This first set of Captain Scarlet features 6 episodes. If like me you first watched these as a kid, probably in black and white, it is marvellous to see them now in remastered colour with 5.1 sound. The picture quality is really very good.
Although I have always preferred Thunderbirds, I have grown to love Captain Scarlet over the years. Its a darker series overall. To this day I still love the spooky opening credit sequence with the cat screeching, and Captain Scarlet in the alleyway being shot and then pulling his own gun.
Although there aren't that many extras there is a an interesting commentary from Gerry Anderson on the first episode. I've got vol 1,2 and 5 and intend to get the rest!
on 22 September 2007
This is brilliant stuff! Join the Spectrum Cloudbase crew in their fight against the evil Mysterons. Episodes include Avalanche, White as Snow, The Trap and Operation Time. "Avalanche" is a series of crippling attacks on Frost Line Outer Space Defence bases sees Captain Scarlet and Lieutenant Green race to stop the Mysteron assailant before a trigger-happy general starts an interplanetary war with Mars. "White as Snow" is Colonel White himself is targeted by the Mysterons. "The Trap" is a summit of top military commanders is secretly a Mysteron ruse to eliminate the best minds of Earth's armed forces. "Operation Time" is Crucial Mysteron weaknesses are revealed when a leading brain surgeon is killed and reconstructed by the Mysterons to murder a top army general.
This is thrilling stuff! Along with Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons Vol. 8  these make a great pair!
on 31 December 2010
I always wanted to know how Captain Scarlett became indestructable....
Intersting that although a British product, members of the 'Spectrum' organisation follow the 'Shoot first, ask questions later' mentality. Don't look to deep for a plot.
Good fun for your inner 5 year old. That, and my son loves it too!
This is the second of 5 DVDs which, between them, contain all 32 episodes of Captain Scarlet (also available as a box set). This DVD contains episodes 7 - 12.
I prefer this volume to volume 1 because by now, the characters have established themselves. There is no need for introductions, leaving more time for the actual stories.
The stories revolve around the Mysterons continuing their revenge against Earth after Captain Black obliterated their base on Mars in the first episode. This revenge usually takes the form of them attempting to kill a major world figure or, in the case of "Special Assignment" and "The Heart of New York", destroying major cities or continents. It always seemed to me to be the Mysterons biggest mistake to announce what they were going to do in advance, thus giving Spectrum time to thwart it. If you're going to kill the World President, why not just shoot him when his back is turned. But that would not make for a good adventure.
This volume contains my favourite episode "Lunarville 7" where Captains Scarlet and Blue and Lieutenant Green travel to the moon to investigate a suspected Mysteron base being built there. The added factor of the hostile lunar environment adds to the tension.
The extras on the disc are superb. Whilst, regrettably, there is no commentary, what you do get is another Audio adventure (originally released on vinyl records in the sixties) plus some excellent archive material consisting of four adverts from the time, two for Lyons Maid ice lollies and two for Sugar Smacks.
With two and a half hours of episodes and extras as well, this disc represents excellent value for money.
on 20 June 2009
This tape has 4 digitally-remastered episodes of Gerry Anderson's Captain Scarlet. These are: Point 783, Model Spy, Seek and Destroy and Traitor. The visual image is clear and sharply-focussed, the sound excellent.
Everything about this series was top-drawer puppetry for its day (1967). If you like Thunderbirds, you'll like this!
on 3 April 2014
I have enjoyed the the 1st episode, the only one I've seen so far, even better than when I watched them in the 90's. Though it will never be better than thunderbirds, joe 90 or secret service which are my favourite series (especially thunderbirds which was the 1st gerry Anderson I watched).
on 17 January 2011
One of the superior productions by Anserson, set in the 21st Century, about a paramilitary world security force, thatin fighting a malevolent alien martian force that can't be seen. Ideal for kids, including the adult kids that grew up 1st time round on the programme.