There’s a new Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons Limited Edition Blu-Ray out now that is definitely an item comic fans will want to track down, featuring an all-new comic based on the show – and much more.
One of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s best-loved series, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons brought a new level of realism and sophistication to Century 21’s endlessly popular Supermarionation productions. To mark its fiftieth anniversary, the series has been remastered in HD from the original 35mm film elements by Network for a special Blu-ray edition.
Just released is a special deluxe edition of Volume 4, limited to 1250 units, which has rapidly sold out on the Network site – but copies are still available from the official Gerry Anderson web site (links below).
Even if you don’t have a Blu-Ray player, this release is definitely of interest to comics fans, since not only does it include a set of art prints of Ron Embleton‘s end credit paintings and cover art (and a poster) by TV Century 21 artist Mike Noble and Lee Sullivan but a limited edition Captain Scarlet comic, too, written by Martin Cater with art by Martin Baines and Paul McCaffrey.
If you miss out on this, then you may be interested in the Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons: The Complete Series Blu-Ray, scheduled for general release this October, hot on the heels of new Joe 90 products.
Martin Cater has hinted to downthetubes that there may be some more Gerry Anderson-related comics on their way in future Network releases, but we don’t have any more details just yet.
Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons 4 Limited Edition Blu-Ray – Contents
Volume 4 of Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons featuring the final eight episodes, beautifully remastered in HD – Codename Europa, Flight to Atlantica, Noose of Ice, Treble Cross, Expo 2068, Inferno, Attack on Cloudbase and The Inquisition
• A set of ten art cards featuring Ron Embleton’s memorable end credit paintings
• A brand new comic featuring new cover art from Mike Noble and Lee Sullivan (also featured in a separate poster) with strips written by Martin Cater with art by Martin Baines and Paul McCaffrey
• A rigid box and lid to accommodate all four volumes and new materials
• A bonus disc featuring a wealth of new and archive material:
RETROMETABOLISM: THE STORY OF CAPTAIN SCARLET
An in-universe briefing concerning the readiness of the Spectrum Organisation, set just prior to their initial encounter with the Mysterons.
Spectrum’s own briefing, featuring everything known to date about the menace from Mars: the Mysterons!
CAPTAIN SCARLET DECONSTRUCTED
An examination of the production process of the pilot episode, featuring alternative soundtrack takes, footage, stills and more.
The end-of-part sequences used for the series’ original transmissions on ITV.
Contemporary Supermarionation-related adverts from the 1960s.
ALTERNATE OPENING TITLES
Four different sets of opening narration alongside the Japanese titles.
ALTERNATE END TITLES
Includes instrumental versions of both the normal and Spectrum titles – alongside two unused themes.
EPISODIC AND PORTRAIT GALLERIES
Several hundred images in High Definition – including rare behind-the-scenes shots.
THE SPECTRUM: PORTOBELLO ROAD
1967 London swings groovily in this promo film for the then-latest single from the North London band who supplied the vocal end theme music for Captain Scarlet.
JOE 90: THE MOST SPECIAL AGENT
• Buy this limited edition Blu-Ray here on the Gerry Anderson web site. Note volumes 1, 2 and 3 are NOT included in this edition. But can be purchased here on the Gerry Anderson web site