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on 15 May 2013
First off let me state that I am intensely fanatical about this show and love all three series more than can be expressed in my vernacular, which thankfully is bigger than Karl's. Five stars goes to this series just as much as the first two. Series 3 brings us such wonderful Karl anecdotes about wartime poetry, yet more brilliantly convoluted movie ideas featuring brain transplants, and even intentional drooling. I am sad that this is the last series, but as Ricky has said, it's best for it to end on a high note and not purposely go back into the studio and force-ably record more podcasts, therefore ruining the naivety and spontaneity.
However my abject frustration and disappointment is focused on the producers of this DVD, who have lazily sourced shockingly bad copies of the episodes. On my first play through it was immediately noticeable, and is evident on all but a few of the episodes that the resolution is woefully inadequate. I compared it side by side to the other two DVD series which were marvelously crisp and vibrant, bringing that fantastic animation to the fold, and the difference is huge. My only conclusion is that the episode masters were not sourced (which is absolutely unacceptable - a paying customer of a physical home media product deserves the highest quality source available) and that they were drawn from some affiliated on-demand streaming site. So evident is the 'streamed quality' of the picture that you would actually think that this is a pirate DVD.
Another (minor) kick in the teeth is that there are no special features, and even the menu system looks poor (the episode selection screen is even entirely generic - no themed pictures behind), further devaluing the production quality of this set.
Incredibly disappointed. I suppose the episodes are watchable, it doesn't make them any less amusing, and people less inclined towards HD and attention to detail might think I'm kicking up a fuss over nothing, but producers of a DVD of a critically acclaimed show on a major network should have access to the masters of the show and therefore provide the best quality option for the consumer.