I recently bought the Season 3 DVD used from FYE, and I've noticed something odd with the encoding of the DVD.
As you can see from the three screen caps, the quality of the footage looks rather fuzzy or noticeably bad encoding in certain spots, and this is from the first episode alone. I compared it to the two previous seasons DVDs and noticed that they were sharper in comparison to Season 3 . I thought for a moment that that I may have accidentally purchased a pirated copy that was sold to FYE without their knowing, but I began to check the discs to see if they were legit. So far, everything about them seems correct, as they have labels that match the previous two seasons DVDs design (basically the same image, only this one in orange pressed onto the disc), no paper labels (which are usually used for pirated copies), all the artwork match and the disc glowing silver instead of any other color when light shines on it. Another thing that made me wonder if this was a pirated copy was the DVD menus. Previously, they had the motion playing menus, meaning that there was video playing behind the menu options, which were text based, and had the Defiance logo at the top of the screen. For my copy of the Season 3 DVD, it just has a static image of the cover image, no Defiance logo and five icons that don't have text to indicate what is what until you select them. The DVD case is the clear one, having the double sided DVD cover art sleeve like the last two, and it has a cardboard slip cover like the others, but I noticed that the cover isn't glued all the way down at the seam and the Defiance logo and box indicating the deleted scenes for the special features are embossed (basically sticking out in comparison to the rest).
So, my question is, is this how the DVD is for the Season 3 release or did FYE buy and sell me a rather impressive pirated copy without their knowledge? I don't know if the latter is even possible because they typically check their DVDs, and the former seams kinda possible because of the fact that its the show's final season and they probably just wanted to get the DVD out so to appease fans and not caring about the quality and encoded the video poorly (seriously, this is like 1990s Universal DVD disc encoding by how it looks. I know because I have some of their earlier DVD releases).