Originally Posted by flansered
Does the set have any improvement in video quality over the first release?
I wanted to know that too. In fact, on other Internet sites there was a little discussion of this, and when this question was asked it went unanswered. What you mostly get in a Fawlty Towers DVD set sale thread is quotes of lines from the series rather than any facts on the product.
If you read various reviews off DVD-Basen, there is an amazing abundance of the following line (paraphrased) "I didn't have access to the previous DVD set to do a comparison of the video or audio quality". I finally confirmed there are no Spanish subtitles on the new set despite at least 2 reviews saying the new set had those. I won't call those reviews liars... just lazybutts who don't check what they cut & paste.
AFAIK, besides the packaging there are only 3 differences between the new and old sets:
- There are 12 John Cleese audio commentaries
- There are roughly 38 minutes of 2009 interviews.
- The new set has 3 DVD-9 instead of 3 DVD-5 discs. Critical info such as whether or not the extra space is utilized by new transfers at a higher bit rate are of course not mentioned in any reviews nor anywhere to be found on Google. For all I know, the extra space might only be used by the extra Cleese commentaries on each episode and the new interviews.
The opened old set is worth squat as a trade-in... maybe $5 at FYE, $7 (probably lower now) on Amazon, or $8 on eBay. Until then, I'm not ordering because $21.99 is too much for 12 commentaries and 38 minutes of interviews (as much as I'd really like to hear those). Too bad that material can't be rented at Blockbuster or Netflix who only carry the old discs.
For me to re-buy the price needs to drop further or I need to know that the video transfer on the Remastered set is significantly better.