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5.0 out of 5 stars childhood favourite
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...
Published on 6 Mar 2010 by Su

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3.0 out of 5 stars More Supermarionation fun
Thunderbird 6: The Movie was another attempt by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, alongside tv mogul Lew Grade to cash in on the massive success Thunderbirds was enjoying on television.
Although the first film Thunderbirds Are Go didn't enjoy huge success, the producers went ahead and made another one...
Although this film captures some of the elements of the series,...
Published on 1 Oct 2002 by Daz


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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars childhood favourite, 6 Mar 2010
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This review is from: Thunderbirds Are Go/Thunderbird Six (Collectors Edition) [DVD] [1966] (DVD)
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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast off with Thunderbirds on the big screen!, 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand finale to a FAB series, 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. In "Thunderbird Six" four members of the team abandon their previously vital anonymity to take a holiday on the 21st century's least commercially viable aircraft, apparently designed to carry no more than a dozen passengers if the seating arrangements are anything to go by, before being on the receiving end of a rescue at the world's least effective early warning station; while Jeff Tracey goes through some sort of stress related crisis and obsesses over the need for a "Thunderbird Six", ignoring the fact that the multitudes of machines at their disposal have served International Rescue perfectly well through almost forty rescues. And it is a glorious finale to the Thunderbirds franchise. While aspects such as the high body count in a saga which had until this point placed high value on human life and the occasional moments of whimsy can jar, overall this is an enjoyable romp.

The models are of course exceptional, the landscapes in particular are the most convincing of any Supermarionation production, with trees especially far more realistic than ever before, adding to the scale perfectly. Models and sets combine to make the intercut model and live shots of the Tiger Moth bi-plane virtually indistinguishable. Widescreen and a movie budget give the model makers, set designers and cinematographers scope to create some truly spectacular images, from the aerial view of Lady Penelope's convoy to the breathtaking high altitude vistas at the scene of the rescue. Images such as these would not have been out of place in blockbuster live action movies at the time and stand up today against the self indulgent CGI backdrops of recent years.
As you would expect, the music is excellent although a few comic passages lessen the tension in the bi-plane escape scene. However this is easily forgiven as Barry Gray's main theme for the movie is just about the most infectiously bright and optimistic movie theme ever. Make a point of watching the photo gallery in the special features to hear the full piece.

Even the glib denouement cannot detract from the pleasure of this film, which provides a colourful and captivating culmination to an iconic piece of popular culture.

The special features are good without being overwhelming, informative and it's good to hear Sylvia Anderson's recollections. She hasn't tried to distance herself from these shows, like Gerry did in the seventies, and her likeable manner and obvious pride in the show shine out.

This set is a must for any Thunderbirds fan and also as a unique and iconic part of modern entertainment history. And of course, both films have fantastic explosions.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good family entertainment, 14 Mar 2005
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This review is from: Thunderbirds Are Go/Thunderbird Six (Collectors Edition) [DVD] [1966] (DVD)
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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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 great movies, 21 July 2004
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This review is from: Thunderbirds Are Go/Thunderbird Six (Collectors Edition) [DVD] [1966] (DVD)
If you like the Thunderbirds series, then you'll love these 2 films. The action takes a little while to unfold, but when it does you realise that, apart from the longer length and the higher quality of filming and special effects, the films are no different to the original TV programmes - and that's exactly why they are so wonderful.
The 'Featurette' extras on the DVD are an interesting insight into how each film was made, although not really essential. The 'Quiz' on each DVD are for the much younger viewers and the other extras are patchy, but this is a minor gripe as you're buying the DVD for 2 great, and fun, movies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed, 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure enjoyment, 24 Jan 2009
This review is from: Thunderbirds Are Go/Thunderbird Six (Collectors Edition) [DVD] [1966] (DVD)
How awesome to enjoy these two fabulous movies, with interesting extras !
I am amazed that this boxset is so cheap, considering its quality.
Jump on it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5..4..3..2..1, 24 Sep 2014
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This review is from: Thunderbirds Are Go/Thunderbird Six (Collectors Edition) [DVD] [1966] (DVD)
Cult viewing for adults and children alike here as the Tracey boys are transferred to the big screen. Two films are on offer here starting with "Thunderbirds Are Go" which the launching of the first Mars mission named "Zero X".The first launching goes horribly wrong and they are forced to ditch in the sea.The second (this time with the help of Thunderbirds is a success and they blast off for Mars.
To reveal more plot here would spoil your viewing but you just know something has to go wrong!This is an enjoyable romp and the action never lets up, well only briefly for a dream sequence featuring Cliff and the Shadows, simply brillant!!
Second in the pack is "Thinderbird Six" which is a few notches down from the Zero X film, feels more like a long episode,but it is still enjoyable film! Basicly Jeff Tracey needs Brains to develop a new craft hence T6, Brains to his credit designs all sorts of new craft but all are rejected because they are not as versitille as the other craft,poor Brains.
These two films are above par from the episodes as the Andersons were trying new puppet technology which is evident in the films.Both discs contain extras and easter eggs and you get to go behind the scenes as well as interviews with Sylvia Anderson, and a few games! This is good quality enjoyment............!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thunderbirds Films, 19 July 2009
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Kyle "KazSmurph" (Llangoed, Anglesey) - See all my reviews
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If you're interested in this DVD, then chances are you've already seen the films at some point, so I'm not going to elaborate on the films themselves - suffice to say they're both great additions to the Thunderbirds canon. Personally, I prefer "Thunderbird 6" to "Thunderbirds Are Go". The latter has less charm and personality, I think, feeling like an extended version of one of the worse episodes of the series, whereas "Thunderbird 6" has more character, charm and humour, as well as many rich and varied environments in which the action takes place.

The quality of the films themselves is very good. Crisp and clear, with bright colours which really bring the fantastic machines and special effects to life. The special features are also very good, concentrating on Sylvia Anderson for a change (as she was "in charge" of the films in the same way that Gerry Anderson was in charge of the series). They go into a fair amount of detail on the making of the series, etc, and are well worth watching.

All in all, a brilliant product, and excellent value for money.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Supermarionation fun, 1 Oct 2002
Thunderbird 6: The Movie was another attempt by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, alongside tv mogul Lew Grade to cash in on the massive success Thunderbirds was enjoying on television.
Although the first film Thunderbirds Are Go didn't enjoy huge success, the producers went ahead and made another one...
Although this film captures some of the elements of the series, it doesnt really work as well. Its great to see a wide screen version of the programme, but the show lacks much of the excitement and humour of the show. Yes, there are loads of explosions and bits of sets flying towards the cameras, but this isn't enough to keep you interested. The great set pieces from the series eg the Thunderbird launch sequences do not feature as much, and this is the one thing that every Thunderbird fan never tires of seeing, so its a mistake not to include them
However, there is a great reason to buy the dvd. The commentary by the films producer Sylvia Anderson and the director David Lane provide a fascinating insight into how the picture was shot as well as many of the challenges they faced.
Your Thunderbird DVD collection is incomplete without it, so go ahead and buy!
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