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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.
First, the show is FANTASTIC. It's about a criminal lawyer's life and his less-than-legal side jobs. Being a brazilian production, is quite filled with nudity, and the theme of the show is filled with violence and crimes, drug use, sexual exploits, etc. Definitely not for children, but adults will find it very appealing, specially because, I assure you, it's quite HILARIOUS.
Second, the DVD quality is TERRIBLE. The transfer looks so amateurish you'll swear it was a bootleg product. The video suffers from what's called "postage stamping". That is, instead of using the original widescreen ratio, they used the one that was transferred to fullscreen for TVs and transferred it back to widescreen. The result is that the picture is smaller, fitting inside a black box on your TV. Zooming the picture will help get rid of the black bars, but then the quality of the video will be lower. It's a ridiculous thing, and we shouldn't have to cope with it.
Third, the packaging is a MESS. It looks nice, it opens like a book's folding cover and it has nice pictures, but the plastic holding the discs is a problem. It's ridiculously hard to take a DVD out of its holder without breaking the disc or the holding plastic (the plastic holder for the first disc was already broken when we opened it). Plus, the labeling on the discs is wrong.Read more ›
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.
Prior to buying I was a little worried about the poor reviews on the video quality. Some episodes of "Alice" DVD's from the same publisher were like copied from VHS tapes. I am a low-tech guy, not very fussy about video/sound qualities, and while I agree that Mandrake DVD's video quality is not the best, I don't think it is particularly distracting either. Or it almost feels like it fits the atmosphere of the show: steamy, slightly hazy and smoky (Mandrake loves cigars). Unless you demand the crispest images, you can still enjoy the show like I did.
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 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
I hope the third season comes out soon, really love this show.
It's filmed in 35 mm, noir style, and Brasil has great films.
Highly recommend it. Read more
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