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A DVD review by someone who actually *watched* it

DVD Journal's Mark Bourne is clearly a fan of the show, but he's also a critic who pays attention to what's on-screen (and coming through his speakers)

Remember The DVD File's comment about how bad the Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack was? (Later revised to a complaint that the DD 5.1 track sounded like 2.0 - a change made after numerous fans informed the writer that the show had been remixed in 5.1, something he evidently wasn't aware of when he supposedly watched the discs.) Here's what Bourne has to say:

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The chief strength is each ep's audio, which was remastered in DD 5.1 surround. The sound here is a revelation — clear as crystal, with strong range all the way down to some .1 LFE oomph. The separation spread impresses without gratuitous gimmickry, tastefully providing environmental ambiance effects and occasional spaceship whoosh support.


He also dismisses complaints about (some) of the CGI shots as the carping of "digi-heads" with jumbo monitors, and says that the flaws, scratches etc. in the original prints are minor, and affect the early episodes more than the later ones. So it sounds like the R1 version is going to be pretty much everything we've all been hoping for, and I hate all of you who already have yours even more than I did earlier this evening. /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif


It's sure better to live in Europe today /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

I've only managed to watch the first 12 episodes of the DVD and I'm very satisfied. Then sound is good, the picture quality fine (small glitches, nothing to worry about).

Just starting to look forward to season 2....

Its everything i pretty have mentioned on here and HTF, and his review is right on. Im tired of most of the DVD review sites lately. 75% of the time they dont know what the heck they are talking about.

For the B5 dvd set

1)The sound is excellent and the surrounds are active.
2)The transfers are excellent except for the few specs on the first few episodes which were part of the masters
3)I do not see anything wrong with the CG at all. Unless people became CG specialisits and were there at B5's cutting room floor when decisions were made by JMS.
4)And the Sky Full of Stars.. does not have the Region 2 Double widescreen bar problem

dvd.ign.com is my favorite place for DVD (and movie) reviews. Their 16 page LOTR review is just fantastic with lots of high-quality screenshots. Not to mention that B5 First Season set was obviously revieved by a B5 fan. /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
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It is cool to see the reviews, and that it's pretty well received.

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and I hate all of you who already have yours even more than I did earlier this evening


Mine isn't going to ship for more than a week. I'm with you in the hating, Joe. /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
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Mine was shipped on November fifth. I should have it on my doorstep from USPS by noon November seventh. Feel free to hate me too, Markas. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
Re: A DVD review by someone who actually *watched*

Heh, I haven't got mine either yet. I hate you all. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

But I'm in no hurry either, to be honest. I won't have time to watch anything for a while yet anyway.

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