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  • 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 (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000051TVP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,763 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

The hat, the car oh yeah and of course.....Mrs. Peel!
Fictioniar
It is a rare DVD and, therefore, it is especially a great treat to find it and at a very reasonable cost.
Ashley HME Hudson
Patrick's overall introduction is worth the time to watch before watching any of the episodes.
Ron Wise

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By "jhitesman" on 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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ron Wise on January 3, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Rux on May 7, 2002
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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