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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality recordings for BBC DVD's, 20 Mar. 2010
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This review is from: The Life Collection: David Attenborough (24 Disc BBC Box Set) [DVD] [1990] (DVD)
There is no doubt that this is great value for money having bought the Life Collection as a Christmas present for our children, BUT the quality of recordings on the copy we received does not do justice to the subject matter. We are using a good quality DVD player with HDMI and the quality of this collection is really quite poor and grainy for DVD discs. For example we already have The Life Of Plants on VHS video and the recording quality is far superior to the DVD version that makes up the Life Collection. Even the DVD recording quality for a semi- recent series (Life in the Undergrowth for example) is poor and grainy.
The best summary would be that the quality suggests the DVD's are poor copies made from a tired and worn out poor master.
Still, a good reference collection to have but it has to be only 3 star rated due to the quality issue.
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Initial post: 16 Jun 2011 16:00:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jun 2011 16:01:51 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 25 Sep 2011 18:20:49 BDT
henry says:
At just over £2 per disc the price seemed too good to be true. It was.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Sep 2012 11:40:54 BDT
M. Lunnon says:
Is there reason to think that if you buy smaller collections at a time you get better quality?

Posted on 4 Sep 2012 16:50:51 BDT
Borja Marcos says:
Some of the series were shot many years ago. Especially, Life on Earth shows its age.

That said, even though the eye candy obviously can't reach the levels to which we are used now, come on, the scientific and educational value of all these programs is absolutely outstanding.

So, poor quality? Not at all. Lack of eye candy for the earliest documentaries, right. But still you will not find better documentaries on the same subjects. Prettier, but not better.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2012 17:01:36 BDT
M. Lunnon says:
So do we infer that the ONLY constraint on quality is the technology available when the films were made? there is no pricing policy that says, If you bundle so many titles for a low price you will not get what you wd have got if you bought them separately?
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