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Allard
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:09 am    Post subject: The Avengers pirate videos Reply with quote

http://www.patrickmacnee.com/subPages/news_letter01.html

According to Patrick Macnee pirated video tapes with Avengers episodes where widely available in the eighties.

Does anyone know anything about these, owned one or know if they had covers? What the picture and sound quality was?

(Just to make myself clear I am not approving pirate releases, but I am just interested in these almost ancient illegal releases that helped getting official Avengers videos on the market.)
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I purchased a few of these from Tower video in the late 80's. The quality was horrible. Faded colour, scratchy prints. They looked sourced from very old 16mm or even 8mm. Here are a few examples.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Avengers-VHS-Video-Tape-Bird-Knew-Too-Much-/4853773554?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1214eb4f2#ht_2093wt_1139

http://cgi.ebay.com/EXC-VHS-AVENGERS-Dial-Deadly-Number-Macnee-Rigg-/320445425621?cmd=ViewItem&pt=VHS&hash=item4a9c0927d5#ht_674wt_913
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never seen those before, Prendergast. Thanks.

Very classy sleeves! (he said in his 'Chandler Bing' voice)
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could they have had something to do with the copies used as some in-flight movies. Someone might have got hold of the films and copied them.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are a few more I had salted away from the days I had time to spend trawling around eBay:


















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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yikes some of those look nasty! I do love the fact that the cover for Super Secret Cypher Snatch is a picture of Diana Rigg from On Her Majesty's Secret Service!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info and images, I had seen these covers before, but would not have guest them to be bootlegs.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Prendergast wrote:
Yes, I purchased a few of these from Tower video in the late 80's. The quality was horrible. Faded colour, scratchy prints. They looked sourced from very old 16mm or even 8mm. Here are a few examples.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Avengers-VHS-Video-Tape-Bird-Knew-Too-Much-/4853773554?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1214eb4f2#ht_2093wt_1139

http://cgi.ebay.com/EXC-VHS-AVENGERS-Dial-Deadly-Number-Macnee-Rigg-/320445425621?cmd=ViewItem&pt=VHS&hash=item4a9c0927d5#ht_674wt_913


lord, i remember 'em..a friend bought a couple from tower records in Nashville...yeah, they were bad transfers..but we did not care, as we were huge fans of the show, and this was gonna be the only way to even see a show or two.....
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never seen these videos (in the last photo). Rare...
Thanks for sharing ! Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the time, grabbing the second to the last video was the only way to see "Death of a Great Dane", and was the only Blackman episode released in the US.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MRotten wrote:
At the time, grabbing the second to the last video was the only way to see "Death of a Great Dane", and was the only Blackman episode released in the US.

It was also doing the rounds in British trading circles thanks to a bad NTSC to PAL transfer (although it may just have been video-cammed from the US copy onto a PAL camera as this was a quick and cheap method to grab NTSC material).
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

norw27 wrote:
Yikes some of those look nasty! I do love the fact that the cover for Super Secret Cypher Snatch is a picture of Diana Rigg from On Her Majesty's Secret Service!


I had quite a few of those. They rarely, if ever, had photos on the cover that matched the episode. Quality wasn't good, either, but it was the only product out there to buy until the A & E sets arrived.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MRotten wrote:
norw27 wrote:
Yikes some of those look nasty! I do love the fact that the cover for Super Secret Cypher Snatch is a picture of Diana Rigg from On Her Majesty's Secret Service!


I had quite a few of those. They rarely, if ever, had photos on the cover that matched the episode. Quality wasn't good, either, but it was the only product out there to buy until the A & E sets arrived.


some interesting covers...a few ok, many of them...horrible...as with the video quality...back in the stone age of vhs-beta tape....
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For anyone interested, I've added a page to The Avengers Declassified on this subject...

http://declassified.theavengers.tv/wonders_usa_vhs_unlicensed.htm
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan wrote:
For anyone interested, I've added a page to The Avengers Declassified on this subject...

http://declassified.theavengers.tv/wonders_usa_vhs_unlicensed.htm

Ha ha. Brilliant.
I've got a better quality Degregory Silent Dust which I'll send over.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are a gentleman and a purveyor of prime tat. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

norw27 wrote:
Yikes some of those look nasty! I do love the fact that the cover for Super Secret Cypher Snatch is a picture of Diana Rigg from On Her Majesty's Secret Service!


gosh, yer right...how funny and tacky....man, some of those covers
were low budget-all-the-way...and some of the 'prints' on vhs,looked
like they were wiped down with sand paper...(LOL)

but at the time, it was pretty much the other way to see episodes
over and over....
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Despite the poor quality, the contents of some of the American pirated video cassettes are quite interesting.

For example, episode The House That Jack Built released by Bizarre Video Productions in 1981, includes two card titles "The Avengers - Commercial Break" (like Avengers episodes shot on videotape), each lasting 20 seconds.

And the early release of the episode "Dial a Deadly Number" includes intro "Avengers on Chess board". Wink

etc...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jasper Groat wrote:
Here are a few more I had salted away from the days I had time to spend trawling around eBay:






























I remember seeing some of these..yrs ago..at the height of the VHS-Beta max era....
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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