Dumb DVD authoring

tomswift2002

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I know one thing that I hate with the DVD authoring is, and this is mostly with 3rd party releases, where a show is owned by one company, like Universal, but is then licensed by another company like Shout, and the first company will only license the syndication masters. I have “The Hardy Boys” Season 3 that Shout released a few years ago after Universal only released Seasons 1 & 2 and stopped. Now then Universal’s own sets contained 2 different transfers from the 35mm masters, one that was made in 1985 when some episodes were released on VHS/Betamax (and one episode that wasn’t released then seems to have had a transfer in 85), while the other episodes received new transfers for the DVD’s in 2005/07. But Season 3, Universal has never released by themselves and the only transfers they give to other companies are off-screen 16mm syndication prints made in 1979 (by off-screen, I mean the episodes were projected on a wall and recorded by a video camera) and have terrible colours and in some cases poor audio. Sure Shout put a warning title screen up claiming these were the “best” masters, however these are the same masters that Universal was using in the 80’s when Goodtimes liceNsed one episode in the late-80’s for VHS release. Now then before the DVD was released, someone had shown me digitized versions of off-sir recordings that they had made on VHS in the late-90’s/early-2000’s when a Disney channel was rerunning the series, and Disney had been using the original network masters!

And even with other Universal show that Shout has licensed, Shout seems to get lower quality masters, so I think Universal asks a certain amount of money for certain quality masters. Or any studio.
 

Rudy

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And even with other Universal show that Shout has licensed, Shout seems to get lower quality masters, so I think Universal asks a certain amount of money for certain quality masters. Or any studio.
Another issue I've seen with audio releases, often the record labels don't want to give up their original and/or best masters outside their studios, even if a large fee is offered for payment. And smaller reissue labels are often passed over for larger ones. It's a lot of studio politics involved, and I wouldn't be surprised if the same were applied to video.
 

KentTeffeteller

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Another issue I've seen with audio releases, often the record labels don't want to give up their original and/or best masters outside their studios, even if a large fee is offered for payment. And smaller reissue labels are often passed over for larger ones. It's a lot of studio politics involved, and I wouldn't be surprised if the same were applied to video.

Can you blame them. That master is tools to make tools. Some of them require it to be mastered in their facilities. A one generation down, well made flat analog safety copy is often just fine to work with. Why not make that available so it can be mastered all analog. And the original stay safe.
 

Harry

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Not being Netflix subscribers, we were interested in seeing THE CROWN, the series about the life ant times of Queen Elizabeth II. It had gotten rave reviews and we like those sort of shows. So I ordered the Blu-ray set that contains both Season 1 and Season 2. It arrives, it plays fine here in Region A.

But the dumb authoring part is: there are four discs. Three episodes on disc 1, three on disc 2, two each on discs 3 and 4. So you're watching disc one and the menu has the titles of the episodes on the left side. They nicely scroll to the next one as you finish and episode. You finish episode three and the title for episode four is now highlighted. You select it - and get a message to insert disc 2! The same procedure goes on for each "next disc".

Wouldn't it be better is the episode titles for each disc were on their own disc? Anyone who's watching THE CROWN, I think, might have the intelligence to figure out the alignment of titles to disc.

The only good part of this, is that when you DO put in disc 2, it goes right to the start of the next episode without slogging you through another menu.
 
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