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Brilliant quality in every sense,
This review is from: Scotland Yard - The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)
I wasn't born when most of these were first released but I remember some of them from TV broadcasts in the 1960's or 70's. They always struck me a tightly written. well acted and well filmed for their era.
Roll forward to the 80's and 90's and these surfaced again on a satellite channel called Bravo. The broadcast quality wasn't great and the VHS recordings which were grabbed at the time (and which have been in circulation) weren't technically very good either. So the result was all a bit disappointing because one was constantly struck by issues of picture and sound quality.
This release is, therefore, a masterstroke and I hope that those responsible make a tidy profit for their endeavours. They have clearly gone back to the original masters and the picture quality is brilliant. Crisp and clear and I think enhanced by being in black and white - it just adds to the atmosphere. On occasions the sound quality may be a little less well re-produced but it is still perfectly acceptable and the sound doesn't distract at all.
The stories (apparently all based on true crimes) are skilfully presented in drama documentary style with an introduction and summing up by the incomparable Edgar Lustgarten, who also supplies a little additional narration and commentary as the story unfolds. There is also the chance to do a little "famous later" spotting as you come across someone on the way up.
If you've arrived at this page thinking about buying this box set then I can only say at just over £1 per episode (at the time of this review) you get 39 cracking stories which will provide hours of enjoyment so don't hesitate. These are just great.