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Original Thunderbirds movies confirmed for Blu-ray

Classic Supermarionation films are released in high definition for the first time.

Fabulous films have confirmed the Blu-ray release of Thunderbirds Are Go and Thunderbird 6 this week. Presented for the first time in fully restored high definition, the widescreen versions of Gerry Anderson’s famous science fiction series also offer a host of unique extras.

Thunderbirds Are Go was produced in 1966 and is the original big-screen Thunderbirds movie. Produced by Sylvia Anderson, the film is shot using the famous Supermarionation technique using third-scale marionettes voiced by a number of famous voices, including Bob Monkhouse and Cliff Richard. It also features all of the classic Thunderbirds craft designed by visual effects supremo Derek Meddings.

The Thunderbirds formula is one that has entertained generations of children and adults: John Tracy, former astronaut and billionaire industrialist, decides to use his wealth to help the world by creating International Rescue, a secret force of super vehicles designed by an in-house genius known simply as ‘Brains’ and manned by his sons, each a superb athlete and trained expert in their fields.

Extras on the Blu-ray disc include: Gerry Anderson’s Countdown to Thunderbirds, Entertainment is Go, Audio Commentary with Producer Sylvia Anderson and Director David Lane, Isolated Score track, Cliff Richard and The Shadows unseen test footage, History and Appeal, Factory of Dolls and Rockets, Epics in Miniature, Photo Gallery, Come with me to the rushes, What does F.A.B mean? Original UK Theatrical Trailer.

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In tandem release is Thunderbird 6, the second Thunderbirds movie written by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. The brainchild of Brains, Skyship One is a futuristic airship on the frontline of International Rescue’s crime control. But when it’s hijacked by terrorists, only a battered old Tiger Moth plane can help them save the day.

Extras include: Gerry Anderson’s Countdown to Thunderbirds, Lady Penelope, Building Better Puppets, Photo Gallery, A Call From Stanley Kubrick, A Television Tribute Original, Theatrical Trailer.

Thunderbirds Are Go and Thunderbird 6 are individually available from Fabulous Films Ltd / Fremantle Media Enterprises for £19.99 each.


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