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Where is the rest of the Original Avengers (Steed & Mrs. Peel)?

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by darkrock17, Oct 12, 2018.

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Who is your favorite partner?

This poll will close on Oct 22, 2018 at 2:19 PM.
  1. Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman)

    3.2%
  2. Venus Smith (Julie Stevens)

    3.2%
  3. Emma Peel (Diana Rigg)

    90.3%
  4. Tara King (Linda Thorson)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Purdey from The New Avengers (Joanna Lumley)

    3.2%
  1. Message #1 of 15 Oct 12, 2018
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    darkrock17

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    I've been watching The Avengers along with Danger Man aka (Secret Agent in the US) on the fairly new CHARGE network on the weekends and that got me wondering why hasn't the rest of this classic spy-fi series been released on Blu-ray?

    By now this series should be available as a mostly complete series, seeing as all of season 1 is practically missing except for just a small number of complete episodes, but aside from that the rest of the series is completely in tact so they could be released as such and what remains of season 1 could be included among the vast selection of special features.
     
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    They released one season in North America and that was it. The Cathy Gale ones I understand would take a lot of work to port to BluRay. At this point, I take just a basic DVD set of Cathy Gale instead of the expensive OOP DVDs. At this point I'll stick with the Emma Peel barebones set that I have
     
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    And the one season that was released as I recall had some speedup issues that kept me from buying it!
     
  4. darkrock17

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    The rest of the series is available in other countries on Blu, so why did Studio Canal and Lionsgate stop after it's lone release. Season 5 was the first to filmed in color so I can understand why it was chosen first, but season 4, the first season to shot on film and last to be in black and white would look great on Blu.
     
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    Lionsgate is plain un-interested in doing so and well only the most diehards know of Linda Thorson so I can highly doubt that would sell all that well.

    I love to see them release that fancy The Avengers boxset the UK got in North America even if it is only DVD.
     
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    If Lionsgate doesn't want the series anymore then Shout Factory would be perfect company to be the new distributor.
     
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    The whole series streams in HD on Tubi and they have even expanded the sound to 5.1 (fear not... it is done tastefully). You do have to sit through a few commercials, but the image and sound are truly astounding. I am mostly watching the episodes with Rigg, but I have been impressed by the production values. You may want to take a look.
     
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    The Cathy Gale episodes I've seen/ owned on DVD were from Kinescopes (video transferred to film) and - assuming the orig videotape versions have yet to be located - would require application of the Vidfire process/ similar process in order to bring them back to the original video look. Besides that, the videotape episodes, like most TV series episodes shot on videotape, cannot (no matter how well remastered) be presented in true HD as the necessary visual information simply isn't there and never was... Not that a given studio/label would, if they saw real profit in it, necessarily allow this fact to stop them from releasing it on Blu just the same.
     
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    John, I wholeheartedly agree! It would have been a godsend if Lionsgate released The Complete 50th Anniversary Collection box set (https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Avengers-50th-Anniversary/dp/B00485D7WQ/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1539468824&sr=8-8&keywords=the+avengers+complete+tv+series+dvd) or The Complete Collection box set (https://www.amazon.com/The-Avengers-Complete-Collection-DVD/dp/B00JF0V88E/ref=pd_sbs_74_6?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00JF0V88E&pd_rd_r=45392840-cf35-11e8-af0e-892466a53ea7&pd_rd_w=Euso0&pd_rd_wg=oxMXB&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=7d5d9c3c-5e01-44ac-97fd-261afd40b865&pf_rd_r=AZW4J4GC265FNTHC13SA&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=AZW4J4GC265FNTHC13SA) in Region 1 but alas it was not to be...
     
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    The Complete Avengers can be purchased from the UK if you have a region free player https://www.zavvi.com/dvd/the-complete-avengers-50th-anniversary-edition/10285046.html
     
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    Why isn't Dr. David Keel on the list?
     
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    Because he's the main character in the first season. Steed is the partner.
     
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    The U.K. blu ray sets of the later seasons are fantastic.

    I have the 50th anniversary dvd set as well.

    All of the U.K. Sets ahave a ton of cool extras too.
     
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    I only included the female partners of Steed on this poll, because when it comes to this series everyone knows Steed as the main character not Ian Hendry, who only did the first season which has basically been wiped from existence.
     
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    Though speaking of Season 1, when I was looking around recently, I found that they recovered the lost Season 1 episode "Tunnel of Fear" and it got a UK release on DVD.
     
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