Old 03-31-2006, 10:13 PM   #1
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Default Season 4 DVD Flaw - Audio Pitch

Upon purchasing the Season 4 set, I had the thought in the back of my mind that there may be audio problems with certain episodes as with the second and third seasons. (The audio for "Jimmy" in Season 2 was off-pitch, as was "Last Dance Before An Execution" in Season 3.)

Well, it turns out Universal has done it again. This time it's with "Hurricane." And it's also the worst audio screw up of all. It's even more off-pitch than the previous episodes I mentioned. The music, sound effects, voices...all way too deep and slow. Once again, DAMN YOU, UNIVERSAL!!!

EDIT: There's also the same audio problem with the episode "Justice." What the heck is going on here? That's all I've checked so far, but who knows what else?
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Old 04-02-2006, 12:24 PM   #2
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Speaking of flaws, there were also at least two episodes - I can't remember which ones now but I think one was "Justice" - that had a blue line running down the screen. What was up with that?!
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Old 04-04-2006, 12:14 AM   #3
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I didn't notice anything during "hurricane" but I noticed really bad audio problems during "Justice" I'm only just now watching "Raped" that is as far as I have gotten. Does anyone have any idea what is the best thing for me to do next?

Universal needs to be held accountable for the poor quality of their dvds
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Old 04-12-2006, 02:17 PM   #4
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Has anyone who has not posted noticed major problems with the set? I have not gotten mine yet but if every set has major problems, I don't even know if I will buy it.
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Old 04-13-2006, 09:54 AM   #5
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I haven't noticed the kinds of audio flaws or blue lines listed above, but like the earlier DVDs, there are points where the film seems, well, grainy. As if they didn't take care of the actual film or clean it properly before transferring it to DVD. It happens in a couple of different episodes. I've watched the discs on 2 different TVs and on computer.
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I haven't noticed the kinds of audio flaws or blue lines listed above, but like the earlier DVDs, there are points where the film seems, well, grainy. As if they didn't take care of the actual film or clean it properly before transferring it to DVD. It happens in a couple of different episodes. I've watched the discs on 2 different TVs and on computer.
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my set is fine, although i have not watched jutice yet, i don't like that episode too much, it's creepy.
but the only thing wrong that i have seen on mine so far was that the box broken at the spine and i had to tape it up. but i think that is the fault of the mailman for the way he had it shoved in my mailbox. he should have just put it in the parcel locker, there is more space.
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Old 04-13-2006, 06:42 PM   #8
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Well i'm completly happy with my region 2 version of my season 3 boxset i got.
But i'm aware that you are talking about the region 1 versions.

Hearing of all the complaints about your Quantum leap boxsets, i'm now happy to wait that little bit longer till the release of the season 4 boxset, because at least it will have the correct music and great image quality.

Universal need to pull their finger out and make the R1 versions as good as the R2 sets. The boxsets are not that cheap to buy, and i think you should get a good quality product. There really is no excuses.

I think all of you who brought a bad QL boxset should write a very strong complaint to Universal or whoever.

And maybe switch to a R2 dvd player and buy the R2 boxsets, so you can enjoy QL in all its shining glory.
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Noticed another peculiar flaw with the Season 4 set... I popped in "Temptation Eyes" and right away noticed overcropped shots with the saga cell. The very first shot of Project Quantum Leap is a good example. This same exact overcropping problem occurs with the Season 4 set of Knight Rider, too, and only with the opening credit sequences. Other shots during the actual epsiodes themselves actually show more picture than the original versions. In any event, Universal also screws up the framing of their shows when they convert them to DVD. Is it that hard to get that right too?!
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Noticed another peculiar flaw with the Season 4 set... I popped in "Temptation Eyes" and right away noticed overcropped shots with the saga cell. The very first shot of Project Quantum Leap is a good example. This same exact overcropping problem occurs with the Season 4 set of Knight Rider too, and only with the opening credit sequences. Other shots during the actual epsiodes themselves actually show more picture than the original versions. In any event, Universal also screws up the framing of their shows when they convert them to DVD. Is it that hard to get that right too?!
yeah temptation eyes disappionted me too, becasue i dont like the music they replaced "I Wanna Know What Love Is" with.
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yeah temptation eyes disappionted me too, becasue i dont like the music they replaced "I Wanna Know What Love Is" with.
Well, what I do to solve that problem is play it at just the right volume on my iPod during that scene. It's not the same thing, but it at least helps to not break the illusion.
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Hey, I found a flaw with the Bonus Episode on Disc 3. I noticed that the introduction music and video were way out of sync. I mean the video was way ahead of the audio. Hopefully they fix this with Season 5 release.
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Hey, I found a flaw with the Bonus Episode on Disc 3. I noticed that the introduction music and video were way out of sync. I mean the video was way ahead of the audio. Hopefully they fix this with Season 5 release.
Yeah, I've noticed that too, but thought that's how it originally aired. I only really noticed because the music isn't quite finished yet by the time the credits are done rolling.
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Well, what I do to solve that problem is play it at just the right volume on my iPod during that scene. It's not the same thing, but it at least helps to not break the illusion.
i have actually constered trying that, i should.

anyway, i dont understand, what do these audio problems sound like, because i am not hearing any problems?
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I havent had any problems...Ive got 2,3 and 4...some times the picture quality isnt brilliant, but only slightly. Better than video quality but not up to DVD standard...thats all

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i have actually constered trying that, i should.

anyway, i dont understand, what do these audio problems sound like, because i am not hearing any problems?
i think i may get it now, are you referring to how sometimes when a charactor is speaking they have an echo surrounding them? if so than i have heard it, but i dont see the big deal.
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i think i may get it now, are you referring to how sometimes when a charactor is speaking they have an echo surrounding them? if so than i have heard it, but i dont see the big deal.
No, the audio problems don't sound like echoes. They sound like the equivalent of playing a record at a slower speed. The result is that the audio sounds a chord lower than normal, and it's most noticeable when the theme song plays. And it basically sounds like all of the actors have a cold during these two episodes. You get used to it, but there's no reason it should be screwed up like that.
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oh, well i have never heard this problem. :-/
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i bought season four last week when i was in scotland and the sounds fine on mine.
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I have the season 2 from North America and I don't like the set up for it. There's no bonus material and no episode synopsis inside, there's just the names of the episodes. Although there is a listing on the set for 'bonus material' inside the package, on the DVD itself, there is none. To me, that's rather sad, because the packages say there is that extra material.

I have season 3 and 4 out of the UK and absolutely love them! I like how when you click on the title, it goes into the episode instead of another menu. I have watched all the season 4 episodes and they seem OK on the UK release, but I wasn't really looking for flaws when I was watching them. I also like the menus for the UK set better, the writing is a little bigger and it's easier for me to read.
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I have the season 2 from North America and I don't like the set up for it. There's no bonus material and no episode synopsis inside, there's just the names of the episodes. Although there is a listing on the set for 'bonus material' inside the package, on the DVD itself, there is none. To me, that's rather sad, because the packages say there is that extra material.

I have season 3 and 4 out of the UK and absolutely love them! I like how when you click on the title, it goes into the episode instead of another menu. I have watched all the season 4 episodes and they seem OK on the UK release, but I wasn't really looking for flaws when I was watching them. I also like the menus for the UK set better, the writing is a little bigger and it's easier for me to read.
If you search the threads here Namaste, you will find that you are missing more than you think with the American Season 2 - some of the original music has been substituted for poor quality 'musak' that fits neither the tempo nor mood of the original episodes. The UK season 2 was 'as originally aired'. Unfortunately, by the time they got to season 4, the Region 2 copies have downgraded to using the Region 1 Master copies, and so they too have substituted (for which read substandard) soundtracks.

The whole issue has been debated at length here at Al's - it is just a shame you weren't aware of it before you ordered. (At least you got the better season 3!)

Sadly, the Region 2 copies of seasons 2 and 3 didn't have the advertised bonus features either. I don't think any region did.
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I'll look into getting the UK release of Season 2. I will then send the US release that I have to my friend in the US, so it won't go to waste. Thanks for the tip. When I get back from vacation, that will be the first thing I do.
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There is a bit of visual distress occuring towards the end of season 2, I think it may be mainly in Sea Bride (or 'Sea Bridge' as the back of the DVD says ) where there are horrible lines going across the screen now and again. I know that doesn't sound very technical but i've only watched it once, and can't remember exactly what the problem is apart from there being some very vsiible disruption.
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There is a bit of visual distress occuring towards the end of season 2, I think it may be mainly in Sea Bride (or 'Sea Bridge' as the back of the DVD says ) where there are horrible lines going across the screen now and again. I know that doesn't sound very technical but i've only watched it once, and can't remember exactly what the problem is apart from there being some very vsiible disruption.
I did'nt have any problems with Sea Bride on my region 2 set, aside from it being called Sea Bridge as you mentioned ... but as it has been said before, and deserves being said again: I'm so dissapointed that Foreigners I Want To Know What Love Is has been ommitted from Temptation Eyes on region 4. What I've been wondering is by the time that they get around to Season 5, will Georgia On My Mind be ommtted from the final episode? When it was included in the Region 2 version of MIA..
Also, I think alot of the technical problems people have mentiones here might occasionally be down to individual products..
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After watching "The Leap Back" off the season 4 region 1 DVD, I have one question.

Has Universal ever heard of this product?



I've seen less dust and loose hairs on 40 year old movies. The opening (saga cell) looked like a snowstorm.
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