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Sailor Moon SuperS video quality
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Thistle
Washu Hakubi


Joined: 16 Jan 2006
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:57 pm    Post subject: Sailor Moon SuperS video quality Reply with quote
Hello, long time MM supporter here.

I have recently purchased the SM SuperS DVD sets and have noticed a marked drop in video quality compared to previous seasons. There is a green hue, and noticeable blurring of background art. Is this related to the change in masters used? The anime lab stream looks clearer to me. Hoping you can clarify.
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Claus
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Yup, the new masters are worse. A shame they couldn't have used the other ones to finish the DVD sets
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Thistle
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks for that.

Do you know if the blu-rays are any better?

Seems strange Madman would opt for a lower quality master midway through the series. Not very happy.
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IForgotMyUsername
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Joined: 29 May 2018
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thistle wrote:
Seems strange Madman would opt for a lower quality master midway through the series. Not very happy.


Apparently it was due to cost according to Twitter. It was either use 1 ok quality HD master, and downscale it, or to use 2 masters (1 ok HD master for BD and 1 excellent SD master for DVD), and add a bunch more cost to production.
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Thistle
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
That’s interesting information thanks for that.

I recall MM made a big fuss about the Viz media masters when they initially secured the license, to the point where they delayed the release by a year in order to secure the higher quality SD masters.

The downscaled “HD” they are using for the DVDs now are shocking. Seems like a ploy to force people to switch to BD. I wouldn’t have mind if they had BD from the start, but hate having an inconsistent collection. Also, selling the DVDs for the new BD of season 1 to 3 doesn’t sound like a huge upgrade in quality either.
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Claus
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Honestly would have been better if they just didn't bother with the Blu Ray, pretty sure the upscaled DVDs would still look better.
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