Filmed in VIDECOLOR [explosions, drum roll, music builds to a climax] and SUPERMARIONATION"! The opening sequence of Thunderbirds is itself a masterclass in Gerry Anderson's marionette hyperbole: who else would dare to make a virtue out of the fact that (a) the show is in colour and (b) it's got puppets in it? But everything about this series really is epic: Thunderbirds is action on the grandest scale, pre-dating such high-concept Hollywood vehicles as Armaggedon by 30 years and more (the acting is better, too), and fetishising gadgets in a way that even the most excessive Bond movies could never hope to rival. Unsurprisingly, it transpires that the visual effects are by Derek Meddings, whose later contributions to Bond movies like The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker echo his pioneering model work here.As to the characters, the clean-cut Tracey boys take second place in the audiences' affections to their cool machines--the real stars of the show--while comic relief is to be found in the charming company of Lady Penelope and her pink Rolls (number plate FAB1), driven by lugubrious chauffeur Parker, whose "Yes, milady" catch phrase resonated around school playgrounds for decades. (Spare a thought for poor old John Tracey, stuck up in space on Thunderbird 5 with only the radio for company.) The puppet stunt-work is breathtakingly audacious, and every week's death-defying escapade is nail-bitingly choreographed in the very best tradition of disaster movies. First shown in 1964 and now digitally remastered, Thunderbirds is children's TV that still looks and sounds like big-budget Hollywood. In this box set: all 32 episodes on eight discs, plus a bonus DVD featuring "The Thunderbirds Companion", an action-packed compilation which features the very best Thunderbirds rescues and scenes and tells the whole story behind Gerry Anderson's legendary action adventure series. Includes behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Gerry Anderson, David Graham (the voice of Parker, Brains and Kyrano), Thunderbirds directors Alan Patillo and Bob Bell, and puppeteer John Blundall. --Mark Walker
Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's famous supermarionette show still enjoys enormous awareness and a strong fan base around the world. This influential 1960's TV show is set in 2065 on a secret island base. The Tracy family along with their London agent, Lady Penelope and teenage genius, Brains, battle forces of evil as International Rescue'. The original, iconic tv series of 32 episodes features strong characterisations, an iconic visual format and a timeless 60's backdrop tageting men 35+ and a new audience of geek chic fans 16+ who love the creative inspiration of Brains and the Thunderbirds brand. With the 50th anniversary in 2015, there are many adult licensing opportunities available for the classic Thunderbirds series. Coming soon, ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures are bringing this iconic series back to TV screens after 50 years. Thunderbirds Are Go! is aimed at today's audience of tech savvy kids with Vivid Toys already on board as master Toy Licensee. Both TV and toys launch in 2015. Stay in touch with us for more news on this.
Imaginative and fantastical Supermarionation fun in the year 2065 when Earth's security organisation, Spectrum, spearheads an expedition to Mars. The local inhabitants, the Mysterons, mistakenly believe the arrival of the earthlings signals attack. Captains Scarlet and Black are captured and given the power to recreate themselves, even after being killed. Scarlet escapes, maintaining loyalty to Spectrum, while Captain Black becomes the Mysterons' pawn. Spectrum battles the deadly forces of the Mysterons.
First broadcast in 1967, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons was the most grown-up of all Gerry Anderson's SuperMarionation adventures. There are gadgets and toy-friendly machines galore, of course--like the Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle, the Angel Aircraft and Cloudbase itself--but, unlike the colourful fantasies of Stingray and Thunderbirds, this series' concern with an implacable, vengeful enemy, conspiracies and double-agents drew its inspiration from James Bond and the Cold War spy dramas of the 1960s. Special effects whiz Derek Meddings imbues the action sequences with a truly Bondian grandeur and, like the sinister Spectre of the Bond films, the Martian Mysterons seem all the more hostile for their unseen presence, their agents infiltrating every organisation dedicated to their destruction just as it seemed the Soviets were doing at the time. The indestructible Captain Scarlet is killed then resurrected every week (though not like South Park's Kenny), and more often than not the unstoppable Mysterons emerge triumphant, and always undefeated. The varied cast of Spectrum agents and their voice characterisations also aim at verisimilitude (Captain Scarlet, voiced by Francis Matt hews, sounds like a grim Cary Grant), while the puppetry is more realistic than ever. This box set contains all 32 episodes, with newly remastered picture and Dolby 5.1 surround sound. The DVD box also includes extra features on each disc, plus a sixth documentary disc, "Captain Scarlet: S.I.G.". In its new digital incarnation, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons still looks and sounds like the epitome of 60s cool. --Mark Walker
When evil threatens International Rescue blasts-off to sort things out. Somewhere in the Pacific the rescue organisation is always on the lookout for trouble. The founder and co-ordinator of the group is astronaut Jeff Tracy whose sons serve as pilots of the group's five super-secret craft - the Thunderbirds. As the Tracys work for the good of mankind they must try to stop the villainy of The Hood who is determined to undermine the organisation and learn the secrets of the Thunderbirds aircraft. Thunderbirds delivers high-flying action and adventure through the imaginative use of Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation and the special effects of Academy Award' winner Derek Meddings.
Featuring all 32 'Thunderbirds' episodes ever made plus a bonus CD this strictly limited edition box set is the collection of the classic TV series to own! Episode Titles Trapped In The Sky Pit of Peril Perils of Penelope Terror in New York City Edge Of Impact Day Of Disaster 30 Minutes After Noon Desperate Intruder End Of The Road The Uninvited Sun Probe Operation Crash-Dive Vault Of Death The Mighty Atom City Of Fire The Impostors The Man From MI5 Cry Wolf Danger At Ocean Deep Move and You're Dead The Duchess Assignment Brink Of Disaster Attack Of The Alligators Martian Invasion The Cham Cham Security Hazard Altantic Inferno Path of Destruction Alias Mr Hackenbacker Lord Parker's Oliday Ricochet Give or Take A Million.
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