The Best of Thunderbirds - The Favorite Episodes
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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".
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!)
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished 24 months ago by zmikeranger
Very nice product. I strongly recommend it and you will love it too. I am very happy with it because its very good.Published on February 5, 2014 by GD
Star Trek...Star Wars...Battlestar Galactica....imagine 1963, no CGI, no animation, no superimposition, and NO LIVE ACTORS! Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by Glenn I. Dubin
What can I say? It's supermarionation, with amazingly imaginative vehicles from 1964 - what more could you ask for? :) Thunderbirds Are Go!Published on January 9, 2014 by A-squared
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 morePublished on September 7, 2013 by WriteStuff76
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 on May 31, 2013 by Mike
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 morePublished on January 7, 2013 by Dianna Holland
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