Joe 90 was Gerry Anderson's penultimate puppet show of the 1960s, following Captain Scarlet (1968) and preceding the little-known The Secret Service (1969). In 2112 professor Ian McClaine has invented the BIG RAT (Brain Impulse Galvanoscope, Record And Transfer), a machine for copying knowledge and experiences from person to person. WIN (World Intelligence Organisation) uses this to prime their top undercover agent before sending him into the field on missions which range from foiling international terrorists to recovering a nuclear weapon from beneath the polar ice.... So far so good, but in perhaps the most mind-boggling concept ever to reach children's TV, that agent is McClaine's nine-year-old adopted son, Joe. Somehow even as it stays true to the Gerry Anderson techno-fantasy formula of secret organisations, gadgetry, and action-packed adventure full of spectacular explosions and violent death, Joe 90 remains blithely unconscious of its own implications. The missions are as globe-trotting as anything in Anderson's classic Thunderbirds series, and sometimes Joe does save lives, performing a risky brain operation or rescuing trapped astronauts. Yet even then his criminally irresponsible father brainwashes the lad each episode before placing him in a highly dangerous adult situation. Though the production values remain way ahead of anything else being done on British TV at the time, the question remains how did this ever seem like a good idea? On the DVD: Joe 90 comes complete in a five-disc box set of the entire 30-episode series. Each disc contains six 25-minute episodes presented, as usual with Gerry Anderson DVDs, behind a lovingly crafted menu. As expected the 4:3 picture quality is superb and the mono sound is full, detailed and without a trace of distortion. Each disc contains several pages of character biography and background information on the show, a photo gallery and varied extras such as location stills or a gallery of promotional images. --Gary S Dalkin [show more]
These dvds are as good as the ufo ones, that is all i can say, nothing else. They are brilliant!
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. This collection presents fives discs and over 12 hours of the pint-sized puppet secret agent--Joe McClaine--featuring every episode of the series and more. Joe's father is an eminent scientist who has created a machine that can transfer brain patterns from person to person. Nine-year-old Joe with a pair of special glasses can assume the knowledge and expertise of any individual. Aided by his father Ian Sam Loover the head of W.I.N. and the oblivious-to-it-all house cleaner Mrs. Harris and his armoury of gadgets Joe undertakes a series of daring special missions.
All thirty episodes from the Supermarionation series about the schoolboy secret agent who can take over other people's brain patterns. In 'The Most Special Agent' Joe is asked to steal a Soviet Mig 242 aircraft. 'Hi-Jacked' has Joe go on the trail of a ruthless gun-runner. 'Splashdown' finds Joe taking on the brain patterns of a USAF test pilot. 'Operation McClaine' sees Joe perform some urgent brain surgery. In 'Three's a Crowd' Mac falls for the charms of an American reporter who is in fact an enemy agent. 'International Concerto' has Joe rescue a piano virtuoso who has been kidnapped by the enemy. 'Big Fish' finds Joe going underwater to rescue a submarine stranded in hostile waters. 'The Unorthodox Shepherd' sees Joe confront some counterfeiters in a church crypt. In 'Relative Danger' Joe takes on the brain patterns of an underground explorer in order to rescue Willie from a mine tunnel in the Pueblo Mountains. 'Business Holiday' has Sam attempt to persuade Joe to forget about his holiday and destroy an army base instead. 'King for a Day' finds Joe impersonating royalty. 'Double Agent' sees Joe unwittingly take on the brain patterns of a double agent. 'Most Special Astronaut' has Joe attempt to rescue some astronauts trapped on an orbitting space station. 'Arctic Adventure' concerns a nuclear device that has gone missing in the Arctic Circle. 'The Fortress' finds Joe attempting to rescue a captured W.I.N. agent from an impenetrable fortress. 'Project 90' follows Joe as he attempts a daring balloon rescue. 'Colonel McClaine' sees Joe take charge of a convoy ferrying volatile liquid explosive across 200 miles of perilous terrain. In 'The Race' new technology allows Sam and Joe to share a dream in which they are rally drivers taking part in a race from London to Monte Carlo. 'The Professional' has Joe take on the brain patterns of a professional safe-cracker in order to break into a high security vault. 'Attack of the Tiger' finds Joe on a mission to destroy a secret rocket installation. 'Lone Handed 90' sees Joe dream of being a sheriff in the Wild West. In 'Talkdown' Joe tries to discover the causes of a recent test plane crash. 'Breakout' has Joe take on the brain patterns of a bob sleigh champion in order to defeat a pair of crooks who are holding the Canadian Prime Minister to ransom. 'Test Flight' follows Joe as he attempts a rescue mission in the wake of an air crash. 'Mission X-41' finds Joe on the trail of an experimental antibody. 'Child of the Sun God' sees Joe journey into the Andes in search of a tribe of South American indians. 'Trial at Sea' follows Joe as he takes on the brain patterns of a terrorist in order to locate a bomb hidden on a hoverliner. 'Viva Cordova' has Joe act as a covert bodyguard to President Juan Cordova. 'See You Down There' finds Joe on the case of financial doubledealer Ralph Clayton, using various brain patterns to persuade the money man that he is under the spell of an hallucinogenic drug. Finally, in 'The Birthday', Joe thinks that everyone has forgotten his 10th birthday.