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Revenge of The Avengers
on 3 June 2009
At last! I have waited a long time to purchase the complete original series, so thank you to the dutch company who have brought this out. I have only really scratched the surface of this set so far, but the quality of transfer seems to be very good.
As to the programme itself, it is, for me, the very pinnacle of 1960's television. There is nothing to match it for sheer unadulterated style. Stories have a wonderful mixture of comedy and thrills. It is a shame that only 1 episode of the first series exists, but studio-bound series 2 and 3 really do benefit from the excellent chemistry between Patrick Mcnee and Honor Blackman. The standout episode from series 3 for me is "Don't Look Behind You", which is genuinely chilling.
Seasons 4 to 6 show how the series changed direction when it went on to film. Each episode is like a mini movie. Diana Rigg is excellent as Emma Peel. There are so many stand-out episodes from seasons 4 and 5: "Too Many Christmas Trees" "The Town of No Return" and "The Hour That Never Was" are amongst my favourites from the black and white series 4, while the colour series 5 includes "The Joker" "Something Nasty in the Nursery", etc.
The final, protracted season gets off to a slightly shaky start, but once Linda Thorsen settles into her role as Tara King we get some fabulous stories: "Game", "Fog", "Stay Tuned", in fact, too many to mention. All in all, the programme finished on a high and clearly too soon. Thet certainly don't make them like this any more.
This is not cheap, but worth every penny - you are getting one of the most brilliant television series ever made in the UK.
One word of warning. With series 2, 5 and 6, turning off the dutch subtitles is easy, but for series 3 and 4 there is no option for this in the DVD menu, so you will need to get into your player's menu to switch them off. Also, don't be put off by series 4's titles being in French!