Did I Get Bad Discs or is the Compression Just Horrible?
I have two DVDs that I would like to get technical details about, but I'm not sure how to do that exactly. They're both from a TV show from the '80s. However, the newer DVD is part of the box set that was released in late 2014 or early 2015. The other is from the single season release from 2010.
The one from the box set seems to be more grainy. Interestingly, the DVDs from the box set have the entire season on just three DVDs, while the single season release is on four DVDs. A reviewer on Amazon also noticed the same thing I did, but no one else has mentioned this. I'm not sure if I got bad discs or if the company (Shout Factory) just used crappier compression on the box set, but I don't know why no one else has mentioned it.
Even more interesting is that the episodes airing on cable (SD channel) are much better quality than the DVDs. The opening theme on the DVD box set is horribly grainy as if it came from an analog OTA transmission from 30+ years ago. I'd have to check the single season release to see if it's grainy too.
I'm using the same TV to view the DVDs and cable channel. My TV is a 19" LCD and I'm using a fairly basic Philips DVD player I bought between 2004-2007 connected to the TV using a composite connection. The TV is connected to the cable box using a coax cable.
What do I need to do to find out if the box set DVDs are bad? I'd also like to determine if they are inferior to the single season releases.
Back in 2007, I downloaded one of the episodes from Joost and the quality of that 80 MB MP4 converted to AVI (or maybe it was MPEG) is so much better than some of the episodes from the box set DVDs!