Joe 90
Complete Series

Carlton Home Entertainment
RRP: £59.99

Certificate: U
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Joe 90 is the world's most audacious secret agent and he's only 9 years old! Thanks to Ian "Mac" McClaine's machine, the Brain Impulse Galvanoscope Record And Transfer (or BIG RAT), he is able to transfer the knowledge and experience of one person to Joe. BIG RAT becomes the World Intelligence Network's (W.I.N.) Most guarded and secretive weapon in the organisation's missions. With the aid of a special pair of glasses, Joe can now assume the knowledge of any individual and become an expert in any field of endeavour...

Joe 90 is a much-maligned series. Seen as the inferior successor to Captain Scarlet, it is often overlooked in the Supermarionation cannon - a criminal mistake. Joe 90 is everything that Scarlet wasn't; principally a good show with proper characters and humour. And this DVD release of the adventures of the boy spy, Joe, is clear proof.

The picture quality is 100% while the mono soundtrack is clear and bright, and although the extras are a little thin on the ground that can't detract from the overall class of this package. If only Thunderbirds had been given the same level of restoration as Joe 90...

For those of you unfamiliar with Joe 90, the series of 30 episodes, dating back to 1967, deals with the day-to-day adventures of a nine-year-old boy who can take on the memories of others in his pursuit of baddies and master criminals. But don't be mistaken into thinking this is kids stuff. Even the worst Joe 90 episode has more charm, action and pace than the best Captain Scarlet yarn.

Extras on the discs include: Character biographies, Information Files: World Intelligence Network (W.I.N), Mac's Cottage, BIG RAT Computer, Mac's Jet Air Craft. Warning sequence footage (Joe's glasses). 'The Unorthodox Shepherd' location recce. Merchandise. End titles sequence. End titles source photos. Production gallery. Joe 90 'I Love The 90s' trailers with Joe 90 in the persona, clothes & voice of Oasis star Liam Gallagher, comedian Vic Reeves, Garth from Wayne's World and Austin Powers.

Sadly overlooked and dismissed, Joe 90 is back and looking better than ever. Buy this box set and marvel at the sheer quality of its content.

Anthony Clark

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