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THE AVENGERS: THE DEFINITIVE DVD COLLECTION 1

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Released: 22nd February 2010 Distributor: Eaglemoss Collections
Number of Discs: 1 RRP: 2.99
Region Code: Region 2 Media: DVD
Packaging: 1-disc Amaray case with A4 magazine, cellophane wrapped against a card backing sheet

Episodes Series 1:

Girl on the Trapeze The Frighteners
Extras: Hot Snow (Act 1)
Magazine Content: Episode guides to the two full episodes included on the DVD, plus features on 'The Birth of The Avengers', 'The Handsome Hellraiser' (concerning Ian Hendry) and 'The Elusive First Series'.
Brief: This partwork first issue was tester release offered on a regional basis to a limited number of stockists. As is common with partwork first issues, this one was priced low at 2.99, rather than the regular on-going RRP of 7.99, so as to entice customers. Subscribers were offered five 'free' gifts: the first issue of the subscription free, an Avengers Calendar, two photographic prints, a DVD storage case and an original soundtrack CD of Laurie Johnson Avengers music (the Edsel CD set generally available).

Five further tester issues were planned and an associated website was launched by Eaglemoss (see Webscape in Time 2010), but the second issue was never sent to retailers. The partwork was subsequently rethought and a further tester release was undertaken, this time beginning from the black and white Emma Peel episodes.

This DVD used unrestored prints, identical to those featured in Optimum Releasing's The Avengers The Complete Series 2 + Surviving Episodes from Series 1 (2009).

DVD covers of first three planned 1961/1962 releases
(Issues 2 & 3 never issued):

 

 

THE AVENGERS: THE DEFINITIVE DVD COLLECTION 1

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Released: March/April 2010 Distributor: Eaglemoss Collections
Number of Discs: 1 RRP: 2.99
Region Code: Region 2 Media: DVD
Packaging: 1-disc Amaray case with A4 magazine, cellophane wrapped against a card backing sheet

Episodes Series 4:

The Town of No Return The Gravediggers
Extras: None
Magazine Content: Episode guides to the two full episodes included on the DVD, plus features on 'The Birth of a New Era', 'A Truly English Gentleman' (concerning Patrick Macnee), 'Introducing Emma Peel' and actor biographies.

Brief: Once again, this partwork first issue was tester release offered on a regional basis to a limited number of stockists. In line with the previous tester issue, it was again priced at the promotional price of 2.99. The subscriber 'free' gifts remained identical to those publicised previously, even down to the calendar being 'Steed and Mrs Gale' flavoured.

This DVD used unrestored prints, not the digitally restored editions issued by Optimum Releasing in 2010.

 
THE AVENGERS: THE DEFINITIVE DVD COLLECTION 2

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Released: March/April 2010 Distributor: Eaglemoss Collections
Number of Discs: 1 RRP: 7.99
Region Code: Region 2 Media: DVD
Packaging: 1-disc Amaray case with A4 magazine, cellophane wrapped

Episodes Series 4:

The Cybernauts Death at Bargain Prices
Extras: Cardboard magazine binder (fold-out).
Magazine Content: Episode guides to the two full episodes included on the DVD, plus features on 'The Fight Against Evil', 'More Than Just A Pretty Face' (concerning Diana Rigg), 'Moving With the Times' and actor biographies.
Brief: Further issues were planned beyond this second issue, but once again Eaglemoss ended their test early (see letter, below). There has been no sign of a resumption of this partwork release in the intervening time.

DVD covers of first four planned 1965 releases
(Issues 3 & 4 never issued):

 

Compiled by Alan Hayes with thanks to Brad Byers

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