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HTF DVD Review: Emergency! Season Five

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#1 of 2 ONLINE   Todd Erwin

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Posted January 20 2009 - 03:34 PM


Apparently, these are not recent tranfers, and the DVD was most likely mastered from older syndication videotapes. Emergency! deserves much better, and the video on this release is not acceptable from a major studio like Universal.

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The Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio on this release is only slightly better than the video. Due to age of the material, I expected it to sound compressed, but much of the visible dirt is also audible, likely meaning the episodes were transferred from prints with an optical soundtrack.

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Included on this set is a 1972 crossover episode from Adam-12. The video and audio quality of this bonus episode is almost a complete 180 degree difference from the included Emergency episodes. Black levels are good, flesh tomes are accurate, and the print is pristine.

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This set is for die-hard fans of Emergency! who have found that their old VHS tapes of the show are beginning to deteriorate. Buyer beware...

This DVD was reviewed on the following home theater gear:
  • Toshiba 56HM66 DLP HDTV
  • Sony Playstation 3 (outputting to 1080i)
  • Yamaha HTR-5940 Home Theater Receiver (in 5.1 configuration)
  • Yamaha NS-AP2600 Home Cinema Speaker Package
  • Yamaha YST-SW010 subwoofer

#2 of 2 OFFLINE   bmasters9


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Posted January 22 2009 - 10:42 AM

I can't believe that Universal would drop the ball on this recent release of "Emergency." Granted, I never really saw any of the series, but still, at least for the fans of it, extremely bad video quality and even worse audio quality are not to be tolerated in its releases. Universal should have gotten a big fat F-minus.
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