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These titles all hail from the 1980s and were not so much 'unlicensed' as 'pirate' and utilised exceptionally poor source materials off-air video recordings and poorly transferred 8mm and 16mm prints (amusingly, advertisers had the nerve to suggest that these Standard Play recordings were "high quality"). The companies that issued these videos claimed the episodes were in the public domain in the USA and as such releases were legal. The 'public domain' angle is something much abused in the States and it proved to be so with regard The Avengers. Patrick Macnee in association with Avengers historian Dave Rogers and the then owners of the series, Lumiere Pictures, went after the pirates and took them and the legitimate companies who were distributing the tapes to court.

In 1993, lawsuits for copyright violations were filed in Los Angeles, Chicago and Portland, Oregon against a number of retailers including Blockbuster Video, distributors including Baker & Taylor, and suppliers including Viking Entertainment and Hollywood Select Video. This successful action paved the way for official VHS releases in the USA and Europe.

The often atrocious cover artwork is presented here according to video company, where known. Titles appear to have been issued by several companies, although it seems that several of the organisations listed below are the same company under different names, possibly a smokescreen to avoid potential prosecution. The sheer volume of releases is pretty staggering when you know just how fly-by-night many of these organisations were. In order to maximise profits, the great majority of releases were of single episodes, though latterly some double-bills were issued.

THE AVENGERS EMG VIDEO

Released: 1985

Standard cover and back cover for all episodes released

EMG Video released a staggering 55 VHS videotapes of The Avengers in 1985, each containing one episode. The releases were packaged in the above sleeve, with a sticker added to distinguish one cassette from another. The order of release was exactly copied by Showcase Productions and Hollywood Select Video in subsequent years, identifying EMG Video as being inextricably linked to those companies. Note that on their list (above right) they accidentally missed out release number 12, The Hidden Tiger, when listing their releases. The list is worth reading for some wonderful typographic errors such as Girls from Pandora!

If you know of any more titles in this range or can provide better quality or different images, please drop me a line: Email Avengers Declassified. Thank you.

    

THE AVENGERS VIKING VIDEO CLASSICS

VCC 879
Released: 1986

Episode:
The House That Jack Built

VCC 1027
Released: 1986

Episode:
Quick-Quick Slow Death
(issued as 'Quick, Quick, Slow Death')

VCC 1028
Released: 1986

Episode:
False Witness

VCC 1029
Released: 1986

Episode:
The Positive-Negative Man
(issued as 'Positive Negative Man')

VCC 1074
Released: 1986

Episode:
Game

VCC 1075
Released: 1986

Episode:
Super Secret Cypher Snatch
(issued as 'The Super Secret Cypher Snatch')

VCC 1076
Released: 1986

Episode:
Death of a Great Dane

VCC 1077
Released: 1986

Episode:
The Girl from Auntie

 VCC 1116
Released: 1986

Episode:
The Forget-Me-Knot

 VCC 1165
Released: 1986

Episode:
The Cybernauts

VCC 1166
Released: 1986

Episode:
Dial a Deadly Number

VCC 1168
Released: 1986

Episode:
Escape in Time

VCC 1169
Released: 1986

Episode:
The Gravediggers

 No. Unknown
Released: 1986

Episode:
Silent Dust

 No. Unknown
Released: 1986

Episode:
Epic

 No. Unknown
Released: 1986

Episode:
The
Hidden Tiger
(issued as 'Hidden Tiger')

 No. Unknown
Released: 1986

Episode:
The Morning After

 
If you know of any more titles in this range or can provide better quality or different images, please drop me a line: Email Avengers Declassified. Thank you.

    

THE AVENGERS AMVEST VIDEO - TV HITS

 VHS-TV15
Released: 1987

Episode:
The
Forget-Me-Knot

VHS-TV23
Released: 1987

Episode:
The House That Jack Built

 

If you know of any more titles in this range or can provide better quality or different images, please drop me a line: Email Avengers Declassified. Thank you.

 

THE AVENGERS HOLLYWOOD SELECT VIDEO aka SHOWCASE PRODUCTIONS

 HSV 1600
Released: 1987

Episode:
The Bird Who Knew Too Much

HSV 1601
Released: 1987

Episode:
The Cybernauts

 HSV 1602
Released: 1987

Episode:
Death of a Great Dane

 HSV 1603
Released: 1987

Episode:
Dial A Deadly Number

HSV 1604
Released: 1987

Episode:
Epic

 HSV 1605
Released: 1987

Episode:
Escape in Time

 HSV 1606
Released: 1987

Episode:
False Witness

HSV 1607
Released: 1987

Episode:
The Forget-Me-Knot
(issued as 'Forget-Me-Knot')

 HSV 1608
Released: 1987

Episode:
Game

 HSV 1609
Released: 1987

Episode:
The Girl from Auntie

HSV 1610
Released: 1987

Episode:
The Gravediggers
(issued as 'The Grave Diggers')

 HSV 1611
Released: 1987

Episode:
The Hidden Tiger
(issued as 'Hidden Tiger')

 HSV 1612
Released: 1987

Episode:
The House That Jack Built

HSV 1613
Released: 1987

Episode:
The
Morning After

 HSV 1614
Released: 1987

Episode:
The Positive-Negative Man
(issued as 'Positive, Negative Man')

 HSV 1615
Released: 1987

Episode:
Quick-Quick Slow Death
(issued as 'The Quick, Quick Slow Death')

HSV 1616
Released: 1987

Episode:
Silent Dust

 HSV 1617
Released: 1987

Episode:
Super Secret Cypher Snatch

 HSV 1618
Released: 1987

Episode:
My Wildest Dream
(issued as 'My Wildest Dreams')

HSV 1619
Released: 1987

Episode:
Get-A-Way

 HSV 1620
Released: 1987

Episode:
Have Guns Will Haggle

 HSV 1621
Released: 1987

Episode:
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station

HSV 1622
Released: 1987

Episode:
Dead Man's Treasure

 HSV 1623
Released: 1987

Episode:
The 50,000 Breakfast

 HSV 1624
Released: 1987

Episode:
Take-Over

HSV 1625
Released: 1987

Episode:
The Curious Case of the Countless Clues
(issued as 'The Case of Countless Clues')

 HSV 1626
Released: 1987

Episode:
A Surfeit of H 2O

 HSV 1627
Released: 1987

Episode:
The Correct Way to Kill

HSV 1628
Released: 1987

Episode:
A Sense of History

 

If you know of any more titles in this range or can provide better quality or different images, please drop me a line: Email Avengers Declassified. Thank you.

  

THE AVENGERS SHOWCASE PRODUCTIONS

 SPI 1000
Released: Unknown

Episode:
The Bird Who Knew Too Much

SPI 1001
Released: Unknown

Episode:
The Cybernauts

 SPI 1002
Released: Unknown

Episode:
Death of a Great Dane

 SPI 1003
Released: Unknown

Episode:
Dial A Deadly Number

SPI 1004
Released: Unknown

Episode:
Epic

 SPI 1005
Released: Unknown

Episode:
Escape in Time

 SPI 1006
Released: Unknown

Episode:
False Witness

SPI 1007
Released: Unknown

Episode:
The Forget-Me-Knot
(issued as 'Forget-Me-Knot')

 SPI 1008
Released: Unknown

Episode:
Game

 SPI 1009
Released: Unknown

Episode:
The Girl from Auntie

SPI 1010
Released: Unknown

Episode:
The Gravediggers

 SPI 1011
Released: Unknown

Episode:
The Hidden Tiger
(issued as 'Hidden Tiger')

 SPI 1012
Released: Unknown

Episode:
The House That Jack Built

SPI 1013
Released: Unknown

Episode:
The
Morning After

 SPI 1014
Released: Unknown

Episode:
The Positive-Negative Man
(issued as 'Positive, Negative Man')

 SPI 1015
Released: Unknown

Episode:
Quick-Quick Slow Death
(issued as 'The Quick, Quick Slow Death')

SPI 1016
Released: Unknown

Episode:
Silent Dust

 SPI 1017
Released: Unknown

Episode:
Super Secret Cypher Snatch

 SPI 1018
Released: Unknown

Episode:
My Wildest Dream
(issued as 'My Wildest Dreams')

SPI 1019
Released: Unknown

Episode:
Get-A-Way

 SPI 1020
Released: Unknown

Episode:
Have Guns Will Haggle

 SPI 1021
Released: Unknown

Episode:
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station

SPI 1022
Released: Unknown

Episode:
Dead Man's Treasure

 SPI 1023
Released: Unknown

Episode:
The 50,000 Breakfast

 SPI 1024
Released: Unknown

Episode:
Take-Over

SPI 1025
Released: Unknown

Episode:
The Curious Case of the Countless Clues
(issued as 'The Case of Countless Clues')

 SPI 1026
Released: Unknown

Episode:
A Surfeit of H 2O

 SPI 1027
Released: Unknown

Episode:
The Correct Way to Kill

SPI 1028
Released: Unknown

Episode:
A Sense of History

 

If you know of any more titles in this range or can provide better quality or different images, please drop me a line: Email Avengers Declassified. Thank you.

 

THE AVENGERS BRIDGESTONE MULTIMEDIA

No. 96663 / 96673 / 96683
Released: 1996

Episodes:
Cassette 1:
The Positive Negative Man
The Girl from Auntie

Cassette 2:
Game
Super Secret Cypher Snatch

Cassette 3:
Quick-Quick Slow Death
False Witness

 

THE AVENGERS OTHER UNLICENSED COMPANIES

Company: Bizarre Video Productions
Nos. Unknown
Released: 1981

 

Company: Video Images / Video Yesteryear
No. 744
Released: 1981

Episode:
Dial a Deadly Number

Company: Video 7
No. Unknown
Released: Unknown

Episodes:
The Girl from Auntie
The House That Jack Built
Quick-Quick Slow Death

 

Company: Vintage Video
Nos. 6003, 7252 7260
Released: 1986

Standard cover and back covers for all episodes released

Company: Video Images / Video Yesteryear
Nos. 744
Released: 1987

A rejacketed reissue of Video Images' 1981 release of Dial a Deadly Number.
We're not entirely sure that it's an improvement...

Company: BDS Video
Nos. Unknown
Released: 1989

Standard cover and back covers for all episodes released

Again, note the hilarious titles, including Look There... These Fellows!

If you know of any more unidentified titles or can provide better quality or different images, please drop me a line: Email Avengers Declassified. Thank you.

Compiled by Alan Hayes
with thanks to Mike Noon and Denis Kirsanov

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