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Terrahawks: The Complete Series


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  • Actors: Jeremy Hitchen, Denise Bryer, Anne Ridler, Ben Stevens, Windsor Davies
  • Directors: Alan Pattillo, Desmond Saunders, Tony Bell, Tony Lenny
  • Writers: Gerry Anderson
  • Producers: Bob Bell, Christopher Burr
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: A&E
  • Release Date: Jan. 27 2004
  • Run Time: 975 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00012QLGE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,417 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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This is the last pure puppet series Gerry Anderson created, coming back to the medium after Space 1999 and UFO, and before the rarely seen Space Cops. It's a lot more tongue-in-cheek than his earlier works like Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet (Also available on DVD) but no less entertaining.
The plot is familiar - alien androids on Mars declare war on Earth over a misunderstanding. Zelda is leader of the android (disfunctional) family of Yung-star and Cy-star, and later in the series, Cy-star's child, It-star (an androgynous "birl-goy", as Cy-star couldn't make up her mind which gender it should be). Zelda attacks earth regularly with the assistance of interstellar villains like Moid, (Master of Infinite Disguise) Lord Sram (a lizard with a scream that'll put Black Canary to shame) and Yuri, the telekiektic teddy bear. (Like I said, more tongue-in-cheek)
Earth's last defense is the Terrahawks team, led by "Tiger" Ninestein, a genetically engineered clone with eight backup copies, the perfect expendable leader. The team also includes Mary Falconer, (Tiger's emotional interest), Kate Kestrel, Pop Star (She performs the show's supercool closing theme, "Living in the 21st Century") Lieutenant Hawkeye and Liutenant Hiro. The main soldiers of the team are the Zeroids, spherical robots with their own individual personalities. Sargeant-Major Zero, leader of the Zeroids is voiced by British character actor Windsor Davies.
The series came and went with barely a release in the US in the early 80s, but it was warmly received by those who caught it. It's great to see that it's getting the same treatment as the rest of the Anderson series. Well worth a look.
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By A. Larson on Nov. 26 2012
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worst anderson show ,almost unwatchable. although I did just cus I paid for it, better off buying Joe 90, Secret Service, Captain Scarlet, or even Supercar
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Hawkwing, you have a ten-fifty! Feb. 7 2004
By Vinnie Bartilucci - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is the last pure puppet series Gerry Anderson created, coming back to the medium after Space 1999 and UFO, and before the rarely seen Space Cops. It's a lot more tongue-in-cheek than his earlier works like Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet (Also available on DVD) but no less entertaining.
The plot is familiar - alien androids on Mars declare war on Earth over a misunderstanding. Zelda is leader of the android (disfunctional) family of Yung-star and Cy-star, and later in the series, Cy-star's child, It-star (an androgynous "birl-goy", as Cy-star couldn't make up her mind which gender it should be). Zelda attacks earth regularly with the assistance of interstellar villains like Moid, (Master of Infinite Disguise) Lord Sram (a lizard with a scream that'll put Black Canary to shame) and Yuri, the telekiektic teddy bear. (Like I said, more tongue-in-cheek)
Earth's last defense is the Terrahawks team, led by "Tiger" Ninestein, a genetically engineered clone with eight backup copies, the perfect expendable leader. The team also includes Mary Falconer, (Tiger's emotional interest), Kate Kestrel, Pop Star (She performs the show's supercool closing theme, "Living in the 21st Century") Lieutenant Hawkeye and Liutenant Hiro. The main soldiers of the team are the Zeroids, spherical robots with their own individual personalities. Sargeant-Major Zero, leader of the Zeroids is voiced by British character actor Windsor Davies.
The series came and went with barely a release in the US in the early 80s, but it was warmly received by those who caught it. It's great to see that it's getting the same treatment as the rest of the Anderson series. Well worth a look.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Expect the Unexpected! The OTHER `Legend of Zelda' March 9 2005
By iansomniak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Flaming thunderbolts! What in spacefire is it?! Well, mine grandmother, it's "exactry" 39 episodes of the WEIRDest puppet show of the 21st century: TERRAHAWKS! This far out Supermacromation marathon stars the hideous android witch, Zelda (Imperial Queen of planet Guk), her equally hideous sister, Cystar (who persists in shouting "WON-DER-FUL!" despite the fact that it always makes her yellow wig fall over her eyes), and Zelda's gurgling "cretin" of a son known as Yung-Star (also hideous). Did I mention these puppets are HIDEOUS? I swear, this trio makes The Dark Crystal look like a beauty pageant! Anyhow, the year is 2020 and Queen Zelda has destroyed Earth's base on Mars and replaced it with her own massive headquarters. From here, Zelda employs the aid of sinister partners in crime such as Lord Sram, Yuri the killer space bear, Sporilla the giant space gorilla, Lord Tempo, MOID (master of infinite disguise), and an endless supply of laser-firing cubes in her unceasing efforts to infiltrate the "stinking lair" of the "accursed Terrahawks" and exterminate the human race. No need to fear though, `cause video game fanatic Dr. "Tiger" Ninestein (the ninth clone of Professor Stein) along with Captain Mary Falconer and an army of bouncing metal bowling balls (the Zeroids) led by Sergeant Major Zero are taking care of Hawknest, while Space Sergeant 101 and Lieutenant Hiro watch over the planet Earth aboard Spacehawk. Meanwhile, Captain Kate Kestrel (the pop music diva with the color-coordinated hair) is in the Ander-Burr Records studio with Stew Dapples re-recording her biggest hit, "S.O.S. Mr. Tracy" (a tribute to the Thunderbirds), as Hudson the talking Rolls-Royce waits outside. In the event of a 10:90, Dr. Ninestein will issue a 10:40 and Lieutenant Hawkeye and the Hawkwing will be ready with a 10:10! The 5-disc Terrahawks DVD set comes very nicely packaged with 5 keep-cases enclosed in a thin cardboard box. My one complaint is that the same picture of Ninestein is on the front of all 5 cases. The picture quality on these DVDs is not very impressive, especially when compared to the quality of the Thunderbirds discs. The sound quality is not great either, but this show is so obscure, you really can't expect a full restoration. Extras include photo galleries and a couple of commentaries, which explain how some of the effects shots were achieved. The true value of this set comes from its hours and hours of family-friendly entertainment. Kudos to A&E for making the complete series available in one package. So don't just sit there slurping your Granite Crunchies, buy the Terrahawks DVD set today! And remember: "Zelder reclaims her own." *cue synthesizer music*
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Querky Show, For Anderson Fans Only Jan. 12 2007
By Rude Boy 1979 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Got this set pretty cheap and being a Stingray/Thunderbirds/Captain Scarlet/Joe 90/UFO fan thought I'd watch this show I had never seen. First off the quality of the video is not that crisp, its kind of soft in my opinion. The show is cool I guess, but I'm not totally sold as this being the best from Anderson (I don't think anyone thinks that but just saying). There are some cool effects and ships and lots of character's to follow which is great. I guess the main drawback would be the villian doesn't impress me much. If you can get the set cheap like I was able to it's worth it if your an Anderson fan, otherwise if this is your first forray into his work and looking for an inexpensive DVD set, get Joe 90 (probably my favorite show he did next to UFO). I think the main 5 stars reviews come from those who watched this when it first aired and have those memories, it's better than most that was out to watch then. But I'm writing this from a standpoint of watching this now for the first time, as I also am just watching Captain Scarlet and Joe 90 (I grew up with the Thunderbirds), I think those two shows are much more entertaining than this one for first time viewers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Surprised by the Terrahawks Nov. 11 2008
By Jennifer Otto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I did not get the chance as kid to watch this show like I did Thunderbirds and Stingray. It had a different feel from the start due to the time it was created in. Very 80's, but once I got into it I was hooked. If you love Gerry Anderson and Supermarionation then you will enjoy this as well. Those who don't get it probably still wont be as interested, but as usual they dont spare any expence.The prop department was stocked from all its past shows and I feel that they used those archived props and came through with great details. Despite the fact it is a futuristic story that at times was very stark in its sets. I have all of the Supermarionation series and this is one that we still enjoy watching over and over agian in my house. I think my kids loved the bizarre Zelda and her crazy, spooky family the best. However it was all great to me.
Enjoy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good viewing for fans of the series or family members of all ages. Nov. 14 2012
By the TiGor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you remember and enjoyed the Terrahawks series in the early 1980's, the complete series on DVD will be a treat for you!

If you don't remember the series, you'll probably enjoy it. Episodes are slightly more than 20 minutes, have good 'flow' to them, and range from 'cute' to covertly 'funny'. The entire series consists of models and hand puppets, but are VERY well done. Let's just say that they're much more lifelike than any of the Muppets characters are, save for the various monsters that the show's villain, the android Zelda, dispatches to attack Earth. They are downright hideous and tend to frighten very young children, and I mean that as a compliment! They're very well done, too. Hopefully they're not 'lifelike'! However, the more mature viewer, while appreciating the subtlety of the humor throughout the series, will also enjoy the irony in that the terrible monsters all seem to have serious flaws that render them largely impotent in the end. The result is somewhat 'Wile E. Coyote pursuing the Roadrunner' in nature where the weapon (the monster) SHOULD have worked, but malfunctioned somewhere and either failed outright or else backfired.

Being a British series, there are some things that you just didn't see on American television in the early 80's. Like a telekinetic teddy bear being knocked cold by the flying seat from an exploding toilet in a decrepit house because robots burst up through the sewer. Where else would you ever see something like that?

Serious fans of the series will probably be glad to know that each episode appears to be 'as aired', including the intended ending credits above the game of naughts and crosses between the Zeroids and the cubes. If the Americanized ending with the bouncing Zeroid and the song 'Living in the 21st Century' is in the DVD set anywhere, I haven't found it. It's a cool song, but most everyone prefers the British ending, which is generally different every time.

In another review, someone mentions the focus being a bit 'soft'. I do not believe this to be any kind of defect. To the best of my knowledge, this is exactly how the series was filmed. As it was all models, puppets, and scenic backdrops, too crisp of a picture would make the show look absolutely terrible. A soft focus hides a lot of small undesirable details the viewer wasn't meant to see. What I see on the DVD's of the 39 episodes (spread among 5 discs, though not in the as broadcast order) is much better quality than I remember seeing on television 30 years ago!

If you can get the set for a good price, you'll enjoy it. It is especially good around Halloween given the witch-like nature of Zelda and the qualities of her monsters. The very rarely seen, and possibly not even shown in the US, episode 'A Christmas Miracle' is included in the set! And the episode 'Happy Madeday' is an appropriate one to view for a birthday celebration. The series was probably created mostly for about a 10-12 year old audience, but I'd say anyone over age 7 or 8 will probably enjoy it. There's lots in it for adults to enjoy, it's hardly childish.

Highly recommended.


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