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 Posted:   Jun 3, 2013 - 6:20 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

You think you know The Professionals? You may well believe that. Ever since it crashed on to our screens in December 1977 it has been almost ever-present in our televisual lives – either on air or via some home video format where it has sold in droves.

No matter when or how you saw it, Bodie and Doyle sit alongside Regan and Carter at the pinnacle of the gritty street drama of the time – drama which required a certain and unique film production approach to achieve and which, in turn, broke new ground for the shows that followed years and decades later. Ask director Martin Campbell. Oh, and, as part of our treatment of the show, we are.

So why have Network taken the reins of such an over-exposed series all these years later when, even as this is written, it is being shown on satellite? Quite simply, the pictures you are watching now and, in fact, those which you have always seen, are, in essence, revamps of the pictures first seen in 1978. It is one of the last filmed series that has never been through any kind of credible restoration process from its original film elements, so we are rising to that challenge and giving fans something truly different whilst introducing the series to a new generation.

We have already commissioned a host of new special features for these releases, including production notes, previously unseen material and a thorough history of the series with contributions from those who made it what it is.

The highlight of these new releases, though, is the restoration work currently underway. With unprecedented access to the original film materials the entire series is undergoing a transformation from the gritty (here in an entirely negative sense), smudgy and scratchy images that everyone has always seen on tv, video or disc into something in High Definition that looks like it was filmed last week; a Professionals fit for the 21st century. If you don’t believe what is achievable, take a look at this and the more detailed comparison frame grabs below:

http://networkonair.com/features/2013/06/02/the-professionals/

 
 Posted:   Jun 3, 2013 - 10:32 AM   
 By:   JimWare   (Member)

Great news! This series has always looked appalling; the test footage on the Network site is a major uplift in quality.

 
 Posted:   Jan 21, 2014 - 4:57 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Independent British distributors NetworkDVD have detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of The Professionals: MkI, one of the most successful action thriller series ever made. The release will be available for purchase in the United Kingdom on March 31.

The Professionals is regularly re-run on television and has been released numerous times on DVD but it has never been digitally restored in High Definition - until now! Featuring brand new transfers from the original film elements, The Professionals is presented here at a previously unseen level of quality - it really has never looked this good. The Professionals: MkI contains the first thirteen episodes from 1977/78, in their original production order.

Special Features:
Brand new, transfers and restorations from the original negatives
Brand-new, exclusive book written by archive television historian Andrew Pixley, fully detailing the history and production of the first thirteen episodes
All episodes feature original Assault Course titles (and Cowley narration on the first three episodes)
All episodes are presented in their original production order
Brand-new Dolby 5.1 mixes along with original as-broadcast mono and music-only tracks
Without Walls: 1996 Channel 4 documentary on The Professionals
HD image galleries including shots of Anthony Andrews as Bodie
Raw title sequence, original ad bumper and series two titles demo
Additional footage from Everest Was Also Conquered and Look After Annie
PDF material
Number of Discs 4
Sound 5.1 / Mono / English
Subtitles English
Region ABC
Time 650 mins + extras

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=13049

 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2014 - 1:48 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

Pretty tempted. I've got the DVDs and have watched them all. The clean-up looks impressive. Watched an episode yesterday evening on TV. Bodyguard Bodie sees his assassin counterpart. They recognise each other and both smile before shooting. Classic.

 
 Posted:   Jan 24, 2014 - 11:38 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

In addition to the standard BluRay and DVD releases announced today ‘The Professionals – Mk1' will also be available as a numbered limited edition deluxe box set. It will feature different artwork throughout all the physical assets including the outer box, Andrew Pixley’s exhaustive history of the first thirteen episodes and the disc on-bodies.

A highlight is a separate art gallery book which features 200 mostly unpublished stills from the the first filming block. Reproduced on high quality 200g gloss art paper these images are not available anywhere else including the stills gallery featured on the discs and they will not be licensed for use externally.

There will be just 2500 sets available worldwide and each set is numbered. This stunning piece of Professionals merchandise will be available exclusively from networkonair from June and further details including how to pre-order will be available soon. Register your interest and get the latest news on this release!

http://networkonair.com/features/2014/01/24/the-professionals-2/

 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2014 - 11:34 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Article about the restoration done for the blu ray release of The Professionals.

http://networkonair.com/features/2014/03/21/a-professional-restoration/

 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2014 - 9:45 PM   
 By:   RoryR   (Member)

The Professionals is a great western with Lee Marvin and Burt Lancaster. Never heard of this TV series.

 
 Posted:   Apr 4, 2014 - 5:50 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The Professionals is a great western with Lee Marvin and Burt Lancaster. Never heard of this TV series.

The Professionals is a British crime-action television drama series produced by Avengers Mk1 Productions and London Weekend Television that aired on the ITV network from 1977 to 1983. In all, 57 episodes were produced, filmed between 1977 and 1981. It starred Martin Shaw, Lewis Collins and Gordon Jackson as agents of the fictional "CI5" (Criminal Intelligence 5 like the real life MI5).

The Professionals was created by Brian Clemens, who had been one of the driving forces behind The Avengers. The show was to have been originally called The A-Squad before it was decided to call it The Professionals. Clemens and Albert Fennell were executive producers, with business partner Laurie Johnson providing the theme music. Sidney Hayers produced the first series in 1977, and Raymond Menmuir the remainder.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Professionals_(TV_series)

http://www.personal.u-net.com/~carnfort/Professionals/network.htm

 
 Posted:   Apr 4, 2014 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   RoryR   (Member)

Just knowing Gordan Jackson is in it makes me now want to see it.

 
 Posted:   Apr 4, 2014 - 6:34 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

SD/HD comparisons.



U.S. trailer.

 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2014 - 6:12 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

"Anarchy, acts of terror, crimes against the public. To combat it I've got special men - experts from the army, the police, from every service - these are The Professionals."

One of the most successful action thriller series ever made, The Professionals is regularly re-run on television and has been released numerous times on DVD but it has never been digitally restored in High Definition - until now! Featuring brand new transfers from the original film elements, The Professionals is presented here at a previously unseen level of quality - it really has never looked this good. This set contains all thirteen episodes that comprise the second series, produced in 1978 and 1979.

FEATURES ON THIS NEW EDITION:
[] Brand new, High Definition transfers and restorations from the original negatives
[] Brand-new, exclusive book written by archive television historian Andrew Pixley, fully detailing the history and production of series two
[] All episodes are presented in their original production order
[] Brand-new Dolby 5.1 mixes along with original as-broadcast mono and music-only tracks
[] Series Two Ad Bumper
[] Extensive HD image galleries
[] PDF material
[] English HOH subtitles
[] More TBC!!!

http://networkonair.com/shop/2034-professionals-the-mkii-5027626705541.html

 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2014 - 9:05 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

"Anarchy, acts of terror, crimes against the public. To combat it I've got special men - experts from the army, the police, from every service - these are The Professionals."

One of the most successful action thriller series ever made, The Professionals is regularly re-run on television and has been released numerous times on DVD but it has never been digitally restored in High Definition - until now! Featuring brand new transfers from the original film elements, The Professionals is presented here at a previously unseen level of quality - it really has never looked this good. This set contains all thirteen episodes that comprise the second series, produced in 1978 and 1979.

FEATURES ON THIS NEW EDITION:
[] Brand new, High Definition transfers and restorations from the original negatives
[] Brand-new, exclusive book written by archive television historian Andrew Pixley, fully detailing the history and production of series two
[] All episodes are presented in their original production order
[] Brand-new Dolby 5.1 mixes along with original as-broadcast mono and music-only tracks
[] Series Two Ad Bumper
[] Extensive HD image galleries
[] PDF material
[] English HOH subtitles
[] More TBC!!!

http://networkonair.com/shop/2034-professionals-the-mkii-5027626705541.html


Hopefully, Season 2 will also be region free.

 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2014 - 6:10 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

British distributors Network have revealed that they are planning to bring to Blu-ray The Professionals: MkIII. The four-disc set will feature all episodes that comprise the third series, which have been recently restored. The release will be available for purchase on March 30, 2015.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=15508

 
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