Originally Posted by CraigF
I guess this doesn't really belong here, but is somewhat relevant:
Do you think that most of the TV shows recorded on tape before the HD era will look good on BD?
I remember reading when The Flash TV series was released on DVD, and many were disappointed in the visual quality, the inhibiting factor was something that affected all most all TV shows (or at least non obvious shot on tape productions) from that general time period (which I guess would be mid/late 80's to mid 90's (?).
IIRC, this was due to these shows have all the post work done (quickly and cheaply) on tape vs film.
I guess it is the same thing that will prevent something like Star Trek The Next Generation from getting a Bd release anytime soon. If a given show wants to go back and assemble everything from scratch (if the original elements still even exist) I suppose a high definition release could be made, but it doesn't look good for most of this material. ST:TNG with it's continuing tie-in exploitation possibilities and fan base would seem like the most promising candidate for a full blown overhaul, and yet the costs associated would still be astronomical.
I'm sure there are others here who have a better grasp on all the details here and will hopefully chime in with a more definitive answer.
for my wishlist
- shot on film with an eye towards making the most of all those new (at the time) color TV sets.
It's a dirty rotten shame the rights can't seem to be worked out for this. It could be an absolutely spectacular release.
2) Kolchak: The Night Stalker
- As great as it is that I finally have the show on my shelf in a better than VHS tape media, the masters used were ragged and way past their expiration date. I was kind of hoping that the fire that destroyed so many of the video masters Universal had been reusing for years would get them to go back now and remaster many of these things. I would love to see a Kolchak set done from the original film. Probably has even less of a chance happening as Batman, but that's my wish.
3) The Avengers
- a competent Bd set would be a dramatic improvement over the old A&E dvds.
Wild Card pick
4) Dark Shadows
(60's)- The reason here would not be for any aural/visual improvements. There wouldn't be any. However for a daily, daytime serial that was released in 25+ four disc collections, the space savings from converting to Bds with a more efficient codec, would be tremendous. The entire series (from the beginning) could be released in well under 10 sets (of 5 discs each).
I've only bought a few of the DVD collections and, as much as I've enjoyed revisiting them, won't buy anymore. They just take up too much space and cost too much. If they ever show up on reasonably priced Bd sets though...