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Rainbow - 30th Anniversary Special Edition [DVD]

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Fremantle
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Sep 2002
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006HCOX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,902 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A celebration of 30 years of the children's TV phenomenon featuring six of the best episodes. In 'The Birthday Cake' it seems that Geoffrey might have forgotten to bake Zippy a cake for his birthday. 'I Want to be a Popstar' sees Zippy, George and Bungle make their bid for pop stardom. 'George's Secret Place' finds George divulging the secrets of his secret place. 'The Explorers' has Bungle explore the garden and Zippy visit the jungle. 'Without a Voice' sees the friend's embark on a pretend boat trip. Finally, in 'Outer Space', Zippy, George and Bungle land their spaceship on a strange planet.

Customer Reviews

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Time with Zippy et al. 10 Mar 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I've been a Rainbow fan since the 70's. Now, at 42 years of age, I bought this DVD on the pretext of giving it to my two and a half year-old daughter. I'm glad to say she loves it as much as I do. I've bought a few Rainbow videos/DVDs over the years, and I can honestly say that this one is the best compilation of episodes. Fantastic stuff!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Up above the streets and houses..." 19 Mar 2009
Whilst this could be viewed as a cynical cash-in on the new-found popularity of the classic kids' TV series, this celebratory DVD is a great way in to the show for those who haven't seen it (yes they're out there!) as well as being a cracking nostalgia trip for all us thirty somethings who grew up with it. For the price this is a complete bargain; if you haven't bought this then stop wasting time reading this and buy it!!
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow- Another Rainbow Classic!! 25 Sep 2002
Have you ever thought to yourself about Rainbow lately. And how badly you want to see it back on Tv, well this latest edition on DVD offers just more than a few classic episodes. The bonus features includes an episode commentary by Zippy + George which is quite funny to say the least. Also, it includes the very first episode of Rainbow called shapes which has a very stupid Bungle and Zippy in shall we say "Over The Top" costumes.
Anyway, to sum up what a great DVD it is. A reccommendation for all of you out there to go and buy this once in a life time DVD that will keep your kids (or yourself) entertained for hours.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny as hell! 20 Feb 2006
By A Customer
This is hilarious! The first ever episode is dodgy, to say the least (but at the same time a genius episode!). I never saw the original episode when i was young, which is probably a good thing as I'm pretty sure the original Bungle would have put me off watching it for life when i was a kid, but watching it now me and my friends cry with laughter - the scary Bungle eyes, the ever so camp Geoffrey (though David, the guy in the first episode is also pretty camp) and general ramblings of the amazing Zippy are enough to keep anyone in stitches for a very long time, especially if you get drunk whilst doing so!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rainbow still going strong! 24 Aug 2009
By FiFi
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My daughter just happened to watch an old VHS version of an episode of Rainbow at school one rainy playtime and was completely hooked. So I bought her this and the Zip Up Zippy DVDs from Amazon - she hasn't stopped watching them since, asking for Zippy on every single day! I remember it first time around and thought that there wouldn't be enough in it to keep a modern child entertained but how wrong I was, its still completely watchable and entertaining as ever - brilliant stuff!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect trip down memory lane... 6 Dec 2008
I think it's safe to say that anyone of my age (was born in late 80s and am now nearly 20, FYI) would agree that Thames TV were behind some of the finest children's TV this country had to offer at the time: Button Moon, Wind in the Willows, Count Duckula, and of course, Rainbow. Between 1972 and 1992 (when Thames TV was sadly nationalized), it provided 30 years of memories, mirth and many other things besides.

This DVD, released in 2002, commemorates those 30 years rather neatly, as 6 classic episodes and the bonus of the show's very first episode are brought together on here. It's amazing to see how much the show progressed from "Shapes" (which is the title of the first episode), into what most of us know it as - the daily antics of Geoffrey, Zippy, George and Bungle in the Rainbow house, with the odd song and dance from Rod, Jane and Freddy (whose own spin off show was also a favourite of mine as a youngster).

Best episodes on here are "The Birthday Cake" (which I distinctly remember my mum/dad taping off the TV for me and me then losing, to my dismay, at a later stage), and "George's Secret Place". The option of audio commentary on the episodes from Zippy and George also makes this DVD a must have to pass onto generations to come. Long may Rainbow's legacy live!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Rainbow Magic 2 April 2006
Rainbow was undoubtedly one of Thames TV's all-time classics, and this DVD contains samples of all of the ingredients which made it such a unique and special show to watch. It's sure to entertain, and educate, children of all ages. Performances - whether from humans, such as the brilliant frontman Geoffrey Hayes or the great Rod, Jane and Freddy, or their (and our) furry friends, Bungle, Zippy and George - are packed with energy and professionalism, and the calibre of the scriptwriting is high. Each show blends together a characteristically warm, friendly and colourful mix of sketches, songs, films, stories and jokes, which cannot fail to leave the viewer with a sure feel-good factor.
Of special interest in this DVD is "Shapes", by John Kershaw, the first episode of the programme ever to be screened on ITV. Although Rainbow definitely changed and developed over the 20 years that it was produced, all of the vital elements were there right from the start. It's piece of television history which, in this case, the children will appreciate as much as their parents.
Highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fantastic Rainbow! 7 Mar 2009
This was a nostalgia buy. For me and my sis and our friends in the 80's, Rainbow was part of everyday life as much as chips and tomato sauce!And Rod, Jane and Freddy with their lovely harmonies were so children friendly. They were so gentle and warm. I think that's the thing about kiddy TV that we all miss-the gentleness! This DVD contains the first ever Rainbow episode, that was completely alien to us when we saw it-but very interesting to see how much the series changed in such a short time. Contains some classic episodes that will take you right back to your childhood!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Rainbow 30th Anniversary DVD
What can I say - anything with Rainbow in will get five stars. However haven't yet opened as it is a gift for someone with a summer birthday. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Isobel Platt
5.0 out of 5 stars rainbow
great memories will be for my grandson when he/s a bit older,but will still watch before bring on zippy ,
Published 6 months ago by michael thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars good
Bought as a pressi for my sis who lived on Rainbow...she really enjoyed it nice to be a kid again
Published 14 months ago by sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This DVD brought back memories of when my children were little and not the children we look after can have all the fun of watching too. Who needs loads of technology?!!!!!!!!
Published 14 months ago by C. A. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Rainbow 30th Anniversary DVD
Brilliant, just as I remember it from my childhood. My little girl enjoyed watching it too. Includes the very first episode which I'd never seen before
Published 15 months ago by CM123
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories
I am really surprised that my youngsters absolutely lapped this up. I bought it for my own nostalgia thinking they would think it old fashioned but they fell in love straight away... Read more
Published 19 months ago by jaybee
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the 80s
Bought for my two young girls 3 and 5. They both love the DVD, especially zippy. Total blast from the past
Published 20 months ago by Mum of two
3.0 out of 5 stars Good fun for Kids
This dvd is good fun for little kids. I bought it for my 3 year old grandson and his little brother as it made me feel nostalgic for my own children's childhood! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Pam
4.0 out of 5 stars whiskey
Very Good Dvd My daughter and myself had Hours fun as it was from my younger days. Good picture Quality Good Purchase would reccomend price very good
Published 22 months ago by whiskey
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for nostalgia but not THAT good IMO
I admit I used to watch Rainbow, but even when I was 5 I found Zippy and Bungle annoying and I thought George was camper than a row of tents. Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2012 by Mr. R. Allen
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