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Thunderbirds (The Complete Series) [DVD]

Alan Patillo , Desmond Saunders    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Directors: Alan Patillo, Desmond Saunders, David Lane, David Elliott, Bryan Burgess
  • Producers: Gerry Anderson, Reg Hill
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: ITV Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Sep 2005
  • Run Time: 1607 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,869 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

All thirty-two episodes of Gerry Anderson's cult Supermarionation series in one box set. 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. In 'The Man from MI5', Lady Penelope finds herself in deadly danger when she follows the trail of a missing British spy. 'Cry Wolf' sees Thunderbird 1 drawn to a false alarm when two Australian boys play at International Rescue. In 'Danger at Ocean Deep', the Thunderbirds investigate the disappearance of a missing tanker and its potentially explosive cargo. 'Move and You're Dead' finds Alan and Grandma trapped on a bridge girder with a bomb following the former's triumph in the Parola Sands motor race. In 'The Duchess Assignment', Lady Penelope's Duchess friend is kidnapped and held to ransom en route to selling a valuable painting. 'Brink of Disaster' sees Jeff, Tin-Tin and Brains trapped on a deadly monorail when they investigate a crooked tycoon. In 'Attack of the Alligators!', four men are trapped by giant alligators after accidentally spilling a growth formula into the nearby swamp. 'Martian Invasion' sees the International Rescue team filmed by the Hood after rescuing two actors trapped in a cave. In 'The Cham Cham', Lady Penelope and Tin-Tin go undercover in the music business when a series of American rocket crashes coincide with performances by pop group the Cass Carnaby Five. 'Security Hazard' sees Jeff become apopleptic when a young boy stows away aboard Thunderbird 2 and observes International Rescue in action. In 'Atlantic Inferno', Scott is left in charge when Jeff goes on holiday, and has to decide what to do when a nearby oil rig catches fire. 'Path of Destruction' sees the team racing to halt the carnage being created by an out-of-control, atomic-powered tree-logger. In 'Alias Mr Hackenbacker', Lady Penelope contacts Thunderbirds when the plane she is travelling on is hijacked by criminals. 'Lord Parker's 'Oliday' sees Parker helping to avert chaos when the solar-powered Mediterranean resort of Monte Bianco loses its reflector in a storm. In 'Ricochet', Tin-Tin discovers that an orbiting TV station has been damaged by a rogue space rocket, and will explode upon re-entering Earth's atmosphere. 'Give or Take a Million' sees a pair of crooks' planned robbery going awry when they become trapped in a children's hospital. Also included is the documentary 'The Brains Behind Thunderbirds'.


"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 such as 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" catchphrase 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 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 box set: All 32 episodes on nine videos, plus "The Brains Behind Thunderbirds", an exclusive-to-video introduction to the series narrated by Brains himself. --Mark Walker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
Oh dear! The very best series in the world given a superb HD transfer - but savagely cropped leaving the Hood looking like a boiled egg with the top cut off. Absolutely criminal and stupid! Anyone who says they don't care should be forced back to the early days of VHS when we had to endure pan and scan 4:3 versions of widescreen movies. When our TV's were so small there was very little option. Right now there is no excuse for savage cropping of original aspect ratios - particularly when most people have 40" plasmas or LCD's. Really - right now I'd suggest picking up the DVD set until they get this right. Unless you're happy to have just two thirds of the original image? It's a shame because the quality of that two thirds is superb. Whoever was responsible for this debacle - some kid probably who has no appreciation of the original - should be marched out of the building with his P45.

Crapola. Disgusting. Disrespectful. avoid!!!!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy the Blu-ray edition 14 April 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The BD set looked very tempting, but a note of caution entered when I read those reviews that revealed the transfer had cropped the original 4:3 aspect ratio to widescreen (thus losing around one third of the picture!). Some reviewers have stated that they either did not notice the cropping (how is this possible?), or that it was done well enough not to matter; other reviewers considered the cropping to be sacrilege to the original material. (One reviewer even suggested that, as film crews had been used to make the TV series, it was common practice to concentrate on a widescreen aspect at the vertical centre of the frame, so that material above and below was not relevant to each shot (but was still OK for 4:3 TV presentation). Sorry, but this is nonsense for this series, see below).

I really did want the BDs and I almost succumbed, but I thought I had better check it out more thoroughly first. I already have volume 1 of Thunderbirds on DVD (purchased when it was first released, before the current DVD remaster). Having viewed it again, prior to my purchase, and also having watched the BD title sequence on YouTube, it is blindingly obvious that the original 4:3 aspect ratio is critically important to a full appreciation of the series (the cropped title sequence looks cramped - you would surely suspect that something is wrong, even if you did not know anything about the original series presentation). Many shots in each episode make full use of the 4:3 frame, so much so that it is difficult to imagine how a cropped 16:9 version could be in any way be acceptable. Indeed, some shots are so tightly framed that any cropping must look like incompetent camera work, at best.

So, I bought the remastered DVD set instead. And it is absolutely great.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Imagine if a curator at the National gallery thought that by cropping Constables The Hay-Wain at the top and bottom it would be improved. Well cropping a 4:3 moving image and blowing up what is left up to 16:9 is actually the same thing. Butchery. The film director choose the best compositions for each scene within the aspect ratio they were working with. Change the aspect ratio and you change the composition. God knows how that is an improvement. It also shows the arrogance of the people that believe that they are improving things over what the original director did. Are the people who like their screens filled asking for 2.35:1 films to be cropped at the sides so there are no black bars at the top and bottom? Surely if people want to fill their screens with a 4:3 image they just have to read the manual that came with the Blu-ray player to locate the zoom button.
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112 of 120 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful image, but still butchered. 27 Jan 2010
By Alan F.
I don't own this set myself. However a friend does and after watching a few episodes, I have to agree that the blu-ray image is quite remarkable. It is still, however, a cropped and butchered image. This show was made in 4:3, broadcast in 4:3 and meant to be seen in 4:3. People will quite happily criticise widescreen movies that have been cropped into academy ratio. Why, therefore, should we be willing to accept the cropping of 4:3 material. I'm guessing that it would be very difficult to gauge the number of lost sales this set has suffered from based on it's incorrect ratio. But I'm guessing it's more than a few. If the publishers were to release a blu-ray version of Thunderbirds, in it's original ratio then I'd quite happily lay down my cash. However until that happens I'm quite content to stick with my DVD's.
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149 of 161 people found the following review helpful
How could they crop the 4:3 image to 16:9? Taking an artwork and chopping off bits for no good reason? Whoever was responsible for that decision should be fired. Its as bad as pan-n-scanning widescreen material. And whoever put this package together is so out of touch, that the character in the background of the cover, who is positioned in a mysterious pose in the top right, is actually Kirano the Tracy family's chef!? Maybe the clueless person putting the design together confused this with the character who should be there - the villian "The Hood" ???

This title needs to be rereleased on blu-ray in proper pillar-boxed 4:3, with redone hidef supplements and corrected cover art. Cmon this is a classic art work not the Teletubbies!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent i am a big Gerry Anderson fan
Published 21 days ago by Jacqueline Middleweek
5.0 out of 5 stars Lighten up, ratio zealots!
Listen up. I can rightly claim to be one of the early adopters in the UK to have owned a widescreen TV (a massive 1990 Philips 32 inch behemoth that you could land a helicopter... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Philbee
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Stephen Brady
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good. can not wait to see the new series..
Published 2 months ago by Ian Crozier
5.0 out of 5 stars Supreme
This having been my favourite thing when I was 12, I recently went back to it as a 24 year old and it is simply my favourite thing in the world again. Read more
Published 4 months ago by kitten
5.0 out of 5 stars Extra features not playable in North America. You have been warned.
Great collection at a great price! Beautiful transfer...Thunderbirds are go! One problem though, If you are from the U.S. Read more
Published 5 months ago by simonsings
5.0 out of 5 stars Thunderbirds - it's a classic!
Bought this for my little boy - just shows it never goes out of fashion. He loves it and wants to watch more!
Published 6 months ago by Helen McTeer
5.0 out of 5 stars F.A.B
Bought as a gift for my Thunderbird fanatic husband, great collection
Even young nephews are now avid fans of them
Published 6 months ago by collette
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic show that has aged well
Its Thunderbirds, its a Gerry Anderson show, what more do I need to say. Mr Anderson's finest hour and as someone once said his special brand of technology porn. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr Stuart Hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu ray Thunderbirds is excellent choice
I've seen them in black and white, on VHS video, dvd of course and now, even with the cropped picture, on BluRay. Its amazing, you'll love it.
Published 7 months ago by hans sterk
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