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Stingray: Volume 1 - Stingray/Plant Of Doom/Sea Of Oil/... [DVD] [1964]

Don Mason , Robert Easton    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Don Mason, Robert Easton, Ray Barrett, Lois Maxwell, David Graham
  • Writers: Sylvia Anderson, Gerry Anderson
  • Producers: Sylvia Anderson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: ITV Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2001
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056MKX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,872 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Drums pound, the music bursts into life with a cry of "Stingray!... Stingray!" Who can resist? Stingray (1964) was the show Gerry Anderson made just before he really hit the big time with Thunderbirds (1965). He produced 39 episodes of the 21st century adventures of Troy Tempest, tall, dark and handsome (his voice based on James Garner's) captain of the titular submarine. Troy's mission: to protect the seas on behalf of WASP (World Aquanaut Security Patrol). With complex underwater model and puppet effects, this was ground-breaking television, especially as it was the first UK series to be made in colour, even though for years it was only seen in black and white. Special effects director Derek Meddings later graduated to the James Bond films, while Moneypenny herself (actress Lois Maxwell) voiced Atlanta Shore. Here, just as in the Bond films, she played second fiddle in our hero's affections, the mute Marina becoming Stingray's sex-goddess. The end credits even featured a song in her honour, "Aqua Maria", which became an international hit. As for the bad guys, half-man, half-fish Titan and his Terror Fish wage a dastardly war against humanity and the peaceful underwater citizens of Pacifica. Four decades on, the models and underwater sequences still impress and Stingray remains eccentric cult family entertainment.

On the DVD: There are seven episodes on the first DVD volume, including the pilot episode, "Stingray", in which a Titan Terror Fish sinks a WASP submarine, leading to Troy and sidekick Phones falling into the hands of the evil Titan. This action-packed beginning introduces all the major characters and gadgets, setting the scene for the adventures to come. "Plant of Doom" sees Titan outraged that Troy has rescued his beautiful slave Marina. After consulting an undersea god he hatches a revenge plot using a deadly air-consuming flower. In "Sea of Oil" Atlanta is kidnapped by an underwater race who plant a bomb on Stingray, while in "Hostages of the Deep" Marina is threatened with death by swordfish blade. --Gary S Dalkin

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DVD Special Features:

TV 21 Audio Adventure
Character Biographies
Memorabilia: Stingray Mini Albums
Gerry Anderson "Stingray" Commentary
Interactive Menus
English Hard of Hearing Subtitles

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stingray Vol 1 23 Jun 2010
By D.A.C
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Superb dvd, picture quality is excellent and the extras especially the character biographies are as well, i`m not sure if it will make it to the young person it was intended for though! When i first watched Stingray as a little boy, it was on a black and white tv, and my reckoning is i just wouldn`t be a good uncle if i didnt test this full colour re-mastered version out first (only to make sure it works of course!!) It`s great!! It`s incredible how every little detail in the background scenery was obviously thought through with such great care, this volume (1) contains the pilot episode plus 6 others and i would highly recommend it for 3 year olds and above and even younger ones will enjoy the puppets and scenery. Stingray was always my favourite of the Gerry Anderson series, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90 etc were all good but Stingray was special, being set underwater helped but it also had something else that no indestructable Captain Scarlet or Symphony Angel could ever compete with! Aqua Marina! Still the woman of my dreams (Intelligent,Gorgeous,Very fit,but knows when to keep quite!) and she hasnt changed a bit!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Yes! 24 Sep 2005
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this is what it is all about. my 3 year old and i are now frequent underwater travellers, to a place that holds a special place in my heart and now i hope his.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anything could happen in the next half hour.... 21 July 2007
By Andy D
I too bought this for my little 'un, in this case a four year old. For my son the relatively slow pace of the story development, the fantastic visuals (despite being 40+ years old), the imagination that goes into creating these mini worlds, and quality of the story lines immediately gets them hooked.
For me, the sexual tension between Atlanta and Marina is gripping! I look forward to Episode seven - "The Catfight beneath the sea" Mioaw!
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