I’ve just learned that this week’s running Express DVD giveaway is the complete set of Charles Edwards MURDER ROOMS films, along with Ian Richardson’s two outings in the role of Sherlock Holmes.
Well, in purely selfish terms it means a brief flash of yerblogger’s name on TV screens up and down the land.
But I imagine it’ll be the same digital transfers that featured on the DVDs of the series sold by IMC Vision. Which were cropped to old-fashioned 4:3 fullscreen even though the films were shot on Super-16 and shown in 16:9 widescreen; picture quality was muddy with digital noise and poor edge-definition. My guess is that they simply re-used the master from a VHS tape release. It looks that bad.
I complained to BBC Films at the time and their response was pretty much that once the sub-rights were sold, any quality issue was out of their hands.
To see the show in its proper format, you’re better off with the American DVD boxed set. Which can be had new from about twelve quid.
Otherwise, each one’s yours for the price of a newspaper.
And if being seen with the Express is a problem for you, you can always buy a copy of this month’s Bottles up Bums to hide it in.