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OK TV series; great transfer; scandalous lack of extras...
on 12 December 2002
Even though I'm a massive, massive AufPet fan I have to say I was very dissapointed with this new series. Don't get me wrong, I was entertained by it, but I will not kid myself that this new series is anywhere near the quality of the originals.
The way I see it, some of it was OK, a lot of it was bad, but none of it was great. Yeah, it may have been twice as good as anything else on the Box at the time, but it isn't even half as good as the first series, never mind the second - which was AufPets finest moment in my view and something that will never be beaten.
Some people may say that because it's got 'Auf Wiedersehen, Pet' as the title and is written by Dick and Ian, that means it's great; I'm sorry, they are kidding themselves, it's not and no amount of repeat viewing will change that.
As for the DVD: Actual episode content apart, the first thing I would say about it is that it does look and sound great. It's in Dolby Digital (2.0) Stereo and Widescreen 16:9 Anamorphic so it's more like a feature film than a TV series. The BBC cropped the image when it was broadcast, which did make some scenes look a bit odd on TV, but here it's presented in it's original 16:9 widescreen and looks miles better for it.
However, while it may have great picture and sound, the rest of this DVD transfer is a strictly bare-bones, cheapo affair.
Despite the fact that the BBC and (the AufPet production company) Ziji Productions must have had load's of interesting stuff, there's NO extras of ANY kind. The menus are silent\static and there are no subtitles. There's not even a booklet or leaflet about the programme inside. The cover has a small blurb about each episode and a couple of publicity shots of the lads, Wyman, Grainger and Joe - that's it, nothing else.
The lack of any extras is extremely disappointing, but they have added insult to injury by including an advertisement for Mark Knopflers' Ragpicker's Dream CD at the end of the last episode! Wonder who came up with that great idea?