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CHAPEAU MELON & BOTTES DE CUIR – THE NEW AVENGERS (BOXSET)

CB 993
349129 2

 

Released: January 1993 Distributor: Sony Music Vidéo
Number of Cassettes: 4 RRP: 500 francs

349118 2

349119 2

 

 349120 2
 349121 2

 

Episodes – Series 1:

The Eagle's Nest
Cat Amongst the Pigeons
Faces
House of Cards
Gnaws
The Last of the Cybernauts..??
The Midas Touch
Target!
Sleeper

Episodes – Series 2:

Angels of Death
K is for Kill – Part One:
The Tiger Awakes
K is for Kill – Part Two:
Tiger by the Tail
Brief: Episodes on these video cassettes featured French dubbed soundtracks.

 

CHAPEAU MELON & BOTTES DE CUIR – THE NEW AVENGERS – VOL. 1

349118 2

 

Released: January 1993 Distributor: Sony Music Vidéo
Number of Cassettes: 1 RRP: Unknown

Episodes – Series 1:

The Eagle's Nest
Cat Amongst the Pigeons
Faces
Brief: Separate release of cassette included in boxset. Episodes on this video cassette featured French dubbed soundtracks.

 

CHAPEAU MELON & BOTTES DE CUIR – THE NEW AVENGERS – VOL. 2

349119 2

 

Released: January 1993 Distributor: Sony Music Vidéo
Number of Cassettes: 1 RRP: Unknown

Episodes – Series 1:

House of Cards
Gnaws

Episodes – Series 2:

Angels of Death
Brief: Separate release of cassette included in boxset. Episodes on this video cassette featured French dubbed soundtracks.

 

CHAPEAU MELON & BOTTES DE CUIR – THE NEW AVENGERS – VOL. 3

349120 2

 

Released: January 1993 Distributor: Sony Music Vidéo
Number of Cassettes: 1 RRP: Unknown

Episodes – Series 1:

The Last of the Cybernauts..??

Episodes – Series 2:

K is for Kill – Part One: The Tiger Awakes
K is for Kill – Part Two: Tiger by the Tail
Brief: Separate release of cassette included in boxset. Episodes on this video cassette featured French dubbed soundtracks.

 

CHAPEAU MELON & BOTTES DE CUIR – THE NEW AVENGERS – VOL. 4

349121 2

 

Released: January 1993 Distributor: Sony Music Vidéo
Number of Cassettes: 1 RRP: Unknown

Episodes – Series 1:

The Midas Touch
Target!
Sleeper
Brief: Separate release of cassette included in boxset. Episodes on this video cassette featured French dubbed soundtracks.

 

CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR 1 (BOXSET)

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: 26th October 1993 Distributor: EMI France
Number of Cassettes: 3 RRP: Unknown

 

Episodes – Series 4:

The Cybernauts
The House That Jack Built
Man-Eater of Surrey Green

Episodes – Series 5:

Return of the Cybernauts
Never, Never Say Die
The Positive-Negative Man

Episodes – Series 6:

The Forget-Me-Knot
The Interrogators
Fog
Brief: This VHS boxset release comprised three video cassettes. Each tape contained three episodes, the first from the '2eme Époque' (actually Series 4), the second from the '3eme Époque' (Series 5) and the third from the '4eme Époque' (Series 6). The prints were French dubbed and did not contain the original English soundtracks. This series of releases from EMI were reputed to be of a poor technical quality.

 

CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR 2 (BOXSET)

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: 26th October 1993 Distributor: EMI France
Number of Cassettes: 3 RRP: Unknown

 

Episodes – Series 4:

A Touch of Brimstone
Too Many Christmas Trees
Death at Bargain Prices

Episodes – Series 5:

From Venus with Love
Escape in Time
Mission... Highly Improbable

Episodes – Series 6:

Game
Look – (Stop Me If You've Heard This One) But There Were These Two Fellers...
You'll Catch Your Death
Brief: Once again, the prints were French dubbed and did not contain the original English soundtracks.

 

CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR 3 (BOXSET)

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: 26th October 1993 Distributor: EMI France
Number of Cassettes: 3 RRP: Unknown

 

Episodes – Series 4:

The Town of No Return
The Danger Makers
The Girl from Auntie

Episodes – Series 5:

Something Nasty in the Nursery
Death's Door
You Have Just Been Murdered

Episodes – Series 6:

Legacy of Death
Have Guns – Will Haggle
Super Secret Cypher Snatch
Brief: Once again, the prints were French dubbed and did not contain the original English soundtracks.

 

CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR – 3EME ÉPOQUE

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: 26th October 1993 Distributor: EMI France
Number of Cassettes: 1 RRP: Unknown

Episodes – Series 5:

The Superlative Seven
The £50,000 Breakfast
The Bird That Knew Too Much
 
Brief: This title was one of three releases that were issued singly alongside the first three boxsets on 26th October 1993. It was later included in Boxset 6 in April 1994. Once again, the prints were French dubbed and did not contain the original English soundtracks.

 

CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR – 3EME ÉPOQUE

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: 26th October 1993 Distributor: EMI France
Number of Cassettes: 1 RRP: Unknown

Episodes – Series 5:

Epic
The Joker
Murdersville
 
Brief: This title was one of three releases that were issued singly alongside the first three boxsets on 26th October 1993. Once again, the prints were French dubbed and did not contain the original English soundtracks.

 

CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR – 4EME ÉPOQUE

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: 26th October 1993 Distributor: EMI France
Number of Cassettes: 1 RRP: Unknown

Episodes – Series 6:

Noon Doomsday
They Keep Killing Steed
Take-Over
 
Brief: This title was one of three releases that were issued singly alongside the first three boxsets on 26th October 1993. Once again, the prints were French dubbed and did not contain the original English soundtracks.

 

CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR: L'INDISPENSABLE! (BOXSET)

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: 26th October 1993 Distributor: EMI France / fnac
Number of Cassettes: 4 RRP: Unknown

 

 

Episodes – Series 2:

Mr Teddy Bear (*)

Episodes – Series 3:

Don't Look Behind You (*) The Little Wonders (*)

Episodes – Series 4:

Castle De'ath (*)
A Surfeit of H2O (*)
Two's A Crowd (*)

Episodes – Series 5:

The Fear Merchants
The See-Through Man
The Hidden Tiger

Episodes – Series 6:

Split!
Killer
Requiem
Brief: One thing the French have always done with style are their novelty Avengers home video releases – and this is no exception! This was an fnac exclusive release, containing 4 VHS video cassettes with a booklet in a novelty package topped off with a bowler hat. The cassettes did not come with individual boxes or sleeves. The episodes on Cassettes 1 and 2 (*) were in English with French on-screen subtitles, while the prints on the other two tapes were French dubbed and did not contain the original English soundtracks. This was the first French release to contain English language tracks, albeit only on six of the twelve episodes included.

 

CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR 4 (BOXSET)

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: April 1994 Distributor: EMI France
Number of Cassettes: 3 RRP: Unknown

 

Episodes – Series 4:

The Gravediggers
How to Succeed at... Murder
The Master Minds

Episodes – Series 5:

The Winged Avenger
The Correct Way to Kill
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station

Episodes – Series 6:

Get-A-Way!
The Morning After
Who Was That Man I Saw You With?
Brief: Once again, the prints were French dubbed and did not contain the original English soundtracks.

 
CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR 5 (BOXSET)

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: April 1994 Distributor: EMI France
Number of Cassettes: 3 RRP: Unknown
 

Episodes – Series 4:

A Sense of History
Room Without A View
Castle De'ath

Episodes – Series 5:

The Living Dead
Who's Who???
Dead Man's Treasure

Episodes – Series 6:

The Rotters
Stay Tuned
The Curious Case of the Countless Clues
Brief: Once again, the prints were French dubbed and did not contain the original English soundtracks.

 
CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR 6 (BOXSET)

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: April 1994 Distributor: EMI France
Number of Cassettes: 3 RRP: Unknown
 

Episodes – Series 4:

The Murder Market
The Hour That Never Was
Honey for the Prince

Episodes – Series 5:

The Superlative Seven
The £50,000 Breakfast
The Bird Who Knew Too Much

Episodes – Series 6:

Thingumajig
Take Me to Your Leader
Wish You Were Here
Brief: The video cassette containing The Superlative Seven, The $50,000 Breakfast and The Bird Who Knew Too Much had previously been released separately on 26th October 1993. We assume it retained the same cover design. Once again, the prints were French dubbed and did not contain the original English soundtracks.

  
CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR – 4EME ÉPOQUE

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: April 1994 Distributor: EMI France
Number of Cassettes: 1 RRP: Unknown

Episodes – Series 6:

All Done with Mirrors
Pandora
Invasion of the Earthmen
 
Brief: This title was one of two releases that were issued singly alongside the second three boxsets in April 1994. Once again, the prints were French dubbed and did not contain the original English soundtracks.

 
CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR – 4EME ÉPOQUE

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: April 1994 Distributor: EMI France
Number of Cassettes: 1 RRP: Unknown

Episodes – Series 6:

Whoever Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40?
False Witness
Love All
Brief: This title was one of two releases that were issued singly alongside the second three boxsets in April 1994. Once again, the prints were French dubbed and did not contain the original English soundtracks.

 
CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR – LE COFFRET COLLECTOR (BOXSET)

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: Spring 1994 Distributor: EMI France / fnac
Number of Cassettes: 4 RRP: 398 francs

 

Episodes – Series 2:

The Mauritius Penny (*) Warlock (*)

Episodes – Series 3:

The Undertakers (*)  

Episodes – Series 4:

Dial A Deadly Number
Silent Dust
Small Game for Big Hunters

Episodes – Series 5:

The Winged Avenger (*)
The Joker (*)
Return of the Cybernauts (*)

Episodes – Series 6:

Homicide and Old Lace
My Wildest Dream
Bizarre
Brief: This was an fnac exclusive, limited edition release, containing 4 VHS video cassettes. The cassettes did not come with individual boxes or sleeves. The episodes on Cassettes 1 and 3 (*) were in English with French on-screen subtitles, while the prints on the other two tapes were French dubbed and did not contain the original English soundtracks. These asterisked episodes were mastered from cut prints, with the exception of Return of the Cybernauts which is complete.

 
CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR 8 – LES INÉDITS DE LA SÉRIE – VOL. 1 (BOXSET)

479940 3

 

Released: 27th October 1994 Distributor: EMI France
Number of Cassettes: 3 RRP: Unknown

 

Episodes – Series 2:

Death on the Rocks
The Big Thinker
Intercrime
The Golden Eggs
The White Dwarf
Conspiracy of Silence

Episodes – Series 3:

Brief for Murder
The Gilded Cage
Dressed to Kill
 
Brief: The episodes were all presented in the original English language with on-screen French subtitles. This should have been numbered box 7, but for some unknown reason, a box 7 was never issued, with the collection moving straight on to box 8!

 

 
CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR 9 (BOXSET)

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: 10th February 1995 Distributor: EMI France
Number of Cassettes: 3 RRP: 335 francs

 

Episodes – Series 4:

Castle De'ath
A Surfeit of H2O
Two's A Crowd
Dial A Deadly Number
Silent Dust
Small Game for Big Hunters
The Thirteenth Hole
Quick-Quick Slow Death
What the Butler Saw
 
Brief: The episodes were all presented in French dubbed editions. The cassette containing Castle De'ath, A Surfeit of H2O and Two's A Crowd had previously been issued in the fnac exclusive box set Chapeau Melon et Bottes de Cuir – L'Indispensable on 26th October 1993, while the one containing Dial A Deadly Number, Silent Dust and Small Game for Big Hunters had previously been available as part of fnac's limited edition Chapeau Melon et Bottes de Cuir – Le Coffret Collector, released in spring 1994.

 
CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR 10 – LES INÉDITS DE LA SÉRIE – VOL. 2 (BOXSET)

491405 3

 

Released: 3rd November 1995 Distributor: EMI France
Number of Cassettes: 3 RRP: 280 francs

 

Episodes – Series 2:

Propellant 23
The Sell-Out
Mission to Montreal
Immortal Clay
Man in the Mirror
Killer Whale

Episodes – Series 3:

Man With Two Shadows
Death of a Batman
The Grandeur That Was Rome
 
Brief: The episodes were all presented in the original English language with on-screen French subtitles. The set was issued in a limited edition of 1,200 units.

 
CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR 11 – LES INÉDITS DE LA SÉRIE – VOL. 3 (BOXSET)

491409 3

 

Released: 3rd November 1995 Distributor: EMI France
Number of Cassettes: 3 RRP: 280 francs

 

Episodes – Series 2:

Death Dispatch
Box of Tricks
School for Traitors
Bullseye
Death of a Great Dane
Traitor in Zebra

Episodes – Series 3:

November Five
Second Sight
The White Elephant
 
Brief: The episodes were all presented in the original English language with on-screen French subtitles. The set was issued in a limited edition of 1,200 units.

 

CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR: THE AVENGERS – ANNÉE 67 – COFFRET 1

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: 20th September 2000 Distributor: Studio Canal
Number of Cassettes: 3 RRP: Unknown

 

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
Brief: This first VHS boxset release in France from Studio Canal comprised three video cassettes. Each tape contained two episodes.

 
CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR: THE AVENGERS – ANNÉE 67 – COFFRET 2

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: 20th September 2000 Distributor: Studio Canal
Number of Cassettes: 3 RRP: Unknown

 

Episodes – Series 5:

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

 
CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR: THE AVENGERS – ANNÉE 67 – COFFRET 3

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: 20th September 2000 Distributor: Studio Canal
Number of Cassettes: 3 RRP: Unknown

 

Episodes – Series 5:

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

 
CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR: THE AVENGERS – ANNÉE 67 – COFFRET 4

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: 20th September 2000 Distributor: Studio Canal
Number of Cassettes: 3 RRP: Unknown

 

Episodes – Series 5:

The £50,000 Breakfast
Dead Man's Treasure
You Have Just Been Murdered
The Positive-Negative Man
Murdersville
Mission... Highly Improbable

Episodes – Series 6:

The Forget-Me-Knot

Brief: This last volume contained a third episode on the final video cassette, to allow for the inclusion of the Series 6 opener, The Forget-Me-Knot. This release marked the first time that Series 5 had been issued as a complete set in Europe (albeit in four sets) and also set the trend for the next decade during which all releases of this season would erroneously (though understandably) include this Series 6 episode. The Avengers Declassified was instrumental in ensuring that the episode was finally placed correctly, on the Series 6 set, when The Avengers was remastered and reissued on DVD by Optimum/Studio Canal in 2010.

 
CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR: THE AVENGERS – ANNÉE 65 – COFFRET 1

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: 28th November 2000 Distributor: Studio Canal
Number of Cassettes: 3 RRP: Unknown

 

Episodes – Series 4:

The Town of No Return
The Gravediggers
The Cybernauts
Death at Bargain Prices
Castle De'ath
The Master Minds

 
CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR: THE AVENGERS – ANNÉE 65 – COFFRET 2

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: 28th November 2000 Distributor: Studio Canal
Number of Cassettes: 3 RRP: Unknown

 

Episodes – Series 4:

The Murder Market
A Surfeit of H2O
The Hour That Never Was
Dial A Deadly Number
Man-Eater of Surrey Green
Too Many Christmas Trees

 

CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR: THE AVENGERS – ANNÉE 66 – COFFRET 1

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: 24th January 2001 Distributor: Studio Canal
Number of Cassettes: 3 RRP: Unknown

 

Episodes – Series 4:

Silent Dust
Room Without A View
Small Game for Big Hunters
The Girl from Auntie
The Thirteenth Hole
Quick-Quick Slow Death

 
CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR: THE AVENGERS – ANNÉE 66 – COFFRET 2

69050789 2

 

Released: 24th January 2001 Distributor: Studio Canal
Number of Cassettes: 3 RRP: Unknown

 

Episodes – Series 4:

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

 
CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR: THE AVENGERS – ANNÉE 68 – VOLS. 1-3

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: 19th April 2001 Distributor: Studio Canal
Number of Cassettes: 3 RRP: Unknown

 

Episodes – Series 6:

Invasion of the Earthmen
The Curious Case of the Countless Clues
Split!
Get-A-Way!
Have Guns – Will Haggle
Look – (Stop Me If You've Heard This One) But There Were These Two Fellers...

 
CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR: THE AVENGERS – ANNÉE 68 – VOLS. 4-6

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: 19th April 2001 Distributor: Studio Canal
Number of Cassettes: 3 RRP: Unknown

 

Episodes – Series 6:

My Wildest Dream
Whoever Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40?
You'll Catch Your Death
All Done With Mirrors
Super Secret Cypher Snatch
Game
False Witness

 
CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR: THE AVENGERS – ANNÉE 65-66 COLLECTION

Cat No Unknown

 

Released: 2nd October 2001 Distributor: Studio Canal
Number of Cassettes: 12 RRP: Unknown

 

 

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
The Girl from Auntie

The Thirteenth Hole
Quick-Quick Slow Death
The Danger Makers
The House That Jack Built

Room Without A View
Small Game for Big Hunters
A Touch of Brimstone

What the Butler Saw
A Sense of History
How to Succeed... at Murder
Honey for the Prince

 
CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR: THE AVENGERS – ANNÉE 67 COLLECTION

Cat No Unknown

 

Released: 2nd October 2001 Distributor: Studio Canal
Number of Cassettes: 12 RRP: Unknown

 

 

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 – Series 6:

The Forget-Me-Knot

 
CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR: THE AVENGERS – ANNÉE 69 – VOLS. 7-9

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: 17th October 2001 Distributor: Studio Canal
Number of Cassettes: 3 RRP: Unknown

 

Episodes – Series 6:

Noon Doomsday
Legacy of Death
They Keep Killing Steed
Wish You Were Here
Killer
The Rotters

 
CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR: THE AVENGERS – ANNÉE 69 – VOLS. 10-12

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: 17th October 2001 Distributor: Studio Canal
Number of Cassettes: 3 RRP: Unknown

 

Episodes – Series 6:

The Interrogators
The Morning After
Love All
Take Me to Your Leader
Stay Tuned
Fog

 
CHAPEAU MELON ET BOTTES DE CUIR: THE AVENGERS – ANNÉE 69 – VOLS. 13-15

Cat. No. Unknown

 

Released: 17th October 2001 Distributor: Studio Canal
Number of Cassettes: 3 RRP: Unknown

 

Episodes – Series 6:

Who Was That Man I Saw You With?
Pandora
Thingumajig
Homicide and Old Lace
Requiem
Take-Over
Bizarre

Compiled by Alan Hayes
with thanks to Denis Kirsanov and Joris Royer

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