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MIT SCHIRM, CHARME UND MELONE: EDITION 1 / STAFFEL 4

502717 BD

 

Released: 19th February 2015 Distributor: StudioCanal
Number of Discs: 7 RRP: 69.99
Region Code: B (A, C untested) Media: Blu-ray disc
Packaging: Digipak with card outer slip

 

 

Episodes Complete Series 4:

The Town of No Return
The Gravediggers
The Cybernauts

Death at Bargain Prices
Castle De'ath
The Master Minds

The Murder Market
A Surfeit of H2O
The Hour That Never Was

Dial a Deadly Number
Man-Eater of Surrey Green
Two's A Crowd

Too Many Christmas Trees
Silent Dust
Room Without A View
Small Game for Big Hunters
The Girl from Auntie

The Thirteenth Hole
Quick-Quick Slow Death
The Danger Makers
A Touch of Brimstone

What the Butler Saw
The House That Jack Built

A Sense of History
How to Succeed... at Murder
Honey for the Prince
Extras: Exclusive introductions by Oliver Kalkofe and Wolfgang Bahro, plus:
  • Audio commentaries by Roy Ward Baker and Brian Clemens for The Town of No Return, Robert Banks Stewart for The Master Minds, Roger Marshall for Dial A Deadly Number, Gerry O'Hara for The Hour That Never Was and Don Leaver for The House That Jack Built.

  • The Series of No Return Exclusive audio interview with Elizabeth Shepherd, conducted 29th January 2010

  • USA Chessboard opening sequence

  • The Strange Case of the Missing Corpse promotional trailer

  • Alternative end tag from Death At Bargain Prices

  • Episode reconstructions for Series 1 scripts Kill The King and Dead of Winter

  • Colourised test footage from Death At Bargain Prices and A Touch of Brimstone

  • Reconstructed The Avengers Are Back John Stamp trailer

  • Alternative UK opening and closing credits

  • Alternative UK animated bumpers

  • Armchair Theatre The Hothouse starring Diana Rigg

  • UK animated bumper

  • Variant opening title credits for The Gravediggers

  • French opening credits

  • German opening credits

  • ITN Newsreel footage

  • Das Diadem - Diana Rigg short film

  • London Line - Behind the Scenes on The Cybernauts

  • Stills galleries (in HD)

Brief: The discs in this set are identical to those in the UK one, with a country choice screen appearing first when the discs are put in the player. This means that all UK extras are available in addition to the German ones listed above.

Too Many Christmas Trees contains incorrect writer and director credits - Brian Clemens and Charles Crichton are shown respectively as writer and director on the Blu-ray print, when the correct credits are Tony Williamson (writer) and Roy (Ward) Baker (director). It appears the opening titles of Death at Bargain Prices were inadvertently edited onto the Blu-ray master of this episode.

Unlike the English soundtracks of the episodes on this set, the German ones are fully in synchronisation during all opening title sequences.

 

 
MIT SCHIRM, CHARME UND MELONE: EDITION 2 / STAFFEL 5 & 6

505086 BD

 

Released: 16th July 2015 Distributor: StudioCanal
Number of Discs: 7 RRP: 69.99
Region Code: B (A, C untested) Media: Blu-ray disc
Packaging: Fat-pack BD Amaray plastic case with card outer slip

 

 

Episodes Complete Series 5:

The Fear Merchants
Escape in Time
The Bird Who Knew Too Much
From Venus With Love
The See-Through Man
The Winged Avenger

The Living Dead
The Hidden Tiger

The Correct Way to Kill

Never, Never Say Die
Epic

The Superlative Seven

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station
Something Nasty in the Nursery
The Joker
Who's Who???
Death's Door
Return of the Cybernauts
Dead Man's Treasure
The 50,000 Breakfast

You Have Just Been Murdered

Murdersville
The Positive-Negative Man

Mission... Highly Improbable

Extras: Exclusive introductions by Oliver Kalkofe and Wolfgang Bahro, plus:

  • Oliver Kalkofe's Avengers Memories

  • Audio commentaries by script writer / producer Brian Clemens on Murdersville; guest star Peter Wyngarde on Epic; script writer Richard Harris on The Winged Avenger; Cyd Child, Diana Rigg's stunt double, on Return of The Cybernauts

  • Archive German TV interview with Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg, conducted by Joachim Fuchsberger

  • Film trims from The Fear Merchants, Escape in Time, From Venus With Love and The See-Through Man

  • The Avengers A Retrospective (1993 documentary presented by Patrick Macnee)

  • ATV newsreel footage (Diana Rigg receives TV Award)

  • The Avengers "They're Back" archive trailer

  • Filmed episode introductions by Brian Clemens to The Bird Who Knew Too Much, The Living Dead, Epic, The Correct Way To Kill, The Superlative Seven, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Station, The Joker and Murdersville

  • Granada Plus Points for each episode (previously released as 'Follow the Hat' on Contender edition)

  • Episode Reconstructions for lost Series 1 episodes One For The Mortuary, Death on The Slipway, Tunnel of Fear and Dragonsfield

  • Original 1960s German Titles

  • Stills gallery for featured episodes

Brief: Whereas the UK and German discs for the Series 4 Blu-ray set were identical, these are separately authored. As the German set is labelled Series 5+6 (taking the second production block of Series 5 as a sixth series), this might explain the reason as the UK release refers to these episodes as simply Series 5.

 
MIT SCHIRM, CHARME UND MELONE: EDITION 3 / STAFFEL 7

505085 BD

 

Released: 15th October 2015 Distributor: StudioCanal
Number of Discs: 9 RRP: Unconfirmed
Region Code: B (A, C untested) Media: Blu-ray disc
Packaging: Fat-pack BD Amaray plastic case with card outer slip

 

 

Episodes Complete Series 6:

The Forget-Me-Knot
Invasion of the Earthmen
The Curious Case of the Countless Clues

Split!
Get-A-Way!

Have Guns Will Haggle

Look (Stop Me If You've Heard This One) But There Were These Two Fellers
My Wildest Dream
Whoever Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40?
You'll Catch Your Death
All Done With Mirrors
Super Secret Cypher Snatch
Game
False Witness
Noon Doomsday
Legacy of Death
They Keep Killing Steed
Wish You Were Here
Killer

The Rotters
The Interrogators
The Morning After
Love All
Take Me to Your Leader

Stay Tuned
Fog
Who Was That Man I Saw You With?
Pandora
Thingumajig
Homicide and Old Lace

Requiem
Take-Over
Bizarre

Extras: Exclusive introductions by Oliver Kalkofe and Wolfgang Bahro, plus:

  • In the Footsteps of Tara King - Oliver Kalkofe meets Linda Thorson

  • Goodbye Emma, Hi Tara! - Oliver Kalkofe

  • Audio commentaries by director Roy Ward Baker and scriptwriter / producer Brian Clemens on Split!; scriptwriter Jeremy Burnham and guest star Veronica Strong on Love All; guest star Jennifer Croxton on Killer; director John Hough on The Morning After; director Robert Fuest on Game and Linda Thorson's stunt double Cyd Child on Noon Doomsday

  • Filmed introductions by Linda Thorson for the episodes The Interrogators, Love All, Take Me To Your Leader, Thingumajig, Requiem and Pandora

  • Introducing Linda Thorson promotional trailer

  • Girl About Town promotional trailer

  • Wish You Were Here an exclusive locations featurette

  • American shooting gallery opening credits on Split!

  • American end credits for Invasion of The Earthmen

  • Variant end credits for The Forget-Me-Knot

  • Filmed introduction by director Cyril Frankel for Whoever Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40?

  • Artists test footage to find the replacement for Diana Rigg featuring Lyn Ashley, Diane Clare, Susan Engel, Jane Murdoch, Valerie Van Ost, Toby Robins, Susan Travers and Wanda Ventham plus James Maxwell and Moray Watson in the role of Steed. Mute with audio commentary by Jaz Wiseman

  • Episode reconstructions for Series 1 scripts The Springers, The Yellow Needle, The Far Distant Dead and The Deadly Air

  • UK animated bumper

  • Granada + points for The Forget-Me-Knot

  • Textless extended closing credits

  • German opening and closing credits

  • Stills galleries

Brief: It is likely that the UK and German Series 6 Blu-rays will have separate masters, unlike the situation with Series 4.

 

Compiled by Alan Hayes

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