AvengerNews Archive: 2003
28 December. Come January, Harkit Records (the company responsible for the recent Diana Rigg CD of her song from Tom Stoppard's play Jumpers) will be releasing a seven-track CD (HRKCD 8037) of all the known recordings by Linda Thorson that were licensed from TKO by Harkit. The CD will also feature never-before-seen photos of Linda at the recording studio. Check the news page at their website for details.
27 December. Season two of The New Avengers will be released on 24 February 2004. As with the first season, Deep Discount DVD initially has exclusive distribution—you can pre-order from them now. (With thanks to Mark Poppleton of Jacksonville, Florida for the heads-up.) By the way, with the completion of this set, A&E has just 13 Cathy Gale and a couple of David Keel episodes left to go, and they will have fulfilled their promise to release everything. There is a vague rumor this might happen sometime in 2004, but that's all it is, a rumor. It might help grease the works if fans contact A&E and voice their support!
5 June. Better late than never... So Young Park of A&E posted the following at alt.tv.avengers:
Coincidentally, the first season of The New Avengers is ready for pre-order from The Avengers eStore. Street date is set for 29 July. Amazon is (surprisingly and thankfully) quite flattering in their description of the series:
23 May. A&E may yet make it to the finish line: a Forum regular who apparently has "connections" reports that A&E is sticking to its promise to release the entire series, including—and remember, this is only rumor—the two and one-third surviving David Keel episodes. The only catch is that we must be patient, as release is not scheduled until 2004.
15 May. Bad news for fans in Australia, where word has it that Universal has yanked their first not-even-released-yet DVD box set. In other equally depressing news, it seems Contender's licensing agreement with Canal+ is about to expire, which means the "Definitive Dossier" will probably never be completed, and stocks of existing products will probably not be replenished (so if you haven't bought them yet, buy them now!). So, to date the score is 0 for 4, as in no complete set in any single market—North America, United Kingdom, France or Australia.
4 May. The Master Minds: The Seventeenth Avengers Dead Man's Treasure Hunt is now accepting registrations, and you can read all about it on the new Treasure Hunt page.
26 April. The Avengers arrive on DVD in Italy. More details and a peek at the packaging on The Avengers in Italy page.
21 March. Reading Between Designs: Visual Imagery and the Generation of Meaning in The Avengers, The Prisoner, and Doctor Who by Piers Britton and Simon Barker, available in hardcover or paperback, can be purchased from the University of Texas Press online bookstore.
22 February. Good news for fans down under: The Avengers are being released on DVD in Australia. First up is a complete set of the color Emma Peel episodes.
15 February. The New Avengers are on their way to North America, starting with a box set of the first season.
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