Ceridwen Troy wrote:
Actually a lot of older movies are being put on to DVD that were not shot in HD. If you do your homework you can find movies on Blu-Ray that go back all the way to the 80s, which were most certainly not shot in HD.
Motion pictures are typically shot on film, which has a higher
resolution than HDTV. Films from as far back as the beginning of motion picture history, if they've been preserved or restored to their original condition, will continue to look absolutely gorgeous
in HD release on Blu-ray.
The issue is that, starting in the 1980s, video proved to be a much cheaper, more efficient method of storing and editing motion pictures. Video, however, has a drastically reduced level of resolution when compared to film or
HD. In the world of television series, though, this didn't matter as much because television resolution has always been fairly low. This is why Star Trek
(which was produced on film in the 1960s) is seeing a Blu-ray release, whereas The Next Generation
(produced on video in the 80s and 90s) will require a complete re-editing from the film source in order to achieve HD resolution.
The question being asked in this thread is whether or not Farscape
was shot or edited on film or video. If it was shot on film but edited in video, there's a chance it could be re-edited in HD but it would likely require a complete revamp of the visual effects (and the studio might find this cost prohibitive for such a cult series). If it was edited in a medium that was a high enough resolution, though, such concerns would be moot, and a Blu-ray release would be as simple as striking a new transfer.
They don't need to do all that. It's not nearly as complicated as you think. All they will do is take it run it through some software designed to clean up and improve the picture and sound quality. They did this before when it was converted over from VHS to DVD. Now they have even better software then they did before that can convert DVD to blu-ray quality.
Now keep in mind there is only so much they can do. Take Farscape for example, while the picture and sound quality will be a hundred times better then DVD it will not be as good as say a movie like Transformers, or a lot of shows that are now using digital cameras to shoot there shows.
I tell you right now that if they had to redo the special effects because of the way something was shot original to get it to blu-ray they would have had the same problem with DVD. In fact a lot of the older movies and shows would never have been put on to DVD.
Im gone give you a good example of what I'm talking about. Take the original Star Wars for example. You all remember the THX Version of Star Wars that game out in mid 90s right. What most of you don't know was that when he pulled Star Wars from the vaults he was going to do the Special edition, but the problem was the movies were degrading from sitting in vault so long. So he had to clean them up and restore the movies.
Now Lucas being the smart person that he is through head. Now the first thing he did was restore the original film. Then he took the film and converted it over to computer. Then he used software and made even more improvements to the films, both the picture quality and sound quality. He then put them on VHS and that became what we know as the THX version, which he released to the public.
He then set to work on doing the special edition. Then he released that to VHS, DVDs were not around at that point.
Now eventually he did put the movies on DVD, and again he ran it through software that improved the picture quality and sound quality as well as adding in some elements to the movie. He will do the same thing when ever he gets around to putting them on blu-ray.
The only reason or at least the main reason Farscape is not on Blu-ray, is because it makes no economical sense to do so at this point. Right now most people don't have a blu-ray. So a show like Farscape which does have a fan base, maybe not a huge one but it does have one, isn't going to sell well on Blu-ray at this moment because not enough people have them. In few years when blu-ray go way down in price and they become more common in house holds we will see shows like Farscape on Blu-ray.
Like said I wouldn't worry about it to much, it will be released on blu-ray in a few years or so.