BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEWS

003612Reviews & Counting
SEARCH BY TITLE # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Thunderbirds Are Go
DVD disk
Oct 8, 2004 By: The Shootin Surgeon
Thunderbirds Are Go order
Director:
David Lane

Actors:
Sylvia Anderson
Ray Barrett
Alexander Davion

Rating:
Movie:
Extras:
Overall:

star Printer-Friendly version
comment
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The Thunderbirds, a high tech group of international rescuers/creepy puppets are called into action in order to protect the launch of Zero-X, a top secret spacecraft destined to bring the first human crew to Mars following a disastrous act of sabotage on its maiden flight. Equipped with ultra-modern spaceships, the birds fly into action to make sure the second Zero-X doesn't suffer the same fate.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I remember seeing these guys on TV quite a bit when I was a kid, then seeing them disappear and reappear again a few years ago when for some reason, everything old became new again. Yup, I remember seeing them quite a bit I also remember switching channels right away when I did. Probably the second creepiest puppets ever on TV (in case youre wondering, the creepiest where in Quebecois childrens show Passe-Partout), the Thunderbirds have been a cult phenomenon since the sixties, which means we at least get the pleasure of getting some sexist guys and ladies who smoke on TV. Now all this being said, I never really had anything against the dudes, they just never really made me want to give them a chance however I did enjoy this film but I credit this mostly to the novelty of watching famous puppets for the first time.

The film itself is quite interesting in the sense that the miniatures and puppets are really cool and the awesome music really makes it worthwhile. The problem is that the Thunderbirds themselves are barely in it. They do appear here and there but only really come into action with a few minutes left in the flick. The only other real action sequence to speak of happens in the middle of the flick when secret agent Penelope and her floating Rolls Royce FAB1 take up arms against some creepy euro-baddie. The rest of the film basically consists of watching Zero-X take off (twice!) and then watching a bunch of anal retentive astronauts roving around Mars, talking about rocks and getting attacked by some creature we never find anything out about following which the boys swoop in for the rescue. Basically, the only reason it's cool is because of the puppets (or marionettes as I understand they're to be called). If this same movie were filmed with live actors, it would be panned worldwide but I have to concede one thing: the puppets/marionettes are freaking cool and make it almost worthwhile. This one's definitely reserved for those who are looking for a cool movie shot in an alternative medium. Interesting but not great.
THE EXTRAS
Audio Commentary by Director David Lane and Producer Sylvia Anderson: This is a tad different in the sense that the participants have had years of distance from the film to think it over rather than stepping into the recording studio the day after wrap. Both were heavy creative forces behind the series so big fans will enjoy hearing them out.

Featurettes: Three featurettes are offered in a little set, these being the self-explanatory "History and Appeal", "Factory of Dolls and Rockets" and "Epics in Miniature". They're all pretty cool to watch but again, mostly because the dolls themselves are cool.

"Who Said That" Quiz: This is a little interactive game in which you have to match lines from the movie to one of the Tracy Brothers (a.k.a. the Thunderbirds). If you win, and you can't really lose, you get another short clip featuring Sylvia Anderson explaining the origin of the tag line "FAB!"

The rest includes an Animated Photo Gallery and the Original Theatrical Trailer.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
As a novelty. THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO is definitely worthwhile but seeing as it comes in a two-disc box set with THUNDERBIRDS 6 and they ain't giving the stuff away, I suggest a purchase be left to those who have a bit more of a hardcore urge for the Tracy boys. An interesting watch at the very least.
Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

JoBlo's T-Shirt Shoppe | support our site... Wear Our Gear!