Thunderbirds are slow
move to widescreen with some beautiful visuals, Thunderbirds Are Go feels like what it is: the plot of an ordinary TV episode stretched out over 93 minutes. Not only does the plight of the Zero X – a spaceship making the first manned mission to Mars – feel disappointingly run of the mill, it all unfolds so slowly that tension never gets a chance to build. In fact, there’s some very obvious padding here, not least in a nine- minute dream sequence featuring Puppet Cliff Richard and The Puppet Shadows.
Thunderbird 6 is rather better – not least because it does something different with the TV show’s format. There’s a classy ’ 60s spy movie vibe here, as Lady Penelope, Parker, Alan and Tin- Tin get caught up in a hijacking on a futuristic airship. It’s still overlong, but it has a sense of fun that its predecessor sorely lacks, and some terrific real- life aerobatics from a vintage Tiger Moth. Alas, as in Thunderbirds Are Go, poor Gordon gets next to nothing to do – you wouldn’t be surprised if a third movie saw him turn on the other Tracys in a gritty tale of revenge.
Both releases have new 15- minute piece “Gerry Anderson’s Countdown To Thunderbirds”, while Thunderbirds Are Go has two further extras new to HD: Thunderbirds Making Of “Entertainment Is Go” ( 21 minutes) and 17 minutes of reference footage of the real Shadows performing. Other bonuses are carried over from the 2004 DVD release: commentaries ( by Sylvia Anderson and the director), isolated scores, featurettes ( three on each), interview snippets with Sylvia, galleries and trailers. Richard Edwards The first volume of new ITV series Thunderbirds Are Go also gets a DVD release, on 22 June. Review next issue.
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