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Comparison of UFO Blu-ray and DVD Image Quality

(updated 24 November 2016)

Wondering if the new UK UFO Blu-rays are a sufficient upgrade from the older DVDs? Or if they are better than the previous UFO Blu-rays? Here are some frame captures comparing the new UK (Network) UFO Blu-ray with the Japan Blu-ray and the old UK (Carlton) DVD. There are captions to indicate which is which, but the order is UK DVD, then UK Blu-ray, then Japan Blu-ray.

Generalizing, we can say this about the various releases:

  • UK DVD - standard definition / low resolution. Film dirt has been digitally removed. Generally better color correction than the Blu-rays. More image area visible around the edges than the Blu-rays.
  • UK UFO Blu-ray - high definition / high resolution, with digital noise reduction and film dirt removal. Noise reduction is excessive at times. Picture is brighter and more washed out than other releases. Color correction is inconsistent, with most scenes looking great, but some having a beige color cast. Odd darkening on the bottom half of the image throughout much of the episode TIMELASH. Sepia tinting added to a scene in THE LONG SLEEP that has never been sepia-tinted before.
  • Japan UFO Blu-ray - high definition / high resolution, with no digital noise reduction. Film grain, dirt, and damage is visible and distracting at times. Color correction is inconsistent, with most scenes looking great, but some having a beige color cast. Some scenes shot "day-for-night" mistakenly look more like daytime than night. Sepia-tinting missing on the flashbacks in THE LONG SLEEP. Aspect ratio temporarily switches to 16:9 for a minute in the episode ORDEAL.
  • German UFO Blu-ray: picture quality is exactly the same as the Japan Blu-ray, except for the episode THE LONG SLEEP, which now have sepia-tinted flashbacks. Not included in this comparison.
  • US, Australian, Japan, Italian, German DVDs: picture quality is comparable to the UK DVDs, as these are all based on the same restoration. Not included in this comparison.

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