I'd like to see Dynasty get a release too. I've got it on VHS recorded from TV but it's not the same. I grew up watching it. It had a few bad years when "The Colby's" got two major characters from the show but it was good overall.
O.K. I just received my Dynasty set down here in Australia. It was shipped from Canada slightly earlier than the release date. I haven't had a chance to view anything much except for a quick look here and there. Most important are the transfers haven't been cleaned up. There are artifacts galore; otherwise the picture is quite acceptable and doesn't bother me that much. There are 3 commentaries with Esther Shapiro doing the pilot(broken into three eps) and the last two of the season with Al Corley. Esther seems quite into it all and provides an interesting commentary.She doesn't seem bored by it all as some commentaries you hear on other sets The extras are pitiful though. One is a doco about 20 minutes long which i havent really looked at yet. It seems to be about the creating of the series. Two character bios of Al Corley and Pamela Sue Martin, both only 5 mins long. You see Al and Pamela as they are today talk about their characters. That's it for the extras! There were no "last time on Dynasty" recaps to go with each ep either. I checked my old VHS tapes of the show which I recorded about 2-3 years ago here on cable in Australia and they all had the recaps. So I don't know why Fox didn't put them on. The discs are plain with no picture graphics and they are flippers. The disc has a gold ring around the centre, but the other side has nothing. At first you think it's only one sided and I thought the last ep of the season was missing from the disc. All in all, cheaply put together by Fox, sparse in the extras department, and O.K, artifact filled transfers. Having looked at my old VHS copies, the picture quality on DVD is miles better, of course.
Having watched the first 2 discs, I thought the prints and transfers were pretty clean. Some print artifacts on the films here and there, but not what I would call galore.
I did notice on my system what I felt was some very slight edge enhancement, with the edge of some car doors shimmering once in while, and once Bo Hopkins hair shimmered. Overall, I thought the picture quality was excellent for the age of the materials and the price of the set.
Some people get real picky about artifacts and I thought I should mention there are plenty.Personlly they don't bother me, but if you soley look out for them, they are there in spades. The picture is quite crisp as you say, but the film artifacts are there and Fox haven't made any attempt to clean them up for the real purists.
Can you tell if they used the original masters or the syndication prints? Just learned that the Dallas set uses the edited, time-sped syndication versions of the show, and I fear that's what I'm going to get if I buy this set.
Scott_F_S: I've watched the first 2 discs, and they are the originals, not the syndicated versions. They are neither edited nor time-sped. Can't guarantee about the eps on the last 2 discs yet, but I'm willing to bet they'll be the same.
Well, they're not entirely the originals. The original pilot was a 3-hour episode shown in one night. Subsequently, it was cut into three parts (but not edited for time) for summer repeats on ABC. It was then cut further for syndication.
Becuase Fox chose to use all DVD-10s for this set, with a limit of 2 hours per side, the pilot episode becomes a flipper, and to make the transition on the flip look "nicer", Fox used the ending of the "cut for summer reruns" 2nd hour, so that it would have the "TO BE CONTINUED" title card at the sidebreak. This unusual bit of editing (which throws in an establishing shot of Krystle standing on a balcony from later in the episode for no good reason) was not in the original bradcast, which faded to black after Blake's confrontation with Steven and went to commercial.
To sum up, nothing has been cut from the set, but one bit of "extra junk" has been added.
This is SOP for Fox in the USA. None of the Buffy or Angel sets had them (even though the UK sets did). In fact, the only Fox TV set that has them that I've seen is "The Shield", and then still not on the Season 1 set.