Hmm. I’d rather they keep them in standard def and cram as many episodes on each BR disc as they can rather than upscale, but okay.
Steve has said the bulk of the costs are in the content licensing rather than the discs, so fewer wouldn’t drop the price really. And apparently the blu-ray disc association doesn’t like it when main features are actually SD.
And it will be worth it where the film exists, plus titles and credits.
Not trying to be too nosy, but where are you hearing that the film stuff is going to be scanned in HD?
On Gallifreybase, Steve Roberts listed it as one of the reasons to go with blu-ray (again, this was done for the new Shada release as well). But I should emphasize that none of the film survives for season 12, at least as far as is known. The earliest 4th Doctor serial with extant film is Invasion of Time. Then there’s Pirate Planet, (Shada), and Leisure Hive. Then with Season 19, nearly all of the stories have surviving film.
No worries about nosiness. I think at this point everything I know has been stated publicly somewhere.
Do we have any idea when other seasons may release or if there will be any sort of regular schedule to releases? I wouldn’t want to sell off all my discs if some of them never even get to Blu. Also, blu-ray.com lists this as releasing in October. Is the March release UK only?
March is the announcement. June 11th release for the UK. October apparently for the US. The 60i versions are being made from the 50i masters, so no loss in resolution.
No word on overall plan, but I’d like to know too. The press release is tomorrow, but apparently they are waiting to see how sales go before committing.
Fox must know where the elements for the tv movie are stored. (If they haven’t been lost.) If the BBC wasn’t so penny pinching the tv movie could get rebuilt in HD.
Hope I can actually play these discs if we get stiffed on a U.S. release.
This has been addressed before by the restoration team. Technically, it’s an ideal candidate as it’s entirely 35mm. But the costs were determined to outscale the potential earnings by “several orders of magnitude”. Plus effects would need to be done or upscaled, etc etc.
They’ve been good about making all the UK releases region free in the last 4 years or so. But this does seem to be coming out in the US. My TV does 50p/50i content, so I think I’ll stick with region B.