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MIM Series Two, Region 2 Release - Technical Issues,
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!
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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...
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