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3.0 out of 5 stars High Quality Series, Poor Quality Product !!, 22 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Heartbeat - The Complete First Series [DVD] [1992] (DVD)
I was realy looking forward to this long awaited release BUT I have to say I am seriously disappointed. Not at the series though, just at the very poor quality of the picture and sound. This could not have possibly been took from the original master tapes but I suspect from the original VHS release masters released some years ago. Compared to the recent showing of the series on ITV 3 the picture quality is terribly sub-standard. The fact that they have used embarassingly naff "Beatles Tribute" sound bytes in place of the originals is frankly laughable. The series itself and the quality of the stories is this product's only saving grace (hence the 3 stars).
The only hope of EVER getting a 100% authentic high quality product of this series is that it may get a Blue Ray release in the future. Let's hope they use the real masters with the real sountrack for that.
Final verdict.... a big let down but better than nothing I suppose
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Initial post: 3 Dec 2010 12:57:26 GMT
Ross Gowland says:
>>The only hope of EVER getting a 100% authentic high quality product of this series is that it may get a Blue Ray release in the future. Let's hope they use the real masters with the real sountrack for that.<<

While the first series was shot on 16mm film, it was edited on standard definition tape. There is no HD version. Were the ITV3 transmissions really that much better? I've never seen them.

As for the original Beatles tracks, Apple refused permission for them to be included.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2010 13:16:53 GMT
The ITV3 transmissions are much superior (I have some of them from first series) with very little grain and limited digital blockiness. You would not believe how much cleaner they are to watch. I am not convinced these DVD's have been compiled from the original or best possible source...only the source provider and network will be able to answer that. It may just be down to low budget mastering/editing who knows?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2011 12:57:10 BDT
If you watch them on good dvd player with Hd lead on Led lead then it improves the picture no end
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