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    Quote Originally Posted by mass5160 View Post
    Well, my Season 4 set from France arrived today, and skimming through it, I'm happy with it. It's not field blended unlike the UK set, although the bonus Company Picnic episode actually does suffer from field blending this time around. Showshank have informed me that this is because it was the only source available for the episode. From what I understand, they've worked extremely hard for the inclusion of it, as it seems FOX was either difficult, or unaware of the complete episode's existence.

    I'd also like to include this screenshot comparing the UK to the FR release.

    http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/102882

    With the FR release being interlaced, the "horizontal stripes" will not be apparent during playback, as DVD players are equipped with their own de-interlacing software, whilst the UK set has ghost frames forever, it is impossible to remove that without going back to the source material, which is only accessible to the studios and owners. I do however, acknowledge that the ghosting will probably not bother everyone.
    So basically, this "field blending" is what causes the video to appear jerky when the camera pans, right? If this is the case and these discs don't suffer from it, I think I'll double-dip and buy the French sets, too. I'm glad to have the UK sets just to have the show, but since the French versions seem to be better, I think I might buy them. I'll probably wait for the full series box set, though. I'll pay less per season.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mass5160 View Post
    Well, my Season 4 set from France arrived today, and skimming through it, I'm happy with it. It's not field blended unlike the UK set, although the bonus Company Picnic episode actually does suffer from field blending this time around. Showshank have informed me that this is because it was the only source available for the episode. From what I understand, they've worked extremely hard for the inclusion of it, as it seems FOX was either difficult, or unaware of the complete episode's existence.

    I'd also like to include this screenshot comparing the UK to the FR release.

    http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/102882

    With the FR release being interlaced, the "horizontal stripes" will not be apparent during playback, as DVD players are equipped with their own de-interlacing software, whilst the UK set has ghost frames forever, it is impossible to remove that without going back to the source material, which is only accessible to the studios and owners. I do however, acknowledge that the ghosting will probably not bother everyone.
    So basically the video on the French set doesn't look jerky when the camera pans? If so, I think I'll double-dip and get the French seasons as well. I'm glad to have the UK set, but Season 2 was way too dark, and Seasons 4 & 5 have jerky video (probably from the field-blending).

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    Hi all.

    I just read about the recent release of the French S5 DVD set on the Malcolm France News pages. Again, Malcolm France, working with publishers Showshank Films and The Corporation, went out of their way to create a great-looking product for the fans.

    The sleeve features a very nice composite of 6 individual cast member shots, with a fitting theme ((don't) wash your dirty linen in public) and a great pun on the fact that we have 5 children now in Season 5.


    The video image quality is reported to be better than before, as this was the first season to be specifically geared to widescreen TV.

    Malcolm France again compiled a digibook for the first 3,000 buyers, containing an episode guide, and 20 anecdotes about the season.

    So far the good news. There's a downside too, as Fox couldn't or didn't want to release any extra video features this time, so the French team themselves created compilations of all the appearances of Bernard the Hamster, and of all moments when the family goes nuts (pÚtages de plombs - literally 'blow a fuse').

    Great idea again, but this doesn't bode well for future releases! Does this mean we won't ever have any official releases of the later season bloopers, no outtakes, no promo clips, no looks behind the scenes, or cast and crew interviews, commentaries, series farewell videos, family therapy sessions, Bryan's improvisations and so on?!

    It's not just that I'm feeling extremely disappointed about this, it'd also be a tremendous sales boost (or at least it's supposed to be, to my admittedly old-school mind) to have a wealth of bonus features like that! Of course, we don't know exactly what's in store for us, but it's not encouraging ....

    Rich
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    Hi gregmasciola,

    Indeed the jerky panning has been fixed for the FR release, and likewise the dark video on Season 2 has also been fixed on the FR version, although the FR sets are still presented in NTSC format, Richiepiep has confirmed that the German releases are in PAL if this is more advantageous for you.

    Richiepiep - I flew through the Season 5 set these past few weeks, and it's consistent with all the other seasons, possibly Showshank's best release yet. The presentation is definitely superior to the other seasons, as you said with all the extra care the makers put in for the widescreen presentation. I think "Victor's Other Family" suffered slightly in that one shot was generated from a 4:3 source, and so is pillarboxed, it's used twice throughout the episode, but only lasts a second. I don't recall this being the case when it was on TV years ago. The ending to "Dewey's Special Class" has to be the most messed up ending throughout the entire series run haha.

    And although the lack of extras is indeed disappointing, at least we haven't been bombarded with excuses this time, ha. Perhaps they'll release a complete box set with an exclusive bonus disc like they do with other shows? As unlikely as that sounds, I guess we'll have to wait and see.

    Season 6 is due out in April. Has there been any more news regarding further German releases?

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    Season 6 is due out in April. Has there been any more news regarding further German releases?
    Hi Mass,

    (High Mass?)

    Thanks again for the great info! Though I don't have the French release (already having the American, British and German releases, and French S1 - I don't want to turn my house into a shrine, and my wallet into a black hole), I'll be looking into Victor's Other Family and Dewey's Special Class to see what may have been going on there.

    As for the Germans, they have been extremely tight-lipped about business matters like sales figures and future plans. They've only disclosed Seasons 4-7 may be released from Spring 2015 onwards. I asked a few times, but got no replies, so I gave up, not out of frustration, but because that's the decent thing to do. They will have their rather obvious reasons for not divulging them, so I respect that.

    Rich
    Last edited by Richiepiep; Feb 24, 2015 at 03:52 PM.
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    I'm glad they are a snowman with protective rubber skin.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mass5160 View Post
    Richiepiep - I think "Victor's Other Family" suffered slightly in that one shot was generated from a 4:3 source, and so is pillarboxed, it's used twice throughout the episode, but only lasts a second. I don't recall this being the case when it was on TV years ago. The ending to "Dewey's Special Class" has to be the most messed up ending throughout the entire series run haha.
    I see what you mean - there is one 'stock photograph' of a supposedly Canadian suburb that is used twice in the old 4:3 pillarboxed format (with black borders), which could easily have been stretched, and which was indeed stretched when it was aired in widescreen on Fox TV a few years ago. See attached screenshots. It must have been overlooked! Weird, though.

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    Canadian street: DVD, left, TV widescreen broadcast, right.

    Rich
    Last edited by Richiepiep; Mar 14, 2015 at 08:45 PM.
    All the people are so happy now, their heads are caving in.
    I'm glad they are a snowman with protective rubber skin.


    Bei▀ mein' Schorf, Blasenloch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richiepiep View Post
    Yes, the same TVPG and Widescreen logos are there. It really looks like all current DVD editions use the same 'TV masters' (or 'second-generation' ones, whatever Fox was willing to release), but treated these differently with regard to resolution, colour grading, brightness and so on.

    Company Picnic looks really great in widescreen (apart from the fact that now you can see Francis isn't naked when dragged across the ice at the end ) and with all the additional scenes! I wonder how they went about the dubbing of those scenes. Well, at those points they just switch to the English audio and add foreign subtitles - though of course this is of no concern to us English speakers.

    By the way, the long version of Company Picnic is a bonus feature here. You have the two split episode versions on the regular menu.

    Rich
    Do those German subtitles disappear at those points when you select to watch the episode in English audio?

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