The recent UK releases are all stuck from High Def masters made in 2008. They may be SD Pal, but they are incredibly more detailed and beautiful than the old A&E releases. This is certainly just a repackaging, akin to the recent Terminator repackaging on Blu (remember, the film came out remastered in Europe, the Americans re-released the old version with that same packaging as the remastered european disc, a sure way to fool buyers and make a few more bucks along the way).
I suggest anyone wait a bit more, unless you feel 50$ is not a lot for a box set you will throw out in a few years, and doesn't mind the 20th century quality presentation. Either Blu-rays, or remastered DVDs from the HD masters, are sure to appear at one point or the other.
Wow. Is it confirmed that A&E are using the old masters again? I see there is nothing about new mastering.
I picked up the UK complete series set early this year. I ended up selling my oop A&E set and it was enough to buy the new set from the UK!
It's really disappointing that A&E have waited all this time and are only reissuing the un remastered Peel episodes. The remastered UK set includes all of the in print episodes of the series. Peel, King and Gale episodes are included in that set.
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I'm guessing that A&E is only issuing the Peel series here as they believe it is the only one that will sell?
I'm guessing that The Avengers series may eventually reach blu ray in the UK, but I doubt the US will get the series on blu ray.
I also believe that a future blu ray set of The Avengers will be locked to region B. This was done with The Persuaders! series blu ray set. It really stinks, because it means buying a mod blu ray player to be able to view the show here in the US.
Thanks for the post. Interesting overall, but I am really disappointed with A&E Home Video!! SHAME ON THEM!