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Re: Blu-Ray possibility? by nremsei on 12 August 2010 3:29pm
 
Are you sure the original reels have been destroyed? That would be a real shame... In that case a quality upscaling seems to be the only option, which is better than SD but still a far cry from real HD. I still hope that most of the material exists somewhere in some form, waiting to be used for a HD transfer...
 
Re: Blu-Ray possibility? by kazzzz on 13 August 2010 10:02am
 
Course you are Anne! Now put your "I love Ken" t shirt on immediately!
 
Re: Blu-Ray possibility? by Spursfan on 13 August 2010 10:29am
 
Ok!! Thanks!

*Puts on 'I love Ken' t-shirt*
 
Re: Blu-Ray possibility? by kazzzz on 13 August 2010 2:29pm
 
..and matching socks....
 
Re: Blu-Ray possibility? by Spursfan on 13 August 2010 4:20pm
 
...and undies...
 
Re: Blu-Ray possibility? by kazzzz on 16 August 2010 10:16am
 
...and a lunch box and matching drink bottle.....
 
Re: Blu-Ray possibility? by Spursfan on 16 August 2010 3:37pm
 
..not forgetting a pillowcase...
 
Re: Blu-Ray possibility? by weegee on 31 January 2012 6:37am
 
Even scaling the series to 1080i (not true 1080p) would still be a huge improvement. Rick Steves has released some of his travel videos in 1080i and they are gorgeous.
 
Re: Blu-Ray possibility? by orangecat on 12 February 2012 6:59am
 
BBC "lost" the reels, i.e been destroyed, as is typical of their treatment of film stock from the 80s. It's not like hollywood where they have vast thermal controlled warehouses to store the reels for future use.

weegee, 80 days was edited to video, which has severely contrained bandwidth compared to even 480p so all you do is make an image scaled out no better than the original source. Garbage in, garbage out. Besides, you can "scale" anything you want on a PC, add post-processing, and get exactly the same, if not better, results than an upscaled blu-ray release would provide.

It's a pity as if they had the reels, they could rescan them digitally at 4k resolution and reedit, plus add tons of scenes that never made it on the original release. It would have looked so glorious, like a whole new show no matter how many times you saw the originals. It's a sad lesson in the importance of proper archival methods. Maybe they just didn't realize how popular the series would be, with people still loving it 25 years later.
 
Re: Blu-Ray possibility? by Loretto on 12 February 2012 4:08pm
 
That's interesting. Didn't Terry Gilliam buy all the reels of the Monty Python shows because the custom was to wipe the reels, retape on them, all to save money? I think that he said that in the HBO 40th Anniversary documentary, I might be wrong.
 
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