First up, if you don't care about DVNR, this is just going to seem like nitpicking, so don't read it if you don't care.
Anyway, this is copied almost word for word from my web site, have a read (and gasp at the horror):
| And just when you thought all was well in digital clean-up land! Not only is it packaged inside a Halloween mask that resembles Homer Simpson's head, but the latest DVD release of "America's favorite family" has all the disappearing lines and misplaced paint splodges that you'd typically associate with the release of old, beat-up 1940s material as well. If you don't know what DVNR is, go here. |
That is, the European/Australasian version does. Sadly, our review copy was supplied by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment UK and as such is in the PAL video standard. "The Simpsons" originated on American TV so was originally in NTSC video. The standards conversion on the set is pretty poor - camera pans look bad with skipped frames everywhere. I haven't seen the American NTSC version, which obviously won't have the standards conversion issues, so I can't tell you if it is DVNR'd or not. It's very possible that whatever standards conversion unit Fox have used to convert the show into the European video system has also decided to DVNR the picture as well, but I digress, whatever's gone wrong, it's not very pleasant to watch, even if the show was never about fantastic visuals in the first place.
Pop in the first disc and watch Matt Groening's introduction, where he proudly mentions the guest voices present in this season. The animated Tito Puente's hands very slightly begin to mash up as he frantically taps his bongos. In "Bart Vs Australia", a scene with Bart and his dad running sees their feet turn to mush. It's another example of a DVD's image quality being needlessly muddied. The people transferring the video probably didn't even know the DVNR was turned on or what it was doing. Perhaps it's because we live in a world where people get picked for jobs based on qualifications rather than actual knowledge, I don't know. Anyway, enjoy this selection of fun images.
And before any Slashdotters tattle, no, I wasn't looking (who'd think to look for DVNR on a TV show that's less than 10 years old?), it's visible on normal playback.