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Old 08-04-2010, 02:08 PM   #1
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Default Thunderbirds in Space?

Just found this on youtube while i was mindlessly browsing...never even heard of this; and it looks like a hoax. But after reading the comments it seems to have been an actual TV show. Any help? Confused am!
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Old 08-04-2010, 03:26 PM   #2
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This is the bizarre and totally misleading title sequence for one of a series of compilation movies that were produced by ITC in the late 70s/early 80s for broadcast on American TV. They're better remembered in the UK for being the first releases of ITC productions on home video. This one combines the Thunderbirds episodes Sun Probe and Ricochet - hence the title.
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Old 08-04-2010, 04:13 PM   #3
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A good example for not fiddling with things just because the technology is available.
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Old 08-04-2010, 04:47 PM   #4
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Interesting...if slightly heretical
Jeff; the 'Commander of International Rescue' he would not be happy! Cheers guys!
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Old 08-04-2010, 04:52 PM   #5
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I have not got round to reading the article concerning these Thunderbirds compilations in FAB. You may not be a member of Fanderson. Thunderbirds To The Rescue, Thunderbirds In Outer Space and Countdown To Disaster were compiled and released primarily for American Cable TV and were released on VHS video in the U.K at a rental price rather than retail. That was 1982/83 I think and they were released in 1986 for Christmas (at a price people could afford) along with two unedited episodes Pit of Peril and City Of Fire which made Volume 4. That started the Channel 5 releases of the other unedited episodes. Gerry's other puppet series were given similar treatment. The titles for Countdown To Disaster were actually quite classy but all fans prefer to see episodes as they were originally made and released. I cannot believe this all happened 25 years ago. It seems like only yesterday.
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Old 08-04-2010, 05:01 PM   #6
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I probably should become a member of Fanderson, it seems like the Oracle to this site! If you think about it, at a certain level it seems like a good idea. Maybe they went about it in a bad way. I know what you mean about time. I start my second decade in November, but it seems (sometimes) that i'm half that again
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Old 11-04-2010, 03:05 AM   #7
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"Thunderbirds in Outer Space" was my first exposure to the Thunderbirds. I was around 18 or 19, and stumbled upon the VHS in a rental store. It looked really cool so I rented it, and totally loved it. At the time, I thought it was a special one-of-a-kind movie. Then, shortly after that, I discovered "Thunderbirds are go!". It wasn't until the dvd's were released that I realized that Thunderbirds were a full series. Unfortunately, I had no exposure to the Gerry Anderson series on tv as a kid, aside from Space:1999. Now, of course, I love the Thunderbirds.

Incidentally, that's also how I discovered UFO and Captain Scarlet. I stumbled upon a VHS in a different rental store called "Invasion:UFO", and flipped out when I saw it. Again, it wasn't until the dvd's came out that I discovered the entire series. Same thing happened with "Revenge of the Mysterons from Mars". So I have fond memories of these VHS film compilations, as they introduced me to several Gerry Anderson series.
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I had the Stingray invaders of the deep videos, didnt like them at all

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I still have the Thunderbirds and Scarlet compilations on laserdisc - whatever happened to that and Invasion:UFO on VHS Worth it just for the artwork
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I probably should become a member of Fanderson, it seems like the Oracle to this site!
Fanderson is a great source of information and over the years has produced some wonderful stuff for its members - the soundtrack CDs in particular - but it's not the quite the fount of all knowledge about his programmes. Being the official 'Gerry Anderson' fan club, the contributions of some of the other creative people he worked with aren't always given the coverage they might be. There are other independent sources of knowledge (this site providing a voice for some of them !) who have produced books, magazines and DVDs about the programmes he produced which are worth looking out for and provide an alternative source of information (e.g. Robert Wood's new book or Century 21 magazine from the 1990s).
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Ah, the old Channel 5 video logo. That takes me back.
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Old 12-04-2010, 07:28 PM   #12
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Appear to be getting mixed reports on these videos, very interesting stuff
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I loved that episode of Thunderbirds that had the Eagle in it...
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OK, so if you'd been working for ITC and were given the job of putting the Super Space Theatre presentations together, which episodes would you have chosen from which series, and what title would you have given the result ?

Here's a few that I might have done -

Thunderbirds

Perils in the Sun - Obvious combination of Perils of Penelope and Sun Probe

The M.I.5 Assignment - The Duchess Assignment and Man From M.I.5, edited so that the casino sequences in Duchess were slotted in after Penelope's arrival in Monte Carlo.

Operation Cover-Up - End of the Road and Edge of Impact ( similar situations, and the latter makes reference to the former)

Desert of Danger - The Uninvited and Desperate Intruder

Dangerous Destruction - Danger at Ocean Deep and Path of Destruction

UFO

Priority Check A-OK (or A Question of Confetti) - A Question of Priorities and Confetti Check A-OK. A lot of potential for creative editing

Plus Timebender (or Mindlash), and The Man with Ten Lives/The Cat That Came Back
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Old 13-04-2010, 11:27 AM   #15
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Good idea AT!
Thunderbirds
I'd put Operation Crash Dive and the pilot episode together, have the two Fireflash in peril as the Hood and a cohort manage to sabotage them both, causing international chaos!
Captain Scarlet- Fire at Rig 15 and Point 783 together. The unitron is sent to deal with mysteron agent Smith then malfunctions anyway!
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I'd put Operation Crash Dive and the pilot episode together, have the two Fireflash in peril as the Hood and a cohort manage to sabotage them both, causing international chaos!
Actually, ITC did think of that - They released it as Thunderbirds to the Rescue !
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Lol that means i chose an obviouse one! argh...
Another one would be perils of penelope, brink of disaster and maybe the sunprobe in an uber-episode!
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