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The Best of Thunderbirds - The Favorite Episodes (2004)

Peter Dyneley , Shane Rimmer  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 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: Multiple Formats, 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: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2004
  • Run Time: 312 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00022FW5Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,317 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Best of Thunderbirds - The Favorite Episodes" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Top six episodes chosen by the fans: Trapped in the Sky, Sun Probe, The Uninvited, The Perils of Penelope, Terror in New York City, Attack of the Alligators!
  • "Before Thunderbirds Were Go: A Profile of Gerry Anderson" narrated by Shane Rimmer
  • Gerry Anderson interview
  • Pop-up episode of "Pit of Peril"
  • The Story of Thunderbirds
  • Tracy Family autobiographies

Editorial Reviews

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of THUNDERBIRDS with this unprecedented collector's edition DVD featuring the top six episodes as chosen by the loyal fans of this Gerry Anderson Supermarionated classic. Join the Thunderbirds as they race into danger and thwart the evils and disasters that threaten the world. Did someone say disaster? THE BEST OF THUNDERBIRDS to the rescue! *TRAPPED IN THE SKY: The diabolical Hood plants a bomb in the new atomic airliner Fireflash. *SUN PROBE: Things heat up when a shipwrecked crew of solarnauts plummets toward the sun. *THE UNINVITED: Scott Tracy and two friendly explorers find themselves trapped inside a Zombite pyramid. *THE PERILS OF PENELOPE: Bad news when the wrong hands try to steal a secret formula converting seawater into fuel. *TERROR IN NEW YORK CITY: A plan to relocate the Empire State Building via hydraulic lifts goes awry. *ATTACK OF THE ALLIGATORS!: A rare chemical that causes animals to grow into huge proportions spills into the swamps. DVD Features: Before Thunderbirds Were Go: A Profile of Gerry Anderson (narrated by Shane Rimmer); Gerry Anderson Interview; Pop-Up Episode of "Pit of Peril"; The Story of THUNDERBIRDS; Tracy Family Autobiographies; Interactive Menu; Scene Selection

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
For 1964, The Thunderbirds was cutting edge. Forty years later it is still an international cultural icon. When I travel, I still see reruns of these shows. Plus they still pop up on cable.

The show is shot in Supermarionation. This means that the show uses marionettes. Now this would send cringes down anyone's spine but the production values are incredible! The sets are motion picture quality. It is obvious that no expense has been spared. Many quality sets were made and only used in once short scene. Additionally, the scripts are top notch.

The overall premise for the show is a hundred years in the future (2065) International Rescue is a top secret private rescue squad. They use super high tech air and sea craft, five in total, called Thunderbirds. Thunderbird 5 is a manned satellite orbiting the Earth monitoring all radio signals for distress calls. Thunderbird 4 is a submarine. Thunderbird 3 is a spacecraft. Thunderbird 2 is the transport that uses one of six different cargo holders. Thunderbird 1 is a the primary jet / rocket. T1-4 are all launched from secret hangers located on the island estate of the Traceys.

International Rescue is a run by the Tracey's. The oldest son, Scott, is pilot of T1. The next son, John, runs T5. Son Virgil is pilot of T2. Son Gordon is the aquanaut for T4. Son Allen is the astronaut for T3. They are assisted by Brains, the scientific genius that designed the Thunderbirds, Lady Penelope, their London cousin and Tin-Tin.

This is the "Best of" chosen by the fans. It contains six episodes on two discs, the following is a summary of these episodes:

Trapped in the Sky - This is the pilot episode. The Tracey's have just completed their work on the Thunderbirds.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual concept well done August 27, 2004
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This is the action-adventure series of marionettes (not puppets) based on the "Bonanza" family tree structure (father with many sons), and everyone is named after an American astronaut (Alan, Scott, Glenn, etc.) I remember watching this as a kid, so I had a bit of interest whenever I passed by (and passed on) the expensive DVD's available for the series. I'm not going to invest $130 in the whole series, but this "best of" sampler is well worth the money.

Viewing it now as an adult, I can really appreciate the attention to detail, and professionalism that was put into the production. In today's dollars, each episode would cost about $500,000 to make.

Some of it is cool but totally impossible or unlikely, such as launching your huge rocket through the center of your house (after sliding the swimming pool out of the way first). A few things are really over technologized, such as the way the sofa in the office descends on a pneumatic post and carries the occupants about 100 yards to the rocket, then lifts them into place, or the ramp that you slide down, right into the command chair. You'd think the Tracy's would save a few bucks and just walk over and get in.

The stories themselves are rather thin, but the suspense of the rescue and the technological gismos are the fun part.

There are six "regular" episodes, plus one episode that has on-screen text trivia that points out, for example, the toothpaste cap used as the gearshift knob in a vehicle. There is also some sparse background info on Gerry Anderson and the series.

This DVD is "F-A-B".
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not MY "best of"...!! ;) November 22, 2004
I'm a member of Fanderson (the Gerry Anderson appreciation society!) and voted in the poll to see what episodes would be included in this set. Of my selection, only SUNPROBE made it onto this disc but that's okay - You'd be pretty hard pressed to find a "bad" THUNDERBIRDS episode anyway! This is a wonderful series with a very positive philosophy - Set in 2065(ish), there are no wars and the nations of the world are at peace. Sure, we occasionally get a mysterious "foreign power" to play against Internation Rescue, but even then the moral centre is still present: Human life is PARAMOUNT to International Rescue; No matter how much damage to property is done or how much money it costs, as long as one single life is saved then it has been worth it.

TRAPPED IN THE SKY is the first episode of the series and showcases the first rescue mission for the Thunderbirds. The scenes with the FIREFLASH passenger jet attempting to land on International Rescue's mobile platforms, accompanied by Barry Gray's magnificent music, will endure for a long time after seeing it.

Another highlight of the disc is SUN PROBE: It's one of my favourite episodes of the series, featuring a rare space rescue in THUNDERBIRD 3 but managing to show the popular THUNDERBIRD 2 in a good role too.

So this is a great way to sample THUNDERBIRDS if you can't afford the full set, but I think you are missing out on far better instalments if this remains your only exposure to the series (END OF THE ROAD, EDGE OF IMPACT, CRY WOLF and THE IMPOSTERS are amongst my favourites!)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gerry Anderson's Marvels February 11, 2007
When you watch the Thunderbirds, you must realize this show is forty years old and still holds up. These marriottes are real looking, special effects still hold up after 40 years...and the story lines are intriging

So forget that satire Team America and the live action version of the Thunderbirds, get this..maybe those kids who crave SF adventure can enjoy this complex story lines, rather than those show with 30 second sound bytes of action

The Thunbderbirds (which was orginally called The internation Rescue organization) is is filled with great sets, characters and vehicles (as I said this was 40 years ago).These episodes still hold up. When you sound like a naysayer about these shows, THINK Classic Star Trek! It , in my opinion, still holds up just like classic Trek.

If you like this, get some of Gerry Anderson's other TV shows on DVD... Supercar, Captain Scarlet,Stingray, Joe 90, Space 1999 (yes the Martin Landau/Barbara Bain space opera), The protectors (with Robert Vaughn) and a weaker effort Secret Service. for US audiences, remember buy region one.

For puppets , these shows had complex stories a and over the top characters..worth you time to get and enjoy

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very retro.
Published 3 months ago by Mary Collier
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a gift for someone
I bought this as a gift for someone and they adored it. They thought it was great how all the important episodes were on this dvd set. Read more
Published 8 months ago by zmikeranger
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice product. I strongly recommend it and you will love it too. I...
Very nice product. I strongly recommend it and you will love it too. I am very happy with it because its very good.
Published 8 months ago by Guillermo Donadio
5.0 out of 5 stars The Thunderbirds are GO!
Star Trek...Star Wars...Battlestar Galactica....imagine 1963, no CGI, no animation, no superimposition, and NO LIVE ACTORS! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Glenn I. Dubin
5.0 out of 5 stars Thunderbirds Are Go!
What can I say? It's supermarionation, with amazingly imaginative vehicles from 1964 - what more could you ask for? :) Thunderbirds Are Go!
Published 9 months ago by A-squared
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia and Puppets
If you love the old series but don't want to buy the entire DVD set, this is a good bet. Great as a gift for those who use to love the series or introduce the younger (or older)... Read more
Published 13 months ago by WriteStuff76
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Thunderbirds - The Favorite Episodes
I watched the Thunderbirds as a child growing up, and had to add this to my collection. This was really good stuff done with puppets, a must watch DVD.
Published 16 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Thunderbirds Are Go ! For Everybody
I am a 60 year old grandmother and I still love the Thunderbirds. I can even get my grandchildren to sit and watch something that is just as much fun to watch now as it was when I... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Dianna Holland
4.0 out of 5 stars fun
the thunderbirds show their age i kept coming up with ideas on how to improve the show but over all just as much fun as when i first watch them which means a lot to ths old man.
Published on March 24, 2012 by HIS WEIRDNESS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great all the way around!
Every minute fascinating. I didn't know of the show as a kid, and thought TEAM AMERICA was an original; still is. Read more
Published on May 2, 2010 by David C. Grinnell
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