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Captain Scarlet - Complete Series Box Set [DVD] [1967]

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  • Actors: Francis Matthews, Ed Bishop, Donald Gray, Cy Grant, Jeremy Wilkin
  • Writers: Sylvia Anderson, Gerry Anderson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sept. 2001
  • Run Time: 800 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005IBK9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,306 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 32 episodes of Gerry Anderson's cult Supermarionation series chronicling Captain Scarlet's battle to save Earth from a Mysteron invasion. The episodes are: 'The Mysterons', 'Winged Assassin', 'Big Ben Strikes Again', 'Manhunt', 'Avalanche', 'White As Snow', 'The Trap', 'Operation Time', 'Spectrum Strikes Again', 'Special Assignment', 'The Heart of New York', 'Lunarville 7', 'Point 783', 'Model Spy', 'Seek and Destroy', 'Renegade Rocket', 'Crater 101', 'Shadow of Fear', 'Dangerous Rendezvous', 'Fire at Rig 15', 'Treble Cross', 'Flight 104', 'Place of Angels', 'Noose of Ice', 'Expo 2068', 'The Launching', 'Codename Europa', 'Inferno', 'Traitor', 'Flight to Atlantica', 'Attack On Cloudbase' and 'The Inquisition'.

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First broadcast in 1967, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons was the most grown-up of all Gerry Anderson's SuperMarionation adventures. There are gadgets and toy-friendly machines galore, of course--like the Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle, the Angel Aircraft and Cloudbase itself--but, unlike the colourful fantasies of Stingray and Thunderbirds, this series' concern with an implacable, vengeful enemy, conspiracies and double-agents drew its inspiration from James Bond and the Cold War spy dramas of the 1960s. Special effects whiz Derek Meddings imbues the action sequences with a truly Bondian grandeur and, like the sinister Spectre of the Bond films, the Martian Mysterons seem all the more hostile for their unseen presence, their agents infiltrating every organisation dedicated to their destruction just as it seemed the Soviets were doing at the time. The indestructible Captain Scarlet is killed then resurrected every week (though not like South Park's Kenny), and more often than not the unstoppable Mysterons emerge triumphant, and always undefeated. The varied cast of Spectrum agents and their voice characterisations also aim at verisimilitude (Captain Scarlet, voiced by Francis Matt hews, sounds like a grim Cary Grant), while the puppetry is more realistic than ever.

This box set contains all 32 episodes, with newly remastered picture and Dolby 5.1 surround sound. The DVD box also includes extra features on each disc, plus a sixth documentary disc, "Captain Scarlet: S.I.G.". In its new digital incarnation, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons still looks and sounds like the epitome of 60s cool. --Mark Walker

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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.
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By A Customer on 19 Sept. 2001
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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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By A Customer on 4 Dec. 2001
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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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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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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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