Southern Pacific Daylight Collection DVD 3.7 of 5 (3)
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Contains never-seen-before footage! They were known as the most beautiful passenger trains in the world. With an emphasis on sheer riding comfort, Southern Pacific's famous Daylight trains transported thousands of passengers along the California coast, with the blue Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, breaking one ridership record after another. The SP was hard pressed to keep up with the demand as these trains grew more and more popular with the riding public. Fortunately, railfans were trackside, too, recording the beautiful Daylights on film.
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George Fotopaulos (San Diego, CA) on 2013-06-15 02:26:56.
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This is without a doubt one of the best 'Daylight' videos on the market, Pentrex have really outdone themselves with this one. Superb video and audio quality combined with unobtrusive narration makes this a real winner.
Brian Parry (San Francisco Bay Area) on 2014-07-20 01:07:57.
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Ever feel cheated? First off, my favorite steam engines are the GS class and the Daylight is my favorite passenger train. Secondly, I was a big fan and collector of Pentrex videos - until this release. With high expectations, I bought the Daylight Collection when it first came out; I waited over a year to write this review to see if my opinion would change. The positive aspects of this video are this is one of the best assemblage of Daylight movie clips available and the commentary is done at just the right amount (this is what Pentrex does best). Now for the negatives. The video is 1 hour and 20 minutes long. Great - but there are no chapters to ease getting to the parts of the video you want to. I think this was lazy on Pentrex's part for not setting up chapters. About 95% of the video clips were taken from previous Pentrex releases. Here is the main reason why I give the Daylight Collection a low rating score - the actual picture quality is horrible. For the price of this release you would expect the videos to be remastered - hopefully starting with the original film material. Instead, the video is at a lower quality than in previous Pentrex releases. The video quality seems like a poor film to analog video conversion, more video quality loss through several analog copy cycles, poor analog to digital conversion, and finally more quality loss from copying the DVD clips and transferring them to the master for this release. The video has a very pronounced "pixelated" effect to it - you can actually count the resolution lines on your screen. Pentrex - you are capable of doing better and missed an opportunity to really shine on this release - instead you got greedy and lazy in order to put out an overpriced low quality remix of your previous releases.
Added 2014-09-07 19:02:10 by Matt
Presenting Southern Pacific Class GS-3 4-8-4 #4429 On Display at San Jose T.J. Martin Park.
Added 2015-01-08 04:52:13 by John Eastman
I find the above review by Mr. Parry to be overly negative, so much so that I watched the video in question and found it to be quite excellent. I'm not sure what Mr. Parry's agenda is here, but his negative review resulted in me becoming a fan of Pentrex videos.
Added 2015-07-14 19:08:35 by Foamerone
Hi everyone. Im not exactly sure what Brian Parry is saying regarding the alleged reduction in picture quality. The images that have been re-used seem identical to me as they were on other programs. I didn't shoot the films as much of it was made slightly before I was born, but I did write the narration script for the show. Im also not quite sure on the exact percentage but significantly less than 95% has been used on previous programs. Keep in mind this is movie film. The quality will NEVER match todays superior technology. I myself tend to get 'used' to the better image quality of todays cameras and then look at the same older films that have been around for decades and psychologically, it kinda makes the older footage look 'worse' in comparison. That might explain Brian Parrys response. I, for one love Pentrex videos! :)
chris collins (fletcher north carolina) on 2014-06-24 22:00:48.
People who found this review helpful: 1
The Southern Pacific Daylight Collection is part of the fourth collection series by Pentrex. The others being the Southern Pacific Cab Forward Collection the Union Pacific Big Boy Collection and the Union Pacific Streamliner Collection. I own only the daylight cab forward and big boy collections I'll have to think about the streamliner one but this is excellent seeing the gs4s in the old days with footage showing how these steamers did their job with passenger and freight defiantly recommend with the other three pentrex collections they've made