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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Family

Reviewed In Issue 93 (Feb 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Bill Paxton, Anthony Edwards, Sophia Myles, Ron Cook & Ben Kingsley

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include the featurettes: "Creating The Action," eight minutes on the planning of the action scenes, "Tracy Island Revealed," nine minutes of the secrets to creating the island, "Lady P. And Parker: Fun And Stunts," a fun three-minute behind-the-scenes look into the fight sequence, "Fab1: More Than A Car," a three-minute in-depth look into Lady P's car, "Lady Penelope's Pink World," a four-minute peek at the pink lady's perpetually pink accessories, the "Busted" music video, feature commentary with director Jonathan Frakes (spelled Johnathan in the menu), the trailer, DVD-ROM supplements available for use on a computer with Windows 95 or later, and upfront ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 23844
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Intense action Sequences and Language
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 94
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/21/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jonathan Frakes
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When we last left The "Thunderbirds," the Tracy family were puppets, weren't they? Now, here they are in human form ready to take on the world and all of its dastardly derelicts. With Jeff Tracy (Paxton) and his four older sons busy elsewhere, it's up to youngest boy Alan (Brady Corbet) to save the day when master mind and arch enemy "The Hood" (Kingsley) threatens to take over. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture exhibits a bright, coloful image that is certain to keep kids visually attracted. While hues may appear a bit over-the-top, reds and blues pop from the screen with rich saturation. Contrast and shadow delineation are well balanced. Some scenes are awash in yellows or blues, that give the picture an unnatural appearance, but considering the subject matter is far from anything realistic, the look is acceptable! Pixeliztion is noticed at times, but edge enhancement is rarely a problem. The visuals are absutely suitable for the storytelling. (Suzanne Hodges)

Throughout the presentation, effects sound rather veiled in this Dolby