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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful
For years FOUR FEATHER FALLS has only existed in negative format, so kudos to NETWORK for going the distance to release Gerry Anderson's earliest original series. With this set I can now call my Anderson archive complete (I've been recording the marvellous NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET off air), and what a wonderful experience it is to look back over the many excellent series Gerry and his collaborators have produced over the last five decades. It's about time the man was Knighted...!
In 1960, no longer doing work for Roberta Leigh but not yet under the famous ITC banner, AP Films made this fantasy western series for Granada Television and it's a delight for all ages (I'm 34!). FOUR FEATHER FALLS recounts the adventures of Sheriff TEX TUCKER as he fights off villains like PEDRO, FERNANDO and BIG BEN with the help of his talking horse & dog and two guns that magically fire by themselves (but I suppose you knew all this already?)
FOUR FEATHER FALLS is presented here in it's entirity: 39 13 minute episodes spread over three discs. Extras are pretty minimal for a series of this age, which is perfectly understandable, but the colour "home movie" footage of the cast and crew is nice to see. The episodes themselves have not been mastered or restored to the quality of the likes of SUPERCAR or FIREBALL XL5 (Episode one, "How It Began", has a bad scratch down the middle for it's entire duration) but given the relatively small (but dedicated) market for this series it would be unfair of me to criticise NETWORK for this.
It is amazing to see that, even at this early stage, the "feel" of later shows is present. This is due mostly to Barry Gray's score and the omnipresent (and wonderful) David Graham providing so many character voices. The other cast members, Denise Bryer, Kenneth Connor and of course Nicholas Parsons are equally good, doing great jobs despite them working on a "kid's show".
It's very easy to dismiss the appeal of shows such as this as pure nostalgia, but I think there's far more to it than that. I love them because they're GOOD! It's now impossible to find a television series (even those geared towards children) that are as free of cynicism or crowd-pleasing low-brow humour as FOUR FEATHER or SUPERCAR. It's a cliche to say that television was so much better then than it is now, but I stand by that statement 100 percent.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
This DVD is fabulous in every way and I am thrilled to see the series again after a forty five year gap. The songs and stories are fun and it is great to hear Gerry Anderson talking on three of the episodes as an extra.The quality and the sound is very good too. This is a treat to watch whatever your age. Superb.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2006
This complete set of FOUR FEATHER FALLS is a true treasure for fans of Gerry Anderson and Barry Gray (like me). However, there is a quality issue with Episode 8 on the first disc. About one minute into this show, the soundtrack becomes so scratchy as to almost be unlistenable. I realize these are old shows, but some indication that this one was in significantly worse shape would have helped. I did e-mail the manufacturer, Network DVD (UK), but to date, have received no response. I guess they don't appreciate business across the pond...(I have an all-region, code free DVD player).
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2006
I find it quite unusual that a Sci-fi creator such as Gerry Anderson would have created a Western in his years of yearly film making.
This series however is fantastic and is the perfect antidote for unhappiness. The songs are fantastic, the characters are charming and the stories are just as tension filled and action packed as those of the later series.
Everyone in your familly will love this and the only way to belive it is to see it.
In a word: Unmissably enjoyable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2009
Sheriff Tex Tucker ia a lawman with a difference. His guns can fire by themselves and his horse (Rocky) and dog (Dusty) have the power of speach. And all because of the four magic feathers in his hat, a gift from Indian Chief Kalamakooya in gratitude for saving his son.

I've been a big fan of Gerry Anderson for many years, but had never seen this particular series. At first I was skeptical (on viewing the first episode) but this series just grows on you. I became hooked - the characters are wonderful, from Tex Tucker, to Dusty and Rocky, through to the villains of Pedro, Fernando and Big Ben. All are wonderfully portrayed even though they are sterotypical good guys and bad guys. But that's okay. This is uninhibited cracking good fun! And there is also a musical treat in every episode! 'Two Gun' Tex Tucker has a song for every situation - this is a particular highlight - he plays a mean guitar and sings really catchy songs. My 8 year old enjoys this series, which just goes to show that it has withstood the test of time. Picture and sound quality (although not digitally restored) is good, but there are occassional blemishes (e.g. sound quality on episode 8 is poor). But I'm prepared to forgive Network DVD for that. A wonderful show from Gerry Anderson. And huge thanks to Network DVD for releasing this product.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2006
The technical details for this DVD say it contains four DVDs. Well, there were only three in the pack sent to me.
A review seems to be the only way to alert Amazon to this error.
For those used to 'Captain Scarlet', the quality of this black-and-white puppetry will seem appalling. It just shows you how much Gerry Anderson improved his technique over ten years.
But the stories are quaint, even if Tex Tucker has a permanently stoned expression on his face. (Is that really Nichoals Parsons providing the non-singing voice?)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2015
My husband loved it
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on 19 June 2015
Very dated and not as good as the later work but very original and creative.
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