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Thunderbirds Megaset (Complete 12 Volume Set) (1965)

Peter Dyneley , Shane Rimmer  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Dyneley, Shane Rimmer, David Graham, Ray Barrett, Christine Finn
  • Writers: Sylvia Anderson, Gerry Anderson
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2002
  • Run Time: 1728 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000068M9Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,572 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Thunderbirds Megaset (Complete 12 Volume Set)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Production stills photo gallery
  • Two original 1965 "The Making of Thunderbirds" featurettes
  • The History of Thunderbirds
  • Character biographies
  • Gerry Anderson biography/filmography

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

"Filmed in VIDECOLOR [explosions, drum roll, music builds to a climax] and SUPERMARIONATION"! The opening sequence of Thunderbirds is itself a master class in Gerry Anderson's marionette hyperbole: who else would dare to make a virtue out of the fact that (a) the show is in color and (b) it's got puppets in it? But everything about this series really is epic: Thunderbirds is action on the grandest scale, predating such high-concept Hollywood vehicles as Armageddon by 30 years and more (the acting is better, too), and fetishizing gadgets in a way that even the most excessive Bond movies could never hope to rival. Unsurprisingly, the visual effects are by Derek Meddings, whose later contributions to Bond movies like The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker echo his pioneering model work here.

As for the characters, the clean-cut Tracey boys take second place in the audiences' affections to their cool machines--the real stars of the show--while comic relief is to be found in the charming company of Lady Penelope and her pink Rolls (license plate FAB1), driven by lugubrious chauffeur Parker, whose "Yes, milady" catchphrase resonated around school playgrounds for decades. (Spare a thought for poor old John Tracey, stuck up in space on Thunderbird 5 with only the radio for company.) The puppet stunt work is breathtakingly audacious, and every week's death-defying escapade is nail-bitingly choreographed in the very best tradition of disaster movies. First shown in 1964 and now digitally remastered, Thunderbirds is children's TV that still looks and sounds like big-budget Hollywood.

The Thunderbirds Mega Set contains 32 complete, uncut, and digitally remastered episodes on 12 DVDs. Bonus features include production stills photo galleries, two original 1965 "The Making of Thunderbirds" featurettes, the History of Thunderbirds, character biographies, and a Gerry Anderson biography/filmography. --Mark Walker

Product Description

All systems are go for high-flying Supermarionation action with the Thunderbirds International Rescue team in this '60s kidvid fave from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. Whether on land, in the sky or under the sea, when the call goes out for help, Jeff Tracy, his daredevil sons, and their allies and fabulous vehicles are ready to keep the world of 2065 safe. <> 32 episodes on 12 discs. 27 3/4 hrs.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
78 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's new about this one? January 18, 2008
Format:DVD
For those of you who do not know what Thunderbirds is I will give you a quick rundown. It was an immensely popular science fiction show back in the 60's done almost entirely with marionettes and models. The show chronicled the adventures of an independent organization called International Rescue that used highly advanced vehicles and equipment to perform rescue operations all over the world (and even in space). The show was popular because it paid a great amount of attention to detail, which made those models, puppets, and story plots all the more real and exciting.

This show was previously released on DVD a few years ago, including a complete collection set. So what makes this 40th Anniversary Edition different from the previous release? The big answer is that this collection is digitally remastered and is now shown in its original VIDECOLOR format. Now the original disks shown some signs of remastering as well and the shows never looked better. I'm not sure how much of an improvement this edition will make on that achievement, but it is one of their big selling points.

Aside from the remastering you also get some additional features not included in the original release. Here's a breakdown of all the features:

Making of Featurette: this was in the original DVD set and it's a ten minutes long vintage documentary that mostly covers the innovative (for its time) special effects for the show. These effects were so innovative they were used in many of the James Bond films of the day.

Interview with Gerry Anderson: this is a 40 minute interview with the creator of Thunderbirds (as well many other popular sci-fi shows like UFO, Space 1999, and other puppet-driven thrillers).
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well earned reputation June 20, 2003
By Ingalls
Format:DVD
Imagine James Bond and Mission Impossible performed by marionettes. Throw in some eye opening and lavish (miniature 1/3 scale puppets) sets, special effects, and a "gee whiz!" attention to detail, and you begin to get an idea of why "Thunderbirds" has such a cult following. The scripts are involving and could just as easily have been performed by live actors with good results. There are enough cool gadgets in this series to please the ten year old boy in every grown up man (I suspect this series is more of a guy thing because relationships take second place to action). There is something else fascinating about this series and that is how seriously the producers, directors, designers took what was essentially a children's puppet show and kept to such high (and unnecessary) standards. This may be partly due to producer Gerry Anderson's frustrated desire to work as a mainstream film director/producer with live actors (he eventually got his wish years later). Seeing marionettes perform in realistic sets, with sophisticated action scripts, and good voice acting is a novel experience that appeals to everyone who has ever had a train set and tried to build a miniature town or city.
I bought this series for my mindless summer vacation viewing and it has been great fun. The DVD transfers are very clean.
This is great family entertainment, summer viewing, father and son get together material. Way to go, Thunderbirds!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...5, 4, 3, 2, 1...the Thunderbirds are go!!! December 16, 2003
Format:DVD
Wow!...I've just bought this set and I am really thrilled about it!
I've just seen the first DVD and I relived my whole childhood! I remembered lots of details about these first episodes and to be able to watch them again, some 30 (or so) years later is quite an experience!!!
As a kid I was really impressed by all the gadgets in this series: I loved the airplanes, the spaceships, the cars, the architecture. No wonder why I ended up being a car designer! I remember that all of the first ideas for futuristic automobiles that I drew as a kid had double front axles, just like Lady Penelope's Rolls-Royce!
It's amazing that many of the sci-fi ideas displayed in this series still seem fresh after all these years. A lot of effort and creativity went into producing these episodes!
If you were a fan of the Thunderbirds back in the 60's you'll enjoy this set! Buy it, don't hesitate, it's worth every single dollar!
My only dissappointment is that this set comes in only one language: english. Back in the sixties I watched the series translated into spanish since I live and grew up in Mexico, and I miss hearing the voices that I remembered!...
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Word of warning! Aspect ratio shenanigans! February 20, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
Just a warning - if this is the same as the English release (and logic would dictate it is), then it has had the top and bottom chopped off to fill widescreen tvs. It was 4:3, so on a widescreen set there should be black space at the sides, or "pillarboxing".

When will these people learn? Original. Aspect. Ratio!

All that said, buy the SD DVDs instead. Thunderbirds is still one of the greatest sci-fi action shows ever! I can wait 'til they get their OAR blu-ray act together. When they do that, I'll buy it in a heartbeat. My dad loved Thunderbirds, I love it, and my boy loves it too. F.A.B.! O.A.R.!

I know people will slag me off for writng this before it's out (the British version IS already out and people ARE already upset), but I think it's better that I write this before it's perpetrated on more unsuspecting customers. And besides, everyone thinks my reviews are snobby anyway...

Repeat: If they restore the original aspect ratio, I'll buy it in a heartbeat!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars puppets
i bought this from amazon at a fantastic price,and i watched all these great puppets shows from gerry and sylvia anderson when i was a child in the sixties,it was done in... Read more
Published 3 months ago by sharona
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
With this fantastic collection, I've revived the joy of my childhood, when I've accomplished the fantastic adventures of the International Rescue team.
Published 7 months ago by deromfi
5.0 out of 5 stars gerry anderson quote, it took a million pounds to make one episode of...
love gerry and sylvia Andersons work, this series is no exception, supermarionation at its best. if your a kid at heart, this is for you...
Published 9 months ago by BARRY STRITTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories
I remember watching these episodes (in french) when I was young. I was recording them for a while as the episodes were played on TV, but its much better to have the entire... Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. Tawa
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mt. Rushmore with Strings
I actually have the original megaset and am weighing whether to spring for the newer edition, but the death of Gerry Anderson yesterday prompted me to write a brief review of the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. R. Trtek
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing even 40 years later
You almost forget, at times, that you're watching marionettes in action. The attention to detail, line, and scope in the animation is likewise spectacular. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Scott J. Mccandliss
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun
With all the disasters going on today there is certainly a need today as the animator preceived for his time of a rescue operation. Read more
Published 12 months ago by TDN
5.0 out of 5 stars Thunderbirds and WideScreen - a rational view !
I believe that a lot of the problem is people do not understand how WideScreen in theatres came about, back in the fifties theatre owners wanted a cheap way of getting a wider... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars a "gotta have" for every fan!
I got hooked on this series when it first aired, and renewed my interest when (a year ago or so) I saw one of the two movies on television (movies sold seperately). Read more
Published 16 months ago by Clif
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild action drama fantasy for TV!
This is perfect entertainment.

Everyone can appreciate a good puppet show, and everyone can appreciate a good model; but this show took puppet shows and models to a bold... Read more
Published 17 months ago by R. L. Matsui
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