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Old November 18 2009, 02:36 PM   #91
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Re: Complete Farscape on DVD Nov 17

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Just picked up my set from Best Buy...

The price of $69.99 was too good to pass up but the with the inclusion of PKW as well as In Store Pick-Up, I was sold.

If Best Buy stays competitive on Sci-Fi/TV sets like this, I'll continue to use their services.

Same here. The havent had very good prices on dvds in years, for me at least. I have always been able to get them cheaper on line for at least 4 years now. This one was a shocker.
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Old November 18 2009, 07:28 PM   #92
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Re: Complete Farscape on DVD Nov 17

About to head out and pick up my copy! I'm glad I can finally own this series instead of just watching my pirated episodes.
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Old November 19 2009, 06:19 AM   #93
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Re: Complete Farscape on DVD Nov 17

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I got my set via UPS this morning. Very spiffy looking set so far, and it comes loaded with cool extras. Unfortunately, it looks as though they failed to make it in widescreen, so I won't be able to watch it without VLC because that's needed to fix the aspect ratio. Hopefully HDTVs that come out in the following months will have an auto crop feature to get rid of the disgusting non-widescreen issues.
I'm quite offended at this very notion of butchering shows that were filmed in fullscreen. That was the way they were intended to be seen and they were composed specifically for that sort of presentation. I can understand if the shows were shot widescreen and not released to DVD in that format, but anyone who thinks it's a good idea to chop up the images is clueless, I'm sorry. It's no different than colorizing black and white movies. Leave them the way they were originally composed. And any HDTV that doesn't allow programs to be viewed in their original aspect ratio without chopping is a piece of garbage.

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Old November 19 2009, 07:33 AM   #94
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Re: Complete Farscape on DVD Nov 17

^ Well said.
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Old November 19 2009, 07:58 AM   #95
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Re: Complete Farscape on DVD Nov 17

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I got my set via UPS this morning. Very spiffy looking set so far, and it comes loaded with cool extras. Unfortunately, it looks as though they failed to make it in widescreen, so I won't be able to watch it without VLC because that's needed to fix the aspect ratio. Hopefully HDTVs that come out in the following months will have an auto crop feature to get rid of the disgusting non-widescreen issues.
I'm quite offended at this very notion of butchering shows that were filmed in fullscreen. That was the way they were intended to be seen and they were composed specifically for that sort of presentation. I can understand if the shows were shot widescreen and not released to DVD in that format, but anyone who thinks it's a good idea to chop up the images is clueless, I'm sorry. It's no different than colorizing black and white movies. Leave them the way they were originally composed. And any HDTV that doesn't allow programs to be viewed in their original aspect ratio without chopping is a piece of garbage.

Alex
You're absolutely right! Because watching a TV show that presents itself as a box that takes up about 50% of the set size is really awesome. Everyone is sure gonna love the aesthetics there!
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Old November 19 2009, 08:04 AM   #96
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Re: Complete Farscape on DVD Nov 17

Cropping the tops and bottoms off of a picture filmed in 4:3 to fit a widescreen TV is just as egregious as cropping the sides off of a picture filmed in 16:9 to fit a standard TV. It's not the amount of screen a picture takes up that matters, it's being able to see the entire picture, no matter how it was framed.
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Old November 19 2009, 09:02 AM   #97
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Re: Complete Farscape on DVD Nov 17

Oh well, there isn't going to be any common ground in this debate. I'll just say that I think fullscreen DVDs look like absolute shit on new televisions.
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Old November 19 2009, 09:17 AM   #98
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Of course they do, especially if the fullscreen DVD is actually a cropped version of a movie filmed in a widescreen aspect ratio.
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Old November 19 2009, 05:07 PM   #99
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Re: Complete Farscape on DVD Nov 17

I love the packaging on this set. The individual season ... boxes? (probably some technical term here I am forgetting) are quite thick and sturdy and the disc releases inside the boxes are the high-quality kind. I wish the DS9 and Voyager sets had this same level of quality. Voyager in particular had some really crappy packaging.

So far I've managed to unpack the set and load it into my 400 disc changer. Perhaps I'll watch some of it tonight.
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Old November 19 2009, 05:13 PM   #100
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Re: Complete Farscape on DVD Nov 17

So what is the situation with the Farscape picture? Did A&E screw it up? Because when the Premiere came out I don't remember it being in widescreen.
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I love the packaging on this set. The individual season ... boxes? (probably some technical term here I am forgetting) are quite thick and sturdy and the disc releases inside the boxes are the high-quality kind. I wish the DS9 and Voyager sets had this same level of quality. Voyager in particular had some really crappy packaging.
You are right about that at least R2 got good packaging for the slimline editions.
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Old November 19 2009, 05:22 PM   #101
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Re: Complete Farscape on DVD Nov 17

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I love the packaging on this set. The individual season ... boxes? (probably some technical term here I am forgetting) are quite thick and sturdy and the disc releases inside the boxes are the high-quality kind. I wish the DS9 and Voyager sets had this same level of quality. Voyager in particular had some really crappy packaging.

So far I've managed to unpack the set and load it into my 400 disc changer. Perhaps I'll watch some of it tonight.
I have a question regarding the size. From the pictures it looks like the size of this entire box is somewhat small. Is that the case or are they a lot bigger than that. I've made room on the shelf for them, but they looked small for 5 seasons worth. Of course maybe all that was done to scale.
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Old November 19 2009, 07:18 PM   #102
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I have a question regarding the size. From the pictures it looks like the size of this entire box is somewhat small. Is that the case or are they a lot bigger than that. I've made room on the shelf for them, but they looked small for 5 seasons worth. Of course maybe all that was done to scale.
It's about the size of five normal DVD cases sitting side-by-side. Which I guess is pretty small for a 26 disc set.

It was a bit larger than I was expecting from the promo pics though.
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Old November 20 2009, 12:14 AM   #103
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Re: Complete Farscape on DVD Nov 17

I think the size is perfect to be honest.

I wish more DVD sets were packages to this degree.

Although if I were to be completely honest, I would of prefered a Hard-Shell box as opposed to the soft-cardboard shell the Season Cases came in.
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Old November 20 2009, 01:10 AM   #104
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Re: Complete Farscape on DVD Nov 17

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I think the size is perfect to be honest.

I wish more DVD sets were packages to this degree.

Although if I were to be completely honest, I would of prefered a Hard-Shell box as opposed to the soft-cardboard shell the Season Cases came in.
When I first saw the picture of this, I thought it was a hard cardboard box just like the one A&E packaged the Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman seasons in. Those are a little sturdier than this, but this isn't so bad. At least it doesn't take up alot of shelf space.
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Old November 20 2009, 03:05 AM   #105
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Re: Complete Farscape on DVD Nov 17

I agree with the packaging comments. The set is sleek, attractive and compact ... everything a TV series set should be.
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