Best Option for Buying/Watching DS9

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' started by sadsquid, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. sadsquid

    sadsquid Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    Hi. Deep Space Nine is (along with TNG) my favourite Trek series, but I do not currently have a way of watching it and am really itching for my first re-watch in years. What's the best option for watching/buying the show?

    First up, I'm an Australian, so that's Region 4 for dvd. I saw that both America and UK/Europe have very cool, sleeker, more modern looking designs on recent(ish) Complete Set re-releases, but as far as I can tell, Australia (Region 4) still only has the old-school, chunky, 90's looking Complete Set. Am I correct? Will Australia be getting any redesigned release anytime? I don't really want to buy the old-style box set, but the only other option I can think of is Netflix, which is ok, but I would prefer to own the show.

    I really would've loved DS9 to get the TNG Blu-ray treatment (I bought every season as they came out), but from what I've read that's dead in the water for the foreseeable future.

    Any advice would be appreciated!
     
  2. Tosk

    Tosk Vice Admiral Admiral

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    If your DVD player is multi-region, you should really go for the US DVD set. The Aussie ones have censorship cuts to two episodes.

    ...And if your DVD player isn't multi-region, they can be had for cheap. ;)
     
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  3. sadsquid

    sadsquid Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    Ok, I'll have to look into if mine is multi-region. Does seem like the US set is the one to get. Thanks for your help!
     
  4. Tosk

    Tosk Vice Admiral Admiral

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    No worries. Also, I forgot to mention that if extras are more important to you than the two cut eps, Aussie/UK is a better choice as they contain the extra bonus featurettes that were store exclusives in the US. It's not much, but it's worth mentioning. :)
     
  5. sadsquid

    sadsquid Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    Ah, ok. Was there much cut? If it's hard to notice, then maybe I'd go with the UK version for the extra features.
     
  6. Tosk

    Tosk Vice Admiral Admiral

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    To the Death is missing just a moment, a quick neck break is edited around and the sound effect minimized.
    Sons and Daughters is missing about 30 seconds. Some stupid UK ruling about sharing blood, even though there are multiple similar scenes in other eps. And as usual, Australia ends up with the scraps, inheriting the UK cuts because it's easier than making new product.
     
  7. sadsquid

    sadsquid Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    I see. I appreciate the info! I'll have a look for a set
     
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  8. Herbert

    Herbert Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    DS9 is available on Netflix if that's an option for you
     
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  10. kkt

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    DVD players aren't that expensive, at least here. I got one for $50 from Target that works fine.
     
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    I'm such a Herbert :brickwall:
     
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  12. Stroudarian

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    Just curious... Which scenes and from which episodes?
     
  13. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Commodore Commodore

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    That’s expensive for a DVD player! I’ve seen them for $25 at the local Walmart, and that’s for an upconverting DVD player! And an upconverting DVD player will give you better quality than Netflix or other download sites.
     
  14. Tosk

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    As listed above. The neck-break in To the Death, and the blood-letting in Sons and Daughters.
     
  15. kkt

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    Great, but either way the point is the DVD player costs less than the DS9 discs.
     
  16. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Commodore Commodore

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    At least with DVD your not losing resolution, even when the image is upscale.
     
  17. David

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    I would go with the Netflix option unless you want the extras. I have the original R4 DVD’s in the chunky cases and Netflix is slightly better quality. Also I have heard the Latter seasons on PAL aren’t as good quality as the NTSC versions even though PAL has higher resolution 576 vs 480 but you have PAL speed up.

    I checked https://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=1307 and https://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=1357

    And the version on Aussie Netflix is the same on the Aussie DVDs and I watched them several times. So the Aussie versions are not censored.
     
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  18. David

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  19. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Commodore Commodore

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    You do realize that DS9 was edited in NTSC composite, so any PAL source (DVD, Broadcast) would need to be converted from NTSC to PAL, unlike SeaQuest DSV where the PAL masters were sourced from 35mm masters or Babylon 5 where the live-action parts were converted to PAL from 35mm.
     
  20. David

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    Well that sucks.