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This review is from: Cosmos [DVD] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I will not denigrate this television series as it is possibly one of the most seminal programmes ever to be produced. It was, and is, breath taking in its science and vision. No more to be said. For that it’s a 5 star rating.
No, this is about the quality of the transfer, sound and picture, to this European version, which is NOT the one so gloriously shown by Amazon. A quick search based on the EAN number soon finds this copy. An Amazon search lands you back here.
The picture: This is something of an extreme going from very vibrant, sharp and clear images to extremely pixelated, evidence of extreme compression? This is very evident in the first programme and at times is a distraction as it is extremely prominent, so those with Hi-Def players and screens are going to notice this! At other times the image is very soft, which granted this is a 25+ year old TV programme, showing signs of chromatic aberration. It is also not helped by image artefacts from the transfer equipment being present. So far the quality ranges from good to bad.
The sound: The sound quality is crisp and clear, the result of remixing? However at times, particularly when listened to as 5.1 mix, the music does have a tendency to dominate and drown the narration. Personally it should be there to support, not dominate.
So far this review is based on the first 5 episode, and as such I’ll review and update this.