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The Jewel In The Crown: The Complete Series [DVD]
The Jewel In The Crown: The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peggy Ashcroft
Price: £18.51

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vastly better picture quality than the U.S. version, 10 July 2011
I'm in the U.S. and for years the only DVD available of this masterpiece was one with truly terrible picture quality. It literally looked like a home-made dub from a bad VHS tape. About once a year I would check out video retail sites to see if a newer release was in the offing. No such luck on the home front, but I started seeing mentions of this 2009 UK release including favorable comparisons with the old one.

I ordered it, and the reviews are right. The picture quality may not be exactly HD, but it's vastly better than the old US release . . . about a good as one could reasonably expect from film shot for TV in the early 1980s. Also, this version has subtitles, which were lacking in the old version (my wife has a hearing problem) and there are modern comments tracks on some of the episodes.

If you're in the states or Canada, you'll have to have the ability to play a region 2 PAL disk, but then, if you're interested enough to be reading this, you probably have that ability or know someone who can work it out for you. Ordering in the states from Amazon UK is a non-event: your log-in and one-click settings work just the way they do on the US site.
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