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  • Actors: Bill Paxton, Anthony Edwards, Ben Kingsley, Sophia Myles, Ron Cook
  • Directors: Jonathan Frakes
  • Writers: William Osborne, Michael McCullers
  • Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Mark Huffam
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JMZA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,385 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Thunderbirds (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Creating the Action
  • Tracy Island Revealed
  • Lady P. and Parker: Fun and Stunts
  • Fab1: More Than a Car
  • Lady Penelope's Pink World
  • "Busted" Music Video
  • Feature Commentary with Director Johnathan Frakes
  • Trailers

  • Editorial Reviews

    Take off with the Thunderbirds! Armed with the latest high-tech vehicles and gadgets, the Tracy family tackles global rescue operations on a daily basis. But when their archenemy, "The Hood" (Ben Kingsley), sabotages the Thunderbirds as part of his master plan to rob the world's richest banks, it's up to Alan, the youngest Tracy, to spring into action before disaster strikes. Loaded with non-stop thrills, you'll love the full-throttle family adventure that has fans cheering…Thunderbirds are GO!

    Customer Reviews

    Really corny, but I could understand kids liking it.
    Gary Peterson
    The main thing I would have changed would have been to focus on the entire Tracy family, not just the youngest son.
    S. Taylor
    The movie is clean fun with a ton of special effects.
    P. Luce

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr N Forbes-warren on July 25, 2004
    At last, the live action THUNDERBRIDS hit the big screen in the UK this weekend,and myself and my wife Sarah were among the first to see it. We were surprised that it was way better than we thought, and indeed, captured the corniness(if that's the right word) and tongue-in-cheek spirit of the TV series which we remember fondly from childhood. Though this film version owes more to SPY KIDS and CODY BANKS with the main Tracey family sons as teens, and there's nothing wrong with that. The story involves evil genius The Hood(BEN KINGSLEY!) taking over Tracey Island - International Rescue and the Thunderbirds' secret island base - in order to hijack the Thunderbird aircraft to rob the world's banks. Unfortunately, astronaut father Jeff Tracey and his elder sons are trapped on Thunderbird 5, the space station that receives distress calls for IR to answer when The Hood fires a missile from his sub(!!). So it is up to younger son Alan Tracey, Tintin and others, including London agent Lady Penelope(Sophia Myles, watch out more for her in the future!) and trusty chauffeur PArker to save the day. The real stars here though are the action and SFX scenes, particularly when The Hood causes a bit of havoc in London by the Thames. Lots of fun for adults and great for the children to enjoy as well; and what a change it makes to see a family movie in which a family pulls together and solves their troubles as a team to get out of sticky situations instead of arguing dysfunctionally as is the case with most so-called family movies. Hey, just forget the negative reviews from certain websites and certain critics and enjoy the movie. A must see.
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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Canedo on October 15, 2004
    Format: DVD
    Okay, yeah, the THUNDERBIRDS movie wasn't perfect. They could have developed the characters of the established T-Bird brothers better, and the "Spy Kids" feel was a little annoying. Nevertheless, this old warrior found the movie to be a surprisingly emotional experience. You see, I grew up poor in a huge housing project in Los Angeles. There were many challenges in our neighborhood, including drugs, rowdy teens, violence, etc. Television and comic books were my only escape. In LA back in the late '60s the Thunderbirds TV show was shown on Sunday afternoons. My brothers and I thrilled to the exploits of the Tracy family. Who cared that they were puppets? The stories drew us in and the dedication of the Tracys inspired us and lifted us out of our challenging environment.

    Bottom line: I surprised myself by crying several times during the movie. The scene where the youngest Tracy and his buddy (the Brain's son) were watching a T-Bird rescue on TV at their boarding school had me bawling. So did the scene where the brothers landed in London after a harrowing time in space, to watch their youngest brother successfully rescue the people in the sunken gondola.

    Why was I so emotional with the T-Bird movie, in spite of its flaws? Because it brought me back to how the original show lifted me out of a difficult childhood. Yes, the movie wasn't perfect, but the inspiring vision of selfless service remained intact. I am very grateful to the producers for this chance to revisit my childhood idealism.
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    15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Darren Harrison VINE VOICE on July 29, 2005
    Format: DVD
    Growing up in the UK I used to watch the show THUNDERBIRDS religiously, it was one of my must-watch TV shows for me in my pre-teen years.
    So it was with a certain sense of equal trepidation mixed in with insatiable curiosity that I approached the big budget live action version of the Gerry Anderson original.
    Director Jonathon Frakes (Riker on Star Trek) brings the same colorful look to THUNDERBIRDS as he brought to CLOCKSTOPPERS, he also brings some of the same qualities - chiefly a light and loosely structured narrative. Perhaps this is a right choice however given the light comic book-style subject matter
    You may take from the above that I did not like THUNDERBIRDS. Not so. Apart from what I mention above the movie does have some bright moments of originality and conviction. Ben Kingsley is wonderfully over-the-top as the main villain The Hood and the film does sport some truly great special effects. Ron Cook also does a simply amazing impression of the original marionette Parker - I was very impressed.
    For those unfamiliar with the television show, let me fill in some background. The Tracy family (all male) - with the help of Brains and secret agent Lady Penelope (who seems to be very much inspired by Emma Peel) - head an organization named International Rescue from a secret Island base in the Pacific. With several amazing aircraft, submarines, rockets and even a space station (called Thunderbirds) at their disposal they travel the globe rescuing people from harrowing situations.
    As this movie opens International Rescue (IR) is at it again, rescuing the crew of a stricken oil rig as the youngest of the Tracy siblings Alan Tracy (played by Brady Corbet) watches on television from his schoolroom.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Emily on October 24, 2004
    Format: DVD
    Before I saw this film, I had only seen the original series a few times, and even though I enjoyed them, I had no expectations of the movie.

    If you ARE a die hard TB fan, and are not willing to be open minded, and look at your precious Thunderbirds from a different perspective, then I suggest that you go and buy yourself the original series instead.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this film; even though the plot was far from complex, and some of the acting was a bit weak, it was still good to watch.

    The film is about the youngest Tracy, Alan, and the tantrums he throws when his dad says he's too young to be in the Thunderbirds. Basically, The TB's get tricked into leaving Tracy Island, and the resident bad guy, "The Hood", and his cronies take over the island. What the Hood doesn't know, is that Alan Tracy and his friend Vermat (The Brain's son) are home for the school holidays, and have been left behind on the island along with Tin-tin (the gardener's daughter). The tree kids must save Tracy Island and their families from the Hood's evil scheme, with the help of Lady Penelope and her driver, Parker.

    Lady P and Parker steal the show I'm afraid, although at one stage she did go all Charlie's Angels on us, and I was a little bit worried.

    So yeh, relatively good movie, just don't be expecting award-winning acting or a close resembalance to the television series.
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