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4.7 out of 5 stars
Supercar The Complete Series [DVD]
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on 14 August 2017
now 7 years old again
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on 31 July 2017
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on 14 February 2012
Well, full credit to Network for fianlly getting this hard-to-find, seemingly forgotten series out on DVD. Earlier video releases messed about with the chronology of the episodes, or joined them all together to make one long episode out of four similar stories, so for the first time, this release has restored them back to their orginal glory - with greatly enhanced picture and sound quality to boot.
I'm assuming that anyone considering buying "Supercar" will already be acquainted with some of the more accessible shows of Gerry Anderson? If so, then trust me, this is one of the best. The puppets may look a bit primitive (compared to, say, "The Secret Service"), and the stories are less plausible than in some of his later shows (assuming "Thunderbirds" is plausible..), but what this one has over all Anderson's subsequent shows is a great sense of humour. The characters, and the incidents they find themselves in, are funny, without falling into the realms of comedy; one has the impression they weren't taking themselves too seriously when they made this, they just set out to entertain, both themselves and the viewing public. And, as with other early Anderson shows, this one features the token animal assistant, in this case, Mitch the monkey!
Overall, a charming show, and, with 39 episodes of it on this collection, you definitely get your money's worth.
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on 19 March 2009
Great box set for a great price, and you get 2 series plus a surprisingly in-depth 2 hour documentary about the making of Supercar. There is a marked improvement in the model work and effects during the second series when Derek Meddings came on board and developed the kind of effects we all grew to love. For me the charm of the show was in the simple and innocent idea....it was a car, and it was super, hence Supercar.

This wouldn't impress the kids of today, but for men (and possibly a few women) of a certain age, it's a little bit of nostalgic magic. Super.
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on 25 August 2014
Great to have this iconic series on DVD at last. Takes me back to my youth in the early 60's.
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Finally, all 39 episodes of this landmark Gerry Anderson sci-fi series from the early 1960s are available on six DVDs in their proper running order. A seventh disk contains many extras including the excellent documentary ‘Full Boost Vertical’ describing in detail how the series was made, with many of the original production team – most now in late middle-age - narrating the story.

The restoration of these old monochrome episodes is nothing short of fantastic, crisp and sharp and far better than they looked on the old 1961 425-line black & white TV sets. Sound quality is also excellent.

Gerry Anderson’s ‘Supercar’ storylines are full of great humour and the characters relate to each other with a warmth almost completely absent from most latter-day children’s TV. The distinctive cast of core characters includes two different eccentric scientists called Beaker & Popkiss, Supercar pilot Mike Mercury and Jimmy, the boy introduced in the first episode who becomes part of the ‘Supercar team’ and with whom one supposes the young target audience was intended to identify. There is also the usual animal pet (a mischievous monkey called Mitch) and classic comic villain ‘Masterspy’ modelled as a grotesque caricature with an Arabic (?) accent, inevitably bettered by the ‘Supercar’ team in every episode he appears.

‘Supercar’ was so successful that Anderson was contracted to make a series of subsequent puppet shows (marionettes were deployed originally because the production team couldn’t afford to pay real actors!): ‘Fireball XL5’, then ‘Stingray’ - the first produced in colour - and the larger and more spectacular 12-character ‘Thunderbirds’. This is classic British children’s TV from the 1960s, exported worldwide and a hugely successful business venture for Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. The depiction of non-European characters in the Supercar stories might often appear embarrassingly patronising to modern sensibilities, but despite such anachronisms which date the series to a bygone age of innocence prior to the hectoring voice of political correctness in the background, the storylines still stand up well in the 21st century.
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on 12 November 2012
As a die-hard Thunderbird/Stingray/Scarlet fan, I bought this boxset to expand my Anderson collection, and it entirely met expectations by being well-made, good fun and entertaining.
It sits in a sort of middle-ground between the whimsical world of childhood escapism and more exciting adventure of fancy uniforms and big machinery.
The characters are caricatures, but somehow don't quite have the charm of the old Wild West caricatures in Anderson's earlier puppet show, Four Feather Falls. But they are still strong and very likeable. With the exception of Mitch, the chimp. Even in the 1960s, when having a token 'cute-sy' character seemed to be fashionable, Mitch is rather unnecessary. The whole show has great kid-appeal, so Mitch can come across as rather like the extra layer of icing on a cake that doesn't need it. The rest of the characters are engaging and have some well-scripted tongue-in-cheek lines.
This is great, innocent entertainment, with a healthy dash of adventure and intrigue. Adults can enjoy as well, though not perhaps as easily as with Anderson's later supermarionnation shows. You get the feeling that Anderson and his team are really getting into the swing of making and handling puppets and their excellent sets and special effects. This means he can focus a bit more on character and plot.
I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to give their kids something good to watch. The only reason it doesn't get the full five stars is because, for me, Anderson's later shows scream out that Anderson, his entire team - and even the musicians - are having a WHALE of a time, and that good feeling is infectious. 'Supercar' doesn't quite have that big-grin feeling.
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on 30 April 2005
Contains all 39 black-and-white episodes from both series of Gerry Anderson's early Supermarionation series. Also included is an extras disc with the nearly 2-hour long documentary "Full Boost Vertical - The Supercar Story" covering the beginning of AP Films and the making of the show. The extras disc also includes some special effects footage from the title sequences, French and Spanish versions of the main titles, and PDFs of three early 60's Supercar annuals. As Dr. Beaker would say: Satisfactory, most satisfactory!
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on 7 March 2011
As a member of the baby boomer generation I remember watching Supercar on an old black and white TV. I remember when it ended and some "normal" programme took the slot while we waited for Stingray to appear. Oh wonderful days. The show will be a classic for some time. Even my granddaughter is now showing an interest despite the hi tech offerings available.

This box set is complete (every episode of this relatively short series in bite size chunks) and a must for anybody with nostalgic memories of the classic early Gerry Anderson.

But it doesn't stop there, the extra special features are worth the purchase on their own. You not only get pdfs of some classic annuals, a Supercar story book and some great galleries but you get the full length documentary "Full Boost Vertical - The Supercar Story". It is a fascinating behind the scenes look at the making of the shows with all the secrets that they had to improvise for the first time.

History in the making and a must for fans of the genre
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on 19 May 2005
I rented out this box set a few months ago with Amazon's new rental system and it is a piece of sheer Anderson cake. The stories are pretty advanced for the day it was made in, the Supercar its self is a machine that I wish was real and best of all the excellent stunts that the car is showed performing are breath taking. A must see for all GA fans!
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