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Discovery Atlas Comp Series [Blu-ray]
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I am thrilled to see some of the other episodes - the only other two I had seen were Japan and Mexico, and these were previously unavailable.
Having 8 episodes on two discs does have its problem. I currently have it paused on a single frame to write this review of a sunrise over Africa. There are compression artifacts and color banding and macroblocking. Its sad - the previous Discovery Atlas releases were demo discs - this release leaves a lot to be desired.
The audio is not as dynamic on the Italy and China releases as the previous releases. Not sure what is up, but sounds like DVD audio as opposed to Blu-Ray. Quite disappointing. Also, unless I am mistaken, both of those episodes also have different narrators. I have not checked out the second disc yet.
I am quite disappointed with this set. The Discovery Atlas series is one of the greatest series ever produced, and to see them mutilated in this form is sad. I think Discovery should give everyone who purchased this copies of the full episodes free-of-charge. I would not be so upset, as it was only $30, except that this was advertised as the "Complete Collection".This is sad, sad, sad, and certainly false advertising.
At any rate, it's horrible that Discovery is peddling half-episodes. The beauty of the Discovery Atlas series (beyond its stunning looks) is that it would really explore the lives of the country's inhabitants. You miss a lot of that depth when four or five storylines get truncated into 44 minutes...