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My wife and I have enjoyed these DVDs for their general quality of story-telling and acting, despite the 4:3 format limitations, but the technical quality of some of them is atrocious - the older the copyright date quoted, the worse the transfer from whatever original ITV broadcast format to DVD. This is most marked in the set of 4 "Mallen Streak" stories copyrighted 1979/80 by Granada. No matter how I try to use today's technology to improve them, these are very grainy and dark. If anyone is concerned about such matters, beware!! Otherwise, just enjoy the stories.
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Initial post: 2 Aug 2010 22:52:32 BDT
I don't think the picture quality's as atrocious as you're claiming it to be. I will agree that you'd think it was a VHS tape playing had no-one told you it was from a DVD. The picture quality from the Mallen set is certainly very watchable/good quality though.
Posted on 30 Jul 2011 03:03:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Jul 2011 03:03:50 BDT
Ite, missa est says:
Commenting on the "atrocious" remark. Having now watched "The Mallen Streak" as about the 14th title viewed from the collection, whilst I understand the above posters criticisms and disappointment, I think "atrocious" is a tad exaggerated. Perhaps tinged by unrealistic expectation ....given the material's 1979 production date and probable original transfer stock? Whilst the "Mallen" productions (4:3) are demonstrably dated, their scripts stilted, sets and and production values lacking in comparison with the later titles, take note that the indoor scenes are much crisper and cleaner than the externals as was typical of videoed productions of that era. By way of comparison have a look at the DVD Collections of series such as eg: "Poldark" and "All Creatures Great and Small" also emanating from the 70's, or even "The Darling Buds of May", "Cracker" and earliest "Prime Suspect" series dating from the early 90s. The IQ is similar. Of note, graininess of external scenes aside, I didn't perceive any issue with saturation, contrast or gamma or brightness in "The Mallen Streak" viewed on a 50" HD Panasonic Viera plasma. Auto screen panel settings can often present this kind of problem, especially where "Dynamic" is pre-selected. All in all, the collection in toto is worthwhile with even the slower developing and least visually appealing Mallen series of titles still very watchable.
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