I have the original 20th Anniversary Ed (2002) of Brideshead Revisited. The picture is tolerable considering that it was shot on 16mm, although compared to newer DVDs, it would look shabby. Has this edition been improved upon image-wise? I'd gladly pay for an upgrade as I've loved this miniseries since I first saw it some 20-odd years ago.
Have you found any info on the quality? Like you, I have the 20th Anniv. edition and was quite disappointed in the quality. Also, I hope this version is widescreen, if that is possible from a 16-mm print. If you can point me to a source I would appreciate knowing more. Thanks!
Sorry, no luck. Haven't come across any reviews on the new edition so far. You might want to check occasionally with DVDTalk or DVDFile. They are some of the sites that provide reviews of more than the standard Hollywood fare. DVDTalk has a review of the old 20th Anniv Ed of Brideshead.
Curious as to why you'd want Brideshead in widescreen. It's an old TV show originally shot in fullscreen. For it to be in widescreen, it'd have to be cropped across the top and bottom of the frame. Not a very pleasing prospect. Anyways, hope someone here posts a review soon.
This new 25th Anniversary box set looks exactly the same to me -- I've been comparing them side by side. If there is a difference -- I don't really see it -- minimal at best and that is just to be kind. Well, it is released by Acorn and their quality of remastering is "Boo! Hiss!!" for the most part. With an important and great title in Television history as Brideshead Revisited, the restoration should have been given to Warner Bros. to do their incredible magic on!!!!!!! I love this title and was really hoping for much much more quality.
Unfortunately, ITV are either too cheap and lazy to re-transfer the entire series from film elements with a modern telecine (true "remastering") or...even worse...those film elements might not have been preserved. Meaning there would be no hope of it ever looking better again. Sadly, just as scores of Doctor Who episodes were junked or erased, the forward thinkers of the time probably never realized there would be a high resolution home distribution media in the future. Oh well, at least it was shot on film, which still had a better exposure latitude than the video cameras of the day.
Help. I just want the best version I can get (visual quality being the most important thing). I am now totally confused. Are the 25th and 30th anniversary issues virtually the same (apart from the addition of documentaries, etc.,)? Is the quality of the picture the same? I watched it when it first broadcast, and it is my favorite television series of all time). If it was not transferred in the best way possible, it's the crime of the century!