DVD boxed set

by North Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:13 AM

I was thinking about buying the boxed set DVD's and giving my 12 individual seasons to a few friends. But I've heard that some of these boxed set re-releases are compressed to save space, is that the case with the H5O boxed set? Also did they address the issue of season 10 being low quality in the initial release?

by Shigato Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:33 PM

All of the Five-O box sets have received excellent marks and are in fantastic quality, including Season 10.

http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/46453/ha ... th-season/

Amazon also has them in full HD and they look even better than the DVDs.

by Jeff H. Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:46 PM

The season 10 in the Complete Series set is indeed remastered like the other seasons, looks amazing! Hold onto your individual season sets just in case there's a disc or 2 in the Complete set that doesn't play correctly (there were reports of a bad disc in the Complete Series' season 4, FYI ). Well worth the double dip if you can find it for around $120 like I did!

by North Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:22 AM

They are even cheaper, picked up a new one for $70 oneBay, hopefully they will all play properly. btw DVD's playing properly is a relative term. I've had trouble with freezing DVD's on countless players over the years. I found xbox are less trouble but even they start acting up after two plus years of use. Any recommendations for a super reliable DVD player?

by Mr. Mike Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:19 PM

Jeff's review of the most recent box set (I assume we are talking about this one -- https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00EC9UHVM) is here:


by North Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:24 AM

I was going through season 10 on my season 10 DVD set but switched over to the new ones from the full series box set and I am very happy, much nicer quality picture and so far no freezing up.

by Jeff*H Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:55 PM

Glad to hear you're enjoying the remastered Season 10. I know this sounds weird, but sometimes when I'm especially nostalgic, I watch the unremastered season 10 episodes to recapture the feeling of watching them on tv in the 80s and 90s, when they weren't so pristine, and had scratches, dirt and crackles on the prints.

by North Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:19 AM

I can do you one better, once in a while I pull out my old VHS tapes of H5O from the early 80's when the local CBS affiliate played H5O at 11:30 at night after the local news. Despite the grainy quality (I couldn't afford to buy too many tapes so I recorded them at the 6 hour speed) it's neat to see the old ads from 83 and sobering to think that I taped those shows a third of a century ago! I was barely old enough to vote.

by Mr. Mike Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:20 PM

Using two VCRs, I dubbed virtually all of the shows I recorded from KVOS-TV and those which I got from friends at the SP speed on tape onto T-160 tapes which would hold 3 episodes minus the commercials (approx. 50 minutes each X three).

I don't think I ever watched any of these dubs again. But when I got a DVD recorder years after this, one of my first projects was to record these episodes onto DVDs which would hold 4 shows on each disc. And I never watched ANY of these dubs again ever, because eventually the official DVDs were released.

You can see what the quality of the original taped broadcasts was like by looking here:


This may not work on certain devices; if so, you will have to watch this on your computer.

Based on what I wrote, I think the "TV Broadcast" version comes directly from the original tape, not a dub which was made to DVD like mentioned above.