- Jun 15, 2004
I notice that dvdpricesearch has added The Beverly Hillbillies S2 to their database. Right now it is only listed at DVD Empire as a October preorder. Has anything been confirmed by Paramount?
I had 20 year old VHS tapes that were recorded at 6 hr speed from a UHF station of the show that looked better then the MPI sets. I don't see how it's open for debate. They were very dirty 16mm dubs. Those prints looked like they were dragged down a dirt road for 10 miles. I think the most popular TV comedy series of the 1960's deserved a lot better then that. I got to think the Season two sets will be a HUGE improvement.chadHobbick said:I didn't find the MPI sets unwatchable. I watched the first volume w/my dad one weekend and it looked okay to me. Personally if I find a set is kinda crappy, like those $10 sets that you get at WM, it makes it more enjoyable, like you are more in the there as you watch it. I thought the picture looked good on those sets.
So should we start taking bets that Paramount won't release S1 until they do a complete series box set, and use that as the only way to get S1, outside of buying the MPI sets?
It is a public domain release.chas speed said:Did anybody else think the MPI junk was unwatchable? They were clearly NOT remastered and were the type of badly dubbed 16mm prints that you would get from a public domain release.
I'm not sure what this means: "you are more in the there"?chadHobbick said:Personally if I find a set is kinda crappy, like those $10 sets that you get at WM, it makes it more enjoyable, like you are more in the there as you watch it.
If they are the best prints of the show that you have ever seen, I can only assume you have never seen the show in reruns in the past 30 years. Get out your DVD's and compare them to the reruns TV land is running right now. There is no way you will be able to say that with a straight face. I was trying to think of any TV show on DVD that looked as bad and Lancelot Link (as another post said) was all I could come up with.David Lambert said:I simply fail to understand where people are coming from, saying that the MPI releases are "unwatchable".
No, they're not the best transfers I've ever seen anywhere...let's get that straight off the top.
On the other hand, they're the best transfers of The Beverly Hillbillies I've ever seen. Growing up watching them as a kid, they looked worse than I see on these DVDs. Watching them now on a local UHF station, the episodes look completely pitiful.
I was recently watching the MPI "Volume 2" discs on my LCD HDTV, though, and they do still show some artifacts here and there. But the natural beautiful film grain is still there, as it should be, and the shades of gray are bright and run the gamut pretty well for me. I can see everything I'm supposed to see, and can easily enjoy the stories without being distracted by video-related problems.
Are the blacks as black as they should be? Not quite. Are there problems in the occasional place? Sure. Did the "remastering" job MPI did consist of high-end stuff like Citizen Kane was subjected to? Oh, hell no. Was I "impressed"? No, too strong a word. Was I "disappointed", then? No, not at all, in any way, shape or form. I thought MPI did quite good with what they had.
If I were reviewing the video on these discs (and keep in mind, I haven't regularly performed DVD reviews in several years; it's not a job I enjoy) on a 10-point scale (10 being the highest), I'd probably clock these in at about a 7.
Of course, opinions vary. But that's mine, for a show I would personally categorize as "beloved". As long as Paramount's PQ is equal to or better than MPI's, I'll be cool with it.
The Season 2 cover art I'll be posting later today, though...man, that's gotta go!