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Old 01-10-2021, 06:05 AM   #101
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And - though I was very impressed by the Picture Quality (PQ) in the 1st season DVD set, I'm very underwhelmed by the PQ in the 2nd season. The picture - while not horrible - is "soft" (for lack of a better word), and the night scenes are hard to make out at times. Also, there are a lot of video artifacts - especially in the earlier episodes. The first season DVD's were a lot sharper/clearer, which is why the deficiencies of S02 especially stand out.

Yes, these S02 DVD's are far better than VHS rips - and definitely look better than when the episodes were originally broadcast on TV back in the '80's. However, I'm wondering why these aren't as good as the S01 DVD's - possibly the limitations of the source material/prints?!
I believe the VEI DVD sets were sourced from the broadcast master tapes. Their release of season one is reportedly NOT the same quality as the Universal Region 1 set. Even watch the season 2 bonus episode "Beyond Control" on the Universal S1 set, and compare it to the version on the VEI set - it's clearly from a lower quality source. The Universal set was sourced from the film negatives.

This is all very strange as Universal has typically done a really nice job with 80s shows like Knight Rider and Miami Vice on DVD. I remember watching Knight Rider for the first time on DVD, and seeing the leaps and bounds in quality over the tired old broadcast versions. I bought the original DVD release of The Equalizer Season One, and it was at the same level of quality. But when they pawned the show off on VEI it was done on the cheap, and I never bought anything beyond season 2 because I was so disappointed with the quality. I never got to see the show until it ran on SpikeTV for a couple of weeks in late 2006, and the short runs it had on Universal HD on cable. So, this substandard DVD release has prevented me from watching the full series.
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Old 01-10-2021, 07:21 AM   #102
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I believe the VEI DVD sets were sourced from the broadcast master tapes. Their release of season one is reportedly NOT the same quality as the Universal Region 1 set. Even watch the season 2 bonus episode "Beyond Control" on the Universal S1 set, and compare it to the version on the VEI set - it's clearly from a lower quality source. The Universal set was sourced from the film negatives.

This is all very strange as Universal has typically done a really nice job with 80s shows like Knight Rider and Miami Vice on DVD. I remember watching Knight Rider for the first time on DVD, and seeing the leaps and bounds in quality over the tired old broadcast versions. I bought the original DVD release of The Equalizer Season One, and it was at the same level of quality. But when they pawned the show off on VEI it was done on the cheap, and I never bought anything beyond season 2 because I was so disappointed with the quality. I never got to see the show until it ran on SpikeTV for a couple of weeks in late 2006, and the short runs it had on Universal HD on cable. So, this substandard DVD release has prevented me from watching the full series.
Yes. This was/is exactly my experience in watching The Equalizer on the Region 1 DVD sets:

I initially watched S01 on the stand-alone DVD Universal release (6 Disks) and was impressed by the PQ. Currently, I'm watching Seasons 2-4 on the VEI DVD releases. And, there is a noticeable drop in quality from Seasons 2-on.

Going along with this, it's notable that the VEI DVD releases only include 4 Disks for each season (21-22 episodes each), whereas the Universal S01 DVD release included 6 disks. In addition, IIRC the Universal S01 release included subtitles - and the VEI DVD sets don't include subtitles. So, it's extremely evident that the VEI DVD sets were cheaper to produce, and it shows.

However, since the VEI DVD sets are the only way to see S02-S04 in Region 1, I'm putting up with this - given that I really want to re-watch the show. Also, I streamed the series years ago - and the streams were of even worse PQ than the VEI DVD sets.

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Old 01-11-2021, 11:32 PM   #103
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Memories of Manon is one of my favorite (2-part) S02 episodes. I liked how it introduced the character of Phillipe Marcel & his daughter Yvette. The story-line was very well-done, and I liked the espionage/mystery elements (the clue left in the garden, etc.)
[Show spoiler]The revelation about Yvette being McCall's daughter was not one I saw coming the first time I saw this - great writing here. In re-watching the episodes recently, I got the impression that Yvette may have suspected McCall was her father at this point, even though she didn't actually find out definitively until S03.
Watched last night the concluding part of the story "Memories of Manon". Even though I couldn't at times quite understand the actions of guest star George DiCenzo's mobster character, I still thought this was a satisfying conclusion to the story which partly centred around the identity of someone called Chrysalis.

Some well shot scenes which included the angles used (two scenes in particular had MCall and Kostmayer in a shooting range with Jon Polito's mobster character, and the shot of the two glasses (whisky?) in McCall's apartment where he and Control were having a drink).

The story hardly didn't feel like it dragged. To cap it all off, there was a satisfying end to some characters (referring to
[Show spoiler]Kostmayer's line "Return to sender").


Initially I thought I wasn't going to like this episode (the recap didn't last too long. In some American series, there have been recaps lasting up to around six minutes), but it got better as it went on. One of the best scenes was when it seemed McCall nearly told Yvette he was her father.

I couldn't remember the clue left in the garden. AW, were you thinking of the earlier episode "Beyond Control"?
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Old 01-12-2021, 06:52 PM   #104
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Some more S04 episode reviews:

-"The Day of the Covenant": Scott's new South African gf is being stalked & targeted by someone. McCall gets involved, and both he & Scott find out that she has some demons in her past (both literal & figurative) that she brought with her to NYC.
[Show spoiler]Very tragic episode, with a sad ending.


-"The Visitation": A doctor that McCall had been involved with years before comes to NYC & ends up trying to stop the spread of a deadly contagion brought from another country. This episode hits especially close to home due to the current pandemic. UK actress Jenny Agutter (Logan's Run, An American Werewolf in London) guest stars.

-"Zebra 17": Extremely disturbing episode involving the mysterious deaths of homeless men who are picked up by a certain ambulance. Bill Atherton guest stars.

Some sequences in this episode involve the ambulance speeding along NYC streets @ night - with a rock/pop soundtrack playing; great ambience here. This reminds me somewhat of the underrated film "Bringing out the Dead" (1999); this stars Nicolas Cage as an ambulance driver in NYC.

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I couldn't remember the clue left in the garden. AW, were you thinking of the earlier episode "Beyond Control"?
You're right - the scene with the
[Show spoiler]clue left in the book (which led Kostmeyer to the garden)
was in "Beyond Control. This occurred when McCall was helping a woman whose uncle was connected to "work" from McCall & Control's past.

I've gone back & modified my post.

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Old 01-14-2021, 09:45 PM   #105
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Articles in U.S. newspapers at the time reported that the producers of THE EQUALIZER wanted no part of any crossover with MAGNUM as they felt their show was much superior to the quality and tone of MAGNUM. From what I remember, the two part idea was then reconfigured for MAGNUM and SIMON AND SIMON, which was a much better fit than THE EQUALIZER would have been.

If these reports were true I have to say that I agree with the producers of THE EQUALIZER. MAGNUM is a decent show with lots of good episodes, but there are also a lot of blatantly ridiculous episodes filled with juvenile attempts at humor, something that would have been way out of place in THE EQUALIZER.
When I found out about this idea for a crossover with the original Magnum, P.I., I thought straight away that the look of both shows wouldn't work together (sunny Hawaii and gritty New York City). Also, the logistics would have been a nightmare if castmembers appeared on the other show.

One of the things I love about the original Equalizer show is that gritty look, and it's a dark series (both in the tone of the show and the lighting at times). Edward Woodward is very believable in the role of McCall.

I had got as far as the seventh season before I took a break from Magnum, Simon & Simon and Murder, She Wrote (still haven't gone back to them). I can see why Magnum in this season had new energy. The first two seasons were very good, partly because they followed on straight after the original Hawaii Five-O. But to me, it seemed that the crossover with Simon & Simon (it originally aired in the States in the autumn/fall three years before The Equalizer started in the States) benefitted Simon & Simon in the long run. The quality of it's scripts improved (and there was some substance). But Magnum went on a decline with the quality (I think this was around the time that the creator (?) left to launch Airwolf (they later returned to Magnum), with a lot of episodes having a sports theme, too many comedy plots and episodes with relatives of Higgins (played by John Hillerman).

And before I forget, Tom Selleck only appeared in a couple of scenes in the Simon & Simon part of the crossover. And it seemed that Magnum really didn't like the Simon brothers, like he was irritated by them (he had respect for Jessica Fletcher though).
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Old 01-19-2021, 12:16 AM   #106
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I recently finished re-watching The Equalizer S04. It was bittersweet to see these final episodes, given that I didn't want the show to end. I had seen (via streaming) the series in it's entirety only once before years ago, but this was the first time I had seen the series exclusively on the DVD sets - which, despite their deficiencies, are superior to any previous version of the show that I've seen.

As to my favorite season of the series, I would have to say S04 - which, overall, I found slightly better than S03. Though, all of the seasons were incredible.

Some more S04 reviews:

"Starfire": A strange, seemingly mentally ill man (Michael Moriarty) is befriended by a child who is trying to help him. He claims that he's being targeted by aliens that are out to kill him, and that he is an alien himself.
[Show spoiler]It's later proven that he was a former engineer that is actually being targeted by his former company due to corporate secrets that he has about the company's lack of safety protocols re: their equipment, etc.


Very well-done & poignant episode. Though I typically don't like sci-fi elements in gritty crime dramas like The Equalizer (that are very much rooted in reality), this story worked here - though I'm glad they didn't make a habit of episodes like this.

"Prisoners of Conscience": McCall is asked to help when a Central American poet is kidnapped by a "death squad" from his native country.
[Show spoiler]As McCall investigates, he realizes that the elderly man who is behind the kidnapping is the same one who killed McCall's father back in the early 1950's. Tim Woodward (Ed Woodward's son IRL) guest stars, playing McCall's father in a dream sequence. Very poignant/sad & nostalgic episode, especially when McCall is remembering his youth. This is also the first & only time that we find out that McCall's mother was American - and also other details about his childhood/upbringing.


IMHO, this is the best episode in the entire series - superb.

"Heart of Justice": Excellent episode that dealt with several criminals that had victimized & almost killed a man's wife & unborn child, all of whom are being let back out on the streets.
[Show spoiler]The man decides to take the law into this own hands, and McCall gets involved when the sister-in-law asks him for help. To make matters more complicated, there is a vigilante roaming the NYC streets who is killing criminals that have escaped justice. Great episode that is both sad, but also ultimately uplifting.


"Endgame": An innocent young woman is set up to make it look like she intentionally killed a work colleague during a game of paint-ball;
[Show spoiler]the woman's lawyer sister is also set up to make it look like she committed a crime. McCall gets involved, and uncovers a conspiracy by a wealthy criminal who wants revenge on the lawyer for justifiably convicting his guilty son years before.


Amazing episode, with an unexpected ending.

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There was a question earlier about how McCall got his money. He mentioned it in 02x01 Prelude - it was a form of insider trading, where he would learn in the course of his work about international events that would affect certain companies and trade on that knowledge before it became public.

Several years ago there was a minor scandal in the US when it was publicized that members of Congress could legally trade stocks based on non-public information they gained as part of their work in Congress. When this hypocrisy was publicized they passed a law prohibiting that.
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