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The Avengers: The Complete Emma Peel Megaset (2013)

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  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 16
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 2820 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E5G03I4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,718 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The original British TV cult classic is back with an all-new look! Starring Diana Rigg as Emma Peel and Patrick Macnee as her engaging partner John Steed. Fans will rejoice in watching the infamous crime-fighting duo, The Avengers, who have influenced generations of stars in 51 episodes, on16 DVD discs. Enjoy every Emma episode ever in this ultimate collector's edition!

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180 of 185 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Mrs. Peel, we're needed" August 18, 2013
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I was 13 years old in 1966 flipping through the 5 television channels then available when I came across the scene of a man dressed as a giant bird climbing the outside of a city building. There was very little in the way of science fiction or comic book related video entertainment on television at the time so I eagerly kept watching. I was lucky enough to have found an episode of The Avengers and, in one evening, became a lifelong fan of both that series and of British programming in general.

The Avengers ran from 1961 through 1969. But the value of the stylish British import lies chiefly in the episodes that paired Diana Rigg with Patrick Macnee from 1965 to 1968. Rigg had replaced Bond girl Honor Blackman as English superspy Emma Peel for the show's fourth season, the first to be available in the US, and nothing like her had ever been seen on the television screen. The cat-suitted Peel used a kung fu fighting style to defeat England's enemies. John Steed would occasionally draw a sword from his umbrella or raise a fist if forced by circumstance but the muscle of the team was the female lead. When not tossing bad guys around the screen, Rigg's character was cultured, stylish and wonderfully intelligent. It was virtually impossible for a 13 year old boy not to be entranced by Emma Peel.

In 1965, ABC paid the unheard of price of two million dollars for 26 episodes of The Avengers. The series first aired from March to December 1966 in the 10:00 time slot because of subject matter deemed to be too mature in the States. There were in fact 5 shows that were held from distribution in the US (including Emma's appearance in a dominatrix outfit in "A Touch of Brimstone") because they were thought to be unsuitable.
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103 of 107 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Show is from Heaven--the Packaging is from Hell October 7, 2013
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I discovered the Avengers in the mid-1970s when I was a teen. (It was shown at obscenely late hours on a then-unknown Atlanta cable station called WTCG, just purchased by Ted Turner who would turn it into TBS.) Fell head over heels in love with Steed AND Mrs. Peel. I wanted to be her; she was perfect. And I wanted to go places with him. His imperterbability on those wild adventures was heavenly, his charm, his taste in clothes divine, and who didn't want a brolley with a built-in saber or a bowler with a steel plate inside?

In later years I saw the Tara King stuff and later still, the girls who'd come first. But Mrs. Peel and Steed went together for me like chalk and cheese, as they say. So I had to get this set.

The adventures are very much as I remember--kooky and wild and often psychedelic. Mrs. Peel is still the ultimate lady--who's still able to rip a guy's head off without breaking a nail. Steed is still the perfect gentleman who can get knocked into a cactus and still look good. (And how can you not love a man who'll shoot Santa Claus?) I love this show and can foresee a long time of watching these adventures. Funny, sexy, silly, totally unrealistic and just plain fun escapism into a land where dreams attack you and cats are really tigers. Makes me want to wear a suit and a bowler and drive around in a Bentley or go ride dressage.

Video quality--what I've seen so far, anyway--is good. Not great, but good. I'm surprised the set does not seem to have been remastered. In the color (colour??) episodes the tones are a little off and occasionally they blur into one another. Sound is good; again not great. Loses one star for not being cleaned up a little better. But then for under $40 maybe we shouldn't expect that much.
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tastefully Eccentric August 23, 2013
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About 15 years ago, I ordered the Emma Peel episodes on VHS tape, and have been enjoying them since. Now that the series is released on DVD at a reasonable price, I think I will treat myself to an upgrade; if nothing else, it's only a matter of time before no-one's making videotape players any more.
I grew up in the UK, and was aged 7-10 when this series was shown. Several reviewers have credited the BBC with this production, but in fact it was one of the UK's commercial channels which produced it - ABC I think. I remember how everyone in my household - from my grandparents down - was infected by the show's quirky humor from a cast of eccentric characters, both the heroes and the villains, as well as the various interlopers. It always seemed that everyone in the house was in a silly but cheerful mood after watching an episode of 'The Avengers', most especially during the Emma Peel years. I loved the imagination behind all the plots, then and now. In fact, that's the essential difference between these old shows and the sorry selection available today; it seems everything today has to be 'reality-based', such that everyone is supposed to turn on their TV to embrace reality. In the old days, people turned on their TV to escape reality. And I still do, hence I'm still watching all the old shows that indulge that sentiment: The Avengers, The Prisoner, Star Trek, Mr Ed, The Ghost and Mrs Muir, Dr Who, etc.
Old-fashioned heroes take on old-fashioned villains; the kind who we're impressed to believe were not so much evil, just mischievous; almost lovable, in a perverse way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Avengers
This is one of my old favorite series, When I saw it was available here I had to have it all. Good intrigue and spy stories. Not all that sex games you see in newer spy movies. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Ms Jan
4.0 out of 5 stars Mrs. Peel "ROCKS"
This is a very enjoyable DVD series about ENGLISH security agents. This is CLASSIC TV at its very best! Plots are interesting + not just shoot-em-ups. Ilove it.
Published 2 days ago by wildwest 53
5.0 out of 5 stars THE AVENGERS
I enjoyed this program 40+ years ago, when I was a wee 'un. It is a little hokey by today's standards, but Dianna Rigg is still a pleasure to watch.
Published 2 days ago by R. W. SIMPSON
4.0 out of 5 stars Fond memories!
The adventures of the lovely Mrs. Peel and the dashingly debonair John Steed bring me back to the days of my youth. The first 8 DVDs are in Black & White. Read more
Published 2 days ago by noquiexis
5.0 out of 5 stars The Avengers: The Complete Emma Peel Megaset
I already have this set from a previous sale from somewhere. This will be a Birthday present for a friend who is also a big fan of the Emma Peel years. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Larryoke
5.0 out of 5 stars Linda's Thoughts on "the Avengers: The Complete Emma Peel"
I believe Emma Peel set a standard for women in the mid 60's that we might be getting close to attaining, Notice I say might be close. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Linda Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories!
This show was broadcast in the US when I was a young girl (under 12). Absolutely loved Diana Rigg! We would play "Avengers" outside for hours - using whatever things we... Read more
Published 5 days ago by D. Andersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Memories
I wasn't allowed to stay up sometimes to watch these early episodes. I mostly remember the color series. So this has been a fantastic visit back into my childhood. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Dale the builder
5.0 out of 5 stars Can finally retire the Avengers videotapes!
TSIA. Hoping Lionsgate does the same with the Cathy Gale and Tara seasons. Love it, just love it. Can't beat this price for the content.
Published 6 days ago by David L. Hamiter II
5.0 out of 5 stars James Bond, Dr. Who and Scooby Doo....
The original BBC The Avengers is fun! It’s a mix of James Bond, Dr. Who and Scooby Doo. I am not sure if there is a back story to what exactly John Steed does or what part of the... Read more
Published 7 days ago by James L Honeycutt
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The Avengers: The Complete Mrs. Peel Megaset
this is exactly the same megaset as originally released by A&E, this time by Lionsgate and without the bonus 17th disc that contains season 1 episodes and the "avenging the avengers" documentary plus a few more extras.

In the UK & Europe all the series/seasons of the original Avengers... Read more
Oct 9, 2013 by The Avenger |  See all 4 posts
Closed Captioning
I just got this set for Christmas, and no, it does not include closed captioning of any kind. Hard to believe in this day and age.
Dec 26, 2013 by Thomas Veil |  See all 4 posts
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