Just received my copy from Amazon and watched the first two episodes.
Wow, I haven't seen this show in at least 20 years and it is more fun than I remembered.
The show set in the year 1980 was shot in 1969 in England. Definitely the British 60's mod style was in high vogue when this was filmed. Very bright colors, lots of Mao style suits. Love the purple-haired lunar base women. And for the women in the audience the submarine crews in their fishnet shirts!
You will definitely see the 'Thunderbirds' heritage in the design and animation of the aircraft, spacecraft, and submersibles. Very dated by present standards, but if you just sit back and use your imagination you will enjoy it.
Surprises that I didn't remember:
1. Fairly risque scenes on the moonbase.
2. Episode 2 has a subtly handled story about the relationship between a black astronaut and a white female officer on the moonbase. Very progressive for America in that era. While no kissing is shown, a more serious relationship is implied than the famous Kirk-Uhura kiss.
3. Smoking, smoking, smoking. . . It sure feels like every character is smoking in just about every scene.
4. One of the main characters has a line about a belly-dancer and a g-string that would have gone right over my head when I saw this as a kid.
Video Quality - The show is in full screen format. The colors are very vibrant. Lots of close-ups of people's faces with very natural colors and lots of detail. The blacks are perfectly black. During the dark space scenes, the only way I could tell where the vertical sidebars began is looking for where the stars stopped. For a 30 year old TV show the picture quality was excellent. I would rate it much better than the episode of Mission Impossible on HDnet (But to be fair, the picture quality was much less than the episode of Hogan's Heroes. I would say it is halfway between the two.)
If you enjoy old sci-fi shows, I would stongly recommend picking up this DVD set. (Personally, I like it much better than the Anderson's later, more famous 'Space:1999')