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Ken Burns "The War" 09/07

Old 09-24-07, 07:02 AM
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Originally Posted by FinkPish
Anyone watching it in HD in Los Angeles? The dialogue is waaaay out of sync; very annoying. The SD feed seems to be fine, or at least closer to being in sync. I'm curious to know if this is a local thing or something else screwy going on.
I only watched the first hour but I also noticed some the dialgoue was dubbed badly like one of those cheezy martial arts movies from the 70's (Bruce Lee excluded)

I enjoyed the narration by Keith David
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Old 09-24-07, 09:30 AM
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Yeah, same problem here with Detroit's HD feed.
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Old 09-24-07, 10:49 AM
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We had the same audio sync issue on the HD feed in San Diego. I watched the first half hour and recorded the rest. I read a review that said if you get through the first 3-4 hours of the series it gets better after that. I'm not sure I'm a good one to judge it because I don't seem to be a fan of Burns' style. Whereas others found the Lewis & Clark documentary he did very good, I thought it sucked the life out of an exciting adventure. I'm also in the middle of The World At War, so maybe I just have WWII overload right now.
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Old 09-24-07, 11:01 AM
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I'm not sure why PBS feels the need to cram this into one week. Holy cow!
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Old 09-24-07, 11:11 AM
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First four episodes this week (Sun-Wed), last three episodes next week (next Sun-Tue).

At least that's how it's showing here.
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Old 09-24-07, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Rypro 525
is there anyway to tell which version is being aired on each affiliate? i checked mpt's website and it doesn't say anything about language or what not.
Sorry, I just saw your post or I would've replies much sooner. The only way I knew we had the unedited version was because I read about it in the paper.

They also mentioned it on the local PBS affiliate's site, you might want to check there.
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Old 09-24-07, 12:46 PM
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I had fairly frequent audio dropouts that lasted for a split second each during the HD feed here in Seattle.

So far I'm pretty underwhelmed but I'll give it a few more nights to see if it gets rolling at all. There just seems to be no context yet and the supposed focus on those four towns seemed pretty ill-suited to conveying the scope of the war. Hopefully it'll get better.
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Old 09-24-07, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by GreenVulture
Don't know how he'll top this:


But good luck anyways, Ken; I'll catch it on DVD.
I bought that for my dad....I'm not sure if he watched it yet. I think I bought a copy for myself too. I'm thinking of e-baying it, since I can just borrow the copy I gave to my dad.

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Old 09-24-07, 01:00 PM
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Audio was off for our HD feed here in Springfield, MO.
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Old 09-24-07, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Groucho
I'm not sure why PBS feels the need to cram this into one week. Holy cow!
I was just thinking the same thing - I might just wait for the DVDs so I can rent them and watch them at my own pace. Too bad I don't have a bigger hard drive on my HDTivo (yet).
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Old 09-24-07, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by B.A.
I was just thinking the same thing - I might just wait for the DVDs so I can rent them and watch them at my own pace. Too bad I don't have a bigger hard drive on my HDTivo (yet).
i was thinking the same thing as well - besides with all the premiers this week, there just is not room available on the tivo (s).
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Old 09-24-07, 01:59 PM
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I Tivo'd last nights episode, but at 2-2 1/2 hours per episode and with all the premieres this week, my Tivo will get full really fast. Plus this is something I need to be motivated to watch.
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Old 09-24-07, 02:07 PM
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My station is re-running each episode several times between now and the middle of November, so if you can't catch them this week or fit them in the Tivo, check your local listings and maybe catch a repeat somewhere.

For instance, my station is running a marathon of Episodes 1-5 back-to-back next Sunday, and then another marathon of Episodes 5-7 the Sunday after that.

They're also showing each episode every Wednesday night from October 3 to November 14.

So, if other stations around the country are anything like mine, there should be plenty of opportunities for folks to catch the series. I don't know, though, if these repeats will be in HD or not.
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Old 09-24-07, 02:32 PM
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Spoiler:
The allies win.
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Old 09-24-07, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by aintnosin
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The allies win.

Dammit!
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Old 09-24-07, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by aintnosin
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The allies win.


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Old 09-24-07, 04:06 PM
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Almost any time I watch something on my PBS or CBS HD channels, the audio is out of sync. It especially annoys me when I try to watch Letterman. I never know if I should blame Time-Warner, the networks, or my local affiliates so I either change the channel or sit there & stew.
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Old 09-24-07, 05:00 PM
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The audio was out of sync in the SF Bay Area as well (the HD channel anyway). It was so distracting that I couldn't watch it.
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Old 09-24-07, 06:46 PM
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I just ordered the DVD, so please no more spoilers!
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Old 09-24-07, 06:49 PM
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Well, PBS really screwed that up. It seems the local PBS affiliate decided multi casting in the allocated HD bandwidth was a good idea so locally it was not only grossly out of sync but as an extra special treat, it also looked like shit.
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Old 09-24-07, 09:07 PM
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Originally Posted by GreenVulture
Don't know how he'll top this:


But good luck anyways, Ken; I'll catch it on DVD.
Hard to top Sir Lawrence Olivier's narration. BTW also out of sync in NY Metro area (WNET).
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Old 09-29-07, 03:03 AM
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Originally Posted by GreenVulture
Don't know how he'll top this:


But good luck anyways, Ken; I'll catch it on DVD.
I haven't seen either of these. Is this considered the best WWII documentary on DVD?
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Old 09-29-07, 05:30 AM
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I'm assuming this is only HD OTA in Atlanta (at least for DirecTV). I have problems getting OTA through my DVR so I'll stick with SD. Might be better anyway with 14 hours of programming on my hard drive.

I hadn't planned on watching this, but saw the first 20 minutes at my parents house and was totally hooked.
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Old 09-29-07, 03:28 PM
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I recorded the first part in HD and realized that my DVR was going to choke if I do the whole series that way. Since most of it is clips from over 60 years ago, I figure I don't need to see all the grain in HD anyway.

Just finished part 2 - never been a real war buff but this has me totally intrigued.
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