Plot: What’s it about?
The Avengers…in color! The first season Americans were given, and the first season presented in color, is included on this series of discs, in its entirety. As many of you know, The Avengers was a successful British television series which found a large fan base here as well. The series has since became a cult classic, and inspired a major motion picture, although the movie didn’t find it’s audience like the television show did. A&E has issued this, as well as other seasons of The Avengers on DVD, giving fans an opportunity to pick up entire seasons at once, or just personal favorite episodes. The show basically deals with John Steed and Emma Peel, a pair of government agents who investigate unusual happenings. As such, they encounter many strange individuals and get into some hair raising situations. While there are many aspects of the series that made the show so endearing, what makes the series so cool to me is the style. I mean the whole style, characters, writing, and even shooting. Emma and Steed work together so well, it’s almost scary. Chemistry is ultrahigh, and it fuels the audience’s enjoyment. If you’re a fan of this series, you don’t want to miss this season, it’s filled with outstanding episodes, and A&E has released them in top notch fashion.
The season is issued in four sets of two discs, or eight discs total. Each dual layered disc contains three complete episodes, and the last disc contains a bonus fourth episode. I can’t express enough how pleased I am with this approach to releasing the series. While there are many discs, you’ll stop complaining when you see how good these discs look, thanks in part to the dual layered nature of the discs. Had A&E forced more episodes onto less discs, the video would have suffered greatly. Each boxed set features unique color patterns and designs, and will give a striking visual impact on your shelf. Everything about these releases, from video, audio, to packaging, is excellent, and well worth the asking price. Below is a listing of each disc’s content.
From Venus With Love, The Fear Merchants, and Escape in Time.
The See-Through Man, The Bird Who Knew Too Much, and The Winged Avenger.
The Living Dead, The Hidden Tiger, and The Correct Way To Kill.
Never Never Say Die, Epic, and The Superlative Seven.
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Station, Something Nasty In The Nursery, and The Joker.
Whos Who???, Return Of The Cybernauts, and Death’s Door.
The 50,000 Breakfast, Dead Man’s Treasure, and You Have Just Been Murdered.
The Positive-Negative Man, Murdersville, Mission Highly Improbable, and The Forget-Me-Knot.
Video: How does it look?
Each episode is presented in the original full frame aspect ratio. The episodes vary in overall quality, but all are excellent transfers, much better than any previous releases. The colors are amazing, rich and bright beyond belief. Even with these vivid hues, the colors never oversaturate or bleed. Black levels are usually correct, but some episodes are a little bright, but nothing serious. Detail level is outstanding, and no compression issues arise.
Audio: How does it sound?
The mono track used for audio does a very acceptable job. The dialogue comes through perfectly, with consistent volume and no separation issues. The music sounds good as well, as do the minimal sound effects. Those who revile mono might find themselves surprised at how good this sounds.
Supplements: What are the extras?
The only extras included on the discs are still photos, two per episode. While a nice addition, these small galleries can’t be the extent of the available supplements out there. The final disc in this set includes a bonus episode, so you could consider that a bonus, I suppose.