Requires a mind..
D. Craven | Chicago, IL USA | 08/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First the technical bits: Yes, the DVD is in black and white and is taken from originals made with early technology. The picture is not as "pretty" as even the first year of the Peel Avengers. But sometimes substance outweighs flash, and in this case, the substance well outweights the lack of "flash". Now the real review. The "problems" of the early adventures of the Avengers are well illustrated by the adventures captured on this DVD. They require the audience pay attention and use their mind. This requirement was always present in the Avenger's series, but perhaps even more so in the early episodes. If you are unwilling or unable to pay attention to what is on the screen and unwilling to think, don't buy this DVD. But if you are willing to put in the effort, you will find these Episodes to be highly rewarding.These episodes are also, in many ways, more realistic. Cathy Gale's Martial Art moves are far less flashy than Emma Peel's, (or for that matter many action stars) but they are real and more accurately reflect how such moves are used. Respectfully, Cathy Gale would take Emma Peel apart in real combat. Further, the relationship between Gale and Steed is far "flintier" and the Steed is far colder and more calculating. Again, this provides an interesting contrast to the future Avengers (and a VERY interesting contrast to the Finness/? Pseudo-Avengers)To me, one of the great things about the Avenger's is the ability to surprise, so I will not talk about the "details" of each Episode, for that would spoil some of the fun. And yes, Honor Blackman was "only" James Bond's Girlfriend, while he married Dianna Rigg... but maybe that's because Bond didn't want to be upstaged..."
Build a Better Mousetrap and see for yourself
hille2000 | USA | 03/14/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"'The Outside-In Man' and 'Build a Better Mousetrap' are two of the best early episodes from this series. `The Avengers" was a popular 1960's British fantasy-adventure series that focused on the exploits of a male-female duo in the service of the British government. The series underwent several changes of its female lead but its one constant male lead was John Steed always portrayed by the debonair Patrick Macnee (Originally the John Steed had two male partners but that format eventually changed). Kathy Gale portrayed by Honor Blackman became Steed's first female partner. However, when Honor Blackman departed the series and Diana Rigg entered as Mrs. Emma Peel, the show became an international sensation. Rigg brought sophistication, wit, charm and beauty, which hid her lethal and highly visual judo and karate abilities. Macnee and Rigg complemented each other beautifully with their carefree witty and charming exchange of dialogue. The show distinguished itself with bizarre and futuristic villains and fantastic plots. Popular at the height of the James Bond craze, the show was able to distinguish itself with its simply over-the-top visual style. Laurie Johnson's catchy and sophisticated main title theme matched the visuals of the show and still conjures up an image of the series when listened to today. When Diana Rigg left the series, Linda Thorson entered as John Steed's new partner Tara King. The series soon went off the air in the United States. It was a shame because the episodes with Tara King were quite good. The King episodes seemed to be a little more down to earth and contained some very good writing and intricate plotting. In any event series definitely left its mark amongst the finest. These DVD copies are gorgeous."
An oldie but a goodie
A D Zurvas | Brisbane, Qld Australia | 10/09/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I read a the other reviews and pondered my own position for about 3 seconds. This is how much time it took me to decide to write my own review. The recent movie was a blast and technically fabulous.The colour episodes were brilliant but the black and white can only be described a "must see". I for one found it refreshing not to be knocked on the head with plot. If effects and whiz-bangery are your thing then don't bother here. These actors had to rely on talent.The bugs on the data-capture were a bother but hey this is a trip into the past! I found the style and substance made up for the short comings in the fliming!!!"