BOOMTOWN Season 1 DVD reviews/opinions?

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  1. Matt_P

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    Hey all,

    I'm very happy that one of the most tragic cancellations, Boomtown, is finally out on DVD. My set hasn't arrived yet, so I was wondering if anyone has any opinions on the quality, etc. I still find it odd they didn't release the entire series in one box, since season two had only 6 eps.

    I for one did not even hear about the official announcment for this set--I knew it was coming, but was there ever a press release? I found out when I saw an ad in TV Guide last week about its 7/20 release date. It was pleasant, sudden news to me.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Aaron Gould

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    Hey Matt,

    Did you by chance pick this up? Any opinions on it if you did?

    I had forgotten about this completely, after reading about it a month or so back on Digital Bits.

    Just saw it in a store today... I can't believe they didn't make it the entire series either. Oh well, not too big a deal since the show is too amazing!
     
  3. Tony Kwong

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    I bought it, have not gone through it except the first episode. I have most of the episodes recorded on DVHS and that look much better than the DVD. But I bought this mostly for the episodes that I missed.
     
  4. Matt_P

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    Hey gents,

    I did indeed pick it up, and have sampled a few episodes. PQ is excellent, with very good detail, color and contrast. I didn't notice any digital overenhancement problems.

    The sound, however, is a solid stereo track, but does not trigger pro logic on my receiver---kind of odd, considering this was broadcast in Dolby Surround.

    I've listened to a few of the 6 commentaries, and they're informative and interesting (Jon Avnet and Graham Yost still have a passion for this show)---these are the real cream of the set. There are two docs on the last disc that have some in-depth exploration of the characters and the "Boomtown shuffle," or the show's innovative formula (that the network forced them to dumb down later on....[​IMG] ) with many of the writers, cast and crew.

    The packaging is composed of a stack of plastic disc trays, similar to what you'd find in the Star Trek Voyager season sets, with a wraparound cardboard exterior that's affixed to the trays, which flip like pages of a book. Cheap, but nice artwork. There is no exterior slipcase.

    All in all, this is a handsome set that can be had for very very cheap online. This was simply the best show on TV when it aired, and deserves a second look on DVD.

    My highest recommendation, to be sure.
     
  5. Gord Lacey

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    I'm bothered that R2 got 5.1 tracks for the set, and we got stereo. What's up with that?!

    Gord
     
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    Great to hear the quality is pretty good.

    I have to say that I too am upset that there's no 5.1 on the R1 copies. It's not enough to keep me from buying it though.
     
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    I noticed the lack of 5.1 too [​IMG]

    Oh, well, at least we have it on disc.

    I wonder if S2's 6 eps will ever see the light of day....
     
  8. Gord Lacey

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    I think they will. I know 3 commentaries were recorded for the final 6 episodes, so hopefully they will be released.

    Gord
     
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    Let's just hope the remaining episodes will be priced at less than half of the cost of Season 1...
     
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    How many remaining episodes are there?
     
  11. Gord Lacey

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    Only 6 for the second season.

    Gord
     
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    How dissapointing. What a fabulous show axed by the network!
     
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    I did see the producers were going back to form for the last 3 of season 2 since they were cancelled.
     

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