Thunderbirds - Set 1
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The '60s cult favorite comes to DVD with these thrilling episodes: Trapped in the Sky," Pit of Peril," City of Fire," The Sunprobe," The Uninvited" and The Mighty Atom" as well as the 1965 featurette The Making of Thunderbirds ." 2 DVDs. 2001/color/156 min/NR/fullscreen.
"Filmed in VIDECOLOR [explosions, drum roll, music builds to a climax] and SUPERMARIONATION"! The opening sequence of Thunderbirds is itself a master class in Gerry Anderson's marionette hyperbole: who else would dare to make a virtue out of the fact that (a) the show is in color and (b) it's got puppets in it? But everything about this series really is epic: Thunderbirds is action on the grandest scale, predating such high-concept Hollywood vehicles as Armageddon by 30 years and more (the acting is better, too), and fetishizing gadgets in a way that even the most excessive Bond movies could never hope to rival. Unsurprisingly, it transpires that the visual effects are by Derek Meddings, whose later contributions to Bond movies like The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker echo his pioneering model work here. As for the characters, the clean-cut Tracey boys take second place in the audiences' affections to their cool machines--the real stars of the show--while comic relief is to be found in the charming company of Lady Penelope and her pink Rolls (license plate FAB1), driven by lugubrious chauffeur Parker, whose "Yes, milady" catchphrase resonated around school playgrounds for decades. (Spare a thought for poor old John Tracey, stuck up in space on Thunderbird 5 with only the radio for company.) The puppet stunt work is breathtakingly audacious, and every week's death-defying escapade is nail-bitingly choreographed in the very best tradition of disaster movies. First shown in 1964 and now digitally remastered, Thunderbirds is children's TV that still looks and sounds like big-budget Hollywood.
On this DVD: International Rescue's very first adventure provides a template for all the rest: in "Trapped in the Sky," an experimental new aircraft becomes the target of an evil Bond-style megalomaniac who wants to get his hands on all the neat gear operated by the Tracey siblings. The show introduces, in fetishistic detail, the recurring set-pieces: Thunderbird 1 taking off from the roll-back swimming pool, the question of which pod Thunderbird 2 will use this week--the mole, or the submarine, perhaps?--and so on. Nostalgia fans will be pleased to learn that despite digital remastering the puppet strings are still in evidence, and no amount of high-tech restoration could remove the clunky expository dialogue:
Stewardess: "It's the maiden flight of the new atomic-powered Fireflash."
Passenger: "Isn't that the new aircraft that flies six times the speed of sound?"
Stewardess: "That's right, but don't worry: it's perfectly safe."
[Cut to: interior, Fireflash landing gear, a device clearly labeled "Auto-Bomb Detonator Unit"]
Sinister bad guy (talking to himself for no readily apparent reason): "Perfect. Enough explosives to smash the Atomic Reactor."
In the second episode, "Pit of Peril," an absurdly impractical U.S. Army vehicle falls into the eponymous pit, necessitating use of pod 5, the mole. Joy! Four more episodes are included. --Mark Walker
- 6 complete episodes: Volume One: Trapped in the Sky, Pit of Peril, City of Fire Volume Two: Sunprobe, The Uninvited, The Mighty Atom
- Original 1965 "The Making of Thunderbirds" featurette
- Photo gallery of production stills
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After watching a few episodes the format is clear: Some complex endeavour has failed. Those in charge, army generals, flight controllers and skyscraper managers attempt a correction. They are not bumblers and their heroics are serious even though they don't succeed. When International Rescue comes in, they have to work at it too, preparing, organizing. Nothing comes easy; the puppets even sweat!
Anyone who watches this show will come to understand that technology by itself is not a panacea, that it requires painstaking care and human oversight, that it often fails, and that it takes time to get things done, thus teaching the need for patience and persistence, something we tend to forget about in this day and age of "internet time".
I am sure that this will appeal to any young child. Good always gets the upper hand over evil and the plots are easy to follow but to a young person still have plenty of action and adventure. The puppetry is great and every now and then you can spot the strings which adds to the nostalga without detracting from the appeal. In a world that is crying out for heros who selflessly seek to help others I feel this is a great example.
Alltogether a good program for both children and even enjoyed by many adults, especially myself.