Babylon 5 Double Layer?

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  1. Brandon:W

    Brandon:W Stunt Coordinator

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    Does anyone know if the Babylon 5 DVDs are double layer or single layer? They seem to cram a lot more on one disk than other TV shows (e.g. Farscape).

    Just wondering about the video quality.

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    Brandon
     
  2. Joseph DeMartino

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    The discs are dual-layered - and there are 4 episodes per disc, which is pretty typical for "one hour" (approx. 43 minute) commercial TV series. X-Files, which pioneered the TV on DVD concept, also has 4 episodes per disc, as does every other series that I personally collect (NYPD Blue, CSI) except for Forever Knight which has 3 episodes per disc - and the worst video quality of the lot.

    There's no "cramming" involved. Apart from brief intros and some commentary tracks all the 4 episode per discs series I have put their major extras on the final disc - which typically has fewer episodes than the others, so again there is no compromise on quality. (B5 had 22 episode seasons, so that gives you 5 discs with 4 episodes for the first 20, and a 6th disc with 2 episodes and plenty of room left over for additional material.)

    I don't collect Farscape, so I'm not sure how many episodes they have per season or per disc, but it sounds like that show is more the exception than the rule.

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  3. Brandon:W

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    Thanks for the info, Joe.

    I don't own many TV shows on DVD so I was wondering. Farscape has two one-hour (actual time maybe 48 min) episodes per disk.

    Brandon
     
  4. Gord Lacey

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    You'll probably run across some sets that put 8 episodes on a disc (ER, West Wing, Law & Order) but these are 2-sided discs, so there are 4 episodes per side (2 per layer).

    Gord
     
  5. Randall Cyrenne

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    There should be enough room for good quality video, but I always found these sets to have shabby video. The special effects shots get lots of attention for lesser quality, but to me much of the other footage looks low-res and blocky sometimes. Still, it's a *great* show and I've never regretted buying the sets.
     
  6. Philip Verdieck

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    Farscape DVDs are created with maximum revenue generation in mind. Nothing else. They put off for the longest period of time releasing box sets.
     
  7. Gord Lacey

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    Actually, ADV has a system for their box sets.

    They released season 1 in volumes, then they released season 2 in volumes, then they released season 1 as a set, then they did season 3 in volumes, then season 2 as a set, then season 4 in volumes, then season 3 as a set, and finally season 4 as a set.

    They follow the same pattern for their other TV sets, Andromeda and Mutant X. It's not friendly to people that want season sets, but they have a method behind the madness.

    Gord
     
  8. Michael St. Clair

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    4 eps per DVD-9 disc can have great quality with 44 minute shows like B5.

    It's when they cram 4 hours of 60 minute cable shows (like some discs of The Sopranos) that the overcompression artifacts really start to show on a good setup.
     

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