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Not quite persuaded with quality,
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This review is from: The Persuaders!: The Complete Series - [ITV] - [Network] - [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Having read the reviews about how great this was on Blue ray. I desided to buy this set to replace my previous collection,which was also on DVD. And to be honest, i'am a bit disappointed with some of the quality.
Yes loads of great extra's, most of which relate to the series, and one or two with no connection what so ever, A 1974 interview with Tony Curtis on the Russell Harty show for example, but ok and of some interest. But if you are
fan of the series you will be in Persuaders heaven with this set. It will keep you amused for hours as you relive
the year 1970 to 1971. Check out the cars parked in the streets, the clothes and the haircuts. And all those actors that you had forgotten about. Watchout for some of those who had appeared in the Saint, and later would appear in James Bond with Roger Moore.
I do think that the transfer to blue ray is not as good as some people make out.
One of the problems is that it is bit grainy in places and white speckles do appear on some dark areas,check out the beginning of the episode Read and Destroy. And as some other people have already commented on you do see the odd hair appear the lens,see the part were Roger Moore is kissing the girl at the airport in Overture. But for me the biggest disappointment is the 4.3 aspect for all the episodes. Considering the extras are in 16.9.And that even my old collection was in,or showed in 16.9.
In this day of wide, flat screen tv's they could have made the effort.
But maybe there is a technical reason for this that someone could enlighten me on.
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Initial post: 28 Oct 2012 13:18:04 GMT
T. Bartell says:
Few if any series before the 1990's were shot in 16.9 format. Even the reconstruction of Star Trek: The Next Generation had controversy because some people wanted to salvage the picture elements that were outside the original 4.3 broadcast frame. If that had been done it would have resulted in a 15.9 picture but would have required a lot of cgi work to edit out boom mikes, technician's elbows, sawhorses, sets that didn't reach the edge of the frame, the odd pepsi bottle, etc. And that would only have been possible because they had access to all the original film stock which had to be re-edited from scratch. My guess is 10 years from now when cgi is drastically cheaper and 4K discs come out we'll see a 15.9 set of Star Trek so that they can double-dip yet again. If Network only had access to pristine prints of the original broadcast version we're not likely to see anything else, and OMG we're thankful to get that. The only way they could have produced a 16.9 set would be to zoom in and fill the screen by cutting off the top and bottom of the picture. Your player or your tv remote should have a zoom button, so you can do that yourself.
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