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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great stuff. Thanks for posting!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've only seen this movie once, and I think that was back in the late 90s, when It actually came out. I do have it on DVD, but it hasn't got all that many special features at all since the DVD version I have is the 1999/2000 version. I wonder if there has been a release with loads of extra features?

From what I can remember, I was a little disappointed with the film, but there are great elements of stuff in this, like the introduction scene in the village with Steed. I really should watch this movie/film again and see what I think of it now. I know I was not all that happy that Steed only got to wear one black bowler, and not any other colours to match his different coloured suits, like he did in the TV series.

I wonder if this would be done again, maybe with Steed and Tara, or perhaps The New Avengers Movie?

Why did they include the character of "Father" in this film?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No dvd with special features was released. That's a sad story, after all the excellent scenes from the trailer, we got a vulgar movie.
I don't remember where I had found those anecdotes but apparently, the longer version was shown to a Mexican audience and the result wasn't there and the WB, who didn't enjoy the movie either, decided to release the movie in August 98 instead of June 98. They were not satisfied by the 150 minute film. They really should have watched the TV series before. As a conclusion, the movie was reduced to those poor 98 minutes. Crying or Very sad Why selecting Mexicans? Shocked
Seriously, we've never heard about the show's success there...just that it aired there okay but nothing more... Confused
It should have been tested with an English audience.
Chechik had filmed a 'beautiful picture', as described in his interviews. I'm personally horrified that higher powers got his movie between their hands and 'slaughtered' it... Evil or Very Mad

As for Mother, I reacted like you : Why did Mother appear in a Steed/Peel adventure ? It breaks a rule. It was made in order to remind us of the show, using as many references as possible.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its a shame that a recent dvd release with special features hasn't been done.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A member from this forum had made this wonderful website, as a tribute to the movie. He had also launched that petition that everyone can find by googling 'The Avengers Movie Petition' (which is aimed at catching the attention of the WB executives) yet it hasn't worked so far, no reply was given. I had signed it several times circa 2007- 2008 and even renewed by signing it again a month ago.
But be sure that the next release will contain additional material or a trailer of the movie, that's perfectly normal, notably on Blu-rays.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnSteedFr wrote:
A member from this forum had made this wonderful website, as a tribute to the movie. He had also launched that petition that everyone can find by googling 'The Avengers Movie Petition' (which is aimed at catching the attention of the WB executives) yet it hasn't worked so far, no reply was given. I had signed it several times circa 2007- 2008 and even renewed by signing it again a month ago.
But be sure that the next release will contain additional material or a trailer of the movie, that's perfectly normal, notably on Blu-rays.


we can hope for......extended scenes, out takes, and more....restoring pulled footages.
doing a proper re edit...

could help this film greatly
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mousemeat wrote:
JohnSteedFr wrote:
A member from this forum had made this wonderful website, as a tribute to the movie. He had also launched that petition that everyone can find by googling 'The Avengers Movie Petition' (which is aimed at catching the attention of the WB executives) yet it hasn't worked so far, no reply was given. I had signed it several times circa 2007- 2008 and even renewed by signing it again a month ago.
But be sure that the next release will contain additional material or a trailer of the movie, that's perfectly normal, notably on Blu-rays.


we can hope for......extended scenes, out takes, and more....restoring pulled footages.
doing a proper re edit...

could help this film greatly


It could and it would ! Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnSteedFr wrote:
mousemeat wrote:
JohnSteedFr wrote:
A member from this forum had made this wonderful website, as a tribute to the movie. He had also launched that petition that everyone can find by googling 'The Avengers Movie Petition' (which is aimed at catching the attention of the WB executives) yet it hasn't worked so far, no reply was given. I had signed it several times circa 2007- 2008 and even renewed by signing it again a month ago.
But be sure that the next release will contain additional material or a trailer of the movie, that's perfectly normal, notably on Blu-rays.


we can hope for......extended scenes, out takes, and more....restoring pulled footages.
doing a proper re edit...

could help this film greatly


It could and it would ! Wink


Ditto. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was quite disappointed by The Avengers movie back in the '90s and haven't bought it on DVD. However, I'd definitely buy it if an extended edition was released. In fact, I'm quite tempted to buy in anyway, as I see some traders on Amazon are selling it for less than 2, including postage! Has anyone watched it recently and thought it had improved with age?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read the novel a thousand times which changed my mind about the film. Featuring important 'key moments' that were cut, I consider now that it is a good film (not the current version but the 1st project which was planned). Wink
Those who thought the 'destruction of the Prospero research laboratory' had to be removed were wrong. Mad Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnSteedFr wrote:
I read the novel a thousand times which changed my mind about the film. Featuring important 'key moments' that were cut, I consider now that it is a good film (not the current version but the 1st project which was planned). Wink
Those who thought the 'destruction of the Prospero research laboratory' had to be removed were wrong. Mad Crying or Very sad


I believe that's what helped me with the film. I read the book previous to seeing the movie and so I knew what was going on the whole time despite the missing parts. My uncle who saw the film with me, was totally lost.
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paulpdjh wrote:
I was quite disappointed by The Avengers movie back in the '90s and haven't bought it on DVD. However, I'd definitely buy it if an extended edition was released. In fact, I'm quite tempted to buy in anyway, as I see some traders on Amazon are selling it for less than 2, including postage! Has anyone watched it recently and thought it had improved with age?


I'm going to draw fire here *prepares to duck into foetal position*
The movie is okay... providing... you see it for what is it on its own, as a quirky british spy action adventure.

I saw the series before I saw the film, when I heard it was coming out I was looking forward to it... but then it went quiet, no one knew when it was being released, and upon vitising the cinema in my home town, I learnt that it had been out for a week and then pulled. Back in 1998 I was bitterly disappointed... as soon as it was available to rent I saw it about a year or so later... I was horrified... 'what the hell have they done' sprang to mind, and after much forwarding an reversing, gave up on hunting for scenes from the trailer that were apparently missing.

Skip forward to last year, and development/research into the show, for The Avengers Return, I decided to give it another go...

My reaction was less extreme, but still one of disappointment. It's a better film than I originally remembered, and had some wonderful ideas, but painfully it missed the whole point of the show, and even butchered some dialogue pinched from series 4, if the casting had been better and the chemistry developed with better dialogue then this may have had a fighting chance. The film never had a chance against the series, and so they must have tried to carve out their own niche but seemingly managed to fail to do that as well, yes it did have its own paticular vision but it had people tuning out in their droves, so that didn't work either.

When researching into how to revisit The Avengers, the film did become more of a guide of what not to do... but... but, it did have a few gems in it that are normally overlooked, but only because there are so few. The musical score though from much controversy itself, isn't bad, even though I missed the sounds of Laurie Johnson. I know some people hate them, but the killer robotic wasps, were quirky and terrifying in a fashion. Mother, love him or hate him, I didn't mind the character here, I still think the character has been underused in any medium, something we're looking to develop further. Like I said there are only a few gems... and a few lesser ones after those but still little nods here and there that make you think of the series but given that they didn't work with any of the original crew, you can't help feel some of those nods are there by coincidence and not by design. The teddybears, a company called BROLLY, nice nods, but after that it feels like they are meddling too much with the nuts and bolts, (Dr Peel????) and when they do that you have to let go of this being attached in some way to the series or it will break your heart. There a number of fixes that could have been made to make this a half way decent movie adaptation of the series, but after the failed Mexican screen tests, WB had already washed their hands of it.

So to sum up it's okay upon revisiting, but only if you watch it without thinking about the series. But on it's own, its an enjoyable romp, but like with a number of films these days, you'll watch it in the cinema, but it doesn't have you wanting the DVD when you leave... enjoyable but forgettable.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No matter how you look at it, the movie stinks to high heaven. Unfortunately, it's a load of rubbish.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ginandtonic wrote:
paulpdjh wrote:
I was quite disappointed by The Avengers movie back in the '90s and haven't bought it on DVD. However, I'd definitely buy it if an extended edition was released. In fact, I'm quite tempted to buy in anyway, as I see some traders on Amazon are selling it for less than 2, including postage! Has anyone watched it recently and thought it had improved with age?


I'm going to draw fire here *prepares to duck into foetal position*
The movie is okay... providing... you see it for what is it on its own, as a quirky british spy action adventure.

I saw the series before I saw the film, when I heard it was coming out I was looking forward to it... but then it went quiet, no one knew when it was being released, and upon vitising the cinema in my home town, I learnt that it had been out for a week and then pulled. Back in 1998 I was bitterly disappointed... as soon as it was available to rent I saw it about a year or so later... I was horrified... 'what the hell have they done' sprang to mind, and after much forwarding an reversing, gave up on hunting for scenes from the trailer that were apparently missing.

Skip forward to last year, and development/research into the show, for The Avengers Return, I decided to give it another go...

My reaction was less extreme, but still one of disappointment. It's a better film than I originally remembered, and had some wonderful ideas, but painfully it missed the whole point of the show, and even butchered some dialogue pinched from series 4, if the casting had been better and the chemistry developed with better dialogue then this may have had a fighting chance. The film never had a chance against the series, and so they must have tried to carve out their own niche but seemingly managed to fail to do that as well, yes it did have its own paticular vision but it had people tuning out in their droves, so that didn't work either.

When researching into how to revisit The Avengers, the film did become more of a guide of what not to do... but... but, it did have a few gems in it that are normally overlooked, but only because there are so few. The musical score though from much controversy itself, isn't bad, even though I missed the sounds of Laurie Johnson. I know some people hate them, but the killer robotic wasps, were quirky and terrifying in a fashion. Mother, love him or hate him, I didn't mind the character here, I still think the character has been underused in any medium, something we're looking to develop further. Like I said there are only a few gems... and a few lesser ones after those but still little nods here and there that make you think of the series but given that they didn't work with any of the original crew, you can't help feel some of those nods are there by coincidence and not by design. The teddybears, a company called BROLLY, nice nods, but after that it feels like they are meddling too much with the nuts and bolts, (Dr Peel????) and when they do that you have to let go of this being attached in some way to the series or it will break your heart. There a number of fixes that could have been made to make this a half way decent movie adaptation of the series, but after the failed Mexican screen tests, WB had already washed their hands of it.

So to sum up it's okay upon revisiting, but only if you watch it without thinking about the series. But on it's own, its an enjoyable romp, but like with a number of films these days, you'll watch it in the cinema, but it doesn't have you wanting the DVD when you leave... enjoyable but forgettable.

Matt


I still really enjoy watching the film. I watched it again a few weeks ago. I would really like to see the full cut of the film too.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

George wrote:
Its a shame that a recent dvd release with special features hasn't been done.


The real shame is that it was made in the first place! It might have worked if Brian Clemens had been involved, or if one of the original Avengers directors had directed it, but as it had none of these or any other suitably talented people to guide the project, it was doomed to be a tangled mess, and it was. The movie was 'The Avengers' in name only.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time Magazine rates "The Avengers" film #17 out of 20 on the list of all time summer blockbuster failures.

The only two things I liked about the film were Invisible Jones (of course!) and the fight scenes, which I think Fiennes--(the most boring, monotonous actor in the world to me)--did well.

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2084801_2084599_2084634,00.html

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The Avengers Movie got a mention on my favourite quiz programme, Pointless. The question was to name an obscure Sean Connery film.

Among the pointless answers was The Avengers. Or as one of the hosts called it "the terrible remake of that film".
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Dandy Forsdyke wrote:
The Avengers Movie got a mention on my favourite quiz programme, Pointless. The question was to name an obscure Sean Connery film.

Among the pointless answers was The Avengers. Or as one of the hosts called it "the terrible remake of that film".
Of what film?
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Slip of the finger ... obvioushly.
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