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Andromeda - Season 1 [UK BD] [Blu-ray]
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ALL 22 EPISODES FROM THE DEBUT SEASON PRESENTED IN HIGH DEFINITION FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!
Join Dylan Hunt, captain of the starship Andromeda, as he embarks on a spectacular journey around the cosmos in an attempt to restore the fallen Commonwealth in Gene Roddenberry s action-packed sci-fi adventure series.
Captain Hunt and his ship, Andromeda, are frozen inside a black hole where they lie for centuries. When a passing ship revives them, they are horrified to discover that civilisation has collapsed and set off on a mission to bring unity back to the galaxy.
From the creator of Star Trek comes this wonderful five disc box set filled with espionage, action, sci-fi and loads of special features.
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Up to normal blue ray quality. .I think the standard is ok
But there were few different reasons why a chose this set over
Normal dvd version
1 the price,the dvd versions used to be in staged release ie
Season 1.part 1 Season 1 part 2 etc all sold separately
And thus the price would cost over 2 times the price of the blue
Ray version which for the whole season costs nearly £10 which
Is a bargain. The quality of the picture is slightly better and the sound
Far better than normal dvd
No subtitles on the blue ray but neither on the dvd versions
A win win choice for me
It looks like it's upscaled DVD at best. There appears minimal difference in video quality with the DVD set.
The average running bitrate per episode is in the mid teens and at times can dip under 10. Standard DVD bitrate average is much lower around 4 or 5 Mbps. Those figures say the image therefore must be alot better, but to the naked eye it's only slight in my opinion.
On Disc one I found the image to judder at times when there was camera movement. Disc 2 seemed better and to date have not noticed the judder, but had problems with the first episode chaptering which cut out and repeated a previous segment. Whether this is an authoring problem or just my particular set, I can't tell.
The image is quite clear but very soft on the Blu-ray. Skin textures can look waxy and undefined at times. The SFX shows its age and looks quite flat & poor. Aliasing is especially rampant in the SFX shots.
There's not a huge difference in the audio to the DVD, although it is slightly better. There are no subtitles english or otherwise.
Those who have the U.S. Slipstream R1 standard definition DVDs are not missing out on anything by not having this set since those original Andromeda DVD sets were of a very good quality to begin with.(Not sure what the R2 sets were like) The transfer to Bluray is merely upscaled DVD and nothing like what has gone into the remastered TREK Blu-ray sets.
No particular extra effort seems to have gone into producing this set and even at a lower price, it's not greatly worth the purchase if you already own and are satisfied with the DVD set.
Now for the series: as i said in my review for Andromeda was a series with a great premise : "a trans galactic Utopian society the All Systems Commonwealth (something like a trans-galactic version of the united federation of planets) falls because of betrayal and brute force and 300 hundred years later an ex-commonwealth officer who survived trapped in the event horizon of a black hole together with a diverse crew tries to reestablish the commonwealth and end the "dark ages". Is it possible? how it can be done without compromising the values you represent? One plus of the series was also the magnificent starship Andromeda which was sentient!"
It started rather good and then in the middle of the second season, after the departure of its creator Robert Hewitt Wolfe, deteriorated into bad action and finally to absurdity. The first season is, in my opinion, the best: the premise is here (even if the execution was not always the best) , the story arc is here with a continuous building of it's (ambitious) Universe and all the characters are still here. Captain Hunt is still the idealist, but also sometimes surprisingly the realist, who tries to rebuilt civilization in a hostile universe before he deteriorates into a space cowboy. The other characters are also getting their development before they either depart from the series (Rev Bem, Tyr Anasazi) or become unrecognizable (Trance and Romie the ship's avatar.)
So buy this if you don't have it in dvd otherwise buy it only if you have good amount of money in your pocket!
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