The Avengers - The Complete Emma Peel Megaset (2006 Collector's Edition)
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The 216-minute bonus disc is the new addition to the 2006 set. Completists will appreciate the "lost" episodes from the first season. Of the very first episode, "Hot Snow," however, only the first 15 minutes were recovered. "Girl on the Trapeze" features a vanilla-esque Ian Hendry as Dr. David Keel investigating the death of a circus performer, while "The Frighteners" perks things up considerably with the addition of Macnee's Steed character, who displays a bit of the comedic twinkle that would be the cornerstone of the series through its entire run. All in all, the episodes aren't nearly as watchable as the peak years of the series. Of greater interest to fans is "Avenging the Avengers," a 1992 documentary recapping the series through clips and interviews with Macnee, crew members, and actresses Honor Blackman (Cathy Gale, 1962-64) and Linda Thorson (Tara King, 1968-69). Diana Rigg appears briefly in older interview footage. The documentary lasts 25 minutes, and an additional nine minutes of interviews are added to the end. There's also a three-minute promotional film that Macnee and Rigg made to promote the series' switch from black and white to color, an alternate opening sequence, and a 1977 episode in which Mrs. Peel makes a cameo appearance. The bonus disc is also available separately for those who already have the 2001 Megaset and don't want to upgrade just for the sake of saving shelf space. --David Horiuchi
- Exclusive new bonus disc includes:
- 3 never-before-released "lost Avengers episodes from Season One: "Hot Snow," "The Frighteners" and "Girl on the Trapeze"
- Avenging The Avengers behind-the-scenes bonus documentary
- Excerpt from a rare promotional short film: The Strange Case of the Missing Corpse
- Alternate USA Chessboard Opening Sequence
- Special Emma Peel cameo episode from The New Avengers '77: "K Is For Kill: The Tiger Awakes"
- DVDs are in Thinpaks
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As of this writing, the early episodes in the Gale series and all of the King series are not yet available. However, A&E has just released all of the Rigg entries, both the black and whites and the color, in a wonderful boxed set called "The Avengers: the Complete Emma Peel Mega-Set." And Mega, I suppose, is as good as any adjective to describe the enjoyment value of the contents therein. We have here all the Rigg episodes, including the transition entry in which Tara takes over for Emma, on 16 DVDs, each holding 3 episodes with an occasional 4th as a "bonus."
Those who have never seen them before will want, of course, to watch them in order. Others will want to jump to their favorite episodes, which is pretty easy on DVD. You will notice that the black and whites were less studio-bound and the sets in general more realistic.Read more ›
The big attraction for fans is the disc of "Lost Episodes" featuring 2 and 1/2 of the earliest episodes when the show first aired. Featuring Dr. Keel (Ian Hendry "Journey to the Far Side of the Sun") and John Steed fighting the bad guys. Hendry becomes involved with Steed and becomes an "Avenger" when his fiance is murdered. Unfortunately the rest of the first season episodes have vanished and these 2 1/2 episodes are all that remain of the first season. The first season tone is more serious than later ones. It would take another season before the show would finally hit its stride with the introduction of Dr Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman-Pussy Galore from "Goldfinger"). As mentioned elsewhere this 17th disc is available separately so don't feel compelled to purchase the whole set again if you bought it in 2001.
Image quality is extremely good throughout. There is quite a bit of analog speckles and spots on some episodes but the blacks are rock solid and the colors despite a bit of fading looks extremely good as well on the later episodes. The image quality is a bit softer in the color episodes when compared to the earlier black and white episodes. Sound is solid throughout the set.
We also get "Avenging The Avengers" a short doucmentary on the series featuring Macnee, Honor Blackman and Diana Rigg.Read more ›
Informatively, I had the pleasure of seeing Diana Rigg in London, in the play, "Lady Macbeth," many years ago.
I recall staying in a London Hotel when the Avengers were shown on television. In those days one had to rent a TV, as it was not stnndard equipment. I made it a point that where ever I was in the City to hail a taxi and return to the hotel as quickly as possible in order to see the scheduled Avengers program. This procedure lasted as long as it was scheduled.
Not long ago on BBC America, Diana Rigg was interviewed by Parkinson, a popular talk show host. Diana must have been in her Sixties. On her appearance she received a thunderous applause.
I was glued to the set. At her stage in life, she was most charming in addition to her intelligent and beautiful personna.
Every word she uttered was like music. One realizes how musical the English language is when spoken by Diana.Her interview was most interesting and sadly I do not possess a copy, but am checking the internet to locate a video of her interview.
Now to business: Every episode in the collection is a treasure.
In every episode Diana Rigg assumes the appropriate role. At the same time one is aware of the complete Diana Rigg persona.
Diana Rigg as Emma Peel does her own stunts, whereas her most compatable partner, Patrick Macnee uses a stunt man.
Being retired, and living a rather semi reclusive life, I have a daily routine that rarely varies. After looking at the evening news 6PM to 7PM, I must confess that I cannot help but be depressed. In my mid 80's, as you can guess, I have seen much of the world abd was part of the events of the day.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The speil written by amazon claims Diana Rigg, "became the second Mrs. Peel".
Boy, that is ignorant.
Diana Rigg is the first, and the only, Mrs. Peel. Read more
Mrs. Peel made every boy in the 1960's stay up to watch. Awesome British series. Tong-in-cheek, they do it the best.Published 17 months ago by TV Child
So much FUN watching these, one of the most rewarding purchases that I've ever made. Maybe in my whole life.Published 20 months ago by rees
These are just how I remembered them.
If you do not realize these are a spoof of spy movies, then they are not for you.
There is a lot of hidden humor in then. Read more
The contents were in good condition. I was a big fan of the series and have enjoyed watching this collection.Published 24 months ago by Dale J. Giddens
If you remember The Avengers with a smile, buy this. The show is just as fresh and entertaining as ever.Published 24 months ago by Jim Fenn
Never tire of watching this collection! If you enjoyed watching them on tv, this is a great set to own.Published on December 16, 2013 by Judy
As a long time admirer of the "Diana Rigg": episodes of the 1960s British TV series "The Avengers" (1965 - 1967), I was pleased to find this packaged set on Amazon... Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by JimmyBlues
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|please re-release this!!!||
It may be discontinued, but there are still plenty of Marketplace Sellers (reliable ones at that) who still have it.
Jul 1, 2010 by Eric Pregosin | See all 7 posts
|How about a Tara King Megaset?||
Now that's an idea, since there was only 1 season. They needed 5 sets to put all the Thorson episodes out, so yes I agree it would be a space and money saver. They should also do the same with the second Honor Blackman season. You notice, her first season is only available as a complete set,... Read More
Jun 21, 2008 by Eric Pregosin | See all 9 posts
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