In this cult Gerry Anderson sci-fi series, the operatives
of the secret Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation
(S.H.A.D.O.) defend the Earth from aliens who are abducting
humans to obtain organs, which can be transplanted into their
again it's hats off to Carlton for the superb quality of these
discs. The picture is pin sharp and colourful, the sound -
although mono - is clean and clear, and the overall packaging
is excellent. And to make matters even better, this second
selection of episodes boasts better stories and production
values than the first batch.
extras, however, although well presented, are a little thin
which isn't Carlton's fault - you have to use whatever you've
got for a show of this age - but the galleries and text pages
lack the punch that a dramatic show like UFO deserves. But
there is a commentary: Ed Bishop talks us through Sub-Smash,
albeit in a decidedly 'after the pub' style. You can't help
thinking that it would have been so much better if the commentary
had been a double-hander rather than a slightly disjointed
monologue. There must have been other actors from the show
available to join in.
all the discs the last best typifies the show - paired with
the excellent episodes Timelash and Mindbender
we get the turgid Reflections in the Water and the
execrable The Long Sleep. If only there'd been better
quality control UFO wouldn't have been a good show, it would
have been a great one. But whatever else you have to say,
it's never looked better.
Another fine release from Carlton.
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