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The Avengers: The Emma Peel Collection (1965-1967) – Imprint Television #3

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Plot Synopsis:

MRS. PEEL… WE’RE NEEDED!

Extraordinary crimes against the people and the state have to be avenged by agents extraordinary. Two such people are John Steed, top professional, and his partner, Emma Peel, talented amateur. Otherwise known as The Avengers. With lethal bowler hat and umbrella, killer fashion and kung fu, the secret agents investigate bizarre and colourful adventures with nonchalant efficiency, sophistication and charm.

Whilst every era of the long-running, enduringly popular and trend-setting British series has its own unique style, charm and wit, it is the Emma Peel years that have become the programme’s most iconic and recognisable, with Diana Rigg’s portrayal of Mrs. Emma Peel ushering in a new era of excitement, fashion and iconology, coupled with Patrick Macnee’s continuing depiction of the urbane and sublime John Steed.

Now, this 16-disc Blu Ray set brings together every episode from the Emma Peel era in stunning high-definition encompassing the complete Series 4 and 5, plus a copious collection of vintage and new Special Features celebrating this peak era of The Avengers.

Special Features and Technical Specs: 

  • 1080p high-definition presentation from the original 35mm elements
  • Collectable double-sided Hardbox packaging LIMITED to 1500 copies
  • 120-page booklet featuring essay by Dick Fiddy of the British Film Institute and Story Information for every episode taken from the original studio files
  • Original ‘as broadcast’ mono audio tracks (LPCM)
  • Original ‘as broadcast’ “The Avengers in Color” opening slate on Series 5 episodes
  • Audio Commentary on “The Town of No Return” by producer / writer Brian Clemens and director Roy Ward Baker
  • Audio Commentary on “The Master Minds” by writer Robert Banks Stewart
  • Audio Commentary on “Dial A Deadly Number” by writer Roger Marshall
  • Audio Commentary on “The Hour That Never Was” by director Gerry O’Hara
  • Audio Commentary on “The House That Jack Built” by director Don Leaver
  • Audio Commentary on “The Winged Avenger” by writer Richard Harris
  • Audio Commentary on “Epic” by guest actor Peter Wyngarde
  • NEW Audio Commentary on “The Joker” by filmmakers Sam Clemens and George Clemens (sons of writer/producer Brian Clemens) (2022)
  • Audio Commentary on “Return of The Cybernauts” by Diana Rigg’s stunt-double Cyd Child
  • Audio Commentary on “Murdersville” by producer / writer Brian Clemens
  • Filmed introductions to eight Series 5 episodes by producer / writer B and 98 rian Clemens
  • Filmed introduction to “The ?50,000 Breakfast” by guest actress Anneke Wills
  • Brief audio recollection from guest actor Francis Matthews on filming “The Thirteenth Hole”
  • THE AVENGERS AT 50” – Footage captured from the 50th anniversary celebration of the series, held at Chichester University in 2011. Includes: video message from Patrick Macnee, interviews with producer / writer Brian Clemens, director Don Leaver (never before released), director Gerry O’Hara (never before released), stunt co-ordinator Raymond Austin, guest actress Carol Cleveland, guest actress Anneke Wills, writer Roger Marshall, and Patrick Macnee’s biographer Marie Cameron
  • “Dame Diana Rigg at the BFI” – 2015 on-stage interview and Q&A held at the British Film Institute in London to celebrate 50 years of Emma Peel
  • “The Series Of No Return” – audio interview with actress Elizabeth Shepherd, who was originally cast as Emma Peel
  • Granada Plus Points featuring actor Patrick Macnee, composer Laurie Johnson, writer Roger Marshall and stunt-double Cyd Child
  • Bonus Series 6 episode “The Forget-Me-Knot” – Emma Peel’s final story and the introduction of Tara King
  • “K Is For Kill” – excerpt from The New Avengers episode featuring appearances by Emma Peel

ARCHIVAL MATERIAL

  • Armchair Theatre episode “The Hothouse” starring Diana Rigg (the performance that led to Rigg’s casting as Emma Peel in The Avengers
  • Chessboard Opening Title sequence used on US broadcasts for Series 4
  • German and French title sequences
  • Series 4 UK Commercial Break Bumper slates
  • Alternative titles / credits / end tag of select Series 4 episodes
  • Series 4 Commercial Break Bumpers
  • Production trims from select Series 5 episodes
  • “The Strange Case Of The Missing Corpse” – Series 5 teaser film
  • German television interview with Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg by Joachim Fuchsberger
  • Colourisation test footage for “Death At Bargain Prices” and “A Touch Of Brimstone”
  • Reconstructed John Stamp Series 4 trailer
  • “They’re Back” Trailers, Series 5 Trailer and Series 5 German Cinema Trailer
  • Extensive Photo Galleries from the studio archives
  • 1973 Interview with Diana Rigg discussing her US sitcom Diana, and leaving The Avengers
  • Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, b&w / colour
  • Audio English LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • English subtitles for the Hard of Hearing (Series 4 & 5 episodes only)

BONUS DISC 1: ADDITIONAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • More interviews from “THE AVENGERS AT 50” including composer Laurie Johnson, writer and guest actor Jeremy Burnham, stunt-double Cyd Child, and a screenwriters’ panel discussion featuring Brian Clemens, Richard Harris, Richard Bates and Terrance Dicks
  • “Brian Clemens In Conversation” – on-stage interview at the British Film Institute in London discussing his early writing career
  • Diana Rigg German Super8 films: “Das Diadem”, “Minikillers”, “Der Goldene Schlüssell”
  • Extensive Photo Gallery from The Avengers Fashion Show
  • Diana Rigg Photo Gallery

BONUS DISC 2: THE ORIGINAL EPISODES FILE

  • Featuring the 4 original episodes from the Cathy Gale era of the series which were remade in Series 5: “Death Of A Great Dane”, “Don’t Look Behind You”, “Dressed To Kill” and “The Charmers” (Standard Definition)
  • Audio Commentary by writer Roger Marshall on “Death Of A Great Dane”
  • Audio Commentary by actress Honor Blackman and UK presenter Paul O’Grady on “Don’t Look Behind You”
  • Filmed introduction by Patrick Macnee and Honor Blackman to “Don’t Look Behind You”
  • “Tunnel Of Fear” – a full-length, previously lost episode from Series 1, recovered in 2016
  • THE AVENGERS AT 50” – interview with Honor Blackman by Paul O’Grady
  • Release Details
    Release Date: December 9th, 2022
    Movie Release Year: 1966
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Imprint Films
  • Technical Specs
    Specs:Collectable double-sided Hardbox packaging LIMITED to 1500 copies
    120-page booklet featuring essay by Dick Fiddy of the British Film Institute and Story Information for every episode taken from the original studio files
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p high-definition presentation from the original 35mm elements
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.33:1

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