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2.0 out of 5 stars A different perspective, December 21, 2012
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This review is from: Friends: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
A lot of people are complaining about the missing extended material. I've never seen it, so I don't miss it. I bought the Blu-ray for two reasons. I really no longer care to watch anything in 4:3 format, and that's all that is availble on DVDs that I can find. Several people have said that's how it's filmed, but that's not true, in fact there is no such thing as a camera that shoots 4:3. They are all shot with normal film and cropped to 4:3 to fit the frame from the original broadcasts. So, the Blu-ray did give me a 16:9 picture and I am happy with that. However, Blu-ray is also about high definition, and again, the original footage is shot with very high definition film. But these cuts were not made from that film and there was absolutely no touch-up, filtering or editing done to bring the picture back to a HD picture. The pictures are grainy, contain many artifacts (brought about when you film a copy of a film) and the sound quality is poor. Bottom line, this is a poor product by any standard. I do not recomme3nd it and hope they one day turn the film into HD in 16:9 and add the missing footage, otherwise, I cannot think of a reason to buy this product. You will most likely be disappointed with the result unless you start with very low ecpectaions. It is significantly better than watching 4:3 versions over commercial TV delived in an analog format. If you expect more than that, plan on some level of dissatisfaction (and this is playing it back on a machine that upgrades the video quality from that on the disk - when I played it on a standard player that doesn't enhance the image it was even worse).
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Initial post: Nov 12, 2013 7:54:58 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 12, 2013 7:55:50 AM PST
Seriously? You actually believe that enough to profess it to be true, and so arrogantly try to convince others of it? You're right in one sense, most of the negative reviews for the BD are unqualified opinion. However qualifying an opinion with either a very misguided understanding of film, television, and home video authoring, isn't much better. If anything it might be worse, as others who know no more than you do, might actually buy into such assertions with more credibility than they obviously deserve. Might I suggest you buy a copy of DVD Demystified before your next review. That should clear things up for you. Blu-ray Demystified might be even better, but I haven't read it to know if it retains the compulsory insight into film, like DVD Demystified does. Of course there are much more exaustive books out there if you just want to learn about film, but they don't cover home video authoring, mastering, and replication. And you can always spend some time researching via the web. But unfortunately, that can be just as misguided, especially if your searches lead you to mostly forums and question/answer sites.
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