Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Filmed in Supermarionation: Blu Ray Review

Filmed in Supermarionation: Blu Ray Review

Rating: PG
Released by Madman Home Ent

An exhaustive (and occasionally exhausting) look at the work of Gerry Anderson and his team, Filmed in Supermarionation is a doco that will appeal to any child of the 60s or lover of Thunderbirds.

But if you're an outsider to these phenomena (not sure how that is even possible) it may leave you a little cold.

Using the hook of an interview between Parker and Lady Penelope, the doco takes some of the puppeteers and interview with Gerry Anderson to tell you how it all came to be. Blending footage, with behind the scenes shots proves to be quite the tonic for fans and it's a surprise how far back the company goes - from a Western to roots as film-makers, no stone is left unturned here.

And that's potentially one of the problems of the two hour piece.

It's a little too in-depth and feels occasionally like a bit of a drag. Some expeditious editing could have been employed to ensure the doco didn't hit some lows, even if they are inevitable. There's no doubting the blast of nostalgia and the welcome exposure to those behind the scenes leaves a lot to salivate over, but Filmed in Supermarionation's run time is more of an insidious villain than anything Captain Scarlet ever faced.

All in all, there's no denying Filmed in Supermarionation represents an important look at the TV history that Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and their team created - it's just a shame that in some ways, this doco is more for lovers of the genre rather than casting a wider net to appeal to many more.

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