Lost In Space: Season 2, Volume 1 (Bilingual)
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Lost In Space ~ Vol. 1-Season 2
While Lost in Space may never enter the pantheon of great television programming, the 1960s sci-fi show certainly has its charms, all of them in evidence on this first volume of episodes from the second season. Produced by Irwin Allen, who would later be responsible for blockbuster disaster films like The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure, these 16 episodes from 1966-67 (spread out over four DVDs) find the show undergoing some changes, both technically (from black & white into color) and in terms of tone (more campy and tongue-in-cheek, especially as the season goes on). The latter is due in large part to the performance of Jonathan Harris as Dr. Zachary Smith, who puts the "arch" in archvillain (it was his meddling that got them all lost in the first place). Harris's portrayal of Smith as cowardly, duplicitous, pompous, and not a little fey often goes right over the top, but the other characters (including Guy Williams as Prof. John Robinson, June Lockhart as his wife Maureen, and young Bill Mumy as Will) are so bland and generic that Harris, the family robot, and guest stars like Strother Martin and Wally Cox offer the only available relief.
The Lost in Space storylines are predictable (almost always involving some alien-related jeopardy prompted by Smith's greed and foolishness) and the special effects and production values won't excite anyone used to the wonders of the digital age. Still, this is television, where budgets are smaller and schedules much tighter, so lowered expectations are in order anyway. Some users may feel shortchanged by the absence of extra features, or by the fact that the set doesn't include the entire season (the second part is available separately). But the transfers are good and the DVD menus easily navigable. But on the whole Lost in Space devotees--and there are many of them--should be well satisfied. --Sam Graham
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Box, very nice artwork.
CD covers, very nice artwork.
To start with, I agree the previous reviewer, that the colors are vibrant. The resulting picture is pretty clear.
The only problem, AGAIN, is that, like the 1st season, you can see the Interlace lines in the picture. That would suggest that the "digital" copy was made, possibly, via an older Telecine machine. There are systems that can copy film, frame-by-frame, which results in the clearest, interlace-free pictures possible. Clearly, this was not used here.
I make copies of old film at home with my NLE studio and do not get Interlace lines at all. Unfortunately, I won't spend the money for frame-by-frame..... [cheap! ;) ]
So, I am disappointed with the lines, especially when viewed on our HDTV, which has Progressive Scan. For those not familiar, Progressive Scan doesn't interlace the lines on the screen like you would normally see on a "regular" TV set. On an interlaced TV, the larger the screen, the more pronounced the lines.
That being said, it would have been nice for Fox to use better technology (frame-by-frame) to transfer film to digital, in order to not have the interlaced lines.
As clear as the picture is, when viewed on a larger screen, HDTV, the lines are very noticable.... it's like watching a TV without Progressive Scan.
Still, it's better than NOT having the collection at all! :)
1)Blast of into Space 2)Wild Adventure 3)The Ghost planet 4)The Fortebidden World 5)Space Circus 6)The Prisoners of Space 7)The Android Machine 8)The Deadly Games of Gamma 6 9)The Thief of Outer Space 10)Curse of Cousin Smith 11)West of Mars 12)A Visit to Hades 13)The Wreck of the Robot 14)The Dream Monster 15)The Golden Man 16)The Girle from the green Dimention 17)The Questing Beast 18) THE TOYMAKER...my favorite 19)Mutiny in Space 20)The Space Vikings 21)Rocket to Earth 22)The Cave of the Wizards 23)Treasures of the lost Planet 24)Revolt of the Androids...great episode 25) The Colonists 26)Trip through the Robot 27)The Phantom Family...great episode 29)The Mechanical Men 30) The Astral Traveler...great episode 31) The Galaxy Gift
I would rather wait for a single 8-disk set rather than split up a season. What are they thinking? This is not a good precedent to be setting. IF the first season was issued as a vol 1/vol 2 set, then I wouldn't have a problem but since the entire season was bundled then they should continue this way. Like I said, what are they thinking?
This season finds the robot becoming more and more human like.He laughs at and jibs Dr.Smith,while also getting his "feelings" hurt very easily.Jonathan Harris has become the virtual star of the show.His masterful portrayal of the deceitful doctor has earned him a central place in each story.We also see a loving and tightly bonded family.Very understanding and the type of parents you would want as a kid yourself.
The story line has the family being forced to flee the planet they were on in the first season,only to have to land on one very similar to the first.We see the appearance of such guest stars as lovely Vitina Marcus who plays the" green woman" in two eps,Wally Cox,Malachi Throne,Henry Jones,Allen Melvin and Hans Conried.
And as usual the eps all use that old chestnut,the cliffhangar.Just about as old as movies themselves,this technique has the eps playing out their story and including an exciting moment from next weeks ep at the end.They freeze the picture at that moment and tell us to tune in next week at the same time.The show Batman,also filmed on the same lot,utilized this tool and took it a step further,using its famous encouragement at the end to be here next week: "same bat-time,same bat-channel".Read more ›
We all know the basic story of a saboteur Dr. Zachary Smith (Jonathan Harris) is too smart for his own good and his sabotage backfires from the start throwing the spaceship into who knows where with him trapped inside. What is worse is he never learns from episode to episode. Prof. John Robinson (Guy Williams) is the good guy father that is always giving one hope of being found or getting back. Maureen Robinson (June Lockhart) is the stereotypical motherly type and is caught occasionally stopping John from beating Zackary's brains out. We have mischievous kids always wandering off to discover the new trouble. And a watered down love interest between daughter Judy (Marta Kristen) and Major Don West (Mark Goddard).
How will they survive?
What strange creature or disaster will befall them this week?
Someone may have modified the media somewhat. "Oh, the pain, the pain." However, we buy what we can.
Most recent customer reviews
I love this serie. Audio in english and spanish... super !Published 14 months ago by Rafael Marrero
All is good brings back Childhood Memories and I seem to remember every thing that happened but I enjoyed seeing it all over again,Brilliant and it really was a series ahead of... Read morePublished on June 13 2014 by Dragondack
Classic old LIS Series from my childhood with features in colour. Kind of corny but entertaining and how they perceived the future in the 60's.Published on Jan. 1 2014 by Jeff
I can't beleive that Fox is releasing only half of the 2nd season of LIS. It seems that they are releasing only half to test the waters in terms of sales, not to make more money... Read morePublished on July 19 2004
I am Damien Valentino, and I love watching LIS since I was a small kid back home - Singapore. I bought the Full First Season... Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by Damien M. Valentino
I agree with both sides of the issue.Buying 1/2 a season at a time would be financially convenient.But the not knowing when they'll release vol 2 may produce a lower sales figure... Read morePublished on July 16 2004
The anti-matter episode mentioned by ken325 is going to be included, hopefully, in the season 3 release of LIS. Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by Louis DiBellosso
Too bad I can't give it a big -ZERO-!
These big corporations sit on their thumbs whining about "piracy" when their sales drop. Just look how they treat their customers. Read more
I love the non-campy, serious episode when John and Don are tinkering with some machine and out of nowhere, the evil "anti-world" John Robinson appears from that machine, and then... Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by KEN
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