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Terrible DVD authoring.
on 27 June 2015
Don't the studios use qualified people, who know what they are doing, to master their DVDs. This DVD is technically poor.
Each disc starts playing with the Universal Studios introduction, then fills the screen with the word "English". Why? There are no other options available and there are no instructions as to what to do, but unless you press 'Enter' on the DVD player controller to select 'English' nothing will happen. What exactly is the purpose of this process?
Before arriving at the DVD menu, a screen will be displayed pointing out that the views and opinions expressed in commentaries and interviews are not necessarily those of Universal Studios. There are no commentaries or interviews on any of the discs!
Finally the DVD menu is displayed, from which the options to play all six episodes on each disc, select individual episodes, subtitles or extras can be selected. Once an episode is playing, the sound volume level of the playback system can be adjusted to a suitable level. But beware. At the end of each episode if individually selected, or the last episode on the disc if all were selected, the DVD menu is displayed, and the sound volume level of the menu's 'background' music is many times louder than that used for the episodes. Is it really so difficult to apply suitable equalisation to the volume level across all sections of the disc?
I also found the many breaks during each episode, which I assume were for advertising in the original TV broadcasts, to be very abrupt on the DVD. The video would be playing, then suddenly, a black screen and silence. After a second or so, playback recommences just a suddenly, often with the same picture and sound as when cut. Very amateurish.
On the plus side, both sound and picture quality during the episodes are good.