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Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet: Complete Series 1 [DVD]
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The complete first series of the New Captain Scarlet. Captain Scarlet is the indestructible hero of the Spectrum agency, at war with the evil Mysterons. Even though they managed to kill him with a self-made weapon, the Mysterons rebuilt Scarlet as an invincible human replica to infiltrate Earth and lead their war against our planet. But Captain Scarlet's human psyche survived, took control of his human body, and now this indestructible hero leads the fight against the evil Martian invaders. Includes every episode from the first series.
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Perhaps, the most remarkable thing about this leading edge piece of work is that its target audience, the family group, appears to be unaware of its existence. It is true that NCS has been shown on children’s ITV already, but it was buried within the Ministry of Mayhem programme 6 months ahead of the planned release date.
The original expectation was that all 26 episodes would be shown in the Autumn of 2005 and would be accompanied by a coordinated publicity and marketing campaign. The show was to be marketed by Granada Ventures in Europe and by Sony Pictures across the rest of the world.
This was to coincide with the launch of a new range of Captain Scarlet vehicles and figures, comics and also the release of the DVDs, themselves. In fact, most of these items are now available in the shops but they have come ‘under the radar’ to a fanfare of almost total silence.
I am a fan of Gerry Anderson’s Supermarionation shows (real puppets) rather than his live action shows but I regard Hypermarionation (effectively, digital puppets) as a natural extension of this genre. My son says that if you are looking out for the technology then the show has failed. I totally disagree - New Captain Scarlet is way ahead of its time and nothing less than sensational!
After being able to see it, I'm convinced this went far beyond the original series. No more puppet strings are needed! The characters are free to move about and have facial expressions.
One thing I was happy to see in this updated version was an increase in the number of women in some powerful positions (such as Lieutenants Green and Silver and Captain Ochre). I'm glad to notice the color codes not restricted to just men anymore.
Diehard Captain Scarlet fans, you may want to give this series a chance, believe me!
Only one gripe! The music isn't a patch on the original, bring it back and I'll die a happy man!!!
Just buy it, your kids will love it just as much as we loved the first series back in the sixties.
First, remember Thunderbirds? Even the film version of recent years? Right, now forget it.
Second, anyone who has ever met Starship Trooper Chronicles, also by Ron Thornton, please forget that, too.
Finally, if you haven't seen Captain Scarlet, the origianl series, don't panic - this is simply superb. Fans of the original will be really pleased with how close it remains to the original strings and puppet ideal, but with the use of state of the art CGI; and SOTA it is! The level of detail is stunning - whereas Starship Troopers suffered from the odd touch of neglect or simply bad production values, you can TELL this is something Gerry Anderson's hand has touched - it oozes quality. I mean it - I can freeze frame the DVD at any moment and either count pores on the face of a character, or figureout the stitching pattern on a character's clothing! Quality, Quality, Quality.
This is true, not only in the quality of the visuals, but also in the story - this DVD is PG, and it actually earns it, not through stupidly obvious ways, but through what is simply a gritty and enjoyable yarn, spun from episode to episode. Sure, there's the odd bright and fluffy moment, but it's the sort that'll have you grinning from ear to ear (the involvement of a Lancaster Bomber in one of the episodes is delightful, including Colonel White's closing comment about "prangs"!).Read more ›
I tape it and then I'll watch it again about 3 more times right after each other!! Amazing graphics, fantastic stories and the characters that I watched as a child have been taken to an amazing new level!! Captain Black is brilliant! I love it when he turns up, Colonel White looks amazing! and Captain Scarlet, himself is fantastic!! a true modern day hero. I hope this is a massive hit! There's nothing else like this on tv. So much is crammed in 22 mins, I don't know how they do it!! it's like a blockbuster movie! I can't wait to get these on Dvd, Well done Gerry Anderson!! You've made a 42 year old man feel like a kid again!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
was given as a gift to my husband as he like the old enteraimentsPublished on 17 Feb. 2015 by marjorie Dockree
A good effort by Anderson but the animation of some episodes really suck in these early episodes.
The one frustrating thing is its more of the same and doesn't take much in... Read more
Good condition and prompt delivery of this item (after the first one went missing). Really enjoyable, graphics are good and I like story lines. (Eli, 8)Published on 14 May 2013 by nicola dawn constable
This package arrive quicker then expected and the quality was out-standing. The new captain scarlet series is gripping and keeps you on the edge of your seats right till the very... Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 2009 by L. Vores
The New Captain Scarlet is a really excellent bit of re-imagining. OK the pilot episodes look a bit like FMV from a computer game but the rest (when they changed production... Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2008 by Mr. C Coulson