AUS: Stingray on DVD

Australia’s cult and classic film and television label Via Vision is releasing Stingray, albeit only on DVD, unlike Network’s recent Blu-ray Disc release.

For AU$69.95 (but currently on an introductory offer at AU59.95) this Complete Series set includes all 39 episodes across five discs, with special features:

  • stills gallery
  • character biographies
  • Gerry Anderson commentaries on episodes Stingray and Stand By For Action.

Also unlike Network’s BR set, this is ViaVision’s fourth DVD release to proudly acknowledge the series’ co-creator on the front cover, as “Gerry And Sylvia Anderson’s Stingray″, following similar treatment on Fireball XL5, Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons and Joe 90.

Spring Spend & Save – extended for May

Beat the price rises and save now with our Spring Spend & Save promotion!

Rising costs across printing, manufacturing, storage and postage means that we will have to increase prices on some of our range of exclusive merchandise, effective from FAB 100.

As always, we look to make every economy possible before increasing prices. Spring Spend & Save is designed to help you make economies too.

Filling your basket with a range of merchandise is much more economical to package and post than, say, ordering a single sticker, book or embroidered patch. So, until the end of May we’re ofering a ‘spend and save’ discount:

  • spend over £50 in a single order* and enter coupon code SSS50 at checkout to save 5%
  • spend over £100 in a single order* and enter coupon code SSS100 at checkout to save 10%

Our standard terms and conditions apply, plus:

  • members must apply the appropriate coupon code at checkout – the discount cannot be applied retroactively.
  • *offer excludes memberships, our Stingray soundtrack boxset (on another great offer for May), events and Silva Screen products
  • we reserve the right to amend or withdraw this offer at any time.

Network are about to launch Stingray!

Network are offering Stingray fans the chance to watch yet another episode in high definition – free of charge!

Although we’ve all got to wait a little longer than planned for the complete series on Blu-ray Disc, Network are teasing us with the episode Deep Heat (having already shown us Treasure Down Below and A Christmas To Remember late last year). Not only that, but Deep Heat will be shown alongside a new documentary We Are About To Launch Stingray.

Enjoying this free treat couldn’t be easier:

  1. Create a free account at watch.networkonair.com
  2. On Wednesday 6th April, login from 18:50 (BST), then go to the We Are About To Launch Stingray page to watch the special presentation in HD.
  3. The programme will be free to watch again and again until 07:00 on Thursday April 7th.

AUS: Fireball XL5 on DVD

Closely following their DVD releases of Joe 90 and Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons, Australia’s cult and classic film and television label Via Vision is releasing the 1962 black and white series Fireball XL5.

For AU$59.95 (but currently on an introductory offer at AU$49.95) this Complete Series set includes all 39 episodes across five discs.

This is also the third of Via Vision’s releases to proudly acknowledge the series co-creator on the front cover, as “Gerry And Sylvia Anderson’s Fireball XL5″.

Will Network follow Via Vision’s lead and do the right thing when Stingray is released on Blu-ray Disc next month?

Another great new Space:1999 book? Really?

Hot on the heels of To Everything That Might Have Been and Space:1999 The Vault, Powys Media’s Earthfall is proving it’s a bumper time for Space:1999 books!

A hellbroth born of the Earth’s atomic waste and the Universe’s own fury propels the men and women of Moonbase Alpha into a dimension where the familiar is torn away and the unimaginable awaits. Newly-assigned Commander John Koenig must lead the orphaned colony as they seek to adapt and survive with little hope of ever finding a new home.

Originally published in 1977, then reprinted by Fanderson in 2002, Powys Media is adding E.C. Tubb’s re-imagining of the cataclysmic event of September 13, 1999 and its consequences to their extensive Space:1999 range of books.

Here, the Moon and its inhabitants not only leave Earth’s orbit, but time and space are shifted towards the fantastic. In the new dimension where they find themselves, a single flinch can cost a man his life, lunar caverns hold a secret as mysterious as the pyramids of ancient Egypt, and the Alphans must face the reality that the greatest threat to their continued existence may come from within.

And looming above, a great black void pulls them and a new generation of Alphans into the maw of what may be their very destruction.

Powys Media’s Earthfall can be ordered here.

AUS: Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons on DVD

Australia’s cult and classic film and television label Via Vision is following up their historic Joe 90 DVD release with Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons.

For AU$59.95, this Complete Series box set includes all 32 episodes across 6 discs, plus special features:

  • Gerry Anderson Commentary on 2 episodes
  • five TV21 audio adventures
  • Character identities
  • ITC publicity
  • Original TV adverts
  • Stills galleries and more

Via Vision’s Joe 90 release was historic as the package is labelled as “Gerry And Sylvia Anderson’s Joe 90″ – the first time since the early 1990s that Sylvia has been credited as such and so prominently for her co-creation. We’re delighted that Sylvia’s contribution to Captain Scarlet is again recognised so prominently on this release.

How long before other licensees catch up?

Another new ‘must-have’ Space:1999 book on the way!

Another must-have book, coming soon from Signum Books, is “the first fully illustrated book dedicated to Space:1999”.

Space:1999 The Vault, by Chris Bentley, is a deluxe, full-colour 208-page hardback which includes many rare and newly discovered images from the 48 episodes of what is considered to be Gerry Anderson’s greatest TV series.

The lavish science-fiction drama Space:1999 has captivated audiences around the world since its debut in 1975. The series starred Martin Landau and Barbara Bain, and was created by legendary producers Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. The ambitious premise exceeded the scope (and budget) of many of the era’s disaster movies – following an accident that blows the Moon out of Earth’s orbit, the stranded crew of Moonbase Alpha embark on an epic interplanetary quest for a new home. This definitive and fully authorised book includes a wealth of previously unpublished images – including new shots of original studio models and vintage merchandise.

Author Chris Bentley is a former Fanderson chairman and the author of The Complete Book of Thunderbirds (2000)The Complete Gerry Anderson: The Authorised Episode Guide (2005)The Complete Book of Gerry Anderson’s UFO (2016) and Captain Scarlet: The Vault (2017).

Other Signum Books’ Anderson titles include Captain Scarlet: The Vault and Shane Rimmer’s autobiography From Thunderbirds To Pterodactyls.

Prices vary, but at the time of going to press Amazon are listing the book at £24.59 including free postage, whereas some specialist sellers are charging £29.99 plus postage!

Help your Anderson favourite become a Lego set!

There are seven Anderson-inspired projects on Lego Ideas right now that need your support to become reality!

Lego Ideas was set up so that budding Lego set designers could see their design made into sets that we could all buy. Fans can click to support the designs they like and, if a project gets over 10,000 supporters, it goes on to be assessed by the Lego team as a potential set.

Since Lego Ideas was set up in 2010 (as Lego Cuusoo), 49 sets have been produced on a wide range of topics.

Andrew Clark has been luckier than most budding designers, as his Doctor Who and The Flintstones sets were both chosen to become reality. He currently has three projects on the Ideas platform:

You’ll also find:

See all these designs and thousands more at the Lego Ideas website.

Bob Bell studio drawings for auction

On 12th February 2022, specialist collectables and memorabilia auctioneers Excalibur will be offering the second part of late author Simon Archer’s collection, including six drawings by series art director Bob Bell.

Bob worked on many of the Anderson TV productions and was art director and supervising art director on Thunderbirds Season 1 and 2 respectively, as well as on the Thunderbirds films.

The series of six pencil and watercolour sketches (lots 547 to 552) represents the evolution of the Supermarionation technique and featured in Gerry Anderson’s lecture tour in the 90s. Estimate is £200 to £400 for each lot.

The auction includes much, much more, and the full catalogue can be seen here.