The Sentinel DVD Review
Each episode is given a broadcast correct full screen 1.33:1 aspect picture that belies its age. Colours are bright and natural with suitable thickness; contrast and brightness are for the most part well set giving rise to decent enough blacks considering the source though there was the odd tendency to lean towards the grey in places. Detail is nice and sharp holding edges well into the distance, smoke, mist and dust are all well realised without any blocking. All good news, however there are some problems with aliasing throughout the series, shimmering being the most obvious but occasionally edges suffer as jagged lines too. I found it incredibly difficult to find and original print problems, this is an amazingly clean picture, with film grain being the only fly in the ointment, it can be quite considerable in places, mostly as a result of stock footage usage, but other areas do suffer at times. These defects do, unfortunately, draw the eye because the rest of the picture is so beautifully clean; overall I was very impressed, even if the picture was clearly a TV show.
The beginning of each episode proudly proclaims a (English Dolby Digital) stereo surround logo, the only sound track given to the set. For a TV show it's pretty good, everything is audible in a clear and precise manner without any thrills or spills; rears are used rather too infrequently for me but when they do pipe up there is some nice ambient effects. The range is limited to the middle meaning there is a distinct lack of bass, in fact my sub was so fed up he packed his bags walked off and sulked in the next room. For the most part this isn't a huge problem until gun shots and explosions occur, all rather thin and lacking any depth. Of course this range also means there is little top end either, but this is not so much of a problem; you, or your system, won't need any extra sensitive hearing to listen. Much like the picture, the audio's TV origins are evident throughout and represented faithfully for this release.
Oddly none, rather disappointing and costs the set dear.
The Sentinel as a series holds up surprisingly well under today's scrutiny, only a huge mobile phone giving any inkling to its age; with some wonderfully large explosions, keen character development and a clever plot devise for the main character I'm not surprised it gained such a reputation and continues to win fans, I unfortunately am not one of them. As a DVD package the set comes in a neat and tidy box containing all ten episodes well presented, but with a lack of any extras is unlikely to win any new fans.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £24.79
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