Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Tyrant King - A Review
Yet another strange piece of history has recently fallen out of the archives. This is a 6 episode children's mystery series. It was shown only once, back in 1968. The soundtrack features music by the Moody Blues, Cream, The Nice, and (of course) Pink Floyd. I have watched a few episodes now & have heard sections of Astronomy Domine, Pow R Toc H, Corporal Clegg, and Jugband Blues. This series was filmed in color, but only broadcast in black & white. Because the creators of the DVD have gone back to the original elements, we have a much improved product. Sadly, however, the sound is still mono. The dialog is often not terribly clear and the volume levels jump up & down fairly often.
This is a dual-layer DVD. The sampling rate for the picture is the highest possible. This would almost certainly have been different here in the USA. Our obscure DVDs are pretty much always issued on single-layer disks at fairly marginal quality. Someone really cared about creating a good product.
The only real problem is that the disk is "locked" to Region 2. If you live outside Region 2 (as I do), you will want to have a solution prepared in advance to avoid frustration. There are multi-region DVD players available. DVD drives on computers have Region codes in their firmware. You can change the code on a drive to Region 2. There is also software that will allow you to emulate a Region 2 drive.
Whatever solution you choose, be sure to give it some thought ahead of time. But, take the time. This is a great disk & it deserves a home in your archives. (especially if you or your children like slightly campy 1960s mysteries!)