This is an excellent compilation of some classic British TV shows from the ITC stock. They are all contained on a single Blu Ray disc in HD quality picture that makes them look the best they have ever appeared.
The original shows were produced from 1956-1978 but look stunning in HD.
There are seven selected episodes in total. Each one represents a classic show. The disc is great in its own right as a compilation of entertainment, but it also makes a good sampler of not only the great shows but the full series DVD and Blu Ray issues already released on Network.
Retro Action 3 is an excellent example of HD picture on classic British TV. Like Retro Action 1 and 2 the Blu Ray HD quality is fabulous and it gives a whole new lease of life to the selected shows.
There are four half hour black and white episodes and three colour episodes,
all of the programmes selected, including the black and white editions, are all fantastic.
The set begins with a black and white half hour episode of The Adventures of Robin Hood. This was one of the earliest ITC shows from 1956.
Then we get a half hour episode of Shirley's world from 1971 starring Shirley Mclean. This was not a big hit in the UK but this episode is one of the best and enjoyable episodes and it really looks incredible in HD.
Then we go to another half hour episode in black and white. The Invisible Man from 1959 looks the best its ever looked in sharp definition Black and white.
Then episode number four is an hour long episode from the first full British colour TV series, The Baron. Once again an excellent choice for a sampler episode from this great series. This looks stunning in HD and the colours are vibrant and strong.
Based on the quality of picture here I hope there will be Blu Ray editions of the complete series in the future.
Next episode is a wonderful hour long colour episode from the great series The Return of the Saint from 1978. This also looks fantastic in HD.
Then back to 1974 for a episode of The Zoo Gang in colour and finally a half hour episode from the black and white series Danger Man that was the original pilot episode that was set in Italy and was filmed partly in Portmerion where Patrick Mcgoohan would later create The Prisoner.
None of the series have previously appeared in HD blu ray and these selected episodes look better than ever.
The black and white episodes and the colour episodes all have great clear and sharp picture I would like to see more episodes on HD Blu Ray. There are no subtitles and the sound Is in mono.
There are some excellent episode choices here as well and the whole thing is a great product as an illustration of retro and classic TV in the best picture quality that often looks like it was made yesterday and not nearly sixty years ago
on 25 October 2012
For a 55-year-old TV show, both "Robin Hood" and "The Invisible Man" look very good on Blu-Ray... so does the rest of the program.
HD can be a bit of a bummer when it comes to primitive Special FX. You'll see the strings on the telephone handle as it goes flying off the hook in The Invisible Man and, because of a rather unfortunate camera angle, Peter Brady's invisible eyes can be seen behind his bandages for a second or two. This would never have been visible on a small, flickering, cathode ray tude in the mid 1950s but on a 56" HD screen it's a little obvious. Doesn't take anything away from the enjoyment of these fine old British programs of the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Robin Hood, Invisible Man, Dangerman and Shirley's World are all 25-minute shows while the rest run for around 50-minutes each. This is a fine selection vintage television... and I've never seen it look so good and sharp on a big screen.