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I got the season 1 and 2 DVDs in the mail today for Good Eats. While it is nice that they are releasing the episodes in order, compared to the previous release which was based on theme, the quality seams to be lower.

I have 9 DVDs that were sold on Amazon as a bundle, a mixture of episodes grouped by theme instead of season. After each episode was an "Ask Alton" special where Alton Brown answered fan mail about that episode. I don't know if all of the DVDs that were in the first release where that way, but this is what I have to go on.

Previously there was 3 episodes on a single layer DVD, now there is a season spread across two dual layer DVDs. On the bright side, the specials and extras are different, season one has a bunch of little specials that I am guessing would have been used as filler on TV. The bitrate is lower also. Highlighting one episode (season 1 episode 2), on my "Family Favorites" DVD it is 5,118 kbps on average, and the audio was 224 kbps. The new DVD has this same episode with an average of 4,300 kbps and the audio is 192 kbps.

Does anybody still have a set of the old DVDs?
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From:thawhidol
Date:September 10th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
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I have a ton of the old DVDs from Target, and this will make me seriously reconsider buying the new ones. Is the quality so poor that you'd notice on a standard def TV?
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From:quu
Date:September 10th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
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i think on a standard definition tv, no, you won't notice a difference

also, video stuff is a hobby of mine, so I notice
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