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The Avengers : The Definitive Dossier 1967 (Box Set 4) [DVD]

Patrick MacNee , Diana Rigg , Robert Day , Sidney Hayers    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patrick MacNee, Diana Rigg, Linda Thorson, Ronald Hines, Caroline Blakiston
  • Directors: Robert Day, Sidney Hayers, Robert Asher, James Hill
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Contender
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Feb 2002
  • Run Time: 361 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005R5E4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,862 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



1967 was a good year for the Avengers: The Definitive Dossier, Files 5 and 6 contains six classic episodes in which Patrick McNee and Diana Rigg get to flirt with stylish decadence as John Steed and Mrs Emma Peel.

As they are at pains to point out at the end of one episode, their adventures often start with the mysterious death of an agent, and their involvement usually means at least one more death along the way--one of them gets tied up and the other has to engage in some perfunctory martial arts to save them. Yet none of this is important--it is the charm that matters, and the fact that the show was so aware of its own clichés is part of that charm. Another factor was the parade of British character actors in minor roles. Here Peter Cushing is a silkily vengeful villain, John Laurie a railway enthusiast and, in a body-switching episode, Freddie Jones and Patricia Haines are Steed and Emma themselves.

The plots involve killer robots, engineered premonition in nightmares and hypnotic regression to childhood; the touches of surreal are part of The Avengers style blended with 60s fashions and loopy plots to create something effectively original and hugely influential.

On the DVD: the DVDs are presented in a standard 4:3 television visual aspect with good mono sound for their date. As with other releases in this series, the special features consist of short biographies, a picture gallery and a "Follow the Hat" feature (modelled on the "White Rabbit" from The Matrix) in which Patrick McNee introduces each episode and interesting facts about cast and designers are flashed onto the screen.--Roz Kaveney

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More adventures featuring the suave supersleuths, John Steed (Patrick MacNee) and Mrs Emma Peel (Diana Rigg). In 'The £50,000 Breakfast' the death of a ventriloquist leads to an unusual case for Emma and Steed. 'Dead Man's Treasure' sees the debonair duo take part in a treasure hunt. 'You Have Just Been Murdered' has Steed suspect blackmail when various millionaires start withdrawing large sums of cash from the bank. 'The Positive-Negative Man' finds Emma and Steed on the case when a scientist is discovered embedded in a wall. 'Murdersville' sees the crimefighting double-act settle down in a quaint English village which just happens to be plagued by murder. 'Mission ... Highly Improbable' has Steed brought down a peg or two when he goes on the trail of a stolen miniaturisation ray. Finally, in 'The Forget-Me-Knot', Steed investigates duplicity deep within his own organisation and Emma prepares to bow out.

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Avengers 1967 Box Set 4:
This is the last box set of "The Avengers" first colour season. Again it's a great joy to see these lovely episodes again. Although it looks as if they can't avoid the little distortions or encoding errors, sound quality is good considering the series were made in the late sixties. The episode "The Positive-Negative Man" two times suffers from minor splats in the audio. This minor imperfection is also present in "The Forgot-Me-Knot." Overall picture quality is all right, but the image sometimes shows some scratches. I don't think it's disturbing, it merely adds a touch of nostalgia. Picture is sharp and colours are clear. The extras include a wonderful picture gallery and an introduction to Linda Thorson (Tara King). But don't expect too much of the "Follow That Hat" feature or you will probably be a little disappointed. All in all this is a worthy addition that makes your "Emma Peel colour collection" complete.
This wonderful set contains no less than 7 episodes. The 7th, "The Forgot-Me-Knot", is technically a "Tara King episode" but is included here because it's the episode in which Emma's long lost husband is finally found in the Amazonian jungle and Emma and Steed part. This one is particularly memorable because of Emma's words: "Always keep your bowler on in times of stress and watch out for diabolical masterminds." Farewell Mrs. Peel.
The title "The 50,000 Breakfast" has to be taken literally. I know English breakfasts are quite substantial compared to a continental breakfast but diamonds are a bit over the top. But it's the Avengers Series; anything is possible albeit at times highly improbable!
"Dead Man's Treasure" is not the best episode of the series because of a rather thin plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly quirky. 1 Jun 2014
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Unusual 1960's TV series starring Steed and Emma. In my view Diana Rigg was the best of Patrick Macnee's partners. A brilliant duo with off the wall scripts, sheer genius !
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5.0 out of 5 stars A nice collection of a favourite tv programme 6 Feb 2013
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How nice it is to see some intelligent and imaginative tv drama in contrast to so much of current viewing which consists of endless soap operas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mission Highly Improbable 6 Aug 2014
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'Mission Highly Improbable' is probably the best colour episode that Diana Rigg made. The rest of the colour episodes are silly, although she looks gorgeous in them. They are a masterclass in colour grading, costume and production design, but in terms of story they don't stand the test of time.
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