PictureMost of the movies are 1.85:1
anamorphic, while PA4 and PA5 are 4:3.
Generally, picture quality is no more than
fair, with a good deal of grain and some
scratching on the earlier movies. PA5,
despite being fullframe, is rather betterlooking,
but perhaps that's just because
a lot of it is outdoors, and the picture is
bright and colourful. It's back to a rather
grainy picture for PA7, though the 1.85:1
anamorphic image is again fairly bright
and the colours are vivid.
SoundAstonishingly, the first six films all
have mono soundtracks. It isn't until PA7
that you get a surround track, and that's
Dolby Surround rather than DD 5.1. Never
mind, eh? Apart from Jones's sound
effects, you wouldn't expect to get much
from a soundtrack consisting of people
falling in swimming pools.
ExtrasThe first movie features a
commentary by the stars, director and
producer, a reunion documentary and a
trailer. The other discs generally feature a
trailer and a Making of... featurette, while
PA4 also has some additional scenes and
a 'home video' Easter Egg.
VerdictInexplicably popular cop farces receives a
comprehensive box set treatment, which at
least gets them all out in one giant dump.
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