Top positive review
Amazing that this set even exists!
25 May 2019
I’ve been an avid MV fan for years. When the show came out on dvd many years ago, with all its original music unchanged, I thought a miracle had happened! It was finally the chance to rewatch all the original episodes, some of which I still had on vhs only. Now, lo and behold, some ten years later, the entire show (seasons 1-5) is released on Blu-ray ! I was a bit skeptical at first: I always thought that shows dating from this era would only ever be available in standard definition. After all the shows were meant to be watched on a CRT tv and were transferred from film to tape using telecine (I’m nostalgic of the ‘80s not of its technology). But then I read that this particular set was actually in HD and supposedly remastered so I decided to take a leap of faith. Well, I have to say, it’s a revelation : the show has never looked this good and you will become aware of things that you had never noticed before. Watch the opening title montage on the pilot and your jaw will simply drop (the shot of the guy speaking over the phone in the pool comes to mind)! Or admire Sonny take off his sunglasses as his beloved Daytona is blown up in the opening show of S3 (“When Irish eyes are crying”): it is now very easy to recognize the logo of the sunglasses brand (hint: they are not Ray Bans). So, while this is an amazing improvement over the DVD and you will feel at times as you are actually in Miami Dade, image quality is not uniform across episodes and seasons and can be problematic at times: some night scenes can be very grainy and overall the show has a tendency to look very dark, even during daytime sequences, requiring me to crank up the brightness setting on my tv. Also, inexplicably, there are no subtitles, which the DVDs did have. On the plus side, and unlike the US edition, all the bonuses from season 1 of the dvd have been ported over (they are on the S5 disc). Conclusion: while this is not a perfect set, I think we should be thankful that it even exists in the first place: it is definitely recommended.