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This review is from: The Avengers - Complete Series 2 And Surviving Episodes From Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
I have this day received this boxset and as an Avengers series fan I have to say I am generally disappointed. I am not disappointed with the series itself, but with the quality of the transfers. I really do not know why some of the reviewers say they are good. The so called "digital restoration" is no better that of a VHS recording on LP mode. I have other digitally restored sets from the 1950s/60s era and they are very well done
Disc 2 has a problem with the "Death Dispatch" episode in that the picture keeps breaking up for the first two to three minutes, like a poor digital freeview signal does and the sound is also buzzy in parts.
Mind you, being an Optimum Releasing product I am not surprised. I had a George Formby boxset done by them a year or so ago and three discs out of that set were faulty due to encoding errors and cuts.
I was also going to buy Series 3 of The Avengers, but now I am being put off. Also as remarked by at least two other reviewers, the cases are rubbish,very cheap and do not hold the discs in properly due to the poor spindle. Optimum should be ashamed.
Further to Para 2 above I wish to point out I contacted OPTIMUM to request a disc replacement, they absolutely refused to do so, virtually implying that I was lying. They said no one else had reported an issue with Disc 2 so it ws not possible for my disc to be faulty, they are a lousy company. Fortunately after reporting the problem to AMAZON they replaced the whole set within 2 days. VERY GOOD SERVICE AMAZON- THANKYOU.
Having read other reviews about Series 5 of THE AVENGERS, this also has errors. I have read poor reports of others discs also from OPTIMUM. I will now do my level best to avoid if I can from buying OPTIMUM released media.