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5.0 out of 5 stars The Champions - Even Better Than I Remember, 25 Sep 2013
This review is from: The Champions: The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)
First let me say I purchased the 9 DVD Boxed Set from the UK and it is the Region 2 edition I watch in the United States on my Region Free DVD Player. The picture and sound are both crystal clear and sharp. I will not go into all of the details on this series as if you are already a fan then you will know quite a bit. If not and are new to The Champions I have provided links below that I think you will find helpful.

One big important note and that concerns the "Air Order" and "Filmed Production Order" as there seems to be some confusion as the 9 disc DVD set is not in the same order as the "Aired Order" and I can explain. This DVD set as one reviewer has done has followed the air order episodes and placed the DVD episodes as if they were the production order. They are not. I have no idea as to why the 9 DVD set is at least in Air or Production order but it seems to be of their own choosing. There is a booklet that comes with this DVD set (which the above reviewer did not have in his set) that explains the filmed production order. Not every date is given but it was all filmed in 1967 and not aired until 1968-69 allowing the people in charge of The Champions to place them in any order they wanted which is what the people did who released this 30 episode set to make their own order.

It is not clearly marked on the packaging where all the special features are but if it is an actual episode you will have to go to the view episodes section and click onto that episode to see all the features. The same goes for Disk 8 as it only shows 2 episodes but once you load the disc the Special Features section shows along with the Play and Scene Selections.

I have included the filmed production order to help everyone out as listed in the included booklet by Mike Richardson which was first published in Action TV magazine. Action TV is the British Magazine of Archive and Cult Television.

Watching the last episode and final filmed scene of the 30 episode series reminded me of the old westerns about the cowboy riding into the sunset at the end of the movie. I suggest if anyone is a purist and want to see the series as it was filmed then follow the order below and I think it might provide a better more enjoyable viewing experience.

One last note before I leave you to the information below as you will see the pilot episode The Beginning was actually filmed third and originally was a 90 minute written script but the script was cut to 50 minutes before any filming for the series when it was decided not to do the series in 90 minute episodes.

The Champions TV Series on Wikipedia w/Aired Order Episode Dates: [...]

The Champions TV Series on IMDb w/9 DVD Boxed Set: [...]

The Champions Fan Club: [...]

Alexandra Bastedo Web Page w/Links Page: [...]

Alexandra Bastedo Champions (ABC) Animal Sanctuary: [...]

Here are the episodes as listed by the booklet by Mike Richardson with the 9 DVD set. It was first published in Action TV Magazine. Action TV is the British Magazine of Archive and Cult Television.

The Champions - Filmed Production Order

UK Calendar: [...]

Note: Many Episodes have no production date just filmed order.

1. The Dark Island - February 2, 1967
2. The Gun Runners - February 22, 1967
3. The Beginning - March 8, 1967 (Original Script 90 min.)
4. Operation Deep Freeze - March 22, 1967 (Estimated as No Date Given)
5. The Silent Enemy - April 5, 1967 (Estimated as Listed 2nd week in April)
6. The Search - April 19, 1967
7. The Invisible Man - May 3, 1967
8. To Trap A Rat - May 10, 1967
9. The Mission - May 24, 1967
10. The Iron Man - June 3, 1967 (Estimated as Listed 1st week in June)
11. The Experiment - June 13, 1967 (Estimated as Listed 3rd week in June)
12. The Night People - July 5 1967
13. The Fanatics - July 12, 1967
14. Get Me Out Of Here
15. A Case Of Lemmings
16. The Interrogation
17. Twelve Hours
18. Project Zero
19. The Gilded Cage
20. Full Circle
21. The Body Snatchers - October 1967 (No Other Information Given)
22. The Ghost Plane
23. Reply Box No. 666 - Late November 1967 (No Other Information Given)
24. Shadow Of The Panther
25. The Survivors
26. The Final Countdown
27. Nutcracker
28. Autokill
29. Happening
30. Desert Journey
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Initial post: 28 Sep 2013 04:54:35 BDT
Hi Richard,
After reading your review, I wish they did do a 90 minute 'Pilot', or at least a 2-parter; what I wouldn't give to see what could have been. Anyway a great read, thanks.

Posted on 1 Apr 2014 21:50:33 BDT
I loved this series and have been keeping an eye out for it for years. Can the set be viewed on an ordinary DVD player in the USA/Canada or is it incompatible???

Janice Baker

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2014 23:31:55 BDT
Richard W. says:
You will need to purchase a multi region or region free DVD player to watch this as it is Region 2 for the United Kingdom. There are many fine players out there and I purchased a Blu-Ray (USA Region A only) and a Region Free regular DVD player. For the best picture if your TV has HDMI ports get a player with HDMI ports and cable as I can watch on my TV in 1080 high definition many DVD's and especially the Blu-Ray. I purchased the Toshiba BDX1300 and Mediabridge cables.
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