My name is Doug. I am co-owner of Periscope Film.com and the one person who personally created this Blu-ray version of Victory at Sea. I am happy to answer question you might have about the Blu-ray or Victory at Sea. I will do my best not to 'defend' our Blu-ray, but explain some of things that went into its production. Here are a couple to start with.
1) We are a film preservation company who care about the quality of the films we release, not some company in the far-east making knock off DVDs from VHS tapes. We have our own telecine facility and transfer the films to video ourselves in the U.S.A. We have been in business for the last 10 years and have been issuing hard to find historic films for the last 7 years of DVD.
2) Audio Quality. We too heard the other versions on DVD. Two versions were OK and two were pretty bad. After the thousands of hours we put into creating our Blu-ray version, we discovered why some recordings sounded so poor. I don't want to reveal the exact details our discovery, but suffice to say that we did an excellent job with audio. I will let Gamereviegod give you his report.
3) Video Quality. I could go on for hours about this. Bottom line, play a DVD on a top of the line Blu-Ray player on a 37 inch or bigger HDTV and then play our Blu-ray. In terms of detail, there is no comparison. On our Blu-ray, you can read the name tags of servicemen, see ship names, see rivets and camouflage. On DVD, these things are very tough to make out if at all. Now remember the original film was both 35mm and 16mm, from various film stocks, and duped many times over before it made into VAS. So it will never look like Avatar, but we believe its the best copy of VAS that exists anywhere in the world.
4) The bug on the video. You might think because we are issuing Victory at Sea on Blu-ray, that we are some mega conglomerate film studio, but we aren't. We are a small company working in a small niche market, bringing these wonderful films to people who share our passion We spent lots of time (and I mean lots) and lots of our own money to release this series on Blu-ray. Since this is the only Hi-Def copy in world of this series, and since video piracy is so easy, we had little choice but to protect the hard work we put in. So we chose a small transparent colorless logo in the bottom right of the picture (Its our logo by the way, a periscope sight). If we didn't do this, and someone just started selling copies of our work, we simply would be out of business and no longer be able to spend the time to bring you any other films on Blu-ray.
I think that's it for now. Please know that offer a full 14 day return policy when you buy from our website. We are not looking to take your money and run. We want happy customers, and we want to bring you the best thing possible. We have have worked very hard to bring you Victory at Sea in Hi-Def, and we are sure enough of our product, to offer our return policy.
Thanks you for your time and we look forward to Gamereviegod's review.