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    I see a French user on the Malcolm France forum complain of 'striures', which I take to mean interlacing (horizontal stripes).

    Apparently, when you watch the French DVDs on a desktop or laptop PC, you do get interlacing effects if you don't adjust the software settings.

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    Hey guys,

    Richiepiep: The Amazon review is the one I actually wrote

    I've made a 10 screenshots comparison based on the ep.8 between the US and the FR DVDs.
    Mass5160 kindly added the same screenshots from his UK DVD!

    Here's the gallery link: http://someimage.com/JNPg

    To me the French set is a true improvement over the UK and US ones in term of picture quality. The colors are also more natural.

    @BBC2: In the menu you can only choose between French, French with subtitles for the hearing impaired and English with subtitles but you can disable them while watching the episode

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    Wow! That's quite a difference between the picture quality. The UK version is definitely more reddish. The black tints in the French version are also deeper.

    I still haven't gotten around to get the set and now I'm definitely thinking of getting the French version.

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    @Magic-J @mass Thanks a lot for the great image comparisons!

    The differences are indeed striking. I had a look at the images with an online colour analysis tool (http://mkweb.bcgsc.ca/color_summarizer/), and it turns out the average and median values of red, green and blue are almost the same for the original US and UK releases.

    Which makes me wonder: while the French release looks more natural (but of course a bit pale and greenish and bluish when you switch between the caps and concentrate on the US and UK versions), isn't the US 'look' the colour scheme that was intended by the MITM creators?

    Did the UK release use the same stock as the original US release, or at least use this as its point of reference? If they did, I suppose you could say they got it right from their point of view.

    Did the French release deliberately adapt the colour scheme to make it look more 'natural', especially because of the skin tones?

    This may look like geekish nitpicking, but I'm just asking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richiepiep View Post
    Did the French release deliberately adapt the colour scheme to make it look more 'natural', especially because of the skin tones?

    This may look like geekish nitpicking, but I'm just asking!

    Rich
    Not at all, Richiepiep! I'd be happy to share my theories.

    Malcolm was shot on film, and edited on videotape. In my experience, when film elements are transferred to magnetic tape, the colours tend to come out 'warmer' depending on what bulb is used, no doubt they'd have just used something pretty standard for Malcolm. It's probable that Showshank attempted to remove this for a more natural colour pallet. I seem to remember episodes broadcast on 5* (UK digital channel) having a much 'cooler' colour scheme compared to the DVDs from Fabfilms. I think I still have some season 2 & 3 recordings somewhere, so perhaps I could post some comparisons between these versions too, if people are interested.

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    I think I still have some season 2 & 3 recordings somewhere, so perhaps I could post some comparisons between these versions too, if people are interested.
    Hi Mass,

    If you like, and can find the time, yes please!

    I just ordered the French release from Amazon.fr

    I thought it would be nice to have the pop-up box, a good image quality, to improve my French (sous-titres!), and to stimulate sales, as I understand that the following seasons will only be released if sales for S1 meet the distributor's expectations, and that's not a given, as we know from the disappointing sales by Fabulous in the UK.

    I was thinking of registering with French Amazon anyway, because I now have American, British, German and French Amazon accounts, all with the same account and log-in, which means I can easily choose from various DVD regions and find the best or cheapest deal.

    It's really amazing how sometimes media can differ between accounts, and a book, CD or DVD which is an expensive collector's item in one territory, can be a bargain in another! Or an item can be readily available in one, but out of stock elsewhere.

    Eagerly looking forward to my third version of S1! (*)

    Rich

    (*) not counting VHS copies and P2P downloads
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richiepiep View Post
    and to stimulate sales, as I understand that the following seasons will only be released if sales for S1 meet the distributor's expectations, and that's not a given, as we know from the disappointing sales by Fabulous in the UK.
    Apparently, Showshank told me that the sales seem to be pretty good for the moment
    And the season 2 is already packed and ready to go. The release date is April 4th (ExclusivitÚ Fnac) so we'll be able to buy it in Fnac stores only (in France of course.) It will also be available on Amazon and in other stores but we don't know exactly when yet.
    The "ExclusivitÚ Fnac" set is going to be a Digipak (like the S1 without the Pop-Up effect) and the "Standard" will be a typical plastic case set.
    I also know that the S2 set will includes some special features!

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    Apparently, Showshank told me that the sales seem to be pretty good for the moment. And the season 2 is already packed and ready to go. (...) I also know that the S2 set will includes some special features!
    That's great news! I'm just reading up about it on the Malcolm-France site.

    At least I know that I'm one of the first 3,000 customers to order the DVD combo, otherwise I couldn't have gotten hold of the special pop-up version!

    The bonus features on S2 sound great too (eager to learn what they are!), but poses a kind of dilemma to me. I'm certainly not going to buy all French seasons as well, because I can't afford another full set.

    Yet of course nothing but praise to Showshank and The Corporation for creating an original, creatively designed set with fitting menus and those extras!

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    Default French S2 DVD release will include 4 bonus features!

    I just read on the Malcolm France site, that the upcoming French S2 DVD release will include no fewer than 4 bonus features!

    They are:

    - Tour of the house (2'08'')
    - Original promo clip for the series (0'21'')
    - Interview with series creator Linwood Boomer (11'45'')
    - Making-of (13'04'')

    If I understand the French text correctly, these were all part of the original promotional package released by Fox at the time, except for the interview with Linwood Boomer, which was conducted some time ago by French TV reporter Alain CarrazÚ, who with his colleague Romain Nigita were also instrumental in obtaining permission for releasing the other features.

    All will be presented in the original English, with French dubbing, and optional French 'ordinary' subtitles and ones for the hearing-impaired.

    The producers are really going out of their way to make this something memorable, and more than just a string of episodes!

    Similar effort will be devoted to obtaining extras for subsequent seasons. In fact, Showshank Films welcome suggestions from fans for including features.

    Now, the only quibble I have is why we have had to do without all this great stuff on the English-language releases!

    Life is unfair - yes, no, maybe - in a way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mass5160 View Post
    My season 3 set arrived today (...) the 'Company Picnic' episode is the two-part syndicated version, as opposed to the one-hour original. This means that a few lines are omitted here and there, as well as the entire "Locker Room" scene at the ice rink being left out. I do have the original hour long company picnic episode, but it's not exactly good quality. Would've been nice for them to include it on this set, but I guess they've done the best they can, it's just another unfortunate case surrounding the release of this show I suppose.
    Can anyone tell me exactly which lines are missing in the UK DVD edition for the 'Company Picnic' episode? I've found the scene which is missing, but I'd like to know about the lines of dialogue, too.
    We're trying to get the right, full version for the French edition.
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