I think I can probably resist this. I will say that they seem to be doing a really nice job with these sets, between the restoration of as many original sound and video elements as they can, to getting decent extras.
Not sure I like the Sunbow show enough to spring for another version of it, but if I did I would be sore tempted by this one.
The box design sounds nice and I think that will be the reason for a number of people buying it. Personally I wont because I've already got the Metrodome boxsets in a average-looking tin that I got with the S1 boxset.
They use the workprints* originally from the Rhino R1 editions so many many additional animation errors creep in that were not present on broadcast versions, ie snow falling upwards in the first Skyfire episodes. Also, Rhino added many additional sound effects to make a 5.1 mix that were never there.
Which are the best versions of the boxsets to have. Upon checking my collection I have the original Metrodome R2 versions of Season 1 and Season 2 - Part 1 and the Rhino R1 versions of Season 2 - Part 2, Season 3 - Part 1 and Season 3 - Part 2 + Season 4.
The SOUND, however, is NOT the same between the Metrodome and Rhino sets. Why? Christ knows. But it breaks down like'a dis.
The 5.1 tracks all have extra noises on all the sets, from both Metrodome and Rhino. Through some unexplained technical error, however, the extra noises wound up on several of the 2.0 stereo audio tracks as well. On the Rhino sets, the extra noises are on the 2.0 tracks of seven episodes of Season 1, four episodes of Season 2 Pt 1, and every episode of Season 2 Pt 2, Season 3 and Season 4. On the Metrodome sets, however, the sounds are on the 2.0 tracks on ALL of Season 1, four episodes of Season 2 Pt 1, ONE episode of Season 2 Pt 2 and NONE of Season 3 or 4 episodes.
So zudo, you... erm... you seem to have the... *worst* possible combination of sets.
I would think that is probably the case. If is something that rarely works very well when applied to animation. Adding sound elements to a mono soundtrack seems to tend to end up with a stereo field that lacks definition and spaciality when heard in stereo, and when listened to on a mono-rig can just be plain odd. (The remastered version of Robotech's Macross Saga springs to mind - which makes the Rhino sound-mix sound almost competent in places).
Problem is, such mixes are only designed with a 5.1 field in mind, so they always sound odd when heard through 2.0 or 1.0 equipment. -Ralph
True, but fair to say that some sound odder than others. (The sound mix on the Metrodome stuff wasn't actually too bad on mono as I recall. At the bare minimum it didn't suffer from sound elements being completely swamped).
Does anyone happen to own this release or know anywhere I could buy it that doesn't cost the Earth? It has extras not on the subsequent standard Shout Factory version that would be useful for Sunbow Sundays.