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Initial post: Jul 16, 2013 11:12:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 17, 2013 7:22:54 AM PDT
J. Martin says:
OK, so the description says Series 1-4 have been 'newly remastered versions at full 1080p resolution', but let's make one thing clear - THEY WEREN'T SHOT IN HD. They were shot at PAL 576i, so the only way to transfer them to HD is to upscale them to 1080p, as was done with The Next Doctor on The Complete Specials set. So as it is the description to me is just marketing fluff and not actually a fair representation of the first four seasons of New Who.

It's well known that the BBC were in fact offered HD cameras for Series One, but they rejected them because it cost too much to render the visual effects in HD. They only truly started shooting in HD with Planet of the Dead.

I'm not trying to put people off buying this set, so please anyone reading this don't take it the wrong way. All I'm doing is educating those who are expecting to watch the entire of run of Eccleston and Tennant in HD to not be disappointed when they find out it's inferior in quality of Matt Simth's tenure.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2013 8:20:42 AM PDT
JMF says:
I'm interested to find out if the audio is better. The audio on the original DVD releases is terrible, and very difficult to hear anyone speaking above the music.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 8:58:11 AM PDT
C. Roberts says:
It may also be worth it to alleviate the video compression of the DVDs; season one especially had some pretty bad macroblocking.

The upscaled Farscape blu-rays are probably a good comparison; they're noticeably NOT true HD, but they're still an improvement on the DVDs.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 10:59:14 AM PDT
Joe says:
The Audio for the SD seasons would easily be remastered to DTS Master Audio. Just the picture is stuck in SD. They did it with the Next Doctor upscale work. And it's jsut a marketing ploy. A lot of shows say things to look better. Like the new reissued Ghostbusters. It says remastered in 4k. It's not. It was transferred from a 4k master. Then downscaled to 1080p Bluray.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2013 11:55:57 AM PDT
Steven Spake says:
That was my thinking as well, regarding alleviating the Mpeg compression. If you want see and hear a sample of an upscaled Doctor Who show then check out "The Next Doctor" on Blu-Ray - from the Complete Specials set. As was previously stated, it isn't quite up to true HD quality, but it is an improvement over the DVD. Likewise, the audio doesn't require the high compression on Blu-Ray, so that should be better as well. I'm just hoping for individual series sets (season sets), so I don't have to shell out for the Specials and series 5, 6 and 7 - which I already bought the Blu-Rays of, and can't justify re-buying.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 5:45:43 PM PDT
Danala22 says:
I have seen the Star Trek Nex Gen season 1 remastered dvd's & the improvements are very noticeable. Is that on par with what we can expect with DW?? It would definitely be worth it if that were the case. Here's hoping!!

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 7:01:01 PM PDT
No. Star Trek TNG was shot on 35mm, which is HD, then the episodes were edited using tapes. The end product was the episode in its final version in SD. The Blu-rays are re-edited with the originals as a guide to re-edit all the episodes. Doctor Who, as stated above, was not HD until Series 5. Series 1-4 are going to be upscaled to 1080p similar to how they did The Simpsons Seasons 13-15 and half of 20.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2013 9:34:25 AM PDT
Joe says:
Half of Simpsons season 20 is really Season 19. That's why the odd transition in the middle happened. Just friendly info.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 30, 2013 7:58:15 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 30, 2013 7:58:26 AM PDT
Joe says:
That's a stupid mix problem. If you don't have down-mix on or have 5.1/6.1/7.1 setup. You're not hearing the corner left and right channels. Where the rest of the vocal track is.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013 5:51:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 26, 2013 6:01:36 PM PST
C. Giordano says:
It has to be downscaled to 1080p ultimately for Blu-Ray; that doesn't mean that it wasn't remastered first in 4K. But that also doesn't necessarily mean that it will look noticeably better on the resulting Blu-Ray.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 9:41:58 AM PDT
Windsor says:
Question, did the conversion really slow the episodes down? I read some reviews that say the episodes from Season1-4 are like 5% longer. If it is, does it bother you when you watch the episodes?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014 10:01:36 AM PDT
J. Martin says:
Yes they were slowed down and although it annoys me they weren't convert to 1080i, to keep the frame rate consistent with the original PAL recordings, I can't say I've noticed it and I've watched all the episodes more times than I care to count.
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