I couldn't believe it when I heard this. Francis Matthews has the best Captain Scarlet voice ever. He played the leading character so well and I will always remember him as the voice for Indestructible Spectrum Agent.
Those who currently own the UK blu-ray set of Thunderbirds will know the episodes were altered to 16:9 widescreen, yet the Japanese boxset and the FiS Documentary releases were set at their original 1.33:1.
I'd love to see the 3 audio adaptations turned into actual episodes (might make watching "Give or Take a Million" a bit less depressing for me). I just wonder if they're going to try and replicate that original 1960's feel of the series (full screen, original opening sequence etc.)
Post by thomasfansince1983 on Sept 17, 2015 19:49:13 GMT
I am a big fan of the classic Thunderbirds series, I got the DVD set last year for my birthday, as well as a Thunderbird 2 Haynes Manual T shirt, some original audio tape Vol 1 & 2 sets & a 1992 Matchbox vehicle set of Thunderbirds 1 to 4 & Fab 1, an annual (I believe it is the 1st one again from 1992 when the series was brought back to BBC 2, I remember seeing those repeats back when I was 8 years old) & The Complete Making Of & FAB Cross Sections books, very nice.
The teaser intro for the final episode 'The Stately Home Robberies' has just been released. This one has to be the one I'm looking forward to the most. The two villain puppets, Mr Charles and Dawkins, look awesome and I cannot wait to see what Gordon Tracy will be doing in this episode .
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I've just been listening to a few of Mr & Mrs Anderson's Audio Productions - I found them on two tapes in one of my local Charity Shops. Three of them are from Stingray and the other one is from Captain Scarlet.
The first Stingray story is 'Spring Into Action with Troy Tempest' - this is an interesting one, as it plays 4 scenes of Troy & Phones investigating a dormant undersea volcano in Stingray. The trick is that it plays one scene & then plays it again without Phones or Troy's Voice as Commander Shore encourages the younger listeners to recite the dialogue in their best impression of the characters voices. Seemed rather fun, but I think I'll have to listen to it a few more times before I memorise the dialogue!
In the second one 'Marina Speaks', Atlanta & Shore come across a folder with letters Marina has wrote inside. Upon reading them, they find that she can speak but they reveal that owing to an incident with King Titan & Marina's Father that she's practically forbidden too. If you've also heard this, you may have recognised David Graham playing the role of Marina's Father! The other story 'Journey to Marineville', features Troy taking a young boy on a guided tour of Marineville, including the Control Tower and Stingray's Hanger. Overall, I thought these were quite good. I've never watched much Stingray before, but I know enough from the show to understand what was happening on tape.
The fourth & final story doesn't have a title - it's simply known as 'Captain Scarlet & the Mysterons' and is my favourite out of the four. In this one, the Mysterons announce their next act of retaliation: to destroy Atlantic Airport, the biggest and busiest airport in the world. At the same time, a new form of aircraft known as 'Goliath' is being tested. The Mysterons destroy & re-materialize it, hoping to use it in their plan. When Destiny Angel & Rhapsody Angel fail to shoot it down, Colonel White & Captain Scarlet formulate a solution involving Scarlet climbing aboard and deliberately crashing the plane. They succeed, but Captain Scarlet is killed in action. But Colonel White reminds us that he is of course indestructible and finishes on the remark "There really is nobody else like Captain Scarlet..."
Overall, for £1 I'm very pleased with these. I was aware that they did make a few audio productions for Stingray, Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet, but never found any on tape before. They were fun to listen too, retained the original voice actors and some of Barry Gray's wonderful music. The only real complaint I have is that neither tape features the Theme Tunes to both of the respective shows, but no matter. It was very interesting none-the-less.
Received my Thunderbirds 1965 stuff in the mail today. I've only watched bits of it so far, but I can still see how great of a job the team did to making it look like it was made in the 60s. They even color timed all the new footage to the official Thunderbirds Blu-ray release from a while back.
There's a special feature that lists the names of the people who funded the kickstarter. I noticed some Thomas people in there.
Does anyone remember this advert from the early 1990s?
This advert occasionally fooled myself and my sister at the time (though I'm sure we weren't the only ones). We'd hear Jeff Tracey's countdown at the very start, and rush into the living room, eager to watch another episode of 'Thunderbirds', only to discover it was a KitKat advert. Around the early 1990s, 'Thunderbirds' enjoyed something of a renaissance on TV. It was usually on around tea-time - this was the way we learned to tell whether a real 'Thunderbirds' episode was on, or the KitKat advert. Happy days...
I remember that advert very well. It was a good one. There were plenty of Thunderbirds adverts during the early 90s when it returned. There was some for Pizza Hut when they did promotional cups which I own. They also had some for Stingray and Captain Scarlet.
PercyFan1998: I think for me the issue is one of inconsistency. They took down the restored versions that have the highest quality image but will leave the lower-quality uploads all over the place.
May 7, 2021 0:37:55 GMT
zeldatheswordsm: Except that if you put it that way, it is consistent: They're specifically targeting the higher-picture-quality restored versions. Because gee, what's up on the streaming services and for sale on new-pressed disks? The restored versions
May 7, 2021 1:07:23 GMT
zeldatheswordsm: They're trying to force you to head to the paid options if you want to get the good picture quality.
May 7, 2021 1:09:31 GMT
zeldatheswordsm: Of course, in some ways the joke's on them because a lot of those restorations have worse editing and/or use inferior takes compared to the broadcast/VHS versions.
May 7, 2021 1:10:48 GMT
zeldatheswordsm: IMO Mattel would profit a lot more if they slashed the merch licensing fees. They were damagingly high even by the time of buyout, and have gotten worse since. And the bloated price tags have been definitely hurting sales from what I've seen.
May 7, 2021 1:16:28 GMT
zeldatheswordsm: Sales of a lot of the Bachmann Thomas rolling stock seemed to plummet as the prices jacked up based on the discontinuations (And I suspect the same hit the Hornby range even worse). And the Wooden Railway range had vanished from non-TRU bigbox stores (tbc)
May 7, 2021 1:21:53 GMT
zeldatheswordsm: in my area by 2015, and its shelf presence had been shrinking leading up to then. Thomas' shelf presence in general seems to have diminished a fair bit, and I imagine this is the cause. HiT and Mattel failing at distribution of the show can't have helped
May 7, 2021 1:24:55 GMT
toadthegwrbrakevan: HiT actually distributed the show very well in my opinion, good merchandise, Thomas was definitely more popular and well-to-do during the Miller era than during BWBA or today. But I agree for everything else, I'm curious about what you say about TWR,
May 7, 2021 2:53:36 GMT
toadthegwrbrakevan: growing up, the bigbox store never sold TWR, I could only get it at Barnes & Noble or Toys'R'Us, it was too expensive for Walmart or Target, that was Trackmaster territory.
May 7, 2021 2:54:29 GMT
zeldatheswordsm: For a while, Target and Mall Wart actually did stock it and decently. At least where I am. But that was in decline. Probably didn't help that Thomas-size engines were around $15
May 7, 2021 4:35:16 GMT
zeldatheswordsm: And I mean that HiT did a poor job distributing the show itself - the actual episodes. They got complacent about seeking alternatives to PBSKids even as viewing there (and govt. support) slipped into decline - and Mattel continued this complacency.
May 7, 2021 4:43:59 GMT
LNERandBR: Well, personally I think it's time to draw a line under all that and concentrate on better things. Speaking of, we have a new ERS volume for you all Check out who's returning: sodorislandforums.com/post/388698/thread
May 7, 2021 11:04:07 GMT
harperman: I Have read up to i think 133 out of 376 volumes
May 7, 2021 11:58:46 GMT
alexander876: Hey, Harperman, what did you think of Last of the Crewe Engines?
May 7, 2021 15:39:19 GMT
harperman: I Thought it a very good ERS Volume
May 7, 2021 15:45:56 GMT
harperman: I Am reading the entire ERS Library to gain a better understanding of it and its universe before attempting to try my hand at becoming an ERS Writer myself : D
May 7, 2021 15:50:52 GMT