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King of the Hill Season 1 Video is darn-tootin' bad!


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#1 of 13 Shane_M

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Posted June 19 2003 - 04:13 PM

I just finished reviewing KOTH and I have to say it's the worst video transfer I've ever seen.

It's shaky beyond all belief. There's shimmering all over the place. Edge enhancement is super big during certain scenes. Plus, there's more noise than what come out of kids first crack at playin' an instrument.

I'm not happy at all.
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#2 of 13 EricW

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Posted June 20 2003 - 02:09 AM

how's the video compared to Family Guy (which was pretty bad)?
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Posted June 20 2003 - 03:03 AM

I thought the video on Family Guy was one of the best transfers I've ever seen. Very bright and colors were dead on.

As for King of the Hill it's a very drab show but that's no excuse for these problems.
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#4 of 13 Jon Robertson

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Posted June 20 2003 - 05:55 AM

To be fair, all the other reviews I've read (one, two, three, four) give the video transfer high marks. I don't expect the same quality from a TV show as I do an actual film, so I doubt I'll be disappointed.

#5 of 13 Dan Rudolph

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Posted June 20 2003 - 06:23 AM

And King of the Hill was done on the cheap its first season.
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#6 of 13 Aaron Cohen

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Posted June 20 2003 - 08:04 AM

Is it at least better than South Park: Season One? You can download episodes off the internet that look better than that noise-infested crap! I felt like a sucker for purchasing the damn thing especially with the commentary BS.

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Posted June 20 2003 - 05:16 PM

Family Guy looks great compaired to this transfer. I'm not kidding the bounce on the video started to distract me. Most of the time I miss the little flaws, but this was really bad. It's most noticable during the pilot episode.

Perhaps the other reviews didn't watch that episode, as the jumpiness at least settled down after the first one, but still the shimmering and the noise were present throught.

I'll see if I can capture some images and hopefully they'll show the offset. It moved a good 2cm in one shake.
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#8 of 13 Jeff Jacobson

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Posted June 20 2003 - 05:34 PM

To be fair, all the other reviews I've read (one, two, three, four) give the video transfer high marks. I don't expect the same quality from a TV show as I do an actual film, so I doubt I'll be disappointed.

Review two mentions "shimmer and jaggies":

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I did notice some shimmer and jaggies on occasion, but nothing that distracted from the series at all.


#9 of 13 Patrick McCart

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Posted June 20 2003 - 05:36 PM

A lot of these early seasons were never meant for DVD. They were made to be shown on TVs with cable at best.

Now that they are on DVD, you're likely seeing them better than they did originally. Of course, they *could* totally remaster the episodes from film...but they'd never make money from the DVDs that way.

#10 of 13 Ryan Peter

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Posted June 20 2003 - 05:40 PM

Shane, couldn't find a review on your site to get the in-depth stuff on the set. Also your site is a bit wider than 800x600 resolution, just a head's up.
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#11 of 13 Jon Robertson

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Posted June 20 2003 - 11:26 PM

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Review two mentions "shimmer and jaggies":
But gives the video 4/5 nonetheless.

#12 of 13 TerryW

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Posted June 21 2003 - 12:01 AM

These problems are probably in the original animation and not fixable without tremendous expense from Fox and then the set would cost us alot more. Check these 'problem' episodes in syndication to see if they are there too or only on dvd.
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#13 of 13 Shane_M

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Posted June 21 2003 - 12:42 AM

Ryan,

The review will be going up this weekend. And yes, I know it's just a little larger than 800x600. It's 848 I think. I'm in the midst of a complete site redesign.

TerryW,

I'll see if I can catch an episode on TV. Typically I don't bother watching TV because of my love for movies.
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