Got my The Professionals Blu-ray set yesterday, it's awesome to see the series in such great quality, finally.
I have two questions however that bugs me, one is that the episodes on the set are mastered at 25fps. Unless I'm mistaken, a series shot in 16mm is 24fps. I have no recollection of anything shot on film in the past, being shot at 25fps.
Could it be there a pal speed up applied? The episodes are about 50mn long, I believe they should be about 52mn long.
Second, thought they went back to the original negatives... the episodes are still zoomed in. The restoration extended the framing both on the left side and the top and bottom, but some of the right edge is still missing. I watched Klansmen yesterday, and could clearly see people cropped out on the frame on the right side in some compositions.
After this I did a check on the opening titles, comparing the raw version in the bonus, which is edge to edge, to the final version.
That's too bad because that part of the frame have information that needs to be there for the compositions to work, in many shots. Otherwise, you will notice people cropped out, especially in crowd scenes.
Now the reason I'm posting this here, If you take the edge to edge, and crop out the rounded corners top and bottom (which are the unfortunate result of using 16mm cameras and film stock), you get about the same vertical information as the current master, and a framing that is exactly 14:9.
Since the restoration was apparently done scanning the negs edge to edge, and since 14/9 is a british standart, I suspect there might be at some point 14/9 versions appearing on TV or VOD.
Edited by HDvision, April 13 2014 - 03:01 AM.