Thunderbirds Are Go

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The first feature film starring the most daring marionettes in the known universe gets a polished presentation for its North American DVD release. Thunderbirds Are Go has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, with the images enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The original English-language audio appears in its original single-channel mix in Dolby Digital Mono, as well as in a surround-sound remix coded in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. Dubbed ...
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The first feature film starring the most daring marionettes in the known universe gets a polished presentation for its North American DVD release. Thunderbirds Are Go has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, with the images enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The original English-language audio appears in its original single-channel mix in Dolby Digital Mono, as well as in a surround-sound remix coded in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. Dubbed tracks in Spanish and French are also included in Dolby Digital Mono, as well as optional subtitles in French, Spanish, and English. Bonus materials include a commentary track featuring director David Lane and producer Sylvia Anderson, three short documentaries on the making of the film, a gallery of still photos, a "Who Said That?" quiz, and trailers for this movie as well as other titles available from MGM Home Entertainment.
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Special Features

Audio commentary; "History and Appeal" featurette; "Factory of Dolls and Rockets" featurette; "Epics in Miniature" featurette; Animated photo gallery; Who Said That? quiz; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Gibner
Never more than a cult hit in America, the British puppet-based action program Thunderbirds was popular enough at home to spawn a couple of big-screen super adventures. For this first film, creator Gerry Anderson and his "Supermarionation" puppets run through what could be called a Thunderbirds greatest hits package. This film version features virtually nothing but all the explosions, Technicolor Thunderbird ship blastoffs, and puppets running into each other that made the original show so much fun. With the larger screen format, Anderson and co-director David Lane manage to enlarge everything in the film to a grander scale. No viewer will ever likely forget the scene where Alan Tracy and the pink-clad Lady Penelope fly through space in a pink Rolls Royce to see "the biggest star in the universe" (voiced by Cliff Richard) sing at the Swinging Star club. Even though the film's healthy quantity of cheeseball "special effects," such as the entire sequence where the Thunderbirds travel into space, will likely cause some viewers to explode with laughter, the film moves along with a contagious spirit of excitement that is hard to ignore. The greatest quality of this film, and the original series, is that everyone involved took very seriously what was seen at the time as simply entertainment for children. The end result of this passion is the rare film that is perfect entertainment for both children and adults.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/2004
  • UPC: 027616905918
  • Original Release: 1968
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvia Anderson Penelope Creighton-Ward
Ray Barrett John Tracy
Alexander Davion Greg Martin
David Graham Gordon Tracy, Brains, Parker
Peter Dyneley Jeff Tracy
Christine Finn Tin Tin
Paul Maxwell Paul Travers
Neil McCallum Dr. Pierce
Bob Monkhouse Brad Newman
Shane Rimmer Scott Tracy
Charles "Bud" Tingwell Dr. Grant, Angry Young Man, Public Relations Officer
Matt Zimmerman Alan Tracy/Messenger
Jeremy Wilkins Virgil Tracy/President
Technical Credits
Gerry Anderson Director, Producer, Screenwriter
David Lane Director
Sylvia Anderson Producer, Screenwriter
Bob Bell Art Director
Ray Brown Special Effects
Barry Gray Score Composer
Derek Meddings Special Effects
Harry Oakes Cinematographer
John Peverall Sound/Sound Designer
The Shadows Songwriter
Len Walter Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title [1:50]
2. Zero X [4:17]
3. First Men to Mars [3:45]
4. Blast-Off [1:53]
5. Snag [4:47]
6. Sabotage [2:14]
7. Family of Flyers [5:37]
8. Tea Time in England [:46]
9. Lady Penelope [1:37]
10. Press Conference [3:15]
11. Pre-Checks [2:17]
12. Unmasked [1:32]
13. By Land, Air & Sea [5:34]
14. Leaving Earth [2:54]
15. All Clear [1:49]
16. Left Out [1:35]
17. The Swinging Star [7:50]
18. Duty Calls [2:26]
19. F.A.B. [1:50]
20. On Mars [3:30]
21. Rock Formations [:46]
22. Under Attack [4:07]
23. Narrow Escape [1:11]
24. Logistics [:04]
25. Re-Entry [1:02]
26. Malfunction [3:18]
27. Thunderbirds in Action [:45]
28. Nearing Zero X [3:50]
29. Delicate Duty [4:27]
30. Fab 1 [6:40]
31. Never Alone [1:31]
32. End Credits [2:05]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scenes
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
      Spoken Languages: DTS 5.1 Surround
      Spoken Languages: English Mono
      Spoken Languages: Français Mono
      Spoken Languages: Español Mono
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
   Features
      Audio Commentary by Producer Sylvia Anderson and Director David Lane: On/Off
      Featurettes
         History and Appeal
         Factory of Dolls and Rockets
         Epics in Miniature
         Play All
      "Who Said That?" Quiz
         Play Quiz
      Animated Photo Gallery
      Theatrical Trailer
      Other Great MGM Releases
         The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Special Edition Trailer
         The Great Escape - Special Edition Trailer
         Jeremiah TV Series Trailer
         MGM Means Great Movies Trailer
         More Great MGM Releases
            Die Another Day
            The Magnificent Seven
            To Live and Die in LA
            The Howling
            Escape From New York
            Jeepers Creepers 2
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