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1.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Season, Excellent Show, Horrendous Picture Quality, December 27, 2006
This review is from: Cheers: Season 7 (DVD)
I won't comment on the contents of this season, or on the show in general. Cheers was one of the greatest shows ever and this season was one of the highlights of the series' run. What I will comment on is the horrendous picture quality evident in two of the episodes that I watched from the first two discs- 'One Happy Chappy in a Snappy Serape' and 'Bar Wars II: The Woodman Strikes Back'. There may be more examples of poor picture quality throughout the rest of this set, but I've only managed to watch a few episodes so far.

In several instances, when the camera angle cuts from one vantage point to another, it appears as if we move from a completely pristine image quality to one that was taken from a 20 year old VHS dubbed copy (of a copy, of a copy). During these scenes, the picture quality is nothing less than pathetic. I'm not knit picking over a slight decrease in quality here. It's so bad that you wonder what kind of engineer could watch this and permit it to be released as a final product. Absurdly darks hues, fuzziness, graininess, etc plague these particular scenes, after which the episode jumps back to another camera angle to show an absolute pristine image. This almost makes it worse than if they were to show the entire episode using the poor quality footage, because it's so inconsistent. You get the idea that you are watching a show from the early 1970s spliced together with something currently on TV. Through the entire sequence however, the audio remains unchanged.

The most angering part of this situation is that I've seen these episodes on TV in syndication countless times and this image quality issue was never present in those airings. So why is this now a problem? It just doesn't make sense that the DVD presentation should be so much worse than the syndicated version on television. After all, we are paying to see it on DVD. I'm surprised that the other reviewers did not make more of a stink about this. Again, I'm not knit picking over some minor picture flaws. The picture quality is nothing short of offensive. Absolutely unacceptable.
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Initial post: May 1, 2007 10:44:50 AM PDT
I agree. I was very weird. I tried to not let it hinder my enjoying the show but it was annoying.

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 6:07:10 PM PST
Breather says:
I agree that those scenes you refer to look awful. But, I have seen these same kind of issues with the syndicated episodes on Hallmark Channel. We watch it every night and there are those shots where the angle changes and the scene degrades terribly. It only occurs in some episodes at some moments. I don't think it's a problem with the DVD or the studio putting them out. Since I've seen this in the syndicated cuts on TV, I think it's a problem with the prints used for this set and TV. It may go all the way back to the masters.
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