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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The thrill stays...
Captain Scarlet was something that I genuinely forgotten altogether, and only in the very late 1980s, when it was featured in the zany and innovative "night network" show syndicated by Channel 4, did the old memories return.

Such was the enthusiasm of the presenters for this bit of old fashioned show from the 1970s that they got Gerry Anderson (gasp) himself...
Published on 15 April 2009 by Mark Grindell

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8 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Even the patina of nostalgia is not enough
First the good points. This is well transferred to DVD with excellent sound, clean, vibrant video and quite acceptable packaging. It's done with respect for what was an important series of its day. It even includes English subtitling, which is uncommon on niche releases.
The design of the ships and vehicles is still wonderful. There is much to be admired in the work...
Published on 12 Feb 2011 by Dapto


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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The thrill stays..., 15 April 2009
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Mark Grindell "Mark Grindell" (Driffield, East Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Captain Scarlet - Complete Series Box Set [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
Captain Scarlet was something that I genuinely forgotten altogether, and only in the very late 1980s, when it was featured in the zany and innovative "night network" show syndicated by Channel 4, did the old memories return.

Such was the enthusiasm of the presenters for this bit of old fashioned show from the 1970s that they got Gerry Anderson (gasp) himself onto the show and got him to talk a bit about how it all came about.

It's really interesting to see how the stature of this man has grown so much over the years. Seemingly stuck in a medium that had some people in this business chuckling into their sleeves, he imbued everything he touched with a degree of professionalism and sheer artistry that left almost everyone else for dead.

You forget the fact that the action is puppet based very fast. It's kind of early manga (some folks here will HATE me for that) but in a certain sense, this thing about action films for kids very much came from these miniatures and Gerry Anderson owns this stuff as no-one else could hope to do.

Captain Scarlet was done after Thunderbirds, and the sets are better (probably) as well as the figures. The stories; they're rather dark, on the whole. An organisation called Spectrum is devoted to hunting down what amounts to terrible, unseen phantoms, whose true character is never entirely explained. We never see the enemy and they remain forever, tantalisingly out of reach of the camera.

The characters of Captain Scarlet, Colonel White, Lt Green, and the others are all rather touching; it's odd, because although quite often it's all rather heavy handed with references to duty and courage, and all the old school stuff, there are times when it's really quite... well uplifting. I don't care what you say about that.

It is very curious, but I was in the Army for a short time, and there was a real Sergeant White, Captain Black, and yes, honestly and truly, a Captain Scarlet. Though he DID work in personnel and had a foul temper, poor fellow. God knows what that name did for him! But It was all great stuff. This series has echoes in reality, though maybe that's after several drinks and too many videos. And far too many drinks. And... But there you go. I've told my kids goodness knows how many stories about how I met their mum while I was in the army and fighting the....

Oh never mind.

Definitely recomended. ...any excuse!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get better than this!!!!!!!!!, 15 Aug 2003
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Mr. J. R. Trinder "jacktrinder" (Chester) - See all my reviews
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It's odd to think that this would be entertaining, but it is! Think about it though, a perfect future where men in brightly coloured outfits maintain the peace, which is threatened when an odd alien society is destroyed, the synopsis is so dated, but some how it works. Captain Scarlet (oddly, not named Captain Red)drawes on a dark side of the puppet world to give a deserbing image, it also seems highly ironic that when the world finaly makes peace with itself is thretned by alien forces. I'm way to young to have seen this first time round but when the BBC started to re-show these episodes during summer, I became hooked, and even found my self not bothering to watch Thunderbirds. Yes alright it can get pridictable and the decore is SO dated, but then again that's part of the fun. I stongly recomend people to bye this, you don't have to love it, but for old time sake, why not!!!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Class, 4 Dec 2001
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This review is from: Captain Scarlet - Complete Series Box Set [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
Beautifully presented. Magnificently restored to its former glory with a 5.1 mix to die for.By far the best of Gerry Andersons staggeringly creative output. It is darker in tone than the earlier shows and remains 60s SCI-Fi at its best. The design of the sets and vehicles is wonderful, symbolising the ultimate in 60s modernism/futurism , mix this with great simple tales and a fairly coherent mythology and you're on to a winner. Be warned If you buy this you will want the toys. An all round winner.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Must Have For Fans New and Old, 17 Jan 2002
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Trevor William Douglas (Gorokan, NSW Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Captain Scarlet - Complete Series Box Set [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
Possibly the BEST of Gerry Anderson's series, Captain Scarlet still holds up today as one of the most entertaining and colourful series of the sixties. The DVD boxed set is everything a fan could want and then some...
Excellent stories, memorable music, great scene changes. The characters are well drawn and the DVDs include biographies on all major cast members. Buy It Now, You will not be disappointed.
SIG
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIG!, 19 Sep 2001
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This review is from: Captain Scarlet - Complete Series Box Set [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
This is a nicely produced set. The box is well presented with the disc boxes forming the Spectrum symbol on their spines and various physical extras inside including postcards. The image transfer is extraordinary, obviously direct from the original celluloid, revealing deep colour and amazing attention to detail on the part of the model makers. The audio takes a bit of getting used to. I've heard the kettle drum transition for over 30 years but never bouncing around the room in Dolby 5.1! The use of Dolby-Digital(TM) is clever but you'll need a decent centre speaker to pick the voices out of the various explosive effects. The animated menus are amazing. Seeing the Spectrum logo revolving in CGI 3D is a joy and the various disc extras are fun... Basically it's hard to imagine a better quality effort than this and above all else there is 'Destiny Angel'. Say no more... :-)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the 60's Anderson series, 29 Oct 2002
This review is from: Captain Scarlet - Complete Series Box Set [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
This review has spoilers in it.
Often overlooked due to it's being in the shadow of the more famous Thunderbirds this is none the less an amazing series with some excellent special effects and the very best plot. For the most part it revolves around 3 characters.
Captain scarlet: THe main hero and a man made almost indestructable by the mysterions when they tried to make him their pawn.
Captain Blue: Scarlets partner and very much an ordinary man in a sunddenly strange world.
Captain Black: The man who destroyed the mysterion city in the first place and is now paying a million times over as a mysterion slave.
In addition there are serveral supporting charcters. Col White the head of Spectrum and the man in the Jeff Tracy, commander Shore role of past storys. Lt Green the coms officer and in a real first a black man. There is no female love intrest or agent as such in the TinTin or Lady P frame but instead the all female flying squadren (angels) of whom Symphony the defacto squad commander is the most fleshed out.
Minor problems do exist. The other Angels are little more then bit players and most of the agents are never fleshed out.
Still if you like Anderson you have to buy this set.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, 3 April 2010
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David M. Kendrick (UK) - See all my reviews
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Along with the Tom Baker and John Pertwee Dr Who's, memories of the 1970's consist of repeats of Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet. Captain Scarlet became a childhood hero, who faced foes who could not be defeated nor understood. With many questions left unanswered the main one is why the all powerful Mysterons who could at any time cause a true extinction of the Human, limited their attacks to public incidents which involved Captain Scarlet and Captain Black, its almost as if they were parodying the roles of good and evil reminding the sanguine humans that they despite their technology still had not overcome their darker instincts.

The Mysterons main base on Mars was subject to an unprovoked attack by the first humans to discover them, they proved immune to human technology and could have ignored the attack but instead chose to enact a program of terrorist action against humanity; with the aid of the discoverers of their base on Mars, the explorers from Spectrum Captain Scarlet and Captain Black. Why do they do attack humanity, where do they really come from, what are they, who are they, there are only hints throughout the series, enjoy as the Mysterons are truly Mysterious indeed. Captain Scarlet - Complete Series Box Set [DVD] [1967]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Voice of the Mysterons, 22 Mar 2004
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Mr. Thomas Humphries (Thame, UK) - See all my reviews
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Anyone out there who is a fan of Joe 90 or Thunderbirds and who hasn't seen Captain Scarlet must see ALL of these. You could spend much more money buying the 6 episode sets but those of you with Region 1 capability should consider this set. All 32 of the tense and exciting episodes will provide you with over 13 hours of entertainment. A little lacking in the extras department but there is still more than enough to make this a worthy purchase! Spectrum is Green!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars truly unique anderson production., 26 July 2006
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Mr. A. E. Ward Davies (Canterbury , England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Captain Scarlet - Complete Series Box Set [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
a highly original, exciting and well produced programme from the one and only gerry anderson.

people tend to rave about the likes of "thunderbirds," but i think that is rather over-rated and boring. the episodes are too long at 50 minutes.

anyway, by this time anderson and his production team wanted something different to concentrate on, and this was it.

from the outset, the budget has been vastly improved with more moving models in one camera shot, the sets are on a much grander scale, the general tone of the series isn't so much for young viewers but the puppets are the thing. the strings are almost non-existent and the overall shape and size is correct(for once).

the music is quite catchy, but also somewhat spooky as well.

for the first time in god knows when, the episodes are released one by one instead of the annoying videos of the 80s, when two or three programmes were spliced together and released as a "new" one.

i hope everyone enjoys this series as much as i do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars English subtitled at last., 29 Oct 2011
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This review is from: Captain Scarlet - Complete Series Box Set [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
Captain Scarlet is on dvd in USA as well but without closed captions or English subtitles for the deaf...I am deaf myself and loved this show as a kid..I purchased it from England because the Brittish copy has English subtitles...Now I can enjoy this great show better.

James
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