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Thunderbirds (Widescreen Edition) (2004)

Bill Paxton , Anthony Edwards , Jonathan Frakes  |  PG |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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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 (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JMZA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,804 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!

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    20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant movie version of a great kids TV show! 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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    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia Trip 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
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fun kids adaptation of a classic TV series 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
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very good. August 1, 2004
    My wife and I have been fans of the Thunderbirds TV series forever. We own a lot of episodes in VHS and a few in DVD. We've been showing them to our 6 year old for the last 2 years or so, and he's become somewhat of a fan himself.

    Yesterday I took him to see the movie, without really knowing what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised, especially after reading some of the critics out there. What I liked the most about the movie is how faithful to the original TV series they stayed. Not only do you get to see ALL the super cool Thunderbird machines (#1, #2, #3, #5 but also submarine #4 and even the "Mole") "for real" (as real as it gets with the wonders of modern digital special effects), but every detail I can think of was included: From The Hood and his hypnotic and telekynetic powers to Tin-tin, from Lady Penelope's dream car and Chauffeur (and former burglar) Parker to Tracy's island swimming pools,control rooms and tropical jungle, the Thunderbirds' world is drawn with an attention to detail that will delight long term fans. My only regret is that Brains is depicted as a stuttering ugly looking geek, which did not match my original mental picture (except the geek part of course).

    Anyway, the acting may not be academy award winning class, but Bill Paxton still turns out a pretty convincing Jeff Tracy, and Sophia Myles a charming Penelope. And frankly, the original TV series was already pretty awesome despite the "acting" ability of puppets, thanks to the originality of the story and of the premise behind it. So this movie did not need much in terms of acting as long as special effects would be convincing (and they are!) and the original premise of the Thunderbirds world would be preserved.

    So definitely go see the movie or get the DVD if:

    - You are a fan of Thunderbirds

    - You enjoy Bond or similar movies for the mix of lively action and high tech cool gadgets.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    1.0 out of 5 stars very poor runing of the dvd movie was stop and go ...
    very poor runing of the dvd movie was stop and go for a rental want money back due to the runing of the rental movie and the movie was of poor type of movie . Read more
    Published 7 days ago by Roger Jouron
    5.0 out of 5 stars Thunderbirds are GO!!!!!
    What a great film if you have kids or grew up like I did on this amazing TV series then you have to have this in your collection such fun...
    Published 11 days ago by Doozie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I grew up with the Thunderbird Marionettes, I have 1 complete series and I hope to get more.
    Published 23 days ago by Lola Ann Bynum
    5.0 out of 5 stars Nice that Amazon had it
    My daughter loves this movie. Lent out our first copy and never saw it again! Nice that Amazon had it !!!
    Published 1 month ago by Collector 23
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie.
    while not the goofy marionette show of the 60's the show is fun and offers the viewer something more than most of the movies out there. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by K.A.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Supermarination comes alive
    too bad they haven't done a sequel to this 2004 movie. I watched the puppets from the 1960's in the original series. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by J. Baumgartner
    4.0 out of 5 stars Cute
    This was somewhat funny and kind of a cute movie. An adventurous escapade with the entire family involved. Was cute.
    Published 6 months ago by Suzanne Schumacher
    1.0 out of 5 stars I just couldn't get into the Movie
    Okay, some kids might like thunderbirds but as an adult I just couldn't get into the movie - after 30 minutes or so... I turned
    it off. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Robert Pylant
    5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FOR KIDS
    FOR TODAY KIDS, IT'S A GREAT MOVIE.
    MY GRANDSONS HAD SEEN IT MORE THAT 100 TIMES.
    THE MUSIC IS GREAT AND BECAUSE IT'S MADE WITH REAL PEOPLE MY KIDS THINK THAT THEY ALSO... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by J. S. Alfille
    5.0 out of 5 stars thanks
    Thanks for having this movie when I was a kid I remember only watching part of this movie again thanks
    Published 7 months ago by Joseph
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