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Posted 26th Nov 2019Edited by:"ThePointyEnd"

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The British sitcom by which all other British sitcoms must be judged, Fawlty Towers withstands multiple viewings, is eminently quotable ("don’t mention the war"), and stands up to this day as a jewel in the BBC's comedy crown. Fawlty Towers was famously inspired by a seethingly rude hotel proprietor John Cleese encountered whilst away filming with the Monty Python team. Unwittingly, Donald Sinclair became the blueprint for Basil Fawlty, the epitome of frustrated, social climbing middle-Englanders. Now digitally remastered
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Must have!!!
Only showing 12 episodes...is it missing the second series?
playtime126/11/2019 20:12

Only showing 12 episodes...is it missing the second series?


That is both series there only ever was 12 episodes.
This isn't the new version as still showing SD on iTunes?
Stevew189226/11/2019 20:38

This isn't the new version as still showing SD on iTunes?


Are you expecting an HD version?
Stevew189226/11/2019 20:38

This isn't the new version as still showing SD on iTunes?


I have been looking about for clarification. It seems Fawlty Towers was filmed on videotape for the indoor scenes and 16mm on the outside scenes. Meaning the indoor will be upscaled so not HD and the outdoor scenes HD. So a mix between the two. I have taken this information from the Fawlty Towers Blu Ray comments on Amazon.

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Metalex26/11/2019 20:50

Are you expecting an HD version?


I was hoping for the same one as the recent Bluray release
Stevew189226/11/2019 20:55

I was hoping for the same one as the recent Bluray release


Have you read the blu ray reviews, from that era you can’t expect much

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Edited by: "marcgreen11" 26th Nov 2019
marcgreen1126/11/2019 21:08

Have you read the blu ray reviews, from that era you can’t expect muchlink


That link doesn't work.

Are you on about the reviews on Amazon?
Stevew189226/11/2019 21:09

That link doesn't work.Are you on about the reviews on Amazon?


Yes, I’m fairly certain it’s the same
Stevew189226/11/2019 20:55

I was hoping for the same one as the recent Bluray release


I had no idea that existed, but from some quick Googling, it sounds like the remastered SD version is better than the Blu-ray, which is swamped in DNR.
Thanks OP. Ordered. Heat added
Comedy classics.
The new Blu-ray version of Fawlty Towers is worse than the DVD. It's a decrease in detail due to;
1. Not a new rescan of master footage, just a simple lazy upscale.
2. Noise reduction, and lots of it.
3. 25p rather than 50i, dumping half of the interlaced fields along with the extra detail those fields would give through motion.

The HD streaming version is likely the same cleaned up ruined footage that the Blu-ray is. Enjoy it if you don't care about the detail behind the grain, or have bad eyesight, at the very least it isn't cropped to 16:9!
If you want the best quality available, as one of those rare instances, the DVD is the way to go.

Blu-ray
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DVD - EEDI2 Bob deinterlaced, bicubic enlargement to 1080px.
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To add, the outdoor "film" sections are the same story as the indoor "video" sections, nothing re-scanned.

EDIT: Correct as far as the outdoor title intro, but other film sections are higher resolution. See below.
Edited by: "Vicar_in_a_Tutu" 29th Nov 2019
Vicar_in_a_Tutu26/11/2019 22:45

The new Blu-ray version of Fawlty Towers is worse than the DVD. It's a …The new Blu-ray version of Fawlty Towers is worse than the DVD. It's a decrease in detail due to;1. Not a new rescan of master footage, just a simple lazy upscale.2. Noise reduction, and lots of it.3. 25p rather than 50i, dumping half of the interlaced fields along with the extra detail those fields would give through motion.The HD streaming version is likely the same cleaned up ruined footage that the Blu-ray is. Enjoy it if you don't care about the detail behind the grain, or have bad eyesight, at the very least it isn't cropped to 16:9!If you want the best quality available, as one of those rare instances, the DVD is the way to go.Blu-ray[Image] DVD - EEDI2 Bob deinterlaced, bicubic enlargement to 1080px.[Image]



..what is the source of the screen captures?...what proof is there that you haven't just shown the DVD screen capture twice? I take it you didn't buy the Blu-ray.
Edited by: "mode_101" 27th Nov 2019
mode_10127/11/2019 19:01

..what is the source of the screen captures?...what proof is there that …..what is the source of the screen captures?...what proof is there that you haven't just shown the DVD screen capture twice? I take it you didn't buy the Blu-ray.


I own both formats, the DVD for about 10 years and the Blu-ray just purchased. I'm disappointed enough that I'll be selling the Blu-ray on eBay and keeping the DVD.

The screen captures are my own, transferred and converted losslessly (important when deinterlacing the DVD for comparison), cropped and resized to match. HUKD compressed the images, but I saw the difference was visible so I left it as is. The truest comparison is to see them playing side by side, but if you don't have both sources at hand, then here are my uncompressed screenshots:

Blu-ray
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DVD - EEDI2 Bob deinterlaced, bicubic enlargement to 1080px.
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Another thing I've just noticed from seeing the screenshots again, the Blu-ray looks to have a green tint in comparison. The DVD appears more colour correct.
Vicar_in_a_Tutu28/11/2019 03:52

Another thing I've just noticed from seeing the screenshots again, the …Another thing I've just noticed from seeing the screenshots again, the Blu-ray looks to have a green tint in comparison. The DVD appears more colour correct.


..the uncompressed Blu-ray screenshot looks much less fuzzy and sharper to me. Have the Blu-ray as well.
UPDATE: I had only watched the first half of episode 1 of the Blu-ray, but as it had shown film footage (the title intro) and video (the majority of the show) I thought I'd seen enough to give an objective comparison.

I just watched a bit more of the Blu-ray out of curiosity, and I was wrong, the "film" sections are indeed re-scanned (the intro wasn't, likely due to the title graphics being committed to tape). They are a big improvement to the DVD outdoor scenes, an obvious resolution boost, and having the progressive frame rate. Best of both worlds would be to splice the Blu-ray film scenes with the DVD videotape scenes.

Blu-ray
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DVD
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