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#21 of 32 OFFLINE   Ejanss

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Posted April 20 2014 - 10:46 AM

Due to internal wrangling at Warner Brothers, the decision was made to vastly cut down the running time after test screenings, reducing the 115-minute film to 87 minutes, sacrificing much coherence and continuity in the process. Key scenes removed included the opening sequence in which "Mrs. Peel" infiltrates and destroys the Prospero science installation; early trailers included the scene where she says the words "How now brown cow" in a false telephone box to gain admittance. The movie was originally scored by composer Michael Kamen, who included the original Avengers theme; however he was unable to re-score the film after the radical editing, so was forced to drop out. The recut version of the film was scored by Joel McNeely. The original shooting script was used for the film's novelisation and includes all the material shot and then removed from the film. The original cut has yet to surface; Warners are apparently not interested in releasing a director's cut or special edition in any form, even though director Jeremiah Chechik has offered to recut the film for nothing.

 

The "Training village" scene with Steed works much better as an opening (and probably comes closest to capturing the tone of the series), but that missing Evil Peel Twin opening clears up a LOT of confusion at the beginning of the theatrical cut--

Like, why is the Ministry treating talented-amateur Emma like a criminal from the start of the movie, why Steed automatically suspects her without evidence, how Real-Peel could know the secret phone password, etc., and just where the heck the robot/clone does show up from out of nowhere in the second half of the film.

 

Having watched The Avengers in the 60s, and then for decades in reruns, the movie was a huge disappointment. It was made by people who apparently had never seen the show.

 

The writers had seen the show, and did a thankless job of trying to capture the tone (although Patrick Macnee, in his "offscreen" cameo, still shows us how it was done).  Even to the point of putting in that weird tribute to the three "Emma in the Maze" episodes.

Problem is, you had entire audiences who had never grown up on the series, thinking it was "some cool 60's spy series" like Man From UNCLE, and registered....nonplussment somewhat at a scene of villains dressed in teddy-bear suits, or grannies pulling machine guns out of their strollers.  Kids, that was MILD compared to the series.   :D

 

Biggest problem was the actors--I'm sure Ralph Fiennes has a sense of humor somewhere, but he remembered Steed as "mannered", and sleepwalked through the role, while Uma Thurman remembered Peel as "sexy", and snarled her way through.  The writers capture a little bit of the Banter (and even a friendly swordfight straight out of their first episode), but the tone seemed to be lost on the actors and director somewhat.


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#22 of 32 OFFLINE   davidHartzog

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Posted April 20 2014 - 12:53 PM

In contrast to The Avengers tv show and movie, I would cite The Fugitive tv show and movie. Here, the writers clearly watched the original, even incorporating at least one scene from the series into the script. The film version caught the spirit of the original, esp. the need for Richard Kimble to help others, and did justice to the original. Even Harrison Ford really put out an effort on this one, although he was no David Jansson. Personally, I think The Fugitive is one of the very few tv shows transferred to film that has really worked.
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#23 of 32 OFFLINE   Will Krupp

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Posted April 22 2014 - 07:05 AM

Agreed. One wonders what the film would've been like with its original cut and Michael Kamen score as well.

 

 

My educated guess is that it would be just as bad, only longer and with different music.

 

sorry, I couldn't resist.


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#24 of 32 OFFLINE   Osato

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Posted April 22 2014 - 05:35 PM

The Avengers 98 website has been updated with the news about the release.

http://www.theavengers-movie.com/

 

 

A lot of the site's content has been moved to Facebook.

 

A petition for releasing the director's cut can be found here:

http://www.ipetition...heavengersmovie

 

And on Facebook there is a lot of cool behind the scenes videos and pictures too:

https://www.facebook.com/theavengers98


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#25 of 32 OFFLINE   Osato

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Posted May 26 2014 - 06:27 PM

The preorder and release date have been removed from Amazon..

 

Very strange. Best Buy still lists the preorder and August release date...

 

http://www.amazon.co...ers uma blu ray

 

Avengers [Blu-ray] (2014)
Ralph Fiennes (Actor), Uma Thurman (Actor), Jeremiah Chechik (Director) | Rated: PG-13 | Format: Blu-ray
   

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#26 of 32 OFFLINE   Christian Preischl

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Posted May 26 2014 - 08:22 PM

This is just one of many Warner distributed preorders that had their preorder removed from the site on or around May 16th (e.g. several versions of 300: Rise of an Empire, LEGO Movie, Time Machine, Vanilla Sky, Looney Tunes Vol. 3 etc etc). No idea what's going on.


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#27 of 32 OFFLINE   Osato

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Posted May 27 2014 - 04:16 AM

This is just one of many Warner distributed preorders that had their preorder removed from the site on or around May 16th (e.g. several versions of 300: Rise of an Empire, LEGO Movie, Time Machine, Vanilla Sky, Looney Tunes Vol. 3 etc etc). No idea what's going on.

 

Very strange! Thanks for the post and information!



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Posted May 31 2014 - 09:58 AM

THE AVENGERS-great concept, with poor execution. No, it was terrible execution.

To think I had to sit though this at Warner Village, Bristol, checking the print condition all on my own large screen. I had the worst earache after +90mins.

Check list and rating each reel, few minor scratches not worth cutting out and no splice or perforation damage or continuity problems.   

 

Didn't like the Eq as it was all top end and hardly any stage bass or surround I could feel and subs LFE.1 didn't do it for me. All speakers was KCS, CP500 I think QSC amps? Its 16 years ago and feels like Friday, just gone.



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Posted August 13 2014 - 05:10 PM

Watching it now. It looks better in places but reAlly soft at other times. The audio does seem better than the DVD. Picture is better than DVD but like I said it is soft at times.

Blu ray.com has posted a review as well.

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Posted August 13 2014 - 05:11 PM

http://www.blu-ray.c...y/60283/#Review

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Posted August 13 2014 - 05:57 PM

Watching it now. It looks better in places but reAlly soft at other times. The audio does seem better than the DVD. Picture is better than DVD but like I said it is soft at times.

Blu ray.com has posted a review as well.

 

Looking at the caps at that site it looks like a natural image and not a processed one, maybe they just shot with softer focus to try and capture a certain mood and ambience, i'd buy it based on those images.


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#32 of 32 OFFLINE   Osato

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Posted August 14 2014 - 05:20 PM

Looking at the caps at that site it looks like a natural image and not a processed one, maybe they just shot with softer focus to try and capture a certain mood and ambience, i'd buy it based on those images.

 

Agreed. I am happy with the purchase. It's $8 or so on Amazon right now.







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