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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THUNDERBIRDS: The Better Movie!
This movie, unlike its predecessor, "THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO", is an original, fun piece of nostalgia. If you enjoyed the TV show, this movie was a great gathering of the best characters for a full-length romp around the world.
Brains invents something no one takes seriously - an airship. Yet despite the ridicule he suffers for his insane idea, the company...
Published on July 2, 1999

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2.0 out of 5 stars More Chit Chat, Less Action, More Boring
In this DVD adaption of the movie, the makers of the film comment on how 'Thunderbird 6' was supposed to be more on the 'chit chat' and character development side and less action. Let's face it, it's kind of hard to have character development with virtually expressionless marionettes that don't smile, frown, or walk. On 'Thunderbirds Are Go', the 60s style dialogue...
Published on October 29, 2004 by David Whitman


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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THUNDERBIRDS: The Better Movie!, July 2, 1999
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This review is from: Thunderbird 6 [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This movie, unlike its predecessor, "THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO", is an original, fun piece of nostalgia. If you enjoyed the TV show, this movie was a great gathering of the best characters for a full-length romp around the world.
Brains invents something no one takes seriously - an airship. Yet despite the ridicule he suffers for his insane idea, the company built it. And it's bound to be a huge success with the wealthy who want to combine a cruise with a flight around the world.
Meanwhile, Brains is given the task of creating a new rescue craft - Thunderbird 6. This means he can't go on the maiden voyage. So, representing International Rescue on the maiden voyage of the SKYSHIP ONE, Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward, her chauffeur, Parker, and a couple of the Tracy brothers, including Alan and the lovely Tin Tin, soon find that the crew of the ship have been replaced by saboteurs. (What would an episode of Thunderbirds be without some good old sabotage?)
But the purpose of the pirating of the Skyship One seems to focus on Lady Penelope for some unknown reason.
Stopping at some of the most exotic locales worldwide, Penny and the boys must discover why she's being recorded, and what the purpose of the pirates is.
Seems a long way to go just to lure International Rescue into a trap, but hey, this IS a show meant for kids.
Of course the real surprise is the ending, when Airship One seems to be unreachable to rescue the passengers aboard, as it gets snagged on a tower, doomed to fall to the earth, killing all aboard. But the jets of the large, powerful Thunderbirds threaten to topple the huge airship as they approach. Is there a way to rescue them? What will be the new Thunderbird 6?????
This is an absolute MUST-HAVE for Thunderbirds and Gerry Anderson fans. If the 32 episodes they aired is not enough for you, please get this movie! You must also get THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!, but keep in mind this one is more original, and more fun.
Please enjoy. And if you do, post a review here.
Sean.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More Chit Chat, Less Action, More Boring, October 29, 2004
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David Whitman (Wichita, KS USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Thunderbird 6 [VHS] (VHS Tape)
In this DVD adaption of the movie, the makers of the film comment on how 'Thunderbird 6' was supposed to be more on the 'chit chat' and character development side and less action. Let's face it, it's kind of hard to have character development with virtually expressionless marionettes that don't smile, frown, or walk. On 'Thunderbirds Are Go', the 60s style dialogue with the limited capabilities on the marionettes was easy to endure because there was plenty of action, explosions, and other SFX. Not the case on Thunderbird 6; what we get here is a long, around the world flight of Skyship 1 and a dull script. It does get a little interesting with the action towards the end, but not enough to pull the weight of the rest of the movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brains comes into the Rescue!, January 12, 1999
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This review is from: Thunderbird 6 [VHS] (VHS Tape)
My favourite bits in the movie is - (i) when Brains tells the men that he makes an airship, and then they laugh their heads off, when I see TB1 & TB2 blow up the Black Phantom's base, and when TB6 is finally launched. This is one of the best Gerry Anderson Century 21 films ever since the launch of the TV series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thunderbirds Are Go!, July 1, 2002
This review is from: Thunderbird 6 [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Gawd, I miss this show.
I remember growing up. I have many fond memories of watching the Thunderbirds television program, but, surprisingly, most people my age never heard of it. They were too busy with SPEED RACER and MAGILLA GORILLA to take Supermarionation seriously, but I never missed an episode.
THUNDERBIRD 6 is the video collection telling the story of Brain's ill-fated Skyship One; once again, the International Rescue team is the target of familiar puppetry terrorists, but they save the day ... but not without an ample supply of pyrotechnics applied to hundreds of miniature missiles, tanks, and fuel silos set for an incendiary climax. Supermarionation, cleverly mixed with live action photography, make T-6 the film to watch ... with some absolutely spectacularly aerial shows of the new Thunderbird 6 plane in action.
One great flick that's as spectacularly entertaining as it is laughable (every watch a puppet shot through the heart fall from a balcony? you catch my drift).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Supermarionation beats cartoons., July 10, 2002
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This review is from: Thunderbird 6 [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This is an excellent entry of the Thunderbirds series. In my opinion Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation shows (Supercar, Fireball XL5, Captain Scarlet, etc) are far superior than cartoons. The sets and story lines (especially as the technique evolved through the years when the shows were in color) are so good, you often forget you're watching puppets. Hopefully other shows now on DVD in the UK (ex. Stingray, soon Joe 90) will be available in the US......FAB
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a must for thunderbirds fans, July 27, 2004
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This review is from: Thunderbird 6 (International Rescue Edition) (DVD)
the images and sounds are FAB! but the plot falls a bit short and the bad guys are too incompetent to sustain suspense, so it only gets 4 stars. still, a great buy for series fans. it has lots of extras as well, and though i only looked at the one on the biplane flown by alan, tintin & brains, it was fascinating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspensful Sci-Fi Story With Beloved Characters & Solid SFX, April 9, 1999
This review is from: Thunderbird 6 [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Thunderbirds remains one of the best television series ever made, be it in Britain or anywhere. The premise of an organization, International Rescue, tasking itself to save lives in extremely dangerous circumstances is a solid one, and combines with elaborate sets, props, and SFX, all held together by lovely characters - billionaire ex-astronaut Jeff Tracy, his five sons, a lovably nerdy engineer nicknamed Brains, elegent Lady Penelope (the TV episode "Atlantic Inferno" explores her relationship with widower Jeff, and brings to the fore her unspoken role as Jeff's surrogate wife and mother of Scott, Virgil, Alan, Gordon, and John) and her ex-con butler Parker, whose Cockney accent (beautifully played by David Graham) remains engaging.
With the international success of Thunderbirds came two theatrical releases. It is shameful that neither movie made much box-office impact, for they both are elaborate and entertaining.
Thunderbird Six, released in 1968, is the better of the two movies, combining a strong script with the usual strengths of the show - immortal voice performances by Peter Dyneley, Shane Rimmer (an American-born actor who has appeared in countless British films and TV episodes - such as his role as the US submarine commander in the James Bond film Spy Who Loved Me - Shane Rimmer's voice performances would put Janet Waldo, June Foray, or Mel Blanc to shame), David Graham, Sylvia Anderson (the creator of the characters and at the time the wife of the project's producer, Gerry Anderson), and Matt Zimmermann; lush music by Barry Gray; elaborate effects and miniature work.
Members of International Rescue have been invited to the maiden round-the-world flight of Sky Ship One, a high technology airship deliberately built to bring back the joy of passenger dirigible flights, flights ended with the Hindenburg disaster of 1937. The ship was the brainchild of Brains and built by New World Aircraft, whose president knows the Tracy family (the film makes no mention, but it would seem that New World Aircraft is also one of IR's primary equipment suppliers).
Just before the flight is due to begin, the crew of the automated, jet powered dirigible is gunned down and replaced by killers, led by a thug named Foster (voiced by Gary Files), working for a mysterious being know only as Black Phantom (the show's archenemy The Hood, wearing a bad hairpiece; this is the only Thunderbirds story in which Ray Barrett did not voice any characters; in his place here was Keith Alexander).
The voyage involves Penelope, Parker, Alan Tracy, and his girlfriend Tin-Tin. At one point Foster asks Alan if he and Tin-Tin intend to marry. Alan says no, explaining that the hardships of IR are too much to impose on a wife. The scene is charming, though it involves a bit of a gap in logic, given that Alan and Tin-Tin already live together on Tracy Island; but then marriage would change the dynamic of their relationship.
Meanwhile the hijackers have bugged the entire ship, and record many conversations among the Tracys and Penny. The purpose is to painstakingly edit together a bogus distress call designed to lure IR into range of The Hood, so he can steal their craft and use their technology to gain power. Steadily the family wises to the plot, and are barely able to warn Scott and Virgil of the trap. A gunfight on Sky Ship One ensues, damaging the ship's floatation system and sending it crashing onto a one-thousand foot tower at a missile base.
The film contains an interesting subplot exploring the character of Brains. Denied permission to accompany the others on the voyage, he is tasked with creating a Thunderbird Six for IR, but all his designs are rejected. His mounting frustration is meant to be comic relief (he trashes every model he builds) but is actually painful to watch; it is burnout to an extreme, something we all have felt at one time or another.
The voyage takes the Tracys to many places visited over the course of the TV series - from London (the episodes Trapped In The Sky and Vault of Death) over the Atlantic Ocean (Atlantic Inferno and Operation Crashdive) over New York City (Terror in NYC), over the Grand Canyon (Brink Of Disaster), to Africa (Pit Of Peril; the film even uses a quick cue from Peril's "March of the Sidewinder"), and the pyramids of Egypt (The Uninvited and Desperate Intruder). One enjoys the voyage to so many places as though we ourselves are part of it.
Despite some weaknesses in pace and plotting, the film is solid and worth a look.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thunderbirds rescues Skyship One, February 19, 1997
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This review is from: Thunderbird 6 [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Second Movie to be based on the FAB TV series. Not as popular as the first, Thunderbird 6 has it own charm and tongue incheek attitude. A must for the fan of Supermarionation and Special effects. END
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 60's fun!, March 17, 2000
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This review is from: Thunderbird 6 [VHS] (VHS Tape)
A must see film from the 60's, this is the ultimate Thunderbirds experience. All the action of the series, with great character development. The special effects and music are what we have come to expect. Thrilling, funny, and in the end, meaningful.
Why can't they make movies like this anymore?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who knew puppets were so talented?, April 11, 2010
This review is from: Thunderbird 6 (International Rescue Edition) (DVD)
Oh, man, did I love the Thunderbirds when I was a kid. Who knew that marionettes could be so talented? And how I recall the days when technology could take care of everything--just add more rocket power! Thunderbirds was a great series, and Thunderbird 6 was the second of two feature films made by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson in the late 60's.

If you're a Thunderbirds fan, you need this in your collection. (By the way, when you get a chance, buy the live-action Thunderbirds movie made a few years ago--it's a great family film that really captures the innocence, optimism, and attitude of the original TV series.)
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