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Thunderbirds Are Go - The Movie [DVD] [1966]

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  • Actors: Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett, Alexander Davion, Peter Dyneley, Christine Finn
  • Directors: David Lane
  • Writers: Sylvia Anderson, Gerry Anderson
  • Producers: Sylvia Anderson, Gerry Anderson, John Read
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 9 April 2001
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059L8B
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,341 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The first of the 'Thunderbirds' movies sees International Rescue helping out with security on a beleaguered mission to Mars. Thanks to their efforts the landing goes off without a hitch, but on the return journey the high-tech spaceship is badly damaged and threatens to crash land in a densely populated area. That means it's time for the Tracy brothers to do what they do best. Scramble the rescue vehicles! Thunderbirds are GO!

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Thunderbirds Are Go followed the remarkable success of the Thunderbirds television series, bringing the three-dimensional puppet animation adventures of International Rescue to the big screen. Set in the 21st century, there is no attempt to explain the background story: as in the TV show International Rescue is a private family organisation who use hi-tech craft to rescue anyone in peril. Here it is the first manned flight to Mars which is in danger, as International Rescue foils a sabotage attempt at the launch, then race to avert disaster when the spaceship returns to earth. What could have made a 50-minute TV episode is expanded to feature length with Martian "rock monsters" and a surreal dream-sequence involving Alan Tracy, Lady Penelope and "Cliff Richard Jnr" & the Shadows, with a new song performed by the real Cliff and the Shadows. In the cinemas this was competing against another British children's TV SF spin-off, the equally colourful Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150AD, and would be followed by Thunderbird 6 (1968). Yet apart from more complex model work, a bigger orchestra and even bigger explosions, on TV this plays like a widescreen double-length episode.

On the DVD: The mono sound is powerful, with Barry Gray's stirring music suffering intermittent distortion. Presented in anamorphic widescreen the picture is very good, with strong colours and only minimal grain, though the print does show occasional damage. Unfortunately the original extremely wide 2.74:1 Techniscope image is cropped to more conventional 2.35:1, to the extent that the careful compositions are noticeably damaged, which director David Lane refers to in his joint commentary with producer Sylvia Anderson (who also played Lady Penelope). 35 years after the event their commentary is packed with details of the filming process and full of information about the many problems of and solutions to making an animated feature. Both Anderson fans and budding animators will find this a real education. The original, rather battered, trailer is included, as are galleries of behind the scenes photos, promotional artwork and posters. Altogether it's rather FABulous. --Gary S Dalkin

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By S J Buck TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD
Anybody who grew up watching Thunderbirds, as I did, will welcome the chance to see this movie version, which runs to 89 mins. The start is as we all remember, the marvellous music by Barry Gray, with slightly amended opening credits. The picture quality is pretty good and of course this being a Cinema release its in full widescreen 2.35:1 ratio (although originally even wider apparently), which is much better than the 4:3 of the TV series.

The story is typical Thunderbirds material stretched out to make it into a movie length film. This its one failing. The elaborate launch of the zero-x occurs twice in the film, the first time is interesting as the models and ingenuity are fabulous, but the second time through I just felt this was filler and could have been cut considerably. However this is a minor quibble.

I did not notice the music distortion mentioned by the Amazon reviewer, but the commentary is very good, making this an essential purchase for anybody interested Thunderbirds or Gerry Anderson in general.
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THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO – THE MOVIE [1996] [Blu-ray] Their First BIG Screen Adventure in COLOUR! Breathtaking Entertainment! Brilliant! Decades Ahead of it’s Time!

THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO! Blast off into more action and more adventure with the first ever feature-length film starring the International Rescue team! Millionaire ex-astronaut, Jeff Tracy, his five stalwart sons, Brains, the inventor of the Thunderbird crafts and the fabulous secret agent Lady Penelope launch into action in this “SUPERMARIONATION” classic from the mind of the iconic visionary Gerry Anderson! This enduring cult classic is presented on Blu-ray for the first time ever in the UK.

When the mighty spaceship ZERO-X is sabotaged on its first mission to Mars, International Rescue is summoned to provide security for the second launch attempt. But after the spaceship reaches its destination, it is attacked by Martians life forms! Once again the brave and resourceful International Rescue team is called into action. Can the team help the damaged spaceship re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere and prevent a catastrophic crash-landing without devastating consequences!

Voice Cast: Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett, Alexander Davion, Peter Dyneley, Christine Finn, David Graham, Paul Maxwell, Neil McCallum, Bob Monkhouse, Shane Rimmer, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Jeremy Wilkin, Matt Zimmerman, Cliff Richard (Himself) (uncredited) and The Shadows (Themselves) (uncredited)

Director: David Lane

Producers: Sylvia Anderson, John Read and Gerry Anderson (uncredited)

Screenplay: Gerry Anderson and Sylvia Anderson

Composer: Barry Gray

Cinematography: Paddy Seale

Video Resolution: 1080p [Technicolor]

Aspect Ratio: 2.
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Thunderbirds was the best childrens TV show when I was 10. I have never forgotten it, rewatched the episodes in the 90s when they were broadcast again and found the plots were gripping and the detail amazing - so you never outgrow it! Our little boy is 7 and I showed him a clip of Thunderbirds on youtbue. Like me, he immediately wanted a Thunderbird 2. I never got one, (being a girl), so got him one second hand. He got a camera for his birthday but he loves that Thunderbird 2 more than any othet toys he got! I also bought this dvd so we could watch them in action. I hadn't seen this film version before, and although it is excellent, I wouldn't recommend it for a 7 year old. Because it is longer than an episode, some bits move quite slowly, but his attention was still grabbed now and then (especially by Cliff Richard and the Shadows playing in space on a flying guitar ha ha - and he doesn't even know who they are!). So I'm going to get a dvd of episodes for him to watch because they have more Thunderbird action and shots of the ships in. This particular film has some funny moments - and a great shot at the end of the Royal Marines Band and their leader shouting "Thunderbirds are Go" before they start playing the music.
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I'd recommend that buyers go for the German blu-ray with Thunderbirds are Go and Thunderbird 6 together for £13.69 (11 July 2015). I'd swear picture and sound quality are better. Or is it just me? On this blu-ray (Thunderbirds Are Go only, English version released 15 June 2015) the transfer isn't great - very grainy. The older DVD transfer is far less grainy, but not as sharp. The sound was a problem on the DVD, and is pretty much the same here - and again the 5.1 master audio sounds like 4.1 empty channels.
So, a bit of a waste of £12.99 really.
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My wee grandson loves watching these Thunderbird series and movies, because he found out I (his granda) used to watch them when he was a wee nipper.
Its great to see the old favourites back in action and wee grandson loved every minute, even telling ME, who the characters were and who wa the goodies and who were the baddies ... recommended for any Thunderbirds fan.

P.S. Sorry for previous review from me regarding this product.... my computer sometimes jumps from this page and leaves me tying nothing on another space with an arrowed circle on the page where the mouse pointer should be .. apologies.
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