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Lando
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It would be great if Optimum would put them out on blu ray for all regions.


Optimum no longer exist. They have been subsumed into Studio Canal, as have Kinowelt in Germany.

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I've tried to contact Network about issuing The Persuaders blu ray in Region A, but I'm sure there's legal reasons and contracts. They never responded to my email.


Their license will only cover the UK. (And I can confirm the Persuaders Blu-ray is definitely coded Region B - sorry. It's marvellous.).


Thanks Alan.
It's frustrating being a fan of these shows here in the US...

I probably won't be investing in a region free blu ray player for a while due to cost. Wish I could get The Persuaders on blu ray here. Same with The Avengers and The Saint in terms of blu ray.

Are Studio Canals plans known at the moment?
Hopefully Network continues to survive. They both REALLY should look at doing region free blu rays. Especially since it appears there is no interest in bringing these shows to other regions due to sales or whatever it may be...

Grrr!!!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It's frustrating being a fan of these shows here in the US...


It works both ways, of course. Blu-ray releases of films are regularly better in Region A than B (Criterion releases, for instance, are always coded 'A').

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Are Studio Canals plans known at the moment?


Not a whisper from them.

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Hopefully Network continues to survive. They both REALLY should look at doing region free blu rays. Especially since it appears there is no interest in bringing these shows to other regions due to sales or whatever it may be...


The trouble is, Network are a small company (and licensees rather than licensors like Studio Canal) and negotiating for Region Free Blu-rays would be expensive: the difference between UK rights and world rights. Some of their releases are region free, but it seems to be only selected titles. Being a licensee, they are also at the mercy of the licensors who may wish to exploit their archives by licensing to different companies all around the world, thereby increasing their revenue.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan wrote:
Lando wrote:
It's frustrating being a fan of these shows here in the US...


It works both ways, of course. Blu-ray releases of films are regularly better in Region A than B (Criterion releases, for instance, are always coded 'A').

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Are Studio Canals plans known at the moment?


Not a whisper from them.

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Hopefully Network continues to survive. They both REALLY should look at doing region free blu rays. Especially since it appears there is no interest in bringing these shows to other regions due to sales or whatever it may be...


The trouble is, Network are a small company (and licensees rather than licensors like Studio Canal) and negotiating for Region Free Blu-rays would be expensive: the difference between UK rights and world rights. Some of their releases are region free, but it seems to be only selected titles. Being a licensee, they are also at the mercy of the licensors who may wish to exploit their archives by licensing to different companies all around the world, thereby increasing their revenue.


It's frustrating for sure. I was so happy to hear the news about The Persuaders. I imported the Network DVD series as I have a region free dvd player. However with blu ray I just don't have the luxury at the moment of upgrading to a blu ray player with a region free mod. Plus the cost of the blu ray set. Probably $300-400 total for blu ray set and player depending on the player.

I would like to, but right now it's not in the cards. So I have to wait it out a bit.
Maybe a US company will pick up the rights in the meantime.

That $200 Bond 50 blu ray set has to get picked up in October too! : ) Plus I'm sure there are quite a bit of Skyfall merchandise and Bond tie ins on the way...
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I've just finished watching seasons 4 and 5 from Optimum. I stop here and I'm waiting for TNA in the same conditions Wink ). The edition is marvellous ...but nothing is perfect. There are only four chapters per episode, there is no English subtitles (it would be good for British hearing impaired and foreigners) and the episode The Forget-Me-Knot is not on the Peel sets. At least, the scenes with Mrs Peel could have been in the bonus section!


We made a conscious decision not to include The Forget-Me-Knot on the Series 5 set, as it's the considered opinion of Jaz and myself that previously it had never been on the correct set. It wasn't transmitted with Series 5, was made as part of Series 6. Therefore it went with Series 6 and I believe it's the first time the series had been issued correctly in this respect.
I think itís business as well. To oblige Mrs Peelís fans to buy season 6Ö.Pity but I keep The Forget-me Knot on the French Studio Canal version.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

denis wrote:
Alan wrote:
We made a conscious decision not to include The Forget-Me-Knot on the Series 5 set, as it's the considered opinion of Jaz and myself that previously it had never been on the correct set. It wasn't transmitted with Series 5, was made as part of Series 6. Therefore it went with Series 6 and I believe it's the first time the series had been issued correctly in this respect.
I think itís business as well. To oblige Mrs Peelís fans to buy season 6Ö.Pity but I keep The Forget-me Knot on the French Studio Canal version.


It wasn't remotely a business decision.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just checking in to see if there is any further news. I cannot believe The Avengers series continues to be out of print here in the US. I looking online, I've noticed that many of the A&E DVD sets of the show are going for quite a bit of $ on ebay and second hand shops. It's a pity that someone here in the US won't take up the license.

Maybe A&E will come through when blu ray happens? Surely the Optimum transfers would work well in HD.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lando wrote:
Just checking in to see if there is any further news. I cannot believe The Avengers series continues to be out of print here in the US. I looking online, I've noticed that many of the A&E DVD sets of the show are going for quite a bit of $ on ebay and second hand shops. It's a pity that someone here in the US won't take up the license.

Maybe A&E will come through when blu ray happens? Surely the Optimum transfers would work well in HD.


The trouble with the A & E sets is the quality. They look awful now compared to the Optimum DVDs. It would be great if a new DVD (or BluRay) set on The Avengers would get released here in the US, but I'm not holding my breath.
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can get a multi region blu ray/ DVD player for a little over $200 shipped. I'm enjoying The Persuaders! currently. It looks fantastic. I hope the 50th anniversary Avengers set I've ordered looks nearly as good.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ikbtops wrote:
You can get a multi region blu ray/ DVD player for a little over $200 shipped. I'm enjoying The Persuaders! currently. It looks fantastic. I hope the 50th anniversary Avengers set I've ordered looks nearly as good.
"Legacy of Death" on the series 6 stand-alone box set aside, the Optimum/Canal region 2 remastered DVDs look easily as good as any release of The Persuaders! including the BluRay. And I say that wearing my new glasses!
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's good to hear! Is it just that episode that looks sketchy, or all of season 6?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ikbtops wrote:
You can get a multi region blu ray/ DVD player for a little over $200 shipped. I'm enjoying The Persuaders! currently. It looks fantastic. I hope the 50th anniversary Avengers set I've ordered looks nearly as good.


Which brand and model do you recommend? Who did you order from?

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MRotten wrote:
Lando wrote:
Just checking in to see if there is any further news. I cannot believe The Avengers series continues to be out of print here in the US. I looking online, I've noticed that many of the A&E DVD sets of the show are going for quite a bit of $ on ebay and second hand shops. It's a pity that someone here in the US won't take up the license.

Maybe A&E will come through when blu ray happens? Surely the Optimum transfers would work well in HD.


The trouble with the A & E sets is the quality. They look awful now compared to the Optimum DVDs. It would be great if a new DVD (or BluRay) set on The Avengers would get released here in the US, but I'm not holding my breath.


Is there any movement on US Region A releases of The Avengers Remastered on DVD or blu ray?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lando wrote:
ikbtops wrote:
You can get a multi region blu ray/ DVD player for a little over $200 shipped. I'm enjoying The Persuaders! currently. It looks fantastic. I hope the 50th anniversary Avengers set I've ordered looks nearly as good.


Which brand and model do you recommend? Who did you order from?

Thanks!


You can also try hacking your existing region one player. I have two different players, both pretty standard region ones that I bought locally, and I've hacked both of them to be region-free. All I did was look up the model number and "region one hacks" or the like online. There's usually a sequence of buttons you can press that'll unlock it pretty easily.
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Timeless A-Peel wrote:
Lando wrote:
ikbtops wrote:
You can get a multi region blu ray/ DVD player for a little over $200 shipped. I'm enjoying The Persuaders! currently. It looks fantastic. I hope the 50th anniversary Avengers set I've ordered looks nearly as good.


Which brand and model do you recommend? Who did you order from?

Thanks!


You can also try hacking your existing region one player. I have two different players, both pretty standard region ones that I bought locally, and I've hacked both of them to be region-free. All I did was look up the model number and "region one hacks" or the like online. There's usually a sequence of buttons you can press that'll unlock it pretty easily.


For DVD sure you can hack a player. However for The Persuaders! Region B blu ray set, I would need to find a blu ray player in Region A that will play a Region B locked disc.
I believe most Blu ray players need an after market mod kit to become region free. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lando wrote:
Timeless A-Peel wrote:
Lando wrote:
ikbtops wrote:
You can get a multi region blu ray/ DVD player for a little over $200 shipped. I'm enjoying The Persuaders! currently. It looks fantastic. I hope the 50th anniversary Avengers set I've ordered looks nearly as good.


Which brand and model do you recommend? Who did you order from?

Thanks!


You can also try hacking your existing region one player. I have two different players, both pretty standard region ones that I bought locally, and I've hacked both of them to be region-free. All I did was look up the model number and "region one hacks" or the like online. There's usually a sequence of buttons you can press that'll unlock it pretty easily.


For DVD sure you can hack a player. However for The Persuaders! Region B blu ray set, I would need to find a blu ray player in Region A that will play a Region B locked disc.
I believe most Blu ray players need an after market mod kit to become region free. Thanks!


Ah, yes, I hadn't thought about the Blu-Ray problem. I don't have Blu-Ray, so I'm not much help on that front. I hope you manage to find something that doesn't break the bank--the whole region thing seems a bit pointless to me. I wish they'd just do away with the whole thing.
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Timeless A-Peel wrote:
Lando wrote:
Timeless A-Peel wrote:
Lando wrote:
ikbtops wrote:
You can get a multi region blu ray/ DVD player for a little over $200 shipped. I'm enjoying The Persuaders! currently. It looks fantastic. I hope the 50th anniversary Avengers set I've ordered looks nearly as good.


Which brand and model do you recommend? Who did you order from?

Thanks!


You can also try hacking your existing region one player. I have two different players, both pretty standard region ones that I bought locally, and I've hacked both of them to be region-free. All I did was look up the model number and "region one hacks" or the like online. There's usually a sequence of buttons you can press that'll unlock it pretty easily.


For DVD sure you can hack a player. However for The Persuaders! Region B blu ray set, I would need to find a blu ray player in Region A that will play a Region B locked disc.
I believe most Blu ray players need an after market mod kit to become region free. Thanks!


Ah, yes, I hadn't thought about the Blu-Ray problem. I don't have Blu-Ray, so I'm not much help on that front. I hope you manage to find something that doesn't break the bank--the whole region thing seems a bit pointless to me. I wish they'd just do away with the whole thing.


Agreed. It's a bummer to have to upgrade blu ray players to be able to play Region B UK blu ray discs here in the US. Thus far The Persuaders! is the only Region B blu ray set that I would like to own. I have the Network DVD set of the show. So I may wait for more shows to show up before I try to upgrade blu ray players and the shows too.

Thanks for the post!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lando wrote:
Agreed. It's a bummer to have to upgrade blu ray players to be able to play Region B UK blu ray discs here in the US. Thus far The Persuaders! is the only Region B blu ray set that I would like to own. I have the Network DVD set of the show. So I may wait for more shows to show up before I try to upgrade blu ray players and the shows too.

Thanks for the post!


Yes, the lack of Blu-Ray releases of most of the series I'm into has made me unmotivated to get a Blu-Ray player, but I have heard fabulous things about the Persuaders set. But the whole region/format thing is a bit of a pain. Anyway, you're very welcome, and good luck sorting it all out. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Small request: if quoting a previous post, please edit out the older parts of the discussion, otherwise the topic ends up filled with nested quotes.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's hoping a US company get's the right's to this series and starts releasing these titles in the US. Bluray has gottn dirt cheap in the states so DVD for Cathy Gale and bluray for Emma Peel and Tara King.
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Looks like finally it's coming!

http://tvshowsondvd.com/n/18758
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