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Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet: Complete Series 2 [DVD]

4.3 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: ITV Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Sept. 2006
  • Run Time: 260 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GKHMBE
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The complete second 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 all twelve episodes from the second series: 'Instrument of Destruction: Parts 1 and 2', 'Swarm', 'Rat Trap', 'The Homecoming', 'Mercury Falling', 'Circles of Doom', 'Rain of Terror', 'Skin Deep', 'Chiller', 'Trap for a Rhino', 'Heist' and 'The Achilles Messenger'.

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Series 2 of the excellent Captain Scarlet has finally made it and now you can get all thirteen uncut episodes.
Following on from the end of The Achilles Messenger in season 1, the Mysterons step up their attacks on Earth and use whatever means they can to eradicate the human population.
This time the creators have expanded the cast to include other Spectrum Agents as regulars, including Captains Ochre, Grey and Magenta. All the characters are developed and their relationships are explored as well.
The revelations behind the true Mysteron agenda are mindblowing and the extent of their powers is most shockingly revealed in Enigma.
The CGI is even better than season 1 with some almost photo-real images in some shots! There are spectacular fight scenes and battles, the kind of stuff Gerry Anderson always wanted to do with the first show but now he has free licence to do anything. The street and air chase in the opening of Duel is a great homage to the Matrix Reloaded freeway chase and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
The series is also a lot darker than the first and garners a 12 (not 12a) rating, due to some rather blunt violence. In one episode Scarlet kills a man in cold blood with his bare hands - a scene that was immediately cut from the ITV screening.
A word of caution to viewers is that the DVD set does present the episodes in the wrong order on disc 4. The penultimate episode should be Grey Skulls and the finale to season 2 is Dominion. Get these round the right way and the story makes much more sense!
So, for those big kids out there who remember the original and those who have just begun to watch, this set is a must have for anyone who likes great CGI Sci-Fi!
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You like sequels, "improvements" on older series or you don't. If you don't like the original puppet version of Captain Scarlet, you won't like this one. If you do, you might like this CGI version of the puppet show. I did not. The CGI models fail to have any weight and bump around as balloons in the CGI set. The mouths of the characters seems to lead a life of their own inside the CGI heads (which is quite possible being a separately animated part). The voices are not very distinctive between main characters. The music: some love it, others, incl me, don't.
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The animation of this series is a definite improvement on the first but again the stories are rather safe with even an evil puppet story (that sounded interesting) being replaced by more of the same. This series is a missed opportunity on Anderson's part.
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In the 1960's Gerry Anderson assembled a wonderful team of committed people who produced a whole series of fantastic ground-breaking Supermarionation shows including Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Joe 90.

He has now done it again by getting together a team of fantastic highly committed professionals to create New Captain Scarlet. Instead of strings there is advanced motion capture of real people's movements and actions. Instead of puppets there are 3D CGI versions of the original characters.

This is not a children's programme but a breathtaking family show on the cutting edge of television technology. It was expensive to make but this series shows what a creative force Gerry can be when given his head.

The directors, CGI animators, lighting technicians etc are very vocal in their support of Gerry and they should be very proud of their achievement. There is simply nothing else like it.
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