Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Complete Series Collection
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DVD picture: Between 5 to 8 Mbit/s, sound: DD 5.1 448 kb/s
Blu-Ray picture: Between 10 to over 40 Mbit/s peak, sound: DTS-HD MA English between 3 to 5 Mbits/s, Japanese between 2 to 4,5 Mbits/s
Somehow, the prerequisites for having a better picture quality seems to be on the Blu-Ray. But...
My testing environment: PC running Win10 and PowerDVD18, connected to a Samsung 4k UHD UE850 screen.
My visual impression.
The DVD shows much more artifacts in this environment. Jaggies on lines, not so sharp areas, unsteady frame rate. The Blu-Ray has a very steady frame rate, no jaggies but the picture looks very soft. The DVD has a sharper, crisper image at least in most scenes.
Sound is really no comparison. The soundtrack of the DVD sounds dull and thin whereas the Blu-Ray's lossless soundtrack is clear, crisp and has a lot of bass, the DVD has not. Explosions sound like explosion on the Blu-Ray
Some of the differences in picture quality may be due to the upscaling process from SD to UHD. I don't know.
But for me it was worth the upgrade regarding the sound quality alone. The picture could be better, I think judging from e.g. the difference between the DVD version of 'Origin' and the Blu-Ray.
So be warned that the improvement in picture quality of the Blu-Ray is not this much, compared to DVD.
Because this is - IMO - an outstanding anime, if not the best anime series of all - due to the depth and excellent story telling, I give it a full five stars review.
The quality of both the sound and video in this set (Blu-Ray series 1 & 2) is also excellent, in fact for me it leaves nothing to be desired. I own the equivalent DVD set and this represents a significant improvement, though I don't expect any future release on any new format could better what's on offer here.
There has been some rumours of a third chapter being in the works for this series, so if you are the kind of person that would be upset to not have the full set, then be aware, otherwise whether you are a fan of Ghost in the Shell or not, I highly recommend this set.
I found the color and the overall picture of a higher quality on Blue Ray.
The DVD's -
The season 1 DVD cost about £35 and came in a case about twice the thickness of a normal DVD case. The show came on 7 discs which included few extras. The extras are some animated shorts and interviews with the Japanese cast and crew.
The season 2 DVD also cost about £35 and came as 7 discs in 7 thin cases that are all held in a nicely made box. This box also came with a a thin leaflet containing background information on all the characters. The discs also include interviews with the Japanese Cast and crew.
Overall it'll cost you about £70 to own both seasons and this price will only increase the longer you wait because I believe these are no longer produced.
The Blu-rays -
With the Blu-ray you get both seasons for about £35 and each season comes in a normal sized case which are held in a thin cardboard box. It has more or less the same disc extras as the DVD's but also comes with a text description of each episode. It doesn't appear that the picture quality is any better than on the DVD's. I think the only difference with the quality is a better refresh rate meaning there is less screen tearing on the Blu-ray.
If you're buying this series for the first time then go for the Blu-ray. It's cheaper, more compact and comes with a lot of extras.
If you already have the DVD's then there isn't much point in getting the Blu-ray unless you're wanting to save space.
However if you already own the DVD box set (as I do), don't bother getting the bluray hoping for better quality and a remaster.
Theres no apparent picture quality improvement at all on the bluray set. Looks like somebody just took the DVD sources and resized them up to 1080P. Disappointing.