Old 08-16-2018, 03:27 AM   #1
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Quantum Leap is on Hulu now.

Unfortunately, NOT with the original music and the episode descriptions on the menu have some careless grammar and even accuracy errors.

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- The leap date in 'The Leap Back' is displayed as June 15, 1999
- The description for 'Revenge' starts: "After leaping as a twosome Sam and Alia end up in the body of a female prisoner accused of killing an inmate."

There is also at least one episode missing; Disco Inferno.
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Old 08-20-2018, 02:07 AM   #2
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Ugh. Worth just buying the Blu-Ray set. I know less and less people watch discs these days though. Thanks for the review and details.
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It's true, discs are becoming obsolete. I myself barely buy anymore what I can watch on Netflix or Hulu.

I own the original DVD releases but I couldn't help idealizing a method that eliminated the need to repeatedly get up to change discs. '^_^

Though, there is also some validity. My collection is now missing some episodes.
'MIA' freezes while Al is instructing Sam on removing the bra and my mom accidentally sent the last disc of season 4 to Netflix instead of 27 Dresses years ago.
Now 'Roberto' freezes constantly throughout on my bootleg.

Other episodes on the disc I lost and the condition of which on the bootleg are unknown are:
'Stand Up'
'It's a Wonderful Leap'
'The Curse of Ptah-Ho Tep'.
I'm leaning towards the assumption that they're botched as well.
I had to download 'Temptation Eyes' recently on itunes because I can't stand the replacement music and the bootleg has started skipping at the Chinatown portion.

If the Blu-Ray sets have the original music, it's worth my consideration.
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Old 08-22-2018, 01:16 PM   #4
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The Blu-ray set has the original music, is all one box at a reasonable price, and has an overall better picture quality in most episodes. Of note, A Portrait for Troian is mis-framed off to the right for most of the episode. Dark sequences in MIA are rather grainy. Still it's overall a decent presentation. I wish they'd asked a Quantum Leap fan to help them supervise it. I would have done it gratis and recut the opening sequences to make them look better.
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https://www.amazon.com/Quantum-Leap-...70_&dpSrc=srch
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Thanx for the details and the link.
Given that it's August, I think I'll wishlist it to begin with.
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It's true, discs are becoming obsolete. I myself barely buy anymore what I can watch on Netflix or Hulu.

I'm leaning towards the assumption that they're botched as well.
I had to download 'Temptation Eyes' recently on itunes because I can't stand the replacement music and the bootleg has started skipping at the Chinatown portion.

If the Blu-Ray sets have the original music, it's worth my consideration.
I bought MIA for the same reason. Because of the music replacements on the DVD releases.
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The Blu-ray set has the original music, is all one box at a reasonable price, and has an overall better picture quality in most episodes. Of note, A Portrait for Troian is mis-framed off to the right for most of the episode. Dark sequences in MIA are rather grainy. Still it's overall a decent presentation. I wish they'd asked a Quantum Leap fan to help them supervise it. I would have done it gratis and recut the opening sequences to make them look better.
I agree. I don’t understand why there is such indifference when it comes attention to detail given to releases of classic shows. The people buying these are obviously fans and spread the word quickly so others don’t buy them if they are hacked up or poorly produced.

FYI,Don’t buy the Rockford Files BluRay release by Mill Creek. I was excited when this came out and bought it. Not only is the packaging of the discs (stacked one atop the other so they get scratched ) and box shoddy,but worse yet,many of the episodes are edited down versions missing key scenes available in the standard definition Universal release. The show also has many audio defects,in some scenes you can barely hear the actors,but the music is loud,in others the music is so muted it’s barely audible. (“Sleight of hand”comes to mind).

The picture quality is also indifferent,ranging from great,to dark and grainy. Why does this always seem to be the way it goes? You’d think for the $59.99 they charge for these sets they’d be careful to release a top notch product. I’m sick and tired of waiting for a series to be released only to have it finally announced,then I get my hopes up and it’s a huge letdown.

Don’t even get me started on the “Route 66” release from shout factory. Fantastic show,but it’s the WORST release I’ve ever seen. Unwatchable! Terrible,muddy picture quality and sound. I’ve seen remastered prints on Hulu and they were sharp and clean and had amazing definition.
Shout factory,Rather that expend the effort to go back to the film negatives and remaster the show for their release as they originally promised,instead decided to cheap out and used horrible,worse than VHS quality prints from a previous fly by night dvd release for their box set.

Sadly,it will likely never be released again and remastered due to low interest. I can’t believe people still shell out $80 plus on eBay for it,but it’s all there is and if you want to see the show you’re only left with that one option.
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Unfortunately Mill Creek is one of the lowest tier DVD studios out there. They just license the rights and crank out cheap discs in a hurry.

I wish that Shout! Factory had acquired the rights to QL. They really care about the material and go out of their way to produce good discs. I will say the Quantum Leap Blu-Rays aren't bad, and with some attention they could have fixed the minor problems to make it a spectacular set.
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Unfortunately Mill Creek is one of the lowest tier DVD studios out there. They just license the rights and crank out cheap discs in a hurry.

I wish that Shout! Factory had acquired the rights to QL. They really care about the material and go out of their way to produce good discs. I will say the Quantum Leap Blu-Rays aren't bad, and with some attention they could have fixed the minor problems to make it a spectacular set.
By and large that’s true. I have shout! Factory’s complete “leave it to beaver” set and the packaging and the picture and audio quality and top notch. The first season is grainier for some reason though. They really bungled the “Route 66” release. They promised to go back to the original film elements and remaster the entire series,but decided it was cheaper to use horrible prints from an off brand release and only remaster the last season of the show which was never released previously by the other company.

Mill Creek is bottom of the barrel. Paper sleeves for the discs and most releases are shoddy. I was surprised by the picture quality of the Quantum Leap dvd release. I was watching the first season again today and it’s very crisp. My one complaint would be the music in the background is a little too soft.
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I was also wondering why the DVDs have newly created intros narrated by Scott Bakula,instead of the original intros with Deborah Pratt’s voice? I miss those. I really wish studios would leave things alone and present shows exactly as they were originally when first broadcast. They had to ruin the original 60’s Star Trek episodes with modern CGI effects. I prefer the original 60’s ones.

I hope one day they will release Quantum Leap exactly as it was originally shown.
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The "saga sell" intro with the chalkboard and desert scenes did not premiere until "Another Mother", the 13th episode in Season two. It was narrated by Lance LeGault, who played Chance in "How the Tess Was Won". In the subsequent episode "All-Americans", Deborah Pratt re-recorded the narration. And in the following episode "Her Charm", the saga sell music theme was recomposed to the form it would retain through the rest of the run of the show. So actually, the Blu-rays are surprisingly accurate to the original, including the leaps being in the original order, including leaping back to Jesse Tyler in the case of a rerun.

Scott giving an internal monologue is true to the original episodes from Star-Crossed all the way through to Animal Frat.
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When you buy Star Trek The Original Series on Blu-ray, you can choose to watch it via a branching menu either with the original effects or with updated HD effects. They knew diehards would want the original episodes exactly the way they were, so they provide that option.
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