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verification of the picture quality on the x-files and buffy 4:3 box sets

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    can i please have some verification on the picure quality on the x-files and buffy 4:3 box sets as i have read on the internet that the picture is really bad on both of these box sets.

    and can u please tell me the best version a/v wise.

    thanx 7 of 9
     
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    The picture quality of both is much better on DVD than on TV.

    The first two seasons of Buffy were done on 16mm film. The picture is grainy but still very watchable. I suggest R2 over R1

    The X Files had a much lower budget in the early seasons. The picture is also grainy. I probably suggest R1 over R2.

    I found out that S Video for the player connection for both shows dramatically improved the picture ober RGB.

    As both shows are soon to be very cheap on R2 and R4 (Seasons are less than £20 each for Buffy and less than £20 to £30 for X Files). I would go for R2 versions.

    I don't think paying the extra is worth the added picture quality for The X Files.
     
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    thanx for all your help buy the way i am using a rgb scart connection
     
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    I really wouldn't worry about the quality and just get the cheapest.

    The reason why S Video looked better is it was sharper whereas that sort of thing cannot usually be changed with a RGB connection.
     
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    ok that is brilliant thanks.

    but can i please have some more replys and please do not tell me to do a search.

    from what i have read these two titles are too dark an no detail in shadows what do people think.

    thanks from 7 of 9
     
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    Have you seen the shows on TV?

    They are dark on purpose. This is especially true with the X Files. My mother keeps going "Switch the light on" when they get their fancy torches out.

    It certainly isn't dark as in a encoding fault.
     
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    Yeah, theres nothing wrong i noticed with the encoding of the dvd. Just original source being old and lowish budget results in a soft and slighty grainy picture. Some episodes seem more grey than black, but this was apparent on TV and DVD and probably intentional.

    Anyone know the best prices for S3 and S5 of x files? Where i wont be hit by customs? :smashin:
    Thanks.
     
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    I got mine from DVDCrave.com, they are coded for R2&4 and customs wasn't an issue. They were about £20 each.
     
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    DVD Crave ones are a little under £18 plus a bit of postage puts it up to about £23 each (except S9 which is £30).
     
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    I cant speak for buffy but the early x-files boxsets are watchable (well above VHS quality) but they are never going to be used as referance discs. I've got all 9 seasons on a mixture of R1 and R2 and i have to say there is no difference in the picture (well not that my 36inch CRT could show anyway.) i'd agree with the other get the cheapest.

    oh and if it wasnt dark in the xfiles then your watching something else :laugh:


    Gary
     

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