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Thunderbirds 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition Megaset (2007)

Gerry Anderson  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Gerry Anderson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 1664 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P6R5T8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,979 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Thunderbirds 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition Megaset" on IMDb

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DVD Features: Production Stills Photo Galleries; Behind the Scenes Featurettes
Bonus Disc Features:The Brains Behind Thunderbirds; The Making of Thunderbirds; Pop-Up Episode Pit of Peril ; Gerry Speaks - An Inside Look at Anderson s 7 Favorite Series --A&E Home Video

Vol 1:Trapped in the Sky/Pit of Peril/City of Fire
Vol 2: Sunprobe/The Uninvited/The Mighty Atom
Vol 3: Vault of Death/Operation: Crash Dive/Move and You're Dead
Vol 4: Martian Invasion/Brink of Disaster/The Perils of Penelope
Vol 5: Terror in New York City/End of the Road/Day of Disaster
Vol 6: Edge of Impact/Desperate Intruder/30 Minutes After Noon
Vol 7: The Imposters/The Man From M.I.5/Cry Wolf
Vol 8: Danger at Ocean Deep/The Duchess Assignment/Attack of the Alligators!
Vol 9: The Cham Cham/Security Hazard/Atlantic Inferno
Vol 10: Path of Destruction/Alias Mr. Hackenbacker
Vol 11: Lord Parker's 'Oliday/Ricochet/Give or Take a Million
Vol 12: Bonus Materials

DVD Features: Production Stills Photo Galleries; Behind the Scenes Featurettes
Bonus Disc Features:The Brains Behind Thunderbirds; The Making of Thunderbirds; Pop-Up Episode Pit of Peril ; Gerry Speaks - An Inside Look at Anderson's 7 Favorite Series --A&E Home Video

Product Description

Blast off into classic sci-fi adventure with the daring International Rescue team! Made up of fearless former astronaut Jeff Tracy and his courageous sons, the team protects against disaster in the year 2065.

When danger arises, the team springs into action, rushing to the scene in their futuristic Thunderbirds vehicles and facing trouble head-on with their high-tech devices. Working together to pull off amazing rescues and astonishing heroic feats, the Thunderbirds are Earth's best defense against catastrophe and sabotage.

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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's new about this one? January 18, 2008
Format:DVD
For those of you who do not know what Thunderbirds is I will give you a quick rundown. It was an immensely popular science fiction show back in the 60's done almost entirely with marionettes and models. The show chronicled the adventures of an independent organization called International Rescue that used highly advanced vehicles and equipment to perform rescue operations all over the world (and even in space). The show was popular because it paid a great amount of attention to detail, which made those models, puppets, and story plots all the more real and exciting.

This show was previously released on DVD a few years ago, including a complete collection set. So what makes this 40th Anniversary Edition different from the previous release? The big answer is that this collection is digitally remastered and is now shown in its original VIDECOLOR format. Now the original disks shown some signs of remastering as well and the shows never looked better. I'm not sure how much of an improvement this edition will make on that achievement, but it is one of their big selling points.

Aside from the remastering you also get some additional features not included in the original release. Here's a breakdown of all the features:

Making of Featurette: this was in the original DVD set and it's a ten minutes long vintage documentary that mostly covers the innovative (for its time) special effects for the show. These effects were so innovative they were used in many of the James Bond films of the day.

Interview with Gerry Anderson: this is a 40 minute interview with the creator of Thunderbirds (as well many other popular sci-fi shows like UFO, Space 1999, and other puppet-driven thrillers).
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well earned reputation June 20, 2003
By Ingalls
Format:DVD
Imagine James Bond and Mission Impossible performed by marionettes. Throw in some eye opening and lavish (miniature 1/3 scale puppets) sets, special effects, and a "gee whiz!" attention to detail, and you begin to get an idea of why "Thunderbirds" has such a cult following. The scripts are involving and could just as easily have been performed by live actors with good results. There are enough cool gadgets in this series to please the ten year old boy in every grown up man (I suspect this series is more of a guy thing because relationships take second place to action). There is something else fascinating about this series and that is how seriously the producers, directors, designers took what was essentially a children's puppet show and kept to such high (and unnecessary) standards. This may be partly due to producer Gerry Anderson's frustrated desire to work as a mainstream film director/producer with live actors (he eventually got his wish years later). Seeing marionettes perform in realistic sets, with sophisticated action scripts, and good voice acting is a novel experience that appeals to everyone who has ever had a train set and tried to build a miniature town or city.
I bought this series for my mindless summer vacation viewing and it has been great fun. The DVD transfers are very clean.
This is great family entertainment, summer viewing, father and son get together material. Way to go, Thunderbirds!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...5, 4, 3, 2, 1...the Thunderbirds are go!!! December 16, 2003
Format:DVD
Wow!...I've just bought this set and I am really thrilled about it!
I've just seen the first DVD and I relived my whole childhood! I remembered lots of details about these first episodes and to be able to watch them again, some 30 (or so) years later is quite an experience!!!
As a kid I was really impressed by all the gadgets in this series: I loved the airplanes, the spaceships, the cars, the architecture. No wonder why I ended up being a car designer! I remember that all of the first ideas for futuristic automobiles that I drew as a kid had double front axles, just like Lady Penelope's Rolls-Royce!
It's amazing that many of the sci-fi ideas displayed in this series still seem fresh after all these years. A lot of effort and creativity went into producing these episodes!
If you were a fan of the Thunderbirds back in the 60's you'll enjoy this set! Buy it, don't hesitate, it's worth every single dollar!
My only dissappointment is that this set comes in only one language: english. Back in the sixties I watched the series translated into spanish since I live and grew up in Mexico, and I miss hearing the voices that I remembered!...
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Word of warning! Aspect ratio shenanigans! February 20, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
Just a warning - if this is the same as the English release (and logic would dictate it is), then it has had the top and bottom chopped off to fill widescreen tvs. It was 4:3, so on a widescreen set there should be black space at the sides, or "pillarboxing".

When will these people learn? Original. Aspect. Ratio!

All that said, buy the SD DVDs instead. Thunderbirds is still one of the greatest sci-fi action shows ever! I can wait 'til they get their OAR blu-ray act together. When they do that, I'll buy it in a heartbeat. My dad loved Thunderbirds, I love it, and my boy loves it too. F.A.B.! O.A.R.!

I know people will slag me off for writng this before it's out (the British version IS already out and people ARE already upset), but I think it's better that I write this before it's perpetrated on more unsuspecting customers. And besides, everyone thinks my reviews are snobby anyway...

Repeat: If they restore the original aspect ratio, I'll buy it in a heartbeat!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars F.A.B.
Loved this show when i was a kid and happy with the whole series in box set
Published 1 month ago by DALE MOLNAR
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic set and value!
Here they are again in all their glory! A wonderful set that brings back so many happy memories.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh what fun!!
Thunderbirds are Go! I didn't grow up with these as a kid but happened along them along the way. They are fun to watch and the stories are good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Still an awesome show.
I have good memories of watching Thunderbirds as a child and I wanted to relive these experiences but as is often the case a show that I loved as a child may not have the same... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Di
5.0 out of 5 stars puppets!!
Its great because not only is it puppets!! Its just a great series filled with sci fi action, espionage, villains, riveting music, amazing vehicles and the odd horrible fiery... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Really fun series!
A really fun series to watch; full of explosions and intrigue. You forget you're watching puppets! The next generation loves it.
Published 5 months ago by Bertie Shirley
2.0 out of 5 stars Packaging and handling of package -no fragile sticker on outside box
The outside box was badly dented it appeared to have been tosssed around without care. The sticker said the value of the dvd set was only 5.00 explaining the preceding. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Carolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!
SUPERMARIONATION AT IT'S FINEST...GOTTA LOVE DAT!!! REST IN PEACE 2 THE CREATOR , THE LATE GREAT GERRY ANDERSON AND CREW...NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE!!!!
Published 8 months ago by FREDERIC JILES
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series
I am a huge fan of the Thunderbirds TV Series and when I found out I could get the entire series on DVD in one pack I had to have it.
Published 8 months ago by Mark1968
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome - non-stop Action & Educational as well!
My husband enjoyed this series as a child and wanted our boys to experience the thrill of this series as well. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kathleen D. Manges
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