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It should be noted that, in theory, the Blu-Ray versions of the standard definition material will look a bit better than any Region 1 DVD release.  Doctor Who's SD stuff was in PAL resolution 576i, which gets reduced to 480i for NTSC releases.  Should be less compression, etc.

However.  I'm a little worried they might screw up the field rate.  Ideally, the best way to do it is in 1080i/30 with field repeats.  In other words, it'd allow all 50 fields of the tape stuff to be preserved, with only a slight hit to quality for the film portions.  But if they go for a progressive scan version, we're looking at some serious compromises that could wind up screwing with the tape material.  1080p/30 would mean a loss of up to 2/5 of every field, or some serious blending/blurring artifacts.  1080p/24 would mean losting half of every frame, or bluring, and on top of that, PAL to NTSC speed changes, to boot.  I'm gonna wait until the set is released and reviewed by tech-savvy sources before investing.  Having film material in HD quality is awesome, but if it results in SD stuff that looks worse than the PAL DVD releases, it isn't worth it to me.
Blu-ray can do 1080/50i right? I think Shada is encoded like that.
Yes, but not in NTSC regions.  Spearhead from Space was in that format in the UK, but the US release was 1080p/24 with speed conversion.
Thanks for all the info my Whovian friends.

I think instead of pre-ordering, I will wait for the official release and for the reviews to roll in before double dipping.  Smile
Reading some posts over here  seem to suggest that all the film footage is sourced from the PAL SD telecine, with no true HD film scans present whatsoever.  If so, that really makes me wonder why they're bothering with a Blu-Ray release at all.
(06-13-2018, 09:00 PM)matrixgrindhouse Wrote: [ -> ]Reading some posts over here  seem to suggest that all the film footage is sourced from the PAL SD telecine, with no true HD film scans present whatsoever.  If so, that really makes me wonder why they're bothering with a Blu-Ray release at all.

The main reason for me to buy it, it is waaaaay cheaper in this new configuration (not to mention less shelf space) than in their original separate region 1 dvd releases.  I mean many of the classic episodes are out of print in North America and would require me to re-mortage my house to collect them LOL.  Tongue
^ Yep it's a great space saver and money saver if you want to own these. I'm just waiting to hear about the mastering before buying.  Looks like the Region-A release will be labelled as "DW Tom Baker Season 1", while the Region-B release will be labelled as "DW The Collection Season 12":

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I prefer the latter and am imagining how good it'll look on a shelf if/when they do future releases of the other classic Doctors.
There's been a leaked clip of Jodie interacting with her companions and it's a blast


she channels a bit of Eccelston in one moment, and asks if being a woman suits her
A nice summary review of the upcoming Tom Baker blu-ray.....

New CGI FX comparison for the upcoming Blu-ray for the Cyberman episode....