Plot: What’s it about?
The Avengers are back once again, this time we can follow their adventures in the season that aired in 1966. Ah yes, John Steed and Emma Peel, the daring pair who will take any risk, no matter how dangerous, to complete their mission. Steed is the straight man of the team, while Emma uses whatever she needs to from her bag of tricks to make sure the two finish the job. While Emma is striking in every episode, she was even more alluring in an episode in this set, A Touch Of Brimstone. This episode was originally banned here in the U.S., due to the risque attire Emma dons as he becomes The Queen Of Sin. If that’s not enough to entice you to pick up this set, I don’t know what would be. If you don’t know what this series is all about, The Avengers was a British adventure series that enjoyed great success, and still touts quite a large cult following to this day. Emma and Steed are secret British agents who investigate unusual happenings, from a lethal golf course to a modern band of merry men, these two see it all. If you’re a fan of adventure and mystery, The Avengers is definitely worth checking out.
Once again, A&E is behind another season of The Avengers finding its way onto our beloved format, and I am all to pleased to add this to my collection. Previous releases in this series have been treated to wonderful issues, and this installment is no exception. This review covers the complete 1966 season, which A&E has released on a total of four discs, two double packs hold it all. So if you’re shopping and you want the whole shooting match for this season, make sure you pick up both double packs, so you don’t miss any episodes. Sure, that seems like a whole lot of shiny discs, but come on, you’re getting the entire season here, a total of thirteen glorious episodes. On each dual layered disc, you’ll find three complete episodes, except for the fourth disc, which has a bonus fourth episode, which is always a plus in my book. The exterior design for these discs is similar to previous Avengers releases, so they look real nice when you line them all up. This is a solid release in every regard, from actual content to packaging, so don’t hesitate to explore this classic series. Below is a listing of the episodes you will find on these discs.
Silent Dust, Room Without A View, and Small Game For Big Hunters
The Girl From Auntie, The 13th Hole, and Quick-Quick-Slow Death
The Danger Makers, A Touch Of Brimstone, and What The Butler Saw Disc Four
The House That Jack Built, A Sense Of History, How To Succeed…At Murder, and Honey For The Prince
Video: How does it look?
Each episode is presented in the original full frame aspect ratio, just as they were seen during their original broadcast. This is a television show, and an old one to boot, so the image isn’t perfect, but it does look good. Given the age and nature of this material, I feel this is a superb transfer, from high grade source materials. The prints show few nicks and buzzes, and I noticed no compression errors mucking up the works either. This is a black and white season, so the element most vital to the image is contrast, which seems up to the task. No detail loss is evident, nor any blooming, this is by far the finest this season has looked.
Audio: How does it sound?
The original mono track is used for audio, and while it is limited in scope, this track offers a nice audio experience. This track shows some signs of age, with minor distortion at times, but overall it provides an adequate experience. The music and effects come through well, with no serious issues, and the volume mix is excellent, all the elements are distinct. The dialogue sounds great also, very clear and crisp with no problems at all.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This release contains some production photographs for each episode, but only a couple per episode.