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Thunderbird 6: The Movie [DVD]
Thunderbird 6: The Movie [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Dyneley
Price: £3.54

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast off with Thunderbirds on the big screen!, 12 Mar. 2001
I first encountered Thunderbirds as a young kid when the series was repeated in 1991. I became engrossed by the exploits of the International rescue puppet team amd 10 years later I still am! I have vivid memories of going to see this cracking movie at my cinema- to see Scott, the boys and the Thunderbirds themselves on the big screen was ridiculously exciting! This second feature film is leagues ahead of the first, offering high adventure on Lady Penelope's holiday aboard Brains' new airship, Skyship One. The plot is daft of course but the sheer audacity of the vision here, the funky fashions of Penelope, and the inevitable explosion on a grand scale make this little-seen offering a timeless classic and a treat for all ages. The advent of DVD means that the widescreen vision not seen in previous releases is restored as is the glorious colour and sound. Truly a magic 60s spectacular!

Stingray: The Complete Collection [DVD] [1964]
Stingray: The Complete Collection [DVD] [1964]
Dvd ~ Ray Barrett
Offered by Rapid-DVD
Price: £24.88

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dive under the sea into Stingray's Supermarionation world, 12 Mar. 2001
Although this DVD set is not yet released, we can imagine it's content from the Thunderbirds DVD'S released last year. They offered stunning transfers of the episodes and FAB features. So why buy Stingray on DVD? The series is the younger sibling of Thunderbirds and does tend to get overshadowed by it but Stingray is a gem in itself, being innovative, entertaining, funny and more than a little campish. Troy Tempest, mermaid Marina, and the merry band at Marineville embark on adventures in super-sub Stingray, encountering numerous undersea races along the way. Although the puppetry is not as sophisticated as Thunderbirds, the imagination and clear work and perseverance are very evident and make it just as fun. All of the characters are loveable and endearing while the stories are delightfully 60s inspired. Stand-outs include the action-packed 'Plant of Doom' (the disaster an innocent-looking bit of seaweed causes!), 'Raptures of the Deep': a trippy, hippy romp where Marina speaks, 'Standby for Action!' in which a film crew visits Marineville, and 'Loch Ness Monster' where our puppet heroes visit Scotland. This is a great retro kids show unforgettable for it's title song and the lovely 'Videcolor' look (the series was one of the first to be made in colour in 1961.) The DVD set promises to be a stunning addition to the collection of any big kid (get ready to throw-out those awful video releases!) and would thrill any little kid following the recent revival of Gerry Anderson's work.

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