A&E has been doing a marvelous job at presenting some of the great television series of the ‘60s and ‘70s in their best possible shape on dvd. Having released all of the original “AVENGERS” episodes in various boxed sets over the past few years, A&E has just released “THE NEW AVENGERS” as a boxed set. Missing is Dianna Rigg, but in her place is the beautiful Joanna Lumley, as well as another male partner, Gareth Hunt(the show was obviously trying to reach a broader audience). As in the original series, Steed and his group battle various criminal masterminds bent on controlling Britain, and often the world. The budget was obviously increased over that of the original series, allowing for an impressive production design and big special effects. The fantasy/sci-fi/adventure overtones of the original series, is still intact, but the show failed to win its necessary audience over its compressed two seasons. Only 13 episodes were made!
Making the series even more fun is the appearance of Peter Cushing, in “THE EAGLE’S NEST” episode as a scientist, and the fact that several episodes are directed by the very talented Robert Fuest!
Whether dealing with a secret dust which puts its unsuspecting victims into terminal sleep, killer robots, or searching for a killer hiding within dark sewers, “THE NEW AVENGERS” is great entertainment.
A&E has presented a wonderful transfer for this release! Presented in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio, the image is sharp. Colors are rich and without oversaturation. Contrast is impressive, with deep blacks and grays. While there is a general softness to several of the episodes, the overall quality and detail compensate for this, and make it an attractive image.
A&E has presented a soundmix, purported to be “stereo.” But, we could only detect mono. While the fidelity is limited, there is no notable distortion, and dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
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