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Initial post: Feb 28, 2012 10:09:20 PM PST
Judder is in all motion shots of season 2 bluray.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 29, 2012 11:24:22 AM PST
JJI says:
Yep. You are absolutely right. We were able to minimize it somewhat, but can't eliminate it completely. Season 1 Blu-rays played fine.

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 12:30:35 AM PDT
Anyone else notice this? My playback device is a Sony PS3. Is it my player, or is there something wrong w/the disc, or perhaps with the way the movie was filmed and/or encoded?

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 12:44:48 AM PDT
Seek and you shall find...
Here's the answer to my question, and from a noted authority, the man who restored the classic film, My Fair Lady:
Thread Starter Robert Harris, Archivist.
UPDATED 3/6/12

The final result of problems with the U.S. domestic release of Downton Abbey comes down to a simple fact.
Both Season 1 as well as Season 2 are fully defective, as they are improperly mastered.
For those who wish to own the series, Amazon offers a few different possibilities. Purchasing the UK release, which is non-region coded via a U.S. supplier is not the best route, as ridiculous prices are asked. The easy way is to order from Amazon UK. I found the boxed set of two seasons to be fairly priced, and delivery quick.
Be aware that while the U.S. Season 2 is inclusive of the final episode, the UK set is not, and it must be ordered separately, but is easy enough.
The interesting thing here is that while Season 1 (U.S.) shows the same problem as Season 2, it is not as obvious, and plays decently. Season 2 is unwatchable, which begs the questions, what has PBS done to destroy the quality of the master?
I would suggest that the PBS (U.S.) release issued as "Masterpiece Classic," and "Original UK Edition," be returned as defective, which they are.


Posted on Sep 23, 2012 10:56:20 PM PDT
J. Cormack says:
The judder on the blu-ray discs is caused by conversion from 50hz to 60hz but done very poorly. Watching season 1 on netflix does not have this problem.
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