Does anyone remember the video releases of Gerry Anderson's series in the 1980s, on Channel 5 Video? Well, most (if not all) of these were introduced by Parker. I had this clip (and a similar one) on a 'Thunderbirds' and 'Stingray' video. Here it is:
I always laugh at this because, the way Parker pronounced 'Terrahawks', when I was small, I mispronounced it as 'Terrahooks', 'Terragooks' and all sorts of things, which drove my sister mad. It wasn't until I looked at the back of one of the videos that I saw it spelled as 'Terrahawks', and pronounced it correctly from then on.
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.
Yes definitely happy days
Funny you should mention that, OJ. I found this a few days ago, whilst browsing on YouTube:
This should hopefully bring back a few memories for some of us Gerry Anderson fans.
Good news for New Captain Scarlet fans - they're finally releasing the whole series on Blu-ray for the first time ever! Pity that Macbooks don't support Blu-ray players or else I would have bought one. I've watched a trailer and it looks fantastic! I do regret that it's not Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons that has undergone the Blu-ray makeover. Seems like a tad shame as, following the pattern of the Thunderbirds Blu-rays, it would have been a perfect opportunity to mark the Golden Anniversary.
Wishful thinking, but I feel, since these new HD transfers have been made, it would be another great opportunity into relaunching New Captain Scarlet back onto ITV? Pair it with Thunderbirds Are Go on a primetime slot, and you'd have two Gerry Anderson shows in one day!
All we have is what's on the store. What would everyone plan on buying? I wouldn't mind acquiring the 50th anniversary poster or the audio dramas boxset.
It turns out they ARE releasing Classic Captain Scarlet on Blu-ray after all! I'm very pleased; the Golden Anniversary would not have felt as special without this release. Network Distributing are behind the release and it looks A-MA-ZING!
Post by Parker Productions on Apr 22, 2018 13:15:59 GMT
*blows dust off thread*
So far, the Blu-rays of Captain Scarlet & the Mysterons have proved quite popular amongst CS fans and have received critical acclaim Gerry Anderson fans in general. Network have released Volumes 1-3 with the fourth (and final) volume expected later this year. As Network have given the series a proper 1080p HD transfer from the original 35mm film negatives, it is absolutely visually stunning! One person has managed to upload a quality comparison video on YouTube which you can see for yourself here:
After seeing this, I would LOVE to buy a copy of the Blu-rays myself! I don't have a TV where I reside, so I mainly rely on my Macbook to watch DVDs and use the catch-up/on-demand TV services where I can. The trouble is that Macbooks cannot play Blu-rays because the latter is owned by Sony and they haven't given license to Apple for them to use in their products. Now, if I had a PC, there are external Blu-ray drives on the market you can buy so I'd be in with a chance. But as it stands, buying a CS&TM Blu-ray to play on my Macbook would be fruitless. My only solution is to buy a Portable Bluray player off the internet, however I've done a bit of research and found out that costs more than the Blu-rays themselves, and even then Blu-rays aren't the most affordable items to purchase alone!
My question for you all: Who plans to own a Blu-ray release of Captain Scarlet & The Mysterons? Do you already have one on your shelves? What do you make of the quality? Have you been satisfied or is there things Network/ITV could have done more? I'm interested to hear everyones thoughts.
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Post by Rusty Red Scrap Iron on Mar 1, 2019 15:15:15 GMT
I've been watching a lot of Space Precinct of late, and for a typical cop show - though set in Space, its certainly one of Gerry's very underrated shows but is certainly a 90s gem.
Got the complete series that came out towards the end of 2018, watched the whole thing at Christmas 2018, and I couldn't believe how good it was. Its a pity that with today's technology, they're aren't more cop shows with this idea in mind of being something more futuristic with realistic themes going on in the world because there's certainly a number of storyline themes in Space Precinct that are certainly going on in today's world i.e. Immigration and Hate Crime, showcased in the episode Hate Street.
Plus, who doesn't enjoy the chemistry between Officers Jack Haldane and Jane Castle, as well as the comedic antics between Officers Orrin and Romek.
I am very sad to have to tell everyone hear about the sad news of Shane Rimmer's death. He passed away on the 29th March 2019 and everyone who has worked with him, loved him and met him has made their tributes to him, including me .
Post by Parker Productions on Oct 3, 2019 19:38:31 GMT
On 30th September, I managed to watch the Thunderbirds Day transmission by Century 21 Films and ITV. It's supposed to be repeated on the 5th-6th October. I'd be interested to know what everyone thought of it?
I really enjoyed the whole thing, particularly watching the new TB footage by C21 Films! Blumming marvellous! F.A.B!
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Hopefully not off topic. I recently began watching Bearcats!, a short lived TV Western from the 1970s. Episodes are hard to find online, but the pilot film Powderkeg is available on YouTube.
I'm posting in this thread because it reminds me so much of Thunderbirds. The action, the explosions, the gunfights, the machines, etc. It's wonderfully action packed, entertaining, and cheesy just like Thunderbirds. In fact, there is a certain music cue that the two shows share.
The heroes in the show drive a Stutz Bearcat, an early American sports car in the mid 1910s, hence the name.
Here's the Intro/Outro to both Bearcats! and Powderkeg.
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