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The Complete Avengers 50th Anniversary Edition [DVD]

Patrick Macnee , Diana Rigg    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman, Ian Hendry, Linda Thorson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 39
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 9 May 2011
  • Run Time: 5995 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00485D7WQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,470 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

The Avengers remains an era defining TV series and retains an edge over many other small screen offerings as it celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

With its imaginative stories of secret agents in 1960s swinging Britain, The Avengers combines science fiction with fantasy, fashion and a unique sense of style, and can rightly claim its place as a prime example of the spy-fi genre. We may be in the 21st century, but The Avengers retains a fascination that is as fresh today as it was when it first took off on the small screen.

Exciting, quirky, bizarre and quintessentially British, The Avengers pioneered many themes of modern television whilst introducing three of its best ever characters Steed (Patrick Macnee) Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman) and Emma Peel (Diana Rigg).

With a unique take on Britishness, the series pioneered the use of all manner of tricks and gadgets and created Steed, the archetypal English gentleman in Savile Row suit, bowler hat and umbrella –alongside sexy, powerful women in high-heeled “kinky boots”, influencing film and TV including James Bond and Dr Who.

The longest running espionage series produced for English-language television, The Avengers eventually reached audiences in 120 countries, a record that still stands to this day. Now, with the release of The Avengers: The Complete 50th Anniversary Collection you can enjoy every single episode of this timeless classic time and time again.



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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only Avengers Compilation You Will Ever Need 21 Oct 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a very well thought out product. The packaging, the layout, the presentation are all first rate. It really is a lovely thing to own and it contains every surviving Avengers episode + some other associated odds and ends. I first started collecting Avengers compilations about 4 years ago and at that time this collection didn't exist, oh that it had - it would have made my life much easier, but better late than never, as soon as I saw it I bought it and now my (Avengers) life is complete. In previous reviews some people have said that the DVD's are too tight in the case and almost impossible to get out without damaging the DVD; well I find mine to be ideal, tight enough to not drop out, but when firmly gripped between thump and index finger they pop out fairly easily. Either the packaging has been slightly improved since earlier reviews, or perhaps there is a manufacturing tolerance issue, where slight dimensional variation can cause undue tightness, or is it just a question of applying the correct technique? - I am not sure, but it is really the only negative thing I have heard said about this product. As to the quality of the DVD's themselves, they are as good as they can be, given the state of recording technology back in the early 60's and they are certainly perfectly watchable in terms of visual and audio quality. I imagine most people even thinking of purchasing this product will already know whether or not they 'like' the Avengers, but just in case you are not familiar, then all I will say is they hark back to a more innocent age of television and that the plots are variable in quality but typically revolve around such subjects as megalomaniac's out to conquer the planet, science and science fiction themes and with a good dose of 'cold war' espionage as well. Read more ›
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fan from the 60's 24 Aug 2011
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Because of the expense I was hesitant about buying this product, but having waited so long for such an iconic TV series to be produced complete, (the 'New Avengers' being a later and different formula altogether) it has all been worthwhile. Indeed I am still working my way through the episodes while writing this and can say that watching each one has been an absolute joy, particularly from the point of the Steed/Mrs Peel combination, they seem perfect together.
The scripts are great, the scenes of quiet English roads and villages reflective of an era lost. With Steed's impeccable manners and sartorial style (attributes some could well benefit from today) one can easily become lost in nostalga but there is much more to this than simply that. What is offered here is a well researched work, beautifully and securely presented in book form that is easy to store and access, despite some negative comments.
Quintessentially 'English', this anniversary package is a triumph, and for the true devotees, a must.
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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Avengers..... A cool slice of Britiannia 18 May 2011
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"The Avengers" has earned it's place in pop culture. One of the most successful television shows of it's time, the series is now widely regarded as a classic and rightly so. The weekly adventures of gentlemen British agent John Steed and his succession of sexy, smart and ass kicking female sidekicks entertained millions of viewers worldwide. Now thanks to Optimum Releasing, all of the surviving episodes are included in this impressive DVD boxset collection.

Beginning in 1961 and finishing in 1969 "The Avengers" much like the decade it was made in, changed with the times. Starting out as a straight-forward crime drama series, the show featured two men roaming the dark streets of London in trenchcoats fighting villians. The original star of the series was Ian Hendry as the young and idealistic Dr David Keel and Patrick Macnee (who was the co-star) as shadowy agent John Steed. Determined to "avenge" the death of his fiancee (hence the series title) who is gunned down by a gang of drug dealers, Keel joins forces with Steed and a crime fighting duo is born. "The Avengers" was an immediate hit with viewers, however Ian Hendry decided to more onto greener pastures after one season (ie: a film career) and left the show leaving Macnee at the helm.

What happened next would not only take the series in a very different direction, but ultimately onto bigger and better things. The show broke ground by introducing strong, intelligent, independent women who were capable of looking after themselves without playing second fiddle to a man. Whilst this type of character is quite commonplace on television today, back in the 60's it certainly wasn't.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All this and Heaven too, kinda 29 May 2014
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Oh man, this is tough. I recommend this set but, with some reservations.

First of all let me say that I'd never seen the first three series at all. In the US we were introduced to series with John Steed and Emma Peel. Every boy my age fell madly in love with Diana Rigg. Seeing her ass kick the bad guys was thrilling and sexy. Speaking only for myself, I've always been drawn to strong women because of that. The Series 6 was not so great but watched it anyway.

This and Danger Man were very exciting as we had westerns and sitcoms to pick from. The closest shows were Dragnet and The Fugitive, in my opinion.

Now to the transfers. I have the A&E/Lionsgate Emma Peel set and a side by side comparison shows this set is superior. As with the US set there are no subtitles. However this one show I've never had a problem understanding the dialog. Well spoken without any mumbling. The extras also beat the US version.

As I stated I've never seen the first three series. The A&E sets were cost prohibited at the time so I didn't bother because I wasn't familiar. That said I can say the episodes are as good as it gets. Originally shot on 405-line video, this was transferred to 16mm telerecordings (shot on 16mm film from a monitor playing the video). Since the originals were erased we're lucky to have these at all. The first series is proof of this practice as only 2 1/3 episodes exist.

Now to the special features. Lots of still galleries, bumpers, audio commentaries, introductions and DVD-ROM files. Now to the Bonus Disc: Huh. Kinda lean with a very weird mini-series "The Mini-Killers" with Diana Rigg. Some Spanish/German production that I didn't watch past the first few minutes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellant
Published 5 days ago by henryone
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Avengers
Nicely presented set of nearly 40 DVD's, stored in DVD album.
Have not viewed them all yet but all seem of good quality (as good as allowed by the production standards... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Trevor Martin Dickinson
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I had bought this sooner!!
This is a very complete set, as has been mentioned by other reviewers. Boy, does it take me back!! I love the colour episodes, which I had to view in black and white during their... Read more
Published 2 months ago by rclarke-4
5.0 out of 5 stars wow what a box set
if you lie the avengers the old school ie honor blackmen linda thornson Diana rig
and steed best box set to get because there are miising 2 episodes in the whole thing
Published 3 months ago by Richarddennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Best purchase EVER!!!!!!!!!
This box set is the SOLE reason for me buying a multi-region DVD player!!! I have all of the A&E releases, including the bonus disc from the Emma Peel Megaset with the David Keel... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kevin J. Christiani
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy 50th Annniversary, AVENGERS!
As a fan of THE AVENGERS going back to the time the series was first exported to the USA, I felt I had to have as complete a release as was available, and I was thrilled to find... Read more
Published 3 months ago by pink_icicle
5.0 out of 5 stars What memories are made for
Bought this for myself after being given Amazon vouchers at Christmas. So far have just finished season 3 (Honor Blackman era) and I am not disappointed. The episodes are what t.v. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Blue Sox
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray's Please...
DVD's have restored audio and picture (beautifully done), so why not a little extra effort and release it on Blu Ray?
Published 4 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Avengers forever!
For an Avengers fan it's great to have this complete collection of DVDs for one of the best TV series from the 60s.
Published 4 months ago by Scott Sankey
4.0 out of 5 stars No subtitles?!
I would buy this boxset in a flash. But,without subtitles? No chance. My parents adore The Avengers,but gave up on Series 4 and Series 5 because they just can't hear well enough. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ivor Curtis
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