August 10, 2013

THE AVENGERS RETURN TO DVD

The Avengers are returning to DVD! A&E has announced that they will re-release the complete Emma Peel Megaset on October 8th through their distributor, Lionsgate. In this era of digital products and mass accessibility, this premiere cult classic has surprisingly spent years out in the cold, commanding high prices on the second-hand market. The 16-disc collection will include all 51 episodes starring Diana Rigg packaged in a slim case. During Rigg's tenure on The Avengers, the show transitioned from video to film and hit its stride with a delicious cocktail of humor, youthful flair, action, and Swingin' fashion design. Under the watchful eye of writer/producer of Brian Clemens, The Avengers became a cutting-edge cultural phenomenon that set trends and defined the times. Rigg's Emma Peel sported early Mod designs and was even one of the first, if not the first, characters to introduce the Mini Skirt on national TV. The set highlights what many fans see as the pinnacle of 1960s spy entertainment. 


Although the box art is based on a remastered UK set, it is still unclear whether or not these US discs will be an upgrade and if they will include the new UK special features. Like most fans, I long for a complete Blu-ray release of the Cathy Gale, Emma Peel, Tara King, and New Avengers seasons, but for the low pre-order price of $36.99, this is a great opportunity to bring the Diana Rigg seasons back in circulation. Amazon page here. Lost Avengers episodes return as Audio Books here. Emma Peel fashion designer John Bates here. Spy Vibe's look at Avengers fashion here. The Avengers are currently featured in a comic book series by Boom! Studios


Still need to enter Spy Vibe's summer contest to win vintage prizes? The deadline has been extended to August 16th. Details hereGet ready to meet MIKI ZERO, a Japanese fashion model and spy from 1965! I've written a novel inspired by Spy Vibe. More info at my website here.

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