs/main/epguide/t23dd.html

    Interesting material.

  12. mike burkhart

    I used to watch this when I was a kid , in fact the the station chanel 43 would show it after Star Trek . By the way a little known fact the specal fx director on Space 1999 was Brian Johnson who had worked on 2001 a Space Odyssey . This may be funny, on October 20 1999 I went outside to see if the moon was blown out of orbit it was still there in the sky, another sci fi prediction that did not come true. One more thing are other Astronomers asked if the moon can be blown out of orbit? I have been many times.

  13. mike burkhart

    One more thing on a web site called Moon Base Alpha , there is a video where one of the stars of the show tells what happened to Moon Base Alpha and its personel . In efect the end of the story . I won’t give it away hear but it a good ending.

  14. QuietDesperation

    This may be funny, on October 20 1999 I went outside to see if the moon was blown out of orbit it was still there in the sky, another sci fi prediction that did not come true.

    It did get blown out of orbit in the battles against the Nazis who escaped to the Moon after World War II. What you see now is an inflatable fake. You can live on it, though. It’s where Obama was actually born, and the autism causing vaccinations are manufactured.

    Sorry, I might be losing my mind. o_O

  15. QuietDesperation

    ☾ + ☢ = ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

  16. Tribeca Mike

    What matters is that Maya cannot retain this form for more than an hour!

  17. Robin

    Thanks for another opportunity to win some fun, cool stuff, Phil. You brighten the holidays.

  18. ergh… but i don’t want to have to buy a blu-ray player. :)

  19. Thomas Siefert

    Season one is the only one that can be used as a prize in a competition, season two should be given away as a punishment for shoplifting or not signaling when you make turns in your car.

  20. DennyMo

    BA, did you post who won the Dr. Who giveaway? I’ve checked the thread several times, never saw an announcement or stand-alone post. Just curious.

  21. Ah, but I have a good friend in the contiguous states who will receive the prize for me if I win. So there!

  22. QuietDesperation

    but i don’t want to have to buy a blu-ray player.

    Get a PS3 like I did. Ratchet & Clank games and the Uncharted series are just a bonus. And they are redoing Ico and Shadow Of The Colossus- two of the best games *EVER*- in HD as PS3 exclusives.

    The enemy is the big guy. You’re the little tiny guy. The whole game is stuff like that. It’s the game people used to try and convince Roger Ebert that games can be art.

  23. Brian Too

    The Eagles always had those distinctive pods over the landing gear.

    The one thing (that I remember–it was a long time ago!) that clunked a little about the series. They always used those Argos for lunar excursions. It just didn’t seem, well, spacey and futuristic enough, you know?

  24. I liked this TV series in my youth, but I’m afraid I’d just cringe watching it now.

    An explosion of a nuclear stockpile on the moon’s surface throws the ENTIRE MOON not only out of Earth orbit, but out of the Solar system entirely? At a speed that causes it to pass through a NEW STAR SYSTEM every week? (Even if we assume that’s due to the time dilation experienced by Moonbase Alpha’s inhabitants, that would still require 99.999% of the speed of light, and that’s assuming this week’s star system is only 4 light-years away from last week’s.) And yet they’re able to hang out in that new star system for a while, shoot the bull, meet the local inhabitants, play around with the star system’s space monsters, etc., while the moon is zipping through the star system at that speed?

    It’s a sad day when you have to say that the premise of _Lost In Space_ was more believable….

  25. Huron

    Continental US only? Terrible. Just terrible.

  26. Thomas Siefert

    @tracer
    You’ve grown up, I feel sorry for you… :-)

  27. iBoojum

    This show Horrified me! Remember the tentacled furnace beast that nabbed people and ejected their char-coaled remains! I hope I can win this so I may scar my kids psyches as well. Cheers!

  28. daver

    Eh… I’m not into historical docudramas.

    Oh darn, who am I kidding, YES I AM!

  29. gravespinner

    Although this is not of “great interest” I know how the people of Quebec feel as they are excluded from most Canada wide contests because of their “gaming” laws. OTOH, I and many more Canadians inundated Discovery.ca to carry your new show. Next foe – A&E?

  30. elizabeth

    Drat those pesky mailing rules. I wanted to grow up and morph into Maya.
    Did anyone else ever wonder why they didn’t make a doomsday film about what happened to the Earth after the moon ejection?
    Who let that reality in the room? Quick, close the door! Oops I mean hatch!

  31. Andrew Bolton

    The absurdities that tracer describes are what made the show unwatchable for me at 14, when it first came out. I was much less tollerant of goofy science back then. Nowadays I love this stuff. Similarly I thuoght the oriinal Battlestar Galactica cheesy junk at the time but now love it. Then again, I hate hte new Battlestar – grim, depressig stuff. And teh new Dr Who is just a noisy soap opera. (But I loved Patrick Troughton’s doctor and still do) Possibly in another 30 years I’ll like those shows and hate whatever total immersion vr is current…

  32. sHx

    Love that Space 1899 vid!

    We used to build Eagles on the peaks of little sand dunes where we engaged in space battles. No inertial dampeners. And my kid heart would always skip a beat whenever Maya came on the screen.

  33. It costs about $100 retail (suggested),

    For just Season 1? And I thought Battlestar Galactica was expensive. :-)

  34. Brian Lehan Mackin

    I used to watch this as my peers watched Happy Days (back in 2nd grade). I was a nerd from day 1.

  35. Elmar_M

    Damn, I wished I could take part in this, but I am not living in the US :(
    I loved Space1999, mostly for the awesome design and the eagles most of all ;)
    Also loved the claustrophobic feeling on the station. The stories were unfortunately pretty weird at times, but it was still a rather good show. I also liked UFO (or “Commando SHADO”), also by Gerry Anderson. He always had cool designs for vehicles, stations, etc.

  36. Peter Davey

    Whilst browsing through a London branch of HMV a week ago, I was pleased and surprised to come across a DVD of the 1960s serial(s) “A For Andromeda” and its sequel “Andromeda Breakthrough”, which I had thought long gone.

    I would put those productions on a par with the “Quatermass” serials, possibly due to the fact that one of the collaborators was a certain Fred Hoyle.

    The serials begin – I hope I am not spoiling anyone’s future enjoyment with the detection of a signal from outer space, and then continues with the release into the oceans of genetically engineered organisms designed to absorb the oxygen from the atmosphere.

    I have had second-hand paperback versions of the two serials, written by Fred Hoyle and Stephen Eliott, for some time. It will be fascinating to see how they compare with the orginal.

    I once came across a review of one of the two serials , in an American magazine, so they presumably reached America at some point.

    As the BIS motto has it “From imagination to reality” – except possibly the part about the oxygen loss.

  37. Susan Houde
  38. mike burkhart

    Changed my mind I’ll give away the ending on this vedio :Moonbase Alphas lifesuport systems gave out and it had to be evacuated fortunely they found a Earth like planet they called Tera Alpha and carried out opperation Exdous ,and setteled on this planet . Like I said a happy ending.

  39. Eric

    Ahh, Tony Cellini’s Car Wash Monster. Great episode.

  40. Chris Winter

    Peter Davey wrote: “Whilst browsing through a London branch of HMV a week ago, I was pleased and surprised to come across a DVD of the 1960s serial(s) “A For Andromeda” and its sequel “Andromeda Breakthrough”, which I had thought long gone.

    I would put those productions on a par with the “Quatermass” serials, possibly due to the fact that one of the collaborators was a certain Fred Hoyle.”

    It’s good to know those are serials. In addition to being a good scientist*, Hoyle (with help) wrote some good novels. I’ve always been partial to Ossian’s Ride with its blend of SF and mystery.

    * cf. Chown, Marcus, The Magic Furnace

  41. Chris Winter

    Tracer wrote: “An explosion of a nuclear stockpile on the moon’s surface throws the ENTIRE MOON not only out of Earth orbit, but out of the Solar system entirely?”

    Yes, that premise required a generous helping of WSD (willing suspension of disbelief.) It’s just lucky for our side that the waste dump was on the near side of the Moon.

  42. Chris Winter

    QuietDesparation wrote: “[The Moon] did get blown out of orbit in the battles against the Nazis who escaped to the Moon after World War II. What you see now is an inflatable fake. You can live on it, though. It’s where Obama was actually born, and the autism causing vaccinations are manufactured.”

    There is a truly terrible movie in which Hercules (played by Lou Ferrigno) battles Science in the person of an evil scientist. At one point the scientist puts the Moon on a collision path with Earth, and Hercules changes into King Kong to deflect it. :-(

  43. Chet Twarog

    I’m in. Falcon 9 it to me.

  44. The remake of The Time Machine that came out several years ago shows a lunar calamity quite convincingly, although the Moon is broken up, not leaving orbit. Even then, the parts just sort of hang together. Originally, only part of the Moon was supposed to be blasted away, leaving Moonbase Alpha stranded on an asteroid. But I guess they thought using the whole Moon would be more [visually] interesting. To be fair, despite the obvious flaw in physics, I think they were right. WSD wasn’t a problem for me because it all looked so damn cool, and we really ought to have been going back to the Moon anyway. So sad we never did, but in 1975 it seemed as if there was still a chance.

  45. Keith Bowden

    I never got to watch much of it as a kid, and a few years ago I tried to watch the DVDs… but whooooaa… Sigh. Sadly, I’m with Tracer on this one.

  46. Dan

    I remember watching the episode where containers landed on the moon and released an air environment that allowed them to go outside without space suits. The commander was talking to one lady about what they missed on earth and a dubbed voice mention race riots and the KKK. I almost fell out of my chair. I have always wondered what he really missed before the over dub.

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