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Video: How Do the Discs Look?
These 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfers look fine. Acorn hasn't done a rampant amount of finessing in terms of bringing these lecture-style documentaries to the screen, but there's no denying that on standard-def DVD, these episodes sport strong color accuracy, appropriate detail quality, and black levels that stay steady from scene to scene (and disc to disc). Yeah, there are some issues with compression artifacting and aliasing/banding, but these aren't entirely distracting.
Audio: How Do the Discs Sound?
The Dolby Digital 2.0 tracks included on this DVD set are also perfectly appropriate. du Sautoy's narration is always clear and audible, and while the sound design on these episodes isn't audacious or particularly bold in any major way, they're nevertheless represented on these tracks authentically.
English SDH subtitles are included.