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Thunderbirds 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition Megaset
Thunderbirds 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition Megaset
Actor: Gerry Anderson
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Animation
UR     2008     27hr 44min

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 ...  more »


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Actor: Gerry Anderson
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Animation
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, 7-9 Years, 10-12 Years, Family Films, Animation, Science Fiction, Animation
Studio: A&E Home Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 01/22/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 27hr 44min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 12
SwapaDVD Credits: 12
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
Edition: Box set,Collector's Edition
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

What's new about this one?
SRFireside | Houston, TX United States | 01/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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). This in depth conversation also has Gerry talk about his seven favorite projects (he created a total of 15 television shows).

The Brains Behind the Thunderbirds: A documentary narrated by a character of the show: Brains. This hour long feature covers the various characters and their exploits in the series.

Pop Up Trivia - The two part episode "Pit of Peril" will include a pop up trivia track much like the ones they shown on TechTV's release of the show.

There are also lots of production photos and gallaries placed throughout the disks in this 12 disk collection (features are on disk 12). This collection has all 32 one-hour episodes included and is mastered in Dolby Stereo (just like the first release). Total run time is about 26 hours.

If you do not have the Thunderbirds in your collection now is a perfect time to get it. The list price is a good deal lower than the original list price for the first collection plus the packaging takes up a good deal less space (not to mention the remastering and extra features). If you have the original set then I suppose it's going to be a judgement call. I haven't heard any first hand accounts on how much an improvement the remastering will be compared to the original and I can't see how a couple of new featurettes would be enough to do a double dip.

Thunderbirds are go, go go!!
A. Richards | CA USA | 12/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This set was an introduction to Thunderbirds for 4 year olds. They still hold up after 40 years. My son likes the gadgets (spaceships, "the mole", etc). He also likes all the "boys" - especially Brains. My daughter likes Lady Penelope, her PINK Rolls-Royce, Parker, the plots, and the "duh-duh-duhhh!" music.

They both request "an episode" all the time.

And at the price for the entire set - it's a steal!"
Excellent !
J. CALDERON | MEXICO CITY | 05/09/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Excellent product. My first purchase was "The best of Thunderbirds" (with only six episodes) because I remember the TV series that I watched when I was a child. After watching that selection I decided to buy the whole series and I think it was a good idea because this pack is an anniversary edition with some bonus and the price is very affordable. Don't miss it, is one of the best animated series of all times."
Vintage Gerry Anderson!
Cecil Elliott, Jr. | Baltimore, Maryland | 12/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"By far, the very best of the Gerry Anderson Supermarionation series, is the Thunderbirds! When the Andersons started with Supercar, the process of Supermarionation was crude by today's standards. As each series progressed, the process was refined and improved. The first test came, when Stingray was released. Stingray focused on its story line and its characters. Even though Stingray lasted for one season, the experience allowed the Andersons and their production team, to develop the Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds is the story of former astronaut turned businessman, Jeff Tracy. Mr. Tracy used his fortune, to develop a world wide rescue service that would be known as International Rescue. His chief scientist, Brains, allowed the Thunderbirds to become a reality. Mr. Tracy knew in order for his organization to be effective, it had to remain a secret to the outside world in regards to their location or their base of operations. Enlisting the services of his sons Scott, Virgil, Alan, Gordon and John, enhanced the security of their operations. Their chief nemesis, is "The Hood". He was always after the secrets of International Rescue and the Thunderbird ships themselves. International Rescue had the equipment available, to handle any type of rescue situation - above or below the sea, above or below ground, in the air or in space. Having a proper lady like Lady Penelope and her chauffer Parker, to handle the convert aspects of International Rescue, adds to the appeal to the Thunderbirds. The Andersons kept the story line they used during Stingray. The Good Guys won over the Bad Guys and the ones who were in trouble, were rescued at the end.
The Thunderbirds lasted for two seasons. When it was not picked up by one of the networks in the United States, the production of the Thunderbirds came to an end. The series continued to enjoy success during its runs in syndication. The success of the original Thunderbirds series, led to a major motion picture, starring Bill Paxson as Jeff Tracy. Director Jonathan Frakes, kept with the story line of the original series. Ben Kingsley was very good in his role as The Hood.
The 40th anniversary collectors set of the Thunderbirds, is a must for anyone's DVD Collection. The Thunderbirds can be best described as "Vintage Gerry Anderson!""