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The Best of The Original Avengers (1966)

Patrick Macnee , Diana Rigg  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000051TVP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,184 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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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent compilation January 14, 2001
Format:DVD
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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A King and 3 Wild Cards Takes the Hand March 22, 2001
Format:DVD
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
The majority of the series' best episodes were during the Emma Peel years, 1965-67. You have to give credit to this tape, then, for giving equal time to all of John Steed's delightful female co-fighters of crime, by picking episodes from the Cathy Gale and Tara King years that no one will deny are among the best The Avengers had to offer.
For starters, "Look - Stop Me If You've Heard This One..." is simply the best episode ever made in the series' long run. It has been argued that this brilliantly balanced crime melodrama/vaudeville act was an Emma Peel story filmed after its time, but if it was, then Linda Thorson's Tara King was well up to the task of pulling it off. The script is low comedy as high camp, yet succeeds in achieving some genuinely horrific moments. The performances all round are excellent, especially from guest stars Jimmy Jewel and Julian Chagrin as a killer clown and a murderous mime.
The Cathy Gale episodes chosen are those that put Honor Blackman's talent to the fore. "Mr. Teddy Bear" was the first genuinely bizarre story in the series, with Cathy going undercover to hire perhaps the world's best hit-man - with Steed as the target. The master assassin's name derives from his birth name, "Edward Bruin," and his eccentric trademark of doing business through a remote-control robot teddy bear. "Don't Look Behind You" is a superior piece of film noir, in which Cathy is lured into a sadistic death-trap by an escaped psychopath she helped put behind bars years before. Later re-filmed with Diana Rigg as "The Joker," Blackman's version is actually much better, both for its excellent use of black-and-white light and shadow and for Blackman's genuinely terrified performance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 5 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 12 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 14 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 15 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
3.0 out of 5 stars THE 'CATHY GALE' PORTION OF THESE PROGRAMS
I HAVEN'T SEEN TOO MANY OF THESE (THANK HEAVENS!). THEY ARE DREADFUL! THERE'S NO OTHER WAY TO DESCRIBE THEM. Read more
Published on January 22, 2010 by NICK E.
4.0 out of 5 stars poor Tara King
I must say, I'm a big fan of the Avengers and Mrs. Peel rocks!! I'm a fan not only of Mrs. Peel but also of Diana Rigg. Read more
Published on January 18, 2010 by Karin Langenegger
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Original Avengers
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The Best to them may not be the Best for me.

They did have some excellent shows during the 1960's of the Avengers with some... Read more
Published on September 14, 2009 by Kelvin Kestner
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