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The Avengers: The Complete 50th Anniversary Collection [DVD]
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The Avengers remains an era defining TV series and retains an edge over many other small screen offerings as it celebrates its 50th Anniversary.
With its imaginative stories of secret agents in 1960s swinging Britain, The Avengers combines science fiction with fantasy, fashion and a unique sense of style, and can rightly claim its place as a prime example of the spy-fi genre. We may be in the 21st century, but The Avengers retains a fascination that is as fresh today as it was when it first took off on the small screen.
Exciting, quirky, bizarre and quintessentially British, The Avengers pioneered many themes of modern television whilst introducing three of its best ever characters Steed (Patrick Macnee) Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman) and Emma Peel (Diana Rigg).
With a unique take on Britishness, the series pioneered the use of all manner of tricks and gadgets and created Steed, the archetypal English gentleman in Savile Row suit, bowler hat and umbrella –alongside sexy, powerful women in high-heeled “kinky boots”, influencing film and TV including James Bond and Dr Who.
The longest running espionage series produced for English-language television, The Avengers eventually reached audiences in 120 countries, a record that still stands to this day. Now, with the release of The Avengers: The Complete 50th Anniversary Collection you can enjoy every single episode of this timeless classic time and time again.
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1. Contains all of the episodes (the very first is only a partial episode since that is all that exists).
2. The early episodes are very interesting to watch, if only because they give a strong view into the early production mechanics of the show. You can see lots of goofy mistakes mostly due to the "live filming" methods of the day. Many episodes show a mic entering the scene, and someone bumping the camera, and gaffed lines from some of the actors. It is all great.
3. It was interesting to watch Honor Blackman do her stuff. After viewing her episodes I can say that she is every bit as good as Diana Rigg (Emma Peel). In fact it was Honor who first wore the leather outfits. She is a strong actor and does a really good job of it. Just an enjoyable as the Emma episodes and I pity those who do not get a chance to watch them.
4. The only draw back is the packaging. It looks great but the discs are really wedged into the slots they sit in. You will need fingernails if you expect to get them out without ripping packaging up.
All in all, an excellent buy. Once I watch the rest of the episodes I'll post again if anything changes.
Some comments gave been made about the packages and all I can add is that to date I have had no difficulty in extracting the discs and like the packaging.
As a boy I can remember Diana Rigg and Linda Thorson but I didn't that learn about Honor Blackman until the mid nineteen nineties when Channel Four ran their documentaries celebrating the show.
It has everything style, wit and class to my mind this is the best show that ever came on British television.
My four favourite episodes are:
1.The Charmers from the Honor Blackman era
2. The Town Of No Return from the Diana Rigg era
3.Pandora from the Linda Thorson era.
My fourth favourite episode is called Killer which features an actress named Jennifer Croxton who stood in for Linda Thorson (Tara King) while she was on holiday (fictionally) and her name was....wait for it....Lady Diana Forbes - Blakenly an aristo/toff trainee spy!
This particular episode scared me witless as a boy, I was frightened to go into a strange room on my own for years!
This is a real labour of love put together by Jaz Wiseman & Co and is the best DVD collection I have ever bought.
Maybe I'm being sentimental but this show represents to me Britain at it's post - war finest proud, confident with all before it until the rot set in 1979
with the coarsening of its culture resulting in what we have today.
John Steed would have made a great ambassador for this country dare I say even Prime Minister! Cathy Gale, Emma Peel and Tara King were proper feminist women who could take on men as equals and gain their respect without putting them down. It's brilliant!
I could go on about this show for ages but I don't want to spoil it for anyone else suffice to say it was worth every penny I spent on it. There are lots of surprises in store here and if you're a fan of Sixties television like I am you will love spotting the many actors/actresses who pop up in support roles before they went to achieve stardom years later.
I will end on this note, there was an actress who played Emma Peel before Diana Rigg sadly those episodes were lost do you want to know who? Go buy this set.
And as hard - core Avengers fans would say, EEEEUUURRPP!
For a taste of this show see it on the True Entertainment channel 8pm 20.00 hrs.on Freeview, Satellite, and Cable TV Monday to Friday.
TTFN - ta ta for now!
Firstly the quality of production is brilliant.
These DVD's ooze 1960s panache and kitsch of the era. The cover/binding is something to put on your top bookshelf alone!
If your a fan of the Avengers then buy it. I wished they had the New Avengers included but I believe if included it would have taken away the absolute original format of Steed and the original three girls (Honour Blackman, Diana Rigg, Linda Thorsen) in their finest.
Although mainly in black and white for early episodes you tend to ignore format but further on in the series the colours are so vibrant of the age and any person born in the 60s remembering the countless re runs will never get bored again.
A product so endearing to me and very well presented. "Proper telly without any blood and guts" Just leave it to your imagination!
I LOVE TARA KING.. x
For those in the know, there is something very special about The Avengers and it's a sort of appreciation or something you "feel inside" when you watch episode. It has class and is a one off ....just like the Beatles are a one off!
I can recommend this special box set to anyone. I am totally happy with it!