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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Box Set, Commentary, Documentary, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Captain Scarlet is the indestructible hero of Spectrum at war with the 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 force!
Captain Scarlet and the elite security force return to thwart some more evil wrong doer's in this complete box set of Series 1 & 2 of the new CGI version of Captain Scarlet! ...New Captain Scarlet - Series One & Two - 8-DVD Box Set ( Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet ) ( Captain Scarlet - Series 1 & 2 )
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In short, brilliant. Like many of my age (40's), I grew up with the classic shows and was severely disappointed with the turkey that was the Thunderbirds movie (it's truly awful) and so was reluctant to watch the new CGI show. I needn't have worried. This show is arguably one of the best TV shows of recent years and gives Hollywood a run for its money.
The new show is action packed and fast paced with rounded characters, now with first names, backgrounds and relationships. The technology is suitably beefed up and `fetishised' is the Gerry Anderson style. This is a bold reworking of a classic show, stunning in parts but there are some changes to contend with. Cloudbase is now Skybase, Colonel White can now walk and Lieutenant Green has had a sex change from male to female. The old Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle (SPV) is now called the Rhino and there's a flying motorbike with guns and missiles. But Scarlet's red car is back and the mysterons are even creepier, still appearing as two `torch' circles and booming baritone voices. Oh, and the famous `drumbeat jump cut' is used as a scene transition device. Captain Black is still the baddie, killing people is bizarre ways so that his Mysteron masters can `reanimate' them. And you don't want to mess with the Angels!. Pity about the rather bland theme tune, but it's a minor gripe in an otherwise outstanding piece of TV.
It's Captain Scarlet all right, but on steroids.
For the most part, the CG animation, complete with motion capture, is impressive but does vary a little between jaw-dropping `money shots' and looking a bit like a playstation game. The variable quality is largely due to time constraints, but Ron Thornton (this guy crashed the USS Voyager on a glacier!) and his team have, on the whole, created a lifelike believable world and some pretty awesome pieces of animation. The `money shots' have been wisely spent on the action sequences, especially the Angel dogfights. The flying sequences (based on real aircraft footage) in the episodes `Circles of Doom' and `Fallen Angels' are utterly brilliant pieces of animation, visually quite mind-blowing and exciting too boot.
It's such a crying shame, however, that poor marketing and ITV scheduling effectively killed this show before it got into gear (a third season would have been brilliant). But for now, there are 26 episodes to enjoy and it's worth buying the DVD set. I watched the whole lot in a weekend!!.
This is a terrific update of a much loved show which is intelligent, just as dark as the original and hugely entertaining. Lots of guilty pleasures for adults. My inner child loves it!.
The animation itself is good - not quite up to 'Avatar' standards, more like a good-quality computer game perhaps, but the characters' movements are entirely realistic thanks to the use of motion-capture technology. The voice artists do a very good job - and whilst at first it seemed odd not to hear Francis Matthew's dulcet tones as the lead character (Captain Scarlet a.k.a. Paul Metcalfe) I quickly got used to Wayne Forester. Perhaps the most startling revision to the character is that he now seems to be English-American, though still born in Winchester.
Captain Black is the consumate villain of course - and the new series version is no exception. One major difference is that his backstory has undergone a complete revision - he is no longer Conrad Turner, but Conrad Lekon of Greekdescent, and with a criminal family background. However, he still retains his British accent, so I'm not quite sure what was going on there! We are also allowed to feel a little sympathy for Conrad - in one episode (and I'm not going to spoil the surprise by telling you which one) we catch a glimpse of who Conrad used to be before the Mysterons got hold of him.
There are many reasons to like this new version of an old favourite, but for me it has to be the realism (no more jerky strings), the overall feel (it still feels like a Gerry Anderson production - and he was involved) and the extra dimensions given to the characters' personal lives. Will we ever see a live-action 'Captain Scarlet'? I don't know (although its something I've wanted for a long time!) but if we don't, 'New Captain Scarlet' makes a more than acceptable substitute. Recommended.
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