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This Special Edition marks the 30th Anniversary of one of the greatest situation comedies British television has ever seen. Every episode of the BAFTA winning sitcom has been fantastically remastered and for the first time ever John Cleese provides audio commentaries on all 12 episodes.

Or £12.99 @ HMV with 5% cashback, thanks to info. from the engineer.
http://hmv.com/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=224;5;212;324;31&sku=217038

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Exclusive commentaries by John Cleese
2009 Extended Interviews
Includes exclusive interview with Connie Booth
Accompanying booklet
Interviews with John Cleese, Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs.
Series 1 directors commentary by John Howard Davies
Series 2 directors commentary by Bob Spiers
Artist profiles
Out takes
Torquay Tourist Guide (short documentary film)
Cheap Tatty Review
Audio Description & Navigation Option
Exclusive commentaries by John Cleese
2009 Extended Interviews
Includes exclusive interview with Connie Booth
Accompanying booklet
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2 Likes #2
Or a penny more at HMV but with 5% Quidco.
#3
nice bit of remastering i have heard, plus cleese commentary on every episode.
#4
Remastering? So a CGI Siberian hamster then?
#5
Dunno about Delivery but its £11.74 on BBC Website.
#6
mmmmmmmmmm lots more extras
#7
alritegeeza
Dunno about Delivery but its £11.74 on BBC Website.


BBC Shop is £17.00 plus £2.45 postage.

£11.74 is the price for Series 1 or 2 of the original DVD.
#8
I'm so tempted, however I have still not seen the last 3 disc boxset I bought, as when I bought it they started screening them on UK GOLD.

Voted Hot, but will wait for a while as I already have it and am just missing the new extras and increase in quality.
#9
Think the back ground commentary would get annoying after a while!!
#10
awilko
Think the back ground commentary would get annoying after a while!!


The audio commentary will be on a separate track. You should be able to choose whether to hear it or not.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_commentary
#11
Nice one. Really looking forward to a good clean copy.
#12
All we need now is the same treatment for Blackadder and OFAH
#13
Thought blackadder already got 'remastered' and the verdict was not a lot of difference?
#14
calathea
All we need now is the same treatment for Blackadder and OFAH


The new Blackadder Remastered Editions were released this year already.

What we need is for Only Fools And Horses to be also uncut as the current DVD's are a shambles and I will never buy them in there current state, rather watch them on GOLD.
#15
awilko
Think the back ground commentary would get annoying after a while!!


Don't worry.........he's from Barcelona:p
banned#16
Hi I am new can some one please tell me how to vote something hot or cold, I can't seem to find any help pages or something that explains how it works thank you
#17
Any plans to release this on BD?
#18
IWannaBeAdored;6590096
Any plans to release this on BD?
No point, as it wasn't recorded in high definition in the first place.
banned#19
anyone?
1 Like #20
As far as I remember, you login and where the degrees of hotness is shown in the title you press the little red up arrow to vote hot and the down blue to vote cold.

Is this title easily distiguishable from the 2005 release which appears to have the same commentaries etc?

Note to self : I think the word REMASTERED in large letters on the front of the packaging is a clue. I'm sorry to have bothered myself.
self : no problem you idiot

I wonder if they've got rid of the flame trails (as the camera moves a naked flame leaves a trail which lags on for a few seconds) in the video which was very evident from the technology they used at the time. Note to self : You have no idea if they've remastered the flame trails, so you won't have to rebuke yourself in public. Self : You're so kind, cheers.
#21
fishmaster
As far as I remember, you login and where the degrees of hotness is shown in the title you press the little red up arrow to vote hot and the down blue to vote cold.

Is this title easily distiguishable from the 2005 release which appears to have the same commentaries etc?

Note to self : I think the word REMASTERED in large letters on the front of the packaging is a clue. I'm sorry to have bothered myself.
self : no problem you idiot

I wonder if they've got rid of the flame trails (as the camera moves a naked flame leaves a trail which lags on for a few seconds) in the video which was very evident from the technology they used at the time. Note to self : You have no idea if they've remastered the flame trails, so you won't have to rebuke yourself in public. Self : You're so kind, cheers.


Post of the day. :thumbsup: Bravo you numpty! ;-) :-D
#22
the engineer
Or a penny more at HMV but with 5% Quidco.


Rep added!

Make it so!

Soth 8-)
#23
pibpob
No point, as it wasn't recorded in high definition in the first place.


Nowt wrong with ignorance but please don't spread it :roll:

film has an infinite resolution. Why do you think they bothered releasing "Snow White" recently on bluray a film released god knows before the 50s anyways.
#24
Whilst you are correct about film, Fawlty towers wasn't recorded using film it was recorded using video which certainly wasn't HD resolution in the 1970's.

The following link references to a 'Video master'

http://cinema1080.com/reviews/tv_series/fawltytowers.htm

"The video master for the DVD must have been in quite poor condition and I think this is probably the best that could have been done with it."

Fawlty Towers was recorded on 2" Quad tape as mentioned in an earlier link in this thread >

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadruplex_videotape

You may feel embarrassed for saying "Nowt wrong with ignorance but please don't spread it" :P
#25
pibpob
No point, as it wasn't recorded in high definition in the first place.


Neither was life on mars and that was released on BD, plus if it was on BD you could get every episode onto one disc

I am very tempted to get this, already got series 1 & 2 but if theres a big difference in the quality i'd go for it. it would be nice to see more comparison shots

anyway, great deal. hilarious show:-D
#26
That is a good point about Blu Ray, all ep's of FT could fit on one disc. As for the resolution FT was filmed using Quadruplex_videotape which is SD quality only, as I mentioned in an earlier post.
banned#27
voted hot. but don't mention the war!!
#28
robo989;6591403
Nowt wrong with ignorance but please don't spread it :roll:

film has an infinite resolution.
You made me chuckle. For a start "film has an infinite resolution" is a comical thing to say - of course it doesn't. It may have a higher resolution than standard definition TV; it may not. It depends on lots of things, such as the size of the frame and the speed of the film (not to mention the quality of the lens used to get the image on the film in the first place), but no film ever has infinite resolution or we'd have solved all our storage problems years ago.

Secondly, if you read the link so kindly provided earlier, you will see that most of the material was on 2" video tape, later transferred to D3 (PAL) digital cassette, and this was used through BBC R&D's PAL transform decoder, which I have a passing acquaintance with as I know its inventor, to do a mathematically perfect PAL decode which wasn't possible before.

However, this doesn't produce any higher resolution than a standard definition component signal is theoretically capable of. Yes, it looks like bits of it were enhanced with film, but it looks like that was a small proportion, and because I have already explained to you that film doesn't have "infinite" resolution, there is nothing to say that this film even has the resolution of an HD television signal.

Why do you think they bothered releasing "Snow White" recently on bluray a film released god knows before the 50s anyways.
Because there were film copies available, and Snow White was made for the cinema with something along the lines of 35mm film. It is very very unlikely that the film bits of Fawlty Towers were 35mm because it (not to mention the cameras) is so damned expensive and hence is uneconomic for material designed for c1980 standard definition television. (If you think about it, if film had infinite resolution then why go to the expense of using 35mm [or even larger for some blockbusters] when super-8 would have done just as well?)
#29
fishmaster;6591464
You may feel embarrassed for saying "Nowt wrong with ignorance but please don't spread it" :P
Thank you - I somehow think that this contributor will quietly disappear from this thread.
#30
Kimser
Hi I am new can some one please tell me how to vote something hot or cold, I can't seem to find any help pages or something that explains how it works thank you

Just to the left of the title there's a little blue and red marker you can click on to make it cold or hot. :)

http://www.hotukdeals.com/images/deal_votehot_disabled.gif
#31
pibpob
You made me chuckle. For a start "film has an infinite resolution" is a comical thing to say - of course it doesn't. It may have a higher resolution than standard definition TV; it may not. It depends on lots of things, such as the size of the frame and the speed of the film (not to mention the quality of the lens used to get the image on the film in the first place), but no film ever has infinite resolution or we'd have solved all our storage problems years ago.

Secondly, if you read the link so kindly provided earlier, you will see that most of the material was on 2" video tape, later transferred to D3 (PAL) digital cassette, and this was used through BBC R&D's PAL transform decoder, which I have a passing acquaintance with as I know its inventor, to do a mathematically perfect PAL decode which wasn't possible before.

However, this doesn't produce any higher resolution than a standard definition component signal is theoretically capable of. Yes, it looks like bits of it were enhanced with film, but it looks like that was a small proportion, and because I have already explained to you that film doesn't have "infinite" resolution, there is nothing to say that this film even has the resolution of an HD television signal.

Because there were film copies available, and Snow White was made for the cinema with something along the lines of 35mm film. It is very very unlikely that the film bits of Fawlty Towers were 35mm because it (not to mention the cameras) is so damned expensive and hence is uneconomic for material designed for c1980 standard definition television. (If you think about it, if film had infinite resolution then why go to the expense of using 35mm [or even larger for some blockbusters] when super-8 would have done just as well?)


Exterior shots (hitting car with tree etc) were shot on film. Hopefully they have been able to find the master rushes to remaster these shots.

As for releasing on Blu-Ray, they could justify it if they were using a nice expensive upconverter. A £10,000 S&W upconverter would do a better job than any domestic TV/DVD player.
banned#32
thank you
#33
evil_dave;6594087
Exterior shots (hitting car with tree etc) were shot on film. Hopefully they have been able to find the master rushes to remaster these shots.
Indeed, but if you show those in HD and the rest in SD it will throw the problems with the SD into sharp relief.
As for releasing on Blu-Ray, they could justify it if they were using a nice expensive upconverter. A £10,000 S&W upconverter would do a better job than any domestic TV/DVD player.
It still cannot generate information from nothing. And remember that it's old material which has spent many years on an analogue recording medium deteriorating, subsequently being transferred to a digital medium which has already deteriorated to the extent that it is generating uncorrectable errors. This is an SD programme; you can't magically generate an HD programme out of it. £10 000 is less money than a single HD studio camrecorder, so if you could, everyone would use that combination instead of an HD production chain.
#34
Yet another DVD that I have already got that has been 'improved' one way or the other. :x

That's sales and marketing for you I guess. £££
#35
NT14;6595132
Yet another DVD that I have already got that has been 'improved' one way or the other. :x
Have you read the link given near the top of the thread? Does your copy have, for instance, the cross-colour problems shown in the picture on that link?

Besides which, there are significant extra features such as complete audio commentary. Whether this commentary is any good or not is another question though!

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