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Thunderbirds: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray]

Alan Patillo , Desmond Saunders    Universal, suitable for all   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Alan Patillo, Desmond Saunders, David Lane, David Elliott, Bryan Burgess
  • Producers: Gerry Anderson, Reg Hill
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 1607 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001C4QLA6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,680 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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"Filmed in VIDECOLOR [explosions, drum roll, music builds to a climax] and SUPERMARIONATION"! The opening sequence of Thunderbirds is itself a masterclass in Gerry Anderson's marionette hyperbole: who else would dare to make a virtue out of the fact that (a) the show is in colour and (b) it's got puppets in it? But everything about this series really is epic: Thunderbirds is action on the grandest scale, pre-dating such high-concept Hollywood vehicles as Armaggedon by 30 years and more (the acting is better, too), and fetishising gadgets in a way that even the most excessive Bond movies could never hope to rival. Unsurprisingly, it transpires that 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 to 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 (number plate FAB1), driven by lugubrious chauffeur Parker, whose "Yes, milady" catch phrase 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.

In this box set: all 32 episodes on eight discs, plus a bonus DVD featuring "The Thunderbirds Companion", an action-packed compilation which features the very best Thunderbirds rescues and scenes and tells the whole story behind Gerry Anderson's legendary action adventure series. Includes behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Gerry Anderson, David Graham (the voice of Parker, Brains and Kyrano), Thunderbirds directors Alan Patillo and Bob Bell, and puppeteer John Blundall. --Mark Walker

Product Description

All thirty-two episodes of Gerry Anderson's cult Supermarionation series in one box set. In 'Trapped in the Sky', evil villain the Hood hatches a plot to photograph the Thunderbirds vehicles in action. 'Pit of Peril' sees International Rescue called in when the test drive of a new army vehicle goes awry. In 'The Perils of Penelope', Lady Penelope and prominent scientist Professor Borendor are kidnapped in a fiendish attempt to extort a secret fuel formula from the latter. 'Terror in New York City' sees Gordon Tracy racing to the rescue in Thunderbird 4 when a television reporter and his cameraman become trapped in a collapsing Empire State Building. In 'Edge of Impact', a Red Arrow aircraft crashes after being sabotaged by the Hood, and Thunderbird 2 speeds to the rescue. 'Day of Disaster' sees Gordon attempting to save two engineers trapped in a probe rocket which is set to self-destruct. In '30 Minutes After Noon', Scott, Virgil and Adam attempt to prevent the biggest nuclear bomb blast the world has ever seen. 'Desperate Intruder' sees the Hood attempting to beat Brains and Tin-Tin to a cache of treasure buried at the bottom of Lake Anasta. In 'End of the Road', the Tracy boys have to rescue a family friend stranded on a cliff edge without revealing their true identity. 'The Uninvited' sees Scott and a team of archaeologists captured in the desert by a pyramid-dwelling tribe. In 'Sun Probe', Thunderbird 3 speeds into space to prevent a spaceship from colliding with the sun. 'Operation Crash-Dive' sees International Rescue attempting to discover the reason for the recent Fireflash airliner crashes. In 'Vault of Death', a bank worker becomes trapped in a time-locked safe, with oxygen rapidly running out. 'The Might Atom' sees the Hood stealing a robotic rodent which he plans to use to spy on International Rescue. In 'City of Fire', a fire in a shopping mall requires the use of Brain's untested new cutting gas - but will it be safe? 'The Imposters' sees a bogus group impersonating the International Rescue team in an attempt to discredit them. In 'The Man from MI5', Lady Penelope finds herself in deadly danger when she follows the trail of a missing British spy. 'Cry Wolf' sees Thunderbird 1 drawn to a false alarm when two Australian boys play at International Rescue. In 'Danger at Ocean Deep', the Thunderbirds investigate the disappearance of a missing tanker and its potentially explosive cargo. 'Move and You're Dead' finds Alan and Grandma trapped on a bridge girder with a bomb following the former's triumph in the Parola Sands motor race. In 'The Duchess Assignment', Lady Penelope's Duchess friend is kidnapped and held to ransom en route to selling a valuable painting. 'Brink of Disaster' sees Jeff, Tin-Tin and Brains trapped on a deadly monorail when they investigate a crooked tycoon. In 'Attack of the Alligators!', four men are trapped by giant alligators after accidentally spilling a growth formula into the nearby swamp. 'Martian Invasion' sees the International Rescue team filmed by the Hood after rescuing two actors trapped in a cave. In 'The Cham Cham', Lady Penelope and Tin-Tin go undercover in the music business when a series of American rocket crashes coincide with performances by pop group the Cass Carnaby Five. 'Security Hazard' sees Jeff become apopleptic when a young boy stows away aboard Thunderbird 2 and observes International Rescue in action. In 'Atlantic Inferno', Scott is left in charge when Jeff goes on holiday, and has to decide what to do when a nearby oil rig catches fire. 'Path of Destruction' sees the team racing to halt the carnage being created by an out-of-control, atomic-powered tree-logger. In 'Alias Mr Hackenbacker', Lady Penelope contacts Thunderbirds when the plane she is travelling on is hijacked by criminals. 'Lord Parker's 'Oliday' sees Parker helping to avert chaos when the solar-powered Mediterranean resort of Monte Bianco loses its reflector in a storm. In 'Ricochet', Tin-Tin discovers that an orbiting TV station has been damaged by a rogue space rocket, and will explode upon re-entering Earth's atmosphere. 'Give or Take a Million' sees a pair of crooks' planned robbery going awry when they become trapped in a children's hospital. Also included is the documentary 'The Brains Behind Thunderbirds'.


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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Oh dear! The very best series in the world given a superb HD transfer - but savagely cropped leaving the Hood looking like a boiled egg with the top cut off. Absolutely criminal and stupid! Anyone who says they don't care should be forced back to the early days of VHS when we had to endure pan and scan 4:3 versions of widescreen movies. When our TV's were so small there was very little option. Right now there is no excuse for savage cropping of original aspect ratios - particularly when most people have 40" plasmas or LCD's. Really - right now I'd suggest picking up the DVD set until they get this right. Unless you're happy to have just two thirds of the original image? It's a shame because the quality of that two thirds is superb. Whoever was responsible for this debacle - some kid probably who has no appreciation of the original - should be marched out of the building with his P45.

Crapola. Disgusting. Disrespectful. avoid!!!!
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123 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best Memories ... 6 Sep 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Thunderbirds was always something I had fond memories of watching as a child and when I saw that Amazon.co.uk had dropped the price of the complete series DVD box set I hesitated buying it because I was wrestling with the notion that as an adult things often do not seem as good as they were as a child.

After going through the "Should I, shouldn't I" phase, I finally relented and purchased it. Upon receiving the box set I promptly began watching ....

Wow! amazing! all my concerns about whether this would be watchable again as an adult melted away. From the classic "5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ....1!" opening sequence which gives the viewer an instant teaser trailer of what the episode will feature accompanied by the thrilling, fast paced theme tune, I was hooked! Gerry Anderson uses the preview teasers during the opening sequences of several of his TV series to great effect and Thunderbirds is one of the best at doing this.

Toward the end of the first episode while the Fire Flash airliner was attempting it's emergency landing with he fantastic camera shots of the aircraft from above trying to line up for a landing on the elevator cars I actually began to perspire with the adrenaline. Anderson knows exactly how to portray the excitement and danger of a rescue situation not only visually, but with excellent high-octane music perfectly composed and used to underscore the scene. The effects are wonderful with large objects actually behaving like they're heavy and have real mass, often belie their 40+ year old age.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I can't be bothered to say too much about this travesty. This is one of the greatest classic shows from the 1960s and there is therefore no excuse for such an appalling lack of understanding. Yes it's a stunning picture, but overwhelmingly, people who buy this stuff now, don't want its original broadcast ratio cropped. Offer both 4.3 and 16.9 if you must, but don't just butcher the original composition in favour of a ratio that nobody wants as you're wasting your time, money and effort.

I can't wait until Network DVD get a hold of this title along with the likes of Captain Scarlet and Joe 90 etc, as they seem to be the only distributor that understands their relevant audiences, both in terms of film transfer, extras, and appropriate artwork and packaging. What ITV have done here is a complete mystery to me. If you don't understand your audiences - as clearly the person or persons responsible for this release don't - then pass responsibility on to someone that does.
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102 of 109 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful image, but still butchered. 27 Jan 2010
By Alan F.
Format:Blu-ray
I don't own this set myself. However a friend does and after watching a few episodes, I have to agree that the blu-ray image is quite remarkable. It is still, however, a cropped and butchered image. This show was made in 4:3, broadcast in 4:3 and meant to be seen in 4:3. People will quite happily criticise widescreen movies that have been cropped into academy ratio. Why, therefore, should we be willing to accept the cropping of 4:3 material. I'm guessing that it would be very difficult to gauge the number of lost sales this set has suffered from based on it's incorrect ratio. But I'm guessing it's more than a few. If the publishers were to release a blu-ray version of Thunderbirds, in it's original ratio then I'd quite happily lay down my cash. However until that happens I'm quite content to stick with my DVD's.
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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FABulous one, M'lady, Habsolutely FABulous! 30 Jun 2010
Format:DVD
Thunderbirds quite rightly stands head and shoulders above all other British television programmes, and, apart from the soaps and Only Fools And Horses, is probably the best remembered TV show in the country. As a Sci Fi Show, only Star Trek (vastly inferior in my opinion, the yanks could never match Derek Meddings Special effects so they poached him for Holywood)is better known, and as a childrens T.V. Series only Sesame Street(per-lease!!!)is arguably better known. And when it comes to TV intro's, Peter Dyneley's 5-4-3-2-1 Thunderbirds are go! intro unequivecally the world's most famous TV introduction. Many people have commented on Amazon about the show and this DVD set.

I'll comment about the DVD's themselves a little later, but first I'll give you a little history behind the show. It was produced by Gerry Anderson's APF (Anderson Povis Films Arthur Povis was Gerry's original partner but sold out to Gerry) Television productions which, by 1964 when the cameras first rolled on the series, was wholly owned by Lew Grades ITC. It was the third British series to be filmed in colour. The first was the second half of 1958's the adventures of Lancelot series (another Lew Grade production), filmed at a time when Colour TV was taking off in the states and the BBC was heavilly trialling experimental colour broadcasts). The second was Stingray (in colour for sale to the USA), another landmark Anderson production.

Originally a 30 minute show, Grade saw the pilot episode and declared 'That's not a TV show it's a Feature film' and ordered the whole series be made as an hour long show. The problem was that 9 half hour episodes were already finished, and had to be extended (hence the full launch sequences being repeated in several shows).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant series
Love this series watched it a number of times brings back childhood memories, escapism, put modern children's programs in the shade
recommend to all.
Published 17 hours ago by Clifton Lemord
5.0 out of 5 stars Thunderbirds - it's a classic!
Bought this for my little boy - just shows it never goes out of fashion. He loves it and wants to watch more!
Published 2 days ago by Helen McTeer
5.0 out of 5 stars F.A.B
Bought as a gift for my Thunderbird fanatic husband, great collection
Even young nephews are now avid fans of them
Published 6 days ago by collette
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic show that has aged well
Its Thunderbirds, its a Gerry Anderson show, what more do I need to say. Mr Anderson's finest hour and as someone once said his special brand of technology porn. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Mr Stuart Hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Box Series
This is a classic, its what I remember watching when I was a young boy. Action packed a pure joy to watch again.
Published 1 month ago by Graeme Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu ray Thunderbirds is excellent choice
I've seen them in black and white, on VHS video, dvd of course and now, even with the cropped picture, on BluRay. Its amazing, you'll love it.
Published 1 month ago by hans sterk
5.0 out of 5 stars Back To Schooldays!
As the great British songwriter Graham Parker might have put it, this (amazingly good value) DVD box set of all 32 episodes of the 1960s TV series Thunderbirds is a nostalgia trip... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive and neat bonus content
I bought this a few weeks ago as I'd been looking to buy the series I used to enjoy.

I was pleased to be able to pick this up at a bargain price and I'm confident that... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to see Thunderbirds again
Bought for my granddaughter, but grabbed by her mum. Her mum had seen the BBC2 revival when she was young. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Richard C Cottrell
5.0 out of 5 stars IR
Watched this growing up with my Dad every Sunday, so it is special to me. Plenty of entertainment for the family.
Published 3 months ago by Christopher D. Melvin
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