The Colbys: The Complete Series on DVD

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I bought them. They were defective. I returned them. Been watching the bootlegs instead.
 

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In what way were they defective? Mine work great.
I guess I just got some defective discs. They skipped awfully bad, and I sent them back to Amazon. I reverted to my bootlegs from iOffer.
 

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Was saddened to hear of Al's passing. First knew of him back in the day as Seaview's skipper, then recognised him in The Fly which I watched around then as well though the movie came out first. (I'm suddenly feeling old.) Enjoyed seeing him again as Felix but absolutely hated how his hair was styled, all curly. In the soaps, only watched him in Dynasty and The Colbys, playing a different character in each. Shows us how much of an alternate universe The Colbys existed in, and how under utilised he was on Dynasty. Would have loved to have seen more of him/his character on The Colbys had it extended beyond 2 seasons. Can anyone confirm that he committed suicide? USAToday put out a report that said "The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's office determined the cause of death as suicide" but its updated report leaves out the cause of death. Perhaps, to protect the family's privacy.
 

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I was very disappointed that my DVDs for the official release were faulty. The set itself was beautiful and in pristine condition. The first episode or so worked fine, but then it started skipping... and freezing... and making me upset. After trying to wipe the discs off and attempting to use other players, I found that they still weren't going to work, so I sent them back to Amazon. I suppose I could have simply got a replacement, but by this time, I was ill about the whole thing and just wanted a refund.

I've moved over to the bootlegs I got from iOffer some years ago. The quality is fair enough on my 55" high-definition TV, so I haven't any desire to have the retail ones.
 

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I actually purchased The Colbys Complete Series on dvd a year ago or so and when I received it, I noticed that the episodes looked like they were kind of low-quality AND the discs skipped all the time. I put one of the discs in my dvd drive on my computer and discovered that it was a DVD-5 and not a dual-layered disc which seemed odd to me. I found this to be quite shocking because Shout Factory usually puts out great quality dvd sets. I contacted Shout Factory directly about it and they replied the same day and said that what I purchased must have been an unauthorized copy because they would never compress four episodes onto a single-layer DVD. I promptly notified Amazon and I was sent another set. I could tell this new one must have been the "official" one as just by looking at the slipcover it seemed to be a heavier card stock and the printing quality was far superior on the slipcover and the artwork in the cases. Even the artwork on the discs themselves were clearer and brighter when compared to the counterfeit copy. The episodes on this set were exactly how I expected them to look. Obviously standard definition but not super compressed like the other version I was sent. I also didn't experience any skipping. When I popped the disc in my computer it did show up as a DVD-9 dual layer disc.

Its possible that you received a counterfeit version of this set as I did.
 

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Was saddened to hear of Al's passing. First knew of him back in the day as Seaview's skipper, then recognised him in The Fly which I watched around then as well though the movie came out first. (I'm suddenly feeling old.) Enjoyed seeing him again as Felix but absolutely hated how his hair was styled, all curly.
David Hedison did some guest spots in the UK, including a more comedic than usual episode of The Saint with his friend Roger Moore (who he later did one of his James Bond movies with), who he credited as advising him to take the part in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Watched his guest appearance in Wonder Woman. He was still doing conventions recently.
 
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I actually purchased The Colbys Complete Series on dvd a year ago or so and when I received it, I noticed that the episodes looked like they were kind of low-quality AND the discs skipped all the time. I put one of the discs in my dvd drive on my computer and discovered that it was a DVD-5 and not a dual-layered disc which seemed odd to me. I found this to be quite shocking because Shout Factory usually puts out great quality dvd sets. I contacted Shout Factory directly about it and they replied the same and said that what I purchased must have been an unauthorized copy because they would never compress four episodes onto a single-layer DVD. I promptly notified Amazon and I was sent another set. I could tell this new one must have been the "official" one as just by looking at the slipcover it seemed to be a heavier card stock and the printing quality was far superior on the slipcover and the artwork in the cases. Even the artwork on the discs themselves were clearer and brighter when compared to the counterfeit copy. The episodes on this set were exactly how I expected them to look. Obviously standard definition but not super compressed like the other version I was sent. I also didn't experience any skipping. When I popped the disc in my computer it did show up as a DVD-9 dual layer disc.

Its possible that you received a counterfeit version of this set as I did.

The exact same thing happened to me. At first glance, the unauthorized set appeared to be genuine, until the skipping and playback glitches occurred. There are subtle cosmetic differences between the genuine and counterfeit set, but the genuine set from Shout Factory has no issues.
 

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You have me wondering about me set now. can anyone show pictures of the original set from shout factory please.
Really, for me the dead giveaway was when I inserted one of the discs into my computer and the file size of it was around 4.6GB. A dual-layered disc should be AT LEAST 5GB and usually around 7 or so. Visually, the biggest difference I noticed between them was the artwork on the counterfeit discs themselves looked shoddy... almost like it was printed with a printer that was running out of ink. The photos of the cast on the real discs are quite nice and look photo quality.
 

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Yea, I was wondering as the quality from Shout Factory is pretty great. I was thrilled with my set and how well the episodes looked for a show as old as it was.
 

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Really, for me the dead giveaway was when I inserted one of the discs into my computer and the file size of it was around 4.6GB. A dual-layered disc should be AT LEAST 5GB and usually around 7 or so. Visually, the biggest difference I noticed between them was the artwork on the counterfeit discs themselves looked shoddy... almost like it was printed with a printer that was running out of ink. The photos of the cast on the real discs are quite nice and look photo quality.
Yes, that is how you always can test the DVDs to see if they are bootlegs. I bought an "All in the Family" set on Ebay for dirt cheap a few years ago, and I recently learned that they were bootlegs when I checked the disc sizes in my computer DVD. The quality of the picture is just awful (but I have heard that even the quality on the non-bootleg set isn't much better, as Shout Factory didn't take the time to remaster them, which boggles the mind).
 

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Yes, that is how you always can test the DVDs to see if they are bootlegs. I bought an "All in the Family" set on Ebay for dirt cheap a few years ago, and I recently learned that they were bootlegs when I checked the disc sizes in my computer DVD. The quality of the picture is just awful (but I have heard that even the quality on the non-bootleg set isn't much better, as Shout Factory didn't take the time to remaster them, which boggles the mind).
I have the complete series of All in the Family that I got off of eBay for under forty dollars. The quality of the episodes aren't stellar, by any standard, but they look well enough when I watched them on my mother's forty-inch TV screen.
 

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I inserted one of the discs into my computer and the file size of it was around 4.6GB.
Yes, that is how you always can test the DVDs to see if they are bootlegs.
No. Not all original released DVDs are double layered. A very recent example is the legit Australian DVD-release of "Dynasty-The Reunion".
The two parts come on two DVDs and both are single layered and smaller than 4 GB each. The bitrate and quality however is excellent, around 7 to 8 Mbit/s.
Single layered discs are just cheaper to produce, but those are of course not always bootlegs.

Another very popular example for the use of single layered original DVDs:
If complete seasons are released on DVD and for the last disc are only 2 episodes left, the labels usually go for single layered discs then, as those are more than enough for just 2 episodes.
 
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I find it rather strange that these unauthorized The Colbys sets would pop up at the time the official sets were being released. And not, like, 5 or 10 years earlier when there was a (ahem) market for The Colbys bootlegs.
I could understand someone selling counterfeits of really very popular titles on the street e.g. Lord Of The Rings, but The Colbys?? All that hassle because 12 people want it?
I don't believe any of these stories.
 

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I find it rather strange that these unauthorized The Colbys sets would pop up at the time the official sets were being released. And not, like, 5 or 10 years earlier when there was a (ahem) market for The Colbys bootlegs.
I could understand someone selling counterfeits of really very popular titles on the street e.g. Lord Of The Rings, but The Colbys?? All that hassle because 12 people want it?
I don't believe any of these stories.
Willie Olsen, Believe It! China, bootlegs the hell outta TV Series! and they have people selling them here in the US! Most of them come out of California! and Ebay is swamped with the trash bootlegged/counterfeit DVD's! and I am sure Amazon has been hit with a few of their own sellers! Use to the discs they made would all work fine, but anymore they could careless if they do or not! Ebay, won't stop them from selling, because in doing so, that would take money from their pockets. It's all about the Benjamin's you know! I got stuck with 3 different series, all three bootlegged! The Colby's, Justified, which was complete series and Longmire 2 seasons! The colbys, all played fine, just the picture, wasn't that great! Justifed, the same, except the first season episode one, it looked like some one had taken the original film it was taken from and taken it, put it on the pavement and drove over it. LOL! then made a DVD copy of it to sell, it was that bad! Longmire, that was a different story, some episodes didn't want play, or froze! All bootlegs they are all copied from DVD Drives! Manufactured Official DVDs are not copied, the shows/movies are pressed into the disc itself! also Official Manufacturers have great quality artwork on their case covers, and if there is a picture of someone on the disc it to is great quality! but as for the bootlegged ones, not so much! as someone mentioned above, the artwork looks like it was printed with a printer one buys from a retailer, same with disc cover, the artwork is faded, like printer is low on ink. also as someone mentioned, No legit manufacturing company. is going to ship out their product looking that bad! Because they want what is on the outside to stand out, because their name is on the box! Also as someone mentioned, disc size? A big company such as CBS, or Universal Studios or any other big company, is going to use a 9 gig DVD for a TV Series! a 4 Gig, it's not going to happen! Unless as someone else mentioned, they are only putting 1 or two episodes on that disc, which the .vob size of the show is usually between 1.7 and 2.5 gig in the older TV Series! putting more then 2 episodes on a 4 gig disc, the picture is going to look like hell! Sadly though I have seen a Big manufacturer, cramp 5 shows onto a 9 gig disc! The picture was decent on the first 4 shows, but when it came to the 5, it looked bad! I seen CBS do this, to season 2 of, The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams! Though CBS, in it's self did not do the Prints of these discs, a secondary company Timeless Media Group! which is owned by Shout Factory! came in and made them! I wish CBS had, maybe they wouldn't have been so cheap and used more discs for the Series! Season one had 4 shows per disc, the picture, looked OK! then came the horror of season two! I would have gladly paid those tightwads a few extra bucks for a better DVD Box Set! In the UK! a different company released their box set! The US complete series box set had 8 discs! The UK released their Series on 12 discs! When one has classics, you want the best, taking them from film, to stamp that show, into those discs! someone who knows the value of the show, and also knows who it is that truly butters their bread/pads their bank account, and give us the cream of the crop so to speak! Better quality DVDs! Like the UK does their people! US, companies, seam to only worry about themselves? That is why, when I buy a TV series, I shop around! from US to UK! I am gonig to buy the one with the most discs. Just saying! Sad!
 

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I think that my complete boxset of The Golden Girls is fake. The picture quality is awful, the menus are basic and not what you would expect from an authorized version and the packaging and artwork looks cheap and feels flimsy. I mean I don't particularly care with this set, I bought it a long time ago now and don't even know who the seller was. It's not a show I would watch over and over so it's fine for a watch threw. It's also not like Dynasty or The Colbys where the look of the show is that important.
 

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When I ordered Falcon Crest season 3 a few years ago I was supposed to receive a manufactured-on-demand copy (as it was listed by amazon themselves).
Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be the real, factory-pressed DVDs.
Maybe they love me?
 
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