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The Best of The Original Avengers (1966)

Patrick Macnee , Diana Rigg  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman, Linda Thorson, Ian Hendry
  • Writers: Sydney Newman
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, 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: January 2, 2001
  • Run Time: 330 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000051TVP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,175 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Best of The Original Avengers" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Rigg/ Macnee Chess Board USA Alternative Opening Sequence
  • Town Girl-Tara King Promo
  • Character Bios written by Avengers expert/ author Dave Rogers

Editorial Reviews

Who better to select 6 of most sensational "Avengers" episodes than suave superagent John Steed--a.k.a. actor Patrick Macnee--himself. Hard-core fans and newcomers alike adore the crackling dialogue and brazen derring-do of Steed and his delectable partners. Macnee introduces each episode with candid comments about the three lovelies--Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg, and Linda Thorsen--who donned the legendary leather catsuit during the show's five-year run. Digitally remastered, 5 hours 30 min. on 3 cassettes or 2 DVDs.

Customer Reviews

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent compilation January 14, 2001
The point of this DVD is to show Steed's partners at different time in the show. The Amazon reviewer seems to be a bit Mrs Peel favorable, when the truth is that The Avengers is STEED's show. He was the only continuing character throughout the entire series and into the spin off. This DVD set shows Steed at different points in his agent career and how his various partners act. Starting out with "Mr. Teddy Bear", it introduces Cathy Gale, who was a good series but suffered from the technically inferiror resources which can now only look very dated. Nonetheless, the storylines are good here and in "Don't Look Behind You", the original "The Joker" and scarier in black and white. The set moves on to Emma Peel with the witty "Death at Bargain Prices", a perfect example of Steed and Emma's relationship amidst any peril known. Further complexities are revealed with "Too Many Christmas Trees" as it achieves a perfect balance of humor and seriousness, a series trademark and featuring some of the best repartee between the leads. Then comes Tara King with the love it or hate it "....Two Fellers". It does represent all that was loved about the show *humor, strange situations, relaxed leads, great guest stars, etc* but is almost too broad to be Avengers ish if you take it seriously. Take it as a spoof and you might enjoy it more. Finally, the final episode on the set is the fabulous "All Done With Mirrors" where Linda Thorson and Tara King come into their own. She goes on a Steedless mission to the Devon coast amidst beautiful location filming. It is also an excellent storyline, filled with wit and great situations. The music score is easily Howard Blake's best out of his series of contributions in the final season. Read more ›
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great overview of a classic series January 3, 2003
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This very reasonably-priced box set (six hours of entertainment for the usual price of one movie) is a bargain at any price. A&E did its usual first class job of putting together this package.
I won't dwell too much on the content of each episode since the other reviewers cover them in depth, except to say the Patrick Macnee did an excellent job of selecting two episodes each featuring each of his three female leads; Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg, and Linda Thorson. And, for a man his age, Patrick is still holding up quite well in the newly-videotaped segments.
The extras in the package are a strong point, too. Patrick's overall introduction is worth the time to watch before watching any of the episodes. Also, he gives a short introduction to each episode. Some of his remarks seem candid such as his displeasure about the introduction of the "Mother" character in the last season in which he states that this took away some of the mystery and charm of the Avengers team by bringing out into the open the governmental spy organization in which they worked. Before, the Avengers seemed to be more like free agents loosely working within a hidden framework. "We would just show up," he said, "at the scene of a crime" and no one would question from where.
Another extra, Linda Thorson's 15 minute promo film the box set called "Town Girl" (even though no title is shown on the film) does it's best to show Linda as a happy-go-lucky star on the rise. It appears to have been filmed after the Avengers series ended around 1969 or the early Seventies. The color is crisp and sharp and shows her running around the English countryside in tight blue jeans with dirt on the seat of her pants. Then there's a scene of her jumping into a swimming pool and trying to keep her head above water.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A King and 3 Wild Cards Takes the Hand March 22, 2001
Poker faced John Steed certainly must have felt that he lived in a house of cards with the likes of the regal Kathy Gale, Mrs. Emma Peel and Tara King. `The Avengers" was a popular 1960's British fantasy-adventure series that focused on the exploits of a male-female duo in the service of the British government. The series underwent several changes of its female lead but its one constant male lead was John Steed always portrayed by the debonair Patrick Macnee (Originally the John Steed had two male partners but that format eventually changed). Kathy Gale portrayed by Honor Blackman became Steed's first female partner. However, when Honor Blackman departed the series and Diana Rigg entered as Mrs. Emma Peel, the show became an international sensation. Rigg brought sophistication, wit, charm and beauty, which hid her lethal and highly visual judo and karate abilities. Macnee and Rigg complemented each other beautifully with their carefree witty and charming exchange of dialogue. The show distinguished itself with bizarre and futuristic villains and fantastic plots. Popular at the height of the James Bond craze, the show was able to distinguish itself with its simply over-the-top visual style. Laurie Johnson's catchy and sophisticated main title theme matched the visuals of the show and still conjures up an image of the series when listened to today. When Diana Rigg left the series, Linda Thorson entered as John Steed's new partner Tara King. The series soon went off the air in the United States. It was a shame because the episodes with Tara King were quite good. The King episodes seemed to be a little more down to earth and contained some very good writing and intricate plotting. In any event the series definitely left its mark amongst the finest. These DVD copies are gorgeous and they sound great in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by JUAN CARLOS GARCIA CRISTOBAL
5.0 out of 5 stars STILL AMAZING AFTER ALL THESE YEARS....!!
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars very sad. The title
When Diana Rigg's last episode was shown I was very, very sad. The title, "Forget me knots" made me cry because it was the end of the series with Emma Peel in it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joyce Strong
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD of the Original Avengers
Love the Avengers and was so happy to be able to purchase this particular version. It is a rare DVD and, therefore, it is especially a great treat to find it and at a very... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ashley HME Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fans are the ones who will get the most fun!
This is a combo set from the show the Avengers with Patrick Macnee the one constant through out the series, The set has two of each of the ladies that starred with Macnee during... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Pulpman
5.0 out of 5 stars best of the original avengers
As a true and original Avengers fan, having this special dvd set is a particular favorite. I am completely satisfied with the product.
Published 20 months ago by JAMES STRIBLING
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy Mrs Peel!
It is wonderful and will do untill i can get the whole 'Mrs. Peel' set. I grew up watching 'The Avengers' thought it was great! The hat, the car oh yeah and of course.....Mrs. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Fictioniar
2.0 out of 5 stars Defective
Mine arrived in a timely manner but we were so dissapointed when it skipped. Dianna Rigg is amazing and the show is pure retro but this one missed.
Published on January 9, 2012 by dr.erskine
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
very good esp for the person who wants to know or get a taste of just what the avengers is all about .
Published on December 20, 2010 by diane
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
What would have been a good deal, price was right and packaging was like new, wasn't a great deal afterall because one of the disc has skips and stalls. Read more
Published on October 27, 2010 by Marsha C. Harris
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