Sapphire and Steel (Assignments 1-6)

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Sapphire and Steel (Assignments 1-6)

Postby Blade Runner on Thu May 06, 2004 1:38 pm

Sapphire and Steel

"All irregularities will be handled by the forces controlling each dimension. Transuranic, heavy elements may not be used where there is life. Medium atomic weights are available: Gold; Lead; Copper; Jet; Diamond; Radium; Sapphire; Silver and Steel. Sapphire and Steel have been assigned"

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Series Overview
Definitely one of the strangest series ever produced, Sapphire and Steel blended Gothic Horror with both Science Fiction and Fantasy. If you were to compare it with another series, it would probably be to the X-Files, which has a similar format - two operatives of an agency tackling paranormal mysteries, one friendly, the other colder than liquid ntrogen.

There the similarity ends. Each adventure in Sapphire and Steel spanned approximately half an entire season. Humans, far from being the central figures, were relegated to inconveniences at best to both sides. In the X-Files, the skills, abilities and characteristics of the leading figures are known. In Sapphire and Steel, you know the names they operate under and precious little more. Nothing is explained, absolutely nothing. This is where the series gets most of its dramtic impact - the near-total ignorance of the viewer as to what is going on. No nice pauses in the action whilst the master fiend explains his/her plans for conquest of the Universe. In many of the stories, the master fiend is even invisible, so you never even see what it is that's being dealt with. Either that, or the creature is every possible shape simultaneously, as in adventure 4. (The adventures just have numbers - no names - so even that knowledge is kept from the viewer.) Production quality, though, is another matter. The costumes are minimal. The sets all but non-existant. Only one episode sports any location work and it's just a single roof-top. Many special effects are achieved by flash-lights and fishing twine. The incidental music, when used, is excellent and achieves much of the atmosphere, though it is often over-loud and does threaten to drown-out everything else. The scripts are indisputably the strongest part of the series, though.

Video Format
Source -> DVD
MPEG-4 Encoder -> DivX5.1 (3 passes)
x:y -> 576x432 (1.33:1)
Bitrate -> Varies per episode (details given with links below)
FPS -> 25.000

Audio Format
Codec -> MPEG-1 Layer 3 (LAME v3.90.3 Dibrom's build)
Bitrate -> "--alt-preset 128" ABR (mono, as on the DVD)
Audio Sampling Frequency: 48000 Hz

English subtitles: This is a single (183 KB) RAR file containing the subs for all 34 episodes:
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.All.Assignments.-.EnglishSubs.rar  [183.5 Kb] [Stats]

Assignment I (6 episodes on 2 CDs, where 1 CD = 701 MB)
Part 1: Escape through a Crack in Time -> Video Bitrate: 860 kb/s | File Size: 185.51 MB | Length: 00:25:50
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.I.-.Episode.1.of.6.avi  [185.51 Mb] [Stats]
Part 2: Escape through a Crack in Time -> Video Bitrate: 1326 kb/s | File Size: 256.50 MB | Length: 00:24:28
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.I.-.Episode.2.of.6.avi  [256.50 Mb] [Stats]
Part 3: The Nursery Rhymes -> Video Bitrate: 1380 kb/s | File Size: 259.57 MB | Length: 00:23:53
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.I.-.Episode.3.of.6.avi  [259.57 Mb] [Stats]
Part 4: The Clocks -> Video Bitrate: 1416 kb/s | File Size: 277.43 MB | Length: 00:24:57
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.I.-.Episode.4.of.6.avi  [277.43 Mb] [Stats]
Part 5: The House That Jack Built -> Video Bitrate: 1042 kb/s | File Size: 207.64 MB | Length: 00:24:35
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.I.-.Episode.5.of.6.avi  [207.64 Mb] [Stats]
Part 6: The House -> Video Bitrate: 1085 kb/s | File Size: 216.54 MB | Length: 00:24:45
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.I.-.Episode.6.of.6.avi  [216.54 Mb] [Stats]


Assignment II (8 episodes on 2 CDs, where 1 CD = 701 MB)
Part 1: The Railway Station -> Video Bitrate: 803 kb/s | File Size: 183.45 MB | Length: 00:27:10
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.II.-.Episode.1.of.8.avi  [183.45 Mb] [Stats]
Part 2: The Station -> Video Bitrate: 878 kb/s | File Size: 188.38 MB | Length: 00:25:49
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.II.-.Episode.2.of.8.avi  [188.38 Mb] [Stats]
Part 3: The Station -> Video Bitrate: 757 kb/s | File Size: 160.36 MB | Length: 00:24:57
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.II.-.Episode.3.of.8.avi  [160.36 Mb] [Stats]
Part 4: The Station -> Video Bitrate: 785 kb/s | File Size: 169.65 MB | Length: 00:25:34
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.II.-.Episode.4.of.8.avi  [169.65 Mb] [Stats]
Part 5: The Soldier -> Video Bitrate: 620 kb/s | File Size: 140.52 MB | Length: 00:25:42
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.II.-.Episode.5.of.8.avi  [140.52 Mb] [Stats]
Part 6: The Soldier -> Video Bitrate: 668 kb/s | File Size: 154.57 MB | Length: 00:26:36
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.II.-.Episode.6.of.8.avi  [154.57 Mb] [Stats]
Part 7: The Soldier -> Video Bitrate: 1118 kb/s | File Size: 235.62 MB | Length: 00:26:10
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.II.-.Episode.7.of.8.avi  [235.62 Mb] [Stats]
Part 8: The Soldier -> Video Bitrate: 779 kb/s | File Size: 170.64 MB | Length: 00:25:51
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.II.-.Episode.8.of.8.avi  [170.64 Mb] [Stats]


Assignment III (6 episodes on 2 CDs, where 1 CD = 701 MB)
Part 1: The Creatures' Revenge -> Video Bitrate: 1325 kb/s | File Size: 255.56 MB | Length: 00:24:19
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.III.-.Episode.1.of.6.avi  [255.56 Mb] [Stats]
Part 2: The Time Capsule -> Video Bitrate: 1121 kb/s | File Size: 214.56 MB | Length: 00:23:53
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.III.-.Episode.2.of.6.avi  [214.56 Mb] [Stats]
Part 3: The Changeling -> Video Bitrate: 1164 kb/s | File Size: 231.66 MB | Length: 00:24:47
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.III.-.Episode.3.of.6.avi  [231.66 Mb] [Stats]
Part 4: The Changeling -> Video Bitrate: 1222 kb/s | File Size: 234.46 MB | Length: 00:24:00
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.III.-.Episode.4.of.6.avi  [234.46 Mb] [Stats]
Part 5: Animals -> Video Bitrate: 1089 kb/s | File Size: 223.64 MB | Length: 00:25:23
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.III.-.Episode.5.of.6.avi  [223.64 Mb] [Stats]
Part 6: Animals -> Video Bitrate: 1185 kb/s | File Size: 243.66 MB | Length: 00:25:39
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.III.-.Episode.6.of.6.avi  [243.66 Mb] [Stats]


Assignment IV (4 episodes on 1 CD, where 1 CD = 701 MB)
Part 1: The Man Without A Face - The Photographs -> Video Bitrate: 867 kb/s | File Size: 169.52 MB | Length: 00:23:28
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.IV.-.Episode.1.of.4.avi  [169.52 Mb] [Stats]
Part 2: Which Is The Way To London Town? -> Video Bitrate: 928 kb/s | File Size: 185.57 MB | Length: 00:24:14
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.IV.-.Episode.2.of.4.avi  [185.57 Mb] [Stats]
Part 3: The Shape -> Video Bitrate: 843 kb/s | File Size: 170.60 MB | Length: 00:24:11
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.IV.-.Episode.3.of.4.avi  [170.60 Mb] [Stats]
Part 4: Pictures -> Video Bitrate: 820 kb/s | File Size: 175.54 MB | Length: 00:25:29
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.IV.-.Episode.4.of.4.avi  [175.54 Mb] [Stats]


Assignment V (6 episodes on 2 CDs, where 1 CD = 701 MB)
Part 1: Dr McDee Must Die -> Video Bitrate: 1284 kb/s | File Size: 256.49 MB | Length: 00:25:07
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.V.-.Episode.1.of.6.avi  [256.49 Mb] [Stats]
Part 2: The Dinner Party -> Video Bitrate: 1240 kb/s | File Size: 236.59 MB | Length: 00:23:55
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.V.-.Episode.2.of.6.avi  [236.59 Mb] [Stats]
Part 3: The Party -> Video Bitrate: 1105 kb/s | File Size: 208.50 MB | Length: 00:23:20
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.V.-.Episode.3.of.6.avi  [208.50 Mb] [Stats]
Part 4: The Party -> Video Bitrate: 1124 kb/s | File Size: 224.67 MB | Length: 00:24:47
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.V.-.Episode.4.of.6.avi  [224.67 Mb] [Stats]
Part 5: The Virus -> Video Bitrate: 1069 kb/s | File Size: 218.57 MB | Length: 00:25:11
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.V.-.Episode.5.of.6.avi  [218.57 Mb] [Stats]
Part 6: The Virus -> Video Bitrate: 1297 kb/s | File Size: 258.52 MB | Length: 00:25:06
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.V.-.Episode.6.of.6.avi  [258.52 Mb] [Stats]


Assignment VI (4 episodes on 1 CD, where 1 CD = 701 MB)
Part 1: The Trap -> Video Bitrate: 776 kb/s | File Size: 160.55 MB | Length: 00:24:25
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.VI.-.Episode.1.of.4.avi  [160.55 Mb] [Stats]
Part 2: The Cafe -> Video Bitrate: 810 kb/s | File Size: 164.48 MB | Length: 00:24:07
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.VI.-.Episode.2.of.4.avi  [164.48 Mb] [Stats]
Part 3: The Petrol Station -> Video Bitrate: 955 kb/s | File Size: 190.51 MB | Length: 00:24:19
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.VI.-.Episode.3.of.4.avi  [190.51 Mb] [Stats]
Part 4: The Petrol Station -> Video Bitrate: 916 kb/s | File Size: 185.58 MB | Length: 00:24:34
ed2k: Sapphire.&.Steel.-.Assignment.VI.-.Episode.4.of.4.avi  [185.58 Mb] [Stats]

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Postby Jynks on Thu May 06, 2004 3:24 pm

Fuckn cool

This looks great.. I'm on it.. thanks a zill.
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Postby Bassline on Thu May 06, 2004 5:10 pm

i just finished watching this lot again and really enjoyed them :D

these where ripped by supang from Fileheaven so props to him :)
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