Imagine James Bond and Mission Impossible performed by marionettes. Throw in some eye opening and lavish (miniature 1/3 scale puppets) sets, special effects, and a “gee whiz!” attention to detail, and you begin to get an idea of why “Thunderbirds” has such a cult following. The scripts are involving and could just as easily have been performed by live actors with good results. There are enough cool gadgets in this series to please the ten year old boy in every grown up man (I suspect this series is more of a guy thing because relationships take second place to action). There is something else fascinating about this series and that is how seriously the producers, directors, designers took what was essentially a children’s puppet show and kept to such high (and unnecessary) standards. This may be partly due to producer Gerry Anderson’s frustrated desire to work as a mainstream film director/producer with live actors (he eventually got his wish years later). Seeing marionettes perform in realistic sets, with sophisticated action scripts, and good voice acting is a novel experience that appeals to everyone who has ever had a train set and tried to build a miniature town or city.I bought this series for my mindless summer vacation viewing and it has been great fun. The DVD transfers are very clean.This is great family entertainment, summer viewing, father and son get together material. Way to go, Thunderbirds!
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Wow!…I’ve just bought this set and I am really thrilled about it!I’ve just seen the first DVD and I relived my whole childhood! I remembered lots of details about these first episodes and to be able to watch them again, some 30 (or so) years later is quite an experience!!!As a kid I was really impressed by all the gadgets in this series: I loved the airplanes, the spaceships, the cars, the architecture. No wonder why I ended up being a car designer! I remember that all of the first ideas for futuristic automobiles that I drew as a kid had double front axles, just like Lady Penelope’s Rolls-Royce!It’s amazing that many of the sci-fi ideas displayed in this series still seem fresh after all these years. A lot of effort and creativity went into producing these episodes!If you were a fan of the Thunderbirds back in the 60′s you’ll enjoy this set! Buy it, don’t hesitate, it’s worth every single dollar!My only dissappointment is that this set comes in only one language: english. Back in the sixties I watched the series translated into spanish since I live and grew up in Mexico, and I miss hearing the voices that I remembered!…
I can’t add to the other excellent reviews by others, but I need to comment on Amazon’s pricing of $162 which is only $18 less the Suggested Retail Price. Instead, there are other reputable places where you can buy this must-have DVD set for a more reasonable price. Costco, for instance, lists this set at $90, a far cry from Amazon’s $162.