I've now watched all 51 Emma Peel Avengers episodes

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Steve Hoffman, Mar 5, 2003.

  1. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    And I'm pooped. Just like being a kid again and watching ABC-TV on my parents Zenith in 1966.

    Now I'm ready to watch them all again!

    My favorite episodes in order of British broadcast:

    MONOCHROME ERA:

    1 THE TOWN OF NO RETURN- Introduction of Emma Peel
    2 THE MASTER MINDS-Great episode
    3 DIAL A DEADLY NUMBER-Amazing camerawork, crisp black & white
    4 TOO MANY XMAS TREES-The complex relationship between Steed & Mrs. Peel are showcased
    5 THE CYBERNAUGHTS-First American broadcast on ABC, Summer '66.
    6 THE HOUR THAT NEVER WAS-Kevin Gray's favorite, a great one.
    7 THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT-All-time best episode. Emma rules.

    COLOR ERA:

    1 ESCAPE IN TIME-Nice color design
    2 THE WINGED AVENGER-Fan favorite
    3 THE HIDDEN TIGER
    4 THE JOKER-Best color episode



    :cool:
     
  2. Claviusb

    Claviusb A Serious Man

    Aren't picks 6 & 7 on the same set, Steve?
     
  3. MagicAlex

    MagicAlex Gort Emeritus

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    Did you ever find out who the generous Santa was who sent you the DVD boxset? Just curious...:thumbsup:
     
  4. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    No, I never did. It was a great gift though. Tremendously long lasting.

    Who ever you are, thanks much!
     
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  5. Gary

    Gary Nauga Gort! Staff

    After that massive dose of "Emma Peel' you're still happily married? :D Good for you! :thumbsup:

    (... just kidding, Steve!)

    :cool:
     
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  6. aashton

    aashton Here for the waters...

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    So have you taken to wearing a bowler hat yet Steve ;) :D

    All the best - Andrew
     
  7. stereoptic

    stereoptic Anaglyphic GORT Staff

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    Steve- did you watch these when they were originally aired, or are you a new convert?
     
  8. Todd Fredericks

    Todd Fredericks Senior Member

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    I love the episodes with the Cybernaughts (very cool). I remember in the 80's ABC used to run the series at 3AM weeknights (or weekmornings)...

    Todd
     
  9. -=Rudy=-

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    My favorite is the one with the Hellfire Club. Emma Peel in leather and a spiked collar....WOOOOOF!!!! :D

    I only have one of the sets. Will need to get more. Neeed.....more.....Emma.....
     
  10. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    I remember as a kid when the first Avengers episode came on. It was a summer replacement show for (I think) Ben Casey. The first episode was The Cybernauts. Since I had a TV in my room but it was a school night, I should have been sleeping, but I watched the show and loved it. I was hooked for a while, but I probably only saw a handful of the shows originally.

    When ABC put it on opposite Laugh-In, that killed it.

    On my homepage is a link to a really great Avengers website. Check it out.
     
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  11. stereoptic

    stereoptic Anaglyphic GORT Staff

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    Yeah, that's a great site! Although I did watch the show when it first aired, I didn't really appreciate the quality of the show and the scripts" until I was in high school when a local station (WOR) broadcast an episode every weekday. I'll eventually pick up some of these DVDs.

    Actually, I forgot about all of those great links on your home page. The Jerry Beck one is excellent. I check it often in the hopes that there be some news of a Warner Brothers Looney/Tunes DVD.
     
  12. Gardo

    Gardo Forum Resident

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    Emma Peel has M (male) appeal! (That was the source of her name, IIRC.) I love that Hellfire episode too, but really she can do no wrong by me.

    One of the high points of my young adult life was seeing Diana Rigg in a London production of Tom Stoppard's Night And Day back in January, 1979. I didn't know anything about the play other than that she was in it, and I was lucky enough to get tickets. Imagine my surprise and, er, delight when at one point she stepped to the back of the stage, faced away from the audience, and took off her clothes! What I would have given to be a stagehand that day.:D Yet even the view from the audience was mighty fine....
     
  13. The Cellar

    The Cellar New Member

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    Ah, the Emma Peel episodes . . . buying them all at the same time was the first obsessive thing I did during my first few months as a DVD collector. Then I watched them all during a three-day period. Everyone said I was crazy, but I already knew that.
     
  14. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    I had to spread mine out over a longer period. My wife is understanding, but not THAT understanding....
     
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  15. audiodrome

    audiodrome Forum Resident

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    Kind of in the same vein... How are "The Prisoner" DVDs?
     
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  16. stereoptic

    stereoptic Anaglyphic GORT Staff

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    Hey Audiodrome - check out this yet:

    Prisoner Website

    I am not sure, but I think that this is the web site that reported a problem with the sound on Set 2, and instructions on where and how to send it back to A+E for the corrected DVDs.

    Nonetheless, I bought set 2 (because it has "A, B and C," one of my favorites) - and sure enough, there was a problem with the sound on two episodes IIRC (there was a weird echo sound, like a plane flying continuously overhead). I sent the discs back (just the discs, as per instructions) and they sent back (about 5 weeks later) the entire package with the corrected sound.


    I haven't bought any others yet - I can't justify buying any new DVDs when I still have some un-watched ones sitting on my shelf - but I see now that there is a new 35th anniversary collection with the alternate version of "Arrival"
     
  17. Jefhart

    Jefhart Forum Resident

    The Prisoner DVD's are great, once you get the corrected version of volume 2, of course. One of my favorite shows of all time, along with the Avengers. I'm currently in the process of watching all the Emma Peel episodes yet again. After that will probably start re-watching The Prisoner. One of the greatest opening segments ever, great music, love that car.

    Jeff
     
  18. stereoptic

    stereoptic Anaglyphic GORT Staff

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    Jefhart wrote: ... great music, love that car. [/QUOTE]


    Lotus Super 7
    A few years ago I was driving down 495 in Massachusets, I looked in my rear view mirror, and I see one coming up behind me! As it passed, I noticed the registration plate was "NUMBER6" or "PRISONR". :cool:
     
  19. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    That sound was someone's attempt (in another country :) ) of making a surround sound version. The music/effects/dialog tracks are on separate channels. Every time there was "background noise" it was made into fake surround using an Orban or something. What ever purpose this was used for it WAS NOT used to make the DVD's, and when the sound was collapsed to MONO for the DVD, every time the background sounds came on, they were in out of phase mono, because fake surround doesn't collapse correctly to mono.

    A few of the Avengers shows are like this.

    Weird, eh?
     
  20. stereoptic

    stereoptic Anaglyphic GORT Staff

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    Which ones, Steve? Is it throughout the whole soundtrack? Did the manufacturer offer replacements ala The Prisoner Vol 2.?
     
  21. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    A few of the later color episodes. Two episodes, I think, or maybe just one. Kevin Gray couldn't figure out what was happening with it, but from using that crappy fake stereo machine (Orban) back in my radio daze, I recognized the sound. You can't combine back to mono something that has been "Orban-ed". Everyone knows that, or should, if they are working with DVD transfers!

    Don't know about the Prisoner.
     
  22. stereoptic

    stereoptic Anaglyphic GORT Staff

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    thanks!
     
  23. The Cellar

    The Cellar New Member

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    Now you've done it Steve! Your thread made me want to start watching the entire set over again! I started last night. :)

    And yes, I'm doing them at a more reasonable pace than before.

    BTW: Are you sure "A Touch of Brimstone" isn't one of your fave episodes as well? ;)
     
  24. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Funny. I'm become used to watching one hour of Avengers every late afternoon. Calms me down after doing work all day.

    "A Touch Of Brimstone"? Va va va voom!

    The episodes I gravitate towards are mainly the ones that have more Steed/Mrs. Peel interplay. Their relationship was quite unique for that time. It fascinates me. So British; understated, yet one glance spoke volumes for how they felt about each other.

    The single look that Emma gives Steed at the end of "The House That Jack Built". Full of gratitude, love, relief, etc. Unique for TV!

    Love it!
     
  25. stereoptic

    stereoptic Anaglyphic GORT Staff

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    I haven't seen the last episode (with Emma) in years. Please refresh me - did "Mr. Peel" look exactly like John Steed, or am I forcing my memory?
     

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