OZ- First Impressions

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  1. James Miller

    James Miller Stunt Coordinator

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    Wow... how young they all look! Glenn, McManus, Poet, Beecher, Alvarez... even Schillinger and Ribodeau. And to have Adebisi back in Oz... what can I say?
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    The only review I've seen so far is from "dvdangle". (http://dvdangle.com/reviews/review.php?Id=2304) They pretty much tore apart the video quality.
    I am pleased to say- admittedly after watching only the first episode- that the video quality is quite a bit better than I expected based on that review.
    True enough, there is ample grain- but with the muted colors and "documentary-esque" filming style/atmosphere it does not detract and is much less of an issue than that review implies- but don't get me wrong, it is very noticeable. Focus/softness was another major concern in that review. I've not found it to be distracting.
    Blemishes/print dust/scratches are not a problem, although that review goes into some detail in that regard. (they focus on episode 4 more than any others, which I have not yet watched, but they talk as if it is distracting throughout the set)
    Color saturation and contrast are fine.
    The audio is nothing to qrite home about. Epidode 1 at least is almost completely devoid of surround effects. However, I imagine this is authentic and faithful to the originals.
    Extras are sparse... commentaries on the first two episodes and a very short featurette.
    The packaging is nice, three heavy cardboard panels each holding one of the three DVDs, the back of one contains a very basic episode guide, the seond the front cover and the third the back cover- all folding into a secure and stable box. (need to see it; completely unique as far as I know)
    The episodes are broken into chapters- ~8 for the first episode, however the packaging contains no chapter listing.
    All in all, thus far, I am quite pleased. I am confident that this presentation is as good as source material allows-without digitally altering the intent of the filmmaker. (reducing grain, etc) Certainly as good as or better than the original or repeat airings on HBO. (admittedly it has been a couple years- or so- since I've seen season one)
    Overall video quality is superior to "The Larry Sanders Show" and about equal to the first season- episodes 2+ of "Sex and the City".
    Put it this way. I love Larry Sanders but was disappointed with the DVDs. I love SatC but was merely satisifed with the Season One DVDs. I love OZ and am PLEASED with the wuality presented here.
    I'd have liked more extras, but a/v wise- age/source material/original broadcast quality/first season budget, etc; all things considered I give this set 4/5.
     
  2. josh4040

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    Is it too early to ask for season two and all the rest??? I love oz. Man it rules, and yes it was a trip to see them all so young. It sure sounded like Kareem Saide sounded different. Oh yeah I went to dvdauthority and there is no review. Do you know where it is.
     
  3. Vincent Matis

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    Is there any kind of subtitles (not CC)?? Some of HBO releases have (Sex and the City), some haven't (The Sopranos)...
    Thanks,
    Vincent
     
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    Unfortunately no subtitles and its fullscreen [​IMG] but it does have spiffy animated menus [​IMG] so shuddup and buy it!
     
  5. Kyle McKnight

    Kyle McKnight Cinematographer

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    It was shot fullscreen, no need to get angry. Turn that frown [​IMG] upside down [​IMG]
     
  6. James Miller

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  8. James Miller

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    Yes, Michael.. just wanted those who are familiar with OZ to not let the negative tones on dvdangle prevent them from buying the set..
     
  9. JasonKrol

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    pre-ordered from amazon last week, its enroute. Cant wait!

    After I moved out of my parents last year, I havent had HBO (i know, shoot me!) and Im really missing this show. Im sure that once I watch season 1 again, I will be subscribing to HBO again. Ive just been lazy and never subscribed since I moved into my new place.

    Thanks for the review!!
     
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    Just finished watching this box and wow-I've only seen season 4 on Showcase here, but it's great to see how it all started. Anything from HBO on future releases?

    The only problem with the DVDs-having seen season 4, I know who is still alive and who isn't. A minor spoiler I know, but with the turnover on Oz, it's something that you'd rather not know about.
     

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