Customer Review

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MIM Series Two, Region 2 Release - Technical Issues, 4 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Malcolm in the Middle: The Complete Second Season [DVD] (DVD)
Joy-of-joys! I am delighted to report straight off that this Series Two, Region 2 transfer appears not to have the dire motion problems evident on the Series One, Region 2 release (see my review if interested in details).

I have also, to date, observed much better black-levels and plenty of decent Shadow detail. There is no sign of the awful crushing and blue/purple blacks evident on some episodes of the Series One, Region 2 release.

On the down side, the episodes watched so far are certainly far less crisp than those of Series One. This may be the result of over-enthusiastic noise filtering to reduce the significant grain apparent in series One. Some parts are really quite soft with poor definition. In my opinion, the 544 x 576i archives from DTV hold up better!

I did notice at the opening scenes of "Traffic Jam", a brief appearance of the TV-PG-L logo in the top-left. This does raise some suspicion as to the source material used for this transfer.

Also disappointing is the high level of mpeg artefacts and general loss of detail introduced by high compression on this Release.

The 16:9 aspect ratio is a pleasing improvement over the previously aired 4:3, however.

Overall, again somewhat disappointing technically, but thank goodness the dreaded jerky motion is banished in this transfer!

Can't wait for series Three onwards. Let's hope Fremantle strive to improve future transfers. I've not yet seen any further release dates, so I hope they're not getting cold feet!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 

Comments

Tracked by 1 customer

Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-1 of 1 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 4 Feb 2013 00:51:13 GMT
R. Proudfoot says:
Great reviews of both season 1 and 2 DVDs, thanks for all the info. I've noticed another reviewer mention they thought episodes have been edited (possibly due to music clearances?). Have you noticed this while watching the DVDs. I'm definitely interested in buying the series (despite some of the technical issues), but as I have all episodes on DVD recorded from TV it's may not worth it for edited versions...
‹ Previous 1 Next ›

Review Details

Item

4.3 out of 5 stars (27 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (18)
4 star:
 (3)
3 star:
 (3)
2 star:
 (1)
1 star:
 (2)
 
 
 
£29.99 £16.13
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Top Reviewer Ranking: 603,982