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  1. brothereidos

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    I was wondering what Tv shows have made the best transfer onto DVD.I have just recieved the first series of Robin Of Sherwood and was impressed with the overall package with remixed sound and an interesting bundle of extras not bad for a cult 80`s tv show.Any other good ones or ones you would like to see?:cool:
     
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    Best one so far for me is MASH season 1. Great transfer and choice of soundtrack (with/witout canned laughter).

    After that I'd have to be the excelent X-Files box sets. Best presentation I've seen of any DVD's.

    Also good is the Faulty Towers collection :)
     
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    I've got,

    Star Trek
    Start Trek the Next Generation
    Dad's Army S1, 2
    Absolutely Fabulous
    Supercar
    Fireball XL5
    Stingray
    Thunderbirds
    Capt Scarlet
    Joe 90
    Secret Service
    UFO
    'Allo 'Allo
    The Avengers (Diana Rigg onwards)
    Blackadder
    Callan
    Camberwick Green, Trumpton, Chigley
    Dr Who (up to & incl. Tom Baker)*
    Ever Decreasing Circles
    The Fast Show
    Frasier S1, 2, 3
    Gimme Gimme Gimme
    Good Life
    I'm Alan Partridge
    Inspector Morse
    Jeeves & Wooster
    League of Gentlemen
    Louis Theroux
    Mash S1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Men Behaving Badly
    Monarch of the Glen S1, 2, 3, 4
    Monty Python
    Murder Rooms
    The Office
    Porridge
    Going Straight
    The Prisoner
    The Professionals
    Red Dwarf
    Ripping Yarns
    Randall & Hopkirk (orig)
    Randall & Hopkirk (R&M)
    Red Dwarf S1, 2, 3, 4
    Rise & Fall of Regie Perrin
    Sapphire & Steel
    Sherlock Holmes (Brett)
    Simpsons S1, 2, 3, 4
    Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
    South Park
    To the Manor Born
    Yes Minister
    Yes Prime Minister S1
    Walking with Dinosaurs
    X-Files
    Millennium S1
    Bod
    Bagpuss
    Wilo the Wisp
    Hectors House
    Vicar of Dibley
    Vietnam, the Ten Thousand Day War
    Fingerbobs
    The Sweeney
    Lovejoy
    The Day Today
    Knowing Me, Knowing You
    The Irish RM
    Jonathan Creek

    Would like to see complete (NOT best of)

    Catweazle
    The Power and the Glory
    Dark Skies
    Cold War
    Star Trek Animated series
    The Invaders
    Mr Men
    Mr Benn

    Umm, I'm sure there are 1 or 2 more I'd like.....
     
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    Have some of the following
    Danger Man
    Twilight Zone
    And a cover disk of The Avengers, which I was disappointed with. Confucius what is the quality on the retail version.

    Want
    The original The Outer Limits
    The Invaders
    The Greatest American Hero
    The very first series of The Man From Uncle which I think was in B&W
    The second series of Quatermass the one before the Pit
    Is there a Doomwatch out?
    and cannot for the life in me know why I do not have The Prisoner yet
     
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    It's the R1 Avengers that I own.

    I hear that the R2 may be a little better in the picture department, though it has not been remastered; having said that there have been reports of other glitches during playback. I'm quite satisfied with mine, bearing in mind it's over 36 years since the first of my collection aired (The Town of No Return - Oct '65)

    I went for R1 as they started to come out well before any sniff of a R2 release. Same goes for Monty Python: I have the full collection including a 2 disc supplement 'The Life of Python', what do we have? As far as I know still just a 'best of' disc.
     
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    The best transfers I have seen are on the Buffy and Angel boxsets although these are relatively new programmes so you would expect a good transfer. Was also pleased with the recent Twin Peaks season 1 boxset although I wish they would release the second season soon as I have got back into it again.

    Would like to see the release of Red Dwarf and Blakes 7 (not sure I should admit that!!).
     
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    I can recommend The Complete Fawlty Towers - it has come up well and has interesting extras. Also Thin Blue Line is a bargain - both series on 1 disc. Ripping Yarns has not tranferred well, but great fun. Camomille Lawn is good - depends on your taste really - sometimes the material overrides the quality of transfer.

    Incidentally, I bought the BBC "Pride & Pejudice" on Region1 about 4 years ago - it was in my first batch of discs. The quality is not good, not really much better than the VHS. Does anyone know if the Region2 version is any better?
     
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    My favourite is Farscape. I just wish they'd release them by season instead of seperating each into five boxsets. Still, it gives me something to look forward to more than if there was just one release a year. I've got all ten boxsets... nope, make that eleven, the postman just brought me my first third season box. Whoohoo!

    I don't have many more... Ultraviolet, Black Books Series 1, Spawn: Collectors Set (all three seasons), and Angel Season One.

    Keep meaning to get more, but could never be bothered.

    I want Red Dwarf and Frasier!
     
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    Agreed, Farscape DVDs are amazing - shame the series has never been in w/s; the DD5.1 soundtracks are pretty much reference quality though.
    I have the entire 1st series & the 1st 2 boxes of S2. How they have released it means the whole lot will take up acres of shelf space.

    League of Gentleman is very good DVD wise. I only have the 1st disc but it is anamorphic widescreen with commentries by all 3 'league members' for all 6 episodes. The second series is a 2 discer and there is also a live one to check out.

    The TV series I would reeeeealy like to see on DVD though...
    is...


    Blakes's 7

    What are the chances of this I wonder?
     
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    Can't beat the old classic Minder with George Cole and Dennis Waterman..... The first 4 series are all in boxsets from play.com
     
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    You should all be ashamed for not listing Stargate SG1. Widescreen and 5.1 sound and excellent special features.
    Released in a very prompt fashion.
    IMHO, this serious represents the best DVD tv show.
     
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    Stargate would be in my collection if it wasn't released in the way it is. They should release it a season at a time, as they should Farscape, not individual DVD's which cost a bomb each time.
     
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    Got to mention "Spaced" in this debate, particularly the newly-released Season Two collection.

    The commentaries are fantastic, the deleted scenes are generous to say the least, the menu screens are fabulously entertaining and the B-Roll stuff is even interesting, which is a first for DVD, I think.

    The only bad thing that I can think to say about it is that it hasn't enjoyed a DD 5.1 remix, which a show this joyously cinematic certainly deserves to have.

    The "Homage-o-meter" is a particular bit of genius, too, and settles any arguments about which movie, tv show or comic book being referenced in the script: I was sure that bit with Daisy's double was supposed to be a tip of the hat to "The Double Life Of Veronique"....
     
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    2Shy and Pointon,

    2shy - you said: "You should all be ashamed for not listing Stargate SG1. Widescreen and 5.1 sound and excellent special features.
    Released in a very prompt fashion.
    IMHO, this serious represents the best DVD tv show"

    I agree that "Stargate SG-1" is a great show, however I disagree about the UK DVD releases.

    Unfortunately, the problem is that a) We didn't get all of Season 1 (though we did get the uncensored version of the 2-hour Pilot Movie "Children Of The Gods"), and b) until recently, the sound format has varied on each release.

    Some volumes have had Dolby Surround. Some have had Dolby 3.0, some have 4.0, some 4.1, and then 5.0 and 5.1! It's been a real mess, and I wish that MGM re-release the entire show, in Season-by-Season boxed sets, with remastered sound, so that all the episodes are in DD5.1 sound and not the mess they've given us so far.

    Also, the US have a Season 1 boxed set, but I've heard that the sound and/or picture quality is not too good. Anyone care to elaborate on that for me, please?!

    Pointon - you said that the Farscape boxed sets cost a bomb! I don't agree. Even at the maximum retail price of £24-99, you get 2 discs per set, so in effect, you're getting each DVD volume for £12-50 each!

    What do you think about the "Farscape: Season 3 Deluxe Box Sets" that are now being released, retailing at £34-99 each approx? These contain the Standard Farscape DVD Boxed Set, plus a host of other extras: lithographs, a watch, posters, trading cards, etc, etc.

    AFAIK Cult TV are going to release one Deluxe set for each of the 5 Season 3 Boxed Set vlumes that will be released on DVD! And they're Limited Editions as well, exclusive to the UK! Very cool!

    Pooch
     
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    No, I said the Stargate DVD's cost a bomb.

    I've never paid over £17.99 for a Farscape boxset, which is why I buy them and not the Stargate DVD's.

    As for the Deluxe boxsets, they don't attract me one bit. I've never been tempted by merchandise, it's pointless tat. So instead of paying ridiculous prices, I'll stick with the only thing that matters, the actual show.
     
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    Pointon,

    Hate to be an annoying so-and-so, but you actually said:

    "Stargate would be in my collection if it wasn't released in the way it is. They should release it a season at a time, as they should Farscape, not individual DVD's which cost a bomb each time."

    My interpretation of that quote, was that both cost "a bomb". However, if I was wrong in my interpretation, then I apologise to you.

    Pooch
     
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    Pooch, I got the R1 when it came out and it's alright, plus at £42 I weren't complaining. Out of curiousity, does COTG R2 have nudity in it, cause the BBFC reckons it don't? The R1 is unrated and does with the blonde army bird in a shear outfit and Sha're/Amonet naked when Apothis picks her - collar and cuffs - for Amonet who slips inside:eek: quivering mountains.
    I was surprised that the new B5 guy's series Jeremiah has nudity and swearing in it so God knows what C4, should they buy it, will do with that...SNIP
    I got some Farcape for 12 quid a while back. That Ltd jobbie is a 2 piece, shid shing.
     
  18. PoochJD

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    Encaser,

    You asked: "Out of curiousity, does COTG R2 have nudity in it, cause the BBFC reckons it don't?"

    The Pilot Movie of "Children Of The Gods" appeared uncut on DVD. From what I can remember, (as I no longer own any of the Stargate SG-1 DVD's), there was a scene about three-quarters of the way in involving a female sacrifice.


    *** SPOILER ***
    A woman is laid on some kind of sacrificial altar. I can't remember the exact details, but I do remember the fact that she is tied or held down, and has her clothing forcibly removed. As such, she appears either completely naked or is naked just down to a thin pair of knickers.

    When the BBFC did their Roadshows, about three years or so, ago, I actually asked about this particular title, and the BBFC Examiner I spoke to said:

    The scene itself is not too problematic, all in all. However, because the show has a big following by young teenagers, (through TV airings and the PG-rated original video version), they had to be very careful about this particular scene being included on the DVD version.

    Due to the fact that there is no real need for the female character to be forcibly stripped, there is a distinct element of "intent of sexual assault". The woman is held/tied down, against her will, and is then assaulted, by the worm-like creature entering her. Whilst the worm-like creature is of a fantasy nature, and the setting for the episode itself is very fantastical, the BBFC feels that there is not enough justification in the context of the whole episode for this scene to be left in, without it claiming a very high certificate.

    As the scene is fairly intense in nature, and the camera lingers heavily on the woman's restraint by men, AND that to all intents-and-purposes the woman is "raped", albeit in a fantastical way, they decided that only an "18" certificate could be given.

    As far as I can recall, the "PG" version runs 85m 12s long, whilst the 18" version runs some 93m 06s in length! That makes about 7 minutes of material appearing in the longer DVD cut!

    I hope this helps you out.

    Pooch
     
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    Pooch, this is interesting in the classification posit above and on really, in that the BBFC set several versions in play for VHS and then a dvd revision of Stargate.
    It's even more interesting when you throw R1 releases into the pot. I marvel at how Americans of all ages - and us - can get unrated material which can full well be as or more graphic than previous R or x rated copies. I wonder if a LOTR's directors cut will be squeezed out as an 'Unrated' as it's typically the supposed dc versions that loop hole into unrated status - though unlikely with their good rep's. Notoriously, and ironicly, it's the porn/horror commercial ventures that 'want' R's and X's to sell, and yet some films with 'heavy' content can eek by un-noticed in an unrated guise.
     
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    What I remember of the scene is : the blond (Rachel Hayward-Guard 3) is chosen by the guards or Teal'c, she is then taken to Apophis and she has some lose clothing which hangs over here shoulders, which is slipped off, this is shown from the back. The next scene she is on a alter, and Apophis comes towards here with an other woman, one of the snake things comes out of the X on here stomach, and rejects the blond. Apophis says shame, then holds his hand over the blonde’s head, and shines a light from a gold object over some of his fingers, and wrist, some blood then trickles out of the blond's mouth. Apparently she dies. There was no frontal nudity or holding down on the alter. Ch4 cut the back shoot and the blood, when it showed it.
     
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    Garrett, Ch4 cut loads out of COTG and SG1 scenes with symbiotes, it was ages until anyone saw one on terrestrial outside a host, I still don't think they've shown one bury inside a victim to date. The sell-throughs highlight what a hatchet job Ch4 have done over time.
    The scene you describe is rather longer with, as noted above, Sha're being stripped and forced in a sexual/physical penetration for and by the Goa'uld Amonet. If you like SG1 the R1 complete series one is good value and well worth a view.
     
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    2 months later and I just saw it was being repeated on CH4 at weekend.

    I was wondering do you know if there were cuts in the other regions copies of this story. I really only want to get the first episode of that series, and can only find it on a compilation disc.
     
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    Garrett, there's a version ranging in each certificate - including an NR and R for US/Canada!!!
    I looked into it when I was going to get it and I think I recall that the NR version in the complete S1 boxset is (£43) the full one. But there is now an R1 dvd of the pilot + 1 ep. and a UK 18 version lurking about. Without getting the disc out I think the NR is over 100 mins and the UK 18 is 93mins so even allowing for the 4% speed frame dif it's longest.;)
     
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    Am surprised to see high marks being awarded to the Fawlty Towers releases.

    They dont look very good at all, being over compressed. Its very difficult to fit 6 x 35 mins of 1970s tube originated PAL video onto one DVD 9 without compromises being made with the picture quality.

    This is even more annoying when the second disc contains some crappy extras and could have been used to hold a couple of episodes.

    Film originated material generally looks ok, but video could look much better with a decent bit rate and de-noised tapes prior to MPEG encoding.

    Look at the Doctor Who dvds if you want to see how this should be done.

    The new Auf Wiedersehen Pet discs however are a lesson in how not to do it. Whilst pic (and especially sound) have more "snap" than the old VHS tapes, they are crawling in noise.
     
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    Hi Again,

    Just to add more controversy to the "Stargate SG-1": Children Of The Gods" issue:

    1) The UK DVD version is completely uncut!

    2) The US DVD, whilst being rated "NR" only means "No Rating". However, this does NOT mean that the particular film or show in question is uncut. The only way to get an uncut version of a US DVD is to make sure it has been "Unrated". According to US censors, an item that is Unrated means it will (more often than not) be an uncensored version, containing graphic adults-only material, be it language, sex or violent content. An item that has, however, been rated "NR", is usually given to standard not-too-controversial TV material, but edits may have been made by the distributors or, it may be a pre-censored TV broadcast version.

    3) The uncut US DVD version of "Children Of The Gods" is identical to the UK "18" certificate version, but has an approximate running time, rather than a proper running time. Hence, the episode in question appears to be a few minutes longer, than it actually is. The same "uncut" version appears in the Season 1 US DVD boxed set, and the single Season 1, Episode 1 DVD version.

    Phewee!!! :D

    Pooch
     
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    Un-Rated/Non-Rated Movies

    The un-rated indication on a movie signifies that this film, or this version of the film, may contain extra footage that was not contained in the original theatrical release. This material may have been cut by the directors in order to obtain a different MPAA rating or may just be extra footage that has not been viewed by the MPAA rating board. This is often the case in "Director's Cut" editions of a movie.
    The non-rated indication on a movie signifies that this film, or this version of the film, has not been rated by the MPAA. The non-rated indication usually applies to older films, imports, TV movies etc.

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    Bit of a loop hole the NR. Ironically interesting that some Horrors and porn films are specifically put forward by companies to score an R or XXX to get viewers!!!
    The Stargate Vol 1 single disc versions are listed on some as R and others NR confusingly.
    The NR boxset disc has a run time of 96:48
    I have spoken with some 18 owners who think their copy has bits missing to the NR - but I aint gonna buy the 18 to find out definitively:p
     
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    Was Seinfeld ever released on DVD.

    Wouldn't mind getting that.

    Have a look at my user name - I'm his doppleganger:D
     
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    I'd second that. A lovely boxed set would do nicely thank you :D
     
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    Apparently the DVD release of MASH has been digitally remastered to make it funnier.

    I would suggest that this procedure has failed.
     

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