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GREAT RELEASE, BUT BEWARE: THIS IS NTSC,
This review is from: Monster Squad: The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)I buy many titles from Amazon UK, but except for Blu-rays and native British productions, which are originally shot in PAL, I don't like to import American productions released on region 2 DVDs. It's because the conversion from NTSC which is shot in 24 FPS (frames per second), to PAL which is 25 FPS, causes the film to speed up a little. You can notice it better with shows you are familiar with, especially with the music and the voices of some actors which get a little higher pitched. Since the American version of Monster Squad is more expensive I decided to buy the British one. As I played the title on my Blu-ray player I didn't notice any speeding up, so I checked the disc on my DVD player which doesn't play PAL discs, and to my surprise, it played the disc. I then checked it on my PC just to make sure and found it to be in fact NTSC regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8.
As for the disc quality, I have only watched the first episode so far, and let me tell you, I am impressed. The picture is really very good, especially for a little known show from the 70's, and by very good I don't mean it looks like a ULTRA MEGA HIGH-DEFINITION BLU-RAY SUPER DIGITAL REMASTERING. I mean very good for a product of its era released on DVD. The print is clean and free of scratches or lines and the colors are solid. Although the general picture quality looks a little dated, it appears to be a characteristic of the way it was shot and the quality of the film used. Sound is good, again, it's not ULTRA MAXIMUM SUPER HYPER DTS-HD 10.1 DOLBY EXTRA PLUS, but it's good.
Finally, as for the show itself, I had only watched it once as a kid and except for bits and pieces I only remember that I loved it, so I was a bit afraid I wouldn't like this trip down to memory lane, but so far I'm enjoying it. Since I have no kids, I can't tell you how modern children would react to it, but I believe small children who are still unspoiled by mega CGI extravaganza would find it enjoyable, especially at Halloween. I don't believe there's much chance of this being released on Blu-ray anytime soon, if ever, so if you have any love for this show, don't hesitate to buy it. If not, try a rental first.