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Relic Hunter: The Complete First Season
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As for previous reviewers comments about grainy pictures on some scenes, and poor packaging for the dvds, I didn't find any of these things to be a problem. In fact I didn't even notice any grainy images, but then I was totally involved in the stories, the action and humor, and of course beautiful Tia. As for the packaging, I had never seen dvds secured in this manner. But once I figured out how to properly replace them after viewing, they all stayed in place, held tightly in their dvd case, with no damage.
Finally, I did follow one reviewer who recommended buying this on Amazon.ca (Canada), because it was considerably cheaper than the set being offered on Amazon in the USA. I bought all three seasons and they all arrived quickly with no extra shipping time coming from Canada to me in Florida. Season 1 was great, now I'm going to start watching Season 2.
The video is grainy, which leads me to believe that his was pretty much a straight trasfer from VHS. One of the things to take note of is the complete lack of special features; I'm okay with that. What I'm not okay with is the lack of closed or dvd captions. As I am a person that is hard of hearing, I have to blast the volume of my tv just to make sure I don't miss the nuances in pronunciation. -1 star for lack of closed captions, -1 star for lack of dvd captions.
I think the problem comes in part from the studio using a PAL video master to make the NTSC DVD. I have a VHS copy of the broadcast version of this episode and it showed too much grain sometimes but not to the degree on these DVDs. The image quality did vary depending on whether the scene was an interior studio shot or an exterior shot. As I recall, many of the interior shots were real crummy, as if done by a Director of Photography in need of cataract surgery. The Relic Hunter DP will probably blame the film lab for ruining his pristine images. But what sort of DP would do such a lousy job lighting Tia Carrere, the star? In some scenes, beautiful Tia looks really bad, shot from the wrong angle with just flat lighting. I don't know the answer, although the DP had no problem lighting Nigel properly.
But I have the six disc set now, film grain and all.
The video quality is better than VHS, but has problems. It is very grainy. So grainy, in fact, that I wonder if it was digitally added in. It's quite noticeable in outdoor day scenes, and less so the rest of the time. But aside from the grain, the video's not bad, and overall is not much worse than the Hercules DVDs that were released the same day.
My biggest gripe is the terrible packaging. 3 discs overlays on each other, difficult to remove, harder to get back, and pretty much guarantee scratches. I'm looking for alternatives. (Again, the Hercules and Xena DVDs use much better packaging, and smaller as well).
That said, at less than $20 (and at the time of this writing, $15) the total package is acceptable for a show that I never expected to be released.
Most recent customer reviews
I thought that Relic Hunter was a fun to watch series. Tia Carrere certainly did a very good job at portraying a Relic Hunter/ Field Archeologist. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2013 by Jean Mourtzanakis
Not much to add, one of those fun series that ended a bit before it should have.
three more words.. silly review guidelines
I had been looking forward to this complete series to come out on DVD so I was very happy to see the box show up in the mail. Read morePublished on April 5 2011 by browncoat125
I have been looking for this for a long time.
I am enjoying the Relic Hunter very much.
It was worth the wait.
I would highly recommend this product.
I bought all 3 seasons. Season 2 for some reason has no quality problems (other than the cheap packaging). Season 1 is very grainy, as has been mentioned by several others here. Read morePublished on June 24 2010 by Laura Smith
Amazon's shipping was fantastic
The other reviews on the DVDs are accurate. The picture quality isn't the best, but it is an older tv show and forgivable (in my... Read more