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MusicalDave
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:55 am    Post subject: The New Avengers on Bluray? (UPDATE) Reply with quote

Hi. I did a quick search, but couldn't find any discussions about this - has anyone heard whether TNA will be getting a Bluray release? Does anyone know any barriers for why this might not have followed the release of series 6?

Thanks. Dave.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think all of us on the forum are waiting with baited breath for news of a blu ray release of TNA. Sadly nothing yet. It is long overdue. The dvd box set was adequate, but no better than VHS quality. In fact the first episode The Eagle's nest was inferior to my VHS copy Exclamation
I'm not sure why this is taking so long. Does anyone know any more Question Rich
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We all hoped there'd be a Fourtieth Anniversary release with the episodes properly remastered but October has come and gone with not even a whimper.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cyberrich wrote:
I think all of us on the forum are waiting with baited breath for news of a blu ray release of TNA. Sadly nothing yet. It is long overdue. The dvd box set was adequate, but no better than VHS quality. In fact the first episode The Eagle's nest was inferior to my VHS copy Exclamation
I'm not sure why this is taking so long. Does anyone know any more Question Rich


could be licensing problems, or perhaps Lionsgate, or whoever is interested in this, have concurred there's no real money to be made...

another example, might be the shape of the source material...etc
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2016 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose that it could be released in the coming years, given that the owner of TNA is Studioсanal. Just this is not the sort of the series for business, which is the importance of the first category, so to speak.
I remember that at some point, some Avengers fans began to think that the series will not appear on the Blu Ray at all, as it has been already during the heyday of this medium, but it happened, though big belatedly. Sadly, while some official releases of TNA has occurred earlier than The Avengers on VHS, then things changed.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all, I emailed StudioCanal to enquire if TNA was in the wings...

Sadly they've confirmed there are no plans to release the series on BluRay, and their restoration team haven't transferred the film assets for the series.

A real shame I sometimes wish they'd just called the show 'The Avengers' instead, as the way the show is always treated different from The Avengers seems crazy!

Oh well. Let's enjoy the DVDs.

Cheers, D.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even no plans? Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad I feel like TNA is on a forgotten shelf where already accumulated the huge mass of dust.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MusicalDave wrote:
Hi all, I emailed StudioCanal to enquire if TNA was in the wings...

Sadly they've confirmed there are no plans to release the series on BluRay, and their restoration team haven't transferred the film assets for the series.

A real shame I sometimes wish they'd just called the show 'The Avengers' instead, as the way the show is always treated different from The Avengers seems crazy!

Oh well. Let's enjoy the DVDs.

Cheers, D.


.....or "The Avengers Return", anything with the name first, as so many movie sequels are titled.

I think a "Best of" The New Avengers would be an attractive first product to put out, as an introduction to the series for those unfamiliar with it. I personally would buy that over a complete series package. I'm not overly keen on The New Avengers but I adore Joanna Lumley as Purdy. Her fight scenes are sensational.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

denis rigg wrote:
Even no plans? Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad I feel like TNA is on a forgotten shelf where already accumulated the huge mass of dust.



feel the same way!
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would love to get the new avengers on Blu-ray!!
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I feel there's no point to a Best of The New Avengers - there's not many of them altogether anyway and no fans would buy it if there's an inkling of the full set on the horizon.
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dissolute wrote:
I feel there's no point to a Best of The New Avengers - there's not many of them altogether anyway and no fans would buy it if there's an inkling of the full set on the horizon.


Agreed. The full series should be issued on blu ray.
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there any difference in the transfers used for the U.K. Release and the U.S. release? I have the later releases from A&E.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lando wrote:
Is there any difference in the transfers used for the U.K. Release and the U.S. release? I have the later releases from A&E.


think so...anyhow,the A & E transfer are o.k. nothing special. look like they dumped 'em on dvd format, from existing VHS sources
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do both sets utilize the same transfers???
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A&E have generally used the UK transfers for their releases of British series, hence the opening Chessboard sequence is missing from the series/season 4 of the original Avengers series, as this was never shown in UK. (However the A&E DVD release of season 5 did correct an error in the episode Escape In Time, whereby the original Contender UK DVD version had omitted the tag scene. Contender did later offer a replacement disc). I think exceptions include some Gerry Anderson series, such as Space 1999, which did have separate US transfers plus Upstairs Downstairs. Many, including myself, noted that the A&E series/season 2 DVD sets of Space 1999 had improved pic. quality over the original UK DVD sets, whereas the opposite was true of series/season 1. The A&E DVDs of Upstairs Downstairs have been noted as being much clearer/sharper than the original UK sets.

However, to date, the newer HD masters for the original Avengers, used for the UK Optimum DVDs/Blu-rays have not been used for US releases, such as the Emma Peel DVD megaset or the season 5 blu-ray.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mrspeel01 wrote:
A&E have generally used the UK transfers for their releases of British series, hence the opening Chessboard sequence is missing from the series/season 4 of the original Avengers series, as this was never shown in UK. (However the A&E DVD release of season 5 did correct an error in the episode Escape In Time, whereby the original Contender UK DVD version had omitted the tag scene. Contender did later offer a replacement disc). I think exceptions include some Gerry Anderson series, such as Space 1999, which did have separate US transfers plus Upstairs Downstairs. Many, including myself, noted that the A&E series/season 2 DVD sets of Space 1999 had improved pic. quality over the original UK DVD sets, whereas the opposite was true of series/season 1. The A&E DVDs of Upstairs Downstairs have been noted as being much clearer/sharper than the original UK sets.

However, to date, the newer HD masters for the original Avengers, used for the UK Optimum DVDs/Blu-rays have not been used for US releases, such as the Emma Peel DVD megaset or the season 5 blu-ray.




sure would be nice if a blu ray U.S. release would happen...including THE NEW AVENGERS as well...but I would not hold my breath
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i agree. As mentioned in earlier posts, Studio Canal have stated they have "no plans" for an updated release of TNA. Seems amazing to me, as the series certainly does have a following. It has been repeated a number of times in recent years on UK cable channels and even the BBC gave it a showing on their BBC4 channel! Surely a restored blu-ray/DVD release would do well. Obviously Studio Canal think otherwise!

Other similar "cult" shows, such as The Prisoner, The Persuaders and the Professionals (this series was also produced by Brian Clemens & Albert Fennell) have all had restored releases on Blu ray/DVD.. Surely a logical next step would be to release the "other" series that Clemens/Fennell were working on at the same time!

I feel the opportunity was sadly missed when Optimum were working on the original series . i'm not blaming them for this, as they may well have wanted to release TNA, for completeness, but, perhaps, Studio Canal weren't interested then either. Though, to be fair to Studio Canal, there might well be a problem, such as a licensing issue, as was mentioned earlier, or something else preventing them. Either way, it is a real shame.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For U.S. friends I recommend getting a region free blu ray player and importing the uk avengers blu ray sets. They are fantastic!!

What is the possible licensing issue in regards to The New Avengers??
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be good to know if that is the case-though what it might be is guesswork. But more often than not when proposed/desired releases are held-up, cancelled or just can't be done there is some sort of issue around it. Unlike the original Avengers, TNA was an "Avengers Mark 1 production", formed by Clemens/Fennell and music composer Laurie Johnson. Although Studio Canal bought the rights perhaps there is some issue there?? Presumably, as Brian Clemens is sadly no longer with us, his share is now owned by his "estate". which might be a factor ???

Or it could be a completely different issue, such as the cost of restoration. in these tough financial times when budgets are being slashed, might be too much at present for the expected returns. Or even something to do with the master transfers perhaps? For the original series a set of unused pristine-condition masters were found which enabled new restoration with outstanding results. Perhaps this is not the case with TNA, to enable greatly improved results. Or it could be something else entirely!!


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