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Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Scott511, Aug 5, 2016.
No widescreen no buy. I don't want to see Magnum cropped on the sides anymore. I want Magnum in full widescreen glory. If 80's Columbo can do it, Magnum can do it. He's way stronger. Come on Magnum! DO IT!
I'd love to have widescreen but I can't stand seeing older shows cropped & zoomed in. Throws everything off for me.
I heard that Colombo was able to go to Widescreen due to the "NBC Mystery Movie" show being shot protected for 1.66:1 for limited overseas movie distribution.
Huge sale on all Fabulous TV releases. Finally pulled the trigger on Magnum PI. I'm not going to risk this going out of print or the price jumping back up.
£119.99 Before VAT removal. Without VAT £99.99 or $128.65 plus S&H
Cheapest price before this was £169.99 and the exchange rate is still near record lows. I consider this series my Holy Grail on Blu-ray and for this price, I finally pulled the trigger. Even if Mill Creek get's the rights and releases this in the future, there is no way it will be spread out over 37 discs.
It's not cropped on the sides. That's the aspect ratio it was filmed for.
Tilt and scan for old shows is the same as pan and scan for VHS era movies. And no one that would frequent a home theater forum liked pan and scan. So it's not acceptable for old TV shows just because "I GOTSTA HAVE MAH SCREEN FILLED UP!"... unless you really want to watch "AGNUM P." instead.
Thanks for alerting us on this. I was looking at these last week and decided to wait for a possible U.S. release by Mill Creek. Couldn't pass this up. Magnum is my go to 80's television. I picked up The Incredible Hulk as well. Thought about the A Team. I never finished my DVD set. I gave up after the first two seasons. Not worth it to me at this time.
I received my Magnum P.I. and Incredible Hulk sets today from Fabulous. The outer packaging on both sets lists the same bonus content as the Universal sets, including commentaries. I'll post my opinion on picture quality after I watch a few key episodes of each if anyone is interested.
Er no, all those series were clearly cropped on initial broadcasts with tons of empty headspace and bottom. Putting them on widescreen restores them to watchable, cinematic glory instead of ugly 4/3 crop which they all were.
Yeah and if it wasn't cropped to fill a 16:9 screen, it would just have the proper 4:3 frame with empty space on either side that was not intended to be seen. And in that empty & unintended space, you'd catch the occasional glimpse of a crew member or a light, etc. These shows are intended to be seen at 4:3 because no DOP in the 1970's or 80's is going to shoot for a frame that literally no one has the ability to see in the hopes that in 20 or 30 years someone finally sees their work correctly.
WB tried to "Widescreen" Kung Fu season 1. And not too long ago the original Battlestar Galactica Blu-Ray from Universal. The results are disasterous with important information missing on the top and bottom of screen. Unwatchable.
Someone did it to Hogan's Heroes as well. I tried to watch an episode on YouTube and quickly turned it off.
Magnum PI back down to 119 Pounds or $99 with VAT removed.
I just purchased A-Team from Amazon UK thinking it would have the replacement discs for the syndicated two part episodes by now. It does not and since I live in the US I am not sure if I will be able to get the available replacement discs.
Limited edition announced
(Should gave the second non-syndicated pressing discs for an episode in each of S2-3. The first pressing had an exchange programme)