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Camberwick Green (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy - Re-scanned 2011 by the BBC)
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Windy Miller, Dr Mopp, Farmer Bell, Micky Murphy the Baker, Peter the Postman, Captain Flack from Pippin Fort invite us to the idyllic village of Camberwick Green. This is the first series of 13 episodes of the Trumptonshire Trilogy which included Trumpton and Chigley. Classic Children's entertainment for 2 - 8 yrs now re-scanned in HD by the BBC (2011) from original 16mm Master-Print copies. Includes Blu-ray, DVD and 500mb Digital Copy file (on disc) suitable for direct transfer to iPhone and other handheld mobile devices. Originally transmitted by the BBC from 1966, weekly, for 20 years. Subsequently on Channel 4 for 10 years. Currently on Nickelodeon Junior Classsics. First colour animation for Children made for UK television.
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There are some films and shows that are rated as being in the stratosphere of unlikeliness for release on the still relatively new high-definition Blu-ray format. 'Camberwick Green' must certainly rate as one of these shows - but here it is!
I'm not going to review the show itself - enough has been said about it and there are plenty of comments to read elsewhere. If you're like me - a 40-something child of the 70s who grew up with this show - you will be primarily interested in hearing about what the show looks and sounds like on Blu-ray.
Every episode has been lovingly cleaned and restored. The colour is bright and the soundtrack is at a suitably high volume with little or no hiss. It must be remembered, however, that the original films were sourced on 16mm. 16mm film of the 60s never looked the best, but this is the best 'Camberwick Green' has ever looked. There is a certain point-of-view that 'old' material like this does not benefit from the high-definition treatment and should therefore be avoided. It is not a philosophy I agree with and is one that generally takes its benchmark from the latest HD digital technology in cinema and on television. In my opinion, anything sourced on film will always look better on Blu-ray than on standard DVD, and deserves to be exploited.
A brief word on the packaging: This is a 'triple-play' release; a Blu-ray disc and a DVD which also contains a digital copy housed in an official Amaray Blu-ray face-on-face double disc case.Read more ›
Those expecting great clarity may be disappointed, and in certain episodes especially with Mr Caraway the Fishmonger, you can clearly see that the very old original film has seen better days, with the picture quality almost on par with the standard dvd losing a lot of its clarity and detail.
We must not forget that Camberwick Green was the very first television programme to be broadcast in Colour all those years ago, and the choice of film used was hardly ideal for quality and longevity.
Certain episodes particularly Peter the Postman and Jonathan Bell are particularly impressive, you can clearly see the bits of string used to manipulate the characters arms and heads suspended from the trees and sky.
Its a real surprise that anyone thought it would be a good idea to have a go at digitally enhancing very old 16mm film, but its a testimony to the almost cult status of the Trumptonshire trilogy that we can enjoy Camberwick Green like we have never seen it before.
The sound quality has certainly improved and this new HD transfer is certainly clearer than anything we have heard before, but certain episodes are really beyond 21C digital help with immense picture grain and quality almost on par with the standard dvd, but all is not doom and gloom with a few episodes pretty spectacular and worth the tenner asking price.Read more ›
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grandson seems to enjoy it, but I'm not too sure about its reproduction - very grainyPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The quality of the picture is excellent, as is the sound considering the age of the original material. It is good viewing for younger children. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Okay, Amazon has unhelpfully collated all reviews for all formats so I must make it clear that this is for the Camberwick Green (Triple Play Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy -... Read morePublished 13 months ago by John Wrong
I've always had faith in BBC Resources . They've done high quality restorations of various shows like UFO , Joe 90 and other ITC shows with breathtaking results. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Phelings
A significant improvement over the DVD and only a pity Trumpton hasn't been also released on blu-ray and hopefully it will be.Published 24 months ago by Weslake-Monza
To see this children's classic in hi def is great, my daughter loved it.
It will never age, everyone with young children should own a copy of this DVD
Was bought to replace older version of this classic show BUT it was slight disappoint with quality of grainy imagesPublished on 12 Oct. 2013 by Mr. R. Filimon
I bought this for my niece who lives with her parents abroad. I remember watching Camberwick Green as a child and loving the programme. She adores it.Published on 30 Sept. 2013 by Mrs G Smith