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2.0 out of 5 stars BLURAY- Not Worth The Upgrade., 13 Sep 2013
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 probably an upscaled DVD at best. There appears minimal difference in video & audio 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 soft on the Blu-ray. Skin textures can look somewhat waxy and undefined at times. It may have had a DNR scrub. The SFX shows its age and looks quite flat & poor at times. Aliasing is especially rampant in the SFX shots.
There's no appreciable difference in the audio to the DVD. There are no subtitles english or otherwise.
Those who have the standard definition DVDs are not missing out on anything by not having this set.
Unlike the original Star Trek TNG DVD sets which were quite poor in video and sound and therefore its Bluray release was a marked improvement, the original Andromeda DVD sets were of a very good quality to begin with. The transfer to Bluray is merely just upscaled DVD and nothing like what has gone into the remastered TREK sets. My guess is these are just upscaled PAL masters.
It is definitely NOT worth the premium price they seem to be charging.
No particular extra effort seems to have gone into producing this set and even at a lower price, it's not worth the purchase if you already own the DVD set.
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Initial post: 8 Jan 2014 18:42:34 GMT
M. Hughes says:
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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