Quality


For a TV series of this age, what was it shot on, and how good do the DVDs look?

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I just received the DVD's from Ambrose Video, and at best, they're "OK". They make a big deal about them being Digitally Remastered, but they sure didn't expend any effort *restoring* them from whatever source material they used. They show some scratches, dirt, and other physical artifacts. Sometimes the color is a bit 'splotchy' in a digital way, almost like the bit rate is too low.
I'm playing them back on an Oppo Digital upconverting DVD player to a Panasonic 1080p 50" plasma, so maybe I'm expecting too much.
If they sold for half the price they get, I'd be doing handsprings, but at $150 for the set, plus tax and shipping, you have to want the set pretty badly!
Jim

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The quality for the new Connections 5 set of DVDs is much better than the previous DVD version, which did not have closed captioning and whose video was more washed out. That said, the BBC and Time-Life should go back to the original video and film (probably 16 MM for exterior shooting locations) and get those scrubbed digitally. I think the current DVDs were made using the DVD set issued earlier, using cut-rate digital processing to brighten and improve the way the video looks.

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I agree with you all. My biggest gripe is that the 2007 Ambrose Video release of the series came with absolutely NO extras - not even closed captioning. No booklet, no liner notes.



Any technology sufficiently advanced would be indistinguishable from Magic."

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The series was shot on 16mm, and like all 16mm that Ambrose video has remastered, the image is as clear as it's going to get due to the source material. It's standard 16mm, not super-16. So you are in fact seeing the best presentation possible.

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