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The New Avengers: The Complete Series - Episodes 1-26 [DVD]

Patrick MacNee , Joanna Lumley , Desmond Davis , Ray Austin    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Patrick MacNee, Joanna Lumley, Gareth Hunt, Peter Cushing, Keith Barron
  • Directors: Desmond Davis, Ray Austin, Sidney Hayers, Robert Fuest, John Hough
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Contender
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Sep 2002
  • Run Time: 1300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006HCM4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,965 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Sometimes dismissed as a pale descendant of a great original, The New Avengers deserves a second look and is perhaps best considered as a largely successful attempt to re-imagine its predecessor for 1970s audiences. Patrick McNee was never the most convincing of action heroes, and the decision to make his John Steed the supervisor and mentor of two younger agents was a sensible one--Steed's virtues are style, wisdom and fortitude rather than physical prowess. Gareth Hunt's Gambit has an unattractively smug side, but has also a louche charm. Joanna Lumley's Purdey is one of the most attractive heroines of genre television, astonishingly leggy and beautiful. Those who only know her later incarnation as Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous will understand now why such a fuss is made over her. The script team overlaps heavily with that of the original series; the new show has the same quirkiness, only occasionally varying it with a rather darker leCarrésque complexity or sudden outbreaks of Hammer Horror. If it lacks some of the sheer style of the original, that is a reflection of its period--the 1970s were less visually imaginative than the 60s. Tightly plotted, imaginatively cast with interesting guest stars, it is only with The Avengers that The New Avengers suffers by comparison. --Roz Kaveney

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All 26 episodes of the 1970s secret agent series. In 'The Eagle's Nest' the abduction of an eminent scientist leads Steed (Patrick MacNee) and friends to a group of Nazis planning a revival of the Third Reich. In 'The Midas Touch' Steed finds £750,000 of gold dust in a man's stomach and Gambit (Gareth Hunt) must protect Purdey (Joanna Lumley) from the one man plague, Midas. 'Cat Amongst the Pigeons' sees the team confronted with a feathery surprise when they visit the Sanctuary of Wings. 'Target!' finds Purdey and Steed serving as human targets for an invisible killer. 'To Catch a Rat' has Steed and friends attempt to find an old spy whose amnesia is just beginning to clear up, but who is also the target for a double agent who wants to make sure certain thing remain forgotten. In 'House of Cards' the New Avengers must protect a Russian defector from his own country's assassination squads. 'Last of the Cybernauts' sees Felix Kane attempt to reactivate the killer Cybernauts with the aid of Frank Goff. 'Three Handed Game' concerns a cunning plan in which people with photographic memories are used to transport top secret documents. 'Sleeper' finds a whole town put to sleep as part of a scheme to carry out the world's biggest bank robbery. 'Dirtier by the Dozen' has a group of commandos start a war in order to keep the Middle East in crisis. 'Faces' sees the Avengers confront their evil doubles. 'Gnaws' finds a radioactive overflow causing major problems in the sewage systems. In 'Tale of the Big Why' Purdey is held to ransom for a top secret document. 'Dead Men are Dangerous' has Steed forced to face up to a boyhood rival. 'Angels of Death' sees the team investigate a spate of tension-related deaths among government employees. 'Medium Rare' finds Steed consulting a clairvoyant whilst someone tries to put him in the frame for murder. In 'The Lion and the Unicorn' the team visit Paris in the hope of catching an assassin. 'Obsession' has Purdey battle a vengeful former flame. 'Trap' sees Steed, Gambit and Purdey incur the wrath of drug baron. 'Hostage' finds Steed turning traitor in order to rescue a kidnapped Purdey. In 'K is for Kill - Parts 1 and 2' a strange case involving OAP assassins sparks the interest of Steed and friends. 'Complex' has the team hot on the trail of Soviet agent X41. 'The Gladiators' sees the team travel to Canada and tackle some enemies with superhuman strength. 'Forward Base' finds Steed searching for some foreign agents at sea. Finally, 'Emily' has Steed, Gambit and Purdey fall foul of a double agent.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great ride down memory lane. 5 July 2009
A terrific companion to the original Avengers series but to be enjoyed too by those who might not have seen it. Great fun and entertainment, even today, in this admittedly more advanced age of special effects and enhanced technologies. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The New Avengers (older DVD edition) 8 Aug 2011
This DVD set is an earlier edition of the complete episodes of the New Avengers,
I used to have this edition but upgraded it to the more recent edition The New Avengers (8 Disc Collector's Edition Box Set) [DVD].
However that policy was not necessarily a better option. The picture quality is not really any better than this edition. The only advantage really was the more slim line box presentation on that other edition. Therefore this edition is still worth getting if you prefer to.

Is it possible to make a sequel to the iconic British TV series The Avengers? Yes it is. And it was done very well here in this two season series from 1976 and 1977. This DVD set contains all of the episodes from the series which was a sequel to the 1960s series.
This made a good entertaining series that had some of the key elements of the original. The producers from the last series in 1969, Brian Clemens and Albert Fennell developed the sequel. The original series had ended on a high in the UK due to financial reasons and this series was also going to be expensive. The series was produced in a joint venture from Britain, France and Canada.
Once again the Patrick Macnee plays John Steed but this time he has a new team.
"Mother" has gone. And Steed appears to almost take over the superior role and acts as mentor or parent role to his two new collegues Purdey and Gambit.
Patrick Macnee was in his fifties and not as fit as he had been in the original series so the character of Mike Gambit (Garath Hunt) was brought in to do the heavy action and more athletic scenes.
Also Steed, and Gambit, get a new female partner in the form of Purdey (Joanna Lumley).
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4.0 out of 5 stars great show....but quality could be better 15 July 2008
the show itself is fantastic, but following the reviews from the newer box set it was advised to go for this one...because the others quality was terrible. well...this one is just as bad...for some reason there are bits that have better quality but for such a retro show it deserves better treatment. its almost as if brittish leyland took over a dvd company. discraseful. But the show and the stars (gareth hunt in paticular...with patrick macnee back!! plus.....purdy!) almost enforce me to give full marks. Quality on the other hand. this dvd compnay have never heard of it!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars new avengers box set 2 July 2011
i bought this box set second hand ,box was a bit tatty but i expected it would be ,dvd's played perfectly with no problems , a lot cheaper than a new one and once ive watched them all i dont suppose ile look at it again so wasnt bothered what they looked like as long as they played alright, very happy with amazon as usual,cheers
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4.0 out of 5 stars So bad it's good? 13 Mar 2013
The problem with The New Avengers is that sometimes the direction and plot are so sloppy that it becomes more parody than escapist drama. In one episode about Chinese underworld drug dealers the villain is played by possibly the least Chinese looking actor imaginable. He delivers his lines in a weird low-pitched growl that is very much all his own. His performance is one of the hammiest ever committed to celluloid, not unusual for The Avengers, but somehow lacking the earlier show's warmth and English eccentricity. When the authorities foil a large drug deal, the villain describes this as an 'interception' and tells his henchman to find out who was responsible. We see a ninja character breaking in to a store room and going through filing cabinets until he finds a file conveniently've guessed it...'Interceptions'. Laughable really.

In another episode, Steed, Purdey and Gambit witness a recently deceased 25 year old soldier turn suddenly into a 75 year old man and none of them make any comment at all. This kind of thing happened in the old series but somehow in the surreal context of the 60's show they would either have made an amusing quip or it would somehow have gone unnoticed given that so many other strange events were going on in the episode.

In this as in many other episodes the emphasis is on action and stunts, unsurprising as many are directed by former stuntman, Ray Austin. It's strengths are the flirty interplay between Mike Gambit and Purdey, with the latter played by Joanna Lumley looking quite achingly beautiful much of the time. She is a very strong character, even then displaying a talent for comedy, but sadly her abilities are often underused in this series.

There are some memorable set pieces, as when Steed, trying to attract the attention of a driver on a race circuit, simply drives his Broadspeed Jaguar XJ12c onto the track and overtakes the racing car forcing him to stop.

Classic Steed.
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