Supermarionation
Videos
J. Lester Novros II & Theo de Klerk

the first I heard of Supermarionation on video was a close encounter with the Pike, Dutch sub-titled Thunderbirds Are GO! release on a videoshop's dusty shelf in the early 80s. Later on, I saw a very snowy, high contrast, third generation copy of Sunprobe, running in a shopwindow which put me on the trail of the Precision Video releases. Then, in the early 90s, things got rolling along nicely with the steady release of most [and in a number of cases all] itc/PolyGram copyrighted episodes on video. Even Lumière Films rided the wave and released a few episodes of Roberta Leigh's 1959 Torchy the Battery Boy. Other parties that chimed in nationally were Sony Media/Rubinstein Media, the Avro and the Intertoys toy company who produced a number of subtitled videos, specifically aimed at the Dutch language market.

itc/PolyGram re-edited tapes
The Incredible Voyage of Stingray
Invaders From the Deep
Thunderbirds to the Rescue
Thunderbirds in Outer Space
Thunderbirds: Countdown to Disaster
Captain Scarlet vs. the Mysterons
Revenge of the Mysterons From Mars
The Amazing Adventures of Joe 90
Sony Media / Rubinstein Media
[ The Uninvited]
Ongenode Gasten
[ Mighty Atom]
Het Machtige Atoom
[ Martian Invasion]
Invasie van Mars
[ Terror in New York City]
Paniek in New York City
[ End of the Road]
Geen Weg Terug
[ Desperate Intruder]
Verdronken Schat
[ 30 Minutes After Noon]
Race tegen de Klok

Avro
Path of Destruction
Spoor van Vernieling
Cham Cham
Cham Cham
[ Atlantic Inferno]
Gevaarlijke Diepte
Alias Mr. Hackenbacker
Alias Mr. Hackenbacker
[ The Imposters]
De Bedriegers
[ Man from MI5]
Man van MI5
[ Danger At Ocean Deep]
Tanker in Nood
[ The Duchess Assignment]
De Ontvoering
[ Attack of the Alligators]
Monsterlijke dreiging
[ Atlantic Inferno]
Zee van Vuur
[ Lord Parkers 'Oliday]
Parkers vakantie

Intertoys
[ Vault of Death]
Kluis des Doods
[ Cry Wolf]
Vals Alarm

In the listings of the itc/PolyGram tapes, the numbers on the right indicate the original production order in which the episodes were shot. A closer look at these reveals that the first Joe 90 tape and the first two Stingray, Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet tapes combine initially unrelated episodes edited together to form one coherent story. This, of course, meant adding new titles and credits.

To make things even more complicated, the six re-edited Thunderbirds episodes first appeared back to back on three separate tapes and were re-issued later as noted, without undoing the fateful edits however. Luckily the rest of the tapes have been issued in the original order with the original episodes intact.

Then, itc/PolyGram decided to add theirs to the fray by releasing tapes combining Supercar and Fireball XL5 episodes.

Both feature films [Thunderbirds Are Go! and Thunderbird Six] have been released on video as well as on laser disc [the disc is preferable by far, since it is letterboxed]. Both videos were issued in Holland with subtitles and appeared later on in a bumperpack version in the UK.

All Thunderbirds episodes have also been released on two different Japanese laser disc sets; one set features eight discs with four episodes each, the other has it exactly the other way around: four discs with eight episodes each. According to sources, the latter set seems to have been scanned from superior quality 35mm copies.

In response to the many inquiries from readers/viewers, following are the vital statistics of retailers selling the above listed English language videos [and maybe the discs as well].

Sight And Sound
27 Jones Road
Waltham, Massachusetts 02154
USA
+01 (617) 894-8633
Sci-Fi Continuum
P.O. Box 154
Colonia, New Jersey 07067
USA
+01 (800) 232-6002
+01 (908) 755-2331
Disc Five
Broadway Building, Second Floor
Nakano 5-52-15
Nakano Ku
Tokyo 164
JAPAN
+03 (3318) 1881
Cinema Classics
332 East 11th Street
New York City
New York
USA
S&P Parkers Movie Market
P.O. Box 1886
Laguna Beach, California 92652
USA
+01 (714) 376-0326
Super Collector
16547 Brookhurst Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
USA
+01 (714) 839-3693]
Engale Marketing#
332 Lytham Road
Blackpool, Lancashire FY4 1DW
UNITED KINGDOM
+44 (253) 400321
21st Century Marketing
GPO Box 2541
Canberra ACT 2601
AUSTRALIA
+61 (6-242) 06224
The above listing was lifted from Kimberly Murphy Smith's Gerry Anderson FAQ
[which possibly reflects more accurate information]
and limited to videos.
# Engale now has it's own webSite where you can order stuff on-line;
in case you want to see what they have to offer vis-a-vis Supermarionation videos,
they have separate pages for Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Joe90 and The Secret Service.