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Arthur Hailey's Hotel
The First Season

review by Zach B.

 

 

Running Time: 1169 minutes

Starring: James Brolin, Connie Sellecca, Shea Farrell, Nathan Cook, Michael Spound, Heidi Bohay, Bette Davis, Anne Baxter

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $49.99

Features: None

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Mono, English Closed Captions, Episode Selection, Chapter Stops (6 per episode), Six-Disc Set

Released: April 7th, 2009

 

 

The first season of "Hotel" is presented in 1.33:1 full screen. The transfers are probably what you expect given the age of the series. Of course, these prints weren't cleaned up so there's lots of dirt pieces, blemishes and scratches to go around. Episodes look a bit grainy, and are on the soft side overall. Noise is also constant throughout. Color saturation ranges from weak to decent, but fleshtones look okay. Detail is also pretty good. Despite all the flaws, the episodes are watchable. However, there is nothing outstanding to really recommend. 

 

The first season of "Hotel" is presented in English Mono. The tracks are straightforward and limited, but get the job done. Dialogue is clear and easy to hear, while sound effects — which include lots of menial tasks around the St. Gregory — are audible. The musical score, including the theme by Henry Mancini, also comes through well. I did not detect any audio flaws, and overall fidelity was much better than I anticipated. 

English closed captions via your televisions are also available.

 

Nothing.

 

"Hotel" may not be the most cherished in the large number of shows Aaron Spelling produced, but those who enjoy his glitzy one-hour dramas will feel right at home here (not to mention a solid cast, and a wide array of guest stars to boot). The first season of the series looks and sounds okay, but really has nothing going for it (and no extras, either). Only die-hards should buy this set; for the curious, a rental should be enough.