The Avengers – Lost Episode ‘Tunnel of Fear’ [1961] – Studio Canal DVD Release Date Set For 15th January 2018?

The Avengers – Lost Episode ‘Tunnel of Fear'[1961]

Studio Canal DVD Release Date Set For 15th January 2018?

>>> Latest Update from Studio Canal – Thursday 19th October 2017 – Details added below

I’ve recently received an interesting message from a keen Ian Hendry/ The Avengers fan, who has been in touch with Studio Canal UK. He asked them when they anticipate a DVD release for ‘recently’ discovered lost Series 1 episode – ‘Tunnel of Fear’. Tunnel of Fear was discovered back in October 2016. You can read more about that discovery here:

The Avengers Series 1 ‘Tunnel of Fear’ – Rediscovered after 55 Years!

Picture: Original 16mm film of The Avengers, Tunnel of Fear [1961]

Studio Canal’s reply to him was:

“It’s now been put back to 2018…”

Further update from Studio Canal since this article was first published:

“The artwork for the DVD release of The Avengers Tunnel Of Fear is coming soon – as well as further info on the release”

This strongly suggests that a DVD has been in the works for some time and was possibly originally scheduled for a pre-Christmas 2017 release.

I’ve since found the following entry on Studio Canal’s Press website, which states:

“Home Ent. Release Date: 15 Jan 2018”

This webpage entry is located here:

Studio Canal Press- The Avengers Lost Ep. Tunnel Of Fear

Studio Canal Update – Thursday 19th October 2017: I’ve been in touch with Studio Canal today and now have contact with the team working on the release. They’ve advised me that the 15th January 2018 is currently a placeholder date and it may be delayed slightly – but the good news is that it is definitely going to be happen!

Their current thinking is that it will almost certainly be a standalone release and won’t include any of the other series 1 episodes. This would seem to make sense for the simple reason that Studio Canal will have calculated that they will generate more sales/ revenue that way. The alternative would be to try and make everyone repurchase the Series 1/ Series 2 box set again – which, let’s face it, is a much harder sell.In terms of extras, they are currently reviewing possible material, including the Leonard White Telesnaps [which were included previously in the Series 1/ 2 boxset] and the Soho photoshoot with Ingrid Hafner together with Ian Hendry and Patrick Macnee in those iconic Macs! All copyright issues will obviously need looking into by them as well.

They have also asked me to send them any other suggestions of material for their consideration. I’ll gather some ideas/ material together to send them. Please feel free to share any ideas with me that you may have as well. I can then forward them onto the team. Here’s to making this the very best release possible!

You can contact me via:

Contact – Ian Hendry Tribute Website

This is all the information that I have to date and any release may, of course, be delayed further. To date, only a select few have been able to see this episode, at the Kaleidoscope Missing Believed Wiped event in Birmingham in October 2016 and at the BFI London event in November 2016.

But the above news and Studio Canal entry is certainly encouraging and it looks as though the wait for the legions of fans of The Avengers may well soon be over.

For those wishing to see a sneak preview of the episode, BBC Newsnight were given permission to screen some exclusive footage as part of their feature on missing episodes:

If I hear any additional news, I’ll provide updates here on the website and on the:

Ian Hendry Appreciation Society Facebook Page 

and:

Ian Hendry Tribute – Twitter Page

Here’s hoping that 2018 brings us even more discoveries!

Until next time,

Neil Hendry
Editor, Official Tribute To Ian Hendry

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