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The Champions: The Complete Series [DVD]

Stuart Damon , Alexandra Bastedo , Ray Austin    Parental Guidance   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Stuart Damon, Alexandra Bastedo, William Gaunt, Anthony Nicholls, George Murcell
  • Directors: Ray Austin
  • Writers: Dennis Spooner, Monty Berman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Carlton
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Feb 2004
  • Run Time: 1440 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00012SYMI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,766 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By the end of the 1960s, British television had done adventurers and sleuths to death. If Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) was the supernatural spin on the mystery format, The Champions was the science-fiction version, mixing comic-book superheroics into the globe-trotting do-gooders formula. In the pilot, square-jawed Craig Sterling (Stuart Damon), model-gorgeous Sharron Macready (Alexandra Bastedo) and ironic Brit Richard Barrett (William Gaunt)--agents of an international good-guy organisation called Nemesis--find themselves in a Shangri-La-style forgotten Tibetan civilisation, where they undergo training in extrasensory perception and superhuman strength. Back home, they use their powers to tackle a mixture of ordinary crime and more complicated nefarious plans that have a semi-science fiction feel. The good-looking Damon and Bastedo seem to have had their personalities erased in the mountains, leaving Gaunt to shoulder all the acting weight. Nevertheless, it has a kind of creaky, straight-faced charm, like some lost British take on Marvel Comics' superhero teams.

Volume Four features: "The Survivors", which concerns a murder in the Alps, with Clifford Evans; and "To Trap a Rat", in which lethal heroin hits the streets, with vintage 1968 beauty Kate (Triangle) O'Mara and Edina Ronay. --Kim Newman

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The entire series (30 episodes in all) of the classic 1960's television adventure series in which Stuart Damon, Alexandra Bastedo and William Gaunt play three crime fighters with extra sensory powers and extraordinary powers of sight, smell and hearing. The episodes are: 'The Beginning', ' The Invisible Man', 'Reply Box No. 666', 'The Experiment', 'Operation Deep-Freeze', 'The Survivors', ' To Trap a Rat', 'The Iron Man', 'The Ghost Plane', 'The Dark Island', 'The Fanatics', 'Twelve Hours', 'The Search', 'The Gilded Cage', 'Shadow of the Panther', 'A Case of Lemmings', 'The Interrogation', 'The Mission', 'The Silent Enemy', 'The Body Snatchers', 'Get Me Out of Here!', 'The Night People', 'Project Zero', 'Desert Journey', 'Full Circle', 'Nutcracker', 'The Final Countdown', 'The Gun-Runners' and 'Autokill'.


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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Champions - The Complete Series 16 Feb 2005
Format:DVD
If you loved The Champions first time around, you'll love it all over again. I was mad about Stuart Damon when at primary school and I've enjoyed the fantasy once again in my early forties. I can still remember the rush of excitement when I tripped home from school all set to watch The Champions. Looking back at the 'Thunderbirds' technology and the very wooden Tremayne, I can't believe how they got away with it, but it's simply great. My whole family have laughed along the way but have thoroughly enjoyed the ride. This is a must buy and worth every penny at this bargain price. The box set is very nicely put together and the colours are as sharp as anything on TV today. Well done to Carlton for releasing the complete 30 episodes in this giant box set. All I want now is to get the fantastic theme tune to install as my mobile ringtone. Take a nostalgic trip back 30 years and enjoy this excellent stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage viewing at its best! 21 Mar 2004
Format:DVD
Now some people think its odd how a show that was made at the end of the 60s and aired from 1968 through the early 70s could appeal to someone not born until the early 80s. It was my mother who brought this show to my attention, when it was repeated on BBC 2 on a Friday evening at 6 o'clock during the early 90s. After viewing the first episodes I was hooked.
This series was from the same genre as Man from U.N.C.L.E, Randall & Hopkirk Deceased and also came around the same time as all the Gerry Anderson productions such as Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet. All shows that appealed to me as a child.
This series was my favourite though as it had that little something extra. The show focused on three secret agents of the organisation Nemisis, who during a mission to recover a biological agent, during their escape their plane crashes in the Himalayas. Doomed to die up there on the mountains, when all seems lost, a lost civilisation of Tibetan Monks save their lives and are also given special powers such as super strength, speed, agility, telepathy and ESP. The three agents head back to the world where they can use their new powers in fight against villains intent on destruction, drug-smuggling, espionage and kidnapping.
The characters themselves were very interesting, Craig Sterling (Stuart Damon) was the American of the group, very slick and certainly James Bond-ish, the ladies man of the group. Richard Barrett (William Gaunt) was the English opposite of Sterling, very calm, relaxed, calculating and very dry in personality and humour. Sharron Macready (Alexandra Bastedo) was the female of the group, trained in a variety of fields and having the beauty to match her powers that set her high above any other female agent character in any other show.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 60s TV Series 23 Aug 2005
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Format:DVD
I never saw this series when it originally aired in the 60s. I ended up watching it on the recomendation of a friend. I'm glad now that I did follow that advice.
This is a spy/detective drama with a SciFi edge to it. When 3 NEMISES agents crash in Himalayas and almost die they are healed by a mysterious people and given enhanced "natural" human abilities that they are warned to keep secret when they get home.
The series is a spy/detective drama that takes place all over europe and the UK. The "superpowers" of the agents help with their cases, but only equally as much as their natural investigative skills which they posessed before their "enhancement".
The "superpower" special effects are subtle and the plots at least as intelligent as anything you'll see in TV today. The show is somewhat dated by its fashions and technology and the limits of TV special effects at the time, but it otherwise still very enjoyable and worth watching even today. Especially if you like shows with a SciFi tinge to them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and nostalgic 60s TV at its best! 16 July 2008
By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
'The Champions' will forever be 'quintessentially' the 1960s - even the theme score marks that particular space in time - a time when both the 1960s and this way of making this type of great TV was sadly drawing to a close forever, and I suspect this was the only reason that 'The Champions' was to never return to our screens... Best known for being shown in 'The Midlands' on its first run - we would struggle to tune our old black and white TV set in order to 'pick it up'! This set of DVDs is of excellent quality, but it is unclear at times as to whether these have actually been 're-mastered' or simply have naturally survived well.

The series kicks off with a great episode that involves a Mission that also explains how the three Agents acquired their super natural abilities which would be used throughout the thirty shows. All three characters are SO believable - despite this being a sci-fi show, and their super powers. One is left feeling that one would have done anything in order to have met any one of these great heroes of law, order and justice! Although the locations were mere studios, this did not detract in any way and still manages to create loads of excitement and atmosphere, and the very first episode is a classic example of how this was achieved, when the whole show was shot in one studio lot! If acting is top quality (and this certainly was!) then any production can get away with this sort of thing, and I guess the reason it wouldn't work nowadays, is that much acting is sadly left wanting...
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