DVD Review: Thunderbirds Are Go

5… 4… 3… 2… 1… The Thunderbirds Are Go DVD is ready for launch.

Showcasing 13 episode from the new ITV series, which have just reached their finale on our TV screens, Volume 1 of Thunderbirds Are Go is now due for release on DVD next week.

We all remember the original, iconic series from the 60’s, so the news that Thunderbirds was returning as an updated CGI version was both a shock and a welcomed surprise.

It will be difficult for fans of the original series to get used to such an idea, but many of our beloved childhood TV favourites have been updated in this way, and it’s something that we must start getting used to. What we must hold on to is the idea that everybody can start enjoying the charm of Thunderbirds once again, and whilst CGI isn’t always the most accepting way to go, it’s what the younger audiences want.

A mixture of CGI and live action miniatures, the new animation does take some getting used to for those who loved the original puppeteer work, but after watching a few episodes and accepting the change, there’s no doubting that Thunderbirds has been updated with a huge success.

Playing excellent homage to the original series, with all the original characters and crafts (as well as a new craft – Thunderbird ‘Shadow’ piloted by a new character Kayo, the head of the organisation’s security), Thunderbirds Are Go is filled with exhilarating action, has a strong story line that will keep audiences returning on a weekly basis, and makes good use of modern themes for today’s younger generations.

The series certainly stands up alongside other children’s TV programs of today, and is one that your children will never get bored of.

There’s also a great voice cast including Rosamund Pike as Lady Penelope and Thomas Brodie-Sangster as John Tracy.

Whenever disaster strikes, International Rescue answers the call! From their hidden island base in the south Pacific, the five Tracy Brothers pilot remarkable, cutting-edge Thunderbird vehicles from the depths of the oceans to the highest reaches of space–all for one purpose: to help others in need. International Rescue’s identities may not be widely known, but their heroism is legendary. Even the devious schemes of mysterious international criminal “The Hood” can’t weaken their resolve, or stop them from battling the dangers of the year 2060. Supported by mechanical genius Brains, stealthy operative Kayo, their jet-setting London agent Lady Penelope and her loyal driver Parker, Scott, Gordon, Virgil, John and Alan Tracy live for these three words: Thunderbirds Are GO.

Episode List:

  • Ring of Fire Part 1
  • Ring of Fire Part 2
  • Space Race
  • Crosscut
  • Fireflash
  • Unplugged
  • Runaway
  • EOS
  • Slingshot
  • Tunnels of Time
  • Skyhook
  • Underpressure
  • Heavy Metal
  • The Thunderbirds Are Go DVD (Volume 1) is set to be released on 22nd June, and it is available to pre-order on Amazon and iTunes (RRP £14.99) now.

    Complete your own missions at www.thunderbirds.com – The International Rescue training programme is now open for recruit registration!

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