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BLURAY- Not Worth The Upgrade.,
This review is from: Andromeda - Season 1 [UK BD] [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Granted, I have only had the chance to see Disc 1 and part of Disc 2 in the Bluray edition, but I do not think it is really worth the upgrade to be honest-especially at the price being asked for.
It looks like it's upscaled DVD at best. There appears minimal difference in video quality with the DVD set.
The average running bitrate per episode is in the mid teens and at times can dip under 10. Standard DVD bitrate average is much lower around 4 or 5 Mbps. Those figures say the image therefore must be alot better, but to the naked eye it's only slight in my opinion.
On Disc one I found the image to judder at times when there was camera movement. Disc 2 seemed better and to date have not noticed the judder, but had problems with the first episode chaptering which cut out and repeated a previous segment. Whether this is an authoring problem or just my particular set, I can't tell.
The image is quite clear but very soft on the Blu-ray. Skin textures can look waxy and undefined at times. The SFX shows its age and looks quite flat & poor. Aliasing is especially rampant in the SFX shots.
There's not a huge difference in the audio to the DVD, although it is slightly better. There are no subtitles english or otherwise.
Those who have the U.S. Slipstream R1 standard definition DVDs are not missing out on anything by not having this set since those original Andromeda DVD sets were of a very good quality to begin with.(Not sure what the R2 sets were like) The transfer to Bluray is merely upscaled DVD and nothing like what has gone into the remastered TREK Blu-ray sets.
No particular extra effort seems to have gone into producing this set and even at a lower price, it's not greatly worth the purchase if you already own and are satisfied with the DVD set.
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Initial post: 8 Jan 2014 18:42:34 GMT
I never owned the DVD series so bought Season 1 on blu ray. I paid less than £20 for this season elsewhere. And to be honest I wouldn't pay any more given the nature of the special effects. Whilst the overall picture is clearer/sharper of the cast wandering around their ships, the special effects appear to have been left as they were! They really are bad. Minimal detail, soft focus, amateurish and jaggies all over the place (were they done on a Commodore Amiga?!). They do not hold up well for a 1080p release. This is why Star Trek's effects have all been re-created & re-mastered for the current blu ray releases. Do not pay high prices for a shoddy release!
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