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- Nov 28, 2011
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Actually, the cost of mastering a Blu-ray is comparable to the cost of mastering a DVD in 2019, especially when the show in question has already been shot in hi-def, as conversion or up-conversion is not an issue. It's a one to one transfer process.
And, in a hi-def world, there really is no point to standard def releases any more. Samsung recently introduced their 8K sets with no content in 8K available to take full advantage of the technology. DVD serves none of the current models either in HD broadcast, Blu-ray or 4K format and looks terrible when viewed on any of these aforementioned hardware. Time for the studios to catch up to where the technology is. In the old days, the tech companies and the home media giants ran concurrent races. That hasn't happened since about 2006, with the entertainment industry continuing to lose ground as a result.
The most expensive part of the 'remastering' process is restoration, followed by the up-conversion process to bring a film-based product up to new digital standards. As virtually all of the Fox TV shows listed in this discussion are already in hi-def, the argument that it is more cost effective to release them to DVD than Blu-ray is moot. Period!
In the early days of releasing TV to Blu-ray, the discrepancy between the cost of the DVD and the cost of the Blu-ray for purchase often was beyond $10, leading all but the 'early adopters' of Blu to conclude they could 'be happy' with just their DVD's, since they were cheaper. Today, that price disparity has also leveled off with Blu-ray usually within a $1 to $5 dollar difference for which many are willing to pay the difference to get a superior product. The studios just looked at the numbers before the adjustment in mastering costs were actually in and decided they weren't interested in keeping two formats going. But instead of dropping DVD, they dropped Blu-ray, perhaps unaware that 4K was just around the corner. As 4K sets are fast becoming 'the norm' in households replacing their TV's, the mentality to continue on with DVD instead of Blu-ray now makes no sense.
But now, in some cases, you have hi-def TV programming that hasn't seen a hi-def home video release for several seasons, making the cost of going back and re-issuing Blu-rays of the DVD sets a little less cost effective.
I say, if the studios are unwilling to incur this cost, then they should at least be willing to 'farm out' their hi-def digital files to third party distributors to do 'complete series' Blu-ray reissues. This is already happening with vintage TV releases: Quantum Leap, Miami Vice, Damages, The Rockford Files, and the pending Blu of Charlies Angels coming from Mill Creek. Some studios are waking up. Warner will give us the original Scooby-Doo and The Jetsons very soon on Blu. They've already given us Johnny Quest.
If there's room for this vintage product in hi-def, then there is CERTAINLY room for already prepped hi-def TV on Blu-ray. Warner's archive is also busy pumping out series like Riverdale, Young Sheldon and Lethal Weapon on a MOD basis, but legitimately authored discs. So again, it can be done. At this late stage in the game, it most certainly SHOULD be done!!!
All this means is that supply is not the problem.
Unfortunately the big problem is with the "demand" side of the equation. Unfortunately there is no easy way to increase demand, if all previous advertising / propaganda for bluray was a complete failure.