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Offline Hercules

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Family of Strangers
« on: February 10, 2014, 11:07:05 PM »
Was there ever an explanation of why on the DVDs the "Family of Strangers" episode is of far higher quality than all the other episodes? Much brighter, cleaner colours, far less video "noise".

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Re: Family of Strangers
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2014, 11:11:19 PM »
I've never heard one Herc but it is odd.   ???


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Re: Family of Strangers
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2014, 06:18:31 AM »
No I don't know either.  >48<

Pity they weren't all like that. One episode is quite bad for quality, can't remember which one now  >18<

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Re: Family of Strangers
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2014, 08:53:22 AM »
I was watching some episodes the other day, first time for years. Most of them are a bit ropey, but the quality of that one stands out a mile. Weird eh? Was it shot on better film? Video instead of film? was it just looked after a bit better? 

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Re: Family of Strangers
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2014, 08:56:28 AM »
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One episode is quite bad for quality, can't remember which one now  >18<

In "One White Foot Charley" watch the bit early on where actor Bert Palmer is dozing off in his arm chair. There is a hair stuck to the lens that moves about in front of his face.   :)

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Re: Family of Strangers
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2014, 09:02:08 AM »
Oh dear !
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Re: Family of Strangers
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2014, 10:35:57 AM »
I ran a short clip though some software I have. It's on here twice.  The first pass is unprocessed, second is processed. It's indoors and the lighting is poor, so it's difficult  to enhance. Do you think it's better, worse or indifferent?


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Re: Family of Strangers
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2014, 12:06:03 PM »
I'd say the first half is better. >41<


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Re: Family of Strangers
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2014, 12:15:46 PM »
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Was it shot on better film? Video instead of film? was it just looked after a bit better? 

I stand to be corrected but I think they were all shot on film, so maybe a better quality film?

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Re: Family of Strangers
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2014, 12:21:02 PM »
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I stand to be corrected but I think they were all shot on film, so maybe a better quality film?

Yes, I believe they were all shot on film


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Re: Family of Strangers
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2014, 12:24:01 PM »
... Do you think it's better, worse or indifferent?

Not a lot in it for me


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Re: Family of Strangers
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2014, 05:33:33 AM »
Not much in it but I think the second pass is slightly better.
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Re: Family of Strangers
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2014, 06:34:38 AM »
Not much in it but I think the second pass is slightly better.

Isn't it funny how we see things differently. I've just watched again and still the first looks better to me.  :)

Mind you my eyesight is pretty rubbish  :D

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Re: Family of Strangers
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2014, 07:58:36 AM »
Has anyone got an off-air VHS recording of 'Family of Strangers' and other episodes from when they were broadcast in the late 1980s? It would be interesting to know if the quality was better on the broadcast version or just the same as the others.

Hercules - I can see a minor difference in the two clips, but don't really think either is better or worse than the other...  >98<
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Re: Family of Strangers
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2014, 09:19:18 AM »
My eyes see the processed version as being a bit brighter with more contrast, but also a bit "fake" looking.  :)