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Old 04-07-2021, 02:28 AM   #1
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Not sure where to place this but just purchased a used Bostan Legal: The Complete Series UK DVD set



Other than all discs seeming to be single layer. I noticed on Season 1 Disc 1. Episode 3 & 4 are really low quality and blocky compared to the other episodes. On investigating the disc on my computer I noticed that these two episodes have been mastered at half the file size (550mb) compared to the other two episodes at 1gb each. Hence the low and poor quality of these two episodes.

Seems like a mastering error from the factory. Just wondering if anybody else has noticed this and if it was fixed in later releases?

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Old 04-07-2021, 05:24 AM   #2
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If all the discs are single layer it rings alarm bells you have almost certainly bought a bootleg.

Big show boxsets like this almost always use dual layer to reduce the disc count.

Very poor quality is another give away as the bootleggers massively compress the episodes to get more on a disc.
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Old 04-07-2021, 07:25 AM   #3
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If all the discs are single layer it rings alarm bells you have almost certainly bought a bootleg.

Big show boxsets like this almost always use dual layer to reduce the disc count.

Very poor quality is another give away as the bootleggers massively compress the episodes to get more on a disc.
Box set looks legitimate. Now I'm not sure.

Here is a scan of 2 DVDs. Maybe someone who owns this set can compare them to what they have and let me know. They show up as region free. Also just has DVD logo and Boston S1-1 S4-3 etc printed on the inner ring.

Media Information Season 1 Disc 1
Current Drive:: ATAPI iHAS324 B (H
Region information: N/A not a DVD-VIDEO
Media code/Manufacturer ID: N/A Pressed DVD
UDF Format Type: V1.02
UDF Volume: LP
UDF Application id
UDF Implementation id: Nero
UDF Recording Date/Time (mm/dd/yyyy): 08/23/2009 0:24:29
Format Capacity: 3.28GB (3.52GB)
Book Type: DVD-ROM
Media Type: DVD-ROM
Data area starting sector: 30000h
Data area end sector: 1A42DFh
Linear Density: 0.267um/bit
Track Density: 0.74um/track
Number of Layers: 1


Media Information: Season 4 Disc 3
Current Drive: ATAPI iHAS324 B (H
Region information: N/A not a DVD-VIDEO
Media code/Manufacturer ID: N/A Pressed DVD
UDF Format Type: V1.02
UDF Volume: LP
UDF Application id:
UDF Implementation id: Nero
UDF Recording Date/Time (mm/dd/yyyy): 08/23/2009 11:34:07
Format Capacity: 4.36GB(4.68GB)
Book Type: DVD-ROM
Media Type: DVD-ROM
Data area starting sector 30000h
Data area end sector: 22D7DFh
Linear Density: 0.267um/bit
Track Density: 0.74um/track
Number of Layers: 1

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Old 04-07-2021, 07:49 AM   #4
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The mastering date is after the official release date ... I would assume that the discs would be mastered to the same date as the separate releases, they have the same number of discs and the first three seasons are listed as DVD9s.
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The mastering date is after the official release date ... I would assume that the discs would be mastered to the same date as the separate releases, they have the same number of discs and the first three seasons are listed as DVD9s.
Very weird. The box art for each season and slip cover look exactly like this Ebay listing. Yet the disc artwork doesn't quiet match any of the other listings like this Ebay listing, set is region free and all disks are single layer.

Art for Season 4 only used the same picture (tie) from disc 1 for all discs instead of different ties. Non of the discs have disc 1, disc 2 etc printed on any of them. Instead opting for a small yellow circle and a black number to indicate the disc number.
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Old 04-07-2021, 12:11 PM   #6
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Let me guess, you bought it on eBay? Don't buy anything on eBay anymore, it's just become a haven for counterfeit products, and eBay doesn't give a shit and refuses to do anything about the flood of bootleg products on its website.
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Very weird.
I'd assume it's a boot from what I've read from your posts.
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I'd assume it's a boot from what I've read from your posts.
It was from a retail store. Ended up returning it for a full refund.
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That had to be a boot. There's no way an hour-long show would be on a single layer disc.

It's good you got your money back.
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