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4.0 out of 5 stars Torchwood BluRay Collection, 26 Jan. 2010
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This review is from: Torchwood - The Collection (Series 1-3) [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Image: 1080i/16:9
Sound: English (only) DTS HD
Subtitles available in english (only).
Disc Format: 6xBD50 6xBD25
Special Features come in standard definition (mostly 480p), 16:9 and english (only) stereo, as well as the english (only) subtitles.

Is completely delightful to have this collection in this ultimate format, as the experience becomes complete. Image (1080i, not p) and clear sound (superb DTS HD) makes this item a must-have for any Torchwood fan, owner of a proper Blu Ray player and a good music equipment.
Even if you're not a fan, stories of Torchwood are human and emotional, and the actors (both regulars and guest stars) make all the scripts becoming a true, living reality for the audience. Some of them, even that they come in the "envelope" of sci-fi, deal with such classic issues as human fears, family, trust, love... that won't leave you indifferent, and you will probably cry, laugh and feel as you keep watching.
Don't be wrong: this is an adult-oriented series, with some violence, sex and not-kind-words, and yet, those are not values that are the main essence of the show, but those I explained above.

The first "but" I could say about it is that sometimes you see the interlaced image coming from the sides of the screen (this was watched in a SONY KDL 40X-3500, updated to last firmware available), and depends how much "sensible" you are for those kind of things... sometimes is annoying.
The second "but" would be the packaging in which collection is presented. In my opinion, I would change the cardboard for something a bit less flexible and not suitable to be destroyed so much fast. But anyway, this is also a minor "but", since this packaging makes the price affordable.

Anyway, get this experience, own it and enjoy it.
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Initial post: 16 Mar 2010 09:02:22 GMT
T. Boborodea says:
Thank you for sharing the information about the availability of English subtitles.

Posted on 22 Mar 2010 10:05:01 GMT
Rosanna says:
Yes, Guillermo, thanks a lot for the subtitles information, as well as for the whole of your technical description. Most useful.

Posted on 23 Jun 2010 19:05:13 BDT
Ryan says:
I appreciate the technical details you added in here.

Posted on 18 Jul 2010 13:32:54 BDT
For clarity: 1080i is the bad one. i = interlaced. p = progressive. Progessive is better. 1080i is only barely better than 480p.

While I realise you may not have intended to make it appear this way, you say the collection is in this ultimate format with a complete experience and then follow it with saying it's 1080i. The implication being 1080i is the ultimate, not p.

1080p is the best.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2011 15:21:39 GMT
N. Anderson says:
I realize this is an old post, but also understand that this is 1080i60, not 1080i50 as would be expected for a BBC production. This means that a lot of blending of frames has been introduced in the video in order to bring the frame rate up to 30 frames/second (60 interlaced fields/second). In contrast, the DVD release is a proper 576p25 (25 progressive frames/second). I was disappointed when I intentionally purchased this from the UK to get it as it originally aired only to find out that it was basically the same as the North American release.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2011 23:42:49 BDT
It's annoying, but it doesn't look likely that this'll receive a new transfer any time soon. I mostly just purchased the set from Amazon.co.uk for the lower price and the fact that it's the exact same set was a PLUS for me.

As far as I've seen, both the last 4 David Tennant Doctor Who Specials and Torchwood were 'filmed' in 1080i50... so it's really not much of a drop in visual quality. Yes, blended frames, but at least it's not a drop from progressive to interlaced.

As for progressive vs. interlaced... yes, progressive is better but 1080i is still LOADS better than 480p (and even quite a bit better than 576p) due to the fact that it's 540 lines 50 or 60 times a second as opposed to 480 lines 24 times a second or 576 lines 25 times a second... it's a different quality from film, but it still has a higher definition.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2013 15:14:06 BDT
1080i is only barely better than 480p? You have clearly never watched anything in 1080i. It looks close to 1080p and better than 720p.

Posted on 23 Apr 2013 15:15:23 BDT
Is the individual series 1 and 2 sets in the 1-3 boxset the same as their individual releases? What I mean is, are they packaged like this http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/customer-media/product-gallery/B0015U7ZHU/ref=cm_ciu_pdp_images_1?ie=UTF8&index=1&isremote=0 with the cardboard sleeve and cardboard packs inside. I have the 1-4 set and they are just plastic cases. I would sell my sets and buy the 1-3 if I knew for sure the cases where the cardboard style ones. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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