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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2016 10:56 am    Post subject: Australian Avengers DVD Releases: December 2016 Reply with quote

Forthcoming attractions - Australian/New Zealand region 4 Avengers DVD releases are available to pre-order now through Madmen Entertainment - release date: December 2016 -
with new packaging and updated extras.
Each individual season $49-95 & complete set $199-95 Australian dollars

https://www.madman.com.au/actions/catalogue.do?method=schedule&comingSoon=1&webChannelId=18

“Madman is Australia's leading independent theatrical, home entertainment distribution and rights management company, specialising in the wholesale distribution of DVD and BLU RAY product into sales channels throughout Australia and New Zealand.”

The new DVD sets look excellent.



The Avengers - Complete Series 2 and Surviving Series 1
* 5 Audio Commentaries featuring actress Honor Blackman (moderated by Paul O'Grady), producer Leonard White, writer Martin Woodhouse and actress Julie Stevens * Interview with Honor Blackman * Episode Introductions by Julie Stevens * Bonus disc with 14 Series 1 episode reconstructions * Original Caption Cards * Full Police Surgeon episode: Easy Money with introduction * Collector's Lot: Collecting THE AVENGERS with Honor Blackman * THE AVENGERS AT 50: Never-before-seen interviews from the 50th Anniversary convention featuring Honor Blackman, Leonard White, Brian Tesler and John Carson * PDF content including Series One Episode Guide with original telesnaps and press cuttings, script archive, vintage production papers, Magazine covers and articles.



The Avengers - Complete Series 3
* 6 Audio Commentaries including 1 exclusive to this release with Honor Blackman (moderated by Paul O’Grady) * Filmed Episode Introductions by Patrick Macnee and Honor Blackman * Avenging The Avengers: Documentary on the series plus extended interviews * Gale Force – Part 2: Interview with Honor Blackman * Act 3 of an Armchair Theatre episode starring Patrick Macnee * THE AVENGERS AT 50 CELEBRATION: Paul O'Grady interviews Honor Blackman at the 2011 50th Anniversary convention * Extensive Stills Galleries * PDF Material featuring Scripts and magazine articles.



Diana Rigg joins THE AVENGERS as Mrs. Emma Peel for the start of its most iconic and popular era.
"The combination of Rigg and Macnee, allied to the film-making and storytelling skills of the production team, created a wonderfully enjoyable, sophisticated series that has proved endlessly popular."
THE TELEGRAPH

The Avengers - Complete Series 4
* 4 Audio Commentaries * Original USA Chessboard Opening Sequence * Alternative Tag Scene, UK Titles and Bumper Slates * Foreign Title Sequences and Vintage Newsreels * Rare Colourisation Test Footage * The Strange Case of the Missing Corpse Teaser mini-film * Audio Interview with “original Emma Peel actress” Elizabeth Shepherd * Reconstructed Series Trailer * Complete Armchair Theatre episode starring Diana Rigg * THE AVENGERS AT 50 CELEBRATION: footage from the 2011 convention * Extensive Stills Galleries * PDF Material featuring Scripts and magazine articles.



The Avengers - Complete Series 5
"In its journey from grit to glitter, the show reflected changing tastes and fashions and its influence is still felt today, most recently in the spy-fi blockbuster Kingsman."
THE GUARDIAN

* 4 Audio Commentaries * Filmed Episode Introductions by Brian Clemens and Anneke Wills * Episode Trims and Series Trailers * German Title Sequence * Vintage Interview with Patrick Macnee & Diana Rigg for German Television * Granada Plus Points with Patrick Macnee and crew * Behind-the-scenes footage * Vintage Newsreel footage * The Avengers: A Retrospective – Video clip special with Patrick Macnee * THE AVENGERS AT 50 CELEBRATION: Interviews with original production personnel from the 2011 50th Anniversary convention * Extensive Stills Galleries * PDF Material featuring Scripts and magazine articles.



The Avengers - Complete Series 6
* 5 Audio Commentaries including 2 with Linda Thorson and Paul O’Grady * Filmed Episode Introductions by Linda Thorson * Vintage featurettes: Introducing Linda Thorson / Girl About Town (with audio commentary) * Casting Test Footage * Alternative End Titles and Commercial Break Bumpers * German Title Sequence * Granada Plus Points with Patrick Macnee and crew * THE AVENGERS AT 50 CELEBRATION: Interviews from the 2011 50th Anniversary convention * Extensive Stills Galleries * PDF Material featuring Scripts and magazine articles.




The Avengers: Complete Set
* 24 Audio Commentaries with cast and crew & Avenging The Avengers documentary * New and Vintage Interviews and featurettes with cast and crew * Episode Introductions by cast & crew * 14 Series One episode reconstructions * Original trailers & alternative titles * Full Police Surgeon episode: Easy Money with introduction * Collecting THE AVENGERS *
THE AVENGERS AT 50: Never-before-seen interviews from the 50th Anniversary convention featuring cast and crew * Casting Test Footage * Stills Galleries with 1000s of images * PDF content including press cuttings, script archive, vintage production papers, Magazine covers and articles * BONUS DISC EXCLUSIVE TO THIS COLLECTION featuring more interviews from THE AVENGERS 50TH CELEBRATION, rare cult Diana Rigg 'Avengers' short films - including The Mini Killers, Locations Feaurette, extensive Avengers Fashion Galleries and more.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2016 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing, that's the first time ever in Australia that a proper release of anything other than the Emma Peel colour series has been released.

The only time any other episodes have been on sale was back when Lumiere was doing their random three episode VHS sets - and those were mostly Emma Peel as well.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2016 4:46 pm    Post subject: Widescream Reply with quote

As someone who lives in Australia it's great that they've released this but they should have made it a combined DVD (for the videotaped series) plus BluRay for the filmed series. What a missed opportunity....

I've got the most recent UK release Gales and the BluRays so I won't be taking this up.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish we in Europe could get hold of those new extras. Would love to see and hear the Chichester material!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I so agree. It would be great if there was a future DVD/blu-ray release of some of the interviews/commentaries that were recorded. As this Australian release contains some of them they may well be hope that there could be a future release.

Talking of a new Australian release, didn't Brian Clemens mention in the foreword for Michael Richardson's book "Bowler Hats and kinky boots", that an Australian compnay were planning to release a "colorized" version of series/season 4? I wonder if that was planned, but this release went ahead instead, or if there are still plans to release it sometime in the future. Be interesting to know.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:03 am    Post subject: Widescream Reply with quote

I have to say that I do like the cover artwork on these.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, the cover artwork is lovely, and they have done something StudioCanal UK have failed to do consistently; use photos from the correct eras!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These look lovely, I wonder if the UK is due for an upgrade anytime soon?
I would like the new extras but can hang on if a new UK edition is coming. Confused
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks gorgeous. I'm buying the complete set!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just pre-ordered my copy of The Ultimate Avengers. It came to US $166 including shipping. Worth every cent because, well, it's THE AVENGERS!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I might be giving away a copy from my website, just waiting on Madman to respond... not sure which set though!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I planned to buy some set too, but I checked the shipping costs in Russia and that there is huge money. Umm, probably will to buy it in the indefinite future.
On the Internet, I still not could found any review for this edition. If who already have it, it would was glad to hear any comments or reviews about it here. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have bought a copy of this set- however I can't open it as I might also be getting it for Christmas! I intend, whatever the case, to do an unboxing video for my YouTube channel and Declassified.

For anyone ordering from overseas, I recommend joining JB Hifi. They have 20% off DVDs around once a month, bringing the set down to about $150 AUD before postage. By setting up an account, you'll get an email when a sale starts. https://www.jbhifi.com.au

Also, the distributor Madman has told me the complete set is NOT a limited edition, and that they do not have the rights to release the series on Blu Ray in Australia.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info, looking forward to the unboxing video Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Brendan, I had been planning to do an unboxing video but I won't bother now! BTW, y'all got two days to visit my site and email me for a chance to win a copy.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2016 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all! Video shot- will be editing tomorrow. Here's a list of the exclusive extras and their location in the set. Aside from the screenwriters' panel, I don't know whether the listed Avengers at 50 interviews are individuals or groups in each case. I'll be checking the discs over the course of tonight and will update the descriptions, along with approximate lengths.

Season 1/2

Disc/File 3
Honor Blackman and Paul O’Grady Commentary on Bullseye

Disc/File 8
The Avengers at 50- Julie Stevens (16.57); John Carson (8.44)

Bonus File (Disc 9)
All 14 Season 1 Recons
The Avengers at 50- Leonard White, Brian Tesler, Honor Blackman and Julie Stevens (42.22)

Season 3

File/Disc 2
Honor Blackman and Paul O’Grady Commentary on Don’t Look Behind You

File/Disc 6
The Avengers at 50- Honor Blackman and Paul O’Grady (16.16)

Season 4

File/Disc 7
The Avengers at 50- Patrick Macnee Video Message (3.43); Roger Marshall (38.04); Carol Cleveland (4.29). University Orchestra plays the Avengers Theme (2:48)

Season 5

File/Disc 1
The Avengers at 50- Brian Clemens (21.54)

File/Disc 5
The Avengers at 50- Marie Cameron (Patrick Macnee’s autobiographer) (16.53)

File/Disc 6
The Avengers at 50- Ray Austin; Anneke Wills (Dressed to Kill/The 50,000 Breakfast)

Bonus File (Disc 8)- Exclusive to complete set
Mirrors the original bonus disc from the 2011 complete edition, plus
The Avengers at 50- Screenwriters Panel (Brian Clemens, Richard Harris, Richard Bates and Terrence Dicks); Cyd Child; Jeremy Burnham; Laurie Johnson. Stills Gallery of Avengers Fashion.

Season 6

File/Disc 3
Linda Thorson and Paul O’Grady Commentary on All Done With Mirrors

File/Disc 4
Linda Thorson and Paul O’Grady Commentary on Noon-Doomsday

File/Disc 6
The Avengers at 50- John Hough; Howard Blake

File/Disc 9
The Avengers at 50- Helicopter Arrival with linda Thorson and Paul O'Grady Commentary (3.08), Linda Thorson and Paul O'Grady (18.51); Robert Fuest; Linda Thorson and Cyd Child. Video Message from Joanna Lumley (5.38)
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The promised unboxing video!

https://youtu.be/pQi01x3ZOEA

A few things of note:

    No subtitles
    The Avengers at 50 interviews seem to have been prepared and edited by Madman (the distributor)
    The Bonus Disc is tucked away at the back of Series 5
    The menus are in no way animated, but the option to access commentaries/intros is easier than on the Optimum set.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brendan Jones wrote:
The promised unboxing video!

https://youtu.be/pQi01x3ZOEA

A few things of note:

    No subtitles
    The Avengers at 50 interviews seem to have been prepared and edited by Madman (the distributor)
    The Bonus Disc is tucked away at the back of Series 5
    The menus are in no way animated, but the option to access commentaries/intros is easier than on the Optimum set.


What's the picture quality like compared to Optimum?
I had a Madman set of Dangerman which I'd bought for the extra commentary tracks, intending to replace my ancient A&E set (thinking a new PAL DVD would be better than the older NTSC DVD), but the video was over-compressed and brittle (over-sharpened). I couldn't bear watching it so I kept my older set and sold the new one.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No Brian Clemens and Roy Ward Baker commentaries on the Madmen set
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jaz wrote:
No Brian Clemens and Roy Ward Baker commentaries on the Madmen set


Sad they're great commentaries, shame they're missing.
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