Thunderbirds Complete Series Digistack--9-Disc Box Set - Mega Set (1965)
Genre Family; Sci-Fi
Studio A&E
Movie Release Date 1965
Country UK
Language English
Audience Rating NR
Running Time 27 hr 24 mins
Format DVD
Color Color
Peter Dyneley Jeff Tracy/Various characters (voice)
Shane Rimmer Scott Tracy/Various characters (voice)
Sylvia Anderson Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward/Various characters (voice)
Ray Barrett John Tracy/The Hood/Various characters (voice)
Christine Finn Tin-Tin/Grandma/Various characters (voice)
David Graham Gordon Tracy/Brains/Parker/Kyrano/Various characters (voice)
David Holliday Virgil Tracy/Various characters (voice)
Jeremy Wilkin Virgil Tracy (1966)/Various characters (voice)
Matt Zimmerman Alan Tracy/Various characters (voice)
Brian Cobby Intro sequence voice over ('Thunderbirds Are Go' etc) (voice) (uncredited)
John Derek Lt. Gil Hackett
John Drew Barrymore Pvt. Tom McCreery
Sammy McKim Cpl. Ray Hanford
Gene Evans Sgt. Mike Braggart
Barton MacLane Sergeant Durkee
Ward Bond Lt. John McCreery
Armando Silvestre Corporal Ralph Mogay
Robert Neil Keith Watson
Eileen Christy Mary Caldwell
Mona Freeman Lieutenant Ellen Henderson
Dick Simmons Captain Norton
Walter Reed The Lieutenant
Ben Cooper Calvin Jones
Wally Cassell P.F.C. Sam Jacobs
Slim Pickens Pvt. Shelby
Director Gerry Anderson
Director Brian Burgess
Director David Elliott
Writer Tony Barwick
Writer Martin Crump
Producer Gerry Anderson
Director David Lane
Writer Gerry Anderson
Writer Sylvia Anderson
"Filmed in VIDECOLOR [explosions, drum roll, music builds to a climax] and SUPERMARIONATION"! The opening sequence of Thunderbirds is itself a masterclass in Gerry Anderson's marionette hyperbole: who else would dare to make a virtue out of the fact that (a) the show is in colour and (b) it's got puppets in it? But everything about this series really is epic: Thunderbirds is action on the grandest scale, pre-dating such high-concept Hollywood vehicles as Armaggedon by 30 years and more (the acting is better, too), and fetishising 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 to 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 (number plate FAB1), driven by lugubrious chauffeur Parker, whose "Yes, milady" catch phrase 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.

In this box set: all 32 episodes on eight discs, plus a bonus DVD featuring "The Thunderbirds Companion", an action-packed compilation which features the very best Thunderbirds rescues and scenes and tells the whole story behind Gerry Anderson's legendary action adventure series. Includes behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Gerry Anderson, David Graham (the voice of Parker, Brains and Kyrano), Thunderbirds directors Alan Patillo and Bob Bell, and puppeteer John Blundall. --Mark Walker

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Collection Status In Collection
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Edition Details
Barcode 733961705003
Region 2
Release Date 19-Jul-04
Packaging Custom Case
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 Color
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1