The Avengers: The Complete Emma Peel Megaset
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The Avengers ran from 1961 through 1969. But the value of the stylish British import lies chiefly in the episodes that paired Diana Rigg with Patrick Macnee from 1965 to 1968. Rigg had replaced Bond girl Honor Blackman as English superspy Emma Peel for the show's fourth season, the first to be available in the US, and nothing like her had ever been seen on the television screen. The cat-suitted Peel used a kung fu fighting style to defeat England's enemies. John Steed would occasionally draw a sword from his umbrella or raise a fist if forced by circumstance but the muscle of the team was the female lead. When not tossing bad guys around the screen, Rigg's character was cultured, stylish and wonderfully intelligent. It was virtually impossible for a 13 year old boy not to be entranced by Emma Peel.
In 1965, ABC paid the unheard of price of two million dollars for 26 episodes of The Avengers. The series first aired from March to December 1966 in the 10:00 time slot because of subject matter deemed to be too mature in the States. There were in fact 5 shows that were held from distribution in the US (including Emma's appearance in a dominatrix outfit in "A Touch of Brimstone") because they were thought to be unsuitable.Read more ›
In later years I saw the Tara King stuff and later still, the girls who'd come first. But Mrs. Peel and Steed went together for me like chalk and cheese, as they say. So I had to get this set.
The adventures are very much as I remember--kooky and wild and often psychedelic. Mrs. Peel is still the ultimate lady--who's still able to rip a guy's head off without breaking a nail. Steed is still the perfect gentleman who can get knocked into a cactus and still look good. (And how can you not love a man who'll shoot Santa Claus?) I love this show and can foresee a long time of watching these adventures. Funny, sexy, silly, totally unrealistic and just plain fun escapism into a land where dreams attack you and cats are really tigers. Makes me want to wear a suit and a bowler and drive around in a Bentley or go ride dressage.
Video quality--what I've seen so far, anyway--is good. Not great, but good. I'm surprised the set does not seem to have been remastered. In the color (colour??) episodes the tones are a little off and occasionally they blur into one another. Sound is good; again not great. Loses one star for not being cleaned up a little better. But then for under $40 maybe we shouldn't expect that much.Read more ›
I grew up in the UK, and was aged 7-10 when this series was shown. Several reviewers have credited the BBC with this production, but in fact it was one of the UK's commercial channels which produced it - ABC I think. I remember how everyone in my household - from my grandparents down - was infected by the show's quirky humor from a cast of eccentric characters, both the heroes and the villains, as well as the various interlopers. It always seemed that everyone in the house was in a silly but cheerful mood after watching an episode of 'The Avengers', most especially during the Emma Peel years. I loved the imagination behind all the plots, then and now. In fact, that's the essential difference between these old shows and the sorry selection available today; it seems everything today has to be 'reality-based', such that everyone is supposed to turn on their TV to embrace reality. In the old days, people turned on their TV to escape reality. And I still do, hence I'm still watching all the old shows that indulge that sentiment: The Avengers, The Prisoner, Star Trek, Mr Ed, The Ghost and Mrs Muir, Dr Who, etc.
Old-fashioned heroes take on old-fashioned villains; the kind who we're impressed to believe were not so much evil, just mischievous; almost lovable, in a perverse way.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didn't have any of the broken discs problems others have noted.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Really enjoy these dvd's -- takes me back when I was a kid and thought Emma Peel was the "coolest" female role-model for young girls available on tv at that time-frame. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Esmerelda
Amazing series and a great trip down memory lane. The Emma Peel episodes were definitely the best of the whole series.Published 12 days ago by Keith Wilfort
While I have not made my way through the whole set, I have been pleased with what I have seen so far. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Ronald E. Carlson
I was so delighted to find this series at such a reasonable price. I have it on videotape but was worried the tape may degrade over time. Recording quality looks fine so far.Published 19 days ago by NixB
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