United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Box Set, Documentary, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Remastered, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: When evil threatens, International Rescue blasts-off to sort things out. Somewhere in the Pacific the rescue organisation is always on the lookout for trouble. The founder and co-ordinator of the group is astronaut Jeff Tracy, whose sons serve as pilots of the group's five super-secret craft - the Thunderbirds. As the Tracys work for the good of mankind they must try to stop the villainy of The Hood who is determined to undermine the organisation and learn the secrets of the Thunderbirds aircraft. Thunderbirds delivers high-flying action and adventure through the imaginative use of Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation and the special effects of Academy Award® winner Derek Meddings. ...Thunderbirds - Complete Series - 6-Disc Box Set ( Thunder birds (32 Episodes) ) (Blu-Ray)
"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 such as The Spy Who Loved Me
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" 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 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 nine videos, plus "The Brains Behind Thunderbirds", an exclusive-to-video introduction to the series narrated by Brains himself. --Mark Walker