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The Avengers: The Complete Emma Peel Megaset (2013)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (270 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E5G03I4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,764 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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207 of 213 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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117 of 123 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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70 of 74 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 Steed and Mrs. Peel
Omg. Every Emma Peel!! This is a must have. Danger! Intrigue! Suspense! Characters you care about! This one has got it all.
Published 4 days ago by Aaron Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This set is the best!! I am enjoying watching every one of the series.
Published 9 days ago by Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Real collector's item!
Published 11 days ago by DLS
5.0 out of 5 stars The set is packaged well and We will enjoy it for years to come
Can't get enough of Peel and Steed. They are magic together. The set is packaged well and We will enjoy it for years to come.
Published 12 days ago by Uncle Goose
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I was really happy to find this collection
Published 13 days ago by Thomas A Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love the series, this was great
Published 13 days ago by Rich Pater
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great, remember watching on PBS years ago. Husband was excited to watch again "The House That Jack Build".
Published 14 days ago by RSN1
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, however case was damaged beyond further use
Great series, however case was damaged beyond further use. Would have survived had it been mailed in a small box vice an envelope with hardly any padding.
Published 15 days ago by Arthur G. Booth Jr
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVDs. Horrible packaging
The production values of the videos are very good, as far as my untrained eye can determine. And John Steed and Emma Peel are legendary. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Jeri Massi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great option if all you want is these 50 out of the 167 episodes.
My only problem with this set is that it is what it is, only the Emma episodes. I get that many people are happy with just these episodes since they are the most popular; so it is... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Kevin Meade
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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.
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