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  • Actors: Peter Dyneley, Sylvia Anderson, Shane Rimmer, Jeremy Wilkin, Matt Zimmerman
  • Directors: David Lane
  • Writers: Sylvia Anderson, Gerry Anderson
  • Producers: Sylvia Anderson, Gerry Anderson
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: MGM
  • VHS Release Date: 9 April 2001
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CK64
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,899 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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More electronic puppet action in this, the second of the 'Thunderbirds' films. This time round, Tracy Island's resident genius Brains designs a revolutionary new aircraft, the Skyship One, only to see it hijacked on its maiden voyage. The Thunderbirds team get ready to come to the rescue, but with Alan Tracy and Lady Penelope trapped on board the Skyship, and Thunderbirds 1 and 2 heading into a trap set up by the hijackers, it's not going to be that easy.

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Thunderbird 6 was the second feature spin-off from the hit Gerry Anderson puppet-animation TV series Thunderbirds, and revolved around a new addition to the line-up of International Rescue's five emergency craft. The plot sees Lady Penelope, Alan, Tin-Tin and Parker as the only passengers on the maiden, round-the-world flight of a futuristic airship, which is hijacked in a bid to capture Thunderbirds 1 and 2. From the moment Alan arrives on a Bond-style jetpack, the film veers away from the TV show into espionage adventure territory, and while the only people International Rescue rescue are their own members, they kill a fair number of baddies. The global tour means there are more locations than ever, and though the story takes a long time developing, the Die Hard-on-an-airship finale delivers the most explosive set piece of Gerry Anderson's career. As for Thunderbird 6, opinion remains divided as to whether it's an ingenious twist or a disappointing gimmick, but the movie's blend of model and live-action footage results in two superbly staged stunt sequences. Predecessor Thunderbirds Are Go (1968) is also available, and the Andersons would make one further feature film, Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969).

On the DVD: The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 ratio image is sharp, full of detail and boasting well-saturated colours, only the briefest moments of damage and some graininess revealing the age of the print. The film was shot in ultra-wide Techniscope, and there are moments were it is very obvious that parts of the original 2.74:1 picture have been cropped at the sides. The mono sound is powerful with no hint of distortion. Extras are the original trailer, galleries of behind the scenes photos and promotional artwork, though the highlight is the highly informative commentary by Sylvia Anderson and director David Lane where they note how they made this film and worked on Captain Scarlet simultaneously.--Gary S Dalkin --This text refers to the DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Su TOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 Mar. 2010
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I loved Thunderbirds when I was a child, all those BBC2 repeats were bliss. This is an obsession that has not paled with the passing of years.

Recently I purchased the 9-disc Thunderbirds box set and discovered that these two films weren't included, so I decided I must have them.

This is a 2 disc set - one film plus extras per disc.

THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO

An 89 minutes film based round the Zero X mission to Mars.

Watch out for the appearance of Cliff Richards and the Shadows.

audio commentary with Sylvia Anderson and David Lane (Director)
3 featurettes:
history and appeal
factory of dolls and rockets
epics in minature
2 easter eggs
theatrical trailer
photo gallery
quiz

Regions playable - 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Subtitles - English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Greek
Soundtrack languages - English, German, French, Italian and Spanish

THUNDERBIRD 6

Members of International Rescue are guests for the maiden flight of a new aircraft.

An 86 minutes film.

audio commentary with Sylvia Anderson and David Lane
featurettes:
Lady Penelope
Building better puppets
Tiger moth
theatrical trailer
quiz - craft mission
photo gallery

Subtitles - English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Sutch and Greek
Soundtrack languages - English, German French and Spanish (no Italian)

Thoroughly enjoyable and not featured on the 9 disc boxset - Thunderbirds Complete Series Digistack--9-Disc Box Set [DVD].
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By gavpav@excite.com on 12 Mar. 2001
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I first encountered Thunderbirds as a young kid when the series was repeated in 1991. I became engrossed by the exploits of the International rescue puppet team amd 10 years later I still am! I have vivid memories of going to see this cracking movie at my cinema- to see Scott, the boys and the Thunderbirds themselves on the big screen was ridiculously exciting! This second feature film is leagues ahead of the first, offering high adventure on Lady Penelope's holiday aboard Brains' new airship, Skyship One. The plot is daft of course but the sheer audacity of the vision here, the funky fashions of Penelope, and the inevitable explosion on a grand scale make this little-seen offering a timeless classic and a treat for all ages. The advent of DVD means that the widescreen vision not seen in previous releases is restored as is the glorious colour and sound. Truly a magic 60s spectacular!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Parkie on 31 Mar. 2010
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"Thunderbirds are Go" is the more serious of the two films, despite an ill-judged dream sequence, concentrating on the first manned flight to Mars. Presumably the first Mars probe project was scrapped after it fell off Arlington Bridge. Well paced and engrossing, this film probably shows Gerry Anderson's eagerness to move into live action films more than even the increased realism of his later marionette series.
The, perhaps rather too long, assembly of the Zero X craft in the opening sequence is accompanied by Barry Gray's most regal and dignified composition, the wonderful Zero X theme.

There are many standout moments, such as the beautiful point of view shot of the transit from atmosphere to outer space as Zero X embarks on it's mission, and Alan's desperate work upon it's return. Lady Penelope and Parker have one of their finest dry comic moments when they dispatch the Hood, closely followed by a magnificent view of the Zero X ascending.

The Mars mission itself foreshadows the general theme of Captain Black's ill fated mission to that planet in Thunderbird's successor series. A near perfect (dream sequence lets it down) adaptation from TV to screen.

The second movie is much lighter in tone, if not content.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By artemisrhi VINE VOICE on 14 Mar. 2005
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Our two sons (4 & 2) really enjoyed this. They have been making Zero X and Thunderbird 4 with their Brio ever since. The 4 year old keeps wanting to know what number Thunderbird the "Thunderbird Boys" are in. Mum and Dad loved it too - it took us back to our own childhood. We were both amazed with the quality of the special effects, they stood the test of time well. Story was perhaps a bit slow for today's generation but it was wonderful to have a story that really was family fun. The Cliff Richard and the Shadows dream sequence made us smile!!! Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KiltedGreen on 16 Mar. 2011
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"Thunderbirds are Go" has some great moments, but is a bit laboured in places. The dream sequence with the Shadows is quite a bit of fun and there are some interesting ideas but the initial sequence of the launch of ZeroX goes on and on and on way too long. For a Thunderbirds fan it's fun to see but I don't think it would work for others.

"Thunderbird 6" is a lot more fun in my view. Humour with Brains, great shots of Lady Penelope and the mansion, a great new aircraft with high tech wonders and a posse of bad guys and lots of derring do with the IR equipment, and of course Thunderbird 6! This was a film that I really enjoyed and smiled when watching.

There are some extras too - interesting photos and the commentary with Sylvia Anderson and (? can't remember!) are interesting though they often seem to go wandering off topic!
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