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Get The 7-Disk Version
on September 23, 2012
I think Amazon combines reviews for different editions of the same title.
This review is for the 5-disk version. It is by Deluxe Digital Video, the same company that makes the Murder, She Wrote and Rockford Files sets. Although I have looked for it repeatedly, because they are recorded at 4-hour format, I have never noticed any video degredation in those sets.
The same cannot be said for Hercules. The video quality is terrible!
One of the things about Hercules is that it is a visual delight, the scenery, the costumes, the good-looking men and women, the computer generated special effects. The video on the 5-disk version is horribly overcompressed, full of rectangular, blocky artifacts that greatly detract from the pleasure of the viewing.
I paid $35 each for seasons 3 and 4 several years ago. The 7-disk version is now only $5 more than the 5-disk version. It's worth at least twice as much. In addition to the video quality, the 7-disk version also has extras. The 5-disk version has none. Even though I already bought the 5-disk version, I just bought the 7-disk version.
Do yourself a favor and don't bother with the 5-disk version.