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MIT SCHIRM, CHARME UND MELONE (Warner Brothers Movie Widescreen Edition)

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Released: 7th April 1999 Distributor: Warner Home Video

Number of Discs: 1

RRP: Unknown
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: 'Snapper' case later reissued in Amaray case

Content:

Mit Schirm, Charme und Melone (The Avengers 1998 Warner Bros. Movie)
 

 

MIT SCHIRM, CHARME UND MELONE: THE AVENGERS Edition 1 (Weltbild Exclusive)

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Released: 10th February 2009 Distributor: Kinowelt / Weltbild
Number of Discs: 8 RRP: 49.99
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: 8-disc Digistak in card outer sleeve

Episodes Complete Series 4:

The Town of No Return
The Gravediggers (*)
The Cybernauts

Death at Bargain Prices
Castle De'ath (*)
The Master Minds

The Murder Market
A Surfeit of H2O
The Hour That Never Was

Dial a Deadly Number
Man-Eater of Surrey Green
Two's A Crowd

Too Many Christmas Trees
Silent Dust
Room Without A View
Small Game for Big Hunters
The Girl from Auntie

The Thirteenth Hole (*)
Quick-Quick Slow Death
The Danger Makers
A Touch of Brimstone

What the Butler Saw
The House That Jack Built

A Sense of History
How to Succeed... at Murder
Honey for the Prince
Extras: Original German Title Sequence, US Chessboard Sequence, Deleted Scenes from The Gravediggers, Castle De'ath, Too Many Christmas Trees and The Thirteenth Hole (in German only); Trailers for 1965/66, 1967 and 1968 Seasons (Modern); Photo Gallery; Episode Guide Booklet by Hans Schaffner
Brief: This was a prelimary exclusive edition of the DVD set later released in April. For two months from February 2009, it was only possible to purchase the set from Weltbild.de or physical Weltbild stores.

(*) Three episodes on this DVD set, The Gravediggers, Castle De'ath and The Thirteenth Hole were issued in heavily edited versions. Kinowelt included the missing sequences in the extras as deleted scenes and added a bonus disc to the subsequent set containing these three episodes in their unedited forms. However, The Girl from Auntie and The House That Jack Built are also cut, in common with the French releases, and the missing footage is not presented in the extras. These DVDs contain original English and dubbed German audio and no subtitles. The prints are unrestored.

Regarding the deleted scenes:

  • The deleted scene from The Gravediggers is absent on the Studio Canal DVD issued in France but is present on the Contender edition.
  • The deleted scenes from Castle De'ath are all present in the Contender UK version.
  • The deleted scene from Too Many Christmas Trees is actually a shorter, truncated version of the opening, so is technically 'alternate' rather than deleted.
  • The deleted scenes from The Thirteenth Hole are almost entirely missing from the Studio Canal French DVD. Some appear on the Contender UK edition, but there is still a minute's worth of missing material here in German!

 

MIT SCHIRM, CHARME UND MELONE: THE AVENGERS Edition 1 (General Release)

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Released: 3rd April 2009 Distributor: Kinowelt
Number of Discs: 8 RRP: 43.95
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: 8-disc Digistak in card outer sleeve

Episodes Complete Series 4:

The Town of No Return
The Gravediggers (*)
The Cybernauts

Death at Bargain Prices
Castle De'ath (*)
The Master Minds

The Murder Market
A Surfeit of H2O
The Hour That Never Was

Dial a Deadly Number
Man-Eater of Surrey Green
Two's A Crowd

Too Many Christmas Trees
Silent Dust
Room Without A View
Small Game for Big Hunters
The Girl from Auntie

The Thirteenth Hole (*)
Quick-Quick Slow Death
The Danger Makers
A Touch of Brimstone

What the Butler Saw
The House That Jack Built

A Sense of History
How to Succeed... at Murder

Honey for the Prince
Extras: Original German Title Sequence, US Chessboard Sequence, Deleted Scenes from The Gravediggers, Castle De'ath, Too Many Christmas Trees and The Thirteenth Hole (in German only); Trailers for 1965/66, 1967 and 1968 Seasons (Modern); Photo Gallery; Episode Guide Booklet by Hans Schaffner

Brief: After the two month exclusive period with Weltbild, this DVD set went on general release on 3rd April 2009.

(*) Three episodes on this DVD set, The Gravediggers, Castle De'ath and The Thirteenth Hole were issued in heavily edited versions. Kinowelt included the missing sequences in the extras as deleted scenes and added a bonus disc to the subsequent set containing these three episodes in their unedited forms. However, The Girl from Auntie and The House That Jack Built are also cut, in common with the French releases, and the missing footage is not presented in the extras. These DVDs contain original English and dubbed German audio and no subtitles. The prints are unrestored.

Regarding the deleted scenes:

  • The deleted scene from The Gravediggers is absent on the Studio Canal DVD issued in France but is present on the Contender edition.
  • The deleted scenes from Castle De'ath are all present in the Contender UK version.
  • The deleted scene from Too Many Christmas Trees is actually a shorter, truncated version of the opening, so is technically 'alternate' rather than deleted.
  • The deleted scenes from The Thirteenth Hole are almost entirely missing from the Studio Canal French DVD. Some appear on the Contender UK edition, but there is still a minute's worth of missing material here in German!

  

MIT SCHIRM, CHARME UND MELONE: THE AVENGERS Edition 2

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Released: 21st August 2009 Distributor: Kinowelt
Number of Discs: 9 RRP: 42.95
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: 9-disc Digistak in card outer sleeve

Episodes Complete Series 5:

From Venus With Love
The Fear Merchants
Escape in Time
The See-Through Man
The Bird Who Knew Too Much
The Winged Avenger

The Living Dead
The Hidden Tiger

The Correct Way to Kill

Never, Never Say Die
Epic

The Superlative Seven

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station
Something Nasty in the Nursery
The Joker
Who's Who???
Return of the Cybernauts

Death's Door

The 50,000 Breakfast
Dead Man's Treasure

You Have Just Been Murdered

The Positive-Negative Man

Murdersville
Mission... Highly Improbable

Episodes (Bonus) Series 4:

The Gravediggers
Castle De'ath
The Thirteenth Hole
Extras: Specially recorded introductions to all episodes and features by comedians Oliver Kalkofe and Wolfgang Bahro (in German only); The Strange Case of the Missing Corpse; Original and Modern German Opening and Closing Title Sequences; 1960s German Avengers Cinema Trailer; Joachim Fuchsberger interviews Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg (1967 released as 'German Interview' on Contender DVDs); Unedited Versions of The Gravediggers, Castle De'ath and The Thirteenth Hole, issued in edited form on the previous DVD set; Trailers for 1965/66, 1967 and 1968 Seasons (Modern); Photo Gallery; Episode Guide/Biographies Booklet by Hans Schaffner; PDF material from the collection of Oliver Kalkofe.
Brief: These DVDs contain original English and dubbed German audio and no subtitles. The prints of the Series 5 episodes are newly restored.

 
MIT SCHIRM, CHARME UND MELONE: THE AVENGERS Edition 3, Teil 1

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Released: 16th October 2009 Distributor: Kinowelt
Number of Discs: 6 RRP: 29.95
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: 6-disc Digistak in card outer sleeve

Episodes Series 6:

The Forget-Me-Knot
Game
Super Secret Cypher Snatch
You'll Catch Your Death
Split!
Whoever Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40?

False Witness

All Done With Mirrors

Legacy of Death
Noon Doomsday
Look (Stop Me If You've Heard This One) But There Were These Two Fellers
Have Guns Will Haggle

They Keep Killing Steed
The Interrogators
The Rotters
Invasion of the Earthmen
Killer
Extras: Audio Commentary for Split! featuring Brian Clemens and Roy Ward Baker (with German subtitles); Filmed Introduction by Linda Thorson for The Interrogators (originally filmed for Lumiere UK VHS releases, 1993); Introducing Tara King Promotional Film; Original and Modern German Opening and Closing Title Sequences; Trailers for 1965/66 and 1967 Seasons (Modern); Episode Guide/Biographies Booklet by Hans Schaffner (covering both halves of this Series 6 release).
Brief: These DVDs contain original English and dubbed German audio and no subtitles (except on the audio commentary for Split! and other extra features). The prints are newly restored.

 
MIT SCHIRM, CHARME UND MELONE: THE AVENGERS Edition 3, Teil 2

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Released: 16th October 2009 Distributor: Kinowelt
Number of Discs: 6 RRP: 29.95
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: 6-disc Digistak in card outer sleeve

Episodes Series 6:

The Morning After
The Curious Case of the Countless Clues
Wish You Were Here
Love All
Stay Tuned
Take Me to Your Leader
Fog
Who Was That Man I Saw You With?
Homicide and Old Lace
Thingumajig
My Wildest Dream
Requiem

Take-Over

Pandora

Get-A-Way!

Bizarre
Extras: Filmed Introductions by Linda Thorson for Love All, Take Me to Your Leader, Thingumajig,  Requiem and Pandora (originally filmed for Lumiere UK VHS releases, 1993); Town Girl Linda Thorson 1968 promotional film; Willcommen im Gernsehclub documentary feature about an Avengers festival in Berlin; The Avengers: A Retrospective 1993 documentary presented by Patrick Macnee.
Brief: These DVDs contain original English and dubbed German audio and no subtitles (except on some extra features). The prints are newly restored.

 
MIT SCHIRM, CHARME UND MELONE: THE NEW AVENGERS Edition 4

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Released: 17th June 2010 Distributor: Kinowelt
Number of Discs: 8 RRP: 39.99
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: 8-disc Digistak in card outer sleeve

Episodes Complete Series 1 & 2:

The Eagle's Nest
House of Cards
The Last of the Cybernauts...??
The Midas Touch
Cat Amongst the Pigeons
Target!
To Catch a Rat
The Tale of the Big Why
Faces
Gnaws
Dirtier by the Dozen

Sleeper
Three Handed Game
 
Dead Men are Dangerous
Angels of Death
Medium Rare
The Lion and the Unicorn
Obsession
Trap
Hostage
K is for Kill
Part 1: The Tiger Awakes
Part 2: Tiger by the Tail
Complex
Forward Base
The Gladiators
Emily
Extras: Audio commentary by Brian Clemens and Gareth Hunt on The Eagle's Nest; Oliver Kalkofe Remembers; Original German and French Title Sequences; Avenging the Avengers documentary; Trailers for 1965/66, 1967 and 1968 Seasons (Modern) and for The New Avengers (Original).
Brief: These DVDs contain original English and dubbed German audio and no subtitles (except on some extra features). The prints are not restored.

 
MIT SCHIRM, CHARME UND MELONE: GESAMTEDITION

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Released: 18th November 2010 Distributor: Kinowelt
Number of Discs: 37 RRP: 79.99
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: 'Files' containing slots for discs, in hard card box

Episodes:

The Complete Series 4
The Complete Series 5
The Complete Series 6
The New Avengers:
The Complete Series 1
The Complete Series 2
Extras: As individual Series releases + novelty packaging and video features Goodbye Emma, Hello Tara and In the Footsteps of Tara King by Oliver Kalkofe; Artistes' test footage to find replacement for Emma Peel (silent); Das Diadem Diana Rigg 8mm film; Diana Rigg at the ATV Television Awards; new introductions to all Series 4 episodes; 52 page booklet.
Brief: These DVDs contain original English and dubbed German audio and no subtitles (except on some extra features). The prints are all restored (upgrading Series 4 from the restored UK masters), with the exception of The New Avengers, which is unrestored.

 
MIT SCHIRM, CHARME UND MELONE: THE AVENGERS Edition 1, Teil 1 (Reissue)

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Released: 19th August 2011 Distributor: Kinowelt
Number of Discs: 4 RRP: 29.99
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: 4-disc Digistak in card outer sleeve

Episodes Series 4:

The Town of No Return
The Gravediggers
The Cybernauts

Death at Bargain Prices
Castle De'ath
The Master Minds

The Murder Market
A Surfeit of H2O
The Hour That Never Was

Dial a Deadly Number
Man-Eater of Surrey Green
Two's A Crowd

Too Many Christmas Trees
Silent Dust
Extras: as per Disc 1-4 extras in earlier 'Gesamtedition' (18th November 2010).

Brief: In 2011, Kinowelt reissued Editions 1 and 2 (Emma Peel) over four DVD sets as opposed to the original two. This reissue splits Series 4 in two halves, with the first four discs forming 'Teil 1' (Part 1) and the second four discs forming 'Teil 2'.

This reissued edition contained the newly restored prints, previously only available in the 'Gesamtedition' boxset.

 
MIT SCHIRM, CHARME UND MELONE: THE AVENGERS Edition 1, Teil 2 (Reissue)

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Released: 19th August 2011 Distributor: Kinowelt
Number of Discs: 4 RRP: 29.99
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: 4-disc Digistak in card outer sleeve

Episodes Series 4:

Room Without A View
Small Game for Big Hunters
The Girl from Auntie

The Thirteenth Hole
Quick-Quick Slow Death
The Danger Makers
A Touch of Brimstone
What the Butler Saw
The House That Jack Built

A Sense of History
How to Succeed... at Murder
Honey for the Prince
Extras: as per Disc 5-8 extras in earlier 'Gesamtedition' (18th November 2010).

Brief: This reissue splits Series 4 in two halves, with the first four discs forming 'Teil 1' (Part 1) and the second four discs forming 'Teil 2'.

This reissued edition contained the newly restored prints, previously only available in the 'Gesamtedition' boxset.

 
MIT SCHIRM, CHARME UND MELONE: THE AVENGERS Edition 2, Teil 1 (Reissue)

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Released: 19th August 2011 Distributor: Kinowelt
Number of Discs: 5 RRP: 29.99
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: 5-disc Digistak in card outer sleeve

Episodes Series 5:

From Venus With Love
The Fear Merchants
Escape in Time
The See-Through Man
The Bird Who Knew Too Much
The Winged Avenger

The Living Dead
The Hidden Tiger
The Correct Way to Kill
Never, Never Say Die
Epic

The Superlative Seven

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station
Something Nasty in the Nursery
The Joker
Extras: as per Disc 1-5 extras on earlier Series 5 edition (21st August 2009).

Brief: This reissue splits Series 5 in two halves, with the first five discs forming 'Teil 1' (Part 1) and the second four discs forming 'Teil 2'.

These DVDs contain original English and dubbed German audio and no subtitles. The prints of the Series 5 episodes are the restored versions.

 
MIT SCHIRM, CHARME UND MELONE: THE AVENGERS Edition 2, Teil 2 (Reissue)

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Released: 19th August 2011 Distributor: Kinowelt
Number of Discs: 4 RRP: 29.99
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: 4-disc Digistak in card outer sleeve

Episodes Series 5:

Who's Who???
Return of the Cybernauts
Death's Door
The 50,000 Breakfast
Dead Man's Treasure
You Have Just Been Murdered
The Positive-Negative Man

Murdersville
Mission... Highly Improbable

Episodes (Bonus) Series 4:

The Gravediggers
Castle De'ath
The Thirteenth Hole
Extras: as per Disc 6-9 extras on earlier Series 5 edition (21st August 2009).

Brief: This reissue splits Series 5 in two halves, with the first five discs forming 'Teil 1' (Part 1) and the second four discs forming 'Teil 2'.

These DVDs contain original English and dubbed German audio and no subtitles. The prints of the Series 5 episodes are the restored versions.

The unedited Series 4 episodes were included in this reissue as per the original Edition 2 DVD set. This inclusion was presumably so anyone who did not wish to upgrade their original Edition 1 DVD set could still obtain those three previously-edited episodes easily.

 
MIT SCHIRM, CHARME UND MELONE: WIE ALLES BEGANN Teil 1

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Released: 8th December 2011 Distributor: Studio Canal
Number of Discs: 9 RRP: 39.99
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: 9-disc Digistak in card outer sleeve

Episodes Series 1:

Hot Snow (Reconstructed)
Girl on the Trapeze
The Frighteners

Episodes Complete Series 2:

Mission to Montreal
Dead on Course
The Sell Out
Death Dispatch
Propellant 23
Mr Teddy Bear
The Decapod
Bullseye
The Removal Men
The Mauritius Penny
Death of a Great Dane
Death on the Rocks
Traitor in Zebra
The Big Thinker
Intercrime
Warlock
Immortal Clay
Box of Tricks
The Golden Eggs
School for Traitors
The White Dwarf
The Man in the Mirror
Conspiracy of Silence
A Chorus of Frogs
Six Hands Across a Table
Killer Whale
Extras: 14 Series 1 episodes reconstructed (in English with German subtitles).
Brief: These DVDs contain original English and dubbed German audio and no subtitles (except on some extra features).

 
MIT SCHIRM, CHARME UND MELONE: WIE ALLES BEGANN Teil 2

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Released: 8th December 2011 Distributor: Studio Canal
Number of Discs: 7 RRP: 39.99
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: 7-disc Digistak in card outer sleeve

Episodes Complete Series 3:

Concerto
Brief for Murder
The Nutshell
The Golden Fleece
Death a la Carte
Man with Two Shadows
Don't Look Behind You
The Grandeur That Was Rome
The Undertakers
Death of a Batman
Build a Better Mousetrap
November Five
Second Sight
The Secrets Broker
The Gilded Cage
The Medicine Man
The White Elephant
Dressed to Kill
The Wringer
The Little Wonders
Mandrake
The Trojan Horse
The Outside-In Man
The Charmers
Esprit de Corps
Lobster Quadrille
Extras: t.b.c.
Brief: These DVDs contain original English and dubbed German audio and no subtitles (except on some extra features).

 
MIT SCHIRM, CHARME UND MELONE: 50th ANNIVERSARY COMPLETE EDITION

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Released: 8th December 2011 Distributor: Studio Canal
Number of Discs: 53 RRP: 199.99
Region Code: 2 Media: Dual Layer DVD9
Packaging: 'Book style' packaging, in hard card box

 

Episodes:

Hot Snow (Reconstructed)
Girl on the Trapeze
The Frighteners
The Complete Series 2
The Complete Series 3
The Complete Series 4

The Complete Series 5
The Complete Series 6
The New Avengers:
The Complete Series 1
The Complete Series 2
Extras:

As individual Series releases plus

  • Reconstruction of 14 Series 1 Episodes
  • Video introductions by Julie Stevens for The Decapod, The Removal Men and Box of Tricks
  • Vintage Channel 4 filmed introductions to Don't Look Behind You, The Undertakers, Death of a Batman, November Five, Second Sight, The Gilded Cage, The Medicine Men, The Wringer, The Little Wonders, The Charmers and Esprit de Corps
  • Audio commentaries by Leonard White for Hot Snow and The Mauritius Penny, Roger Marshall for Death of a Great Dane and Mandrake, Martin Woodhouse for Mr Teddy Bear and Julie Stevens for A Chorus of Frogs, Brian Clemens for Brief for Murder, Don Leaver for Man With Two Shadows, Richard Bates on The Grandeur That Was Rome and Jonathan Alwyn for The Outside-In Man.
  • Gale Force Exclusive interview with Honor Blackman
  • New introductions to all Series 4 episodes by Oliver Kalkofe
  • Goodbye Emma, Hello Tara by Oliver Kalkofe
  • In the Footsteps of Tara King by Oliver Kalkofe
  • Artistes' test footage to find replacement for Emma Peel (silent)
  • Das Diadem Diana Rigg 8mm film
  • The Series of No Return Exclusive audio interview with Elizabeth Shepherd, conducted 29th January 2010
  • Diana Rigg at the ATV Television Awards
  • Reconstructed The Avengers Are Back John Stamp trailer
  • Variant opening title credits for The Gravediggers
  • Colourised test footage from Death At Bargain Prices and A Touch of Brimstone
  • Alternate end tag for the Series 4 episode Death at Bargain Prices
  • London Line, including behind-the-scenes on The Cybernauts
  • Archival Series 5 Trailer
  • 32-page LP-sized booklet containing biographies and full episode guide
  • PDF material (Press and Promotional Items)
Brief: These DVDs contain original English and dubbed German audio and no subtitles (except on some extra features). The prints are all restored (upgrading Series 4 from the restored UK masters), with the exception of The New Avengers, which is unrestored. Series 2 and 3 plus the surviving Series 1 episodes were dubbed into German language during 2011 and this release marks the first home video release of these episodes in Germany. The Series 1 reconstructions are presented with translations of the narration scripts as locked on-screen subtitles.

Compiled by Alan Hayes
with thanks to Denis Kirsanov and Cedric Mueller

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