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The Complete Avengers 50th Anniversary Edition [DVD]

Patrick Macnee , Diana Rigg    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
Price: 116.25 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00485D7WQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,955 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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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fan from the 60's 24 Aug 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only Avengers Compilation You Will Ever Need 21 Oct 2012
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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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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Avengers..... A cool slice of Britiannia 18 May 2011
Format:DVD
"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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 25 Sep 2012
By Charlie
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Worth every penny! Have not stopped watching "The Avengers' since it arrived. Absolutely love the extras within the box sets, especially the scripts for each episode on the bonus content on each disc. I enjoyed watching "The Avengers" on BBC4 a few years back so to see it right from episode one of series one (which I didn't see on BBC4) was absolutely brilliant. The box set itself is presented really nicely too, like a book with screencaps from the episodes on each 'page'. A wonderful box set, worth every single penny!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 10 days 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 18 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 3 months ago by Ivor Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
I found the case quite easy to use/get the DVD out ;not like other comments on the site. Plus a couple of extras/booklet of photos. Read more
Published 4 months ago by CATHERINE JONES
5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive - I think not !!!
Very good idea for keeping the disks safe and good pictures to look at while you choose which disk to view. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Colin in Dorset
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth ever last penny, brilliant show, well presented
More extras than you can shake a stick at and wonderful quality.

The older the shows get and were talking old for recorded TV, they do suffer from audio bleeding into... Read more
Published 5 months ago by SteveINtheUKok
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift purchase
recipient is more than happy with this and has had no problems with any of the discs the cardboard sleeve construction and semi-rigid disc sleeves do however leave a little to be... Read more
Published 5 months ago by P. Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Avenger's 50th.Anniversary Edition
This is the ultimate TV show of all time......love every minute of it !.......I would recommend it to all of you!.........you will NOT be disappointed!..... Read more
Published 5 months ago by bruce
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