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SPYSHIP - Serialized in six 50-min episodes.
An 85-second sample for preview is included.
IMDb gives release date (UK) as 9 November 1983.
IMDb user comment: "... it was excellent, if a little slow to get started. The story of a trawler which went down in open sea with no apparent explanation. It was first thought to have been sunk by the Russians, then a journalist, with the aid of a female friend, started to find out otherwise. ... It has a quite stunning finale and is well worth a viewing. The theme tune 'A Cold Wind', was sung by the incomparable June Tabor and was released as a single in the year of broadcast. A haunting tune written for the series, it suited the series perfectly."
Another IMDb user comment: "This 6-part series centers on a male journalist and a female friend who are probing the loss of a British Fishing Trawler the "Mary Castor" with all hands on board. After interviewing the surviving family members and townspeople, the pair makes significant progress in piecing the puzzle together, only to find that things are not as they appear. They also begin to become a nuisance, and potential embarrassment to a group that would like to see their efforts fail. As their inquiries are hindered or blocked at every turn, the couple begins to understand the depth of the mystery, and are also terrified to find their lives are in danger...I also particularly like the opening song as well. It's a bit haunting, and reminds me of an old English ballad."
This rip comes from an EP VHS recording made in the 80's, from an analog cable TV signal, in the US. So that means NTSC not PAL. Ads removed.
Knowing the viewing quality was restricted by the source, I limited compression and made 700 Mb files. The six episodes then fit a DVD. I'm happy with the result, which is good for my viewing pleasure. You need to be aware this is from 80's VHS technology, so if you are addicted to 21st century quality, you should preview the provided 85-second sample snippets before downloading the episodes. If you value the content for the intriguing story, I believe you'll find the image quality is adequate for the era.
Compression setting for Ep 1 & 2 are similar. Ep 1 is representative:
File Name ..........: Spyship - 01 (DivX).avi
Total Size (MB) ....: 622.36 MB
Total Streams ......: 2 Stream(s)
Video Size (MB) ....: 566.14 MB
Video Length .......: 00:49:07
Video Codec Code ...: DX50/DIVX
Video Codec Name ...: DivX 5.0 codec
Video Bitrate ......: 1611 KB/s
Resolution .........: 640 x 480
Aspect Ratio .......: 1.33:1
Total Frames .......: 88315 Frames
Framerate ..........: 29.97 FPS
Color Depth ........: 24 Bits
Quality Factor .....: 0.175 B/px
Packed Bitstream ...: No
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