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On this DVD: International Rescue's very first adventure provides a template for all the rest: in "Trapped in the Sky," an experimental new aircraft becomes the target of an evil Bond-style megalomaniac who wants to get his hands on all the neat gear operated by the Tracey siblings. The show introduces, in fetishistic detail, the recurring set-pieces: Thunderbird 1 taking off from the roll-back swimming pool, the question of which pod Thunderbird 2 will use this week--the mole, or the submarine, perhaps?--and so on. Nostalgia fans will be pleased to learn that despite digital remastering the puppet strings are still in evidence, and no amount of high-tech restoration could remove the clunky expository dialogue:
Stewardess: "It's the maiden flight of the new atomic-powered Fireflash."
Passenger: "Isn't that the new aircraft that flies six times the speed of sound?"
Stewardess: "That's right, but don't worry: it's perfectly safe."
[Cut to: interior, Fireflash landing gear, a device clearly labeled "Auto-Bomb Detonator Unit"]
Sinister bad guy (talking to himself for no readily apparent reason): "Perfect. Enough explosives to smash the Atomic Reactor."
In the second episode, "Pit of Peril," an absurdly impractical U.S. Army vehicle falls into the eponymous pit, necessitating use of pod 5, the mole. Joy! Four more episodes are included. --Mark Walker
I grew up on Thunderbirds and loved every minute of it. To see the shows rendered in DVD quality picture and sound provides an awesome viewing experience, especially if you have... Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2003 by Amazon Customer
Ahhh.... the wonders of childhood. Yes, I remember the Thunderbirds and I'm glad they're back in the states. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2002
this 1st set is a must have for Thunderbirds fans! if you only
buy one set you should get this one for sure ! actually set 1 & 2 are my favorite ! Read more
It was the 1960s-- Stereotypes still existed, bad guys were obviously bad, good guys were obviously good. The Thunderbirds were obviously good guys, and obviously marionettes. Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2002 by Paul E. Musselman
I never realized that my favorite kiddie shows were all done by the same person - T-birds, Fireball XL5, Stingray, etc. This first set is great. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2002 by Richard C. Drew
This is amazing stuff! You will see great vision & imagination
that now is hard to find. Parents-do not fear this series:
Kids will be shown the high value placed on... Read more
Thunderbirds is a "lost" gem finally found. Using marionettes amid elaborate sets, Gerry & Sylvia Anderson told the epic story of International Rescue, a family (the... Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2001 by Michael Daly
In terms of fun, I really love it. The puppet animimation does not distract from the stories, which are in fact, pretty cool. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2001 by Louis B. Davidson