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Avengers '66 - Set 2, Vols. 3 & 4 (1966)

Patrick Macnee , Diana Rigg  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman, Linda Thorson, Ian Hendry
  • Writers: Sydney Newman
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 31, 1999
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767018699
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,412 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Avengers '66 - Set 2, Vols. 3 & 4" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Vol. 3 Episodes: The Danger Makers, A Touch of Brimstone, What the Butler Saw
  • Vol. 4 Episodes: The House That Jack Built, A Sense of History, How to Succeed ... at Murder, Bonus Episode: Honey For the Prince
  • BONUS: Gallery of Production Stills Included

Editorial Reviews

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Devotees of Diana Rigg's Mrs. Emma Peel will be especially thrilled by this two-volume collection of seven black-and-white episodes that closed out the fourth season of The Avengers in high and often provocative style. One Avengers Web site ranks "A Touch of Brimstone" among the 10 best episodes of the Mrs. Peel era; "What the Butler Saw" and "Honey for the Prince" rank among the top 20.

To these add "The House That Jack Built." This mind-bending tour de force finds Mrs. Peel at the mercy of a vengeful techno-obsessed mastermind who has rigged a mansion to drive her insane. Also included in this collection are "The Danger Makers," in which umbrella-toting gentleman spy John Steed (Patrick Macnee) and Mrs. Peel uncover a secret society of thrill-crazed soldiers; "A Sense of History," about a deadly clique of university students; and "How to Succeed... At Murder," in which secretarial assassins take their orders from, yes, a puppet. The mysteries are intriguing, the villains suitably mad, and the banter between Steed and Mrs. Peel charged with erotic possibilities. With the ravishing, knee-weakening sight of Emma decked out as Robin Hood in "A Sense of History," as a harem girl in "Honey for the Prince," and--be still my beating heart--as the Queen of Sin in "A Touch of Brimstone," this Avengers collection boasts very potent Emma "a-Peel." --Donald Liebenson


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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New color era for Steed and Mrs. Peel May 4, 2003
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Format:DVD
Following the huge success of the first filmed series of The Avengers, starring Patrick MacNee as debonair British agent John Steed and his cool, sophisticated partner Mrs. Emma Peel, the producers opted to make the next batch of 26 episodes in color, to be broadcast in 1967. In order to accomplish this, foreign backing was necessary, and the American networks were approached. The US had broadcast the black and white season four as a mid-season replacement, and were interested in moving forward with a color season in prime time, however they only provided enough backing for 16 episodes initially. Another challenge was that Diana Rigg was not particularly keen to film another season of the show, and demanded a huge salary increase in order to secure her participation. She got the money, but it was made clear it would be her second and last season with the show.
Apart from the use of color film, there were other subtle changes to the show for this fifth season. Both Steed and Emma were given new apartments and Mrs. Peel a much more stylized wardrobe. The device of ending each story with the two leads driving off in a variety of vehicles was abandoned and instead a tag scene was used to introduce each story, where Steed informed his partner that they were needed in a variety of humorous ways. Each story title was also given a two-line subtitle. After completion of the first batch of 16, the American backers did provide finance for a further 16 but asked for both the subtitles and tag scenes to be dropped, and also requested that Mrs. Peel's wardrobe became more recognizably en vogue.
After only 8 episodes were completed, producers Brian Clemens and Albert Fennell left the show after a disagreement and the new producers opted not to continue with Mrs.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New partner for Steed May 4, 2003
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Format:DVD
These DVD's from A&E represent the best known and certainly the most popular era of the long running British TV fantasy-adventure series "The Avengers." Made between 1965 and 1966, all 26 episodes of the fourth season of the show are available here on eight discs in four sets, or two at a time.
When Honor Blackman (Mrs. Cathy Gale) left the series after season 3 to take up the lead role in the Bond movie "Goldfinger," the producers had already made the decision to start filming the series, moving it out of the TV studio and giving it a much glossier and dynamic feel. John Steed (Patrick MacNee), the debonair British government agent stayed on and his new partner was devised by the production team to be another tough, all-action girl with "Man Appeal." M-Appeal (geddit?) Elizabeth Shepherd was cast as Mrs. Emma Peel and two episodes were filmed before it was mutually agreed that she didn't meet the expectations of the production team. A quick replacement was sought and in stepped Diana Rigg. A TV legend was born.
The relationship between Steed and Mrs. Gale had always been haughty to say the least. With the introduction of the widowed (or seemingly) Mrs. Peel, the relationship between the two leads became much closer with a great deal of sexual tension. Mrs. Peel was as intelligent, quick thinking and emasculated as her predecessor, and initially at least shared her penchant for leather outfits, but she was also certainly softer and more readily prepared to act as Steed's partner in their adventures.
The stories were certainly becoming much more fantasy bound, and the use of diabolical masterminds and organizations with bizarre acronyms became the norm for the stories from this series on.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Final series makes it to DVD April 23, 2003
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Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The final season of the original Avengers finally comes to DVD & VHS in region one. "The Forget me knot," the debut episode of Ms. Tara King played by Linda Thorson, was released back in 1998, but only now is the entire series seeing the light of day - and it's been well worth the wait.
There are many of course who do not rate these last adventures featuring the debonair John Steed as Britain's top government agent as highly as what had gone before, and it's easy to see why. Steed's pairing originally with Mrs Gale (Honor Blackman) and later Mrs Peel (Diana Rigg) had been an excellent match for his skills. With Mrs Peel leaving the show, the producers, Brian Clemens and Albert Fennell followed suit and John Bryce was brought back to the programme, following his stint producing the early Mrs Gale episodes.
The first thing Bryce did was to cast his girlfriend, twenty one year old Canadian Linda Thorson as Steed's new assistant, Miss Tara King. In order to complete the delivery of episodes to the US market, production was fairly rushed, and what came out of it was deemed substandard. Bryce was sacked and Fennell and Clemens brought back to rescue the production. Clemens was particularly unhappy about Linda Thorson's role, but it was too late in the day to do anything about it. They set about filming the initial block of 8 episodes (extended to 9), rehashing two of the abandoned Bryce episodes, and bringing back Mrs Peel for the one-off story "The forget me knot" to introduce the new character of Tara (although this "debut" was actually filmed third). Once these episodes were ready, they set about producing the final batch of 24.
There is a very significant shift in the character of Tara King between these two production blocks as Thorson began to gain confidence in the part.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Avengers always a favorite with me
I love the vintage Avengers. This set of episodes is exciting and contains some that I have not seen before. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dr. Denny
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to my childhood.
A fantastic trip down memory lane. This box set of the 60's TV series "The Avengers" is an absolute treat. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ian Box
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I grabbed this
Too bad the Avengers series are no longer being made. Netflix use to stream it but no more. If Amazon could snag the series I might reconsider Prime. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Angelica
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Steed and King are great!
I Love this series! It reminds me of my time in England while serving in the military. Tara King and John Steed once again fight evil with their wonderful flair of bravery,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Daryl Inman
4.0 out of 5 stars Old Series, vhs
Like the Avengers and Mrs. Peel....
English humor,,, price reasonable ....
still interesting stories and colorful characters
price is affordable and play well
Published 11 months ago by Paul Marguette
4.0 out of 5 stars AVENGERS RETURN AGAIN!
Representing the Early Black and White Episodes, you cant go wrong for vintage sexy retro British Spy T.V.! "Mrs. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Prince Everlove
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Television Series in History
The Avengers was a classic television series. It had intelligence, wit, great characters, good plots - if sometimes they did stretch credibility - and the incredible chemistry... Read more
Published 12 months ago by George Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product and speedy delivery...
My beloved Mother (just turned 91) adored this series back in the day, she's thrilled and I'm so grateful for this wonderful item, all desires met!
Published 12 months ago by Laurel Bezdecheck
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to find prize
This was a great find. Hard to find Avengers series. If you like Spy, SciFi, Comedy, Action, Adventure all wrapped in one this series is for you. Read more
Published 12 months ago by JK
5.0 out of 5 stars Emma Peel and Christopher Lee
This set is a great way to be introduced to the Avengers. It contains some of the most outrageous episodes in the series. First up Never Say Die with Christopher Lee. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Pulpman
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