Budget version of a great show.
K. Driscoll | San Diego, CA USA | 10/02/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I really liked this show when I watched the original broadcast in HD, but this is a review of the actual product (which I received today), not the series itself.
It comes in a thick plastic case which might be used for four discs, but there are only two discs. How do they fit 13 episodes on only two single-sided discs? First, they replace the 5.1 channel high fidelity soundtrack with two-channel stereo. Then they compress the video a lot more, and it shows, more or less. It actually looks better than I thought it would, but compression artifacts are obvious in the details, such as the weave of his shirt, or the color banding in the sky of a rising sun. All the commentaries seem to be here, however, sometimes two per episode, and there are three video features as well, probably from the original DVD release.
For reasons unknown, the discs are in two loose paper sleeves. It may be that the distributor intends to save money by using the same thick plastic box for all their releases requiring more or less discs (and sleeves).
The ideal Daybreak on DVD would be on Blu-ray, so that I could see a version that looks at least as good as the original broadcast. Second best would be the previous four-disc release. Last of all is this two-disc set, though it's still worth watching if you haven't seen the show yet.
Good Show but bad DVD
Mister V | Danville | 10/23/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I really enjoyed the show but the quality of this particular DVD release is lacking. As described in other reviews it comes in a thick DVD case which should be able to accommodate the four or five Disc that you would expect with 13 episodes plus the extras. When you open the case there are 2 Discs in paper sleeves that sit in a pocket of the case. Very odd. After reading the small print on the DVD packages I did find that it states there are 2 Discs while the DVD packaging gives the impression that it would contain more. What a shame since it potentially had a chance to be a very nice set with the commentary extras.
The good news is that this set was found at Target for $5. At that price it might be worth buying since the show was entertaining and did have some closure."
Great show, horrible DVD set
J. Star | Endicott, NY 13760 | 10/21/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I watched this show online when it was on the air. The show was great.
This DVD set, however, is the worst DVD set I have ever had the displeasure of trying to watch. The sound is awful. It's very hard to hear what the characters are saying over the background noise and music. The video is very grainy and it looks like someone filmed it with a cheapo home video camera. The lights are too bright, and the darks are muddy and hard to distinguish.
I know this show looks and sounds better then what is represented on this set. Someone decided to re-release this to make a quick dollar and screw over consumers. Do not buy this set. You will be sorry. I am. This show deserves a much better release."
OK show, bad DVD transfer
caskote | New Jersey, USA | 01/07/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"DVD quality is bad, tending to horrible. A family member has hearing problems, and most of the time needs of SDH captioning - which isn't available on this release.
Too bad the previous version (with captions & extras) isn't available anymore . . .