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The Avengers Series 5 (R2) in October

Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of The Avengers Series 5 on 25th October 2010. As the fifth series of the definitive spy-fi series The Avengers hit screens in 1966 in the UK and 1967 in the US, John Steed (Patrick Macnee) and Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) were called to duty for some challenging missions. This series was also the first to be filmed in colour, three whole years before ITV began full colour broadcasting.

Series 5 also tackles more futuristic storylines of an increasingly sci-fi bent. For example, key highlight episodes from this series include ‘Mission...Highly Improbable” as the duo deal with being shrunk to doll size, ‘The Hidden Tiger’ as pet cats are electrically altered into ferocious and lethal miniature tigers, ‘Return of the Cypernauts’ as Patrick and Mrs. Peel fight off killer automata, mind transferring machines in ‘Who’s Who???’ and invisible foes in ‘The See-Through Man’.

Priced at £59.99 RRP, this complete series 5 set features the first full restoration of all episodes* and the following extras:

  • Audio commentary by script writer / producer Brian Clemens on Murdersville
  • Audio commentary by guest star Peter Wyngarde on Epic
  • Audio commentary by script writer Richard Harris on The Winged Avenger
  • Audio commentary by Diana Rigg’s stunt double Cyd Child on Return of The Cybernauts
  • Archive German TV interview with Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg
  • Episode trims from The Fear Merchants, Escape In Time, From Venus With Love and The See-Through Man
  • The Avengers – A Retrospective (documentary)
  • ATV newsreel footage (Diana Rigg receives TV Award)
  • The Avengers – “They’re Back” archive trailer
  • Filmed episode intro by Brian Clemens to The Bird Who Knew Too Much, The Living Dead, Epic, The Correct Way To Kill, The Superlative Seven, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Station, The Joker and Murdersville
  • Granada + points for each episode
  • Episode Reconstructions for lost series 1 episodes One For The Mortuary, Death on The Slipway, Tunnel of Fear and Dragonsfield
  • 1960s German Titles
  • Insert reprint of series 5 promotional brochure
  • Stills gallery for featured episodes
  • PDF material

*While every effort has been made to secure the best source material, imperfections commensurate with the age of materials may be evident, despite full digital restoration

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