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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). She has been a trainee with the Royal Ballet and has some impressive high kicking skills.
Purdey has elements of Cathy Gale, Emma Peel and Tara King the previous female partners to Steed.
The verbal interplay between Gambit and Purdey, as she tries to keep his romantic advances at bay, hearkens back to the Steed/Gale era of the original Avengers.
The early episodes mirror the fantasy stories of the Emma Peel era. The team even see the return of a story thread with robots in "The Last of The Cybernauts?". However the parody of other TV series and films that had been used in the last season featuring Tara King from 1969 has been wisely dropped. For some people this made the series too unlike the original but I think it had to have its own identity.

In the second season of the New Avengers the character Emma Peel appears briefly in one episode. Diana Rigg did not film anything new. They simply used old footage of her as it appeared in flashback and used the voice of actress Sue Lloyd (The Baron and Crossroads) for just the voice in the present. Ian Hendry, who played Steed's original partner (in the original series one), David Keel, also guest-starred in one episode. And actors Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw who later starred in The Proffesionals together also star in one episode.
Laurie Johnson, who had composed the theme for the original Avengers series starting with the Emma Peel era, returned to compose a new, updated theme for the revival, although it begins with the same fanfare as the original.
Because of the strong Canadian financial input the last episodes of season two feature "The New Avengers in Canada" as the action shifts for the final four stories to Toronto.
The series ended and many attempts were made to bring it back in one form or another but it just didn't happen.

This DVD set is nicely presented and each episode is great fun. They are often far-fetched and bizarre. You cannot take them too seriously. You are not supposed to. They are just pure escapist fun.
The picture and sound are not great however. There has been no attempt to re master the picture or sound and often the picture quality is worse than any of the images from the earlier 1960s episodes. The colours often appear washed out. They do improve slightly as the series progresses and the stories are still entertaining. There are other DVD issues out there but they all are the same. We have to wait for a better restored version but for now this makes a good set.

This is a great series with a 1970s style that still looks great today. It is an enjoyable bit of escapism.
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on 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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on 17 November 2014
I have very fond memories of watching these shows with my parents,i was too you young for the first incarnation The Avengers.
Watching them now has triggered so many memories,and yes i think my growing nether regions were activated by Purdy.
Until or if they remaster the series a la The Professionals,this box set is the better option.
Picture quality is good to v.good and includes a nice episode booklet.
Dated possibly by todays standards of in your face action but for those that were there at the start,great.
Loved it.
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on 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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on 25 April 2015
This is a bit outdated especially on the characters and the choreography. Even with the former opinion I still give it a 4/5.
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on 28 December 2015
Excellent product just as described, would recommend to all
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on 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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on 13 March 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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