Languishing in the vaults for decades, during which time it became a semi-legendary show among TV fans of a certain age, Fireball XL5 (1962) was Gerry Anderson's second puppet-animation science fiction series, the direct forerunner of Stingray (1963) and Thunderbirds (1964). This is the show on which Anderson established the formula for his later classics: a pseudo-military organisation engaged in desperate Earth-saving adventures against overwhelming odds; superb model work; puppets with very obvious strings but endearing personalities; iconic music by Barry Gray; and absolutely massive explosions. Colonel Steve Zodiac pilots the coolest spaceship then seen on British TV, the titular Fireball XL5, and is joined by medical officer Venus, a forerunner of Lady Penelope voiced by Sylvia Anderson, and comedy relief Prof Matt Matic (David Graham). Along for the ride is Robert the Robot, a thinner version of Robbie the Robot from Forbidden Planet (1956), a character who would soon turn up in Lost in Space (1965). The plots are ridiculous, with typically Cold War-era aliens routinely bent on planetary destruction for no reason, and there's zero attention to even rudimentary astronomy or anything else approaching actual science. Yet the gadgets, vehicles and puppetry are first-rate and the fast-paced, action-filled episodes are relentlessly entertaining. It's a cult just waiting to be reborn, and essential viewing for all Anderson fans. On the DVD: Fireball XL5 is presented with all 39 episodes (they run 25 minutes each) on five discs. Despite the colourful packaging, the episodes are all black and white, and the 4:3 picture is generally fine, though there are occasional instances of over-compression, which results in artefacting on smooth walls and the like. Some shots look a little soft, but detail is usually strong, making the models and puppets look better than ever. The mono sound is fine, if unremarkable. There are no extras beyond optional subtitles. --Gary S Dalkin
The first live-action television series from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, UFO remains a benchmark sci-fi production, featuring mature storylines and groundbreaking special effects. Long-awaited on Blu-ray, it is presented here in a stunning new High Definition restoration, with all 26 episodes offering original mono or 5.1 soundtracks alongside a wealth of special features, including: A brand-new feature-length documentary on the making of UFO by Jamie Anderson Rare archive material including textless titles, TV spots, unused footage, Italian trailers, archive interviews, audio outtakes
An alien being chooses two teenagers to assist him in his mission to make the world a better place... A spaceship on a scientific mission is flung into the far reaches of outer space... An ex-NYPD cop fights organised crime on a distant planet... ...these are The Lost Worlds of Gerry Anderson. Creator of the legendary Thunderbirds Gerry Anderson scored incredible successes throughout the 1960s and '70s with Captain Scarlet UFO Space: 1999 and other series which appealed to both children and adults alike. Not all his ideas however went to a full series and this set contains the 1970s pilots for both The Investigator and The Day After Tomorrow as well as the 1986 pilot for Space Police which was eventually reworked as Space Precinct nearly a decade later. Alongside these rare and much sought after programmes this collector's set also includes: You've Never Seen This - Gerry's directorial debut from 1955. Here Comes Kandy - a colour puppet pilot made by Gerry's company Pentagon Films in 1956. Image galleries for all three '70s and '80s pilots. New transfer of remaining film elements for Space Police alongside the 'Reloaded' 1992 edit and test footage. Dick Spanner PI - an unscreened episode with accompanying image gallery. Blue Skies Ahead and an accompanying Blue Cars advert made by Gerry in partnership with Nicholas Parsons
Father Unwin is no normal vicar - he is an agent of BISHOP (British Intelligence Service Headquarters Operation Priest) who with Matthew the gardener fights crime in a most peculiar and unique fashion. He also has access to a fabulous machine that enables him to shrink both people and objects to a third of their normal size. This is arguably the most sought after of Anderson's series and is rarely seen on television. This DVD - the first time it has been made available - contains
Featuring nineteen episodes taken from the Jerry Anderson collection including Captain Scarlet Joe 90 and the Stingray adventure series.
When Mr. Bumble-Drop builds a walking talking battery powered boy it's the start of a series of magical adventures for Torchy and the toys of Topsy Turvy Land. This charming series from Space Patrol creator Roberta Leigh and 'puppet-maestro' Gerry Anderson paved the way for his pioneering Supermarionation techniques that he later used in series such as Thunderbirds. The complete first series of 26 episodes appears here for the first time on DVD. This wonderful fun children's series
1980. After ten years development in top secrecy, SHADO Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation goes live. Its aim: to combat the threat of an alien invasion from a dying race who abduct humans to repair their own decaying bodies. SHADO's dedicated operatives fight a secret war against Earth's terrifying new menace: on land, sea, air and in space! The first live-action television series from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, UFO remains a benchmark sci-fi production, featuring mature storylines and groundbreaking special effects. Long-awaited on Blu-ray, it is presented here in a stunning new High Definition restoration, with all 26 episodes offering original mono or 5.1 soundtracks, alongside a wealth of special features, including: SPECIAL FEATURES: From Earth to the Moon: brand new feature-length documentary with interviews, archive video, audio and stills - many of which have never been seen or heard before. The Women of UFO: new documentary discussing the improving sexual equality depicted in the series and the role of science fiction in striving for that change. Identified: SHADO New Recruits Briefing: a newly created SHADO briefing film narrated by Matt Zimmerman. Exclusive 600 page book on the making of the series by archive television historian Andrew Pixley. Dolby 5.1 audio mix as well as existing as-transmitted mono audio. Film material, including textless episode title backgrounds, textless end titles, stock footage, TV spots, extra footage for Identified and Exposed, unused footage from Timelash and The Long Sleep, Italian trailers. Audio commentaries: Identified with Gerry Anderson and Sub-Smash with Ed Bishop. S.I.D. Computer Voice Session and audio outtakes for these sessions and Kill Straker!. Archive Ed Bishop audio interview from 1986. Tomorrow Today: Future Fashions with Sylvia Anderson. Extensive image galleries including previously unseen images.
This crime thriller for Anglo-Amalgamated was Gerry Anderson's directorial film debut, and the only feature-length production to be made by AP Films, co-founded by the legendary puppet pioneer in 1957. Released in 1960 between the making of Four Feather Falls and Supercar, Crossroads to Crime features the talents of several of Anderson's later Supermarionation collaborators, including George Murcell, David Graham, Anderson's future wife Sylvia and Barry Gray, whose iconic themes famously com...
Fireball XL5: A Day In The Life Of A Space General
Set in the year 2063 Fireball XL5 charts the interplanetary adventures of a spacecraft and its crew handsome blonde pilot Steve Zodiac and the glamorous blonde space doctor Venus a maths genius and a robot! Fireball XL5 was part of a World Space Fleet based at Space City an island in the Pacific Ocean run by Commander Zero and Lieutenant Ninety. Its mission to patrol sector 25 of the universe beyond the solar system. The biggest craft of its kind the 300 metre long XL5 had a detatchable nose cone called Fireball Junior used for landings while the mothership was in orbit. Colonel Steve Zodiac the dynamic pilot of Fireball XL5 is ably assisted by Professor Matthew 'Matt' Mattic XL5's bespectacled naviagtor and scientific officier Venus the crew's medical expert and Steve's romantic interest Zoonie a strange looking creature called a Lazoon who is Venus' pet Robert the Robot the transparent mechanical companion and co-pilot to Steve Commander Zero the head of Space City.
Unseen for forty years! This charming puppet series was Gerry Anderson's first Supermarionation series - a process which uses electronic lip-synch and eye movement a technique he was later to perfect on shows like 'Supercar' and 'Thunderbirds'. When Sheriff Tex Tucker saves a young Indian boy his father - a great Indian chief - gives him the gift of four magic feathers. Two of them allow the Sheriff's companions (Dusty the dog and Rocky the horse) to talk three allowed his
A tongue-in-cheek stop-animation series starring mild-mannered private investigator Dick Spanner the creation of Terry Adlam and Gerry Anderson. Originally screened on television as part of the series Network Seven this DVD features Dick Spanner in two investigations complete with lots of sight gags wisecracks and satire throughout. Dick Spanner is voiced by Shane Rimmer who was previously the voice of Scott Tracy in Thunderbirds. As a bonus there are interviews with Gerry Anderson at the end of each serial and a new video to go with the theme song.
Gerry Anderson is a British producer who was to British TV in the 60's what Walt Disney was to U.S. TV in the 50's - THE purveyor of children's television. As the children of the 60's grew up so did Gerry's programming with more adult puppet shows and live-action dramas to appeal to his maturing audience. The list of shows which Anderson has produced is quite staggering encompassing something that will resonate with almost everyone. His credits range from Thunderbirds to Space 1999; Captain Scarlet to Stingray; Joe 90 and the Terrahawks. Gerry Anderson is truly a bastion of children's television and his works are celebrated here on this monolith of a box set. Includes: 1. Torchy The Battery Boy (Series 1) 2. Four Feather Falls 3. Supercar 4. Fireball XL5
Gerry Anderson's classic sci-fi series. The operatives of the secret Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation (S.H.A.D.O.) defend the earth from extra-terrestrials who are abducting humans to obtain their organs which can be transplanted into their own bodies... Episodes include: Identified Computer Affair Flight Path Exposed
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