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I’m a little disappointed with this Thunderbirds Blu Ray box set. Being a fan of the Gerry Anderson shows I am lucky enough to own Captain Scarlet, UFO and Space 1999 on blu ray as well which were released by Network and you can definitely tell this blu ray was not a network one. For a start there is no episode listing included so you have no idea of the episodes on each disc which I found surprising. The picture and sound quality is definitely better than dvd but, at times, the HD quality isn’t quite there and it appears extra sounds have been added to the original soundtrack. As other have mentioned the aspect ratio is 16:9 not the original 4:3 and it doesn’t quite work. Hopefully Network will get to do a blu ray release for the 60th anniversary but, in the meantime, this will do just don’t expect it to match the quality of a network release
I really enjoyed this. I was born in '85 and watched Thunderbirds growing up, even though it was still quite old in the early 90s.
I recently bought this Blu-ray set and I really enjoyed it. It was fantastic quality in terms of both the visuals and the audio, on a 40" Smart HD TV. In many ways Thunderbirds was quite advanced beyond its years, showing things as fiction which have either now become a reality or will someday soon.
***Possible tiny spoilers ahead!***
The writing was good, bar the odd episode, but then that's the same with any serialised programme. I found the voice acting to be ok. Considering its age, I think it stands up to the test of time well. I loved the models and miniatures. Very few goofs in the episodes, bar the odd daft thing like drivers side swapping constantly in different shots of the same vehicle.
My only two criticisms would be character development and plot. I don't feel that any of the characters were fleshed out during the series. We know so little about them from the series and they all seem far too nice. A family of men would likely butt heads frequently, it's a little too idyllic. Virgil probably gets the most development and even then it's just shots of him being artistic, painting or playing the piano. Maybe Alan a little too with his love of racing.
My other point would be a specific part of the plots. Every episode is the same: some massive, international, super rich company makes a ridiculously stupid mistake that puts people's lives at risk, somehow don't have any security or quality checks of their own despite being filthy rich and seemingly cannot handle problems with their own super state of the art machinery. It's just a little far fetched that, for example, a huge airport would have no way of dealing with a bomb threat when they've just had multi-million dollar planes made, or that a monorail would be unmanned and develop faults that their own engineers couldn't even manage.
As anyone who knows me will testify, I live for the varied multiverse of the Gerry Anderson universe. I eat sleep and breathe shows such as UFO, SPACE 1999 and New Captain Scarlet.
Whilst I have to admit that Thunderbirds is one of my least favourite Gerry Anderson shows, seeing as I have it already in audio cassette form, CD form, vinyl records form, 8mm film, VHS and DVD formats as well as UMB DVD it seemed only right to get it in Blu Ray too.
It seems I know more about Thunderbirds than the people that produced the packaging on this boxset, why would you put an insignificant character like Kyrano on the cover, unless you were stupid enough to think he was International Rescue's nemesis The Hood.
This boxset (which is remarkable cheap considering it has all thirty two episodes of the 1965/1966 series of Gerry Anderson's most remembered show Thunderbirds.
Although the extras don't add anything to what I already have in my collection and the difference in picture isn't all that significant, its still interesting to watch this series over again, something I haven't done for several months.
Yes it's dated, yes it's scientific tosh and yes it's politically incorrect with a) no black characters and b) some sterotypically xenophobic interpretations of foreign languages/accents and c) it has a lot of it's heroes and heroines smoking (tut tut).
At this price it is still worth a punt and well worth watching, I'd recommend it to anyone.
Having read varying reviews, not only from Amazon and other sites at first I was abit reticent to part with so much cash for something I already owned in its 4:3 format as a DVD but having seen how clear and sharp this new 16.09 version is I am glad I took the chance. I can quite understand the packaging faults and the fact that the series was originally made for a 4;3 format and losing a small section of the image might be a bug bear for many but I can't believe that Gerry Anderson would compromise the loss of image of his brilliant and still timeless series if it were never shown again. I fear that this could be the reason behind the format change but if you are such a purist I would recommend the DVD digipack. Remember Thunderbirds was a series that was about innovation and pushing the human(puppet) limit and I believe that this blu ray transfer does exactly that. There may be compromises but over the next ten or twenty years I think they will be invisible. Only the purists will know.
I have been a Thunderbirds fan since the series began and I decided to purchase the Blue-ray. Whenever I watched TB's on DVD I always changed the television picture ration form 4:3 to zoom (filling the picture to full screen). I have no problem with the 16:9 ratio on the Blue-ray as I hate seeing the black bars down each side. The picture quality is exceptionally good for a 1960's show and I enjoyed watching them again very much. My reason for only 4 stars is that I noticed the picture jumping up and down on some of the scenes. Also they have used a photo of Kyrano on the cover instead of the Hood, which was obviously produced by someone not really a fan of the series. Other than these small problems, the Blue-ray is well worth purchasing and if you only want to watch the 4:3 ratio, then keep hold of the old DVD set.
From an ecological point of view, this rich person's guide to save the planet is eh...slightly questionable. Six wheel Rolls Royce's, atomic powered rockets and airplanes. But that's not what the Thunderbirds are all about. This was the pinnacle of super marionetation; Stingray was clumsy, Captain Scarlet too serious and pretentious, but the Thunderbirds had it all: a great soundtrack, lovingly crafted sets and vehicles, characters,... in full technicolor. A pity the producers opted for a wide screen ratio instead of the original 4:3
Well I have seen this show on tv for the last 40 years and the blu ray release is by picture is the best remaster so far but the jury is out on the 16X9 transfer now look at picture its is stunning the colors are fab.
But hold on one day this show will have to be shown in 16x9 and this is fact of life if this show is to be shown all over world as sales go
But 4x3 is always the best format ITV digtal will take note of this I still have over 4 sets of transfer pints.
Gerry Anderson will remain at the top of entertainment game as he always will.
Thunderbirds are go on blu ray was worried about the negative feedback but got the series was glad I did don't worry about the crop comments it does not change the image in a negative way it more enhances it without seeing the strings. The images for blu ray are great the only reason why I give it 4 is the sound on DTS for 5.1 could be better. All in all a great series for Bluray go get it FAB