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The New Avengers '76 (1978)

Patrick Macnee , Gareth Hunt  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Patrick Macnee, Gareth Hunt, Joanna Lumley, Maurice Marsac, Pierre Vernier
  • Writers: Sydney Newman
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009RXIC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,000 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The New Avengers '76" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 13 episodes from the first season: The Eagle's Nest, The Midas Touch, House of Cards, The Last of the Cybernauts...?, To Catch a Rat, Cat Amongst the Pigeons, Target!, Faces, The Tale of Big Why, Three Handed Game, Sleeper, Gnaws, Dirtier by the Dozen
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Editorial Reviews

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Sometimes dismissed as a pale descendant of a great original, The New Avengers deserves a second look and is perhaps best considered as a largely successful attempt to re-imagine its predecessor for 1970s audiences. Patrick Macnee was never the most convincing of action heroes, and the decision to make his John Steed the supervisor and mentor of two younger agents was a sensible one--Steed's virtues are style, wisdom, and fortitude rather than physical prowess. Gareth Hunt's Gambit has an unattractively smug side, but also has charm. Joanna Lumley's Purdey is one of the most attractive heroines of genre television, astonishingly leggy and beautiful. Those who only know her later incarnation as Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous will now understand why such a fuss is made over her. The script team overlaps heavily with that of the original series; the new show has the same quirkiness, only occasionally varying it with a rather darker Le Carré-esque complexity or sudden outbreaks of Hammer Horror. If it lacks some of the sheer style of the original, that is a reflection of its period--the 1970s were less visually imaginative than the '60s. Tightly plotted and imaginatively cast with interesting guest stars, it is only with The Avengers that The New Avengers suffers by comparison. --Roz Kaveney

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Sometimes dismissed as a pale descendant of a great original, "The New Avengers" deserves a second look and is perhaps best considered as a largely successful attempt to re-imagine its predecessor for 1970s audiences. Patrick Macnee was never the most convincing of action heroes, and the decision to make his John Steed the supervisor and mentor of two younger agents was a sensible one--Steed's virtues are style, wisdom, and fortitude rather than physical prowess. Gareth Hunt's Gambit has an unattractively smug side, but also has charm. Joanna Lumley's Purdey is one of the most attractive heroines of genre television, astonishingly leggy and beautiful. Those who only know her later incarnation as Patsy in "Absolutely Fabulous" will now understand why such a fuss is made over her. The script team overlaps heavily with that of the original series; the new show has the same quirkiness, only occasionally varying it with a rather darker Le Carr?©-esque complexity or sudden outbreaks of Hammer Horror. If it lacks some of the sheer style of the original, that is a reflection of its period--the 1970s were less visually imaginative than the '60s. Tightly plotted and imaginatively cast with interesting guest stars, it is only with "The Avengers" that "The New Avengers" suffers by comparison. "--Roz Kaveney"

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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back with a vengeance! June 10, 2003
By A Customer
As the blurb on the box says: You can't keep a good man down!
After debonair British agent John Steed was blasted into orbit with his companion Tara King at the end of "Bizarre" in 1969, the classic British TV show The Avengers finally came to an end after eight years of international success. There were certainly no plans to revive the series when Patrick MacNee (Steed) and Linda Thorson (King) got together to make a champagne commercial in 1975, but almost as soon as that short reunion was in the can, the wheels spun, and producers Brian Clemens and Albert Fennell, with French and Canadian backing, soon had The Avengers back in production. Well, almost.
For most hardcore fans of the classic Avengers series, The New Avengers is little more than a poor relation, certainly unwelcome in the show's family history. Maybe because it was my first exposure to the Avengers format, I'm not one of them. I love The New Avengers as much as I do the original 60's series. That's not to say it doesn't have faults - it does; and it certainly is more of a cousin than a sister to the original, but for me it's just as worthy of a place in Avengers folklore as anything else.
The programme had undergone many metamorphisms before. The original series starring Ian Hendry (who incidentally appears here as a guest in "To catch a rat") as David Keel, with Steed as his shadowy sidekick, bore little similarity to the subsequent seasons featuring Mrs. Catherine Gale (Honor Blackman). In turn, those episodes are only vaguely similar to the famous Mrs. Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) and Tara King (Linda Thorson) seasons that followed. But it makes perfect sense.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Purdey, Gambit and Steed rock! great fun! November 24, 2003
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I was a very impressionable child when Honour Blackman first don the Avengers leather. She created a self-assured woman, a role model. Diana Rigg refined it more with Mrs. Peel. I loved Linda Thorson as Tara King, but the series was showing wear by then. Not Thorson's fault, just rather limp scripts. So when they announced they were coming back and this time with Steed not having one partner but two and one a man, I was slightly resistant to the notion.
However, the New Avengers was just that, NEW...the series was very fresh, updated and the three leads, Patrick Macnee, Joanna Lumley (AB FAB) and Gareth Hunt (Upstairs Downstairs) work well together. The chemistry between Steed and Purdey, and Purdey and Gambit sparkles. The stores are less the 'fantasy' type of the old Avengers. This is more high energy spy vs spy. THe set is the first year - 13 episodes and are some of the best. I did miss having EMILY in this packet - one of the lighter and funniest they did - but well, next group!!
THREE HANDED GAME is a wonderful race to stop a spy with a 'brain drain' from robbing three curiers of the secrets they carry - watch that shuffle-buck-wing!! GNAWS is great romp with their take off of JAWS in the sewers! TARGET! is a great race as someone at the target range has devised a way to knock off Britain's super spies, and it's Steed to the rescue to save Purdey's life. EAGLES NEST finds the trio off to Scotland to foil neo-Nazi group. My Favourite is The LAST OF THE CYBERNAUTS?...a tribute to the old Cybernaut episodes of the original series.
Just great fun and a delight to finally have them on DVD. Now if they will just put Return of the Saint on DVD....
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Avengers treasure unearthed by A & E! September 19, 2003
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I bought this box set because I love the Avengers and because I want everything that's out there pertaining to the Avengers on DVD.
And I bought the first season of "The New Avengers" thinking that I would suffer through all 13 episodes. WRONG!!!
These are simply wonderful! In fact, I watched all 13 episodes almost non-stop. The New Avengers, as far as I'm concerned, is a proud addition to the Avengers canon.
Now, A & E, when are you going to release the final season of the New Avengers, and the first half of Honor Blackman's first season? And be sure to throw in as an "extra" the one or two surviving episodes of Steed with his male partner.
Long live the Avengers!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They Don't make Stuff This Good Anymore... November 4, 2004
Wow, I just got this DVD from a friend, I have been waiting for years for this incredibly fun series to come on TV. The New Avengers managed to capture the off-beat spirit of the first series without making a mess of things.

Patrick Macnee is back as Steed, I always liked this witty, proper British gentleman spy, portraying the supervisor of two younger spies. Junior spy No. 1, Purdy, is played by skinny Joanna Lumley (nowhere near as good as Diana Rigg's Emma Peel). No. 2 is Gambit, a rougher, more Americanized version of Steed, is played by Gareth Hunt.

Even though Purdy and Gambit cannot hold a candle to Steed and Emma, the whole thing seems to work, due to the show's more down-to-Earth and darker storylines. But don't worry, this version of the Avengers does have its wild moments: super-powered enemy agents who can catch bullets, giant rats...

You won't see anything like this on TV today; well worth buying.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Trip Down Memory Lane!
First things first: the discs showed up on time, and in BETTER shape than described! They all play perfectly. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Todd Wright
2.0 out of 5 stars Fans of the show may very well want this set but frankly for the price...
Thirteen episodes with no interesting extras is a pretty weak presentation. Lumley is charming and Macnee is devilish, but overall the shows aren't as clever or entertaining as... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Colten
5.0 out of 5 stars John Steed rides again
John Steed rides again in this new recreation of the adventures of the Avengers. Gambit and Purdy serves as equal partners in solving crimes against UK or humanity
Published 12 months ago by jhoscout
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Avengers, both old and new!
This is one of my favorite British television series. The DVD is fantastic, no problems, plays well. I'd buy it again and would recommend it to friends.
Published 16 months ago by Annie Crenshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Avengers '76
Enjoyed this so much that I also purchased The New Avengers '77. I was disappointed when I saw there was at least one more or possibly two more series that were not made for the... Read more
Published on October 27, 2011 by Matt Hopf
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor Audio!
Watched the first episode of this - and the audio mix is pretty erratic. Had the volume up all the way on a huge tv and the sound was miniscule... Read more
Published on May 16, 2010 by G. YEO
5.0 out of 5 stars 60's British Charm in the 70's
"Weren't the 70's a drag!" I know the New Avengers didn't have the 60's charm of the orginal and most 70's dramas were korny. Read more
Published on May 18, 2009 by Alaric Raid
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!
I own almost all the avengers sets now - and was running out of things to watch. I wasn't sure about the new avengers, but I read some reviews that said it was still some good... Read more
Published on April 27, 2008 by Sara Peoples
1.0 out of 5 stars 'Twas "MOTHER" killed The Avengers...
...But it was Clemens & Co. that tried to resurrect them from the dead, just like Dr.Frankenstein. And just like in the classic story that sprang from the darkest wells of the mind... Read more
Published on October 4, 2007 by phil_moscowitz_lovable_rogue
5.0 out of 5 stars A treat to watch....
This box set is a welcome addition to anyone's collection; anyone, that is, who loves 70's TV from England! The acting of the three leads, MacNee, Hunt and Lumley is first-rate. Read more
Published on July 1, 2007 by John Clive Spiegel
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