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Thunderbirds International Rescue Edition 2-Pack Gift Set (Thunderbirds Are Go / Thunderbird 6)

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Blast off into interplanetary adventure with the first feature-length film starring the International Rescue team: millionaire ex-astronaut Jeff Tracy, his five stalwart sons, the fabulous secret agent Lady Penelope and, of course, their incredibly futuristic fleet of Thunderbird rescue ships! When the mighty spaceship Zero X is sabotaged on its first takeoff for Mars, International Rescue is summoned to provide security for the second launch attempt. But after the ship successfully reaches its destination, it is attacked by rampaging alien life forms! Once again, the brave and resourceful International Rescue team is called into action. Can the team help the damaged ship re-enter Earth's atmosphere and prevent a crash-landing with devastating consequences?

The Tracy team are back in action in another riveting adventure! This time it will take all of their combined effort – and the cunning wit of their colleague Lady Penelope – to defeat an international ring of terrorists who've targeted International Rescue for destruction! While on the maiden voyage of the fabulous new passenger vessel "Skyship One," Lady Penelope is shocked to discover that the original crew has been killed and replaced with a ruthless gang of hijackers who want to use her to obtain classified information about the International Rescue team! As the hijacked super-plane circles the globe on a collision course with catastrophe, Penelope must outwit her captors and send an urgent SOS to get help from her fearless cohorts…before it's too late!

Thunderbirds Are Go followed the remarkable success of the Thunderbirds television series, bringing the three-dimensional puppet animation adventures of International Rescue to the big screen. Set in the 21st century, there is no attempt to explain the background story: as in the TV show International Rescue is a private family organization who uses high-tech craft to rescue anyone in peril. Here it's the first manned flight to Mars that's in danger, as International Rescue foils a sabotage attempt at the launch, then race to avert disaster when the spaceship returns to earth. What could have made a 50-minute TV episode is expanded to feature length with Martian "rock monsters" and a surreal dream-sequence involving Alan Tracy, Lady Penelope, and "Cliff Richard Jnr" & the Shadows, with a new song performed by the real Cliff and the Shadows. In the theaters, Thunderbirds Are Go was competing against another British children's TV sci-fi spin-off, the equally colorful Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150AD, and would be followed by Thunderbird 6 (1968). Yet apart from more complex model work, a bigger orchestra, and even bigger explosions, on TV this plays like a widescreen double-length episode.

Thunderbird 6 revolved around a new addition to the lineup of International Rescue's five emergency craft. The plot sees Lady Penelope, Alan, Tin-Tin, and Parker as the only passengers on the maiden, round-the-world flight of a futuristic airship, which is hijacked in a bid to capture Thunderbirds 1 and 2. From the moment Alan arrives on a Bond-style jetpack, the film veers away from the TV show into espionage adventure territory, and while the only people International Rescue rescues are their own members, they kill a fair number of bad guys. The global tour means there are more locations than ever, and though the story takes a long time developing, the Die Hard-on-an-airship finale delivers the most explosive set piece of Gerry Anderson's career. As for Thunderbird 6, opinion remains divided as to whether it's an ingenious twist or a disappointing gimmick, but the movie's blend of model and live-action footage results in two superbly staged stunt sequences. The Andersons would make one further feature film, Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969). --Gary S. Dalkin

Special Features

  • Thunderbirds Are Go (International Rescue Edition)
  • Commentary by producer Sylvia Anderson and director David Lane
  • "History and Appeal" featurette
  • "Factory of Dolls and Rockets" featurette
  • "Epics in Miniature" featurette
  • Animated photo gallery
  • "Who Said That?" quiz
  • Easter eggs
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Thunderbird 6 (International Rescue Edition)
  • "Lady Penelope" featurette
  • "Building Better Puppets" featurette
  • "Tiger Moth" featurette
  • Craft mission match-up quiz
  • Punch-out spaceships
  • Collectible magnets

Product Details

  • Actors: Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett, Alexander Davion, Peter Dyneley, Christine Finn
  • Directors: David Lane
  • Writers: Sylvia Anderson, Gerry Anderson
  • Producers: Sylvia Anderson, Gerry Anderson, John Read
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    General Audience
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00022PZ56
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,575 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Thunderbirds International Rescue Edition 2-Pack Gift Set (Thunderbirds Are Go / Thunderbird 6)" on IMDb

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First of all, they are the TRACY brothers NOT the 'ALAN' brothers....Alan is one of the brothers. In my opinion, what makes the Thunderbirds cool is the different vehicles and gadgets, and the great miniature sets, all of which contribute to creating a somewhat believable self-contained world. And another thing: when I think of the time period in which the Thunderbirds' movies and television episodes were produced (the 1960s), I don't think of the elements of the show relating to the Cold War or the U.S. vs. the U.S.S.R....I think of the quest for space, Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's idealized view of the future, and the emphasis on innovative gadgetry. I have the laserdisc versions of the two Thunderbird movies in letterbox and I did have the VHS pan-and-scan videos, and I must say it's a treat to watch either film in widescreen. The photography and image composition are excellent in this format, and it helps make up for the slow pacing in both films. I prefer "Thunderbird 6" over the first film because there is a bit more humor and I think the special effects are an improvement over "Thunderbirds are Go!" To me, paying 20 to 25 bucks for both films together is a bargain considering what I paid for the these two films on laserdisc and VHS. FAB!
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The works of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson have diminished little since their salad days in the 1960s.
The release of 'Thunderbirds are Go' and 'Thunderbird 6'to DVD to coincide with the theatrical release of the live action movie in theaters soon,is a delight to see once more.
I hadn't seen these movies since their intial release in 1966 and 1968 respectively but my memory told me the second one was a little better,and I was right.'Thunderbirds are Go' gets a little long in spots and is at times a bit disjointed in plot while 'Thunderbird 6' generally moves along very well.
While working with marionettes and miniature sets was nothing
new,the Andersons took the two where no man or woman had gone before and made it almost an artform in itself.The Andersons' imaginations on the Thunderbirds series and the many others they had running and working at the same time like 'Stingray' and 'Fireball XL-5'(my fave)showed the unbelievable talent and skill they possesed.And to see how well these films still stand up today is a fine testament to that.
Sure you can still see the wires from time to time but the main thing was the tapestry they wove with their myriad of plot devices coupled with the working and integrating of the marionettes with live sequences/actors.In fact in 'Thunderbird 6' try to differentiate between the miniature Tiger Moth biplane and the real thing(...or was it?).And was that the marionettes hand or an actors?
Furthermore the Andersons took the entire thing beyond just this and made each individual marionette into a genuine character with all the foibles and emotions one sees with live actors.With just the right dialogue and nuance they pulled you into that world and you "believed".This hadn't been done before nor has it since.
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I had the series already on DVD and debated about getting the individual DVD's of these 2 movies or get the set. I am so glad I got the set! It even comes with the super "birds", landing area and the space station models. (Cardboard, yes, but very nice none the less) I highly recommend the set to any one debating like I did if it was worth the little extra cost. It was and is.
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Between September 1965 and December 1966, British TV viewers had the opportunity to watch a program featuring a family (the Tracy's) represented by marionettes. The family members had devoted themselves to rescuing others (also played by marionettes) who had gotten themselves into various forms of trouble, usually due to some type of technical difficulty, weather or sabotage. Calling themselves "International Rescue", the Tracy family was more popularly known by the various high-tech vehicles that they used: the Thunderbirds, which was also the name of the TV program.

Consisting of 32 episodes (26 during its first season and 6 during its second), BBC-TV cancelled "The Thunderbirds" early into its second season. Knowing that their show had been cancelled, the show creators, Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, produced a feature length film entitled "Thunderbirds Are Go" that was released in British theaters 10 days before the final television episode aired on December 25, 1966. The film's fictional story was about the first manned space flight to Mars using a spacecraft called "Zero-X". On take-off, the Zero-X crashes. Two years later, an investigative committee concludes that the crash was due to sabotage. With the impending take-off of the second Zero-X mission, mission commanders decide to ask International Rescue for assistance with security. However, International Rescue has never provided security, as its mission has been limited to helping those who are already in trouble. After thinking it over, John Tracy (voice of Ray Barrett) decides to assist.
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