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Mandrake: Season 1 & 2
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This DVD set, released by Maya ent. is a big disappointment. The video quality is really awful and looks like a unprofessional rip from a VHS or a 240p video at youtube. The original aspect ratio is widescreen, but the video is letterboxed, which means the image has black bars above and below it, just to fit a fullscreen TV. If you have a Widescreen TV, the image will suffer some distortion due to the stretching.
Concerning the audio and subtitles, the DVD offers the following options:
- Audio 5.1 portuguese and 2.0 spanish.
- Subtitles in spanish and english.
The show deserves 4 stars, however the video quality is just 1 star - considering the bad transfer and the unprofessional authoring.
There are no featurettes.
I had never seen a Brazilian TV series before with English subtitles so this was a first for me. It certainly isn't perfect but it is certainly a good effort. The language spoken is Brazilian Portuguese and all episodes have English subtitles as an option.
Lots of shots of downtown Rio, and the stunning Copacabana and Ipanema beaches makes you want to jump on a plane and head straight there!
Produced in association with HBO, it's worth a try and for around GBP12 or less is certainly worth the spend.
If Mandrake can't get you out of a fix in Rio, then nobody can!
With the Olympics in 2016 and World Cup in 2014, I hope to be able to find some more Brazilian drama similar to this one.
It's filmed in 35 mm, noir style, and Brasil has great films.
Highly recommend it.
Very well prodeced, with some os the most popular brazilian artists.
I have pre-ordered a copy and post a review as soon as I get it. I'm just so happy to be able to buy it at all.
HBO should be ashamed to release such an excellent work, in such poor shape.
ps. There are two new, movie length episodes that came out in 2013, these are not included.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent! Good actors and great stories. Fantastic series. Fantastic acting of the cast. Recommend to anyone who loves the city of Rio de Janeiro.Published on December 13, 2013 by Cleidson Moraes
This show was released on HBO several years ago, but I never watched it. I didn't know what to make of the commercials, so I didn't pay attention to it. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by MacJunegrand
I really enjoyed this show. A lot of Brazilian flavor. The heat, the sweat, the flesh, the rhythm... Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Lost Wanderer
This is a good series, the image is a little grainy at times but overall the picture quality is good. Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by AlienZ
this is a very good show. I wonder if there's a book, I'd love to read it too! great to practice your Portuguese and have a great timePublished on January 23, 2013 by Carlos
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