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Thunderbirds: Collection Part 1 (Vols 1 - 4 ) [DVD] [1965]

Peter Dyneley , Shane Rimmer    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
Price: 59.40 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Actors: Peter Dyneley, Shane Rimmer, David Graham, Ray Barrett, Christine Finn
  • Writers: Sylvia Anderson, Gerry 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: 4
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: ITV Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 19 July 2004
  • Run Time: 781 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002475PW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,733 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



"Filmed in VIDECOLOR [explosions, drum roll, music builds to a climax] and SUPERMARIONATION"! The opening sequence of Thunderbirds is itself a masterclass in Gerry Anderson's marionette hyperbole: who else would dare to make a virtue out of the fact that (a) the show is in colour and (b) it's got puppets in it? But everything about this series really is epic: Thunderbirds is action on the grandest scale, pre-dating such high-concept Hollywood vehicles as Armaggedon by 30 years and more (the acting is better, too), and fetishising gadgets in a way that even the most excessive Bond movies could never hope to rival. Unsurprisingly, it transpires that the visual effects are by Derek Meddings, whose later contributions to Bond movies like The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker echo his pioneering model work here.

As to the characters, the clean-cut Tracey boys take second place in the audiences' affections to their cool machines--the real stars of the show--while comic relief is to be found in the charming company of Lady Penelope and her pink Rolls (number plate FAB1), driven by lugubrious chauffeur Parker, whose "Yes, milady" catch phrase resonated around school playgrounds for decades. (Spare a thought for poor old John Tracey, stuck up in space on Thunderbird 5 with only the radio for company.) The puppet stunt-work is breathtakingly audacious, and every week's death-defying escapade is nail-bitingly choreographed in the very best tradition of disaster movies. First shown in 1964 and now digitally remastered, Thunderbirds is children's TV that still looks and sounds like big-budget Hollywood.

In this pod: Episodes 17-32 on four VHS tapes in a special presentation box.

Product Description

Opening sixteen episodes of Gerry Anderson's cult Supermarionation series. In 'Trapped in the Sky', evil villain the Hood hatches a plot to photograph the Thunderbirds vehicles in action. 'Pit of Peril' sees International Rescue called in when the test drive of a new army vehicle goes awry. In 'The Perils of Penelope', Lady Penelope and prominent scientist Professor Borendor are kidnapped in a fiendish attempt to extort a secret fuel formula from the latter. 'Terror in New York City' sees Gordon Tracy racing to the rescue in Thunderbird 4 when a television reporter and his cameraman become trapped in a collapsing Empire State Building. In 'Edge of Impact', a Red Arrow aircraft crashes after being sabotaged by the Hood, and Thunderbird 2 speeds to the rescue. 'Day of Disaster' sees Gordon attempting to save two engineers trapped in a probe rocket which is set to self-destruct. In '30 Minutes After Noon', Scott, Virgil and Adam attempt to prevent the biggest nuclear bomb blast the world has ever seen. 'Desperate Intruder' sees the Hood attempting to beat Brains and Tin-Tin to a cache of treasure buried at the bottom of Lake Anasta. In 'End of the Road', the Tracy boys have to rescue a family friend stranded on a cliff edge without revealing their true identity. 'The Uninvited' sees Scott and a team of archaeologists captured in the desert by a pyramid-dwelling tribe. In 'Sun Probe', Thunderbird 3 speeds into space to prevent a spaceship from colliding with the sun. 'Operation Crash-Dive' sees International Rescue attempting to discover the reason for the recent Fireflash airliner crashes. In 'Vault of Death', a bank worker becomes trapped in a time-locked safe, with oxygen rapidly running out. 'The Might Atom' sees the Hood stealing a robotic rodent which he plans to use to spy on International Rescue. In 'City of Fire', a fire in a shopping mall requires the use of Brain's untested new cutting gas - but will it be safe? 'The Imposters' sees a bogus group impersonating the International Rescue team in an attempt to discredit them.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, very nostalgic 26 Sep 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The Lady Penelope episode was a bit involved for my 4-year-old, too much talking and not enough action. The Pit of Peril was pure action and tension but a bit gruesome in parts, "actors" getting burned, again a bit much for a 4-year-old. Over all a great couple of episodes but more suited to slightly older kids.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The further adventures of International Rescue! 11 Dec 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Thunderbirds Box Set - Pod 2 is the continuing saga of the cute (if slightly wooden) Tracy brothers in their quest to save trapped civilians from almost certain death. The box set not only features the now infamous Thunderbird machines as well as the always highly entertaining characters like Parker, Brains and Lady Penelope, but also has intriguing little sub plots that continue through all the episodes, like the 'will they, won't they' romance between Alan Tracy and Tin Tin. This box set continues the high standard of visual animated effects, almost cringingly funny scripts, dramatic music and great acting(!!!) that made the first set so widely appealing to all ages, and is a definite must for all good video collections.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cross-generation extravaganza ! 7 Nov 2005
By A Customer
I used to watch these on TV when I was small and now I watch them on DVD with my own 3 year old son - OK, he's probably a bit young but he absolutly loves the Thunderbirds and the new Movie is no comparison to the original puppets. We watch these episodes together most evenings and it's a real treat for both of us !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 8 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
the first episode is 'trapped in the sky' and features the new atomic powered aircraft 'fireflash'. the hood has placed a bomb in the landing gear of the aircraft preventing it from landing. only the tracy brothers can save the day! my favourite scenes are when jeff says @the fireflash, gee thats a great aircraft' and the next scene shows the fireflash skimming across the trees over the runway threshhold. the sound is fantastic and the digital remastering makes it all look so real! 10/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia for Dad, delight for kids 29 Dec 2000
Format:VHS Tape
...Stars of these episodes are Lady P and Parker ("So 'e's one of hus, then Milady?" "Yes, Parker, he's one of us"). The Anderbad Express is Edmund's favourite piece of hardware, despite its shaky progress along the monorail track (and the fact it takes a day and a night to get from Paris to the Alps). "Terror in New York City" is rather less good (did no one think to check for underground rivers *before* moving the Empire State Building? The underwater swimming sequences are less than convincing. 3 stars for this epi, 5 for "Perils".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars they're back 25 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I am so glad that Thunderbirds has been released on video. The way the sound has been digtally remastered is brillant. The scene i like is when the control tower has to take a shot of fireflash's landing gear and it comes past the control tower. The sound when that scene came on was briliant but my favourie scene in 'Trapped in the sky' is when they use the three elevator cars help to land Fireflash. That is such a nailbiter of a scene and the music fits the scene. Pit of Peril was a good episode but Trapped in the sky is better. Welcome back guys! I'm glad you're back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as description 7 Mar 2013
By angela
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Bought for my five year old grandson . We were expecting the 'Attack of the Alligators' as seen on tv years ago This was shown on the cover. When we started to play the video it turned out to be a much more recent film which was not suitable for our grandson and very disappointing for us as it was always our favourite episode. We returned it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thunderbirds are GO 24 May 2012
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
My four-year-old son loves Thunderbirds... he adores the technical detail and the complex plots, and these stories really appeal to him. Conversely, I find them really funny! My son did ask, "Why has everyone got the same colour skin?" - good question.
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