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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:16 am    Post subject: The Avengers - series 6 (set 5) DVD special features Reply with quote

The Avengers - series 6 special features

• Exclusive audio commentary on Split! with director Roy Ward Baker and scriptwriter/producer Brian Clemens
• Exclusive audio commentary on Love All with scriptwriter Jeremy Burnham and guest star Veronica Strong
• Exclusive audio commentary on Killer with guest star Jennifer Croxton
• Exclusive audio commentary on The Morning After with director John Hough
• Exclusive audio commentary on Game with director Robert Fuest
• Exclusive audio commentary on Noon Doomsday with Linda Thorson stunt double Cyd Child
• Filmed introduction by Linda Thorson for the episodes The Interrogators, Love All, Take Me To Your Leader, Thingumajig, Requiem and Pandora
• Introducing Linda Thorson promotional trailer
• Girl About Town promotional trailer
• American shooting gallery opening credits on Split!
• American end credits for Invasion of The Earthmen
• Variant end credits for The Forget-Me-Knot
•Filmed introduction by director Cyril Frankel for Whoever Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40
• Artists test footage to find the replacement for Diana Rigg.
Featuring Lyn Ashley, Diane Clare, Susan Engel, Jane Murdoch, Valerie Van Ost, Toby Robins, Susan Travers and Wanda Ventham. Also featuring James Maxwell and Moray Watson in the role of Steed.
• Episode reconstructions for series 1 scripts The Springers, The Yellow Needle, The Far-Distant Dead and The Deadly Air
• UK animated bumper
• Granada + points for The Forget-Me-Knot
• Textless extended closing credits
• German opening and closing credits
• Insert reprint of series 6 promotional brochure
• Stills galleries
• PDF material
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Artists test footage to find the replacement for Diana Rigg.
Featuring Lyn Ashley, Diane Clare, Susan Engel, Jane Murdoch, Valerie Van Ost, Toby Robins, Susan Travers and Wanda Ventham. Also featuring James Maxwell and Moray Watson in the role of Steed.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Jaz! The test footage to replace Diana, with all those actresses, seems like quite a treat!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! Excellent features, really looking forward to this set. Shame there's no new interview with Linda but I think there's definitely more than enough to compensate, excellent work!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But-but-but "James Maxwell and Moray Watson in the role of Steed"!

Was this for screen test purposes, so that these actress had someone to bounce off, and Pat unavailable?

Patrick wasn't leaving with Diana at one point was he?

Quick google says James Maxwell was in The Superlative Seven as Jason Wade and The Outside-In Man as Mark Charter

Moray Watson was in The Danger Makers as Peters
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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But-but-but "James Maxwell and Moray Watson in the role of Steed"!

Was this for screen test purposes, so that these actress had someone to bounce off, and Pat unavailable?

Patrick wasn't leaving with Diana at one point was he?

Quick google says James Maxwell was in The Superlative Seven as Jason Wade and The Outside-In Man as Mark Charter

Moray Watson was in The Danger Makers as Peters


James and Moray were used as Patrick wasn't available. Linda Thorson did one of her tests opposite Jeremy Burnham. It was just to see how the ladies tested against a male lead.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic, I was really hoping for a commentary with either John Hough or Robert Fuest, brilliant to get both. I bet that Jeremy Burnham has got some great stories (if he's got a good memory with his perspective of writer and actor), wonderful to include Veronica Strong (who was also in Burnham's Children of the Stones).

Saddened that Linda Thorson isn't taking part in anything new. But the test footage will be fascinating.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dandy Forsdyke wrote:
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Artists test footage to find the replacement for Diana Rigg.
Featuring Lyn Ashley, Diane Clare, Susan Engel, Jane Murdoch, Valerie Van Ost, Toby Robins, Susan Travers and Wanda Ventham. Also featuring James Maxwell and Moray Watson in the role of Steed.


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Ditto. This will be fascinating to watch. Not only do we get to see the Tara prospects in action, but a couple people filling in for Steed. As someone who loved Donald Monat in the role, I'm interested to see how they fare.

Jennifer Croxton's commentary has me excited, too. Once again, I love how these sets go beyond the usual suspects and bring in people with fresh takes on the series that haven't been rehashed so many times. But it is sad Linda isn't popping up. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Wanda Ventham test will be interesting to watch. We know her best from UFO and she was also Nurse Spray in The Gravediggers.

Her son Bendedict Cumberpatch is currently in BBC's brilliant Sherlock.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Question for Jaz....were Linda's filmed introductions used as Granada Plus Points for the Tara episodes? I seem to remember that the Tara series had Pluspoints as well as series 5.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr S wrote:
Question for Jaz....were Linda's filmed introductions used as Granada Plus Points for the Tara episodes? I seem to remember that the Tara series had Pluspoints as well as series 5.


They were filmed especially for the "Tara King - Six of the Best" video boxset that was released in 1995. I'm sure she was given a list of what had yet to be issued and had to choose her favourites from them.

It was a wonderful boxset - very solidly built.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dandy Forsdyke wrote:
The Wanda Ventham test will be interesting to watch. We know her best from UFO and she was also Nurse Spray in The Gravediggers.

Her son Bendedict Cumberpatch is currently in BBC's brilliant Sherlock.


Is she really his mother? Cool! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, he hosted Have I Got News For You last night.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds excellent ! I remember a variant opening credit which was a shortened version of the armors credits, I have I think this one on VHS, let me know if this could interest you.

Just to be sure, do SPLIT features both the opening target credit and the end credits with the cards ?

Also, do Knot retains the original alternate end credit as well as alternate opening credits (with different footage montage of the original opening including alternate shots).

I mean are they like they are on the old DVDs ? Just checking Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dandy Forsdyke wrote:
Yep, he hosted Have I Got News For You last night.


Just goes to show everyone links back to Avengerland in the end.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember, as a child, watching the first batch of Tara's (in re-runs) with the "Target" opening and closing credits. Was this how they were originally released, or were they modified for their US showings? I think each episode should feature whatever opening and closing titles it originally had, unless those prints no longer exist.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sam wrote:
I remember, as a child, watching the first batch of Tara's (in re-runs) with the "Target" opening and closing credits. Was this how they were originally released, or were they modified for their US showings? I think each episode should feature whatever opening and closing titles it originally had, unless those prints no longer exist.


America had the early batch of episodes with the shooting gallery titles before the UK. All the UK transmissions had the armour titles (with Split! being an accident...?).

I like the shooting gallery titles and despite the UK never properly having them, it would have been nice to be able to view the episodes with the option of either.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

France had a mix of shooting targets and armors credits.

I believe french didn't understand the difference, so the prints with the targets were cut and dupes of the armor credits stick in instead on some of them when they originally aired.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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All the UK transmissions had the armour titles (with Split! being an accident...?).


When The Avengers were repeated on Channel 4 in the mid-1980s I'm sure Split! had the armour titles. However, "Look! Stop me..." had the target opening and closing titles.

The first time I saw Split! with the target opening titles was when it was release on video cassette in 1993.

I'm really looking forward to the DVD box set for this series. It has always been one of my favourite seasons and the extras look great.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:43 am    Post subject: Disappointed Reply with quote

Disappointed that Linda has not participated in the DVD release, surely she could have done 1 or 2 commentaries. Was she approached? Did she turn it down? Does anyone know?
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