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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing blu ray transfer, 10 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Friends - The Complete Season 1-10 [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Firstly my mark is based on the blu ray quality and not the show content as that is unquestionable
The blu ray PQ is nothing better than ok, I found it soft and graining in places and certainly has not been restored to the level of some old shows, the colours appear unnatural and too bright as well. I would say with a good up scaling DVD player your find the difference in quality is only a slight improvement on the DVD's although the first 2 seasons look a lot better on blu ray then DVD. If you have seen any of the episodes on the comedy channel on sky then that's about the quality you will get on the blu ray, no improvement over the TV quality at all which is disappointing.
I also have issues with the sound which is very low, menus is fine but episodes your find your be turning your sound up by around 50% over other blu rays, very disappointing with the sound.
So is it worth 90 quid?, I personally don't think so, may be worth waiting until it reduced to the 50 quid mark. If your expecting fantastic blu ray quality you will be very disappointed but if you don't own the set on blu ray and are not worried about demo picture quality hi-def then you won't be disappointed.
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Initial post: 19 Nov 2012 10:07:45 GMT
Detlef K. says:
Good review. I have to agree. For a "Complete new transfer from the negatives" it realy looks quite "bad". Its an improvment, but surley not a big one!

Posted on 20 Nov 2012 19:11:29 GMT
Magneto says:
It may not be "demo" material, but relatively speaking - I think this boxset trounces the the last dvd boxset (the White one, which I also have) in terms of PQ. I've only watched a handful of episodes so far on this new Blu-ray set, but I'm happy with it. After watching Friends countless times over the years, watching it now in HD and 16:9 widescreen gives the series a new lease of life.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2012 19:21:16 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Nov 2012 19:21:41 GMT
I agree its better then the DVD especially the earlier seasons but I think they could have cleaned it up better, its very grainy, but guess it would have taken them too long to do this for 200+ episodes. Maybe having so may episodes on each disc dont help, not sure if there any compression problems.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2012 22:27:29 GMT
Magneto says:
Yes it probably would have been better if Warner used 3 discs per season instead of 2, like Fox do with Modern Family.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2012 23:32:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Nov 2012 23:32:57 GMT
I agree, was very surprised when I found out 12 episodes per disc. Shame really as everything poiints at just a money making exercise with no real love and attention paid to the transfer.
It just looks like they have enhanced the colour, brightened it all up and just shoved it onto a blu ray.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Dec 2012 19:06:24 GMT
It just looks like they've enhanced the colour and brightened it all up? You need a trip to the local optician and/or psychiatrist.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2013 03:40:24 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jan 2013 03:40:59 GMT
No optician necessary, its clear to anyone what they have done, and that is to enhance the colour make it more bright and dumped it on blu ray.
Its clearly a money making excercise, there has been no TLC put into this transfer at all.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2013 13:54:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jan 2013 13:56:39 GMT
It's an accepted FACT as far as I'm aware that they've rescanned the film negatives, re-cut the footage to match the original cuts and re-framed it in 16:9, i.e., it's not just had its top and bottom cropped - the field of view has been genuinely widened.

It's only your utter ignorance that leads you to believe that they've just 'enhanced the colour and brightened it up'. You could have enhanced the colour of the DVDs and brightened them up yourself using the settings on your TV. However, doing this would not at all improve the video and audio fidelity, which is what this Blu-Ray release most certainly does.

Of course, if you personally see no difference and aren't bothered about getting an eye test, that's no problem as far as I'm concerned. But don't slag off this decent Blu-Ray release due to your own personal shortcomings. That just makes you look foolish.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2013 14:19:47 GMT
Magneto says:
I have to agree with Richard "Richie" Richard's comments regarding the Blu-ray PQ. There is a big increase in detail compared to the dvd versions. When I first watched an episode on Blu-ray I was taken aback by all the little things in Monica's apartment that she has on the shelves. Also textures on clothes benefit hugely in HD. I agree about the framing thing as well. I've now watched about 15 episodes (on Blu) and not once has an episode looked mis-framed as a result of going from 4:3 to 16:9. All I can say to Neil of London is this; put on an episode from the dvd and watch a few mins. Then put on the same episode from the Blu-ray...there is a world of difference. The dvds now look like VHS copies!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2013 15:47:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jan 2013 15:50:26 GMT
In reply to richards post....
Go get an eye test is the usual reply from an uneducated person, you sir are nothing more then a troll.
Of course feel free to think how wonderful the conversion is whilst those in the real world can see its a lame, money making shocking transfer, one of the worse and most lazy conversions I have seen, and I own so many blu rays I could not possible count them. No doubting in a years time a proper transfer will be done (not just adjusting the brightness and colours like this transfer) and including the extended versions and they will release it to rake even more money in
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