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Supercar - The Complete Series (1960)

David Graham , Graydon Gould  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Graham, Graydon Gould, Sylvia Anderson, George Murcell, Cyril Shaps
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2003
  • Run Time: 850 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008PHCX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,906 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Supercar - The Complete Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 39 episodes on 5 discs
  • "Derek Meddings: The Man and His Miniatures" featurette
  • Color production stills gallery
  • Free Supercars comic book mail-in offer

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Product Description

Another brilliant Supermarionation" show from series creator extraordinaire Gerry Anderson, chronicling the adventures of an amazing car that can travel through the ocean and even into space! Includes all 39 episodes plus extras. 5 DVDs. 1961/color/17 hrs/NR/fullscreen.

From the Back Cover

Deep in the heart of the Nevada desert, the brilliant Professor Popkiss and his colleague Dr. Baker created Supercar, "The Marvel of the Age." Capable of racing from the depths of the ocean to the edge of space, this extraordinary vehicle takes the heroic pilot Mike Mercury and his precocious sidekick Jimmy Gibson on a never-ending series of thrilling adventures.

The first fully developed Supermarionation series from producer Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, Stingray), SUPERCAR established his winning formula of futuristic vehicles, high adventure, and advanced puppetry techniques. Now, all 39 episodes are collected in this five-DVD collector's set. Each show is digitally mastered and restored and presented in its original broadcast order.

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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is why I bought a DVD player May 7, 2003
By A Customer
What I consider the real `marvel of the age" is that at long last I now own all 39 episodes of my favorite 60's TV show and pop culture touchstone in beautiful clear editions. I get to dump all my horrid multi-generation standards converted VHS copies into the trash! Cool!
Better still: this is a better put-together set than the "Fireball XL5" box from a few months ago. There is one non-episode specific commentary track from Sylvia Anderson on the pilot episode, "Rescue", in which she describes the state of the company in 1959 and how they were able to get Supercar financed and on TV. There is also a great 30 minute documentary on the late special effects supervisor Derek Meddings with behind the scenes shots and reminisces from his former crew, a brief video tribute to Meddings from "Lord Of The Rings" director Peter Jackson, a 4 1/2 minute audio recording of a fan-club flexi-disc issued by a chain of petrol stations, a production stills gallery and a send-away coupon to receive a free copy of the new Supercar comic book. The episodes themselves are beautifully remastered, and look sharp and clear with little to no film defects. Thanks heavens they took good care of their negatives thru the years! It's also nice to be able to see the here-to-fore impossible to find second season episodes, with the revised opening theme and slightly modified vehicle design. (I do note, however, that my JVC brand DVD player has some difficulty navigating around the discs smoothly).
I've no idea why this show continues to bring me so much enjoyment over four decades since it first aired. But I'm grateful to be able to visit Black Rock Lab once again, and to be able to carry this icon of my youth with me into the future. So, Gerry Anderson (and A&E Video), a five year old boy salutes you with increasingly arthritic 48 year old hands.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
By Ingalls
This is the first fully developed supermarionation series from Gerry Anderson and its shortcomings are what make it so endearing to me. While his later series became very sophisticated and the marionettes act less and less like puppets, in "Supercar" you have puppets acting and looking like puppets. Sometimes the eyes are simply painted on the heads of the puppets so that they never move. The anatomical proportions are way off so that you have large, goofy looking heads on slim, small bodies. The arms tend to wave wildly about when speaking. I like all of this: The Nelson Eddy like vocal singing/shouting the opening theme song, "Supercar!!!", the very visible strings pulling supercar up out of the water, the back screen projection of clouds and water (which actually works out well here), the "not quite right" miniature furniture (later series would scale down perfectly with obsessive attention to detail), the very simple and absurdly low budget lab equipment (although the Supercar model still looks great today). This is the Anderson series to get if you really like the 1959 look of kiddie shows. It is the earliest link in the evolutionary ladder of the Gerry Anderson series. Perfectly charming and fun.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's the marvel of any age! May 3, 2004
i expected to giggle over the cheesy special effects and the obvious strings that even my six year old eyes spotted. i expected to be transported back to our kitchen table where i watched each episode with bated breath and fell madly in love with mike mercury [maybe i was a bit weird--or maybe i just knew what i liked at an early age--hasn't anyone else noticed he resembled a young sam waterston?] what i didn't expect was that i'd enjoy this collection as much as i do! it's a children's show that doesn't talk down to children; it's funny and although there'e little science in that fiction, and i no longer hold my breath, there's enough action to make me smile at the end of each episode. satisfactory. most satisfactory.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Satisfactory August 14, 2003
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I watched Supercar with devotion as a kid, and was ecstatic to learn it was becoming available on DVD. The video on these DVDs are extremely high-quality--Supercar looks as good as the day it first aired. There are some Supercar videos available on VHS, I might mention, that look terrible! My only gripe with this DVD set is that there are only a few extras. If you're a Gerry Anderson fan, you'll want to own these DVDs.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER*****SERIES!!!!! June 11, 2003
I watched this television series as a child of the fifties and was totally mesmerised by all of it's cinematic wonders, which were obviously limited at the time. I was greatly pleased to see that this was to be released to DVD last month. Sometimes you wonder if past TV shows and movies have stood the test of time, SUPERCAR has most definitely. It is as real today as it was back then when I was a gullible child of eight. And...with the onset of DVD, the quality is even better now, with every episode intact and order of presentation. Thank you for this memory of my childhood that I can now treasure forever!!!!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Marvel of the Age January 30, 2005
The 'sixties opened with some great cartoons: The Bugs Bunny Show, The Flntstones, and this odd non-cartoon from Britain, which seemed to be puppets, or marionetttes (you could see the strings), excitingly more real than cartoons, with futuristic styling, a haunting theme, and the lure for Americans of being British. It was filmed in Supermarionation, whatever that was, and it absolutely caught on, and had the yanks clamoring for more. Plenty more was in store, including the state of the art Thunderbirds, but here's where it all began. These absolutely beautiful black and white prints recreate all the indefinable magic of what remains a compelling and creative show. This is the textbook for how it's done, and the dialogue and writing are just a marvel. How many viewers did this show lure into animation with a stop action 8 mm camera and a toy plane? How many Supercar toys and games made the colonies absolute addicts for Gerry Anderson's many endeavors to come? 39 remastered episodes on 5 discs, plus extras, of the Marvel of the Age.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as I remember as a child.
Published 2 months ago by Phillip Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars My rush to get home from school to watch on ...
My rush to get home from school to watch on TV back in the day, one of my childhood delights.
Published 2 months ago by Walter Arrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Another childhood memory regained!
I've missed this for 50 years, and it's great to see it again. The DVDs are new and flawless, dubbed from very clear films.
Published 3 months ago by Darwin Klassy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great kids' show!!
I used to watch this show in my junior high days. It's good to have an affordable, quality copy of the entire series.....
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Just a part of my childhood
I loved everything that Gerry Anderson did this is just one of many series and boxsets that I have. I had to replace supercar to my collection because my orginal series was stolen... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stella C. Balobina
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series
I am a huge fan of the guy who made the Thunderbirds TV Series and when I found out he made this series I had to have it too.
Published 10 months ago by Mark1968
5.0 out of 5 stars Supercar is "The Marvel of The Age"!!!
I watched this series when I was 6 years old. I enjoyed every single episode. The stories were very interesting and a pleasure to see. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jimmy Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect purchase
I can't day enough about how pleased I am with this purchase. Absolutely no problems. Fast delivery even sooner than projected. Everyone involved.....keep up the good work!!!
Published 18 months ago by poolman
5.0 out of 5 stars Flight of Fantasy
I just watched my way through the entire set, and had a wonderful time. There's a lot of retro fun in looking back at a future that is a product of another age. Read more
Published 20 months ago by L. Roth
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What a joy it has been to see these old episodes of Super car. As a young child they really fired my imagination. Read more
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