From: New York, New York
Registered: Jun 2003
posted July 02, 2018 04:30 PM
Hi all - I always thought there had only been three episodes of the original BBC Avengers series released by Derann (The Living Dead, Return of the Cybernauts, and The Positive - Negative Man.) Having collected all three, I thought I had them all... BUT I just received a Derann catalogue from 1979-80n and it lists a fourth episode available on super 8mm, From Venus With Love. Does anyone have any knowledge if this episode was actually released? Would love to track a print down if indeed it does exist. But from experience, I know Derann sometimes listed things in their catalogues that never saw the light of day. Thanks in advance for any additional info.
They actually had the rights to 2 more episodes than the 3 released, the trouble was finding good enough pre-print material. You'd have thought that with the series being less than 10 years old (then when first released!) it would be easy getting decent material to work from, but alas it proved nearly impossible, so the titles were abandonded.
posted July 03, 2018 02:20 AM
The 400ft cutdown I ave of "The Living Dead" is not very good in colour or contrast (on Agfa so not due to fade), indicating they couldn't get high quality pre-print material for the ones they did release.
This seems to have been a problem for other companies too I remember the review for Walton's extracts of "Monty Python & the Holy Grail" saying that for such a recent film it should have been higher quality as far as colour, grain and contrast.