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THE COMPLETE NEW AVENGERS: 8 Disc Collectors Edition

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Released: 30th October 2006 Distributor: StudioCanal
Number of Discs: 8 RRP: £59.99
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: Two 4-disc slimline Digistaks in card outer sleeve

Episodes – Complete Series 1 & 2:

The Eagle's Nest
The Midas Touch
House of Cards
The Last of the Cybernauts...??
To Catch a Rat
Cat Amongst the Pigeons
Target!
Faces
The Tale of the Big Why
Three Handed Game
Sleeper
Gnaws
Dirtier by the Dozen
Hostage
Trap

Dead Men are Dangerous
Medium Rare
Angels of Death

Obsession

The Lion and the Unicorn

K is for Kill –
Part 1: The Tiger Awakes
Part 2: Tiger by the Tail

Complex
The Gladiators

Forward Base

Emily
Extras: Audio commentaries by Brian Clemens and Gareth Hunt for The Eagle's Nest and Dead Men Are Dangerous.

 

THE AVENGERS: The Complete Series 2 + Surviving Episodes from Series 1

OPTD1654

 

 

 

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Released: 5th October 2009 Distributor: StudioCanal
Number of Discs: 8 RRP: £79.99
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: Four 2-disc slimline Amarays in card outer sleeve

Episodes – Series 1:

Hot Snow – Act One only
Girl on the Trapeze
The Frighteners

Episodes – Complete Series 2:

Mission to Montreal
Dead on Course
The Sell Out
Death Dispatch
Propellant 23
Mr Teddy Bear
The Decapod
Bullseye
The Removal Men
The Mauritius Penny
Death of a Great Dane
Death on the Rocks
Traitor in Zebra
The Big Thinker
Intercrime
Warlock
Immortal Clay
Box of Tricks
The Golden Eggs
School for Traitors
The White Dwarf
The Man in the Mirror
Conspiracy of Silence
A Chorus of Frogs
Six Hands Across a Table
Killer Whale

Extras:

  • Series 1 Episode Guide + Leonard White's Series 1 Scrapbook (132-page book featuring press coverage and rare Tele-Snaps of missing episodes)
  • Series 2 Brochure (printed replica)
  • Leonard White's Original Caption Cards
  • Police Surgeon – Easy Money (opening episode of Avengers pre-cursor series)
  • Three's A Crowd – Leonard White and Julian Bond introduce Police Surgeon
  • Hot Snow mini-reconstruction
  • Audio commentaries by Leonard White for Hot Snow and The Mauritius Penny, Roger Marshall for Death of a Great Dane, Martin Woodhouse for Mr Teddy Bear and Julie Stevens for A Chorus of Frogs
  • Video introductions by Julie Stevens for The Decapod, The Removal Men and Box of Tricks
  • Gale Force – Exclusive interview with Honor Blackman
  • Collector's Lot – The Avengers featuring Honor Blackman
  • Extensive Stills Galleries
  • PDF materials (scripts, music cue sheets, TV Times covers and articles, TV Crimebusters comic strip; Knit With The Avengers)
Brief: This edition saw these episodes digitally restored for the first time since 1990. Technology has come on in leaps and bounds since then and these episodes look better than ever before on home video. Oddly, the Series 1 episodes were not processed in this way.

The first pressing of this release had problems affecting Discs 1, 3, 6 and 7. The Disc 1 problems are player-specific and consumers are advised to update their firmware. Corrected replacements for Discs 3 (authoring fault in Propellant 23), 6 (transposed scenes in The Golden Eggs) and 7 (ten seconds of footage missing from Conspiracy of Silence) were made available from StudioCanal. Second pressing sets include the corrected discs. See StudioCanal Replacements.

 

 
THE AVENGERS: The Complete Series 3

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Released: 15th February 2010 Distributor: StudioCanal
Number of Discs: 7 RRP: £59.99
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: Three 2-disc / one 1-disc slimline Amarays in card outer sleeve

Episodes – Complete Series 3:

Concerto
Brief for Murder
The Nutshell
The Golden Fleece
Death a la Carte
Man with Two Shadows
Don't Look Behind You
The Grandeur That Was Rome
The Undertakers
Death of a Batman
Build a Better Mousetrap
November Five
Second Sight
The Secrets Broker
The Gilded Cage
The Medicine Man
The White Elephant
Dressed to Kill
The Wringer
The Little Wonders
Mandrake
The Trojan Horse
The Outside-In Man
The Charmers
Esprit de Corps
Lobster Quadrille

Extras:

  • Audio commentaries by Brian Clemens for Brief for Murder, Don Leaver for Man With Two Shadows, Roger Marshall for Mandrake, Richard Bates on The Grandeur That Was Rome and Jonathan Alwyn for The Outside-In Man.

  • Series 3 promotional brochure

  • Vintage Channel 4 filmed introductions to Don't Look Behind You, The Undertakers, Death of a Batman, November Five, Second Sight, The Gilded Cage, The Medicine Men, The Wringer, The Little Wonders, The Charmers and Esprit de Corps

  • Avenging the Avengers documentary

  • Avenging the Avengers extended interviews – Macnee / Blackman / Thorson

  • Series 1 Episode Reconstructions – Double Danger and A Change of Bait

  • Newsreel footage (Honor Blackman's Judo book)

  • Gale Force part 2 (Honor Blackman interview)

  • Armchair Theatre – The Importance of Being Earnest – starring Patrick Macnee – Act 3 only

  • Stills gallery for featured episodes

  • Behind the scenes stills from The Undertakers

  • PDF material: Scripts for all episodes, 3 x TV Times features, Psychology magazine and the Meet the Avengers book)

Brief: This edition saw these episodes digitally restored for the first time since 1990. Technology has come on in leaps and bounds since then and these episodes look better than ever before on home video or television.

 
THE AVENGERS: The Complete Series 4

OPTD1750

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Released: 5th July 2010 Distributor: StudioCanal
Number of Discs: 7 RRP: £59.99
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: Three 2-disc / one 1-disc slimline Amarays in card outer sleeve

Episodes – Complete Series 4:

The Town of No Return
The Murder Market
The Master Minds
Dial A Deadly Number
Death at Bargain Prices
Too Many Christmas Trees
The Cybernauts
The Gravediggers
Room Without A View
A Surfeit of H2O
Two's A Crowd
Man-Eater of Surrey Green
Silent Dust
The Hour That Never Was
Castle De'ath
The Thirteenth Hole
Small Game for Big Hunters
The Girl from Auntie
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:

  • 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

  • Stills galleries

  • PDF material (scripts, TV Times, ABC Production paperwork)

  • Two Easter Eggs (London Line and Das Diadem)

Brief: This edition saw these episodes digitally restored for the first time since 1990. Technology has come on in leaps and bounds since then and these episodes look better than ever before on home video or television.

The first pressing of this release had problems affecting Discs 3 and 7. Corrected replacements for Discs 3 (picture freeze at 43:20 in The Gravediggers) and 7 (digital drop-out in The Strange Case of the Missing Corpse) were made available from StudioCanal. Warehouse stock was held back – so most of the first pressing features corrected discs. If you have the faulty discs, StudioCanal will replace them for you. See StudioCanal Replacements.

The 'London Line' extra on Disc 2 is listed as "Behind the Scenes on The Cybernauts" but actually focuses on the 1967 sequel Return of the Cybernauts.

Too Many Christmas Trees contains an incorrect writer credit - Brian Clemens is shown ras writer on the DVD print, when the correct credit is Tony Williamson. It appears the opening titles of The Town of No Return were inadvertently edited onto the DVD master of this episode.

 
THE AVENGERS: The Complete Series 5

OPTD1751

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Released: 25th October 2010 Distributor: StudioCanal
Number of Discs: 7 RRP: £59.99
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: Three 2-disc / one 1-disc slimline Amarays in card outer sleeve

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:

  • 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

  • Insert reprint of Series 5 promotional brochure

  • Stills gallery for featured episodes

  • PDF material (scripts, TV Times, etc)

Brief: This edition saw these episodes digitally restored for the first time in the UK since 1990. Technology has come on in leaps and bounds since then and these episodes look better than ever before on home video or television.

The first pressing of this release had sound pitch problems affecting all discs. If you have the faulty discs, StudioCanal will replace them for you. See StudioCanal Replacements.

 
THE AVENGERS: The Complete Series 6

OPTD1752

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Released: 6th December 2010 Distributor: StudioCanal
Number of Discs: 9 RRP: £59.99
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: Four 2-disc / one 1-disc slimline Amarays in card outer sleeve

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:
  • 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

  • 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

  • Insert reprint of series 6 promotional brochure

  • Stills galleries

  • PDF material

Brief: This edition saw these episodes digitally restored for the first time in the UK since 1990. Technology has come on in leaps and bounds since then and these episodes look better than ever before on home video or television.

The first pressing of this release had a sound pitch problem affecting the episode The Forget-Me-Knot on Disc 1. If you have a faulty disc, StudioCanal will replace it for you. See StudioCanal Replacements.

 

 
THE AVENGERS: The Complete 50th Anniversary Collection

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Released: 9th May 2011 Distributor: StudioCanal
Number of Discs: 39 RRP: £199.99
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: Hardcover 'book style' packaging with slots for discs

Episodes:

Series 1: The Surviving Episodes
The Complete Series 2
The Complete Series 3

The Complete Series 4
The Complete Series 5
The Complete Series 6
Extras from individual Series sets:
  • All on-disc DVD extras included
    (does not include replica brochures and printed booklets from the individual Series sets)

Extras unique to this set (on 50th Anniversary Bonus Disc):

  • Episode reconstruction for Series 1 script: Hot Snow –
    includes specially restored version of the surviving Act One footage.

  • Episode reconstruction for Series 1 script: Toy Trap.

  • Filmed interview with Laurence Bourne, originally aired on the French television channel Canal Jimmy

  • Alternate end tag for the Series 4 episode Death at Bargain Prices

  • Archival Series 5 Trailer

  • German cinema trailer for compilation movie, Emma Peel: Meine tollsten abenteuer mit John Steed

  • Wish You Were Here – an exclusive locations featurette

  • Diana Rigg 8mm Films (all digitally restored from film):
    Minikillers #1:Operation Costa Brava
    Minikillers #2: Heroin
    Minikillers #3: Macabre
    Minikillers #4: Flamenco
    Der Goldene Schlόssel

  • Episode Guide Booklet (essentially, a guide to the disc contents)

  • PDF material (Series 1 Episode Guide Booklet)

Brief: This edition compiled all five previous series sets of The Avengers issued between 2009 and 2010 by StudioCanal Releasing. It does not contain their The New Avengers release. The set includes a 39th, bonus DVD which comprises material produced or found after the individual sets were issued.

 Confirmed:  This release contains corrected versions of all faulty discs from the individual Series releases, including a corrected Legacy of Death (Series 6).

 

THE AVENGERS: Special Features Disc

OPTD2104

Released: 3rd October 2011 Distributor: StudioCanal
Number of Discs: 1 RRP: £19.99
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: Amaray Case

Episodes:

None.

Extras:

  • Episode reconstruction for Series 1 script: Hot Snow –
    includes specially restored version of the surviving Act One footage.

  • Episode reconstruction for Series 1 script: Toy Trap.

  • Filmed interview with Laurence Bourne, originally aired on the French television channel Canal Jimmy

  • Alternate end tag for the Series 4 episode Death at Bargain Prices

  • Archival Series 5 Trailer

  • German cinema trailer for compilation movie, Emma Peel: Meine tollsten abenteuer mit John Steed

  • Wish You Were Here – an exclusive locations featurette

  • Diana Rigg 8mm Films (all digitally restored from film):
    Minikillers #1:Operation Costa Brava
    Minikillers #2: Heroin
    Minikillers #3: Macabre
    Minikillers #4: Flamenco
    Der Goldene Schlόssel

  • Episode Guide Booklet (essentially, a guide to the disc contents)

  • PDF material (Series 1 Episode Guide Booklet)

Brief: Released five months after The Complete 50th Anniversary Collection, this separate edition of the bonus disc from that set permitted purchasers who had bought the individual releases to obtain these unique features without buying the complete set.

Some copies of this individual release were affected by a replication error. Please see Disc Replacement Information for details.

THE AVENGERS: The Complete Collection

OPTD2689

Released: 28th April 2014 Distributor: StudioCanal
Number of Discs: 39 RRP: £199.99
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: Cardboard Box containing 2 Amaray Megapack DVD cases

 

Episodes:

Series 1: The Surviving Episodes
The Complete Series 2
The Complete Series 3

The Complete Series 4
The Complete Series 5
The Complete Series 6
Extras from individual Series sets:
  • All on-disc DVD extras included
    (does not include replica brochures and printed booklets from the individual Series sets)

Extras on Disc 39 (aka 50th Anniversary Bonus Disc):

  • Episode reconstruction for Series 1 script: Hot Snow –
    includes specially restored version of the surviving Act One footage.

  • Episode reconstruction for Series 1 script: Toy Trap.

  • Filmed interview with Laurence Bourne, originally aired on the French television channel Canal Jimmy

  • Alternate end tag for the Series 4 episode Death at Bargain Prices

  • Archival Series 5 Trailer

  • German cinema trailer for compilation movie, Emma Peel: Meine tollsten abenteuer mit John Steed

  • Wish You Were Here – an exclusive locations featurette

  • Diana Rigg 8mm Films (all digitally restored from film):
    Minikillers #1:Operation Costa Brava
    Minikillers #2: Heroin
    Minikillers #3: Macabre
    Minikillers #4: Flamenco
    Der Goldene Schlόssel

  • Episode Guide Booklet (essentially, a guide to the disc contents)

  • PDF material (Series 1 Episode Guide Booklet)

Brief: This edition is a repackaging of the 50th anniversary set released in 2011, which drops the anniversary reference in the name and opts for a more standard DVD package - in Amaray cases inside an outer card box. Content is identical to the earlier release.

ITV 60

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Released: 26th October 2015 Distributor: Network
Number of Discs: 12 RRP: £79.99
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: T.B.C.
 

 

Episodes – Series 5:

The Winged Avenger

Brief: This 12-disc celebratory compilation from Network DVD that marked the 60th anniversary of Independent Television not only includes an episode of The Avengers (The Winged Avenger, on Disc 3), but it also gives Mrs Peel and Steed pride of place on its cover. Many other examples of classic ITV series are included in the set.

Compiled by Alan Hayes

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