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Joe 90: Complete Series (Box Set) [DVD] [1968]

Len Jones , Rupert Davies    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
Price: 14.50 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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Product details

  • Actors: Len Jones, Rupert Davies, Keith Alexander, David Healy, Gary Files
  • Writers: Sylvia Anderson, Gerry Anderson
  • Producers: Reg Hill
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Sep 2002
  • Run Time: 723 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FI5Z
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,252 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

Product Description

great DVD's, disc 2 has light surface mark but everything else great, 748 minutes running time approx, fast delivery, UK SELLER


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4.7 out of 5 stars
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Keith_Joseph HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This 'supermarionation' puppet series offers 'Daredevil excitement every young boy dreams of'. Adopted nine year-old Joe McClaine becomes the "Most Special Agent" of the World Intelligence Network thanks to a device called the BIG RAT (Brain Impulse Galvanoscope - Record And Transfer) capable of recording the brain patterns of one person and transferring them to another. The series was first broadcast in 1968/1969, and it's set somewhere in the early 21st century. Unusually for the time, Anderson chose a real English boy, Len Jones, to provide the voice of 9 year old Joe 90 rather than use an actress. Anderson later commented that 'His performance was only adequate as he was got to repeat his lines parrot fashion, but more importantly he sounded authentic' - I would say his voice is definitely an asset to the series. Maigret star Rupert Davies provides the voice of his dad: Professor McClaine, and Sylvia Anderson is the voice of Ada Harris.

The DVD set has all 30 'digitally remastered' episodes. Audio is English only and there are SDH subtitles in English [no other languages]. There's also a few extras: Character Biographies [Joe McClaine, Professor McClaine, Sam Loover, Shane Weston], The W.I.N. Information files [e.g. The Big Rat, Mac's Culver Bay Cottage, W.I.N., Mac's Jet Air Car, Joe's Briefcase], Joe's glasses warning sequence, The unorthodox shepherd location recce, I love the 90s trailers, Original artworks [e.g. A14 tank, World Airforce Bomber, Missile recovery minisub, Presidents mono-train], Merchandise, Original end title sequence and Behind the scenes galleries.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a W.I.Nner! 15 Aug 2005
By Coincidence Vs Fate TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
OK, so I'm probably being biased here. As Joe 90 is my favourite Anderson outing, then I'd' award it five stars regardless.
I can understand the point of view of an earlier reviewer; this set does feel like it's a bit of a rush job, which is strange as I don't think they'll be a Hollywood version anytime soon! Again as previously stated, the extras are a bit thin on the ground, but maybe that's due to the age of the product. I'm sure in the 60's when the cost of tape was at a premuim, they didn't tend to save too much extra material, they just wiped it.
Watching a Gerry Anderson production is always a special experience from the excellent Barry Gray soundtrack to the quality of the props and vehicles in the show itself. The BIG RAT looks great.
I did try and watch every episode over a weekend once, but my wife put here foot down after one disc! They don't understand, do they?!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars W.I.N.ner!! 5 Sep 2011
By TIV
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Terri-f-f-ic!!! Was 10 years of age when i first saw it. Terrific purchase price too! Well done Amazon!! Gerry anderson fans ''knock yourself out!!''
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value - but OMG so dated 25 July 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Bought this as part of my mid-life crisis "in my day" retro habit.
Every episode is there - but I really dont remember it being THAT rubbish.
But then again aged 6 or 7, genius and top TV are rather prone to subjectivity.
Still think the social services would have one or two words to say about dad and "Uncle Sam's" treatment of a young boy. But the 1970s were just around the corner.
Recommended to show your children just what bizarre TV we used to enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Child Protection Officers - Alert! 14 July 2011
By K. Baty
Format:DVD
Dressing your 9 year-old son up as an angel and dropping him onto a machine-gun-toting money launderer would have Social Services round quicker than it takes an X-Factor winner to be forgotten these days but, back in the 60s, it was completely acceptable. This is only one of many life-endangering scenarios that young Joe McLaine is thrown into by his Dad and his Dad's mates at the World Intelligence Network, each of them ludicrously thrilling! This box-set (and its updated version with more extras and slimmed-down packaging) offers 30 well-crafted, exciting stories, all characterised by magnificent puppetry and model shots. It also offers one of the best TV themes in the history of the genre, as well as clear proof of why contact lenses aren't always the best choice to assist eyesight...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST TAKES ME BACK 10 Oct 2011
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This has me back when I first saw it in tv , YOU HAVE TO GET IT. Every dics has you going back to after school
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic TV 1 Sep 2010
By C. M. Cotton TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was born in 1970 and as a child I was brought up on some classic TV, made by the genius Gerry Anderson....Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlett, Sting Ray,Secret Service, Space 1999 and Joe 90. All were creatively brilliant. Joe 90 a young boy, who through use of a brainwave machine becomes a secret agent capable of performing any mission.

Whilst I don't think its in the same league as Thunderbirds, as each episode has a run time of around 22 minutes and the characters don't get developed as much as in Thunderbirds, its still a great set of futuristic children's programmes.

The next generation can now enjoy Anderson's genius through these DVD's.

Highly enjoyable.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Anderson Nostalgia! 1 Oct 2002
By Daz
Format:DVD
Although Joe 90 isn't a patch on Thunderbirds or Captain Scarlet, Carlton DVD have beautifully remastered the complete series of the Sylvia and Gerry Anderson series 'Joe 90': the special boy agent capable of amazing powers thanks to the Big Rat!
The techincal team has spent months removing scratches and errors from the original films and the result is crystal clear picture quality and amazing sound quality.
There are a few extras too including the recent BBC2 I love the 90's trailers and as you'd expect a collection of production photographs. The only disappointment is there are no interviews with the production team to give you further insight into the making of the series.
The packaging is fun and well made too, providing more proof that plenty of care has gone into the release of the set.
If you have young kids, they will love discovering the series...and if you grew up with it, then it's sure to bring back a few memories!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If only it was all true...
Loved this as a child and how wonderfully far thinking it was in retrospect.

If you remember it as warmly as I do...Go on treat yourself.

Recommended.
Published 3 days ago by Philip Connolly
5.0 out of 5 stars JOE 90
Loved watching the series when i was young, Recommend to those who remembers another Gerry Anderson original, Enjoyed the music sad
Published 29 days ago by Anthony Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Still fun after all these years
Firstly hats off to the people who had the courage to keep the original TV picture format and not crop to widescreen. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marquande
4.0 out of 5 stars Joe 90
What can I say an old classic really brought up with this,brings back great memories,delivered quickly,good service,now I am off to watch
Published 2 months ago by Martin j Trigg
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe90
my husband loved Joe 90 as a kid and gave good come back enjoyment so glad i found it on line
Published 2 months ago by marjorie Dockree
5.0 out of 5 stars back to childhood
fantastic series, great action for kids of all ages, perhaps a little sedate by today's standards I would have paid much more to be able to relive those old Saturday mornings.
Published 3 months ago by B. C. Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars FAB!
FAB! I can't believe I have to leave a review just to stop emails ! If I didn't like the item you would be the first to know ! Take it as read I like it ! Duh ! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lollipup
4.0 out of 5 stars "Milk. On the rocks !"
Whilst I find Joe's adventures less exciting than those of the Tracey boys this is still an excellent package of the full WIN collection in one complete box set, and there are some... Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Rawstron
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
my husband lov this brought back child hood memories for him & his brother & they still pass it arround the family
Published 6 months ago by nascar
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic !
in the 60'sif you were skinny and wore glasses your nickname was Joe 90 !

I have to write twenty words of jibberish.

So .......... Amazon .. Read more
Published 6 months ago by greatbossman
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