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Video: How Do the Discs Look?
Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1, these anamorphic widescreen transfers are just about as good as standard-def can get. I'm sure World Without End on Blu-ray is the better way to go, but for DVD, these presentations showcase excellent color quality, detail that is surprisingly sharp, and black levels that start out inky and stay that way throughout. There are no examples of compression artifacting or aliasing to deal with, either - the miniseries really looks just as it should here.
Audio: How Do the Discs Sound?
The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound mixes on this TV-on-DVD set are also top-of-the-line. Preserving the miniseries' swirling musical score and its crystal-clear dialogue, these lossy tracks do all they can. Again, the high-def edition (with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio tracks) are likely preferable, but for standard-def, these get the job done just fine.
French Dolby Digital 5.1 sound mixes are included, as are English SDH, French, Arabic, and Hindi subtitles.