Prime Suspect, a high quality UK TV series, which was in production from 1991 to 2006, saw changes in technical specifications.
Originally, apparently shot in 35, and ending in S16 and stereo, the series rode the technological wave.
Now finally being offered on Blu-ray in a seven disc set, I have certain suspicions, with nothing to back up my thoughts, about why we're seeing what we're seeing on this set.
First, and most important, the overall quality of the set is quite good. No problems with 1080i-tis.
What's interesting, is that while all of the discs are HD 16:9, Series 4 (Part1) is 4:3, and lacking in overall resolution.
We see the same situation on occasion with a sequence or two as the series progresses, but nothing like this.
My presumption is that somehow the OCN went missing, and that the first part of this 1995 offering was taken from an extant UK video master.
Absolutely not a deal-breaker.
Simply food for thought.
The cast is superb. Beyond Helen Mirren, the supporting cast includes Ralph Fiennes, Tom Wilkinson, Zoe Wanamaker, David Thewlis, Ciaran Hinds, and the current "American" Sherlock Holmes, Jonny Lee Miller.
Wonderful series, finally available in high definition, and without any of the niggling 1080i problems that occasionally surface.
Image - 2.5 to 5
Audio - 3.5 to 5
All 25 hours of it.