Having enjoyed seeing Series 1 of this 1970s hospital drama come out on DVD, I was pleased when Simply Media announced they'd be bringing out Series 2 as well - but unfortunately when the discs arrived, it was immediately obvious there's been some kind of authoring/encoding error with them. Like most BBC shows of the time, the show was shot in video in a television studio, then when they go outside it's shot on film instead (cf, Monty Python's "This House is Surrounded by Film!" sketch).
As the technical boffins amoungst you may know, video in those days went at 50Hz, whilst they shot the film at 25 frames per second..... looks like someone (or some machine) at Simply has gotten confused, and the video bits have been "filmized" too (i.e. chucked every-other video field away, so they go at 25Hz like the film... the result is horrible jerky motion when anything moves quickly on the picture - almost like some dodgy Match-of-the-Day instant replay.
It's immediately obvious on episode 1... not as bad on eps. 2 and 3, but still noticeable..... I didn't wait any longer before posting this negative review.
This is particularly unfortunate, as Simply Media made the exact same mistake with their "Softly Softly" DVD some months ago, and had to issue replacement discs to everyone.... they don't seem to have learnt much from the experience.
Honestly, you have to wonder what sort of quality control they have there!
(Because of the different way computer monitors work, this kind of problem often isn't noticeable if you want on a laptop etc - but playing the DVD on a DVD player hooked up to a television, it's horrible).
Disappointing. I hope Simply will sort this out swiftly, I'd advise potential buyers to wait until they do.